Monthly Archives: June 2014
The second tea I picked up on our road trip was Appalachian Mint, again from Smoke Camp Crafts.
Per the packaging, this tea contains mint, persimmon, strawberry, sassafras leaves and sumac berries. I purchased 3/4 oz for $3.50.
On first sniff, all I really got was sweet mint, which was fine by me. The tea was tasty, again very mild despite using a generous amount. I think with these teas you probably want to use extra if you’re looking for a more potent brew.
I stumbled across this photo on Facebook last week and my mind immediately raced with possibilities. Tea and knitting all in one! Of course one needs a second teapot to brew the tea.
Back in April I picked up a few teas from Smoke Camp Crafts while on a cross country road trip. Sadly they don’t have a web site, but I was able to find the linked contact information. Today I decided to try the Cinnamon Rosehip Blend.
From the label the tea contains rosehips, lemon grass and balm, lemon peel, and cinnamon. I purchased 1 1/2 oz for $3.50.
When I opened the container I could definitely smell the cinnamon over everything, but I think I could catch a bit of the lemon as well. Post brewing I got whiffs of all the ingredients in there. The taste was kind of a warm soothing cinnamon. Though I used a healthy portion, the tea didn’t brew dark and it seemed very mild-tasting; no strong flavors in this one. Still it was nice to try tea from other regions. I still have an Appalachian Mint that I’ll be trying tomorrow!
Last week I posted a few of my favorite knit jewelry pieces so this week’s pieces are all related to tea!
By far my favorite are the teaspoon rings and bracelets at Dank Artistry.
I also love these earrings from Amber by Graciana on Amazon:
And if you’re looking for a touch of whimsy, I love this happy teacup necklace by Mary Mary Handmade:
Another tea I picked up at Tea Market while on the quest for summer teas was a Tropical Green.
The menu says that Tropical Green is green tea blended with grapefruit and passion fruit. It’s available for $4.35 per ounce.
When I first opened the bag I smelled grapefruit and apricot. As it brewed I smelled the green tea and lots of different tropical and citrus flavors. The taste was mild with a bit of a tang, but definitely a tea with a summer feel. I really enjoyed this one and may add it to the list of things I want to keep in stock – a little that just keeps growing!
Sometimes you need a few pieces of jewelry that just fit your personality. If you’re in love with knitting and jewelry, today’s post is for you.
I adore these rings from Dafna Dagan which are labeled as woven, but look knitted to me.
Perhaps you’re looking for something a little funkier like these knitting needle bangles from Bur Oak Studio:
I think these yarn ball earring from Autumn Equinox are cute:
If you’re looking for knitters’ jewelry that’s also functional there are these really cool stitch marker necklaces by Along the Briny Beach:
Or these beautiful sterling silver Needle Gauge Pendants from Debra’s Garden:
Of course if you’re feeling crafty and would like to knit some of your own jewelry, I’m in love with these kits by Laura Nelkin.
I keep putting the Mudra Cuff in my cart:
I’m also very tempted by Ribband:
I happened to stop into my local tea shop last week while shopping for a gift for a friend and I found that their summer teas were out! I debated for a bit but settled on trying some of a blend called Bora Bora.
The description said that it was a black tea with strawberries, raspberries, mango, papaya, apples, currants, citrus and safflower petals. All I knew was it smelled sweet and tropical and I wanted some. It was available for $4.35 per ounce.
The second I opened the bag all I could smell was the papaya. Once brewed I still smelled mostly papaya. The tea itself was a little milder than I thought it would be, a good black tea tinged with fruit flavors. I really enjoyed this and am sorry it’s a limited edition – I may have to go get more before it’s gone. That and a beach vacation!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I’m enjoying a cup of tea I want to curl up with a good book and escape. These adorable BookCup book covers would be great if you’re reading a paper book!
From the packaging, this is an autumn harvested tea resulting in a softer tea with woody undertones.
Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope is available in the following sizes: 100g for $11.93, 250g for $28.34, 500g for $50.70 and 1000g for $101.40.
When I first opened the package I smelled a pleasant, almost nutty aroma. Once brewed it just smelled like a good strong black tea. I really like the taste of darjeelings. They manage to be strong tea, but not quite as bitter as some can me. This one had a really smooth finish. I think it is great as an afternoon pick-me-up, but would also love to combine it with a bit of fruit or other flavor for some fun. I do think I will prefer this one hot though.
If you’re looking for the perfect mug and tea spoon sets, you should look no further than Mud Pie. I can’t decide which is my favorite, but I think I like Pinkies Out the best.