Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Matchy Matchy


There are two things we have a lot of in our house: books and mugs, and I have to confess this has led to some pretty quirky habits on my part. When I make myself a hot beverage, I don't just go to the cupboard and pick out any old random mug. Come on! Where's the fun in that? Strange as it may be, I have a tendency to match whatever mug I choose to my mood, my outfit, or sometimes even the book I'm reading. My sister and I were joking about this the other day, and it turned into a bit of a game. For fun, I raided my book and mug collections to see if I could come up with the perfect matches:



Okay, I admit that looks a wee bit on the obsessive side, but hey, it was fun! Beside Distant Waves is a replica of the second class cup and saucer sets from the Titanic. If you look closely you can see the White Star Line logo. Now tell me that doesn't add ambiance when you're reading a book that takes place on the Titanic! The mug matched with This Dark Endeavor is the one I most often use when I write. It's my favourite, and it was actually purchased at a bookstore which I think is fitting.

And just so I have something nice to drink from all these mugs, my sister sent me this lovely parcel from David's Tea the other day. Seriously, their tea is amazing. The one she gave me is chocolatey and minty and spicy all at once. I was addicted to it after the first sip. Sisters who understand the importance of tea and books are the best. :)


Anybody else have any wacky habits like matching mugs to books, or am I the only one? Wait. Maybe I shouldn't ask that...

16 comments:

  1. Those mug-book combinations are awesome! And I'm so glad the David's Tea love is spreading--I brought Jaime into their New York store, but it's a Canadian chain so maybe there's one near you! I've been trying to convince them to open in Buffalo but no luck yet.

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    1. Glad you like them! We do have David's Tea where I live, which is convenient. It was very exciting to get a surprise parcel in the mail from Jaime though, and David's does such a nice job of putting together their gift boxes. :)

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  2. Love the pictures, Erin! Those are some really great pairings. I'm not sure I could have done the same. I whittled down our mug collection somewhat the last time we moved. When I pick a mug to drink from it sometimes reflects my mood, but more often than not it has everything to do with the size of the mug in relation to what I'm drinking: Smaller mug for coffee, regular mug for tea, jumbo mug for hot chocolate. Yep, I'm a weirdo too.

    I am amazed at how awesome David's Tea packaged up that parcel. That was above and beyond my expectations. Quick question: they didn't send you any nutty tea samples, did they? Hope not. I'm waiting on my own shipment from them, but my current favourite is Red Velvet Cake. So, so good! ♥

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    1. Well, you know how large our corner kitchen cupboard is and there's literally no more room in there for another mug. It's like putting a puzzle together to get them to fit.The parcel was so impressive! David's really goes the extra mile. I think one of the sample teas had almond in it, but I'll just make sure I don't give Liam any smooches after drinking it. :)

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  3. Well, this is pretty much the greatest thing I've seen all day! First of all, I'm very envious of your mug collection. Second, I'm very relieved to know that someone else other than me might take the time to do something this kooky and cute... Love it! :-)

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    1. I'm ashamed to say these probably make up only one shelf in our mug cupboard. What can I say? We're addicted. This project was definitely on the kooky side, and I had lots of fun with it. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  4. This is hilarious! I never would have thought to match my mugs to my books! Well, I don't have enough mugs, anyway. I tend to drink out of a purple over-sized Sally Brown mug. Or, you know, not drink tea at all (don't throw things at me! I'm a cold beverage gal!)

    See, now I want to match my books to my shoes. Cuz those? Yeah, lots of those. And scarves! Ooh...

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    1. Oooo, matching books to shoes could be fun. I'm mostly a Toms & Chucks person so I wouldn't have much to go on that way. I do like to match mugs to my socks though, so that's close. :)

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  5. Those pictures are too cool! You did a very good job matching mugs to books. I'm actively trying NOT to collect mugs (my in-laws have like 80 coffee mugs...for two people... that seems excessive), but I do have other terrible pack rat tendencies. Instead of collecting mugs, I have a collection of different types of teas/coffees, so I spend a few minutes each morning matching the flavor to my mood. Yum.

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    1. Mugs end up being one of those fallback gifts people give when they can't think of anything else, plus we're attracted to them like crows to shiny things when we see them at the store, so now our cupboard is overflowing. I'm the same as you with tea. You can never have too much tea to choose from. :)

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  6. This post is so much fun! You need to put these pictures up on Tumblr. I'm obsessed with this idea and wish I had more cabinet space.

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    1. I had way too much fun doing this. I'm actually tempted to start collecting more mugs to match my books now. I probably shouldn't admit that. :)

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  7. Loved this post! :) My family has this weird habit of collecting mugs. My husband makes fun of me all the time because my mug collection is so out of control, but I eat pretty much everything out of a mug - soup, cereal, salad, you name it. So they're decorative AND useful, and now I can say they go well with books, too. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this! You're right about mugs being incredibly useful. I even use them for cooking eggs or those five minute mug cakes in the microwave. Fortunately for me, my husband is just as bad about collecting mugs as I am (maybe worse). I think we may have to start rotating them in and out of the cupboard to make room for new ones. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Hah!!!! That is really, really awesome. Seriously, I am flabbergasted by the coolness. It's so pretty and wonderful... And what a good sister. :) :)

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    1. I'm so pleased that you were "flabbergasted by the coolness!" When I initially posted this, I wasn't sure if people would enjoy it or think I was completely off my rocker. I had so much fun with this project that I think I'm going to keep gradually adding to it. In fact, I may or may not have bought a couple more mugs this weekend...

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