Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Time for tea with BEST friends

Ok, I know there is only 12 days till Christmas, but what better way to slow down, relax, and enjoy your day than sharing a nice cup of hot tea with friends.  I think it's my English heritage, because I love tea!   My granny used to insist that we were related to the Queen even though we have never been invited to the weddings, lol.  I drink tea like others drink water, all day long, every day of the year.  It could be 100 degrees outside, and I would still have a cup.  I have all types of tea in my house, Earl Grey tea, Chamomile tea, mint tea, and even a tea a friend gave me from Argentina.  My all time favorite tea is Salada tea, which I have to have beloved family members ship to me from New York because I can't find it here in the south.  While shopping a few weeks ago, I discovered Twinings of London Christmas Tea, a fine black tea perfectly balanced with the traditional holiday spiced flavours of cinnamon and cloves, perfect when sitting in the dark with the only light coming from the decorated tree.  ummmmm.  So since it's time for my weekly BESTeam feature, I decided to have a tea party.
First we need to send out the invitations.  For my tea party I chose this Striped Heart Card from Empty On The Inside.  Annie handpaints these cards, and leaves the inside blank so you can add your own special thoughts to each card you send out.  I have purchased several cards from Annie, and I have never been disappointed with the wonderful quality of her work.  I chose the heart card because I "heart" tea! heehee.  You can find more cards, and more of Annie at any of these links.  I recommend her blog, she is not only a talented painter, but a talented writer.  She is also a vegan, and shares recipes on her vegan blog.
Now to make the tea.  This Tea Time Victorian tea infuser is a new addition to the shop Poison Garden.  This shop is the dream child of 3 amazing women, Suzette the butterfly queen, Crystal the pumpkin tender, Melissa the toad catcher.  (I have a feeling there is a wonderful story behind Melissa's title).  It was when they joined our team that I first "discovered" steampunk, and I LOVE IT!  Now you may not think that this infuser is steampunk, and it's not, but it is definitely Victorian, which is another style that these woman create so well.  See for yourself by visiting them here.
Well, we have our guests and our tea, it's time to head outdoors with our handmade leather bound journals from The Orange Windmill.  Yes, of course I picked the orange journal, you silly.  Now, inside these journals you can keep your thoughts and ideas, but for the purpose of my story, in your journals are poems written in the style of the novel "Jane Eyre".  And with so many styles and sizes available, you can find the perfect journal for you, and meet Shirley here.  Etsy / 2nd Etsy / Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Tumbler
Ahhhh, I can see it now.  My friends and I have thrown a blanket on the ground, we're sharing our poetry, and sipping our tea....and getting HOT!  It's a beautiful summer day with the sun high in the sky, and we're drinking hot tea.  Do we give up our tea and switch to soda?  Of course not...we just whip out our wonderfully Victorian Parasol by KC Dragonfly.  My niece used parasols in her wedding, and they were beautiful, and when I was a little girl, I had a small one my mother got me at a local fair.  I felt like a storybook princess walking around holding my parasol over my head.  And you will too if you let Kristine make the perfect one to fit your own unique style.  You can find her here.
So now I'm finished with my little escape story, and since I drank 3 cups of tea while composing this piece, it's time for me to visit the powder room.  See you all later, and have a blessed day.

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