I am an Irish girl through and through. My grandmother happily lets everyone know that she is from Clarke County in Ireland in casual conversation. I love decorating for St. Patty's Day, but I wanted to come up with a cute, unique gift for the two women in my life that help to take care of my daughter when I go to work every day. I am extremely fortunate to have my parents within a forty-five minute drive. Riley started going to my mom's every day once she was two months. I never could have gone back to work so soon if I didn't have my mom watching her. I went to work every day knowing that Riley's every need would be taken care of because of who takes better care of a little girl than a grandmother. The second woman in our lives is a friend's mom who lives about ten minutes away. She runs a daycare out of her home and Riley loves it there. My friend and I cannot get over the similarities in our mothers. They speak to Riley the exact same way, which for a child of routine is ideal. So I decided on a little something for them. I picked up mugs from the dollar store and racked my brain. I saw a shamrock drawn from multiple hearts and a light bulb went off.
I started out by drawing a stem and a heart with swirls at the top with a green sharpie marker. I initially drew it starting with the swirls at the top of the heart, but I found it was much easier to start from the base.
I then added another heart to the other side of the stem.
The final heart went in between the two hearts.
I continued drawing shamrocks in a vine like creation. I wanted the shamrocks to create one large shamrock, but I actually like the way it came out so I was okay with the vine like creation. The final step was to add the last name. I free handed the name, which in retrospect I wish I had stenciled it on. I'll make sure to the stencil the Shamrock and Irish Blessing Plate I plan on making. The great thing about using a sharpie is that it can withstand the dishwasher and water. You'd need to use a magic eraser and some elbow grease to get off. I only know this because of a Christmas gift I got for my parents where I needed to erase a name from ceramic. The magic eraser is a god send by the way because it's a sponge that has cleaning materials already embedded within it.
I also did the back side of the mug so that it wasn't empty.