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November 18, 2007



I foolishly placed a dinner plate on the gas stove burner, only for a moment to warm it up. I forgot the burner was on and the plate broke in half.

It is one of a very special set purchased while on vacation, Made by HD Designs. I feel horrible about losing any part of the set.

I did find a website, and they actually have a listing for the plate, its out of stock, discontinued in 2010.

Although they do provide a locater service, so maybe they can find me replacements.


The reason coffee cups get way too hot in the microwave is high lead content in the stoneware and in the colorful glazes. Might think twice about those...

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Robbi Drake

Your site is outstanding but your cup predicament had me just chuckling. I've got the same issue. Invariably I find one cup that I absolutely adore and it falls off of something.

Thanks for a great site.

Jeen Dee

Whether it's an expensive sunrise cup or an ordinary cup, Decaffeinated Tea or Decaffeinated Coffee, the cup is only as good as what you put in it.

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i like the blue java cup. year where did you buy it?

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I am also very meticulous with my coffee cups.I really feel that drinking coffee is more enjoyable, fun and inviting if you are drinking from a nice cup.i sure like your new cup. no wonder you're proud to have it..


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Brian C. Steinberg

I am looking for that same Dine by HD Designs Coffee Cup as I broke mine :(

I got it at Fred Meyer (Kroger) a few years ago and can't find any like it anywhere!!!!!


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I agree that "HD" Designs makes the perfect Coffee cup. I just bought one this weekend. I also bought a "HD" Designs "pasta plate" for $4.95 and then found it on Ebay for $17.95+shipping.

For those of you looking for the "HD" website, you can stop looking as there isn't one. The Brand "HD" is a private lable exclusive to Kroger (and with the merger) Fred Meyer stores. HD Designs – upscale home goods


I've just come to this blog and must say i'm having a great time reading the posts.This definitely merits a bookmark!


I just read your blog.... every single post (sorry not all the comments) and throughly enjoyed it! Keep it up. Coffee lovers unite!


Oops, I thought was US. I have always planned to buy more of them. I bought my Nevis in Oxford and my husband bought the Suffolk for me at a mall coffee shop. I think they turn up in random places over on this side of the water. Good luck with your search.


i too am looking for an hd designs website. if you find one please let me know. and i will do the same.


Thanks my-mia-mie! I went in search of Dunoon today. Great designs!! I can't seem to find a U.S. distributor for them, but I'm not done searching yet.


De-lurking! I look for the SAME thing in mugs! I hate, loathe, despise and abominate thick rims. My favorite mug brand is from the UK, Dunoon. They are microwave and dishwasher safe. Google them and you will find so many shapes, sizes and patterns that your head will spin. I have a HUGE "Nevis" and a dainty "Suffolk," both with thin rims. I think you would like them.


I, too, take my big coffee mugs seriously. In fact, I have a bit of a collection going. So I know how terrible it is to lose that perfect mug! My sympathies :)


Hey Steph! Thanks, it's good to be back.

D, my favorite blogdaddy, how the heck are ya? No, I didn't try epoxy, because a big chunk of the cup appears to have disappeared. I'm starting to wonder if maybe the dog ate it.

Jana, I don't mind you asking at all. I found both cups at my local Fry's. It's kinda like a Target superstore, with furniture and china and appliances as well as groceries and stuff. Huge.

I wonder now if the HD Designs folx only sell wholesale to big chains like Frys, because I cannot find ANYTHING about them online. It's very frustrating.

Steph @

Welcome back! I've missed your blogging! And I am so sad for your cup loss! Big sigh.


Nice, Christine! I have a big "first cuppa the morning" brew cup (white, has a pattern that makes it look like a small basket) that is similar in size-shape to your new cup. Who can live w/o that BIG a.m. cup? Or would want to?

Also makes a nice, quirky cup that perfectly holds one 12-oz bottle of beer. *heh* But that's not a morning brew for me.

On the broken cup: did you try a 2-part epoxy like JB Weld? I've used the stuff for everything from fav coffee mugs to engine blocks (engine blocks?!? Yes) with success. In fact I have a "Broken Promise Keepers Mug" (the perfect metaphor for the organization, IMO--and I thought so when I recieved the mug :-)) that is one of my son's favs. Been going 10 years, now, on the same JB Weld repairs. Holding up to microwave, coffee--whatever he's thrown at it. Of course, it's just the handle and a large chip out of the rim I had to repair on it.


Do you mind my asking where you bought the blue cup and the new one? I loved your blue cup--after I saw your earlier post I tried to find a similar one for my lattes! :)

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