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J.R.R. Tolkien "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" LOTR Literary Quote Mug - Hand Painted Brown and Taupe

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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is give us." -J.R.R. Tolkien

This simple quote is so profound--and so assuring--to those of us who worry about the things that go on in our lives. Of course, Gandalf says it to Frodo as he agonizes over the burden of being the Ringbearer, and while none of us face that particular battle during the course of our lives, the smaller ones still deserve no less attention and reassurance.

This is perfect for anyone needing direction, comfort, or simply the knowledge that many others who have gone before have struggled with the same enduring question: What should I do?

I painted it on a wide-ish, standard sized pale taupe mug with pre-glazed detailing in dark brown and navy, the patterns forming Rivendell-like leaf arches. The quote itself rims the top of this design, and around all of it, I added a sprinkling of colored stars.

For Elves and hobbits.

All my work is done with heat-set ceramic paint, and withstands dishwashers, microwaves, and the general passage of time with admirable endurance. I would, however, recommend against the use of strong abrasives.

Frequently asked questions about OpheliasGypsyCaravan

All my pieces are scavenged from various stores, and I hand paint each one, so the short answer is 'no.' But if you'd like a reproduction of a past design on a different mug, I can absolutely do that. Please read my custom mug listings to see which one fits your needs: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109863641/simple-custom-mug-you-choose-the-quote?ref=shop_home_feat_2 ; https://www.etsy.com/listing/90199344/complex-custom-mug-you-choose-the-quote?ref=shop_home_active_5
That all depends on what I can find locally. Like sold mugs, I can't often (if ever) reproduce an exact duplicate of a sold item, but sometimes I can find similar pieces to paint the same way. These sorts of custom projects usually take a long time, mostly because the actual finding of the pieces is a long and involved process, but if you're willing to wait a bit, please get in touch and we'll chat about options!
Usually, when I post a large collection of mugs, I do it all at once, and alert my Facebook followers and mailing list of their availability. Since time tends to be of the essence in those situations, I don't measure each cup's liquid volume, because that takes a lot of time. But if you'd like to know the size of any given mug, feel free to message me! In general, mugs I classify as "Small" tend to be 6-10 ounces, "Medium," 10-12 ounces, "Large," 14-16 ounces, and "Extra Large," 18 ounces and up.
Absolutely! I have many custom options in my shop, from simple, black-text only mugs, to intricate, complex artwork and mug specifications, to bowls and decorative platters. They can all be found in the MISCELLANY section of my shop. (Please read the descriptions on the listings before you place your order.)
This question is one I still cannot satisfactorily answer, even after eight years of experience with these paints. The paint brand, Pebeo, claims that they are dishwasher safe, which is true in some respects. I have some mugs that I have been washing in the dishwasher for years, that are still mostly just fine. And yet, I think the dishwasher in question and the mug itself both impact how well the paint will stand up to that sort of washing. (In some cases, I think the detergent coats the paint over time, and even preserves it.)

On the other hand, I have seen mugs whose owners only hand-wash sustain significant damage from scrubbing. If you want to hand wash, take care to scrub ONLY the inside of the mug, and never the artwork itself.
Unfortunately, my mugs are not really wholesale material. They take me so long to paint that I really must ask the full price I charge for them, and can't discount for the sake of wholesale.

J.R.R. Tolkien "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" LOTR Literary Quote Mug - Hand Painted Brown and Taupe

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