After I made my garters (that I didn’t wear) for my wedding, I remember how much I enjoyed making things. In high school and into college, I spent a lot of time being creative and making things – sewing pillows, shopping for & revamping flea market finds, drawing, making jewelery. I dabbled in a lot of creative outlets in years past.
When it came time to move to Denver 3.5 years ago, I took only what could fit in my car – and that didn’t include my (mom’s) sewing machine or my random supply of art materials. Once I settle in Denver, my life was consumed with a new (and first) full-time job and a long distance relationship, both with required a lot of travel. I was also busy making new friends, playing volleyball and settling into my new life that crafting wasn’t even on my radar.
In the last 3.5 years, I’ve thought about making things a handful of times but the spark wasn’t here – too busy moving Alex to Denver or planning a wedding. Now, though, those time-sucks are gone and I have found the crafting spark again.
After we got back from our honeymoon, all I could think about was creating. Anything! Everything! I have so many ideas! I started with something really simple to scratch the creative itch that’s ever-growing right now.
DIY Coffee Mugs!
I first saw these on Calee’s etsy and thought they were so stinkin’ cute. When she later posted a tutorial, I filed it away in my brain under Things To Try Someday. After we came back from Seattle, I knew this was what I wanted to tackle. I hit up Cost Plus World Market and found 2 ceramic coffee mugs for pretty cheap – a ‘his’ and ‘hers’.
Instead of the pen Calee suggested, I’d seen elsewhere on the internetz that permanent markers worked too. I have a major collection of Sharpies so I sat down and got to work. I drew on the mugs to make a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ and then baked in the oven for 30 minutes.
So easy! After baking, I put them in the dishwasher to make sure they were clean and that they’d stand up to a heavy wash and they did! Some of the red on Alex’s mug faded but I think that might be because I didn’t bake long enough for as many layers of permanent ink I put on.
We use these mostly on the weekends when we drink our coffee or tea without rushing out the door for work… and for ice cream in the evenings.
This is such a fun and simple project and a great, personal addition to your home. After seeing how great our mugs turned out, I bought a ceramic ring holder to give to a recently engaged couple – I wrote their names and wedding date on it, baked, wrapped and sent. Easy and personal!