Oh, and pardon the pics. I took them before I left for work (which was like 7:00 am, which is also pitch black dark in December)
One of my schools was auctioning off cookie trays to benefit Abused Women's Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) in Anchorage. Last year they were able to donate over $1000 (this is my more affluent school) from parent/teacher bids on cookies. Well, give me any excuse to bake copious amounts of cookies and I will do just that. :o) I wanted to try hot chocolate on a stick (FAIL!) and serve it in custom mugs with marshmallows (I toyed with the idea of trying to make my own... but then I realized I was uber busy) and homemade sugar cookies. I'd share the sugar cookie recipe, but its a family one from my Great Aunt Dorothy that I'm not ready to share yet. Maybe next year. ;o)
Okay, like I was saying... mugs. I picked up two plain white porcelain mugs for $1 at the thrift store with "good lines" (dunno why I felt the need to stick that in quotations... It just felt right...). I followed this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I drew on them freehand, then baked them at 350* for 30 minutes. Cooled, washed, then ready to go!
I went with "Merry and Bright" and "Comfort & Joy" because I love how two (okay, technically three) words can encompass the coziness of the holidays during the darkness that is Winter. Love, love, love!
Here are the final platters I brought in. No clue how much they auctioned for, but hey, they went for something, and that something went for good. Oh, and I got to be a bit artsy fartsy and decorate mugs AND cookies! Sounds like a win-win-win to me! :oD