Etsy is an online store that is brimming with handmade and vintage pieces from artisans all around the world. It’s a creative haven where you can find anything, and it’s hard not to spend hours trawling through all the fabulous finds. This week, we’re mulling over these great motivational coffee mugs.
Most of us can’t face the morning without a good cup of coffee or tea. Instead of sipping out of the same old boring cup, why not switch to a mug that offers a dose of inspiration as well as your caffeine fix? Etsy has a slew of motivational mugs on sale with all sorts of quotes and sayings that will help get your day off to a great start. While the words may differ, the message is really the same: If you seize the day and be optimistic, good things will come. With all that motivation, we might just have to up our morning caffeine hit to two cups!
Live and learn
Marilyn Monroe was not only an icon of style and grace, but she was also quite the wordsmith. This porcelain mug is hand inked with one of her most memorable sayings: “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” If the meaning of life isn’t enough to muse over while you drink your daily latte, we don’t know what is! The ceramicist, Zinnia Pea, has a shop full of similar goodies.
Dare to dream
MuddyPotts has the minimalist thing down pat. This mug is so simple yet so chic, with an all-white background and the all-important word — dream — etched in colour. What’s more, the quote is truly one to live by. Everyone has hopes and dreams about what they want to do and who they want to be, so this mug is a daily reminder to never give up on your goals. It’s also fairly large, so is also perfect for people who prefer sipping on a cup of tea instead of gulping down a coffee. Handpainted with a non-toxic glaze, this mug will last forever.
Hang in there
If you were a bookworm in childhood and a literary buff now, you’ll love this mug from the ultra-crafty OpheliasGypsyCaravan. She has borrowed the words of Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess, for this cup: “Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.” This dusty pink cup with its whimsical flowers along the bottom is perfect for the “girly girl” who needs reminding that great things are just around the corner, and all you have to do is wait.
If you need something to brighten up your morning, a few wise words from John Lennon should do the trick. This huge coffee mug, courtesy of LoveArtWorks, is bursting with inspiration that just might help you make the most of every day. Hand-painted with one of Lennon’s most famous sayings — “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK it’s not yet the end” — this mug will remind you that possibilities are endless if you have the right attitude. The little birds perched around the words are a cute finishing touch.