DIY Cat-Themed Cups

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I’m so excited to share this DIY with you today because: 1) it’s really easy, and 2) you can customize it however you like! I decided to make my cups pretty with cute cat-themed puns. What will you draw on yours?

DIY Cat-Themed Cups:

1. Gather your supplies. I used plastic cups, which aren’t ideal because you’re supposed to heat the finished work in the oven after drying. So, it’s probably best to use oven-safe glass cups or mugs for this project! I also used a Craft Smart Paint Pen.

2. Plan your design. I practiced my cat puns on a piece of lined paper before starting in on my cups. I wanted to make sure I had the spacing right, and the look that I wanted. After practicing on paper, I dove right in with the paint pen, but if you’re nervous about messing up you can always draw the design in pencil first!

3. Paint in your design, and let it dry for 24 hours. Then, you’re good to go!

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I added little cat ears and whiskers to this cup, and I love the way it turned out!

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 I decided to add a little cat face on the back of this cup, and even though it’s a little bit uneven I love the way it looks! It just added something special.

I’m so happy with how this project turned out! I think that this would make a great gift–just think how fun it would be to personalize a mug or cup and fill it with little goodies for someone–or just a fun way to make yourself some custom drink ware. I think it would be fun to make a dog-themed set next–I was thinking of using “I ruff you.” Okay, I know it’s pretty cheesy, but I do love a good pun.

Happy crafting!

Life Lately

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted (is it just me, or have most of my posts started this way?). I’ve been really busy finishing up my summer semester, and I just started a new part-time summer job! So life has been a little hectic. But it’s all good–I’m finally getting a little break from school, and I’m enjoying some time to my self. If only I had my sewing machine…

Here are a few snapshots of what my life has looked like lately:

cathyThe Cathedral of Learning. I absolutely LOVE this building. So beautiful.

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This pretty kitty decided to take a little snooze on our back porch. I was so in love with it!

 

 

 

 

PhippsPhipps Conservatory on a morning walk.

photoI’ve got a little garden in my front yard, with a hugely successful squash plant! I’m kind of drowning in squash right now, help. I also have a mediocre tomato plant, and a healthy basil plant. I’ve loved trying to grow something, it makes me feel really good about my abilities! Plus, it’s exciting to cook food that you grew. Major bragging rights.

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

Paintbrush Scroll

I have a little confession to make…

I love sewing!
You thought it was going to be something wild and crazy, didn’t you? Well, it’s not. Or maybe it is. I guess that’s up to you to decide. Anyway, sewing is one of my favorite hobbies. I decided I wanted to learn how to sew a couple of years ago, and I fell head over heels for it! I love picking a project, choosing the perfect fabric (OMG, fabric stores are my favorite places!), and creating something. Plus, you can make some really fabulous gifts for people (and make them realize how cool and talented you are, because a lot of people don’t know how to sew!). Bonus.

I made this great paintbrush scroll (I slightly adapted the instructions from this book) to hold all of my paintbrushes. I loved it so much that I made one for my mom’s birthday!

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If you don’t paint, you could definitely make this work for other items. Just make sure you measure how big of pockets you’ll need for said items before you sew them!

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It’s perfect for protecting my paintbrushes and keeping them all in the same place, plus it’s portable! Once folded up, I could easily slip this in a tote bag and take it with me.

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