Monday, February 26, 2018

Five on February

Since my post are scheduled on Mondays, I never participated in the (now defunct) Five on Friday linky parties. Brenda and Lorrie's recent posts inspired me to use this format to summarize the February happenings around here.

1. I finally went to Terra's Winter Market. I was too busy gawking at the plethora of baked goods, produce, specialty food items, and crafts to photograph the booths. But I did snap a photo of this pretty display of orchids.

2. I enjoyed a belated birthday luncheon at a Korean restaurant (YUM!). My friends gifted me this beautiful card and fun teapot puzzles. I will be sharing the third part of their gift on this blog soon...

3. I finally visited Mizener's Antiques and More Market which had 5 (!) different buildings filled with antiques, kitsch, etc. I didn't take any photos but you can see examples of what the vendors are selling here. My mom was my shopping buddy and bought this adorable Bavarian tea set for me as a Valentine's Day gift.

4. Another win for February: this charming Nice Cuppa Calendar photo calendar was my prize from Sylvia's SMD Paper Arts Blog Giveaway. Visit Sylvia's blog to check out her other photo calendars. Thank you, Sylvia!

5. I'm not much of a gardener so I don't know why I made an impulsive visit to the local garden  centre. But I'm glad that I did because I found these super cute teacup planters. I took advantage of the store's 20% off promotion and purchased a purple planter (the lighting makes it look blue in the photo). Any suggestions on what to plant?  

February, I hardly knew you!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

February Holiday Tea Times

My colleagues and I couldn't let Valentine week pass without having another tea social.

Red Rose's sweet strawberry cheesecake herbal tea was served in dainty teacups.

The savories and sweets brought in by my colleagues.

When a co-worker gifted my mom with some "good teas from China", she naturally passed it on to her tea-loving daughter! Since the package labels were all in Chinese, I couldn't read what type of black tea it was.

I thought that the Lunar New Year was the perfect time to brew some of this mystery tea in my Asian-style tea-for-one set.This handless teacup has a generous capacity (similar to a mug). The black tea smelled and tasted malty.

Did you celebrate these February holidays?

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Pinks and Reds

When the calendar flipped to February, I brought out my red and pink teawares.

Pretty in pink

I have "Big Love" for Emma Bridgewater.
The tea for one set was a present from an aunt who purchased it in Asia.

I 💓 this tea set!

"With hearts...the best thing you can do is Invite someone in, make them some tea 
and Secretly hope they don't break anything."
The quote is funny because it's a little true.

This beautiful Royal Albert Old Country Tea set was from the people who love me best: 
my parents!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Belated Birthday Celebrations and Gifts

Last month, I turned another year older.

My talented aunt baked me this gorgeous strawberry shortcake. 
It tasted as amazing as it looked!

Photo Credit: My Friend
I finally had afternoon tea at Tea at the White House's new location. 
This was a joint birthday celebration with my friend. We both selected dessert-inspired herbal teas. Donut herbal (top right) tasted sweet and nutty, while the chocolate covered strawberry herbal tea (bottom left) was a delicious, fruity tea (this was my favourite).

The pretty tea-themed birthday cards.

The 5-year-old daughter of my friend (from the afternoon tea)--without any hints from her mom--selected this cute teacup image for my birthday card and even coloured the teacup in my favourite colour: purple!

My family and friends showered me with tea-themed gifts again!

This charming teapot is the perfect addition to my collection. 
I'll have to share my 3 elephant teapots one day.

How adorable is this Chip mug?!?

A tea infuser bottle.

Teas! Teas! Teas!

A crafty friend handmade this super cute cozy. 
Can you see the embroidered teacup on the back?

Lovely teabag holders in my favourite hues: turquoise and purple.

These pretty paper plates and napkins are almost too pretty to use!

Ditto for these notecards!

Purple strikes again: an embroidered tea towel.

An interesting historical book on tea.

I'm hooked on this present!

A reusable bag featuring teacups and teapots.

I'm beyond grateful to my generous and thoughtful family and friends for the fabulous gifts!

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