Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Four Seasons Mugs

I can't take credit for these mugs, but I still just love them. I saw them on Pinterest, then followed the link to the blog of the person who made them. Her name is Laura, and her blog is "Beauty & the Beard." Her blog posting was done in 2012.
Like I said, I saw these on Pinterest, and my mind immediately went to my daughter, who LOVES TREES. How could I not make them for her? I contacted Laura and asked if I could copy hers.  She graciously consented. Please take a look at her blog to get the info on how she did this. She used a porcelain marker for hers. I'm sure the instructions are on the packaging. I, however, use oil-based Sharpie's, then baked in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes to make the marker permanent.
I am not really artistic when it comes to drawing. In fact, I made a vinyl stencil for the outlines of just the bare trees because my freehand of such was so atrocious. I did everything else in free hand myself, with Laura's mugs as my guide. (I admit, hers are much better! But, mine are mine.)
Here's the winter mug.
These were really fun to make. Also, this would be a great kids project! Just remember when you cook them, there are fumes (probably not-good-for-you fumes), so the kitchen needs to be well ventilated. And, after you turn the oven off, you need to let the mugs stay in the oven until the oven cools down on its own. I did it at nighttime before bed, turned the office off, kept the kitchen window open, and went to bed. They were totally cooled when I got up in the morning, and the kitchen had no residual odors.

How cute would one of these trees be with a little red heart hanging off of a branch for a Valentine's gift. Then maybe a nice tea bag or serving of chai to put inside!

Embrace Your Seasons!

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