Monday, November 13, 2017

Bazaar Times

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the Christmas Bazaar at my parents' church.

I was pleasantly surprised to find numerous gift baskets containing teapots, teacups, infusers and teas...

...and vintage English bone china teacups! 
Be still my heart!

I didn't need any more teawares, but I figured that the $$$ would go to a worthy cause... I brought home this fun basket!
Contents included: a purse, scarf, Frieda Kahlo socks, water bottle, memo pad and chocolates.

The reason I got the basket: My eagle-eye spotted this super cute teapot on this fun purse.

I also couldn't resist bringing home this pretty teacup with a lavender band which is part of the Royal Albert's Gaiety Series - Tango.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

2017 Fall Teacup Exchange

It's time for The Enchanting Rose's 11th Teacup and Mug Exchange reveal! 

Special thanks go out to our amazing hostess, Stephanie, for undertaking the Herculean task of coordinating this fall's swap and ensuring that it ran smoothly for more than 200 international participants. Thank you, Stephanie!

I sent a teacup to the lovely Deborah from The Beautiful Matters who expressed her gratitude for her package with this pretty thank you card. You can see what I sent Deborah by visiting her blog here

I was delighted to receive a package from Cindy at Creations by Cindy.
Polka dots and purple are two of my favourite things!

My teacup was safely packaged in this charming box.

The beautiful "October Calendula" teacup and saucer is perfect for sipping autumn teas.

How pretty is this Earl Grey Tea's packaging?

These yummy cookies and chocolates made my sweet tooth VERY happy.

Cindy also generously sent me: super cute funky socks (in purple and yellow!), stickers, a tea-themed magnetic calendar, a tea towel, a book and bookmark.

Thank you, Cindy, for spoiling me with such a wonderful package!

2014-2017 Teacup Exchanges
The Enchanting Eight!

Please visit The Enchanting Rose to see the other fun teacup and mug swaps!

Monday, November 6, 2017

2017 Fall Pottery Show

Last weekend, I went to the 2017 Fall Pottery Show in hopes of finding some new tea-themed ornaments for my Christmas tree.

There were lots of festive holiday decor...but no tea-themed ornaments.

Can you guess what this is?

It's a "Sugar Baby" container!
(I don't think I'd be able to sleep if this creepy head with gold eyes was in my home.)

Some seasonal teapots.

An interesting teapot wall art.

I came thisclose to bringing one of these teabag holders home with me, but the loooooong line-ups at the cashier made me realize that I didn't really need another teabag holder!

While I left the pottery show empty-handed, I did pick up this puny mug from The Handmade House.

It's now my favourite mug to use at the office. HA!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Pumpkins and Scarecrows

At a recent visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), I saw some unique pumpkins.

2015 Favourite Pumpkin Winner: 'Ghost'

2016 Favourite Pumpkin Winner: 'Triamble'

2017 Favourite Pumpkin Winner: 'Galeuse D'eysines'

The Christmas bazaar season has begun! I didn't really need another coaster set, but I couldn't resist these charming fabric tea-themed coasters. The colours are perfect for fall.

The Keeping Room
At this year's Scarecrow Saturday in the Valley, Scare Bear served a creepy feast: salad of ball, spook-getti, pumpkin gut cupcakes.

The Beanermunky Chocolate
I was happy that Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, won first prize.

If you're in the Greater Toronto area this weekend, come out to the RBG's Second Annual Tea Festival!

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

A few weeks ago, we hosted an autumn tea social at the office.

We sipped Caramel Apple herbal tea in my Fire King peach luster teacups.
Once again, I forgot to photograph the food: veggies, samosas, crackers, hummus, and cookies.

I've managed to resist the urge to buy ALL the pumpkin teas out this season and limited myself to The Polar Tea Co.'s pumpkin chai. This tea contains real pumpkin pieces and was delicious with milk.

Pumpkin Treat #1: Pumpkin spice whoopie pie

Pumpkin Treat #2: Pumpkin spice scone enjoyed with Stash's decaf pumpkin spice tea.

Pumpkin Treat #3: Foundy's pumpkin spice ice cream was DELISH!
I wished that I had stocked up on this limited edition ice cream.

Pumpkin Treat #4: Pumpkin Spice chocolate by Lindt.

What pumpkin teas and treats have you been enjoying this season?

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Join The Famous Five's Pink Tea!

 You are invited to join the Famous Five's pink tea party.

The Women are Persons! Monument in Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario (photo taken in 2015)

So pour yourself a cup of tea...

...and listen to the conversation that lead to the historic ruling on Oct 18 1929: 

 "Women are Persons!"

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!

Pumpkin teapot by Kaldun & Bogle
The lovely autumn/Thanksgiving cards that I received from my Canadian card and tea exchange group.

To celebrate Fire Prevention Week (Oct 8-14), I'm sharing this adorable fire safety for kids' book called "No Dragons for Tea".

Last spring, McDonald Canada's Happy Meals offered mini versions of this book (they could fit in the palm of my hand). If you missed the promo, you can also purchase the book from regular or online bookstores.  

Screengrab from the London Fire Brigade's Twitter Feed
My stone cold heart melted a little when I saw this sweet photo of Greenwich firefighters hosting a tea party with isolated seniors as part of their fire safety education program for older adults.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Liquid Therapy

The cold bug got me last week so I've been drinking copious amounts of herbal teas.

Lemon ginger herbal tea with honey

Apple Cinnamon

Caramel Apple
Both the apple teas contain chamomile which is supposed to help a cold, right???
What teas do you drink when you're feeling under the weather?
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Recent Purchases

At the beginning of September, I went to a local artisan market where I found this beautiful stained glass "pouring teapot".

Of course, it came home with me!

The full illumination from the sun.

Impulse purchase of the week: this cute lilac chest with ceramic drawers.
I bought it at the local thrift store for only $3 and thought that I can use it to store my teabags...

...but the teabags turned out to be too big! Whoops!
I'll just have to find another use for them.

What's your impulse purchase this month?

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Apples to Apples

The impending arrival of fall means it's time to start sipping some apple teas!

Celestial Seasonings' Caramel Apple Dream herbal teabags consist of: cinnamon, hibiscus, natural flavours (caramel, apple), orange peel, chamomile, roasted chicory, ginger and sea salt.

The tea lived up to its "Caramel Apple" name and tasted sweet and fruity!

Tealish's Apple Cinnamon herbal tea contains real apple pieces, as well as chamomile and cinnamon.

This apple cinnamon blend had a delicious scent and a pleasant fruity taste with a touch of spiciness!

What are your favourite apple teas?

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