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I am purposefully seeking ways to add a little more peace, joy and fun in my life; that's why I started this tea story.

Currently I am searching for a new supplier for my tea. So I’m visiting websites and ordering different blends every month. I’ll be posting about my finds along with my visits to tea rooms.

It’s always the perfect time for a cup of tea. Won’t you join me?

Category Archives: The Table

Tea Cozy Talent

Do you crochet or knit? If not, you might be inspired to take it up after reading Audrey’s story. Plus knitting is just good for you. Studies show that knitting relieves symptoms of stress. The repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. Once you get beyond the initial learning curve, knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And, like Audrey, you might have some cool creation to keep when you’re done.

Audrey’s mother taught her to knit when she was just a toddler. She believes now it was to keep her busy so her mother could get things done!  Then decades passed before picking up knitting needles, but she has picked it up again and, as you can see, has become highly productive.

She knits. But not just anything. Audrey specializes in the handy tea cozy.

Note that those who live in America favor the spelling cozy. The British prefer cosy. In Canada, where Audrey lives, both spellings are used. Just to keep life simple.

Regardless of how you spell it, her tea cozies started out of necessity. She had a French Press for her coffee and just wanted a cover to keep it hot. Here it is. Decorated with a large tree frog, this is the first cosy/cozy she ever made.  

Here are a couple of snowmen that started off as tea cozies and then one transformed into a Christmas tree topper and another became a touque. 

She was hooked and it took off from there!

Look how detailed these are!  Butterflies, flowers, mushrooms, and it looks like a mouse holding a spatula.

Audrey says she normally creates the tea cozy based on inspiration pictures and a lot of trial and error.  She googles patterns for the ‘critters’, flowers, and such.

Cute little hobbit houses!  And what detail!  The more you look the more you see.

She has continued on. They are mainly gifts, but some have been raffled off for charity auctions.

Audrey is quite an accomplished lady.  She has a degree in engineering and also holds her Certified Financial Planner designation and currently works in the field of Financial Services.  In addition to knitting she is also a baker!  It sounds like this is a woman who knows how to keep busy.

Bell Pepper Bites

Do you need an easy appetizer for your next tea party?  Here’s one of my go-tos, especially in the summer because I can go get a bell pepper right out of the garden. The fresh and crisp bell pepper is a nice contrast to the chewy scones and sandwiches.  It’s also a great gluten-free snack,… Continue Reading

A Teapot With A Cause

This teapot is called “Coronation Meadows” and is made for nature lovers and tea lovers everywhere. Burleigh Pottery made this pattern for Highgrove, the country estate of HRH The Prince of Wales. The Coronation Meadows design was inspired by an effort in the U.K. lead by Prince Charles to ensure there is a wildflower meadow… Continue Reading

A Simple Cup

  When asked if my cup is half-full or half empty, My only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.                                 — Sam Lefkowitz Continue Reading

Tea and Cookies for the Holidays

Ooooh!  Something shiny! This Christmas teapot and cookie jar would fit right in with the other presents under the tree.  The colorful, shiny metallic paint on the wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows add sparkle to the room each year. It’s fun to put out decorations that are pretty and practical.  Keeping cookies fresh is an… Continue Reading

Ham, Apple, & Goat Cheese Sandwiches

The air is starting to get crisp and the apples are coming in.  Enjoy the fall harvest with an easy and elegant Ham, Apple, & Goat Cheese tea sandwich for your next get-together with friends. Ingredients Honey Maple Ham 1/4 c. Belle Chevre Honey Breakfast Goat Cheese 2 T. fresh chopped Watercress Pink Lady Apples,… Continue Reading

Rich. But Righteous.

Cat Island Cookie & Cracker Co. is a local, women owned business located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  They were kind enough to send a package of cookies and crackers in consideration for an unrestricted review of their products. This company seems to be doing many things right.  First of all, I love creative marketing… Continue Reading

Wonderful Watercress

We hear a lot about super-foods these days.  I propose we add watercress to the list.  Delicious egg and cress sandwiches are a staple of afternoon tea but this nutrient packed green deserves a little more attention. What’s watercress?  This is watercress: These pretty little delicate greens with hollow stems grow at the edge of… Continue Reading

Put It There!

It’s amazing how things make their way into my hands where I can then share it with you.  My Dad found these at a yard sale and snagged them for me.  How thoughtful was that? This is a cute little set of tea bag holders made by Atlanta-based Mud Pie for their Tea Talk line.  The… Continue Reading