Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone.
St. Patrick’s Day blessings to you all.
A heart free of sadness,
A mind free of worries,
A life full of gladness,
A body free of illness, and
A spirit full of God’s blessings.
Have a blessed St. Patrick’s Day!
Well, you all know I have not been out shopping a bunch. Cutting my contact back as much as possible. But I still have my box of dollar day items to repurpose from my earlier shopping trips.
So I thought it would be nice to share a fun way to use those pretty mugs in all those second hand shops we see all the time. You all know what I am talking about. There are always piles of them in thrift stores. Some of them are worth some money too, well, except now that is, for awhile at least. Most people now are investing in toilet paper…who knew. That one was a shock to me. I think there is a woman out there that is making little toilet paper earrings and selling them. They are actually kind of cute.
Most of the time with these pretty vintage mugs I just use them in my house. Sometimes though I use them as pretty packaging for gifts. This saves on wrapping paper and paper bags. You can add just about anything to these little mugs, as long as it is small enough. Jewelry, candy, tea, a pretty sachet, a silk scarf, miniature toys, tiny books. Then add a little tissue and a pretty bow with a hand made card. And you know what my favorite part is?… the fact that these little mugs don’t end up in the city dump.
When giving a gift I always try to combine something from nature. In the city here that would be something from my garden and up north at Our Little Red House it would probably include some pretty wildflowers or even some wild mint, or a mug full of wild blackberries. This vintage mug was perfect for a bundle of mint. I tied the bundle with a lace ribbon. Whoops, for got to add something…please consult with your doctor when using herbs, sometimes herbs cause allergies.
I thought the couple on it was so cute. Add a handmade gift card along with a printed piece of paper of all the benefits and ways to use mint. This will encourage the one getting the gift to grow some mint themselves. Even if in a big city, a few little pots out by the door are enough to grow a few things.
This red vintage mug had a really unusual design to it. The color was so bright. I added aloe to this one. We all know how great Aloe Vera is. Right now they are using Aloe gel along with alcohol as a hand sanitizer because of the shortage around our country.
This mug reminds me of some art I have seen in our city museum here.
There was a lot of detail to it.
I especially love the little birds on it. I have a weakness for bird decor. The combination of the white and blue was so pretty.
I added some Rosemary and Lavender bundles to this mug. I tied these bundles with twine.
Lavender is a great fragrance to help calm nerves. It helps with anxiety disorders and we all could use something that helps with anxiety right now around the world.
On your gift tags add this tip for your rosemary bundles:
Clip fresh rosemary leaves from twigs and add to ice trays then feel with water and freeze. Out them into a little bag in the freezer, the use them later for soups and stews.
This tip came from Molly at mollygreen.com/blog/twenty-ways-to-use-rosemary/
I was amazed at all the benefits of rosemary. We use it on chicken with lemons. I also make a foot soak with fresh rosemary clippings.
This mug was so light and so dainty when I picked it up.
I thought with the green in it, Parsley was the herb for it.
When I looked on the bottom I noticed it was stamped bone chine.
I loved it, it almost seem to have a soft glow about it.
I decided to add parsley to this one. When you are using mugs for garden herb bouquets you will get a feel for what herb to add to each mug based off of it’s design. This one looked like it would mix well with parsley.
It is very relaxing clipping herbs out in the garden.
Here is a recipe to add to a gift card. Oh, and get creative with the cards you make too. Use recycled materials and decoupage scrap fabrics or watercolor pretty designs to card stock. For your parsley mug add this recipe to it:
Parcel face mask.
A bundle of parsley, soak in warm water then smash leaves.
Add 2 tsp of honey and a I tsp. of lemon juice. Skip the lemon juice of you have sensitive and dry skin. Leave on for 10-15 minutes 2-3x a week.
I tend to go for pretty and soft floral mugs when out second hand shopping. The mugs can range in price from anywhere to .69 cents to a couple of dollars, even cheaper if you shop on half off days. Sometimes I will pick up silly mugs too like this owl down below.
He was so cute. This mug was all succulent to me. How pretty would this be on a desk or in a bedroom.
Presenting a gift in a beautiful way makes it that much more special.
Hope you all liked this months dollar day do over. What items would you fill your mugs with and do you have a favorite from this bunch that I did. Have fun out there second hand shopping. Stay safe out there and happy shopping adventures.