Oh, how I love a little customisation on my products. The best invention ever? Markers. They are the easiest to work with and the cheapest alternative to pretty much everything. You've got textile markers when you want to go all Project Runway on your tees and porcelain markers when you want to glam-up your mugs.
Honestly, it's the perfect solution when you're tired of your good 'ol tea cup and just make it fun. I'm by no means a pro in DIY, actually, I think it'd be fair to call me a n00b in this territory. However, practice makes perfect. The worst case scenario is that you've got to wash your mug if you don't like the design. For inspiration, head over to A Beautiful Mess and I Spy DIY.
The only things you need are: a mug, cup, bowl or [insert random porcelain object], porcelain marker and an oven to 'seal' your design. Before you put it in the oven, allow it to dry for at least 4 hours first. Then you're all set to place your mug (or whatever) in the oven for 90 minutes at 160 degrees (Celsius). Place the object in a cold oven and begin the timing whenever the temperature is reached. Set a timer and you're done. I love DIY and whilst decorating my own mugs, I've made some real cute designs for friends as well. I might've awakened my inner DIY-nerd – watch this space...