Finally, I can shed the mantle of shame (Owner of the Ugliest Coffee Mug on the Planet) and place it upon you, my worthy successor: Becky at Adult Deprived, who is apparently also mug deprived. Or depraved. Becky's mug was aptly described by Joy at Sing 4 Joy as "ropetastic."
Coming in a close 2nd, however, was Beverlydru at Dancing with the Daffodils and her witch with a wart mug. Awesome. Beverly, since you lost by only two votes, email me your address, too, and I'll send you a little sumpin' sumpin'.
Everyone who participated is a great sport and I think you brightened a lot of people's day with your "tragically hysterical" stories, as Kim from the South put it.
Here is Becky's new & improved, updated prize package valued at approximately $30:
A $15 Starbucks card! Woo to the Hoo!
One "Gold Pack" of my friend Cindy's Gourmet Divine Chocolate Bark--RASPBERRY! Oh, you are in for a treat. Remember that Cindy's chocolate bark is not just sprinkled with raspberry candy; it's infused with raspberry throughout. Get ready for a veritable taste bud lollapalooza. With your first bite, Kool & the Gang start singing "Celebration" inside your mouth: "There's a party goin' on right here, a celebration, to last throughout the years."
Two coffee-themed towels for Valentine's Day that say, "I Love You A Latte," because I gotta whole latte love for anyone who can win an "ugly" contest.
Last but not least, this ca-yute mug with the phrase, "Espresso Yourself," and "Be a Coffee Drinking Fan," which is kind of like me turning your pumpkin into a carriage. Let the mug commemorate your new title, "Owner of Very Clever Mug Which is Perfect for Coffee-drinking Bloggers Who Love to Espresso Themselves." Use it daily; use it well. Make me proud.
Thanks to all who entered and voted. And just so you know ... I finally got rid of my ugly mug--the drinking one, and bought myself a new one at TJ Maxx!