It's no secret that I have a love affair with coffee. It's been going on for years and it's going strong. In our house the coffee is the very first that is made in the morning... even Macie knows that the Keurig needs to be going before breakfast can be served. The funny thing about morning coffee is that it doesn't seem right if it's not in YOUR mug, you know what I mean? Now, if you have ever been in my house - STOP LAUGHING. If you haven't been in my house, I'll let you in on a secret. I have a million mugs. It seems to be the one thing that people buy me and because of that, I have a ton. Even with all of the mugs in the house, there are probably 2-3 that I use every morning. Allen is the same way when it comes to mugs. He has one Virginia Tech mug that he uses for his weekend coffee. It's big and holds a mess of coffee and it has a giant VT on it so that makes it - perfect. We each use our respected mugs and never stray to the other mugs. Don't mess with my mug.
Since Father's day is around the corner I started to think about what I could do for him that could be from Macie. I thought about it as I was drinking my morning coffee in one of my morning mugs and looking at Pinterest. It was at that moment that I thought of a gift for Allen. He needs a second mug. He has one weekend mug for two days - that doesn't seem right. It was a pin from Craft Project Ideas that got the juices flowing.
I had mug from Crate and Barrel that was plain ol' white so after giving it a few looks, I decided it was time to spice it up. I grabbed a paint pen and some enamel stencil paint and got to work. This is a SIMPLE project (though it does help to have a child that cooperates!)
I used the paint pen to write "Dad's Mug" on one side and "Hands Off" on the other side. After I was sure that it was dry and I had prepped the area for a little person (wet paper towels, drop cloth and a little towel to protect clothes) I got the stencil paint out and found little miss Macie. No, I didn't lose her. She was napping and decided to wait for her to wake up before shoving her hand in paint. Turns out I should have tried it while she was sleeping. I'm kidding --- sort of. I carefully dipped her hand in the paint and blotted it slightly but then, it happened. She got so excited about the whole thing she smashed her hand onto the cup! It's a big blotchy hand print - definitely not perfect, definitely not what I had in mind, but definitely fitting for Macie. I had planned on having two hand prints on the mug so it would look like she held it - that planned died. I cleaned Macie up and let her play so I could look at the mug again and you know what? I love it. It's a perfect gift for Allen from Macie. It shows just how hard it is for her to be still and how she loves to grab things that aren't hers. I guarantee that won't be the last time she gets her little hands all over this mug. I hope he loves his Father's Day gift. Is anyone else making a gift for the man of the house?? What do you have little hands making?