There are a lot of fall activities and flavors that I can take or leave, but one thing I get excited about when the summer heat subsides is tea. On a cool, rainy afternoon, drinking a hot cup of tea is wonderfully cozy. (I think I just realized why tea is so popular in the British Isles.) My growing tea collection was a mess until I figured out the best way to store tea. If you're a fellow tea-lover with an unruly stack of boxes and tins of tea, here are some guidelines and ideas for how to keep your tea organized.
It's the most wonderful time of the year.
No, I don't mean the Big C. My absolute favorite time of year is -- fall!
Every year when autumn hits here in New England, my senses come to life. Crisp, clear air; leaves to crunch through; snuggly scarves; cozy lit windows on dark, chill nights; there are so many little daily luxuries to savor.
And this year I'm adding another one, which will also help in my goal of better self-care: DIY chai spice tub tea!
Keep reading to see how easy it is to make your own chai spice tub tea!
My friend Megan first introduced me to boba/bubble tea a few years ago during an impromptu visit to New York. (Her enthusiasm for this Taiwanese drink was unmatched and I've associated it with her ever since!) If you have a similar love for this tapioca-infused drink, take note: making it at home is super easy!
Pour the tea and pass the scones! These placemats would be the perfect compliment to any table but especially one serving the
Have you seen Armén Rotch’s tea bag art yet? (Pictured above if you haven't.) They look a little like pixilated landscapes that, apparently, smell heavenly. After seeing them, and falling a little in love, I was wondering who else was making art using tea bags. Here's some of the best I found.
These first two are by Alejandra Villasmil. There's something about
The modern interlocking zipper was perfected in 1914 by Swedish-born Gideon Sundback. "Sundbäck developed a version based on interlocking teeth, the "Hookless No. 2", which was the modern metal zipper in all its essentials. In this fastener each tooth is punched to have a dimple on its bottom and a nib or conical projection on its top. The nib atop one tooth engages in the matching dimple in the bottom of the tooth that follows it on the other...
This exceptional hint originated on an airplane. In its bathroom. Here's how the story goes: Recently, a traveller on a particularly puny plane noticed that the scent emanating from its one bathroom smelled pleasant, but not air-freshener-y.
Studiopatro is a San Francisco design studio that creates amazing typographic, nature, and geometric-inspired tea towel. Their work is so beautiful you'll want to do way more than simply dry dishes, and thankfully, they've offered twelve ideas to use tea towels in your life and decor.
- Easy apron
- Frame-able art
- Line your tea tray
- Protect your tender hands
- Dry fresh greens
- Create a cushion
- Give as gifts
- Wrap as gift wrap
- Line your bread basket
Once you've given your tea bag a dunk, you could head right to the compost bin. OR, you can give it a second chance with one these alternative options for steeped tea bags.
- Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes
- Flavor Your Meat
- Make “Less Sinful” Drinks
- Around-The-House Cleaner
- Remove Warts
A German company has developed tea bag sets in the visages of our world leaders. The RoyalTea set includes members of the English royal family. The DemocraTea set includes President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, for example.
Woo Hoo! Today is Tea-Bagging Day! For all those tea-baggers out there, here’s some alternative uses for teabags, to help celebrate the occasion.
From Mrs. Green Tea:"I was messing around with different materials trying to dress up a little LED tealight, and this is one of the versions I ended up liking (plus it’s dirt cheap since it’s just thread!). I love me some textures. This may be useful for those with wedding venues that don’t allow real flames." I'm thinking this thread+fabric stiffener combo might turn out all sorts of charmful things. Via.
(Cue the theme song from Jaws.) Design Boom recently held a competition to 'find design solutions for functional and prestigious silverware with a new twist.' 2modern picked their favorite entry, which is also mine. Pablo Matteoda's Sharky Tea Infuser. Hopefully, it will be in production very soon. Of course, for the full effect, it should come with at least one clear glass teacup.
Creature Comforts offers these free Valentine's Day printables for making custom, I love you teabags for your sweetheart.
- computer and printer
- standard weight paper
- tea bags
- needle & thread
Spotted this little gem on foodproof.com and just had to share!
A new Etsy shop, Domestic Construction, features these adorable upside down coffee and tea cup pendant lights. At around $60 for one, they're moderately expensive, but with some thrift store china, some Ikea pendant kits, and a bit of creativity, they're mos def DIYable.
Via and photo from Decor8.
Gomestic comes through again with another list of additional uses for a household item:
- Soothe razor burn.
- Refresh tired eyes.
- Ease pain and bleeding of a lost tooth.
- De-stink your feet.
- Relieve pain from shots and injections.
- Reduce pain from sunburn.
- Salve poison ivy rash.
- Gargle to reduce toothache.
- Wash your hair.
- Clean wood furniture.
- Nourish your roses.
- Clean a mirror.
- Keep potted plants healthier
- Use as potpourri.