Paper lace valentines and rose petal tea
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2h ago
  A heads-up: Valentine's Week Giveaways are just around the corner and will begin Wednesday, so please visit on Wednesday, Friday, and next Monday, when I'll be sharing tea-themed vintage valentines and some fun treats! But first: check out this really vintage valentine I found at a thrift store on Saturday. It is absolutely the most stunning valentine I've ever seen! It's about 6 x 9 inches and has so much detail. The paper used for the base of the card is as thin as a sheet of copy paper and very fragile but blessedly intact! It has layer upon layer of embellishments, and I have ..read more
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A little bit of positivi-tea arrives in the mail (literally)
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4d ago
Last weekend, I was surfing the internet for new tea-themed stamp-and-die sets, and I came across a design from Trinity Stamps with hearts on it, so I figured that while it was probably too late to arrive in time for Valentine's Day this year, I had to go ahead and order the set since the dies were retiring. One thing I've learned as a crafter is that these supplies don't remain available forever, so if there's something you just love,  you really must get it now! To my surprise, the "Positivi-tea" stamps arrived on Wednesday! I mailed a business form to someone here in Newnan two wee ..read more
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Valentine's Month is here!
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5d ago
The decorating is not finished, but I recently had a wild idea that I should do some valentine decor in the kitchen, so the vintage Christmas cabinet has now become a vintage valentines cabinet! I didn't think I had enough old red stuff that wasn't Christmas-related, but the idea caught on after I came across this apron at a local antique mall. (The design is printed, so it's not vintage, but hey, it has "the look.") I've wanted a vintage wedding cake topper for years, and this is the first one I've ever found at an antique mall. (They don't look too happy, though, do they?) The tea ..read more
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Pink Pepper Citron Black Tea from Biron Herbal Teas
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5d ago
On Saturday, Alex joined me for a trip to nearby Pine Mountain. This tourism hot spot is known to most as the home of Callaway Gardens, site of the state's most glorious azaleas in the spring, but this time, we were there to eat some barbecue and check out the antique shops. While we were there, I came across some new-to-me tea in a coffee shop. These tall, thin canisters of tea immediately caught my eye, and as a fan of pepper in just about anything, I decided to try the Pink Pepper Citron Black Tea. This black tea is flavored with lemongrass and orange as well as pink pepper, ginger, and ..read more
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A fire screen design with teatime art
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5d ago
I am just fascinated by all of the public domain images that can be found online these days. You can use them for crafting, for design work, for projects both personal and professional. And it's free to use them, which is the best part! I was looking up images on Artvee.com and found this image for a fire screen. The artwork is credited to French painter Eugène-Louis Charpentier (1811-1890). What a pretty fire screen this must have been! With roses, tea wares, books, and needlework, this image is right up my alley. I'm hoping to enjoy a little creativity this weekend in the form of needlew ..read more
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Tea with a hint of cinnamon
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5d ago
Has your tea ever looked like this? It would if you were steeping one of these Cinnamon Green Tea Cigars from Kaley Tea! Late last year, I received some samples from Kaley Tea and was intrigued by their green tea cigars. This cinnamon one has "tea leaves and buds (that) are steamed, panfried, wrapped around a cinnamon leaf and rolled into a cigar." I usually drink cinnamon-flavored teas only in the fall, but I must admit that this tea's subtle cinnamon flavor made this a satisfying and particularly warming green tea on a chilly winter afternoon ..read more
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Fun finds and valentines
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2w ago
On Saturday, I had a bit of luck searching for vintage valentine goodies. At an antique mall in Carrollton, I found a red tin full of cookie cutters, a smiling-heart mug that I’m pretty sure I remember from my girlhood, some old cupcake picks, and my third … Safety pin basket! I find it so charming that some woman (surely!) took the time to fashion safety pins and beads into a basket. When I got home, I had an Etsy package awaiting, and it contained the only vintage valentine tin I’ve ever come across, this one marked Mrs. Steven's Homemade Candies. The doily design on the lid mad ..read more
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A Monarch Green Tea Tin
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2w ago
Almost every antique mall I've ever gone into has had some vintage tins, yet I rarely see old tea tins. I found this one last weekend at a local antique mall, Treasures Lost and Found, and it once contained Monarch Green Tea, a brand I'd not heard of before. It's got an interesting design, with a lion's head logo and a background featuring tea fields. Above the lion's head, the logo reads, "Our Highest Quality." I found it interesting that the design was copyrighted in 1923, one hundred years ago, and Reid, Murdoch & Co. was established 170 years ago. Isn't it just a little amazing t ..read more
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A new tea cozy for Valentine's Day
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2w ago
Earlier this month, I saw on Facebook that my friend Bernideen had added some valentine’s tea cozies to her Etsy shop, and I knew immediately that I had to have one! I received one of her lovely, well-made cozies as a gift from her several years ago, and the quality is outstanding. She obviously uses thick batting between the layers, and her stitching is beautiful, something I admire since I don’t machine stitch and only hand stitch, meaning I rarely finish anything new. When the cozy arrived, I of course had to try it out on a teapot, and it was a perfect fit. I love this fabric! And her ..read more
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And in honor of MLK Day …
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3w ago
  This is a quote I just discovered (and confirmed), perfect for sharing on #MLKDay2023 ..read more
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