As usual, Christmas has been done frugally around here. I’m always trying to think of useful, thoughtful gifts to give to everyone. Each year I say I’m only going to get for the kids, and each year I just can’t seem to do that. I’m never sure exactly how I stretch our non-existent Christmas dollars, but I somehow always manage. This year I loved the idea of using a Sharpie on plain white dishes to create unique pieces. Unfortunately I didn’t get photos of everything I made (which is no different from every Christmas), but I did manage to snag this mug back from my mom for a few photos. I got the idea for this kitty from this can of Belgian White Beer. I added a tail and did some different fillings, but went with the same general idea for the face. I followed the directions of many tutorials, and wrote on the mug with a Sharpie and then baked it in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.
I added this little kitty head and whiskers on the top of the handle. I figure this will show me how well the Sharpie will actually stay on since a thumb will frequently rest here and give it lots of wear. I also made a little sauce dish (like this) into a jewelry holder for my sister-in-law. I drew little diamond studs on one side and a diamond ring on the other. They were just simple doodles, but it turned out so cute! I also made my aunt a little dish for holding safety pins (she’s a quilter and quilts her own quilts on her domestic machine). I drew safety pins both opened and closed as well as straight pins with ball heads on them in the bottom of a small, shallow dish. I got all of the plain white dishes at Target for just a few dollars. I even bought a small square plate and decorated it with a winter woodland scene for us. I’m waiting to see how this mug washes up, but assuming it all turns out well, I will be making more items like this to gift in the future.
Update (4/14/2014): The marker washed off my mug and the cute little woodland plate I made. Back to the drawing board.