Adirondacks Coffee Mug

Lifeisgood Adirondack Diner Mug

We enjoyed a five-day vacation LEAF PEEPING this fall in Lake Placid. This Life is Good coffee mug is a great reminder and souvenir and would make a great gift for my husband and myself...and anyone else who loves the Adirondacks.

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This page is dedicated to the new listings of coffee mugs in my store, Treasures By Brenda on eBay. 

Regularly updated, you will find a wide variety of new, used and vintage mugs usually sold singly but sometimes as a pair or a set. 

You will find plenty of cups from coffee companies like Starbucks, Tim Hortons and Disney. Occasionally, a Second Cup, Timothy's or Dunkin Donuts mug. 

You will find themes like cats and dogs and animals of all sorts; holidays like Halloween and Christmas; and sports like hockey, golf and sailing. 

You will find handmade pottery mugs from European countries like Poland, Canada and the United States. 

You will find vintage mugs from companies like Taylor and Ng, Otagiri and Marc Tetro mugs. 

You will also occasionally find related merchandise like coffee canisters and wall art.  

I hope that you enjoy this peek at a few of the mugs in my eBay store.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Starbucks Gift Ideas

Image by Blackberry Light.

A Page Packed With Starbucks Gift Ideas

If you are looking for a Starbucks Christmas gift idea, you will enjoy this page because it is packed with great Starbucks gifts based loosely around the fun Starbucks Christmas commercial, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

I had a lot of fun searching for these items and I know you will love the TWELVE wonderful gift choices that I found to share with you.

There is no need, of course, to buy twelve items unless you are shopping for twelve people.  However, any one or two of these items would make a terrific gift idea for a coffee lover. You could also pick and choose from amongst the twelve items to create a great Starbucks gift set.

A List of The Twelve Days of Christmas Starbucks Gift Ideas

The Twelve Days of Christmas Starbucks commercial builds, of course, from one through twelve of the recommended items.

  • A gold bag of Christmas blend.
  • Two tasty drinks.
  • Three coffee presses.
  • Four Barista bears.
  • Five merry mugs.
  • Six ornaments.
  • Seven water bottles.
  • Eight advent calendars.
  • Nine stocking stuffers.
  • Ten tumblers tumbling.
  • Eleven muffins marching.
  • Twelve tunes a playin'.

The First Day of Christmas: A Gold Bag of Starbucks Christmas Blend Coffee

Starbucks' Christmas blend is made with a blend of Latin American coffees and smooth, full-bodied Asian Pacific beans and has been called sweet, spicy and herbal. Of course, the Christmas blend is only available at Christmas time and could be subject to change in both taste and bag color. You can look for Starbucks' Christmas blend here on Amazon.

The Second Day of Christmas: Two Tasty Drinks from Starbucks Passion For Coffee

Amazon customer reviews for Starbucks Passion For Coffee are glowing. This book includes recipes, instructions and information about coffee. I like the idea that it shares 34 recipes for sweet treats and provides suggestions for what types of coffee go best with them. I think it is a great gift idea. That is, the cookbook and a promise of two cups of coffee created from the pages of the book. It's still available new at a deeply discounted price on Amazon. Find Starbucks Passion For Coffee here on Amazon

The Third Day of Christmas: Three Coffee Presses by Bodum

Starbucks recommends using a coffee press at home. They say that coffee presses are a simple and functional way to brew "exceptionally rich, flavorful coffee." Shown here is just one of the many available from Bodum, which is the press of choice at Starbucks. I've shown it in the four cup size though it is available in a wide array of choices from a travel single serving version to a twelve cup version. Pick the size that is the most appropriate for the individual you are gifting it to. Of course, if they love and use a French press, they just might want to own multiple sizes so that they can pick the right size for the moment at hand. See Amazon's complete collection of Bodum French presses here.

The Fourth Day of Christmas: Four Starbucks Barista or Bearista Teddy Bears

Starbucks Teddy Bears
Image by White Dreams.

Whether you start or add to an existing Bearista bear collection, a Starbucks fan who loves teddy bears will enjoy finding one of these cute bears under the Christmas tree. eBay definitely has a better selection of the these bears, which have been produced for many years. You can see all of the Bearista bears on eBay by clicking here.

The Fifth Day of Christmas: Five Christmas Starbucks Coffee Mugs

Starbucks Christmas Coffee Mug
Image by saralonde.

Starbucks Christmas mugs are pretty amazing. I have yet to see one that I did not like. How about you?  A mug makes a practical and affordable Christmas gift for any coffee, tea or hot chocolate drinker at Christmas time -- either given singly or as a group of five. I also like the idea of using a mug as a gift container, like the one in the picture shown above. I find that eBay definitely has a superior collection of Christmas Starbucks mugs, which you can see by following that link.

The Sixth Day of Christmas: Six Starbucks Christmas Tree Ornaments

Starbucks Christmas Ornaments
Image by y0aimee.

If your Starbucks fan already has a large selection of mugs, you might want to consider gifting one or more of these Starbucks Christmas ornaments. Whether you pick the ones shown in this picture of the take out cups or any of the others that available, they will be a reminder every year at Christmastime of Starbucks coffee.

The Seventh Day of Christmas: Seven Starbucks Water Bottles

Seven water bottles...that is what the commercial recommends next. Gifting seven friends with seven water bottles. A water bottle is another practical and affordable gift idea, don't you think? You can check out all of Starbucks water bottles on Amazon by clicking here. There are some very handsome choices available.

The Eighth Day of Christmas: Eight Starbucks Advent Calendars

There are a number of Starbucks advent calendars available any of which would be an unexpected gift for any coffee lover. Next year, they will be able to count down the days to Christmas with Starbucks. Check them out on Amazon by clicking here. Of course, an advent calendar is never out of date.

The Ninth Day of Christmas: Nine Starbucks Stocking Stuffers

Sleigh Full of Songs CD
Stockings By The Fire CD
Starbucks Gift Cards
Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Instant & Microground Colombia Coffee
Coffee Cufflinks with Gift Box
Starbucks Vanilla Syrup
Handmade Wooden Coffee Scoop
Starbucks Ready Brew Colombia Coffee
Starbucks Iced Coffee

Is there anything on this list that you would not like to receive in your Christmas stocking? Some of these items might be a tad big or a bit more expensive than the amount that you and I usually spend on stocking stuffers but, when the item is perfect, it works. In my humble opinion, the BEST Starbucks stocking stuffer is a gift card. It is certainly the most practical stocking stuffer and I like to try to choose practical items rather than trinkets for our stockings. If you do not visit Starbucks yourself or your recipient is far away, you can buy gift cards for Starbucks directly from Amazon by clicking here.

The Tenth Day of Christmas: Ten Starbucks Tumblers Tumbling

Ten tumblers tumbling...I love this bright bold red one and there are plenty of red Starbucks tumblers to pick from plus, of course, tumblers in lots of other great colors. You can see them all on Amazon by clicking right here. Who wouldn't love to receive a Starbucks tumbler for Christmas?

The Eleventh Day of Christmas: Eleven Starbucks Muffins Marching

Eleven Starbucks muffins. Eleven muffins marching would be an amazing gift, whether you choose to make or buy the muffins. Failing that, how about a loaf of the best banana bread ever? Or maybe an entire cranberry coffee cake? Here are links to the best-ever banana bread recipe (a not-so-secret family recipe) and our cranberry loaf recipe. Make them ahead and offer a loaf as a gift that will not last long.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas: Twelve Starbucks Tunes Playing

Twelve tunes a playin' are another great Christmas gift idea. Of course, Starbucks is better known for their coffee. However, their music compilations, holiday and otherwise, are popular and sought after, too, like the 2009 Stockings by the Fire; the 2012 release, Holidays Rule; or the 2013 release, 'Tis the Season, which is shown here and which was also released on vinyl.

In Closing

In closing, the Starbucks Twelve Days of Christmas television commercial inspired this page. If you want to see the video from which the gift recommendations on this page are loosely based, you can watch it by clicking right here.

I do hope that these ideas help you find some great Starbucks-themed gift ideas for your friends and family this year.

You never know
what I might have in store for you!


Starbucks in my eBay Store.
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Author's note: This page was originally published elsewhere in 2011.

Vincent Van Gogh Coffee Mugs

Vincent Van Gogh's paintings are worth millions. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the Up Close exhibition when it was in Ottawa and to visit the museum in Amsterdam. Though I love many of his images, including Wheatfield with Crows, The Starry Night and Cafe Terrace at Night, I will settle for a coffee mug.

Shown here is the beautiful fine china mug set that includes four images of Van Gogh paintings nicely packaged in a gift box. Give this set to anyone who enjoys fine art or Vincent Van Gogh's works in particular. You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.


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Christmas Coffee Mugs from the Movies

Five Fun Christmas Mugs From The Movies 

Love Christmas?  Looking for a Christmas coffee mug? For a practical and affordable gift idea? A thank you, a hostess or an office gift exchange idea? On this page you will find five fun Christmas coffee mug choices all of which feature images from classic movies and television shows.

Peace on Earth

Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts characters are enduringly popular. Who does not love the trials of poor old Charlie Brown and his companion, Snoopy? The first mug I have chosen to feature on this page is the diner-style mug by Vandor shown above that shows Snoopy and Woodstock carrying Charlie Brown's not-too-ugly Christmas tree. The back says simply, "Peace on Earth." Click here to find Peace on Earth on Amazon.

Happy Holidays

If you would rather have a mug with Charlie Brown on it, this Happy Holidays themed mug by Vandor might be the one for you. It's a bright and bold red mug, that shows Snoopy settled in for the night on the back.

Either of these mugs would be a great pick for a Peanuts fan especially with the release of a new Peanuts movie this year. Click here to find Happy Holidays on Amazon.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas 

Dr. Seuss's story, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, is another ever-popular film that continues to be a favorite Christmas story for both old and new generations. Those who love The Grinch will enjoy this wonderful green Christmas coffee mug featuring the face of the Grinch. Click here to find the Grinch mug on Amazon.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mug 

This bright red Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer mug features a classic scene from the television program with Rudolph, Hermey and Santa Claus. The back reads, "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas" a line that all Rudolph fans will know comes directly from a song in the Christmas special. Click here to find the Rudolph mug on Amazon.

A Merry Christmas May You Have
Finally, a Star Wars Christmas themed mug. I have not seen very many celebrating this movie and I would not choose this mug for myself but I would choose it for my grown sons and my husband and for any man who loves Star Wars. It shows a very focused (as always) Yoda delivering Christmas greetings and on the back, Yoda's Christmas message, which reads, "A Merry Christmas May You Have." Click here to find the Yoda mug on Amazon.

And that's were I will close with the hopes that this page has helped you tick off one of the boxes on your gift-buying list and the wish, Yoda-style,  A Merry Christmas May You Have!


More Movie-Themed Christmas Gift Ideas:

Make A How the Grinch Stole Christmas Gift Set 
Make A Rudolph Gift Ideas Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Set
The Polar Express Hot Chocolate Cup and Saucer

Tell Time Owl Clock Bank

Tell Time Owl Clock

With the love of vintage items naturally follows the love of vintage posters.  This one however is a reproduction art print of an advertisement for a Tell Time Owl Clock Savings Bank.  As the poster says, when a coin is inserted the clock hands revolve and the eyes blink.

I was planning on offering the poster as a nearly wordless Wednesday post but I was curious about what the original product was like so I did a bit of searching online where I discovered that this little mechanical piggy bank may have been made in Japan by a company called Sonsco in the 1950s. However, some of the product that I found seemed almost brand new, which made me wonder if a reproduction clock was also available so this is definitely a case of buyer beware. If you are shopping for a vintage version of this clock, you might expect it to show some wear.

Anyway, I think this REPRODUCTION advertising poster is a hoot, don't you? Perfect for anyone with a keep interest in collecting vintage pieces and/or owls.

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How To Clean Stuffed Animals

It almost goes without saying that sometimes you just have to wash a plush toy. Sometimes plush toys live a rough life. They may experience a case of the stomach flu, they may be dusty from being on a shelf and unloved or they may have experienced too much love. They may have had the unfortunate experience of coming in touch with lice or other critters or they may need to be kept very clean for children with allergies and asthma. That’s a short list, I am sure you can think of more reasons you need to wash your plush toys.

Can You Wash Plush Toys?

Yes, you can but proceed with caution and consider the following:

I would NOT wash an extremely valuable item, a very old one, an item that my child cannot live without or an item that is damaged or coming apart in anyway.

A child I know cherished a bear called Mr. Bear and Mr. Bear is still treasured but no longer slept with. Mr. Bear would dearly love to hop in the washer but he is literally falling apart and he would come out in tiny bits so there is no way that Mr. Bear is ever going to be washed in the laundry machine again. As a matter of fact, he is so beloved and in such rough condition, that he will spend the rest of his days tucked safely in a shoe box in the closet.

In the case of a stuffed animal that your child cannot live without, I recommend buying another identical one and putting it aside. Preparing in this way will save a lot of grief if you lose the treasured item and will also give you another one as a back up if your child wears out the first one. In the case of Mr. Bear, we had two additional bears. One was identical and one was smaller. When we used them, our son was old enough to know the difference but he still loved them and they helped the precious Mr. Bear survive a bit longer.

I would also not wash items that have clothes or parts made of non-plush fabrics that seem a bit like plastic and that are pretending to be suede or leather, unless those elements can be removed. They do not stand up to washing and in my experience, shred. The outfit and eye apparatus seen on this Star Trek Borg plush teddy bear would not wash well.

Read the care instructions. Although I do not always follow the instructions, they are a good place to start. Most manufacturers recommend surface washing only with mild soap and a damp cloth. You can certainly try that with your plush toys but sometimes a stuffed animal just needs more cleaning than that and you might be happy to know that many soft toys may survive machine washing and will stand up to a trip through the washer.

If your stuffed animal includes excelsior, styrene foam or any foam material, they cannot be washed.

If a stuffed animal has joints or cardboard, it cannot be washed in the washer.

If it is musical or talks, it cannot be washed unless the music box is removable. I have not washed this gorgeous Mattel's I Talk Tigger. They are simply precious when hugged and, of course, the talking boxes would not stand up to being washed.

I have not tried to wash a Beanie Babies yet but have read that items stuffed with small foam balls in them cannot be washed.

Large animals can be washed but the filling may shift. I have not had that happen to any plush toy I washed and have had considerable success with large stuffed animals like an 80-inch long Innovage centipede, a 22-inch My First Puppy by Russ and a Disney Store Ojo plush bear from the Big Blue House.

If your plush has hard plastic elements, like the ping pong ball shaped eyes that sometimes appear on Sesame Street's Elmo, consider placing the toy in a pillowcase, which may help protect the plastic parts. This is not 100 percent foolproof but if it does not work totally, it should minimize the damage of the washing machine and the dryer.

If you can, use a delicate cycle on your washing machine. I use regular laundry detergent though I have read that fabric softener can also be used for plush and that it will make the plush extra soft.

I use hot water when I want to be sure a stuffed animal is clean but I have read that hot water can weaken the glue that holds items like eyes in place so be aware.

Can You Dry A Soft Animal?

Once again the answer is yes, sort of. Some stuffed animals dry well, more likely if their plush is short. Fluffy plush tends to change texture in the dryer. In any case, I find air drying a safer method because there is no heat to possibly melt or alter the fur. I actually have an air dry cycle on my dryer, which I use very successfully. The soft fluffy mane on the Gund Lion ‘Casey’ shown above responded extremely well to air drying but I know from another experience less successful experience that his soft and fluffy mane would have been destroyed by the heat of a dryer.

Sometimes toys that have been washed loose their new look and, of course, the more you wash them, the more that look will fade. However, I have washed many soft toys that came out of the process looking better than when they went in and, in any case, at least they will look clean!

Be sure to check out the large selection of new, used and vintage stuffed animals in my eBay store. You never know what plush treasures I might have in store for you!

You never know 
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Stuffed Animals I Have Had Success Washing in My Washing Machine Recently:

  • Canada Post Blue Teddy Bear
  • Curious George with Fleece Blanket
  • Disney Store Heffalump Small Lumpy
  • Disney Store The Aristocats Marie
  • Disney Store Mickey & Minnie
  • Disney Store Ojo
  • Disney Store Winnie the Pooh
  • Dream Works Shrek 26"
  • Dundee Long-Furred Rabbit
  • Earthrite Fiber Rabbit
  • Ganz Wrinkles Dogs
  • Gund Bubbles Teddy Bear
  • Gund Casey Lion
  • Gund People's Diamond Store Teddy Bear
  • Gund Sandra Boynton Reindeer, Dasher and Dancer
  • Innovage Centipede
  • Ottawa Senators Plush Lion Mascot
  • Piccolo Bambino 16" Blue Puppy Dog

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