I've done a daily tea post twice before, but never during bEARTH month.
I even started out on the wrong foot by setting things up at my dining room table.
One thing I chose carefully was my choice of teas. I was tired of drying green tea bags that were pale, so I purposely chose black teas this time. While the water was boiling,
I had time to get a piece of 110 lb. card stock (CS). However, after looking at what I'd had to live with for seven days, I decided this was NOT the ideal setup.
That's when I had to rethink my initial decision to leave my setup for seven days, so I quickly moved to my writing desk. I could live with this setup, because it was not intrusive like the dining room setup would have been. To make sure my desk was properly covered, I laid scrap paper under the CS.
I laid the wet tea bag on the CS and proceeded to drink the rest of my tea.
However, after seeing how quickly the tea buckled the CS and how quickly the CS started turning to "mush," I once again had to rethink the project. So I swapped out the CS for some 140 hot press watercolor paper. I like the texture of the hot press paper for this project. This was NOT the way to start a long term project, though.
Does Day 2 look like Day 1? Yep, it's a repeat, because I thought the tea was so good.
I switched gears for Day 3, and really wished I hadn't.
Although I fell in love with the tea bag tag indicative of Yogi brand teas,
I am not fond of chamomile, which just happens to be the first ingredient in this tea blend.
Thankfully, the licorice and hibiscus helped mask the flavor of the chamomile.
For Day 4, I'm indulging in this wonderful tea
my dear friend Voodoo Vixen sent to me. I try to parse it out, because I like it so much. I also like the little envelopes it comes in, which can hold hidden messages in an altered art piece.
Not only does it taste fantastic,
the tea bag exudes the most beautiful color.
I'm a big fan of licorice, so this one made me smile. Of course, that oh-so-true tag saying will also find its way in some art, too.
For Day 6, I thought I was opening a special package, because this tea bag was wrapped up like a gift.
The scent of the tea was wonderful,
even before I dunked it in the scalding water.
I liked the color, and the room smelled wonderful. Even better than an air freshener.
Six days, six tea bags, six marks on watercolor paper.
So, what about today, which is T day?
I'm afraid I'm all tead out, so I'm drinking freshly ground French Roast coffee with half and half.
What is your drink of choice this week? Is tea your preferred drink, or is there something else you like better? Regardless, show us your T inspired post this week, and Bleubeard and I, along with other T participants, will be by to visit. And thanks for reading and staying with Bleubeard and me through this very long, convoluted post.
Today is Day 8 of my attempt to recycle art. What better way to recycle old tea bags than to dry them on watercolor paper. In the past, I've placed them in a bowl to dry, but now I know there's one more step I can take to recycle these beauties.
Steps to take:
1. Dry tea bag on watercolor paper.
2. When completely dry, remove tea from tea bags.
3. Use tea bags in art.
4. Recycle spent tea in compost container.
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