A Mug’s Game

By: Anne Corke

Feb 12 2012


Category: This and That

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We all have our weaknesses and one of mine is mugs. I admit it – I have a thing about mugs. I am constantly on the lookout for new mugs.  My long-suffering husband warns “No more mugs” every time I head out the door to Winners. (I had Jeremy smuggle in the last one that I bought.) So what is it about mugs? Good question. Well, for one thing, they’re useful, not just cute little knick-knacks that clutter the house and gather dust. And there’s such variety! From fine bone china to stoneware, mugs come in all shapes and sizes and colours. Some are smooth and shiny, others rough and matte.  Some are downright tacky, some are absolutely stunning.  Some have beautiful patterns. Some sport witty sayings.  Some are everyday mugs, others only come out for special occasions. And if you have a selection, you can always find one that’s just right for each day. For instance, mid-summer mornings I might use my tall delicate china mug with the lovely lavendar pattern for morning tea on the deck. In winter, a nice hefty stoneware mug keeps my tea and my hands warm and cozy at the dining table. Sometimes the verbage on the mug reflects my mood… “Keep Calm and Carry On”, or my philosophy… “Everyone needs their own Spot”. Some mugs are “finds” from Winners, others, souvenirs of places I’ve been or plays that I’ve seen. Some are part of my good china set, others are treasured gifts from friends or family. Mugs can be a form of personal expression, or a personal piece of art. One of mine is ornamented with a beautiful pattern a la Charles Rennie Macintosh, another with a brightly coloured illustration from Mary Engelbreit. Some illustrate my interests… a tall cream coloured mug with prancing Lakeland terriers, a short squarish one with a delightfully detailed potager, a large formal one with matching teapot featuring the locomotive Mallard.  And when someone comes to call, it’s always fun to pick out a mug that’s just right for that person! I have some lovely teacups and saucers, for more formal occasions. And quite a number of teapots, too. In fact, if I just had more space, I could start a teapot collection! But for now, I’ll have to make do and satisfy my cravings with mugs. Sorry dear.

Copyright 2012 Anne Corke

One comment on “A Mug’s Game”

  1. Anne, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about your ‘thing’ for mugs! Especially the part about having Jeremy smuggle in the latest acquisition…I laughed right out loud. I recently saw a matching set where the teapot sat on top of the cup making me immediately think about you and this post. If I’d had enough cash on me at the time, it would have been yours. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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