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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Hot Mugs Blogfest

ERICA & CHRISTY have a fun blogfest about HOT, HOT COFFEE mugs.  well, just one mug.  Simply post a picture of your very favoritest mug. The one you'd choose to drink from every time if it never needed to spend any time in the dishwasher.  The one you secretly eye whenever your significant other, mother, brother, best friend, [insert other] grabs it from the cupboard and you hold yourself back from snatching it out of their hand and shouting, "Give it back!  It's mine.  All mine!" Or just one you like almost that much. You don't have to share anything about the mug, but if you'd like to share the story behind it, well, that would just be an added bonus.  Most of my mugs hold a special significance.  I usually buy one while taking a vacation and have started a collection.

Okay, so this one was difficult for me because
I love my tea and I love my coffee.

Now you are probably going to call me really anal, but I have to have them in different dedicated mugs.

I like strong tea (not stewed) with a reasonable amount of unsweetened soya milk in it and it's got to be hot. I cannot abide cold or luke warm tea.

Also I cannot abide chunky, clunky mouthfuls of mug between my lips before I taste the tea, so there's the dilemma. Bone china mugs are wonderful for tea, break easily and get cold quickly in the winter, so what's a girl to do?

Then hubby gave me this mug: It's not pretty to look at (well for me anyway) but it is just the right shape and thickness to keep the tea hot and yet feel comfortable against my lips. I guess I'm pretty protective of it and wouldn't want to share it with anyone.

Then there's coffee. I love proper Italian ground coffee. I can no longer drink instant (yeuck!) and I like it Latte style, espresso strength in warm/hot sweetend soya milk, (otherwise it will curdle and it is yucky then) but although hubby bought me a lovely Pisces mug, I actually prefer the tall latte glasses you get in Costa Coffee.

Finally, the mug I wouldn't want anyone to touch purely because it is so special, is the one my friend, Sally, painted for me (depicting the first rag doll I ever made whose name is Miss Chevious, Veronica to her friends). I was so touched.

For my cloth figure creations See www.clothdollcreations.co.uk


  1. I agree - you can't drink tea and coffee from the same mug/cup! I love the mug that was painted for you by a friend - bless her, it's so sweet.

    Now a question! I'm intolerant to cows milk, so I shouldn't have it too often. So, I use soya instead. But I've given up on having milk in my coffee or tea because it always curdles. I've tried every type of soya milk. How do you have soya milk in your tea? You must tell me the secret.

  2. Hi Ellie
    I use unsweetened soya milk in my tea and I have never found it to curdle. I add it second not first when the tea is brewed in the cup.

    With coffee I use heated, sweetend soya milk and pour the freshly brewed coffee into it. Simples! :O)

  3. Oh wow!!! I love your Miss Chevious mug!!! Wow!!!!

    Awww and how sweet of your hubby to get you your perfect mug for tea!!!

    Oooh Costa coffee. I have a love hate relationship with them. I always have a massimo cappuccino but very few baristas make them just right (extra extra strong with frothy milk). Their tall latte glasses are lovely!!! I'm also addicted to their new berry muffin!!

    Oh I love soya milk but can never make it stop curdling when I use it on my hot beverages!LOL!

    Take care x

  4. I love that you have the different cups and you shared them all! I'm one that doesn't drink coffee so tea, cider, and hot cocoa have different mugs for their special occassions!!!

  5. Great choices but the rag doll runs away with it.

  6. Oh great mugs! What a sweet picture to paint on a mug for you- how special!

  7. Ooh, a hand-painted mug. Fabulous. It makes me really happy to find so many fellow tea drinkers on this blogfest!

  8. How sweet of your hubby and your friend. It makes the mugs so much more special...


  9. Nice mugs! And I agree, the mugs have to be both the right size and the right thickness! You have to be able to drink your tea properly! Have a nice day!

  10. I do love the rag doll mug! So cute! It is really sweet that your hubs got you the perfect tea mug too!

  11. The rag doll mug is just precious! I wouldn't share that with anyone. I am a tea drinker being Irish! I drink my tea out of Irish China mugs. I like my tea hot...none of this iced tea thing for me.

  12. Love the dollie one, too! Although Costa has great coffee...

  13. Now, THAT's a glass of coffee!!! :) And I love your ragdoll - so cute! And so wonderful that your friend created you a Miss Chevious mug, what a wonderful keepsake.

  14. Of course you know I fell in love with the rag doll and her special mug, right? Awesome!

  15. nice, i don't understand tea... it never tastes right, no matter what i put in it to make it better. i also burned my tongue as a child so i have no taste buds, everything tastes like the bottom of a turkey pan...:)
    the hand painted is awesome!

  16. Oh cool, love those mugs! I'm not a big tea or coffee drinker, so I can't really relate with the feel of the mug, but I kinda know what you mean about the thickness and all. But I can say, thicker mugs keep my hands from freezing off when I put ice cream in them ;p

  17. Cute mugs! The last one is really special.

  18. I love that you have rules for your mugs!! And a handpainted one from a friend about one of your creations??!! So awesome!! Thanks for joining our blogfest - it's been loads of (hot) fun!

  19. Hi Madeleine! I love your mugs and it is cute that you have different ones for tea and coffee. I love the sentimental hand-painted one. You wouldn't want to lose that!

    I'm late with my entry, blame time zones. I hope you'll still take a look. Here's the link:

    Simply Hot Blogfest

  20. The rag doll mug is precious. And it is important for a mug to keep things at the right temperature, isn't it.

  21. Very nice mugshots. Mine would have to be the W1S1 mug I just ordered... =]

  22. I totally understand not drinking tea and coffee in the same mug, totally. That said I have to admit sometimes maybe I do drink them from the same utensils/apparatus but ONLY because I want to drink COFF-TEA and for optimal results you must have a mug already tasting a bit of coffee.

    Now, I know what you're thinking. Not going to lie, the first cup of COFF-TEA is always and invariably disgustig. You really have to force it. BUT. After that first cup it is, like, the most addictive and moreish thing out there.

    Ahem. Yea. Anyway. Great mugs!

  23. These are great! The painted one is so cute!


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