Monday, June 24, 2013

You Can't Take This Mug From Me

That's what I thought about putting on this mug.  But I went with the tried and true.  My art skills leave a bit to be desired, but you can tell it's Serenity without too much imagination.  I was helping Stephanie at work with a product issue at her machine and noticed her wallpaper was Serenity.  I also noticed that she had one of the many second-hand mugs I had distributed around the company, which was peculiar because I hadn't left her one during my primary mug-dispersal period.  I asked her about it and she didn't know where it had come from, which led me to posit that one of the other product owners had moved it to Stephanie's office during an office cleaning.  No one should have a second-hand, second-hand, second-hand, second-hand (I think there's actually one more in there) mug.  So I bought some Pebeo porcelain chalkboard black ink off Amazon, painted up a mug from a local training company, leaving enough of the lip unpainted to allow chalk-free drinking, and after 24 hours of paint drying baked her a mug at 300 degrees for 35 minutes.

Honestly, even I felt a little geeky walking around with this thing at work and riding the elevator, but in part because I wasn't going to drink out of it myself.  You have to own your geek mugs, and this one wasn't mine to own.

I gave Stephanie the warning about not using the chalk nubs I left her on the mug while it was hot, and that it could be safely wiped down, but that it tended to leave chalk on one's hands and clothes, which might not be safe for work.

There's enough paint for another mug, and Eryn is certain she gets to make the next one.

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