Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lucky Mugs


One of the things I love about St. Patrick's Day is that it's a holiday free from the expectation of gifts. And yet...since it's a holiday, and we love to give gifts on holidays, we decided to make these for a few "lucky" people in our lives!


Lucky mugs! Actually, I tend to think that all mugs are lucky.
I can recall numerous times in my life when the ONLY thing that got me out of bed was the promise of a strong cup of coffee (or three!!) Like every time I've had a newborn...or anytime I've had a kid who was up sick in the middle of the night...or how about the year we moved into a fixer-upper when I was 7 months pregnant.....!? Yep, at times like these, a warm mug in my hands makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. 


See, I think luck is about so much more than winning the lottery or making it big. I think luck is about all the small things that get us out of bed in the morning! Like our family, our friends, our work, our hobbies, our passions.... and, in a very literal sense (mine pull me out of bed every single morning), our kids! Which is why I love the idea of these Lucky Mugs with fingerprint shamrocks - the perfect daily reminder of just how lucky we really are (an especially helpful reminder when you have just been woken up 5 times in one night...!)


Here's what you will need:
  • white mug (I found mine at Goodwill)
  • flexible alphabet stencils
  • small paintbrush
  • bakeable glass paint (dishwasher safe)   
 
Directions:
1. Wash & dry mug, then wipe the area to be painted with alcohol. Let dry completely.
2. Use fingerprints to make the shamrock (each of my kids made one leaf) and use a paintbrush to make a stem.
3. Let the shamrock dry completely.
4. Using stencils and a small paintbrush, paint "lucky" or any word of your choice, one letter at a time. It works well to tape the edges of the stencil onto the mug to hold it in place.
5. Let the paint dry completely between letters.
6. Once all the paint has been applied and dried, use a toothpick to scrape away any imperfections.
7. Follow baking directions on paint bottle.     


As you can see, our mug is still far from perfect. There is too much paint here, not enough paint there..... But I actually kind of like it that way. It's kind of like life - imperfect, but lucky nonetheless :)



Looking for other kid-friendly gift ideas? Check out my XOXO Framed Art!



Linking up to these great parties!



Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)
-Cathy 

 

37 comments :

  1. These mugs are so cute! I love that you used the girls fingerprints. Maybe I should make some room in my cupboard? ☺

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  2. Cute to begin with, but the fingerprints put it over the top!!! Love it! Happy Monday from the enchanted oven.
    xo,
    Lisa

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    1. Awwwww...thanks Lisa! The fingerprints definitely make it extra special :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Completely adorable! Love this idea :) Pinned!

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  4. LOVE THIS - super cute and what a lucky gift this would make! New follower over from the Clever Chicks. WOuld love for you to come visit my blog too!
    Jessica
    www.barefootbysea.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! Yes, we are reserving them for a few "lucky" people :) Thanks for stopping by and I will come visit you too!!

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  5. Love these mugs! As a busy mom, grabbing a cup of coffee can sometimes be a "lucky" moment!. Pinned this great idea! I blog with a group of lovely ladies at thefriendcollective.com. We'd love for you to stop by!

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  6. How cute these are and they are something that will be treasured forever! :-)

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  7. I love these Cathy. I'm going to make them as the favors for Erin's baby shower :)

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  8. This turned out great, and I love the Imperfect but lucky comment! That's how life feels most of the time. :)

    ~Emily
    http://tossedsaladlife.com

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  9. Very cute!!! I've decorated plates before but not mugs. Just in time for St. Patty's Day!

    http://maryshealthymeals.blogspot.com/

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  10. That is so cute! I may have to do with the boys :)

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  11. How fun! I love the fingerprints, and this would make the perfect gift for grandparents or anyone!

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  12. OH my Cathy such a super idea! Love seasonal projects like this one! I"m your newest follower. I don't think that I have ever been here!

    I'd LOVE for you to come share it in my St. Patrick's Day Linky! It is picking up on traffic and hopefully more would stop in to see this project! Have a super day, SusieQTpies
    http://www.susieqtpiescafe.com/2013/02/st-patricks-day-food-fun-link-party.html

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  13. so cute. my make me want to buy some of that paint and start playing with my white plates (....and mugs)

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  14. So cute and creative! I love it. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Have a wonderful weekend!!
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  15. How lovely, pretty and cute!!! Thanks for the tip, I'll keep it in mind for some activities with my kids :)

    Hugs

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  16. Ohhhhh! I am in love with this idea! I'm thrilled that you shared it at Shine on Fridays! Pinning and sharing on my FB page {https://www.facebook.com/oneartsymama}

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  17. It's beautiful. Amazing work. :)
    I like green color and it seems to be the color of the year!


    http://sewzan.blogspot.com/

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  18. ahhhh we are SO lucky... what a fun reminder of how blessed we are! Thanks so much for sharing at Nap-Time Creations' Tasteful Tuesdays... so glad to have you around for the party! I'm pleased to tell you that this project is being featured tomorrow in a CELEBRATE GREEN (st. Pats) Round Up! I would LOVE if you would post the featured button on this post to show off your feature and follow via GFC or E-mail if you don't already. Don't miss out on any of the fun! (link will be live Sat. morning) http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/03/celebrategreen.html

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  19. Love this! I have two plain white mugs I've been saving for when I get a creative inspiration to paint them. This is such a cute idea!

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  20. So cute and clever! Love! I featured it here! http://www.housewifeeclectic.com/2013/03/17-crafts-and-recipes-to-make-for-st.html, feel free to link up more posts!

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  21. Beautiful!! You have great ideas!! Take care, Linda

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  22. Cathy,
    I featured your lucky mugs today at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    See you tomorrow for Tuesday Trivia.
    Hugs,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  23. Such a cute idea for St. Patty's day! So glad you shared @The Weekend re-Treat!

    Hope you have a fantastic rest of your week!

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  24. This is precious! I am definitely making one for myself. ;) But mine will be a 4 leaf clover since I have 2 kiddos. <3

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  25. Super cute cup idea. Your project turned out great. Thanks for linking up & sharing @ DearCreatives.com

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  26. Really cute! Thanks for sharing

    www.leahinspired.com

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  27. Can you say, 'cute?' This mug is absolutely adorable. Thanks so much for sharing at March Madness

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