Monday, June 27, 2022

Cold brewing teas in June

As National Iced Tea Month draws to a close, I wanted to share my favourite cold tea brewers.


My Paderno Cold Brew Coffee/Tea Maker is perfect for 6 cups of tea (1500 ml)!


This Hario Cold Brew Tea Filter in Bottle can brew 750 ml of tea (3-4 cups).


This Hario Cold Brew Mini Iced Teapot is good for up to 700 ml of tea (2-3 cups).


The Dollarama influencers persuaded me to buy this adorable incandescent cupcake-style mason jar cup. The teas look so pretty in them! 

Monday, June 20, 2022

Church Garage Sale Haul #2: More Teacups!

The second church garage sale I went to last month was selling teacups and saucers for only 25 cents each! I was tempted to buy ALL the teacups, but I restrained myself and only brought 4 teacups home with me.


Teacup #1 is by Hammersley and decorated with dainty rosebuds. It's smaller than the average teacup.

Teacup #2 is also made in England, but doesn't have the pottery's stamp.
Teacup #3 is by Queen Anne and is perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
Teacup #4 is a mismatched violets set of a Colcough teacup and a Royal Albert saucer.

When I arrived home, I discovered that I had a Colcough saucer with violets! The teacup is older than the saucer, but I think they make the perfect match!

Monday, June 13, 2022

A tea cozy made of vintage linen

Last month, I was gifted a beautiful vintage linen tea cozy made by the talented Lauren from Wonderfully Made.


I love the pretty design and it fits my different teapots perfectly!

 My 2-cup teapot

My 6-cup teapot

Thank you, Lauren, for the wonderful gift!

If you'd like to learn how make your own tea cozy using vintage linens, check out Lauren's blog for her tutorials: pattern #1 and pattern #2.


Monday, June 6, 2022

A Platinum Jubilee Tea Party

Last weekend, I celebrated the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen with an outdoor tea party hosted by a family friend.

The beautiful table spread.

I tried all 3 sandwiches (egg salad, cucumber and cream cheese, and salmon), and couldn't resist trying the purple topped donut!

Of course, you can't have tea without scones and Devonshire cream!

Pouring spicy mango green tea into this beautiful purple Royal Albert Jacobean teacup.

Our friend also baked traditional rock cakes--a tasty British classic treat for tea time!

Monday, May 30, 2022

Dessert by Deb's spring collection

It's been a hot minute since my last Dessert by Deb haul!


Deb never ceases to amaze me with her creative and unique collections. I loved the theme of the spring collection: Picnic Sweets & Treats!


The bonus goodies in my order. Deb surprised me with a couple of sweet surprises!


In addition to the subscriber promos (75g and 100g teas), I received several complimentary tea samples.


When you can't resist ordering the new teas in the spring collection!


 What I've already enjoyed from my order:

Top: Almond Peach Galette black tea (left) and Lemon Lavender Spritzer green tea (right)

Bottom: Concord Grape Jelly green tea (left) and Lemongrass Mimosa herbal tea (right)

 I also enjoyed the Sakura Strawberry green tea. 

This month's tea wagon vignette was inspired by the beautiful towel designed by Deb. 


May tea empties

What I've already stockpiled:
1) DavidsTea's Lavender Buttercream roiboos

What I may repurchase from time to time:
1) DavidsTea's Cardamon French Toast black tea 
2) Dessert by Deb's Spiced Earl Grey Muffin black tea
3) Dessert by Deb's Lemongrass Milk Pudding green tea
4) Tea at the White House's Bengal Tiger black tea

Monday, May 23, 2022

2022 International Tea Day

I celebrated International Tea Day (May 21) by drinking a couple of "rare & innovative pure leaf teas from the world’s greatest gardens" in DavidsTea's Garden to Cup collection. 

The Organic Thailand Black Tea was a lovely black tea.

Zomba Pearls is a delicate white tea from Malawi, Africa. The women who work in the local tea gardens hand-plucked and rolled the leaf.

I also enjoyed a cold brewed Oriental Beauty oolong from Taiwan.

Today, the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada is hosting their third annual Sofa Summit which brings together tea experts from around the world to your living room!

Watch on YouTube LIVE on May 23 (08:30 am to 19:30 pm ET) 

Monday, May 16, 2022

First haul of garage sale season!

I went to this season's first church garage sale with low expectations...and ended up scoring a great haul!

How  cute is this Easter-themed decorative dish?

Love the vibrant colours of this knitted tea cozy. A tea friend said it looks like cotton candy!

I was thrilled to get my hands on this pretty pair of Lenox Butterfly Meadow Monarch mugs.

I also couldn't leave behind two orphaned teacups...

Orphan Teacup #1 was Fine Bone China England

I enjoy playing matchmaker to my cups and saucers and found the perfect saucer (Paragon's Spring Melody) in my collection for the teacup. Alas, in my excitement, I accidentally banged the teacup when I washed it, which resulted in a huge crack. Whoops! So maybe I'll repurpose it as garden decor.

Orphan Teacup #2 is by Royal Kent.

This teacup was matched with a Royal Albert Serena saucer from my collection.

The Easter dish, tea cozy, 2 mugs, and 2 teacups cost me a grand total of seven (7) dollars!