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School Days – Give Koffee Kompanions gifts to school teachers

Monday, August 24th, 2015
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First grade classroom ready for students.

If you were a first grader, wouldn’t you love to walk into this colorful classroom every day? For twenty years, Mrs. R. has been creating classrooms like this for her young students. On her Facebook page, she admitted she had help on set-up day.

Mrs. R. posted with room photos, “’Teacher kids’ sure can help put up a classroom fast. I love that my two teenagers have been helping me since they were toddlers. They walk in my classroom & BAM BABY!!! Done!!!”


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Kup Kollar on 12 ounce hot take-out cup,
School Daze Kup Kollar Grande on 33 ounce cold cup,
Daisies Kup Kap on teacher mug.

The next time you want to give a unique gift to a teacher—remember everybody drinks something! Our products prevent desk puddles from condensation on cold drinks, keep airborne things out of mugs, and hold in heat or cold during interruptions.

Teachers are special. Shouldn’t we give them thoughtful cool gifts?


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Tropical Dolphins Kup Kap on mug,
Hawaiian Teal Kup Kollar on iced drink.

P.S.  Special Teachers, if you would like a Kup Kap or Kup Kollar for a gift, may we suggest you give a hint by sharing this blog post? :-)

School Days – Post 3 of 4

Post 1. Strawberry Tea instead of plain fruit juice 

Post 2. Silk Nog or Oregon Chai for French toast recipe


Photography in Colorado – Photobomb!

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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The Colorado weather calmed down. The sun was setting for some evening shots so I set up the camera again. I placed the glass and Kup Kap on the deck post and stepped behind the tripod to see the setup in the lens. As I pushed the camera button down, my friend did a photobomb!

Photography in Colorado – Post 2 of 2

Post 1. Outdoor weather elements


Photography in Colorado – Outdoor weather elements

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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You might think shooting this photo would be easy. The glass with a Kup Kap on it just sits there. It can’t move or speak. Well, you would be wrong because there are many variables to contend with even when you photograph indoors. Going outdoors with your camera becomes even trickier.

My husband and I were having dinner with friends at their house. Because they have a deck with beautiful views, I decided to shoot product photos. The weather changes very quickly in Colorado so I had quite the adventure taking pictures.


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Rain drops on the camera lens can ruin a photo.


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I had to capture the Kup Kap when the wind blew it off the glass.

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A wind gust made the glass slide down the deck post. I moved quickly from behind the camera tripod to catch it. A few minutes later, the wind blew the glass off the deck and broke it. I gave up and went inside!

Photography in Colorado – Post 1 of 2


July 4th Celebrations: Lids for mixed drinks

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
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A large Music Krescendo Kup Kap on a beverage glass.

On the 4th we visited friends for dinner. After eating delicious foods cooked by Perry and Mary, we moved to the deck. Kup Kaps came in handy to keep windy dust and flying insects from taking a dip in our drinks!


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We relaxed as the evening sun set behind the Rocky Mountains. We watched a crew set up fireworks very close by on the golf course next to their home.


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We saw the lights turn on at the Air Force Academy nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Soon after the sun disappeared, the show began!

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July 4th Celebrations – Post 2 of 2

Post 1. Wraps for drinks on the deck


Cooking breakfast on the deck: Wrapping up Breakfast

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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After finishing breakfast and reading time, Perry wraps things up. He uses two of his shop electrical cords to plug the appliances into the outdoor electrical outlet.


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Espresso Medley Kup Kap on literary figures coffee mug.

All breakfast equipment organized and ready to move inside. Another sunny Colorado breakfast becomes a fond memory.


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The plastic owl perched on the deck railing is one of many unsuccessful attempts to scare away a woodpecker who has made our home one of his territorial boundaries. Even though the woodpecker has no fear, continues to swoop into the yard, and peck many holes into the siding, we leave Mr. Owl on the deck because he cost $12.97 and we don’t like to waste money! :-)

Cooking breakfast on the deck – Post 2 of 2

Post 1. Umpire Estate Mountain Roasters


Cooking breakfast on the deck: Umpire Estate Mountain Roasters

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

I’m a night owl. Perry is a morning person. While I’m still sleeping when the sun rises, he enjoys a quiet breakfast on our deck during the summer. One morning he was still on the deck when I woke up so I grabbed my camera!

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“Don’t you know three’s a crowd, Shutterbug?”


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Espresso Medley Kup Kap on literary figures coffee mug.

Perry cooks a full breakfast by moving necessary appliances and cookware to the deck table. Using an electric coffee pot, he brews Umpire Estate Mountain Roasters coffee. He plugs an electric burner and the coffee pot into an outside outlet.

After cooking in the fry pan, he pours his freshly brewed coffee into a large coffee mug. Then he covers it with a Kup Kap to keep the heat in and flying critters out. Perry reads his kindle when he finishes eating. For him, it’s a great way to begin the day. It isn’t for me – not a morning person!


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Cooking breakfast on the deck: Umpire Estate Mountain Roasters – Post 1 of 2


My pottery lessons: knitting pottery mug

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
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Yarn Skeins Kup Kap on ceramic mug.

My pottery mug may not have beauty but it has uniqueness and function! Filled with a delicious brewed tea, it helps keep me warm throughout the cold months.

Having worked for a potter I have a very good idea of the skill and creativity needed to build a beautiful piece. After completing my pottery class, I learned to appreciate the art even more. If you think the price tag is too high on a pottery piece, my guess is that it isn’t high enough!

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4 Bag Teapot Stand crafted with painted recycled tea bags
preserved under resin from Original T Bag Designs.

My husband came with me to the last class to help pack up the pieces I had made. Perry saw this teapot in the studio’s shop. He pointed it out to me because he really liked the coloring and the bamboo handle.

While he was busy packing, I secretly bought the teapot to add to our collection. I packed it and stowed it in our car. When we returned home and unloaded, I gave it to him for an unexpected surprise!

My pottery lessons – Post 7 of 7

Post 1. Beautiful pottery  

Post 2. The Slab Method 

Post 3. Throwing on a wheel 

Post 4. The drying and glazing steps 

Post 5. The kilns 

Post 6. Can you pick out my pottery piece?


Cherry Blossoms, Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery in Washington DC

Monday, May 4th, 2015

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On a recent visit to the Smithsonian Institution, one of my favorite areas of Washington DC, I bought this souvenir mug at the American History Museum because my daughter is living in Japan teaching English at a private school. In 1912, the people of Japan gave 3000 cherry blossom trees to the city of Washington DC as an expression of friendship. Every year the city celebrates a cherry blossom festival.

I decided to add a Cherry Blossoms Kup Kap to the online store. Who doesn’t think cherry blossoms are beautiful?


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I toured the Freer Gallery, the Smithsonian’s first art museum opened in 1923. The founder, Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919) was a Chicago business man who made frequent trips to several countries in the Far East. He loved the art. He began purchasing and bringing back pieces to the United States for his private collection which now fills the Freer Gallery.

I loved the art exhibit called Seasons which showed the importance of seasons in Japanese art. Artists changed their creations throughout the year according to the season. For example, a pottery artist changed clays each season. Tea utensils were made in rough stoneware that conveyed warmth for winters while porcelain is cool to the touch for summers. During Spring a painter would create pictures of foliage that grew in that season then change to plants that grew in the Autumn later in the year.


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This tea caddy in the Spring and Summer collection is for storing tea. The artist is Kashu Mimpei (1796-1871) from Awaji Island in Japan. It’s made of porcelain with iron décor under a cobart-tinted glaze which gives it the unique blue tone.


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The tea bowl is Koto ware from Hikone, Japan made in the mid-19th century of porcelain with white slip and cobalt pigment under a clear glaze. The design is a quick sketch of three blossoms and three leaves from the yuzuriha, a small evergreen tree which blooms in early summer.

Thank you, Mr. Freer, for founding this lovely museum as part of the Smithsonian Institute!


Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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Garden Floral Kup Kap

In the Dollywood souvenir gift shop, I chose this mug because it’s glitzy with butterflies. She’s well known for her sparkle and shine saying, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.”

I saw butterfly replicas all through Dollywood. Butterflies represent freedom and beauty to Dolly. She enjoys the loud colors, gentleness, and movement of the insects. When she was a child, she followed butterflies from one flower to another. She often got lost and her mom would have to look for her!


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There were framed photos of Dolly with celebrities in the Chasing Rainbows Museum. Some of you will remember actor Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in the TV series “Magnum, P.I. Or you may know Mr. Seleck as Monica’s doctor boyfriend in “Friends”.


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Many of her costumes are displayed. Dolly quote, “I’m no natural beauty. If I’m gonna have any looks at all, I’m gonna have to create them.”


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This colorful quilt was sewn in 1974 by Aunt Dora Valentine. It’s made from Dolly’s costumes.


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Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. On the CMT Artists web site, it takes five paragraphs to list her awards. Along with winning many awards, she’s also won many hearts throughout her life.

Dolly says the statue of her standing on the courthouse lawn in her hometown is her “greatest honor because it came from the people who know me.”


Lipton Tea new packaging

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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I store my new Lipton tea bags in tea tins that I’ve collected over the years. Each time I take out tea bags, I enjoy a fond memory about where I bought the tea tin.

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Enjoy Lipton tea hot. Keep it hot with a Thinsulate Insulated Kup Kap!