MUGS ON MONDAY: Cinderella Slipper Mug

If you love Disney's Cinderella, you are bound to love this pretty new mug for 2015 from the Disney Store and the Disney Parks.

It features that truly important prop from the movie, Cinderella's glass slipper and suits anyone who embraces the princess and the story.

It is an affordable and practical gift idea, too and will hold 12 ounces of your princess' favorite steamy, hot beverage. You can find it here on Amazon.

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

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MUGS ON MONDAY: Lennon and McCartney She Loves You Cup and Saucer

Lennon and McCartney Cup and Saucer
Here's a fun set that would make a TOP-RATED GIFT IDEA for any fan of the Beatles.

It is the officially licensed Lennon and McCartney She Loves You cup and saucer set and I think it's a hoot because of the unique record-inspired design of the saucer.

It is a practical, affordable and FUN gift idea that retails right now on Amazon for just over $15.

How about you? Would you like to spin your tea or coffee in this cup on this saucer?

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

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U.S.A. Glitz Calendar

Love, LOVE, love the pictures on this U.S.A Glitz wall calendar.  As one who loves vintage items, I am really impressed by the images on this calendar and the pink really emphasizes the retro feel.

I love reading and learning about vintage Americana including the vintage diners, glittering casinos, classic cars, and retro amusement parks shown on this calendar.

It is flashier than I am but I do love looking at the nostalgic and the kitschy. You?

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

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MUGS ON MONDAY: 101 Dalmatians Mug

If you love the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians, you will love this mug that Disney released in celebration of One Hundred and One Dalmatians coming out of the vault.

Affectionately named Morning Lap, it features those cute little dalmatian puppy dogs having fun.  It is bound to cheer you up and help you clear away that London fog in the morning.

It is a beautiful, good quality white mug from the Disney Store that features screen art done in black and red, Dalmatian spots on the lip and the Dalmatians logo in the bottom. It has a matte exterior, a high gloss interior and a red handle.

It’s a generously sized coffee mug, holding 18 ounces of your favorite hot beverage.

Unfortunately, this mug is sold out at the Disney Store but it is available from sellers on Amazon and eBay. Because it is sold out, you will be paying a premium for it. However, you can click here to see what it is selling for on Amazon and then compare that to the listings from eBay shown below to see what it is selling for on that site.

You never know, a bit of comparison shopping might help you save a couple of dollars.


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A Kitschy Calendar

I know it's a bit late to be talking about calendars for 2015 but sometimes I just stumble across something I love, that somehow relates to our world that I want to share with you.

In this instance it is a kitschy calendar. I think that it is a hoot, embracing things a little off the beaten path that make us smile like a pink Elvis Presley Christmas ornament, a cat bride and groom and even a bulldog living the high life. 

I see that there was a 2014 and a 2013 Kitsch calendar so we can hope that there will be another one in 2016.  I think they are perfectly suited to a home with a bit of spirit! 

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

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eBay Clearance Sale! When They're Gone, They're gone!

eBay Clearance Sale
I've marked down some listings and put them in my eBay Clearance Sale to make room for more new items. It's out with the old and in with the new!

Keep in mind that my listings are generally one-of-a-kind, especially those in my clearance sale. When they're gone, they're gone.

They ship in Canada and the US for FREE and yes, that free shipping still applies to the items in my clearance sale.

Finally, if you do visit my eBay store from this post and buy something, be sure to let me know that's how you found me!

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have in store for you!

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MUGS ON MONDAY: You've Cat To Be Kitten Me Right Meow Coffee Mug

Some mugs just make you or maybe I should say me smile. That's the category that the mug for this MUGS ON MONDAY post fits into.

The expression, "You've Cat To Be Kitten Me Right Meow" on this coffee mug is just plain fun and I love how the maker, TooLoud, put the words into the form of a black cat.

It's perfect for any cat lover's morning cup of coffee, don't you think?

Have a great week!

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A Bloom Of Friendship by Anne Renaud

A Bloom of Friendship by Anne RenaudA non-fiction, children's picture book written by Anne Renaud and illustrated by Ashley Spires, A Bloom Of Friendship: The Story Of The Canadian Tulip Festival tells the story of the history behind the world's largest tulip festival held every spring in Ottawa. It is thus far the only book about the Canadian Tulip Festival that I have been able to find. Therefore, we are extremely lucky that it is such a great book!
Let me start by saying that I am not a history expert and this is in large part a history book. It is perfect for children aged eight- to ten-years old, but it is also great for adults who want to learn a bit about the history of the relationship between Holland and Canada and the tulip festival. It is beautifully illustrated with pictures that have been painted and with both historical and modern day photographs, newspaper articles created to tell the story and lots of historical tidbits woven in and around the main text.
A Bloom of Friendship by Anne RenaudThis page can serve as an introduction to the history of the Canadian Tulip Festival (which is sometimes incorrectly called the Ottawa Tulip Festival) as well as a review of this book. I am actually giving more of the history of the tulip festival than is normal in a book review because I think that this page will also be good for people who are looking for this background information who are planning to attend the festival. I would, however, encourage you to check out the book whether or not you have children. It is really very beautiful; I think the artwork would be lovely framed. It also tells a beautiful story ~~ the history of the Canadian and Dutch friendship.
This book was republished in 2014, hence the two images to the right. The top picture is the new cover. The second picture, the original cover from 2005. You can find A Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival on Amazon by clicking right here. The more recent book is only available in paperback. If you want a hardcover copy, you will have to buy the original book.

"The Canadian Tulip Festival is a celebration of the friendship between two countries more than 50 years ago."

The Canadian Tulip Festival and Barbara and Malak Karsh

A Bloom of Friendship opens with a letter from Malak Karsh's wife, Barbara Karsh who tells of their discovery of the thousands of tulips in Ottawa in 1946. The pictures that Mr. Karsh took that day have since travelled the world telling Princess Juliane's Canadian story. Eventually, in 1953, his interest in the tulips would cause him to be instrumental in the creation of the Canadian Tulip Festival.

The Second World War, The Dutch and The Canadians


On May 10, 1940, the Dutch people were awakened by the sounds of airplanes and the sight of hundreds of soldiers parachuting to the ground as Hitler invaded Holland. This was the beginning of a horrible five-year period for the Dutch people.

Queen Wilhelmina and the Dutch Royal Family Escape

Queen Wilhelmina and the Dutch Royal Family escaped to England but even England was not a safe place to be. The Queen's daughter, Crown Princess Juliana, nine-month old Irene and a two-year old Beatrix found a safe place to escape too and that was Canada. They arrived in Halifax via the dutch ship Sumatra in Halifax in June 11, 1940 and from their proceeded to the home they would live in, which was located in Ottawa.
Perhaps the most notable event while they lived in Canada, was the birth in the spring of 1942, of Princess Margriet Francisca who was born a Dutch citizen because Canada named the place of her birth extraterritorial -- meaning outside of Canadian territory.

At Home, The Dutch People Struggled

Meanwhile in the Netherlands, life was very tough and the Dutch struggled to survive under the Nazis. Living conditions were terrible; supplies scarce. Eventually over 100,000 Dutch Jews were sent to Nazi death camps.

The Battle of the Scheldt, The Battle of the Rhineland and Freedom

In support of the final phase of the war in Europe, the allies needed to get supplies to their advancing troups in Belgium and The First Canadian Army was tasked with clearing the banks of the Scheldt of Nazis so that supplies could arrive through the Scheldt Estuary. For two months, the Canadians fought the German army along the Scheldt. In the end, more than 6,000 Canadian soliders were killed or wounded but, thanks to their sacrifices, the port of Antwerp was opened successfully. These Canadian soldiers rested in December and January; many of them in the homes of the Dutch where they made friends that would be remembered forever.
Rhineland, however, was one of the places that remained in German control. On February 8, 1945, the First Canadian Army once again was tasked. This time with clearing a passage for allied troups. At the end of this campaign, more than 5,000 Canadians were dead or wounded but at becauase of their efforts, the Allies were able to defeat Hitler.
In March of the same year, the First Canadian Army freed the remaining parts of Holland and, when it was clear that the war was nearing an end, a truce was made allowing for the dropping of much needed food and supplies to the Dutch. This time it was the Royal Canadian Air Force 405 Squadron that helped out by dropping 12,000 tons of needed items.

Tulips in Ottawa

The Gift of Tulips

Finally on May 8, 1945, the war in Europe was over. Princess Juliana's family returned home and discovered a people who were extremely thankful to the Canadians. In 1945, the Dutch Royal Family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada by way of thanks. Every year since then, they have sent 20,000 additional tulip bulbs. I am sure that I will remember this story whenever I see tulips in the future. Will you?

Buy A Bloom Of Friendship on Amazon

Amazon has both the newer paperback edition (shown on top) and the older hardcover edition available. If you are in the U.S., follow the large links below. Canadians can buy this book from by clicking here.

I am especially interested in this story because I reside in Ottawa and am able to see the tulips every year. Have you ever visited the tulip festival?  What did you think of it? Are you interested in the history behind the tulips and this book, A Bloom of Friendship?

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

MUGS ON MONDAY: A Maxine Coffee Mug

I see so many fun mugs on my travels that I thought I might start  a new series, MUGS ON MONDAY and I thought I would start with this mug.

If you are familiar at all with Maxine, you will know that she is a wisecracking crotchety older lady attempting to, ah, "embrace" old age.

Maxine was created in 1986 by John Wagner for Hallmark's Shoebox Greetings division. According to Hallmark, she is the only greeting card character who has successfully moved from the world of the greeting card to the world of pop culture. As a matter of fact, she now has her own books, comic strip, calendars, website and, as is evidenced on this page, mugs.

And what a fun this mug is with Maxine quipping, "Water is just coffee that hasn't reached it's full potential." I know most of you will agree, whether you are Maxine's age or not.

Maxine's sole purpose in life is putting a smile on your face. I hope she has helped you smile today via this clever coffee mug, which is available from Amazon by clicking right here.

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Might Have in Store For You!

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