For as much as I love to shop in craft stores, they’re also a great source of inspiration for me. I find that a good hour of wandering through the aisles, with latte in hand, can do wonders for my creativity so I try to plan those times and make them happen.
Let’s call them R & D (Research and Development) sessions. It just sounds more professional. Haha.
On a recent wander, I saw the most adorable idea. It was a plate, called The Sharing Plate, and it had this little poem on it about the plate having no owner, and that if you received this plate you should enjoy what’s on it, and then refill it and pass it along. I loved the idea and the feeling of hospitality and love it conveyed, but I did NOT love the $40 price tag.
I’ve been meaning to try Sharpie art for a while, so this seemed a good time to try it out. I bought a plate from Dollar Tree for $1.25 and began experimenting until I had some real, personal success.
So, before you start… I find the Internet is full of tutorials for how to do things, but let’s be honest, following someone else’s instructions doesn’t always work out. If they did, we wouldn’t have those entertaining Pinterest “fail” boards, right? So when I say this is what worked for me, remember that you shouldn’t buy the most expensive platter you can find and dive in head first. I really suggest you do a “trial” plate first, and subject it to whatever test you can think of. Then buy the plate you like, and have at it.
For myself, I hand washed my plate twice, and then put it through my dishwasher on the express cycle. This tutorial is based on the outcome of all of that.
Tips & Suggestions:
If you make one, I’d love to see it! Share it with me on my Facebook page or add a photo in the comments here. Have fun!
The Giving Plate (poem)
This plate shall have no owner
It’s journey never ends.
It travels in the circle
Of our family and friends.
It carries love from home to home
For everyone to share
The food that sits upon it
Was made with love and care.
So enjoy this now
But fill it up again
Then pass along the love this holds
To our family and friends.