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.

DIY Wedding Gift: Love is Patient

One of my college roommates just got married. They didn’t register anywhere!

What to get them….what to get them…

Obviously, it was time to get crafty.


porcelaine 150 paint marker


I mentioned these porcelain paint markers in one of my earlier posts and said I really wanted to use them for something.

I found this adorable heart-shaped ceramic dish from Crate & Barrel and knew I had an excuse to use that pen/paint marker.

Now, if you’re Catholic or have ever been to a Catholic wedding, you are familiar with Letter to the Corinthians – “Love is patient, love is kind, love does not boast,” etc. So that was my starting point. wedding gift diy


This is the point where I remembered that I really don’t like my handwriting all that much. Oops. Also, the rim of the dish made it difficult to write inside. But I persevered! If you make a mistake, just wait for the paint to dry and then scrape it off with an exacto knife. It’s a pain, but it works.

Keep in mind that the paint needs to dry for 24 hours before you bake the piece in the oven to heat-set. So if this is a gift for someone, allow enough to time for all the steps.

Part 2 of the present – his and hers mugs. wedding gift diy wedding gift diy


I added in some heart-shaped lemon tea cookies from Trader Joes, to eat while drinking out of the mugs, obviously!

The final pieces, after baking: wedding gift diy


I was pretty satisfied. The black didn’t fade at all during baking. I don’t know how well they’ll hold up to washing, but I don’t expect them to be getting super heavy use, either. Hopefully the bride and groom like them!