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I have a number of Cath Kidston items dotted around my home, purchased largely because I like the simple traditional designs, but also because, on the whole, the items appear to be good quality. I have 12 mugs which are various Cath Kidston designs, three of which are the Cath Kidston Dotty Crush Mug design. I have had the Dotty Crush Mugs for about six months and they cost me £5.00 each direct from the Cath Kidston shop in Cheltenham. I do appreciate that you can get mugs for less, but my experience with Cath Kidston mugs is that they do last and that they are pretty - and so I'm willing to pay this amount for what I want.
This mug is made out of bone china as opposed to porcelain, and as such, it has the advantage of being whiter, lighter and less brittle. Where possible I do try to buy bone china for my kitchenware as it is a better quality and I fine it lasts longer and with less staining than other materials. It can be put into the dishwasher without any concerns and I have washed our mugs in the diswasher for the last six months without incident. The design hasn't faded over this time and the mugs, inside and out, have stayed white and stain free.
The design itself is simple, yet pretty. The main body of the mug itself and the handle is a lovely clean white, and then there is a thin border around the top of the mug which is a lovely baby blue. There are then baby blue polka dots scattered over the surface of the mug. The blue and the white complement each other very well and the design overall looks traditional, simple and non-gimicky. This mug also comes in pink where the pink replaces the blue rim and polka dots - but for my taste, the blue just looks classier.
The mugs are a good size and I would estimate slightly larger than the average mug. They hold about 350ml of fluid and so this makes a decent size cup of coffee. The lightness of the bone china and the thin tapering of the handle make the mugs comfortable to hold.
Overall, I do recommend this mug for anyone who likes traditional designs and high quality china. I have seen them for a cheaper price recently on Amazon and so it's worth keeping an eye out for them.
I'm a big fan of Cath Kidston. I find her designs really unique and vintage and i already have a large collection of her home wear, mainly the beautiful floral prints. Because most of her stuff is expensive, i treat myself to a few of her items every few months. Upon seeing her 'Dotty Crush Mug' for sale for £2.50 in the half price sale just before christmas instore at John Lewis, i can honestly say, however sad it may sound, fell in love with it and had to have it! Plus, at £2.50 for a genuine Cath Kidston item, who could resist?
The mug is gorgeous with a beautiful vintage look and just from a glimpse it's obvious it's good quality. I adore mine and use it everyday to drink my coffee. My mug is baby blue, around the rim, the rim is a curved band/border which is lovely and about an inch thick. The rest of the mug is white with large baby blue polka dot spots spread around it. The dots aren't perfectly circular and have a home-made drawn on look to them which i love! There's also a lovely pink version which is white with a light flamingo pink border and light flamingo pink spots. I personally love them both but unfortunetly the only pink one left was half opened and had obviously been tampered with so i thought best to get a blue, which is equally as lovely.
The mugs handle is white and rounded with plenty of room for me to wrap my hand around it, allowing ease & no discomfort when holding it.
Cath Kidston's signature is on the bottom of the mug which proves it's a cath kidston product and not a cheap copy.
I was suprised at how heavy the mug is (when both empty and full), as the mug is bone china which isn't usually very heavy. This will be a problem if you buy this as a present for a child because they may find it hard to lift with ease. Ofcourse it doesn't weigh a ton or anything but it's certianly not lightweight. The mug is very solid and holds plenty of liquid; it's a very decent size, and the sort of mug that's nice to use for hot chocolate or coffee. I've found i'm always careful when pouring dark coloured liquid into it due to the white background of the mug, and coffee sometimes leaves marks inside which are easily washed off. It's not entirely clear if the mug is suitable for the dish washer so to be on the safe side i wash mine in the sink.
Overall it's a chunky, vintage mug and ideal for yourself or would make a lovely gift, it's brilliant quality, a reasonable price and seems to last well - recommended.
Cath Kidston has some amazing vintage style goodies to offer. If you are looking for an unusual gift then the Cath Kidston online shop could help you to find a gift that is just that little bit extra special. But the Cath Kidston designer goods do not come cheaply unless you keep an eye out for a sale. Retro vintage is highly fashionable and Cath Kidston has some of the best retro vintage gift ideas that I have ever come across. I only wished that I could stretch my purse strings a little more. The 2011 Spring catalogue is now available and it is filled with gifts and goodies that are enough to make you drool!
There are some super retro vintage mugs about now and our local Cath Kidston stockist had some on special offer just before Christmas. A china mug may not make the worlds most exciting present but it is a useful present and the mugs always seem to get used. In all honesty I much prefer a mug that is made from a thinner china but the Cath Kidston retro vintage style mugs that were on special offer were all made from a thicker china.
The Cath Kidston Dotty Crush mug was on offer at £4. I bought one Dotty Crush mug, one Sprig Crush mug ( £4) and one Cowboy Crush mug for another £4. Three Cath Kidston china mugs for £12, not bad going. The Cath Kidston Dotty Crush mug looks attractive. The mug is a pleasing creamy coloured china that is decorated with fairly large pale blue polka dots. A pale blue line runs around the rim of the mug and the handle is large.
I feel that Cath Kidston designed these mugs to be used at breakfast time. Overall the mug is quite large and holds far more tea or coffee that I would normally drink in one go. The chunky china mug feels light but the handle feels a bit large. If you have a dresser in the kitchen or a shelf that has hooks along the edge of it then these Cath Kidston retro vintage style china mugs are going to really appeal to you. The china is robust, durable and quite thick. The dotty crush mug has now been washed more times than I care to remember and it is still in one piece.
The china is porous and the inside of the Cath Kidston dotty crush mug soon picks up the tea stains. But when the mug has a good soak those stains disappear. Hubby loves his Kidston Cowboy crush mug but he never fills the mug saying that it is a wee bit too large. I must admit that I like the range of Kidston retro vintage style mugs. Look on the Cath Kidston website and you will see that there is a mug to commemorate the forthcoming Royal wedding.
The collection of Kidston retro vintage style mugs have a certain charm attached to them. Look out for the sales and bag yourself a pretty mug or two to give as gifts.
Up until recently I had never heard of Cath Kidston, now her designs are all over the high street. From kitchen wear to stationary and just about everything in between can be bought with her traditional style stamped on it.
Cath Kidston is now one of Britain's leading designers and her vintage designs are quite distinctive and everywhere. She founded her company in 1993, selling junk furniture and vintage fabrics. From that first shop in Notting Hill 18 years ago the popularity of her designs grew and she now has 16 shops. As well as these shops her designs are readily found on the high street.
All her designs feature vintage patterns and many are floral or spotty. While wandering around John Lewis recently I saw these Mugs and my lovely Mum treated me to half a dozen. They are not cheap at £5.00 each but I got mine in the sales and paid only half the recommended price.
The Dotty Crush mug, to give it its full title, is made from bone china and comes in two colour choices, pink or blue. I opted for the pink. The main colour of the mug is white and has a little pink curved boarder around the rim. The main part of the mug is covered in large pink dots. These are not perfectly round and look like they have been hand drawn with some of them being slightly oval. The colour is more of a mid pink.
The handle is rounded and is in proportion to the mug.
The Cath Kidston signature is printed on the bottom of the mugs. There is no symbol to say whether they are dishwasher proof but I don't have one anyway.
The mugs are large, 11cm's high and 10cm's across the top tapering inwards slightly to the bottom. They hold approximately 3/4 of a pint of liquid, quite a lot for a mug of coffee but that's what we like. The mug are quite light when empty but can be a bit heavy when full, not a problem for us but my Mum who has problems with her hands cant use them, they are just too heavy. This might be something to consider if you were thinking of buying them.
They are a really good size for an indulgent hot chocolate, you know the sort, cream on the top, grated chocolate and a dash of whisky, I have also used mine for soup too, not strictly a soup mug but with them being the size they are they were ideal.
All in all I'm very pleased with my Cath Kidston Dotty Crush mugs. The colours are pretty and feminine. In a world of modern silver and black and straight lines it makes a nice change to have something slightly more pretty. They are a bit on the expensive side but I guess when someone's name is on the bottom of the mug you should expect to pay more. I'm not sure I would have had them for the full price, I think £2.50 was plenty to pay. Despite this I would still recommend them.