Snug as a hug in a mug


Mug cupboardHi all, it's been a while since I blogged but, as many of you twitter folk will know, I am rather addicted to tweeting! It means I tend to keep in touch with many of you on there and time flies by so fast that before I know it it's been over a month since my last blog was posted! Whoopsie…

In addition to the addiction it's been rather busy at QVC HQ with one thing and another. Have you seen our new channels? We're regularly shooting new presentations for you to enjoy on QVC Extra and QVC Style as well as our beloved QVC Beauty.

Check them out if you haven't already as there's so much to see and not just repeated presentations but brand new, never been seen before on the live channel, material! Love it. Now all I need is for QVC to sell groceries and petrol and I'll hardly ever have to leave the house to shop again!


Mug 1Jubilee mugWhen visiting some friends houses I notice how coordinated their crockery is..matching teacups and coffee mugs. I realised the other day just what an eclectic mix of mugs I have in my cupboard. Interestingly I also came to the conclusion that my collection of mismatched mugs is filled with sentiment and special meaning!

The mug I favour over all the others for my morning coffee is this one. It's over ten years old and was a birthday present from my children. It used to say "Princess"  and was very brightly coloured. The colour and ceramic glaze have now faded but the memory is still there hence my blog title referencing a hug in a mug.

Thomas little monster mug18 mugThis next one we have two of as my children both received one from their school to celebrate The Queen's Golden Jubilee. I had thought it'd be nice to keep it pristine as a collectible item but they enjoyed having their own grown up mugs at the time, being 8 & 10 years old, so they've been used and loved.

My little monster Thomas revived this as a gift about twenty years ago! Again it was a little ornament but, you can see from the repairs, it's been well loved, too! It's quite little compared to normal sized mugs and reminds me of my littler Tom. Chrissie's 18th birthday mug is almost equivalent to a pint, on the other hand! Great for a big strong mug of tea, a snuggle under the Slanket watching a movie topped off with a big bowl of popcorn to share.

Greatest son Greatest sisterThis is probably looking like a boring anorak of a blog but indulge me for just a few more…each come with a memory of a birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day or just because. I wonder if its because we are a nation of tea drinkers that we love our tea drinking vessels so much!

Almost finally…a very special mug for me is this one (actually I have 3). Next month I will have been at QVC for ten years! It has flown by. You can see from the logo that this is a 'vintage' piece. I acquired them on various occasions and events..legitimately, I might add! They remind me of the old QVC premises at Battersea Park. All the initial auditions, people no longer with us who were back then and, all in all, a bygone era. I really need to get a new mug to celebrate the Chiswick Park age..a brand new era of QVC.

Heart saucer QVC mugFinally, this is one of a pair of sweet little espresso cups and saucers that Alison Keenan bought me for my 40th birthday last year. I haven't told her that I don't have an espresso machine (oh for a kitchenaid one!) so they don't get used so much but they are very dear to me and I see them whenever I open the cupboard. I like to fill them with chocolate covered coffee beans as a little after dinner treat sometimes. They look ornamental and make me feel warm inside when I think of the exceptional lady who gifted them to me.

I could go on and on as I have even more special mugs but if I do I fear you'll all be reaching for the caffeine in your treasured mugs to keep you awake!

Is it just me or do you have favourite or special cups & mugs?

I hope to hear from you soon.

Much love and hugs in mugs,

Catherine x


  1. Tricia Coulson-wood August 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Catherine, I too have several very old mugs which are difficult to part with. Some have chips in them and are sidelined to a special kitchen cupboard just because they hold treasured memories of who bought them and who used them.I have had a really good run of mugs lasting for several months yet amazingly on Tues last I broke two within hours of each other!.I remember your first days at qvc and have followed with interest your progress and all the changes within the last decade. I do hope you will be with qvc for a further decade at least. you are the same age as my daughter who I blog with Alison and lots of others with over these past months as they have been a great help to me whilst my daughter is undergoing chemotherapy at this moment in time.
    Take care and keep up the good work.tricia.x

  2. Tricia Coulson-Wood August 23, 2013 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    hi catherine ,i sent you a blog about my mugs and their sentimental value to me. I waffled on but about them and completely forgot to mention that your mug blog reminded me that i am, along with lots of others holding a macmillan coffee morning on the 27th of september in order to raise money for the nurses. I have been able to contact them easily over the past six months following my daughters diagnosis and treatments following diagnosis surgery and chemotherapy.
    I hold them along with Alison and her girls [qvc blogs] with the highest regard for helping me and my daughter enormously through such a difficult time..
    I know you are a great supporter of macmillan and its your mug blog that prompted me to remind people to support the macmillan nurses coffee morning. many thanks..tricia. x

  3. john clinton August 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    hi catherine like you i have many mugs which i have had for many years ,thats a opening for a new twitter page, catherine mugs

  4. carol cordina August 24, 2013 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    Hi catherine, thats really cool, i have favourite mugs and cups too and theres a story that accompanies them. My mum started the trend really she started to collect them when my brother and i were just kids. I was just wondering where you got that really nice dress that youu wore at your fortieth birthday last year, you and your daughter looked so stunning. My fortieth is coming up this year and its my daughters fourteenth im thinking of having a joint party too. Well take care and hope to see you soon on qvc, ive been a customer for fifteen years and i dont get a chance to tune in so often, as my two year old son keeps me very busy indeed. You are my favourite presenter and i hope to hear from you soon.

  5. Gill Smith August 25, 2013 at 2:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    I just had to comment on your blog as it struck a chord with me. I too have a mismatch of mugs in my cupboard. My two daughters are grown up now but I still have mugs from when they were younger!! Some of them are chipped and they are always telling me to throw them away, but I can’t bring myself to. I have a Mr Happy mug that belonged to my eldest daughter (he was her favourite Mr Men character), ones for Mother’s Day, others just ‘Mum’, some from my own Mum who is sadly no longer here. More recently an Emma Bridgewater heart mug from my sister and a beautiful Cath Kidston mug from my eldest daughter. The most recent given to me this year on Mother’s Day from one of my four wonderful grandchildren says ‘very very special Nan who’s loved lots and lots’!! I am afraid I can’t get rid of them as, like you, the memories each one holds is very dear, or am I just very sentimental?!! I am sure we are not the only ones to have mugs with hugs?!!
    Lots of love, Gill x x x
    P.S. Love the cup and saucer from Ali Keenan, such a wonderful and brave lady. So sorry to hear about Beulah and Amica, my thoughts are with their families. x x

  6. Diane gilbank August 29, 2013 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful blog catherine, just proves to me even more what a warm person you are. All those mugs mean such a lot to you and it reminded me it has the same feeling behind all the jewellery we have, all remembered by the person who gave it to us.
    May I also say how lovely you looked with your hair up and in the white lace dress on ronnie nichole yesterday. Lol forward to your shows today. Lots of love Diane xxx

  7. Diane gilbank August 31, 2013 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    Hi catherine,your last blog just confirms what a caring loving thoughtful person you are. I think your mug stories are fabulous and so indicative of the warmth you convey. I love watching you present shows as ther e is always honesty and a chance of a giggle or two with you. Just wanted to say how lovely you looked with your hair up, and in the white lace dress from ronnie nichol. Take care, look forward to your next shows. Hope you are having a good weekend off. Lots of love Diane x

  8. Catherine Huntley September 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tricia,
    What a very thoughtful lady you are to take time out to comment here. I can’t imagine what your family have been going through with your daughter’s treatment and illness. I hope all is going as well as it can possibly be.
    It’s great that you’ve mentioned Macmillan here, too, as its a wonderful reminder to others who read this that they need ongoing support. I hope the coffee morning is a great success and is full of hope and support for all who attend. Just be careful not to break any mugs ๐Ÿ™‚
    Take very good care and thank you again for taking the time to write.
    Big hugs to you and your daughter, too.
    Love Catherine xxx

  9. Catherine Huntley September 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi John,
    Isn’t it funny how we collect so many along the years? Wonder of its an international thing or just a western world thing?
    Nice to hear from you, as always. See you on twitter!
    Love Catherine x

  10. Catherine Huntley September 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello Carol,
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments. It’s funny that I never set out to start a collection but they just gather over the years, don’t they?
    How lovely to hear you and your daughter may have a joint party, too! I’ll never forget ours. A great way to celebrate. The dress you asked about was actually a rare eBay purchase! It’s an old Karen Millen one which a friend adjusted for me so it fit perfectly. I love a good reason to get dressed up. It was so much fun.
    You have your hands full with a teenager and a toddler! I bet it’s lively at your house. I can see why you don’t get as much time to yourself to watch qvc as you once did. Great to know you’ve been with us for all these years, though.
    Keep well & don’t forget to take some time out for you when you can. My sanctuary has always been a hot bath with bathing treats and candles. Very soothing and recharging.
    Much love,
    Catherine x

  11. Catherine Huntley September 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gill,
    Lovely to hear from a fellow mug hoarder. It was very touching to hear about your reasons for holding onto them, too. I try not to hoard too much but I am a sentimental old thing and keep popping little things like theatre tickets and plane tickets into my grown up children’s baby books! They’re overflowing!
    I agree about Ali being a very brave lady. She keeps her chin up almost all the time and tackles everything with optimism and strength. A very inspirational lady.
    Dear Amica and Beulah are so sadly missed. We were all blessed to have known them whether through the tv or in person. Hopefully this years Breast Cancer Care event will be a great opportunity to raise even more funds in their memory.
    Keep well & lovely,
    Love Catherine x

  12. Catherine Huntley September 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear lovely Diane,
    Thanks for your comments. I loved that Ronnie Nicole dress! They are such gorgeous dresses, so flattering. They iron out a multitude of sins.
    You’re right about jewellery having the same kind of special meaning. Isn’t it lovely to think back to all the reasons behind the pieces in our collections? Nice to know you’re sentimental, like me. I’m so soppy.
    Hope to be giggling with you again soon!
    Love Catherine xx

  13. Chris Page September 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    I have a “World’s Greate4st Uncle” mug in the same style as Thomas’s “Son” one. But my favourite is my daily caffeine delivery vessel, which reads: “THE LIVER IS EVIL AND MUST BE PUNISHED WITH BEER”

  14. Catherine Huntley September 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chris,
    Haha, Ive heard that phrase before but not seen it on a mug. I like the irony of not drinking beer out of it but coffee instead!
    I’ve lost one of my favourite mugs at work…I’m terrible for setting mugs down and forgetting where I put them!
    Same with glasses. The ones you wear on your face, not drinking glasses.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Catherine x

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