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In the Pantry- Handmade Tea Chests

I am always looking for the best way to store all my tea. Tins, jars, boxes, bags. I get tired of all the cardboard boxes of the bagged teas I like. I am not OCD or even all that tidy but I like to think I could be. So here is a round up of a few of my favorite tea storage options.

This is my new tea chest (Thank You honey!) from Leo’s Woodworks. It is made from Cheery and the story that came with the box said the wood is from a tree that came down in a storm. The box is beautiful, very sturdy and came pre-loaded with tea! Only problem is I have to drink it all before I can put my tea in it (tough life I know). There are a few styles and sizes and they are all beautiful. Teal albatross not included.

If you like to have your tea in easy reach and want to enjoy the graphic quality of your tea boxes this tea shelf would be great. Made from old wine boxes, this shelf is a clever re-use. From Remnant District Designs.

If you drink a lot of loose tea that you order in bulk these tea tins from Specialty Bottle are great. We used the smallest size to make our wedding favors and filled them with a Peach Black Tea. How much fun would it be to design your own labels?!

Now that I am all organized (in my mind anyway) it is time for another cuppa!

 

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Spring is Here!

There are so many little green things sprouting up in my yard (only to be eaten by the chickens) and when it is not raining the sun is out and the weather is lovely, Spring is definitely here. The birds that live in the lemon tree outside my kitchen window never seem to stop making a rukus this time of year. Here are a few towels to help with the spring cleaning.

Add a bit of retro spring fun with this pretty blue flower towel from Sweet Harvey.

This little guy is probably not likely to show up in your tea cup but he is very cute. From Design Kitty.

These two are as twitterpated as the birds in my tree! Not sure which I like more the towel of that cup. Design by New Leaves Studio.

Now, what I want to know is what is your favorite spring time tea? Leaves us a comment and let us know!

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This Place Needs Dusting!

We are still here though things have been rather quiet. The holidays were very busy and we have barely seen each other (Libby and I) let alone done much blogging. We hope to fix that soon though and bring you reviews of a few other tea spots soon. Mean while there are always towels right?  Here are a few we scoped out in the last couple months.

Hand Woven Towels from milka-Loom– Bright geometric borders make me want to break out the Fiestaware (if only I had some!) and host a brightly colored tea party.

Fantail Bird Tea Towel from Melina Martin– I am sure you have noticed that I like bird prints, this fun detailed print of the New Zealand Fantail is no exception. Now if only her Hey Diddle Diddle pillow came as a towel!

Kitchen Conversion Towel from Sweet Fine Day – I love the graphic on this towel, not to mention how handy this would be when baking as the measuring cup I want always seems to be in the sink.

Today I also have a recipe recommendation for you. Over the holidays I made these Smocky Bacon Ginger Cookies after reading this post over on Pork, Knife and Spoon.  I love Shauna’s blogs, there is always something yummy to try out (even if you aren’t gluten free). My mother-in-law didn’t even give me the option of taking the leftovers home they are so yummy.

Well, time for another cuppa, thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Halloween!

The Great Pumpkin is stirring, preparing for his rounds on Sunday. So in the spirit of ghouls, witches, vampires and pumpkins of course here are some fun towels to help celebrate.

The Pumpkin Harvest- From Sara Parker Prints– I would like to go pick out a pumpkin here.

Cameo Skull – From Brilliant Trees Collective– I love cameos, what better for Halloween then a creepy skull cameo!

May you have a wonderfully spooky holiday!

 

 

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Flowers and Fowl

Things have been rather fowl at our place lately, a couple weeks ago we got our chicks and we (the fiance and I) have been rather absorbed in taking care of them on top of the normal animals (2 cats and 1 energetic border collie). Mean while with the combo of rain and then sunshine off an on all month (we really wish the weather would make up its mind) all the flowers in the neighborhood are blooming like crazy. So here is a bit of flora and fauna for your kitchen:

Chrysanthemums from Flower Press– they have sets of two

Roast Chicken Recipe from DBurrows Productions

Hello Vase Tea Towel from Leah Duncan

Chicken Tea Towel from Barehanded Press

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Where did the time go?

Yikes, where did the time go!? Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit, I have been a bit busy rushing around getting stuff together, my BF and I have decided to make it official and legal this July and now there is a lot to get done between now and then. Of course I haven’t stopped searching the web for great towels, I just haven’t had time to make a real post.Now the invites are finally ready to go to the printers so I can breath for a minute and write this post. In honor of the reason I have been so busy I give you these great towels:

One ring you won’t lose to the garbage disposal. From Artgoodies

I did the dishes last night AND I made dinner- It’s Your Turn! From McCheek’s Mayhem

Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I’m half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
I can’t afford a carriage
But you’ll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two.

We will go ‘tandem’
As man and wife,
Daisy, Daisy!
‘Peddling’ away
Down the road of life,
I and my Daisy Bell!

From Girls Can Tell

Happy Tuesday!

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Costers, Clocks, and more!

I have been finding more fun tea things that are not your grandma’s tea accessories.

Hall Teapost Coasters from PhotoAccents by SL– I have a bit of a Hall obsession that has been developing lately.

Mini Wall Clock from DecoyLab– So cute, I think this would be perfect in my kitchen.

Carry Along Tea Tins from TinyTins– How do you pick just one?

Happy Monday!

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