Is Caffeine A Molecule Novelty Coffee Mug

Here's a coffee mug that will make you and all the science geeks in your world smile. It's a laboratory themed beaker with a molecule on the front. A caffeine molecule, that is.

The flip side shows your current caffeine-powered status, based on how much of your first cup of coffee you have processed. I am sure you can relate to going from inanimate to lethargic, grumpy, irritable, apathetic, intelligent and finally, genius.

As I B Geekin' says, boldly embrace your inner geek. This glass coffee cup has been made by science geeks for science geeks and loved by everyone. I love a coffee mug that makes me smile! If you do and you are hooked on chemistry and caffeine, this mug is the one for you but don't forget all those other caffeine addicted members of your family. They will love it, too.

See you
at the coffee bar
(though it will be
tea in my coffee mug!)

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Buy your CAFFEINE beaker on Amazon.

Peanuts' Snoopy Christmas Coffee Mug

I Love the Holiday Season

Once again, Peanuts' Snoopy is preparing to celebrate the holidays. On this handsome blue Vandor mug, he is preparing to open his Christmas stocking. He's not alone though as his tiny little friend Woodstock is also celebrating the season with a stack of Christmas presents!

The details? This festive holiday cup holds 18 ounces and is dishwasher and microwave friendly.

2017 Update: This coffee mug appears to be out of production but is still available (at a premium as is the case when things are no longer made) from private sellers on Amazon by clicking on any of the pictures on this page.

Here's hoping that your favorite coffee mug overflows with your choice of hot and steamy beverage this holiday season.

I love the holiday season and I love coffee mugs! How about you?


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Buy this Snoopy coffee mug on Amazon.

Dionne Quintuplets 1939 Painting Five Little Sweethearts

From the day my father brought home Pierre Berton's 1978 The Dionne Years: A Thirties Melodrama I have been fascinated by the tragic life of the quintuplets.

Years later I rediscovered their story in the 1994 made-for-television mini-series, Million Dollar Babies with Beau Bridges.

Today I am still intrigued but disappointed to hear that life is anything but easy for the surviving quints.

Pin-up artist Gil Elvgren's 1939 painting "Five Little Sweethearts" of the Dionne quintuplets is going up for auction today in benefit of the two remaining quintuplets, Cécile who is reported to be penniless, and Annette.  Eighteen years ago, the surviving quintuplets were given $750,000 each from the Ontario government but, according to reports, Cécile's portion disappeared with her son.

All proceeds for the painting, which has been donated anonymously by the owner and is being auctioned by Toronto auction house A.H. Wilkins, will go to the sisters.  I hope that there will be enough made from the proceeds of the auction to support Cecile and Annette, who are 82, in some comfort for the rest of their lives.


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Read more on the National Post's story.

Springbok Nutcracker Jigsaw Puzzles

Springbok Round Nutcracker Jigsaw Puzzle

Springbok Nutcracker Collection Puzzle

Springbok Nutcracker Workshop PuzzleOver the years, Springbok has produced a number of different jigsaw puzzles with nutcrackers on them. I love them all.

I have gathered a few of them together here on the page but I am unsure if my collection is complete.

Springbok Nutcracker Brigade PuzzleShown at the top is the round puzzle, one that is simply titled Nutcracker. It has 500 pieces. The image credit for the picture of this puzzle goes to eBay store owner, bixbybasil. Unfortunately, this puzzle is out of production.

The second puzzle is a fairly recent one and is currently in production. It is called Nutcracker Collection and has 1,000 pieces. You can find this puzzle on Amazon by clicking here.

The third puzzle is the Nutcracker Workshop puzzle. It has 400 pieces and is a family puzzle meaning that it has big pieces for children and little pieces for the young at heart. This puzzle is and all of those that follow are also out of production.

Springbok Nostalgic Nutcracker Jigsaw Puzzle

The fourth puzzle is the Nutcracker Brigade puzzle, which is a 500 piece puzzle that includes a wooden ornament.

The 400 piece puzzle shown to the right is known as Nostalgic Nutcrackers.

Sometimes you can find one of these older puzzles new and/or used on eBay:

Anyone who loves working a puzzle and who loves Christmas will enjoy working one of these Nutcracker-themed puzzles. They would make a great gift idea for someone who collects nutcrackers, too!

Happy Puzzling!

Quick Links:

Find all of Amazon's Springbok Nutcracker puzzles here.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Collector's Edition Jigsaw Puzzle

A Charlie Brown Christmas Collector's Jigsaw PuzzleA Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic television program that is watched by you and by me year after year after year.

The eternally popular story is presented here as a 550 piece jigsaw puzzle in an attractive collector's tin.

The puzzle features a familiar scene from the Charlie Brown television special, in which Linus wraps his beloved blue blanket around Charlie brown's pathetic Christmas tree.

Unfortunately, this jigsaw puzzle is out of print, which means if you want to own it it is probably going to cost you more than the original selling price.

If you are an Amazon shopper, you can check here to see if Amazon has this puzzle available right now and if so, at what price. Then you can check the listings shown below on eBay to do a price comparison before adding this Peanuts themed jigsaw puzzle to your collection.

Not all of the puzzles shown below are new so if that is important to you, be sure to shop carefully. If you are buying a used puzzle, make sure the seller guarantees the puzzle to be complete. A simple counting of the pieces is not enough because puzzle manufacturers do not always use the exact number of pieces that a puzzle is sold as. For instance a 550 piece puzzle may actually have 552 or 458 pieces.

Shop carefully and happy puzzling!

Quick Links:

Check Amazon for A Charlie Brown Christmas Collector's Puzzle.

Jigsaw Puzzles Are Back In Style

As you may or may not have suspected, jigsaw puzzles were out of style for a while. However, it seems their popularity is growing. We regularly work one, leaving one out on the coffee table all year long. Noticeably, not as many pieces are put in place in the summer but during the long, cold winter nights many are.

We now have more and better methods of producing puzzles and this has led to more creative puzzles. Not to say that there are not old puzzles that were well constructed. When you pick up a vintage Springbok puzzle that is fully assembled and walk around the house with it holding it only by the corners, you know that it was a well made puzzle. However, there is certainly a much wider variety of puzzle styles, choices and images available now for all age groups and at numerous price points.

I am sure that popularity is in large part because puzzles are a wonderful break from the constant presence of technology in our lives.  More importantly, however is that puzzles are just plain fun to do and when you finish one, you have a nice sense of accomplishment. Note that I did not say anything about them being good for us...and I do believe they are good for our brains, young and old.

Is there a JIGSAW PUZZLE in your life?

Happy puzzling!
Treasures By Brenda

Quick Link:

Find this World's Most Difficult Mickey Mouse puzzle on eBay.

New, Used & Vintage Puzzles from eBay:

Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Family Tradition

Include Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles in Your Family's Holiday Traditions 

Each year my family works on Christmas jigsaw puzzles during the month of December. We put a Christmas themed puzzle out on the coffee table and occasionally someone stops and puts a few pieces in place. If you are a puzzler, you already know that once the puzzle starts to come together, our visits become longer and more frequent. It is a wonderful family tradition that everyone can enjoy.

Have you considered working a jigsaw puzzle during the holidays? Puzzles are affordable, technology-free family fun. I have included on this page five lovely Christmas-themed jigsaw puzzles by Springbok. Each one of them retails for less than $15 on Amazon and I have showed a range of puzzle sizes from 350 to 1000 pieces. Whether you are shopping for a new puzzle or just curious about what is available, I hope you enjoy my choices.

Springbok Nutcracker Collection Puzzle

Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy button to find all of Springbok's Christmas themed puzzles on Amazon so I have added a link below the picture of each of these puzzles to help you find them if you are interested in adding one of them to your collection.

Start your own Christmas family tradition by working a jigsaw puzzle together.

Treasures By Brenda

Mary Lake Thompson Christmas Coffee Mugs Tea Towel

I know, it is not Christmastime yet but it will be before long so today I am featuring this hot chocolate themed tea towel, which features two adorable Christmas coffee mugs on a kitchen flour sack. The tea towel comes with a recipe card for peppermint cocoa, too. I only wish I knew where to buy those coffee mugs because they are too cute.  Nevertheless, I love the tea towel and I think that it would make a great addition to a hot chocolate themed Christmas gift idea! Pick up a Christmas-themed coffee mug, some hot chocolate and this tea towel. Bundled together they'd make a great thank you or hostess gift for someone who loves Christmas and hot chocolate.

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

Quick Links:

Buy this Mary Lake Thompson coffee mug tea towel on Amazon.
Check out all of Thompson's items here.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Girlie Coffee Mugs from Rose Art Prints

Girlie Coffee Mugs from Rose Art Prints
Though I am not a girly girl, I cannot help but love the girl-themed coffee mugs that I just discovered on Etsy. They're perfect for anyone who is a girlie girl and even for those of us who just appreciate one or another of the very pretty images.

They were created using the illustrations and watercolor artwork of artist Julia Upcott and sold in her online shop, Art Rose Prints on Etsy.

I challenge you to pick just one. I have to say I love them all but am especially fond of the donut mug though I am not entirely sure what that says about me other than the fact that I love a pretty donut!

I also like the very pretty initial mug which can be, of course, customised for you. There are lots of mugs around that are decorated with an initial but not many that are pretty the way this one is.

I also like the Chanel No. 5 mug though I would not choose it for myself but there is something nostalgic about the image. The eyelash and lipstick mugs are fun, too especially for someone who loves makeup!

Pink Donut Coffee Mug
As a bonus for Canadians, this artwork is created by a Canadian artist, so if you want to shop Canadian and support a local artist, you can do so with any purchase from Julia's shop. Note that her wonderful images are available on a wide variety of formats that include not just coffee mugs but also prints, pillows, calendars and cards. 

Julia's work gives meaning to the words Pretty in Pink!  You can find her work on Etsy by clicking any of the photographs on this page or by following this link.

Eyelashes Coffee mugI am looking forward to Etsy's Made in Canada national pop-up event on September 24 though I have never attended an event before.  If you are interested in checking out the event yourself, you can find the list of locations on Etsy here. You'll see cities listed from coast to coast including Halifax and Vancouver and many cities in between. What a great opportunity to support  Canadian artists!
You never know
what mugs I might
have in store for you!

Quick Links to More Pink:

I Heart Snoopy mugs are Pretty in Pink, too.

Chanel No. 5 Coffee Mug
Lipstick Coffee MugPersonalized in PINK coffee cup

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Don't Borrow Trouble Borrow Money Coffee Mug

I apologize in advance if this humorous vintage coffee mug is no longer available. However, some mugs just beg to be shared and I wanted to add this one to my collection here online before it disappeared forever.

What is it about this mug that appealed to me? Well, the comment on the side made me smile. It reads, "Don't borrow trouble, borrow money then trouble will follow you."

Of course, the bold orange color is also appealing.

Created by Prestige Ceramics and Crown Art Products in Canada, it would surely be a one of a kind gift idea for someone who is in the business of borrowing (or should I say lending) money, LOL.

If you are interested in buying it - maybe you are a banker - visit Swhirling Dervish's store on Etsy by clicking this link. If this one is no longer available, maybe you will find another vintage mug that appeals to you.

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

Find this mug in Swhirling Dervish's store on Etsy.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: The Muppets Most Wanted Coffee Mugs

Woo Hoo! Along with the new Muppets movie The Muppets: Most Wanted came a handsome new new line of coffee mugs from Disney.

On this page, celebrate your love of this very successful movie franchise that started many years ago with a humble man by the name of Jim Henson, which now continues on with the hugely successful movie company, Disney. A Muppet coffee mug is an affordable, practical and personal gift idea for anyone who is obsessed with The Muppets!

Kermit the Frog Coffee Mug

There is no question in my mind that Kermit the Frog is Jim Henson’s most popular Muppet character though some would argue that Miss Piggy ranks right up there, too. Kermit the Frog was introduced to the world by Henson in 1955 long before The Muppet Show and Kermit eventually went on to star in many programs including but not limited to The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. More recently Kermit and the whole gang have had a comeback led by the Disney Company that has included two very successful movies, The Muppets and The Muppets: Most Wanted.This Kermit the Frog Most Wanted coffee mug is a simple, affordable way to show you love Kermit the Frog, the little green guy who brought us the Rainbow Connection and so much more. Find Kermit on Amazon by clicking right here.

Miss Piggy Coffee Mug

Miss Piggy started out with a small role on The Muppet Show but, as you all know, her role is now as big as her personality. She is one diva of a pig. One who loves the limelight and will stop at nothing in pursuit of what she wants. She is, as Frank Oz who played her in The Muppet Show said, “A truck driver wanting to be a woman.”If you relate to Miss Piggy in any way or simply desire to have every Muppet in your coffee mug collection, you will want to own this mug in which the starlet is, as usual, very pretty in pink. Find Miss Piggy on Amazon here.

Animal Coffee Mug

Wow! Animal is not to be missed physically or visually and nor is this coffee mug. It's brilliant! Animal is the CRAZY drummer originally from The Muppet band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and was created by Michael Frith. Wikipedia says that Animal first appeared in 1976 on The Muppet Show. Whether you think of yourself as an animal or not, this Animal-themed coffee mug is a simple, affordable way to show you love the crazy red Muppet drummer. Find Animal on Amazon here.

Gonzo Coffee Mug

Although I think of him loosely as Gonzo, Gonzo is actually The Great Gonzo. Gonzo appeared first in 1970 in a Christmas program called The Great Santa Claus Switch. Like Miss Piggy, he started as a minor character but has grown to be much more than that.There's something special about Gonzo. That might be because he's a puppet NOT based on a human being or an animal. If you like him because his physical attributes, which include blue fur, purple feathers, bug-eyes and a hooked nose, make him different, this is the mug to add to your collection. Find Gonzo on Amazon here.

Fozzie Coffee Mug

Here’s the comedian of the bunch. Fozzie is a great big fuzzy teddy bear of sorts who, like Miss Piggy and Animal, also made his first appearance on The Muppet Show. He’s a stand-up comedian whose jokes, well, often just don’t work. If you’re inclined to crack jokes whether successfully or unsuccessfully and you like repeating Fozzie’s trademark "Wocka Wocka Wocka," then this is the Most Wanted coffee mug for you. Find Fozzie on Amazon here.

Which of these Muppets Most Wanted coffee mugs do you like the best? Is there a Muppet mug in your future?

A note. When I first wrote this page in 2014, these mugs were readily available and affordable. Of course, once they go out of production, they become harder to find and more expensive.  If the links on this page do not lead you to a successful opportunity on Amazon, you can try this link to check out all of the Muppets Most Wanted coffee mugs on eBay. Good luck to you in your search!

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

More Reading About The Muppets:

The Muppets Most Wanted Movie (2014)
The Muppets Most Wanted Movie Trailers
The Best Kermit The Frog Puppets and Plush Toys
Jim Shore's Collectible The Muppets Figurines
Meet Jim Henson: Creator of The Muppets

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Emma Bridgewater Diamond Jubilee Mugs

This Emma Bridgewater mug is another darling piece in the line that celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It measures 3.5 inches in height and holds 10.5 ounces of your favorite hot beverage. Here is a selection of these mugs that are currently available from eBay.

The product line, however, included other attractive pieces like a teapot, a dish cloth, a plate and an apron.

I am a tea drinker -- I always put tea in my coffee mugs and I would really put this beautiful Emma Bridgewater Diamond Jubilee teapot to good use. It is also made in Emma Bridgewater's factory from English earthenware. It measures 8 inches tall and holds 4 cups of tea, brewed exactly as you like it, of course.

One review that I read was from a buyer who says that she purchased this teapot for her 88 year old mother who is British. She says that her mother loved the sentiment "Steadfast and True" that is written on the teapot as well as the fact that this teapot celebrates the Queen and her Diamond Jubilee. The teapot now resides in the center of her mother's treasured display!

When I first wrote this page, these pieces were available on Amazon. However, when I was looking today I discovered that there are not many of these items available there anymore. You can check to see which pieces are on Amazon right now by clicking right here or you can see what is available on eBay in England by clicking right here

Any of the pieces in this set would make a wonderful gift idea for someone who follows the life of Britain's Royal Family and who has a royal memorabilia collection. I would love to own them all and I do not have a Royal Family collection. How about you? Are you a fan? Of the Queen and her family? Of Emma Bridgewater?

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

This post previously published elsewhere by the author in 2012.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Starbucks' Emma Bridgewater Coffee Mugs

Emma Bridgewater says, "I'm a coffee addict and can't really get through the morning without it, so I was delighted when Starbucks asked me to design a mug that really encapsulated everything that was great about Britain."

If you love a handsome mug like the ones produced by Emma Bridgewater and the ones produced by Starbucks, you will LOVE this collaboration between the two companies, which saw the production of a mug that fans of both brands and of Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family will love.

In 2012, Starbucks commissioned Emma Bridgewater to create a limited edition mug for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration. A limited run of only 6,000 of the mugs were made, guaranteeing it to become a very special collector's item indeed.

On this page, if you have not already seen it, you can check out this unusual and very handsome Starbucks coffee mug, learn a bit more about it and even find out where you can buy one for your collection.

Picture used with permission from blogger Another Goldfish.

What's The Story of Starbucks' Emma Bridgewater Diamond Jubilee Coffee Mug?

The Starbucks' Diamond Jubilee coffee mug was handmade in Emma Bridgewater's Victorian factory in Staffordshire, England and features that company's design talents and fine craftsmanship. At the end of May, 2012, it was sold at about one hundred Starbucks coffee shops.

Are These Starbucks Mugs Really Handmade?

In a blog post on Starbucks' blog, Emma Bridgewater says that at their factory, the Staffordshire Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, they make and decorate each and every piece by hand. The company feels that it is important to keep these skills going and do so in a Victorian factory that strives to meet the area's heritage of world class ceramics. They believe it is important to nurture talent and maintain the manufacturing heritage of Britain.

Emma Bridgewater Diamond Jubilee Products Video

This short video will give you an idea HOW Emma Bridgewater products are made and, if you are anything like me, it will make you want to travel to England to visit the factory. I have been to England but was blissfully unaware of Emma Bridgewater at the time.

You Can Own A Limited Edition Emma Bridgwater Starbucks Coffee Mug Via the Sellers on eBay

I've never actively followed interest in a limited edition mug like this Starbucks & Emma Bridgewater mug. Since only 6,000 mugs were made, I'd assume that demand and the value of these mugs will only increase. As I write this, this handsome piece is selling on eBay for up to $60 plus shipping.

Take a peek at the Emma Bridgewater Starbucks cups that the private eBay sellers have available right now...

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

This post previously published elsewhere by the author in 2012.

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Marc Tetro Coffee Mugs

I love Marc Tetro's Canadian themed artwork and therefore I love these coffee mugs.  Marc Tetro is a Canadian artist whose images are collected around the world. Typically, his images are a picture outlined in black. They can be found on many products but this page is dedicated to the handsome and collectable coffee mugs.

The Walt Disney Company is Marc Tetro's licensing agent. Tetro is the first artist to receive this honour while he is still alive. He has also been commissioned to do work for The World Wildlife Fund and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.

Marc Tetro's artwork includes many Canadian themes \like the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Native American Indian and Eskimo peoples, the Canadian sport of hockey, Canadian wildlife and dogs including but not limited to the Siberian huskies. The subject matter of his work makes one of his mugs a most suitable way to show your love of our great Canadian country or to celebrate a visit or past connection to Canada.

On this page you will find a collection of coffee mugs featuring the work of this artist, some available through my eBay store and others available from other sellers on eBay. You can click on any of the large pictures on this page to see the Marc Tetro mugs available in my eBay store.

What follows is a selection of  Marc Tetro mugs available right now on eBay. It will update automatically every day. I hope this search box helps you find a mug that suits you.

I enjoy all of the Marc Tetro mugs that I have seen but from the ones I have showcased here on this page, I might pick the Native American mug as a favourite. Or the moose one or possibly the R.C.M.P. one. Well, you get the idea. I cannot pick. I love how these cups and the artwork on them represent Canada. Can you pick a favourite mug from this selection?

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

More Reading:

I Love Coffee Mugs on Pinterest
The Muppets Most Wanted Coffee Mugs
Whittards of Chelsea Mugs

All images shown on this page are from the coffee mug department of my eBay store.

Author's Note:  This page originally written elsewhere in 2012.

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