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Simple Custom Mug: You choose the Quote - Made to Order

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NOTE: My custom mugs have now been condensed into one listing, here! https://www.etsy.com/listing/90199344/custom-hand-painted-coffee-mugs-made-to?ref=shop_home_feat_2

This listing will cease to be renewed once it sells out or expires. :)

This listing is for simple custom orders. What do I mean by 'simple,' you ask? I'm glad you asked. A simple request is one that DOES NOT specify mug size, color, or shape, OR design details or opinions.

In short, if you would like a certain quote on a mug with a design of my choosing, and are willing to give me full artistic freedom to paint it however I like, this is the listing for you. This is the non-picky, or grab-bag custom order, where you may only provide the quote and general guidelines (like, "This is for a man," or "No pink, please"), but nothing more specific than that.

If you DO care about any of those things, you'll want to visit this link instead: https://www.etsy.com/listing/90199344/complex-custom-mug-you-choose-the-quote?ref=shop_home_active_5

Still here? That means you are happy to trust my judgement, and are therefore in the right place. But before you push "Buy," I have a few more things I need you to read.


In buying a custom mug, you agree to the following:

1. To prepare yourself in advance for the kind of art you can expect from me (please, please look at my sold orders and get an idea of what I usually do), and to understand that I am human, not an artistically endowed mutant, and painting to the best of my ability according to what you've requested.

2. To understand that in ordering this listing, you are giving me your trust, which I do not take lightly. (I, in turn, promise not to ship you anything I am not personally satisfied with.) But also to understand that what you receive from me MAY NOT be exactly what you envisioned, but it IS the best I could do with the idea.

3. To be patient while you wait for your mug. Custom work takes me at least twice as long to do as normal painting, because I stress a lot about making things as perfect as I can.

Good so far? Almost done! Here are your instructions for ordering:

THE MOST IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION: Tell me what I need to know about your order (in this case, mostly just your quote) in the SELLER NOTES at checkout. Even if we have corresponded through messages, I still need you to paste the information here, so I don't have to go searching my archives to find it. Because that makes me pull out my hair, and if I end up bald because of a custom order, I will be reluctant to sell them in future.

Things you can be assured of:
a. I will not give you a tiny mug, but I will probably give you a medium sized one.
b. I won't give you a halfhearted or bizarre design.
c. I won't give you a wild color of mug.

I think that's it! Feel free to message me if you have any questions!


All of my work is done with a heat-set ceramic paint that is "officially" dishwasher safe. However, I use a range of mugs and ceramics for my designs, and as the true test of permanence is the passage of time, I cannot guarantee that all mugs will age the same way. In most cases you should see only slight and incremental fading over time with frequent use and washing, but if you would like your mug to last as long as possible, hand wash it gently without EVER scrubbing the artwork. (Please note that the use of abrasive action against the paint will eventually cause chipping whether you dishwash it or not.) In most cases, a dishwasher’s agitation is subtle enough that the paint can withstand it just fine, but some surfaces are less compatible with the paint than others, and some dishwashers are hotter or more aggressive than others. Use your discretion in washing.

(I test all finished products in my own dishwasher before shipping them.)


For the first time ever, I have decided to start using the US Postal Service as my primary means of shipping, with Etsy's new calculated shipping option. Each listing will, by default, calculate a number of options with a variety of price points, and you may choose which one you prefer. If you live in the United States and would like to ship your mug through FedEx instead (AND YOUR SHIPPING TOTAL IS NOT ALREADY $12 OR MORE) please order as usual and then message me for an additional price adjustment listing.

Please note, however, that if you live in the United States, and your shipping total amounts to $12 or more, I will ship it via FedEx ground, because they are quicker, easier, and more careful. (If you do NOT want me to send it via FedEx, please let me know in the seller notes at checkout.)

All international orders will be shipped through the US Postal Service. Please be advised that once your order leaves the United States, there is usually no tracking information available through the USPS tracking website.

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.

Simple Custom Mug: You choose the Quote - Made to Order


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