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Photo by Amy Treasure on Unsplash Shortly after Easter this year I got a very bad concussion that left me on full bed rest for three weeks and semi bed rest for another 3 weeks. For the first three weeks after the diagnosis I was not allowed to use a computer or a phone. I could not even watch TV. I was only allowed to sleep or take a walk if I felt good. The first couple of weeks were hard. The following weeks were better as I learned how to pace myself. I realized that my body was quite adept at letting me know when it had had enough. And so I listened to me and surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself.  For the first time in my life I was able to rest without guilt and it was wonderful. I unplugged and reconnected with nature and it made me incredibly happy. This enabled me to see ME for the first time in what seemed like forever and I started to understand what was missing in my life, what I needed and what I no longer needed.  For a very long time I have equated

DIY: Chalkboard Mug

I am in the mood to create today and so I went in search of an easy but fun craft project and I found this one on Wit & Whistle: The Chalkboard Mug. Looks like fun and seems quite simple to do. It could also make for an interesting Christmas or Hostess gift don't you think?

Here are the instructions re-posted from Wit & Whistle

You will need:

A porcelain mug
Painter's tape
Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint (available at Amazon)
A soft bristle paint brush (a watercolor brush works well)

How To:

1. Make sure your mug is clean and dry.
2. Use painter's tape to mask off the part of the mug that you don't want to paint, or you could skip this step and paint the whole mug. Personally, I think it looks snazzy only partially painted. 
3.Apply the paint with a soft bristle brush. If you mess up just wipe the paint away with a wet paper towel and try again. Please note that this particular porcelain paint says it's not recommended for surfaces that come into contact with food (although it's water based and nontoxic, so I don't understand what the problem would be). 
4. As soon as you are done painting, carefully remove the tape. If you remove it before the paint is dry, the tape will be less likely to peel up the edges of the paint. 

DIY chalkboard mug
4. Let the paint dry for 24 hours. Then, bake your mug according to the paint package instructions. After baking turn off the oven and leave the mug inside until it has gradually cooled to room temperature. After you bake it the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.
5. I recommend chalking up your mug before you fill it with a hot beverage. (I learned this the hard way!)

DIY chalkboard mug


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