31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Three Perfect Purple Coffee Mugs from Life is Good

Three fabulous purple mugs...any one of them would be perfect for your significant other on Valentine's Day or for any day of the year. Of course, they would be positively perfect for someone who loves purple any day of the year.

They are all from Life is Good.

The first one is the Engraved Heart Everyday mug. It reads "All we need" on the front and features the image of a three-color heart. It leave you to fill in the blank...I am thinking, "All we need is love."

The second mug is a Jake's mug and reads, Good Day Sun Shine mug. I love the multiple spokes of the sun and the cheery greeting for the morning.

The third and final mug is the Love Heart Everyday mug.  I do love it's combination of blue and purple. The colors are so much fun.

All three read Life is Good on the back and all three are available directly from the company by clicking on any of the pictures on this page. As a bonus, Life is Good says that if you sign up for their emails, they will give you 15 percent off the cost of your first order.

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

More Life is Good Mugs:

Life is Good Start Me Up mug.
Life is Good Adirondacks mug.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Moustached Coffee Mug Art by Lisa Audit

Cafe Moustache IV

Cafe Moustache VIThe 31 Days of Coffee Mugs has been derailed but will be continued as soon as I can get caught up on a few other items. A visit to my mother's home broke my rhythm and set me behind in other areas of my work life.

I came across these fun moustached coffee-themed prints representing Mr. Cappuccino, Mr. Latte, Mr. Mocha and Mr. Espresso.  I would pick a London Fog Tea Latte though I particularly love the warm orange color of the Mr. Cappuccino image at the top of this page. Orange always draws me in.  The mugs seem to be smiling as they overflow with goodness and the moustache adds a bit of trendy whimsy.
Cafe Moustache V

The images are by Lisa Audit, a Canadian artist from Marbleton, Quebec. She studied graphic arts in college and first went to work for several wallpaper companies. She went on to work creating images for many household items including stationery, fabrics and bathroom accessories. These coffee pictures are from her In The Kitchen images, many of which include coffee.  The prints are affordable and readily available from Allposters by clicking on any of the images on this page.

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

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Check out the coffee mugs in my eBay store. 

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Winnie the Pooh Tigger Is That You Mug

Some mugs just make you smile and this dimensional Winnie the Pooh mug did exactly that to me.

It features our Pooh bear on an African safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom and he is challenging a real tiger with his magnifying glass and the words "Tigger? Is that you?"

All I can say is, "Look out, Pooh! That's a real tiger not your friend Tigger!"

I love the bold yellow interior and the handle with its raised African trees and, of course, the image of Winnie the Pooh and a real tiger. One day maybe I will have the chance to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom. Meanwhile, I am loving the mug!


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Buy this Tigger coffee mug on eBay.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Disney Store's Frozen Anna and Elsa Silhouette Coffee Mug

If you love Disney's Frozen movie, you're bound to love this Anna and Elsa silhouette mug. Produced for the Disney Store, it is a quality mug with a nice shape for a woman's hand. I love how it encompasses both the Let it Go theme from the movie and the Keep Calm theme when it declares, Keep Calm and Let It Go.

It features artwork and text from the movie, a high gloss exterior and a contrasting light blue interior. It is both microwave and dishwasher safe and is an average size, holding 12 ounces and measuring 5 1/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches in diameter across the mouth.

Fans will love sipping their favorite hot and steamy beverage from this mug that features both Anna and Elsa. I think the fact that it includes both characters is a bonus because it means that you do not have to buy two mugs to have both of the beautiful snow sisters in your collection. It would make a wonderful and practical gift idea for any Frozen fan. Or maybe you would like to use it when you need to warm up and escape from the harsh realities of winter!

You Never Know What Mugs I Might
Have in Store For You!

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Order your Frozen mug from Amazon.
Check out last year's Frozen mugs.
Find more Keep Calm coffee mugs.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Starbucks Christmas Coffee Mugs

We had a lot of fun this Christmas with our growing collection of Starbucks' Christmas mugs. Since there were going to be six adults present for Christmas, we pulled out six of them and displayed them on the counter. Each of us claimed one as our personal go-to mug.

There were a lot of hot beverages served up in those mugs from morning coffee to afternoon tea and even hot chocolate with Bailey's Irish Cream. Not only was it fun but it was helpful in a busy Christmastime kitchen to be able to differentiate that this was Brenda's and that was Chris' coffee mug.

If you love an attractive mug, I would highly recommend you do the same. Build your own set, that is. Building a collection of Starbucks Christmas mugs will not be hard with the help of the sellers on eBay and there are so many attractive Starbucks mugs to choose from. You can build a collection that features a bunch of different mugs as we have  or you could build a collection that features a group of matching Christmas mugs. The choice, of course, is all yours.

You could also build a collection in a colour or theme.  Your mugs could be all red like the beautiful red 2007 penguin mug shown here or they cups could be all green. As a matter of fact, they don't even have to be Christmas mugs to be Christmas-y. This handsome, generously sized Established 1971 mug feels like a Christmas mug at Christmas time but is actually not a Christmas mug at all.

Here is a peek at a few of the mugs available on eBay right now:

Will there be a new Christmas mug in your collection? Or maybe even an entire set?

I Love Coffee Mugs

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See all of the Starbucks mugs in my eBay store!

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: I Gotta Have More Cowbell Coffee Mug

Okay, I will admit it. I did not get the reference at first. I am not a big Saturday Night Live fan but once I watched the video I totally understood the reference and the relevance to pop culture of the phrase that appears on this SNL coffee mug.

It turns out that I Gotta Have More Cowbell was coined from a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch that fictionalized the recording of the song (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult. The sketch included Christopher Walken, Will Ferrell, Chris Parnell, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan and Horatio Sanz and is considered by many to be one of the best SNL sketches ever.

You can watch the full sketch for yourself right here:

The mug is an attractive mug that features a brown and orange image and reads, as per the sketch, "I gotta have more cowbell." The following result shows a few of the cowbell-themed listings - though not very many mugs - available on ebay today:

If you can find the cowbell mug, it would make a great and totally unexpected coffee mug for someone who loves Saturday Night Live, the cowbell sketch or Blue Oyster. You can click here to search specifically for the cowbell mug on eBay.

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

Quick Links:

Check eBay to see if there are any cowbell mugs available. 

Check out the coffee mugs in my eBay store. 
Read about True Detective's Big Hug mug.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Chaleur Coffee Mugs Feature Famous Pieces of Artwork

Chaleur Coffee Mugs Are Collector's Items

Chaleur coffee mugs are definitely collector's items! You might not know it but collecting teacups and saucers is out of fashion and collecting coffee mugs is in.

Once upon a time, I had the opportunity to sell two Chaleur coffee mugs in my eBay store, Treasures By Brenda. I had never heard of Chaleur before and boy was I about to be surprised! It was quite exciting when the bidding was fast and furious and ended at about $50 for each of these coffee cups from two separate buyers. Each buyer was thrilled that they won ONE of the auctions but disappointed that they did not win both of the beautiful out-of-production Chaleur mugs that I had for sale.

More About Chaleur

Between 1986 and 2009, Chaleur had produced 88 of these coffee mugs. Some of their mugs were made in agreement with Starbucks and the Museum Company under those labels rather than under Chaleur's.

They are all beautiful, sturdy mugs made from fine quality bone china that is microwave and dishwasher safe. (Edited in August 2013 to add that a reader reports that the newer more powerful detergents fade the colors after only a few washes so if you put them in the dishwasher so beware.)

They feature lovely works of arts by 32 Art Masters including Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Paul Gaugin, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Emile Bernard, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, D. Burrows, Pablo Picasso, Louis Comfort Tiffany , Jeff Chuang and Gustav Klimt. Each mug includes the artist's signature and the picture on each one wraps all of the way around and is even on the handle. When you buy one of these mugs you feel like you own your own little piece of art.

Not every coffee mug by Chaleur sells for as much as the two I had the opportunity to sell. Some, including the two that I sold, are rarer than others and that, of course, is how the final price is determined. The mugs I sold were somewhat hard-to-find ones; no longer being manufactured. Others are still available in gift stores and directly from Amazon's website so you have the choice of buying a new mug to start your own Chaleur collection or give as a gift or of buying a pre-owned one to add to an existing collection. The mugs shown here are currently available from Amazon by clicking right here.

Out-of-Production Chaleur Mugs

Of course, like many companies, some of Chaleur's mugs have been produced for awhile and then terminated. If you are looking for one of those older, rarer mugs, eBay is the best source. Here is a small sampling of the Chaleur mugs available on eBay today.  To see many more of these mugs on eBay, click here.

Artists, art enthusiasts and coffee lovers around the world are collecting these mugs. Are you?

I Love Coffee Mugs!

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Find Chaleur mugs on eBay.

Author's Note: This page originally written for another website in 2009.

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