Monday, December 1, 2014

T Stands for not quite 7 day tea



I had initially planned to make this a 7 day event, as I promised last T Tuesday, but real life got in the way.

I started by showing my supplies above.  My white cup and saucer, a sheet of watercolor paper, and a container filled with various teas I will consider using.

When I uploaded this to my blog, I noticed the corn flakes box on the steps heading to my office.  I was given this and another box so I can turn them into an art project for Christmas.  I was planning to take them to the basement, but again, life got in the way.  Maybe next week, or the day before Christmas.  Who knows at this point.


I had planned to show the back of each tea bag holder, then the front, then the tea bag sitting on the watercolor paper.  Somewhere along the way, I must not have done that on the first day.  The tea is English Breakfast.  I've had it before and I really like it.

This tea is from the Cadillac Coffee Company and is a black tea.  This is a strong black tea, and I could drink this all day long.  I have no idea where I got this, but it was wonderful.  Wish I had more of these.

It was at this point, I decided to find a place for my used tea bag holders, because I plan to use them and my tape transfers in my Tea Tributes.


For Day 3, I opened a box of Jasmine tea I got at the Asian Market.  Even though this was a light tea, it was full bodied, and I enjoyed the taste a lot.

On Day 4, I chose Twinings Earl Grey.  Now I normally like Earl Grey tea, but this tea was so foul tasting to me, I couldn't finish it all.  Sad, but true.

It's a good thing I had saved my favorite teas till the last.  My dear friend Voodoo Vixen (Annette) sent these last two teas to me when she lived in Canada.  I save them for special occasions, because I simply LOVE the taste of hibiscus tea.  I spilled some of this gorgeous tea, and mopped it up with a couple of book pages.  Nothing, not even spilt tea, goes to waste at my place.

This is the other brand of hibiscus tea Annette sent me.  Again, I simply LOVE these two teas.  And the colors they exude are wonderful, too.


And for those of you who are thinking my camera took a turn for the worse, it's only because the web site I used, Big Huge Labs, creates the collaged photos in low res, unless you pay for a membership.

I had planned to have seven days of tea drinking, but just couldn't find the time to do that today.  Today, I spent an inordinate amount of time showing these photos in a way that wouldn't bore you to tears.

Bleubeard admits he is never bored when it comes to T Stands For Tuesday posts.  He loves it when you think outside the box, create something totally unique, or something tried and true.  He thinks it's all fair game, as long as it involves, in some way, a drink.  Any drink, any day, any theme.  But you must link below so he and I can come visit.  Thanks for playing along, and I'll show what I plan to do with these tea bags, tea bag holders, and tea stained watercolor paper soon.



20 thoughtful remarks:

dawn said...

Hello and Happy T Day! I love seeing you use teas in your projects, can't wait to see more of this later. The collages are nice, not boring at all.

I'm linked up and sharing Thanksgiving. Hoping to make the rounds to visit tomorrow, it's a babysitting day so might be later before I get on computer.

Have a great Tuesday!

Robyn said...

No question- life happens! This looks like a fun and creative project! thanks for supporting Poetry Journal Monthly too. I'l lkeep at it!

massofhair said...

Am excited to see your tea/tea bag projects, am really enjoying stamping and sewing with them at the moment, looking forward to seeing what wonderful ways you are going to use yours:-) xxx

Helen said...

I don't enjoy Earl Grey at all, it must be an acquired taste! I will look forward to your used bag projects!!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is an outstanding new experiment .. I am so curious about how this watercolor paper looks whe you take away the teabags....

Your inventiveness is immeasurable Elizabeth!

Happy T - DAy and a big hug to MR. Bleubeard!

Bridget Larsen said...

I have had foul tasting Early Grey from Aldi, never bought that before but I loved the tin it came in.

Love the other teas and cant wait to see what you do with the teabags
Bridget #1

Krisha said...

Looking forward to the results and what you make with them.

Yes, I did change my blog background, and no it's not anywhere in CA. Just one I found while playing around, looking for something a little more seasonable.

Thanks you for the comment on my J52 page, and I'm glad we will both continue into next year (already so close)

Tell Bluebeard to pull up a pillow, there are a lot of pictures on my blog again this week. I'm sure he will enjoy the kids......
Happy T-day

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

ThIs is looking rather like the start of a tea inspired calendar page. I be the pink fro that hibiscus tea is marvelous. I shall wait to see what you and Bleubeard reveal. Thanks for the visit. xox

johanna said...

if i ever Need the help of a tea expert, i will come and ask you.
your Experiment is making me curious, i can´t wait to see the results!

loveofcollage said...

you could paint with all the tea...

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I am glad I made it here to at least say hi today. It seems like life is always interfering here in one way or another, too. I have one more craft fair this Saturday and then I hope to be back on track!

I have never enjoyed any of the "grey" teas, i.e. Earl or Lady, and wonder if it is the brand. One of these days I'll try another to see. I bet you will have a beautiful piece of WC paper when those bags dry!

see you there! said...

I'm enjoying the tea bag dying experiment. You should end up with some nice papers.

Darla

Divers and Sundry said...

What a fun idea and an enjoyable process ;) I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out :)

Halle said...

Happy T day and Happy Thanksgiving a bit late! It's been busy around here so I haven't been checking in with blogs much.
Love the beautiful colors those teas make. I'll have to try hibiscus tea sometime.

Nan G said...

Oh I love English Breakfast tea. It's been awhile since I've had any. It was my fave drink at a cute little coffee cafe in MD. Have to find a new cafe in my new city, Daytona Beach. I'm intrigued wondering what you'll make with your tea bags and wrappers. Hugs to Bleubeard from the Girls and me. And to you. :)

fairy thoughts said...

sorry i hav to say it...... i hate tea..... there it is ..... i do however jut about tolerate a cranberry and strawberry fruit tea but only because i had to cut my coffee in take :-( ...
but now i can see a crafty use for th use bags..... with the addition of masks maybe i will look at it differently...... an interesinvg pozt
thanks
janet

jinxxxygirl said...

Well i loved seeing all that and hearing your plans. I cannot wait to see it. Life always gets in MY way. So you are not alone. :) I have Good Earth brand tea once in a while . Its my favorite.... something in Chai is my favorite..... I could just stand there and smell it much less drink it..lol. Hugs! deb

voodoo vixen said...

Sorry I didn't join in this week, time got the better of me and I hate not being able to visit everyone. I have to admit those hibiscus teas have the most wonderful colour.... would make great dyes!! Love your tea post... am going to be waiting to see what you do with all those teabags and things!

Jo Murray said...

You've solved your problem with the photos...they look great. Bet the watercolour paper does too.

Rita said...

I think I need to buy some hibiscus tea just for dyeing stuff!! I'm late, but happy belated T-Day! :)