Monday, August 16, 2010

"Just call me Mugsy..."

dainty tea cups with bluebirds also found on clearance at Anthropologie

my Gilmore Girls inspired mug, I have three others in green, red, and blue! big and chunky!

my favorite Christmas mug, I love the cheery stripes inside!

When I was in high school I got the nickname "Mugsy", from the old comedy "The Bowery Boys", based on one of the characters, Mugsy McGinnis. (short and from New York made the connection). I had no idea that the name would have such significance based on my love for actual mugs for tea or coffee!
My husband thinks it is weird to have such a fondness for cups, but it is shared by my daughters and several friends!
For example, the girls and I were discussing how the right mug can make drinking coffee or tea more fun. No, really, it can! Rachel stated that it was like clothing for your coffee,so indeed was very important! He posted about it on facebook and got a lot of responces from women that agreed with our "muggy" philosophy.
In the mornings, I look for certain size and shape cups that are nice and big and takes some effort to hold. In fact, it is the most important mug of the day. I may have gotten this morning mug obsession from watching "Gilmore Girls", where Luke's Diner sports nice substantial full sized mugs.
In the Fall and Winter,I still love my morning coffee but I also like tea from over sized tea cups or a tea pot full of hot tea and regular dainty sized cups. When a chill is in the air, nothing quite hits the spot like tea!
One holiday time several years ago, me and my daughter Christina were on line at a Starbucks and we were noticing how many of their coffee mugs were on sale, and I remarked as to how happy I was when I sipped my coffee from one of my previously purchased Christmas mugs and saw the cheerful stripes inside. Well, a MAN behind me let out an audible sigh of disgust when I said that to which I replied, "I am sorry, but is is a girl thing!" I was too filled with joyful anticipatioon of my Pumpkin Spice Latte to be offended, but really how rude! Let me have my good clean coffee mug fun will ya?
I think it all started from childhood and reading Peter Rabbit, where the characters in the books were always having tea from lovely cups and eating the most colorful cakes and berries and cream!
To quote from a brilliant scholar C.S. Lewis...
"You can't get a cup of tea BIG enough or a book long enough to suit me..."


  1. you are SO right...a pretty mug or teacup is a priceless thing in my home too :) and these are such pretty little ones in your post! phooey on that grumpy rude man in starbucks, ha!

  2. I am happy your mugs bring you so much joy..and I must admit I really didn't get it.
    But then it flashed through my mind..there is a mug that brings me peace, joy, comfort..Its YOUR MUG honey...Love ya Ray

  3. I totally agree! I feel the same way about glasses. The right glass can make sweet tea taste even better!

  4. Aww, Ray, that was sweet...corny but sweet! It is true for me also, I have a favorite mug for different times. Right now my favorite is the one I got from Stina for my birthday. Chriss definitely has favorite mugs also. The biggest one he can find is his favorite of the day. He recently got a new one from my sister as an early birthday present. I will have to post a picture of it on facebook so you can see it. You'll get a kick out of it.

  5. I love the ones with the blue birds!

  6. i want the 2nd one!! so sweet!! glad i found you!

  7. Hi, I was hoping and wondering if you might want to sell me one of your blue bird teacups from Anthropologie. My mother had seen them when we were homeless, and loved them right away but we had no money and nowhere to put them, and now we're all settled and everything and I'd greatly love buying one for her. If you want you can contact me.

    Thank you,