My Mug Shot

I received two of my new new Dunoon coffee mugs in the post yesterday.. sll the way from England and totally intact – bone china!

I love-love-LOVE them. They are not exactly like my original sheepdog cup that I got in Yorkshire and which I dropped and broke several years ago.

Click here to see all the available items at this great shop.

These new mugs are made by the same person, however, and made in Scotland of bone china. They are so much fun and even though the dogs on them aren’t strictly rough and smooth coated collies, like our sweeties are, they are border collies and I love those dogs second only to mine. They are the hardest working dogs ever. They are so smart and full of energy. Lots of sheep farmers in England can’t even think of living without a sheepdog or two to help with the daily chores.


The new mugs have painting around the entire cup and the cutest little sheepdogs inside looking up at you while you are sipping your cuppa.

Anyway, since I now have more mugs than space in my kitchen cabinets to hold them all, I had to get a mug rack to hang on the wall.

This rack was not as sturdy as I would have liked either. So I had Paul screw it right into one of the studs behind this wall. OK, it won’t fall down now, but the other problem is the little pegs that the cups sit on. They don’t have a large enough lip for my liking and I’m afraid a sudden jolt will send my beloved mugs crashing down to the floor!

I have wracked my brain to figure out a way to beef up the front nubs of those pegs.

Any ideas out there?

I thought of getting some twine (the natural beige kind) and soaking it in Elmer’s Glue and wrapping it around the round nubs a few times to build up the diameter and then letting it air-dry. That still is my plan but I don’t have any twine here at the moment.

Actually, those pegs are not the sturdiest construction either. They must be attached by a screw or something and some are a little wobbly. I probably need to take the whole rack down (unscrew it) from the wall and look at the back more closely. I was thinking of cutting off the little round nubs on the pegs and putting on some round drawer pulls that have a larger diameter.

Why is everything so complicated?

So that’s what’s new. It’s gotten much cooler (rather “less hot” would be more accurate) around here lately. Better weather for sewing, and I have a tablecloth project to accomplish (remember the TEA TOWELS?). I may drag out my equipment for doing that right now and if I don’t get into the mood today, at least I’ll have all the stuff out and ready to go so when the sewing mood does hit (maybe tomorrow?) I will have half the work done.

(Addendum: It’s about half-past twelve here and I have just completed sewing together four tea-towels to make one tablecloth. It is rectangular – for a round table – so not ideal. I am so completely wiped out that all I can do now is sit, put my footrest up in this big old new chair and catch my breath. You’d think sewing was an Olympic event! – Photos at a later time.)

OK. Back to what you were doing….



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7 Responses to My Mug Shot

  1. Bex says:

    Don’t worry Em, I have a new system for my cups ordered and it should be here in a few days’ time. More later…


  2. mz. em says:

    What lovely mugs and bone china! Oh my. I have some of those racks on which I hang my necklaces and those pegs are not sturdy either. I like both your ideas; however, it seems to me the drawer pulls might look more finished and decorative.


  3. Nina says:

    I’ll just smile and smile at this post. For so many reasons! 🙂


  4. Bex says:

    Yes, TT, I also love the sheep. They have other sheep mugs at that Dunoon site, go look at it. Lots of designs there.


  5. TopsyTurvy says:

    Oh, I love your new mugs! Beyond border collies and shelties, I’m also a big lover of black-faced sheep, so those are wonderful!

    And your broken mug, that made me so sad. It’s such a tug at the heart-strings when something much loved is broken like that.



  6. Bex says:

    Yes, I agree S-plants…it would be nice to have a more substantial rack (mug, that is). Maybe I should invent one?


  7. Smartiplants says:

    I have always wondered why they don’t make a better mug display rack for us mug collectors. I collect mugs too but I gave up and just keep them in the cabinet.


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