Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pretty Tattoo

I could never pull off getting a tattoo. It's just not me. I think my friends would probably laugh if I decided to get one.

My sister has a tattoo. A small tattoo of the word "love" behind her ear. Just the word with a period after it. love. In simple unflourished text. It looks quite pretty. Nothing over-the-top or in-your-face.

That's what I like about the etsy store McCheek's Mayhem. It reminds me of a simple tattoo. It has the quirkiness of a tattoo but with an understated beauty. That's a rare combination. Carole's store is full of quirky ceramics adorned with bold colors, strong fonts, and then lovely flowers. Her style is unique and definitely memorable - I really like her work.

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Carole is inspired by pattern and bright colors, along with elements of nature. She also finds inspiration in her friendships. With Carole's eclectic style, it's no surprise that her favorite colors change from time to time. Her current favorites are bright blues, oranges, yellows and reds.

In addition to being inspired by nature, Carole also enjoys contributing to it. She is quite the Green thumb, enjoying gardening and watching her plants thrive. Taking photographs is also one of her favorite hobbies, and the next thing she'd like to tackle is learning to sew her own clothes.

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Carole is generously giving away one of her Bird Nerd mugs (pictured above). To enter, please leave a comment here telling me what kind of slogan you'd like to see on a mug. I will announce the winner next week.

(PS. The winner of the Gloaming Designs giveaway is Karen. Congrats!)

51 comments:

emcSquared said...

A funny quote for a mug: "And how's that going for you?" It's a popular saying here at work! Of course it's not as cute as Bird Nerd, which is perfect for my family. We are all birdwatchers!

Thank you,

em9499 at gmail dot com

oh, hello friend. said...

how cute, really love her 'love' mugs! a recent slogan i like is snuggle wuggle , maybe with some cuddly bears ;) xo.

Little Miss Tiara said...

Ahhh!! Tattoos! I am never brave enough to have one! And I think when I finally am brave enough, I'll have hard time choosing what to write, hahaha xD

those are so pretty! And the bird nest mug! Omg! :D

I think a simple, "have a nice day" on a mug will make my day, hehehe :P

JennTRC said...

lovely mugs!
My favorite slogan is "stay gold"

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

va said...

whenever u feel down , pick yourself up to be happy like a balloon flying in the air free !

tumblemumbo at gmail dot com

Loreta said...

Awww, that mug is soooo cuteeeeeee.
Anyway, I would really love a "I divide by zero" mug. That would come in handy often. Although I'm not sure it's McCheek's Mayhem-material 'cause all of their stuff is so cute and cuddly. <3

leemoor1 at gmail dot com

Kris said...

These are wonderful designs!

I have some earrings up for grabs on my blog. Check it out!

http://tinyurl.com/2vollfw

Ashley said...

There's a tear in my root beer. That would be rad.

Daph said...

Here's My Mugshot

earthdancedaph@yahoo.com

mruna said...

I would love a couple of jokes on a mug!

mrunamistry at gmail dot com

The Snob said...

"i know a thing or two about a thing or two!"

it's my personal motto :)

swapper13 at hotmail

Sonia said...

Oh god, my mother would LOVE this mug! It's so hard for me to find the greatt presents for her, but this one is perfect. I love mugs with witty-yet-profound statements or quotes about reading.

sEy said...

I don't want to have tattoo either. :)

Jill said...

I am such a bird nerd. Would love this mug!

"Today's a lucky day" would be cute and uplifting, maybe on a tea cup saucer?

jillhardt at gmail dot com

Michele Lee said...

I love how you entwined your sister's tattoo with this blog. Very nifty. :) Carole's items are very beautiful and I will have to say that her tea towel is grasping a lot of my attention. Thank you for introducing her! :D

legalbee said...

I think "smile, you" would be cute on a mug. These are fun! Thanks for sharing!

Linz said...

i'm also tattoo-free, though i've seen some really pretty tatts that made me want to get one. somewhere hidden and all mine. :)

thanks for the recommend on cheeky mayhem! love the name, love the store!

Wehaf said...

I'd like the phrase "handcuffs and cheese", which is one of my favorite lines from Tim Minchin's song "If You Really Loved Me". It always cracks me up!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Katie said...

i love the mug and her whole store is super sweet as well :)

on a mug, i'd like to see... "spread joy."

thanks!

Meghan said...

I would look so silly with a tattoo as well:)

I think I would like to see the slogan, "All You Need is Love" after The Beatles:)

rachel said...

awesome shop, thanks for sharing!

Phoenix said...

LOL I love the Bird Nerd mug! Honestly, I think I'd have "Geek" written on a mug if I could.

I could also see you with a very pretty, delicate little tattoo... my friend got two tiny hearts and I think you could pull something like that off... or, you, know, a constellation of tiny stars or something...

Nobody says tattoos have to be huge or clunky!

Gaia said...

I have 5 tattoos and I really love them! my Mr B has many more too...

i think I'll probably write " live , love and laugh" ...

How are you darling?

hope you are ok!!!
Congrats fr all of your success!

picnut1512 said...

I have a tattoo...my favorite thing about my body :) How about a mug with Serendipity on it. My favorite word.

Thanks!

picnut1512@yahoo.com

Kaye Prince said...

Oh that mug is just darling - I want it! I actually really want a mug that reads "Librarians do it in the stacks" just because I think it's funny and would get me some awesome looks in the library break room.

Katie said...

I love my tattoos, I have a red bird on each calf (under the backs of my knees). They are simple, different and very me - but I think some people get a bit shocked that I have them!

My mug would read 'That's tops' :)

lisaroyhandbags said...

Great shop! I'd love "jimmy" which is short for the line in that song "jimmy crack corn and I don't care..."
: )

Novelista Barista said...

how about "mine"
:)

Silver Strands said...

Hmmm. how about:
"chocolate"
(for me it's the answer to all of life's questions)
oxox
Denalee

Heather Taylor said...

"You've been drinking drugs?"

It's from this movie Adventureland. My roommate and I quote it all the time lol.

fisiwoman said...

Nice giveaway! enter me please =)
I think I would like to see the slogan "Don't worry, be happy!"


Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
Spain

vvb32 reads said...

i'd like to see a mug with a steampunk theme - trains and dirigibles with this slogan: Want some steam?
vvb32 at yahoo.com

Melissa said...

I'd love to see a mug either with "Let's Dance" or "Drink Up" written on it! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered.

I'd like to see "Stay cool" on a mug.

Please count me in. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

Jenny Bolech said...

I love the bird nerd mug - so cute! I'd love a mug that said "Wake Up!" since that's usually what I'm trying to do when I'm using my coffee mugs :)

jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

jennifer young said...

i don't think i could get a tattoo either but i've seen amazing ones! i'd love to see "live simply" on a mug.
j.

Maki said...

I truly adore her creations - so gorgeous!

I would love to see "Rainbow" or "Dream" - I love "LOVE" as well....

I have two tiny tattoos - but yes, Dionna can not have tattoos, she is too precious and delicate to have one:)

xoxo

Liz said...

This mug is AMAZING! I would totally give it to my mom if I won it (she's an avid birder). As far as new slogans go, I think "liquid courage" would be a fun one for a mug.

karma dot points at yahoo dot com

Rainy Daisy said...

I agree with you on the simple, pretty tattoos. I will likely never work up the courage to get one, but I love the idea of them. I think the problem is that I can't think of just one design that I love enough to have permanently. Although my sister has a white dove on her forearm. It's actually almost impossible to see unless you really look, but when it appears, it's like magic.

I'm in love with the vintage plate cakestand ♥

cheers!
Daisy

Grace said...

Love bird nerd!

My sister and I still laugh at a Mystery Science Theater 3000 quote : "I know one thing... I live my life". Probably only funny to us but I'd love a mug with that on it!

weezie said...

The quote would be "Dream Out Loud".

Love the bird nerd mug. my mom adores birds!!!!

Anna said...

I made up a slogan for archaeologists once, which never fails to amuse me: I dig your strata. I don't mind cracking myself up. However, having broken my favourite coffee mug, and being one who really loves my coffee mugs, I would like one that reads 'Mama Bear'. It would be for use only by me, the mama bear.

Carissa said...

oh, I've seen this shop before! I love love love her adorned ceramics! and that bird nerd mug is just too cute.

so you want a mug slogan huh? hmm, let me think... trying to be clever here... maybe, "too hot too handle" ? or "good morning sunshine." nothing like a nice greeting to start your day, right? :) or maybe just, "wake up sleepyhead!"

kavya said...

Hermits have no peer pressure :)

Kavya
agarwalkavya@gmail.com

mimi said...

I'd love a "Are you a wizard?" mug.

lorkap94[at]gmail[dot]com

Tylerpants said...

I'd love to see a mug with the slogan "Wonder Twin powers, activate!"...yep I'm a twin. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Samy said...

One that says "tea time" would be too cute! :)

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

trixx said...

I'd love a mug with the words "Drink Me". Very Alice in Wonderland!

PonderandStitch said...

I love this shop so much! I was thinking a nice word for a mug would be 'ponder'...not just because of my shop name (ponder and stitch)but because that's what I like to sit and do while I'm drinking a nice cup of tea! I think I actually might try and see if she'll do a custom mug with this word...

Amy
myhools (at) yahoo (dot) com

cerebral e said...

You're hot! (like my coffee)

elissa at iinet dot net dot au

Anonymous said...

I love birds! I have so many books on them, not to mention my 21 pet birds!

i'd love to see the slogan
"You're the bees knees"

on a mug. It's touching and cute!

tiny_teesha at hotmail