It’s been quite a while coming but we have finally sourced a high quality Bone China mug supplier.
We will be rolling out this mug style option to all our Mug designs over a period of time starting with our Personalised mugs which has just gone live, so check them out.
For those who like a little more information, compared to our standard ceramic earthernware mugs, the new Bone China mugs are much lighter and more delicate. The mugs compare in dimensions as follows:
Ceramic: Size: 8.8cm High x 8cm Dia | Weight: 310gr
Bone China: Size: 8.4cm High x 7.5cm Dia | Weight: 185gr
Given that we have have been repeatedly asked for a Bone China option by our customers, especially the ladies, we are sure that these new mugs are going to be very popular.
A little while ago we came across an aron jumper candle which we though was brilliant and it got us thinking of how we could adapt it for a mug design.
Well, the idea stewed for a while and then it came to us – a christmas jumper mug, you know the ones that your Nan or Auntie knitted for you and give you for christmas expecting you to wear for the rest of the day.
The design we created made us smile so much we created both a standard christmas jumper mug as well as a personalised christmas jumper mug design.
So become part of the new trend and get yourself a cool knitted jumper mug.
Are you looking for your Mr Grey, or do you know some one who is looking for their Mr Grey? Then we have the perfect way to let everyone know…our new personalised mug design.
Are you looking for Mr Grey?
It’s all the rage so we thought we would help in the quest for your very own Mr Grey with this personalised mug. The design incorporates a personalised name or text of up to 10 characters long, including spaces on the front of the mug with the words Looking for Mr Grey on the back.
NEW Personalised Mug Design – Sports Shirt…available in plain colours and horizontal or vertical stripes. Select the colour of your favourite team.
Sports Shirt Plain
Sports Shirt Vertical with white stripes and black text.
Sports shirt horizontal black stripes with white text.
Sports Shirt vertical black striped with gold text.
Sports shirt vertical white stripes with black text.
We are often asked by both businesses and individuals if it is possible for them to create their own designs for their business, product promotion, office or to celebrate a special event such as a launch, wedding, anniversary, graduation or conference.
Designing your own mug from scratch without insider know how can be quite difficult as it requires knowing the exact dimensions of the mug that is to be imprinted as well as the available printable area.
With most people now being able to use graphic software like adobe photo shop or the more common adobe elements we realised that it if we were able to provide design template that provided the correct foundation onto which you can then add your designs it would simplify the process to enable you to create your own custom wrap mug design.
That said, sometimes an idea that looks great on the drawing board doesn’t transfer to the real world very well. However on this occasion, based on the number of you who have submitted your own designs, it would appear that our design your own mug templates are just what you need to bridge the gap between print criteria and design & placement.
For anyone who would like to create their own mug design but would like a bit of help we will be producing a design your own mug tutorial that will provide step by step instructions on how to use our templates to create your own mug design.
If you are interested in creating your own mug design then pop on over to our our Design your own mug section of the website and download one of the numerous mug design templates available. Note: In addition to a full wrap design your own mug option we also now have a front & back template.
Photos of Mug Shop, shop front at the Craft Workshops, Tredegar House, Newport.
You may or may not be aware that Google released a new version of the Panda algorithm on the 23rd of March which caused a major shift in search engine rankings with some sites going up and some going down.
Mug shop was unfortunately one of the sites which was bumped from the top of page one to around page 7. There is no apparent reason why this should have occurred and it is still unclear if it is a result of something we haven’t done right or a glitch in Googles algorith. (we are not the only ones effected – have a look at the posts on this blog on Googles webmasters central.)
Since Google do not really give any information out to what may be the cause of the problem there is a need to look at everything. One of the issues we had was with a parked domain (this actually was caused by a bug in googles parked domain classifier. A fellow zen carter suggested that a locating the blog on its own site could prove beneficial so, since there was a domain sitting around free the blog was moved. As you can now see the mug shops blog now sits on its own URL personalisedmugs.biz .
If you have a link to the old blog then there is no need to change anything as we have included a redirect from the old blog which takes place automatically. Hopefully the latest google saga will be at an end soon and we can get back to creating cool new personalised mug designs for you.
First of all I would like to wish you a Happy New year, may it bring happiness and opportunity. Like Celtmyth our sister shop, here at Mug Shop we have a number of exciting developments that are going to take place this year. The biggest is the transfer of Tredegar House and the associated Craft Workshops to the National Trust who have taken a 50 year lease on estate. Visitor numbers are expected to treble in the summer because of this so we are revamping the retail side of the shop in preparation. So if you do visit the wonderful Tredegar House please pop on over to the Craft workshops and have a look around.
So what is on the cards for the year ahead?
Well quite a lot really, in fact so much I am going to have to cherry pick them as I don’t want to go on for too long. Firstly we are going to be offering all our existing designs out for franchise. What this effectively means is that we are going to contract with selected suppliers around the world who will offer our mug designs on their websites. When an order is placed we create the design for them (be it personalised mugs or non personalised) and send it to them so that they can fulfill the production side and put it onto the mug.
In addition to this we will still be focusing on the important detail of creating more designs and offering more services. The launch of our Mug of the Month award in October has gone down really well, so much so that we have decided to create a Become a Designer scheme off the back of it. The scheme allows you to submit a mug design to us, or several, and if we think it is good enough we will add it to our online catalog. When someone buys a mug with the your design on, you will receive £1 if your design is personalised, 70p for a non personalised designs and £1.30 for photo mug designs, which roughly equated to a 10% commission. So if you think you have a good design, send it to us and we will do the rest.
As for new designs the list is quite long but here are a few we have on the drawing board. On the personalised side we have hibiscus surfboards, cupcakes, rainbows, wax crayons and a you are here world map design. We are also adding a Keep Calm range which will have personalised mug variations as well as standard mug designs. On the business mug side we will be creating a similar template service as offered with our design your own mug service. The difference between the two services will be that the business mugs section will offer quantity price breaks.
Finally we will be adding a few new variations of mugs to the website with the introduction of Wow mugs which change colour as you pour hot water into them, as well as porcelain and glass mug options on certain designs.
So its going to be something of a fun and busy year.
Category: General News
If you have following mug shop recently you will be aware that we are revamping a lot of our original designs. But don’t worry if you need to buy a mug with one of your favourite original design on because we are still going to make our original designs available in our new Mug Vault
Our new Mug Vault
Just look for the above mug vault logo on the website and you will see all your old faithful designs.