Sunday, January 22, 2012

Express yourself in porcelain

I have a super busy week planned, so I thought I'd get a jump on posting.  I love it when I find an idea that I can easily copy replicate.  Not so long ago, I found a photo on Pinterest that showed a Pride and Prejudice quote, written onto a white mug. I was so excited, I immediately created a bunch of them for each of my book club girls as Christmas gifts.  Sadly, they didn't turn out very well and I'm not sure anyone was jumping up and down for joy about them. I knew there had to be a better way to make them.

Just a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this tutorial, outlining everything I needed to know about personalizing plain, white mugs.
 Begin with plain, white mugs of your choice.  I purchased the very fine point pen she recommends here.  (I couldn't find it anywhere else.) I'm so glad I went ahead and got that pen, because it made all the difference!  I didn't use transfer paper like she did, because I wasn't tracing an image.
 I wrote free hand, directly onto the mug.  I had to wipe it off in two places before I was satisfied with how it looked.
 Once you have the lettering "just so," place your mugs right into a 300 degree oven, and "bake" for 30 minutes.  Once cool, they will be dishwasher safe.
 The quote I used from Pride and Prejudice, was broken up in to four parts on two mugs.  So it's kind of a matched set.  Like my man and I.  "In vain I have struggled.  It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed.  You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."  (Maybe we all need to have a collective sigh over that.) 

It's my humble opinion, that these are the perfect sweet surprise for yourself, or anyone who loves romance, on Valentine's day.
   If you can convince your man that they aren't too girly... you might be able to enjoy a steaming cup of something yummy with him. 
I wanted to write, "Mr. Darcy" on one and "Miss Bennet" on the other.  But I knew that would be crossing the girly line.  Ha!

I have another tutorial coming later this week, so stay tuned!  Have you seen any good tutorials on something fun lately?  I'd love to hear about it if you have!




48 comments:

  1. Dollar Tree always has the large white coffee mugs and I use them for chili bowls for the kids. I might just have to pick up new ones for a breakfast treat. Thanks, looking now! Happy Sunday!

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  2. I did the same thing on white plates. I will have to email you a pic - along with a pic of my favorite "VAN" pic - which I framed in red and adore. I may as well send you a pic of my "Eat" napkins/place setting - LOL. Loving your little Etsy shop! Be blessed.

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  3. Those are wonderful and the possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing...I am a great "replicator" as well.

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  4. What an amaze balls idea!! Perfect for gifts!! Also, I know we are BFFs because I have that quote on a shirt.

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  5. so cute! i wish my handwriting looked like that...then i might be tempted to try it. might be cute on white plates too.

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  6. Really cute idea, love the script and your penmanship is very proper. This would be great for a keepsake of a special someone's handwriting.
    Have a great sunday.

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  7. Ok...these are awesome and now I'm gonna have to watch Pride and Prejudice later on today!

    And I'm so making these for my SIL - another Pride and Predjudice freak (like moi) and her hubby will use them too...because I SAID SO!! LOL Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I am planning something kind of similar for my hubby for Valentine's (and I think you'll like it). We were at a special service before Christmas where we heard the story of Esau and Jacob and Esau tells Jacob, "I have plenty" (Genesis 33:9). We've been trying really hard to cut back and live simply (even though I think I'm the last person without a smart phone...wait, back on topic), so I was going to frame a family photo with this verse underneath. I just need to figure out how to transfer some pretty font to the mat for the frame. Any good ideas? And I'm definitely doing mugs as gifts at some point. I LOVE the way they look, so simple and yet powerful at the same time.

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  9. I swear that anything fun and cool I do starts HERE with you!! LOL!! I am soooo doing this! ; )

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  10. I'm dying! Such a cute idea and I LOVE the quote you chose from P&P.

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  11. Those are precious. One more thing on my ever-growing list of things I must do!
    Eilis
    my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.com

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  12. What a great idea! I saw the tutorial on design mom which copies mugs from anthropology. I almost made them this week when I made for my family your hot coca bar (don't worry, I have you the credit for the brilliant idea. My family loves our hot cocoa station.

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  13. Cute mugs. So glad you were able to find a tutorial to get the mugs the way you envisioned them to be.

    I found a great tutorial at Modabakeshop for a quilt I will be starting soon for my daughter who will be turning 21 soon. I am excited to shop for fabric for it as I haven't bought any new fabric in quite a while.

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  14. I saw that post too~I remember the link was from another sweet blogger. I went to Michaels and couln't find the pen. Your cups look so cute and are super creative. Of course my handwriting isn't as neat as yours. I like yours better~they are much more creative!
    This sounds quite stalkerish (did I just make that workd up?) but I love the heart bracelet you are wearing and was wondering where you got it? Ok now I am babbling like I am texting to one of my girlfriends. Sorry, I do tend to talk alot!
    Have a great night! XO

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  15. Joining in the collective "sigh" .... LOVE those mugs. :)

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  16. Super cute! I'm adding this to my list of gift ideas!

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  17. These are perfect! Can you please let me borrow your fabulous script when I attempt these myself?!

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  18. Ahhh...I participated in the collective sigh :-) Sasha I haven't visited here in a week, and I am so glad I stopped by tonight. My soul feels refreshed. Thank you friend. P.S. Send some snow out this way!

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  19. Kerri, I found the bracelet at a consignment shop for a dollar! Wish I knew where it was originally from.

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  20. Love the cups. I laughed because I made a bannder with some old photos of my husband and I as children and added "Mr. Darcy" and "Mrs. Darcy" to them. My husband watches those movies with me, haha. We pick out furniture we like in the set lol.

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  21. Love, Love, Love! I wish my handwriting was as beautiful as yours. I think you should make some and put them in your etsy shop so I can buy them for my new kitchen!
    Tracy
    Simply White Vintage

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  22. Love, Love, Love! I wish my handwriting was as beautiful as yours. I think you should make some and put them in your etsy shop so I can buy them for my new kitchen!
    Tracy
    Simply White Vintage

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  23. Lovely! I have a set of charcoal grey teacups that I want to embellish. You just saved me a ton of research, thank you! Enjoy the snow.

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  24. Where did you find those darling white mugs? I LOVE this Idea- I actually have one of those pens and I have yet to use it!

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  25. I've that exact tutorial open all weekend so I'll remember to go get the pens today! I saw some cute ideas for mugs that I can't wait to replicate for my kiddos for Valentine's Day!

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  26. Kristen- I found the mugs at the grocery store!

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  27. no way! i ahve been wanting to make these for about a year now! thanks for the pen linky! (ans as far as your comment on my blog, the Count of Monte Cristo AND P&P are two of my top 5 fav movies. only to be won over by Anne of GG ;)

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  28. LOVE, LOVE, this idea...going to order the pens TODAY! You are awesome LMM! How do you keep coming up with such great ideas...and we appreciate your sharing them and not keeping them all to yourself!!!!!

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  29. Love the idea. Just wanted to let you know, I "borrowed" your Currently post, of course giving you the credit. Thanks for having such an inspiring blog. Hope your open house went well.

    http://lifewhileimwaiting.blogspot.com/2012/01/currently.html

    Deborah

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  30. I love these coffee mugs! What a great idea. You inspired me with your Currently... post to start reading "Pride and Prejudice" ...for the first time. I know, shame on me! Also, I just wanted to tell you I love my chicken wire frame. I will have to send you a picture when I get it all prettied up. the little things

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  31. Sasha, you are my kind of girl! I love consignment shops so much that I am now friends with the owner of one near where I live! XO

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  32. LOVE the mugs! I might need to create some too!!
    And with that, I'm going to go take a bubble bath and fall back into Pride and Prejudice. Never gets old =)

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  33. Perfect way to spruce up my white mugs from my Gibson set--ten years old this year and I was kind of itching for a whole new set of fiestaware but can't justify the price--this might just tide me over foe ten more--thanks!!

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  34. Okay, I am in LOVE with those mugs.

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  35. oh my gosh! super cute and i will be making one of these for my girlfriends birthday that's coming up! thanks for sharing. you rock!

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  36. soooo cute.
    love the simplicity and style of these!

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  37. I love that you shared this! I just got into drinking coffee all because a dear friend of mine does and when we get together it is fun - haha! Anyway, I am giving her a gift themed around our coffee drinking and have been trying to find a cute mug! This is it - creating my own! Thanks!!

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  38. This is so great! I'm going to share the idea with other. Love it.

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  39. Love Love Love this idea Girl! I'm heading to Michael's tomorrow in hoping this pen is available! Can't wait to start creating! Thanks for inspiring me! Praying with you that all will be a peace with decisions. We've moved 7 times in our 27 yrs of marriage, this being our longest 15 yrs!I've been DE-CLuttering needless to say!It's always an adventure & so thankful HE is in contol! Blessings! Sharon :)

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  40. OMG I LOVE YOU!!!! Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book on the whole planet! And this such a GREAT idea. I have totally bookmarked you. Now following!! Love from Whimsically Homemade.

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  41. That is a really simple and quite beautiful craft! I think your handwriting does it all, though ;-) Having gorgeous penmanship and a perfect white cup makes a big statement. Great idea, fantastic post, and pics. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that's a problem let us know and we'll removed it immediately. Thanks for you great inspiration!

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  43. it's a very cool idea, and i love, love, love your choice of quotes:)

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  44. Hi - I love this and want to try it, but while I have seen in multiple places that it is dishwasher safe, can it be put into the microwave? Now that it's been a while, have they lasted? I'm guessing it shouldn't change anything but wanted to check. Thanks!

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  45. I have a few quotes from Downton Abbey that are PERFECT for this kind of project!

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  46. haha obviously you haven't seen my penmanship ...i'll have to grab a girl from our neighborhood to write on them for me haha

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