It’s a mug’s game

I wish I drank more tea and coffee. That way, I could legitimately buy more mugs. I keep seeing such lovely ones, but as my other half is constantly pointing out, we only tend to use the same two over and over again.

However, on a trip to my local Matalan at the weekend (to buy the amazing Orla Kiely-esque retro storage jars I blogged about earlier this month), I spotted these AMAZING sets of number mugs (above) and retro pattern mugs (below). They cost just £5 (yep, a fiver) for six. That’s less than a pound each (!) and they’re really bright, cheerful and expensive-looking.

I reckon they would look great on a mug tree in my new kitchen. I’m hankering after the John Lewis Rubberwood  one (below, right) which, ridiculously, at £17 costs over three times more than the set of six mugs I’d hang on it; so I’d probably have to make do with painting the branches of Matalan’s bargainous £3 bamboo mug tree (below, left).

So, there’s nothing else for it, I might have to get a bit careless and break a few of my current mugs accidentally-on-purpose to justify the purchase… Only thing is, which set should I buy?!

PS: No Matalan nearby? Everything is available online at and postage is just £1 anywhere in the UK – brilliant!

PPS: while in Matalan, I couldn’t resist this very cool retro Milk Bottle tea towel, for just £1.50 (bottom). Whoever  designed Matalan’s kitchenwares this season is a genius.


  1. girlheartfood
    September 28, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    Love the patterned mug set!

  2. November 29, 2012 / 10:27 pm

    Hi Guys,

    My name is James and I’m the designer of this range. I’ve worked at Matalan for 5 Years and think that its awesome that you like my range. Thanks for liking and hopefully I can keep up the good work.



  3. December 13, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    Hi James,
    Wow, so good to hear from you. Your designs are AMAZING! Do give us a heads-up when you’ve got a new collection out (and let us know if you ever sell any of your designs direct).
    Love from The Treasure Hunter

  4. Amanda
    January 2, 2013 / 5:14 pm

    Sigh… Thanks to Google I was searching for mugs online and stumbled across your blog and those lovely patterned mugs. Unfortunately, I live in Wisconsin, USA. Just my luck. The search continues!

    • January 2, 2013 / 9:03 pm

      Gutted! Good luck in your search. I’ll let you know if I ever come across anything similar from a store that ships 🙂

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