DIY Gold Dot Mug

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my confetti dot mug

Lately, I’ve had visions of myself doing art projects in the morning, a pretty coffee mug in hand to keep the inspiration going. So when my friend, Rebekah, invited me over for a craft session, I knew exactly what project I wanted to make. A gold confetti dot mug!

Supplies:
• White mug (the one I used is from the Threshold series at Target)
• Gold glass paint or oil-based gold Sharpie pen (mine is Martha Stewart Crafts glass paint)
• pencil with an unused eraser
• paint palette (or just a paper plate)
• tiny paint brush for touch-ups

I chose random, confetti-style dots for my mug, but you could place them more evenly depending on your preference. For a Kate Spade style variation, you can use a round sponge brush like Andrea did over on Worley House blog.  Squeeze a quarter-size amount of paint onto your palette. When you dip your pencil eraser in the paint, you want to make sure to get enough paint on it and then press lightly when you dot it onto the mug. It helps a lot to practice on wax paper beforehand because the surface is similar to the glazed ceramic.

Starting  along the bottom edge mug, continue making dots, randomly spaced and gradually getting more far apart as you work your way upward. Personally, I didn’t want to put the paint close to the edge since I’ll be drinking off of it, so I chose to stop the dots about an inch before the top of the mug. If the paint turned out lumpy, I lightly smoothed it with a little paintbrush. A word of advice – I messed up some dots by being a perfectionist and using the brush too much, which got air into the paint, so the less you mess with it, the better.

When you are finished painting, place the mugs in a cool oven and then turn on the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You want the mugs to heat up along with the oven in order for the paint to cure properly. Set your timer for 30 minutes, and then after 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let the mugs cool down in the oven. It is recommended to wait 72 hours before using them.

This is a really fun project and you could even do it with two colors of paint (I want to try it with hot pink and gold). I hope you are as happy with your mug as I am with mine! Let me know if you learn any other tips along the way. If you want to purchase a mug instead of do-it-yourself, you could always go to the shop where I got my Pin-spiration image. You can find the lovely, hand-made mugs here, at Luna Lighting.

Instant Artwork

Sometimes fine art is not an option when you are still trying to stretch your home furnishings budget to include enough seating for more than three people in your living room, so I am always looking for creative ways to decorate our apartment. While I was wandering around Ben Franklin craft store with a friend, inspiration struck as soon as I saw the lovely Amy Butler fabrics on the scrap shelf.

For just a few dollars, I got three cheerful fabrics and then scored three 5×5 inch art canvases on sale a week or two later. I wrapped the fabric around the canvas, stapled the back, and, voilà, a new set of artwork for around eight dollars!

The back may not be pretty, but that's okay.

The back may not be pretty, but that’s okay.

The finished product. Now all I need to do is hang them up!

The finished product. Now all I need to do is hang them up!

First-time Fan Jitters

Design Sponge Seattle

me with Grace Bonney

Meeting Grace Bonney at Anthropologie in Seattle was a huge thrill! I got to go to the book signing part of the Design Sponge Book Tour, and I was very nervous as I stepped into the second place in line. Having no idea what to say, I rambled on about the dresser that I had painted and how her blog had inspired me.

I have never gotten all starry-eyed about a celebrity before, but after meeting Grace and having her sign my book, I was ecstatic. The high lasted for hours. Yes, it was a bit ridiculous, but I don’t care.

Now I know what it’s like to be a fan.

Before and After: Emerald Green Dresser

My hubby found this dresser for 25 dollars at Value Village.  I love the sixties feel of it, plus the drawers are already lined with gorgeous retro paper. Since I have followed designsponge.com for over a year, it seemed ridiculous that I had never tried painting a piece of furniture. I read a couple of their posts about it and then went to Home Depot and got a sanding sponge and Behr paint and primer in one.

I have to say that using the sanding sponge to get the whole piece prepped was a laborious process. I would like to invest in an orbital sander, but we just don’t have the space. Next, it was on to the painting, but I forgot one vital item – painter’s tape! I didn’t buy it and was impatient to get started so the edges of the inside of the dresser are covered in drips. Thankfully, these aren’t visible at all, but I will definitely tape things off in the future.

It took three coats, and several painting sessions, to transform the dresser, but the result is so vibrant that it was well worth it. My favorite part was finding the rose knobs to go on the top dresser for only 4 dollars each at World Market.

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Last weekend was hot (for Seattle) and sunny and wonderful. I tried to enjoy every bit of it, knowing the end of the good weather was coming. Hubby and I went shopping, went for a swim, and walked along the Kirkland waterfront.

The last sunny days would not be properly celebrated without an iced coffee in there somewhere. I normally always get a hot latte, no matter the season, but an iced Cocoa Cappuccino from Starbucks really hit the spot and was a great way to say goodbye to summer.

Yellow

I got these Seychelles sandals my junior year of college and haven’t tired of them yet. They were under another pair of shoes in my closet and I found them the other day. It was almost like wearing a new pair of shoes. I had forgotten how much I like them and how cheery they are.

Unbeknownst to him, my hubby was in keeping with the yellow theme when he brought me yellow roses a few days after I wore the sandals.

So yellow is my whimsy for the week.

Yellow roses

Being a Beginner

Being a beginner at this, I feel the need for a disclaimer: I am starting this blog because I am a procrastinator. If I figure out how to do this before I start, I will never start, because I will tweak and overanalyze and freak out and worry until a blog becomes an idea I once had. Plus, I have a book about HTML that tells me to start a blog and I have to return it to the library this week.