Thursday, July 31, 2014

In an effort to catch up!

It has been a very hectic 2 weeks since I last posted! Publishing a new catalog, attending meetings, driving teenagers back and forth, and the list goes on. I know that you can relate!
So I thought I'd start here, with a deep relaxing breath and a bouquet of hydrangeas. If you know me at all, you know that I just adore them, all colors, all varieties, I just want to look at them all the time!
My hydrangea envy has made me restless this summer, but low and behold I have been rewarded with careful watering and sunny days!
I went back and forth all day yesterday. Do I cut them, do I walk by the garden and admire them?
Well, I bit the bullet and put together this arrangement. I held my breath and cut 6 blue stems and put this together. Oh, and I used the trick a new friend shared with me. Madeline has a flower farm and puts together amazing bouquets and arrangements. By using scotch tape and creating a "frog" of tape you can easily create a lovely floral centerpiece. So easy, and it won't hurt your vase. 
Now I'm off the shop to be there when the fedex man delivers the boxes of catalogs, and new tea time jewelry and new teas, oh yes, it's been a busy week! Maybe I'll quick put the kettle on first!
Oh, and how do you feel about cutting your favorite flowers from the garden? Are you as squeemish as me?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Best iced tea Evah!

Once you taste iced tea made from real tea leaves you will NEVER go     back! So here are my 3 tips to make a great glass of iced tea every time!

You can find our fab pre-measured iced tea pouches here! I did all the hard work for ya :)
Click HERE to see all the flavors!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday morning tea time musings

It's 7:00 am and I've already finished my pot of tea! Sitting on the porch enjoying the cool breeze, a pot of tea, toast and the birds chirping, I realize that this love affair with tea helps keep my life balanced!
As the proud mom of 2 boys in scouting and the wife of a professional scouter, there's ALOT of camping, hiking and male "stuff" swirling around me everyday! Not to mention the soccer craziness!

In fact, I'm up 2 1/2 hours earlier that usual today to help my youngest up and out the door for his troop
bike ride to camp. He's been training for this 50 mile ride for over a month and I'm thrilled to see him
pull out, especially since he hadn't been on a bike since first grade!

Yes, all the lovely little pieces of tea time help me stay refreshed and renewed when life gets too hectic
and testosterone filled! How does tea help you?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A little music with my tea, please.

What does tea time music sound like to you?
Are you into classical while you steep your tea? Or do you like to listen to jazz while you contemplate life?

I prefer soft, quick light notes of classical music. It gives me time to think and silences all of life's distractions
while I enjoy most things. I notice that tea tastes better when I listen to violins playing. I just adore violins!
(Whenever I could get my family to agree, we headed over to another parish for mass just because they had a wonderful quartet, with a violin player!)

I discovered Pandora Radio a few years ago but am just now taking the time to personalize my stations.
In fact, today I set up a station just for tea time enjoyment, "Afternoon Tea with Set to a Tea"
I'll let you know how it goes. And do feel free to search for it and make suggestions.

Have a tea-rific day, and listen to a few violins!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Collecting- It's all part of a tea lover's life!

Meeting new people, sharing tea stories and collecting teaware is all part of the love of tea! 
I think every tea lover can claim a certain admiration for a teacup pattern, vintage tea towels, transferware and the list just goes on and on. We tea lovers just love to collect items that remind us of the joy of tea time!
A few years ago I had the pleasure of making a new friend who blessed me with several items to add to my tea collection. 

These tea strainers, which keep the tea leaves from making their way into your cup, added a new dimension to my collection.

The rough wooden handles of the two strainers reminded me that for many, tea was an everyday necessity for running the household. The handles are now smooth with age and I sometimes find myself slipping into daydreams of an English gentleman making himself a cuppa while his wife is busy preparing "tea" for the family in their cottage kitchen. 

Many pieces of my collection have been handed down to me from family and friends. This gives each piece a special meaning and a pleasure to enjoy!
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