First up, these DIY Monogram Mugs:
I just loved the way these looked when I first stumbled across them. The mugs were so cute and really seemed to be forgiving to those of us who can't manage to color inside the lines. The best part is that this project can be really, really inexpensive.
I found a few plain white mugs at Goodwill for about .99 cents a piece. The hardest part of the whole project was that I had to go to a few different stores to find the proper paint pen, and the tutorial calls for transfer paper, which I couldn't find. The cheaper alternative is to rub graphite pencil all over the back of what you're tracing and let the pencil do all the work when you trace over it. While I liked the block lettering, the English Major in me decided on something a little bit fancier, and I ended up with this:
You could easily make a few of these for holiday or hostess gifts, or completely overhaul your mug collection by mixing and matching mug styles, colors, or designs.
The next tutorial is something I stumbled across before my wedding, and I completely fell in love with it. In fact, I ended up making some of these bags for my bridesmaids to hold all their goodies!
Canvas bag, plus paint, plus doily equals magic. The project was really easy, and I ended up customizing it further by using different paint colors to suit each bridesmaid's personality. Also, if you want the exact doily used in the original tutorial, get Wilton brand doilies (I found mine at Joann's).
Here's how mine turned out:
I loved these so much that I eventually made one for myself and one for Mama Goodlaff. I use mine all the time at our local farmer's market, and I've heard tell that Sister Goodlaff loves hers too!