I can do this with the Sharpie idea. Sharpie design on mug, bowl, plate, or any other oven safe glass object! 350 degree oven for 30 min, and there you have it! Instant art to display your tea + coffee + yummy food in.
Maybe instead of buying expensive cups, I can make some custom ones with cups from the dollar store and sharpies. I'll never have to worry about them not matching my kitchen, BC I can always make more! And they'll have sentimental value.