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!