I recently stumbled upon a fun new medium to play around with called porcelaine paint. Before this, I had no idea that a permanent paint existed that you could use on glass and ceramics without firing it. So cool! It comes in both bottles and pens. Depending on the kind, you either let it dry for 72 hours or put it in the oven for a little while to set it. Either way, it ends up being dishwasher resistant (but don't use a scrub brush! learned THAT the hard way).
There are so many personalized and customized possibilities... mugs, plates, vases, coasters, you name it! After my Grandpa saw a tray I made for my sister, he went off and painted birds and flowers on all of the extra ceramic tiles he had from a bathroom renovation.
I got this little yellow creamer at a second hand shop for a dollar. Thrift stores are a perfect place to find great, cheap things to paint.
I've always loved my friend Lianna's name; it's pretty sounding AND pretty looking. I figured it would be the perfect subject for her personalized birthday tea cup. And she'll certainly never have to wonder which cup is hers. :)