Monday, December 5, 2022

2022 Tea-Themed Trees

I'm thrilled with how my tea-themed trees turned out this year.

 

 
In my heart is a Christmas tree filled with teapots and teacups.
 
 

This year's 8 foot-tree have some fun new additions.


 

I found these beautiful glass teapot and kettle ornaments at a local garden center.

 

Love the vintage vibe of these charming reindeer and Santa ornaments from Michaels.

 

 

Let's pretend these whimsical ornaments ornaments are tea lattes or tea-infused hot cocoa.

 

My aunt gifted me these adorable vintage Queen Anne bone china demitasse cups.

 

 

These ornaments are actually espresso cups, but I thought they'd be perfect for my tree.

 

 

This adorable 2003 teapot ornament was a thrift store find.

 

 
 
Do you remember the teacup with the broken handle
I repurposed it as a bell!

  

These handmade ornaments were inspired by Taylor Swift's Midnights album.

 

 

My teabag tree also had a new ornament, courtesy of my godson, that matches the tea latte plush toys.

 

 

Tea Advent Calendar

Day 1
DIY: Dessert by Deb's Sugar Plum Coffee Cake black tea
Charbrew: English Breakfast black tea

Day 2
DIY: DavidsTea's Silver Bells oolong
Charbrew: Chamomile

Day 3
DIY: Clearview Tea Co.'s Gingerbread Pearcake green tea
Charbrew: Peppermint

Day 4
DIY: Murchie's Roasted Chestnut black tea
Charbrew: Chai

 

 
I can still make the whole place shimmer!
 

Monday, November 28, 2022

DIY: My "Drink What I Own" Tea Advent Calendar

Since 2015, I've been creating my own tea Advent calendar using teas from collection.

 

I think it was the tea blogger, Lu Ann from the The Cup of Life, who coined the term "Drink What I Own" Tea Advent Calendar.

 

The giant stocking is decorated with whimsical tea pins. The felt tea pins at the top were handmade by a crafty friend. The green Mad Hatter "It's always tea time" hat pin was a Disney souvenir from a co-worker.

 

 The rest of the pins came were designed by Dessert by Deb.

 

I wrote the names of teas on pieces of paper and stuck them in the pockets.


 

I'll be sipping teas from my favourite Canadian tea companies while I count down to Christmas!


I didn't intend to get a second tea Advent calendar, but I couldn't resist Charbrew's charming Alice in Wonderland Tea Advent Calendar that I found at HomeSense. The calendar contains standard teas (e.g., English Breakfast, chai, chamomile), but I'm a sucker for cute packaging!


November tea empties

What I will repurchase:
1. Genuine Tea's Lavender Sencha Green Tea
 
What I may repurchase from time to time:
1. DavidsTea's Manoomin Maple Black Tea
2. Stash Tea's Maple Apple Cider Herbal Tea

 

Do you have an Advent calendar? 

Monday, November 21, 2022

Holiday Teas Hauls

I should not be left to my own devices.
They come with prices and vices.
I end up with tea hauls.

  

Holiday Tea Haul #1: Stash and Celestial Seasonings

I kept checking my local Bulk Barn until they finally had the Stash and Celestial Seasonings holiday teas available. I restocked on my faves!

 

Holiday Tea Haul #2: Monarch Tea Co.
 
I'm excited to try the new green tea and rooibos in the Monarch Tea Co.'s holiday tea collection.

 

Holiday Tea Haul #3: Murchie's Tea
 
After years of browsing their online store, I finally made my first purchase!

 

Admitting I have a tea problem is the first step...

 

Monday, November 14, 2022

Cozy chais for fall

My chai consumption always increases as the temperatures and daylight decrease.

 

This tasty Fortune Cookie Chai pu-erh was one of DavidsTea's new fall blends this year.

 

Pumpkin chais by Geek+Tea (left) and DavidsTea (right)

 

 I always enjoy Daniel's Famous Lion Chai as a latte.

 

Chais by Twinings (left) and Tazo (right)

 

Dessert by Deb always has delicious chais.

The Coconut Cream Pie Chai (left) is a staple in my collection!

What's your favourite chai?

Monday, November 7, 2022

Scoring more teacups from a Buy Nothing group

When a member of my local Buy Nothing group posted a photo of free curbside items, I couldn't drive to their place fast enough to scoop up 3 vintage bone china teacups.

 

This Colclough teacup has a pretty teal and magenta floral design.

 

This Royal Seagrave teacup featured gorgeous gold ferns.

 

Oops! I did it again: I accidentally snapped the handle off this Clare teacup when I was washing it. I was able to reattach the handle. 

How I repurposed the teacup will be revealed in a future post!

Monday, October 31, 2022

Halloween Teas

Happy Halloween!

During spooky month, I enjoyed DavidsTea's new Halloween fruit infusion teas.

 

 
Trick or Treat is a "Carnival-inspired caramel corn lightly coated in butter" tea. I'm glad I tried it, but it's not a fave. I think I would have preferred a caramel corn flavour profile on a black tea base.

 

 
Witchy Watermelon had the cutest witch hat sprinkles and tasted like a Jolly Rancher watermelon candy.
 
It's hard to see in the photo, but the tea is purple! This would also be enjoyable cold brewed or iced.




October tea empties

What I've already restocked or will repurchase:
1) Dessert by Deb's Bobba Milk Tea
2) Dessert by Deb's Lychee Mango Mochi green tea
3) DavidsTea Banana Matcha
 

Monday, October 24, 2022

Meet Me at Midnight: T Party

On October 21, my favourite blonde, Dr. Taylor Alison Swift, released a new album, Midnights, at midnight.

Yes, I stayed up late for the album release and the "special very chaotic surprise" at 3 am (!). I took Friday off because I don't work on sacred days.

 

Midnights second listening T party on Friday morning

Dessert by Deb's Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake black tea was perfect for the T party because the lead-off track was called "Lavender Haze" and Taylor is an angel for bringing such joy (and chaos) to her fans! The songs grew on me during my second listen. I listened to the album all weekend!


One of my favourite songs was Anti-Hero because of the lyrics:

It's me
Hi
I'm the problem, it's me
At tea time
Everybody agrees

  

My Anti-Heroic Trait: Obsessed with teacups

  How are you an anti-hero?