DIY: give your coffee mugs a makeover

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Last year (yes, you read it right :D ) I decided to give my coffee mugs a makeover. Unfortunately, it was right about the time we had to start packing (we moved to Sweden) so I didn’t really had the time for DIY (or anything else pretty much), but now that I’m finally unpacked I got back to this idea and this weekend I gave my coffee mugs a lovely makeover! I actually can’t believe how simple it was and how much I love how they turned out!

Here’s what you need:

  • (coffee) mugs
  • porcelain pen(s) (available at any hobby store)
  • wet cloth (I use baby wipes – as long as the drawing isn’t dry you can wipe it off and draw again)
  • dry cloth
  • oven

 I start by drawing on a piece of paper. You don’t have to do that but I like to do it just so I can get a bit of practice and to have a plan first – what am I going to draw, how, big or small details, etc. This is how it looks like:

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Then I start with drawing my motives on a mug. The easiest way to do that is to hold the mug under an angle instead of holding it completely horizontally. Once I started it went pretty fast from there! In a few minutes I was done with two mugs!  Later, another four mugs got their makeover so now I have six completely new and stylish mugs! :) After I was done with drawing I put all mugs into preheated oven to 230 degrees for 20 minutes. I’ve seen that all porcelain pens have different instructions (based on the company that is making them) so please read the instructions. After they’re done I let them to cool off and that’s it! :)

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Coffee time! ♥

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 How do you like this idea? Will you be doing something similar? :)

Vesna ♥

Currently loving #001

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Let me share with you a few things I currently love ♥

  • Bolia.com “bowl” which I use as my fruit bowl. I love how simple it actually is and yet it’s so stunningly looking. Okay, maybe not to you (which I find it hard to believe) but I really like it. :D Bolia.com is another Scandinavian design brand which definitely is pricey for me but they do have good sale offers from time to time.
  • Little bowls from Marina Marinski which I use for my healthy snacks! Marina is a tremendously talented Croatian jewelry and ceramic designer and I can’t even describe how much I love her work. I already own many bowls and some jewelry with her signature and the only thing I can do is to highly recommend her work. ♥
  • Tulips. Swedes really have a thing for flowers and it didn’t take me long to adapt. Not that I didn’t like flowers before or anything, I just never gave them a thought. Boy, that was so wrong! I just enjoy these tulips and I’m actually good in taking care of them (I was sure they wouldn’t survive the night bet here they are five days later!).
  • Sköna hem, one of many Swedish magazines about interiors, home decor and all those pretty little things.

What do you love at the moment? :)

Vesna ♥

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Stockholm ♥

Sorry for not being active (life does take priority) but here are a few random photos of Stockholm as an ‘apology’. :) It’s so obvious that spring is really close and I can almost feel it. I can only imagine how gorgeous it will be! ♥

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Vesna ♥

SWEDISH TRADITIONS | FIKA

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There are many lovely Swedish traditions, but let me introduce you to one that really got my attention when I first heard about it – FIKA (pronounced fee-ka). As far as I understood, you can say that fika is a coffee break, but it’s actually much more than just a coffee break. The reason it’s more than just a coffee break is the fact that it’s considered as something really important to Swedes and they take it really seriously. So seriously that there’s actually scheduled time for fika at many (most?) work places since it’s considered to be productive part of the day. Also, the word fika is both a noun and a verb.

Fika can happen at any time of the day and besides coffee there are also accompanying treats like muffins, sweats, breads, cookies, cakes… You can fika not only with your colleagues at work, but also with your family members or friends at home or cafe.

I actually like the fact that you can simply take a pause in the middle of the day to enjoy and socialize a bit with other people without it being considered as laziness or unproductiveness (at least when it comes to work). :)

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 So, how do you like fika? :)

Vesna ♥