And then I made an owl mug

I think we all knew this was coming. Really, once I bought the porcelain paint pen for the wedding gift, it was inevitable that I would make myself an owl mug.

owl mug

 

Breakfast today was freshly ground coffee in my owl mug and a mini apple pie! (Pie blog post coming soon – it’s been a while since I did a baking post!)

owl mug and pie

 

Seriously, it just makes me smile every time I look at my new mug.

Cost breakdown – the mug was $3 or $4 at Target and the paint pen was around $6 at Blick, but originally purchased for the wedding gift. So I would say it was around a $7 project total, dividing the cost of the paint pen between this and the other project. For comparison’s sake, this cute owl mug from ModCloth is $15, plus shipping.

Three cheers for budget friendly projects! And mine says “hoot” on it, which is just frankly adorable in my opinion.

Check out my DIY Wedding Gift post for more info about using the paint pen.

“Put a bird on it” Autumn Wreath

I’ve kind of got an owl theme going on.

For the most part it stems from the fact that I put an embargo on cat-themed items when I got my cat. As a single girl with a cat, I had to put my foot down. I will not be a crazy cat lady. So people started giving me owl-themed items instead. And owls are adorable, so I’m okay with that.

Which brings me to this.

owl wreath

I LOVE fall. I love the smell and the crisp edge to the air. I delight in crunching leaves under my feet and picking apples with family or friends. Breaking out my sweaters, scarves, and boots makes me positively giddy. And don’t even get me started on the dessert. Nothing smells better than apple crisp in the oven, or trying out a new pumpkin recipe.

So to celebrate fall, I made a new wreath for my door. Wreathes are fun because you can really put whatever you want on them and make it very custom to you.

Step 1: Hit up the HobLobbs. This is my new gangster name for Hobby Lobby. Just go with it. My shopping list went something like this:

  • foam wreath form
  • glue gun (because my friend moved to Chicago and took mine with her!)
  • red, orange, brown felt
  • beads, feathers, stuff???

I already had the little owl guy, I bought him for my last wreath but he totally didn’t match. So he had to wait. You will also need some yarn, but I already had it from my spring/summer wreath.

Step 2. Wrap it up. I didn’t take any pictures of this part, because it’s mind-numbingly boring and the SassCat kept trying to eat my yarn and I didn’t have enough hands to wrap yarn, block her, and take photos. Basically, pop in a movie, or catch up on your Hulu queue, and wrap yarn around the wreath form until you can’t see foam anymore. So fun.

Step 3: Come up with a general idea of how stuff is going to fit on the wreath. I’m a fan of pre-planning, because I don’t do enough of it. For me, there was also a step that involved cutting leaf shapes out of felt, but that’s optional depending on what you want on your wreath.

Step 4: Glue! I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.

Here are the various materials I ended up with and some more shots of the wreath.