Long Distant Drinking with Friends or DIY Coffee Mugs

Does it not royally whomp when a good friend moves away?

Red Shawshank redemption 

A very good friend of mine moved at the beginning of the summer, and I couldn’t help feeling like Red from The Shawshank Redemption. Despite the obvious similarities that Red and I both share  (our magical voices for one), the most striking was when we were both working in a field and narrating our sadness with the same words: “I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

Okay, so maybe,I am not in prison, and  I was not working in a field and narrating my friend’s absence like Red, but we both do have wonderfully soothing voices (I mean I do, I can’t speak for Mr. Freeman … His voice is alright, I guess) and we both miss our friends.

I digress. Bottom line: Just like Red, I do miss my friend, but I am happy for her. I think that is the way with all of us who have friends who move away. We are sad and lonely for selfish reasons, but find joy in the joy our friend is experiencing.

This experience with change and distance becomes quite real to a lot of youngins’ in August when their childhood and high school pals move on to college. It’s sad, exciting, and new. I get their mixed feelings.

To cope with the change, we make gifts and tokens to remind the person moving: “Hey, remember me!”

A high school graduate and friend of mine and I made our “Hey! Remember Mes!” in the form of coffee mugs.

We had seen these DIY Coffee Mugs all over Pinterest. My friend Bailey and Nicole made some beautiful ones a while back. And most recently, Rona posted a tutorial on DIY Sharpie Coffee Mugs.

We did not use Sharpies on our mugs, instead we used oil-based paint markers. We found the color to be more intense, and we hope that the designs last longer as a result.

However, the curing process for both Oil-based paint markers or glass markers are the same as Rona’s instructions here.

By the way, we got our mugs at The Dollar Tree! Here’s the link to buy the ones we used.

mugs dollar tree


Check out our cute variations on long distance friendship mugs!

DIY Coffee Mug #1

“Life’s truest happiness is found in the friendships we make along the way.”


DIY Coffee Mug #2

“Best Friends Forever, never apart. Maybe in distance, but never in heart”





Like Rona said, personalized mugs make sweet little gifts!



2 Comments on Long Distant Drinking with Friends or DIY Coffee Mugs

  1. Tink Jayne
    August 6, 2014 at 1:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Aawww I did these DIY mugs on my blog a while ago (nowhere near as beautifully and arty as yours though, wow)
    I love gifts like these, so cute. At least you guys can both make a mug of tea and skype each other :) x x
    x tink x allabouttink.co.uk

    • Grace
      August 21, 2014 at 1:24 am (4 years ago)

      We thought yours were pretty cute, too!


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