Friday, January 28, 2011

Once upon a time i wrote blog posts...

if you're looking for this week's challenge, it can be found here.

Inspired by Kit @ Dreamscribe Designs and Mel @ Lone Creature's posts regarding their coffee cups i thought i'd take this opportunity to show mine!

When my 2nd son, Artoo, was born almost 2 months early in October, i spent it a lot of time going back and forth to the hospital while he was in Neo-Natal Intensive Care.
Oct 16, 2010 - Artoo's birthday!

Then i lived there 24/7 for the ten days he spent in Pediatric Care.  He spent a total of 40 days in the hospital before he came home.

As i spent a lot of time just being present, i started bringing my Zentangle® kit to the hospital and did a few tiles.  Here are two that i made for Artoo's isolette and for his little neighbour Erik's isolette.

"e" is for "Erik"

"o" is for Artoo's real name ;)
I really embraced Zentangle during this period, as it helped me to find a space of calm during such a crazy time in my life.

I also spent a LOT of time (and money) at the Starbucks Kiosk in the Hospital Mall.  i loooooves me some Starbucks - and i bought a really great red travel mug in support of Project (RED).  it's great.

a few days later, Starbucks started putting out their Christmas stuff and i came so close to buying a travel mug  with the photo insert to tangle....but i couldn't justify the purchase seeing as i'd just bought the (RED) one.

i kept going back to the kiosk, and kept almost buying it.

then i saw this great mug and immediately dreamed of tangles!  A great mug to use at home!


it took me a while to find the time to sit down and tangle it - and it sat on my counter until just before New Year's.

then i sat down, tangled, let it cure for 24 hours, then baked it in the oven to set it...

at 18 ozs, i call it my Big Mug.  i use it everyday, and it holds almost half my coffee pot.  mmmm.

So Awesome, even Jessie loves it.
So there you have it!

My Zentangle Inspired Art Mug.

23 comments:

  1. Love it! How long and what temp did you bake it?

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  2. Oh- My brother bought me one of those mugs a last year for my birthday. He said- "I don't know- I figured you could draw on it.." Well, I haven't gotten around to draw on it yet...Did you use the pen that came with it? How well did it work? I Love it btw & am thrilled to find another coffee addict...

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  3. Beautiful mug! Thanks for sharing your stories about Artoo. Look how far he has come in such a short time. What a special little guy he is! Hugs, Sue

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  4. How Grand! or maybe Grande, or actually almost Vente! Where did you get it? Do they make them smaller?

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  6. i baked it at 350 for 45 minutes, i think. the instructions were on the mug.

    i did use the marker that came with the mug, and this was the only size i saw. I got it at Starbucks (the one on 2nd Ave.)

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  7. Um, yum, and nummy-num! The perfect mug in the perfect size! I try to enjoy only one coffee a day, so I've made NO limitations on it's size! Love the tiles for the baby boys; wonderful that Zentangle could offer you a place of peace and a piece of place while you waited and worried.

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  8. Thank you for sharing Artoo's story with us. He is a dear! Wow, what a fabulous mug! I am going to look for one like that here in Toronto. :-)

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  9. Great 'mug shots' [smile] ...and Jesse is pretty choosy - so that's high praise indeed! Wow, Laura! That really is One Awesome Mug. I love it! I've had a couple of my Zentangles commercially printed onto white ceramic mugs (Cafe Press, Zazzle, and Vistaprint will do that quite cheaply), and guests who use them frequently ask, "Can I order one?" (which they can't 'cause they were one offs). But it's given me a great idea for birthday presents for this year! Last year people got traditional Zentangles, but mugs would actually get used, and handled [pun] ...which is great! I've had a punny week this week. [grin] As I'm sure you've all noticed. LOL

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  10. Great Mug! It's nice to witness how zentangling is not only beautiful and fun but also theraputic.

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  11. I was given one of those mugs by my favorite Starbucks Barista and I'm a little sad today because I didn't know about zentangling then. I eventually gave the mug away after I found out the little "doodle" I drew on it wouldn't come off and I couldn't have a do-over. Your is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Love that mug.. I think I need one of those too.. just beautiful...

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  13. How beautiful. I never would have thought. What a great idea for a V'Day gift to my husband--a man who loves SB mugs and the Via to put in them. (If he uses it. Often people who receive such a guft think it's "too good" to use. Honestly, that's the point: use it and think of me. I wonder how easy it was to use the included marker? I know it's meant for signatures, but you have so many fine details that I wonder how clumsy it might be.

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  14. the marker wasn't too bad, but i practised on a bit of paper before drawing on the mug.

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  15. wowie...good coffee in that mug... perfection!

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  16. Laura...I am presenting you with the "stylish blogger award". You may pick up you badge and award if forward here: http://leslierahye.blogspot.com/2011/01/award-id-like-to-thank.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. my Awesome Godson just brought be the Starbucks mug: I'm soo-oo excited! Laura, you did such a great job with yours!!

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tangle me some zen, baby!!