I needed a bit of diversion from my basement drama, so grabbed some hibiscus tea leaves I bought a few weeks ago.
Even before I got the tea off the front porch, it was beginning to steep. It just proves what I've said in the past: you don't need sun to make sun tea.
But of course, with sun, it steeps better
and produces a deeper, richer color. Please be aware this is NOT for drinking, but for dyeing. And although this might look like something I would fix in my kitchen, I assure you this pot and tea strainer are dedicated to crafts only. I will never mix the two because it just makes sense to use only items for the craft room in the craft room and items for my kitchen in my kitchen.
After sitting the tea in the sunny part of my driveway, I decided to share the last of my bags of books Scott and I pitched.
I have two more shelves to go through, but the worst is over. And I have a short term, low-cost plan.
1. Divert the rain gutters so they don't drain into the patio area.
2. Build up the patio 4 inches.
3. Purchase a dehumidifier.
Long term and costly items include
1. Install a sump pump. In my area, it cannot drain into the main drain, but must drain elsewhere.
2. Lift the foundation of the house above the basement and level everything.
But now it was time to bring in my hibiscus tea.
Instead of bothering to place the tea in anything else, I simply added the old muslin sheet to the hibiscus. Since I love the mottled look, I think this will turn out swell. And Dianne will wish I'd done this before I sent her PINK pages to her. BTW, I hope to share those pages later this week. Possibly Dianne will share them today. Who knows!
But I've talked enough. Now it's time for you to share your T related post. Since I was so late visiting everyone last week, I want to reiterate: please link directly to your T post, not your blog in general.
For example, this is my blog: http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/
This is NOT what I would ask you to link to. Instead, copy your T post, then paste it in the URL line. Here is mine: https://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2016/07/t-stands-for-hibiscus-tea.html
It takes very little time to copy your direct link, and others don't have to go searching for it. Since my computer is so old and slow, when you link your entire blog, everything on the home page has to load. PLEASE be kind and thoughtful of others and link directly to your T post. PLEASE! And for those of you who use direct links all the time, I apologize. It's obvious I'm not talking to you. But I ran into this problem last week with several people who linked their complete blog. Sometimes being late shows the flaws in the system.
Also, please don't forget that next week is our 3rd annual anniversary party, so those who wish to exchange ATCs should have them ready before we go live.
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Please check out my Previous Collaborations link above to see what projects I have been involved in over the past seven years. Current and ongoing projects only are shown below.
Occasionally, Silent Sunday will showcase photos of my home, neighborhood, or community. A picture is often worth a thousand words.
Feelfree to drop by every second Thursday of the month for my Second Thursday Tutorials. They are interspersed with my other Tutorials found at the link above.
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