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!
Brenda

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!
Brenda

Quick Link:

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!

Brenda

Quick Links:

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!

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

Quick Links:

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
Brenda

Quick Links:

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!
Brenda

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!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Find Chaleur mugs on eBay.

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

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Colour Matching My Cuppa Mugs

What's In Your Cuppa Mug?


The My Cuppa Tea and My Cuppa Coffee mugs are unique and fun. Each one comes with a banding on the inside so that you can serve up the perfect cup of tea or coffee for your friends and family. I love the idea, which was designed by a company called Suck UK. These mugs are a real novelty item, a unique gift idea for both tea and coffee lovers. Particularly useful if you have someone who is fussy about how much milk or cream they take in their hot beverage. With one of these mugs in hand, my husband would actually be able to make me a cup of tea and come fairly close to making it the way I like it.

All About The Cuppa Mugs Video





How do you take your tea according to the guide in the Cuppa mug???
  • Milky.
  • Classic British.
  • Builders Brew.
  • Just Tea.
  • No Thanks.
How would you take your coffee in a Cuppa mug???
  • Milky.
  • Regular.
  • Dark and Strong.
  • Just Coffee.
  • No Thanks.

If you can't remember how your loved one takes his or her coffee, maybe you should be making it in a CUPPA mug!

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

Quick Links:

Buy your Cuppa mug on Amazon. 
Check out the coffee mugs in my eBay store.

Author's Note: Originally published elsewhere in 2011.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: A Clowder of Black Cat Coffee Mugs

Love Black Cats? You'll Want To Adopt One Of These Coffee Mugs!


Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17. The day was created in 2011 to help eliminate superstitions about black cats and to help them be adopted.

Whether or not you are able to own a black cat, you may love them, as I do.

You can celebrate black cats all year long or at Halloween by adopting one or more black cats or by adding one of the attractive black cat coffee mugs found here on this page to your collection.

All of these coffee cups are purr-fect for Halloween gift ideas, too. Perhaps as a hostess gift or as a gift for a cat lover. Just fill with candy, tea or maybe even some hot chocolate and pumpkin spice mix, wrap and deliver!

Click here to find this Catffeinated coffee mug on Amazon.

Concombre's Black Cat Tail Mug


This black cat tail mug is fun and will make the cat lover in you smile every time you grasp the cat's tail. The Amazon customers say that it really is cute and that will make a perfect gift for a cat lover. Find it on Amazon by clicking right here.

Concombre's Black Cat Mug and Spoon Set


This unusual coffee mug from Japanese Cloud Nine features a black cat and a coordinating black cat spoon. It was made by Japanese designer Decole. Find it here on Amazon.


Cheshire Cat Coffee Mug


"Well, I've often seen a cat without a grin, but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing!" - Alice in Wonderland.

Have your next cup of coffee with the smiling face of Alice in Wonderland's Chesire Cat. A most popular cat, you'll enjoy seeing the Cheshire cat smiling at you with your morning coffee. Fans of black cats and Alice's story will enjoy using this mug! Find this mug on Amazon by clicking here.

Cat Eyes Coffee Mug


There's a whole lot of black cats hanging out on this mug! You will love these black cat eyes looking at you from your cup of coffee. This attractive mug is dishwasher and microwave safe. Find these eyes on Amazon here.

Le Chat Noir Coffee Mug


You'll love this 11 ounce ceramic coffee mug and the French advertising themed image that wraps around it. This mug is both dishwasher and microwave safe and features attractive colors that won't fade. Find it on Amazon by clicking here.

Grasslands Black Cat Coffee Mug


DON'T BE SO CATTY, THAT'S MY JOB.

I love this wicked "Don't Be So Catty" coffee mug from Grasslands, too. (There are so many fantastic black cat mugs!) It's a ceramic cup with a high gloss finish and it is both dishwasher and microwave safe. It will hold 18 ounces of your favorite Halloween brew but of course it will work the rest of the year, too. Find it on Amazon here.

Japanese Black Cat Coffee Mug with Lid & Spoon 


This Christmas-themed black cat coffee mug was designed by Fiddlestix for Oneida. It features both a cup and a lid. I think it is a very nice cup for anyone who collects black cats and/or coffee mugs and who wants to have a Christmas item with a black cat on it. I love the fact that the lid will help keep your coffee, tea or hot chocolate warm.  Find it on Amazon here.

Chester the Cat Black and White Coffee Mug


What's not to love about this Chester the Cat mug? Well, for some the fact that it is NOT microwave or dishwasher would definitely be a problem but if you don't use a dishwasher or you are a big collector, that issue might not be so important. This mug is definitely attractive and I love all the additional coordinating pieces that are available from Amazon.

Are you loving these black cat coffee mugs? I am!

You never know what
coffee mug I might have
in store for you.
Brenda

Love the BLACK CATS in this Pinterest board.

Authors Note: This page was written elsewhere in 2013.


31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Life is Good Start Me Up Mug

Start Me Up Everyday MugHere is a coffee mug for those of you who struggle to get going in the morning.  I do not usually have any trouble getting moving though I have the luxury of setting my own start time in the morning and I will admit that it is different most mornings.

I do find that when I have to get up for some external reason like an appointment, my desire to move and speed of movement are somewhat different.

That's a phenomenon I struggle to understand. Why is it easy when I don't have to get up and hard when I do have to? I expect I will never know the answer to that question.

I do, however, like this attractive black START ME UP coffee mug from the folks at Life is Good. It is perfect for those who cannot get going until they have had their first cup of coffee.

You will find the Start Me Up wording and mug image on one side and the iconic Life is Good logo on the back. You can buy this coffee mug directly from the folks at Life is Good by clicking right here.

You never know what
coffee mug I will have
in store for you!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy this Start Me Up from Life is Good.
Check out the Life is Good mugs in my eBay store.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Cat Caffeine Coffee Mug




I have seen this Lorrie Veasey Our Name Is Mud catffeinated coffee mug before online and loved it. It's the cat version of some human beings on caffeine. I find it particularly relevent at night time as I grow older. If I have a cup of coffee after supper, I might just look like the cat on this mug.

Today is the first time I have seen the back of this mug and it made me smile yet again for it features the cat-version of both myself and my husband at night...if we avoid caffeine or we choose Decatf.

It is a very attractive mug and I think it would even make Grumpy Cat happy.

How about you? Are you able to drink caffeinated beverages at night or are you like us and finding it necessary to drink decaffinate tea and coffee in the evenings? More importantly, LOL, what do you think of this cat-themed mug?

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

Quick Link:

Buy this catffeinated coffee mug on Amazon.
Our Name is Mud Mom mugs.
More Our Name is Mud coffee mugs.


31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Keep Calm And Carry On Coffee Mugs (And Story)

Keep Calm And Carry On MugKeep Calm and Carry On was originally a slogan on a World War II poster. It was actually one of three posters with the design of this one meant to be used only if the war got so bad that the general population needed to be told to "Keep Calm and Carry On."

Apparently, the poster was never displayed and most of the 2.5 million created were destroyed. As a matter of fact, there are only two known copies of the original poster in existence.

One of those copies is owned by a secondhand bookstore named Barter Books in Britain. The store is located in an old railway station where the owners discovered the famous wartime poster with the slogan, Keep Calm and Carry On.

Upon requests from customers, they created a few and steadily more and more reproductions of the poster until eventually the Keep Calm craze spread and, of course, other companies jumped on the bandwagon.

Now there is a legal battle underway in Britain as one of those companies tries to prevent others from using the slogan. It's actually an interesting story, but I digress...

As you likely know, the expression Keep Calm And Carry On and many alternate versions of it went viral and now it appears on everything from posters to, well, coffee mugs. This page is, therefore, not devoted to the controversy swirling around this slogan but rather to the very attractive coffee mugs that bear the words Keep Calm and Carry On.

Whether you are intrigued by the history or simply like the slogan, you will enjoy the coffee mug selection gathered here on this page.


Variations Of The Keep Calm and Carry On Theme 

As I said earlier, the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan has gone viral. I love what manufacturers have done with some of our favourite movie and television franchises as well as the zombie and coffee lover themes as displayed below.

Keep Calm And Carry On Yoda Mug

Calm You Shall Keep and Carry On You Must features a quotation from the very wise Yoda of Star Wars fame. This mug is one of my favorites but is currently unavailable. You can click here to see if this Yoda Keep Calm mug has been restocked on Amazon. Hopefully, it will be.

Keep Calm And Carry On Downton Abbey Mug
Keep Calm And Carry On Drink Coffee Mug
Keep Calm And Carry On I'm The Doctor Who Mug

Keep Calm And Carry On Zombies Mug

Keep Calm and Downton On is perfectly appropriate for all of us who have been totally enthralled by the goings on of Downton Abbey in England starting in the early 1900s. Of course, keeping calm when the series airs the final episode this winter might prove hard.

Because of the British history of the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan, the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee slogan makes me smile because of the coffee - not British tea - reference!

The Keep Calm I'm The Doctor mug ought to be appreciated by anyone who loves Doctor Who. It would be twice as fun for someone who actually is a doctor!

Finally, this Keep Calm and Kill Zombies mug will appeal to a whole generation fascinated with the world of zombies.

You can click on any of the photographs shown here to read more about the mug and determine the price on Amazon. Doing so will in no way obligate you to make a purchase but will allow you to have the most up-to-date pricing. Don't forget that Amazon ships for FREE when your order is worth $25 or more so if you order a mug you might want to consider adding something like a pound of coffee to your shopping basket in order to obtain that free shipping.

If you would like to see all of Amazon's Keep Calm and Carry On Mugs you can simply click here.

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



31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: The Toilet Coffee Mug

The Toilet Coffee Mug

Novelty Drinking Mugs are Just Plain Fun!


Drinking mugs are something most people view loosely as something you 'need' but novelty drinking mugs turn that need into good, clean fun. Well, in the case of this toilet shaped drinking mug, clean might be a stretch but it's still great fun!

Novelty mugs make great gifts for the hard to shop for friend or loved one, for the office Christmas gift exchange anyone with a sense of humor. They make fantastic conversation starters, pencil holders or even cute home d├ęcor items. Check out these fun uses for this toilet-shaped coffee mug! You will note no one is actually drinking from them.




The Toilet Coffee MugThe Toilet Coffee Mug


31 Days of Coffee Mugs The Toilet Coffee MugMore Uses for Coffee Mugs

Think the dog is the only one able to drink from the toilet? Not so with these drinking mugs! But of course you are free to use it in any of the ways illustrated in the photographs shown above. Use it as a candy dish, an ice cream bowl, a potpourri dish or a planter. Perhaps as a coin dish. Maybe a cat's bowl...

Go ahead, put your imagination to work and invent your own uses for this very unique toilet shaped coffee mug. After all, there is no set rule that says your mugs have to be used for drinking, is there?

What else do you use coffee mugs for?

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

Quick Links:

Order your very own toilet coffee mug from Amazon.
The 31 Days of Coffee Mugs Series (2015) 
The World of Coffee: A page dedicated to coffee.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: B. Kliban Cat Coffee Mugs

B. Kliban Cat Coffee Mugs
The famous B. Kliban cat was created in the 1970s as a cartoon character and went on to appear on a host of merchandise including coffee mugs…so for this entry in the 2016 version of 31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS, I bring you a selection of fabulous and fun vintage B. Kliban coffee mugs. Whether you are just window shopping, you or searching for a specific one or you are collecting all of them, I know they will make you smile.

A few of my favorites include:

The travel themed mugs, including Hawaii and San Francisco.

The athletic mugs, including a colorful football mug in which Kliban declares his love of football by clinging to it and a roller skating mug.

The Christmas themed mugs that include Bah, Humbug! Peace, Season's Greetings, Pizza on earth and Christmas antlers.

The simple Love a Cat mug, as shown here. The Sigma Taste Setter figural mugs. The high class cat mug. The chef cat mug...

You will find some of these Kliban mugs and more listed here on eBay:


Some of these mugs are rarer than others. They are, after all, vintage mugs from the 1970s and 1980s. A few of the most valuable ones sold in December, 2015 were the New York themed 'I Love New York' mug that sold for $77 and the 'Big Cat Pink' face and 'Love that Java' mugs, which sold for $50 around that same time frame.

Do you have a favorite? Or do you like them all like me?

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

Quick Links:

You've Cat To Be Kitten Me Right Meow Coffee Mug.
A Clowder of Black Cat Coffee Mugs.






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