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Sir Philip Sidney "Look in thy heart and write" Literary Quote Mug - Large, cream coffee cup with typewriter, quill, and ink

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"Biting my trewand pen, beating myself for spite,
'Fool,' said my muse to me, "look in thy heart and write!'"
-Sir Philip Sidney

My first encounter with this stanza of Sidney's writing was, naturally, in college, during a British Literature course. I think I must have exclaimed aloud at the discovery, so elated was I to have found such a perfect encouragement to my own heart in the midst of my studies. I have since had the quote written on something visible near my desk at all times, so that when I sit down to write, I will remember that the only good work I can produce must come from the part of me that beats out my individuality.

For anyone who struggles against that old "trewand pen," or has daily battles with the Muse.

I painted this quote on a deep cream colored mug, large, and slightly wavy at the lip. On one side of the quote I added a quill and inkpot; on the other, a typewriter. Perfect to sip from while you work on your novel, poetry, or shorts.

All of my work is done with heat-set ceramic paint, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Avoid the use of harsh abrasives, however.

Shipping:

If you live outside the US, I will ship your order through the Postal Service rather than FedEx. If you see your country listed below, this means I have shipped to it before, and have a general idea of the pricing for that area. If not, you are welcome to choose "Everywhere else," and help me determine the cost for your country, so that the next time you'll have a more accurate shipping price.

NOTE: IF YOU ARE BUYING MORE THAN FOUR MUGS, AND YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE U.S., your purchase may be subject to additional shipping charge. After four pounds, the Post Office's international prices go up rather exponentially. Feel free to message me about this if needed, and we can discuss options.

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.

Sir Philip Sidney "Look in thy heart and write" Literary Quote Mug - Large, cream coffee cup with typewriter, quill, and ink

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