In addition to Benjamin's valentine mug,
I used my Pebeo paint set and thrifted cups
to make hand print mugs for my Mum
and my mother-in-law.
I traced my children's hands on paper,
making templates which I then stuck to the cup
and outlined with dots.
Dissatisfied with the uneven nature of the dots I used
to outline the hands,
I decided to fill in the hand prints on this first mug
with freehand swirls, dots, and hearts.
I'm an artist who likes to painstakingly sketch and plan first,
so this was wildly out of my comfort zone.
And the cup did turn out somewhat...wild.
In my newborn-stage haze of sleep deprivation,
fearing that this looked like one of those nightmarish trinkets
you see in the thrift store and pass by,
smirking with a hint of disdain.
I think I might even have shed a few tears.
my mom loves it.
So the fate
of my painstakingly hand painted mug
will be a happy one:
a long life of use,
not forsaken on a thrift store shelf.
(Can you tell that hormones
and sleep deprivation make me more dramatic
"more normal-looking" mug
will be either a belated birthday gift
or an early mother's day gift
for his mom.
I expect that she'll like it
just as much as my mum likes hers.