Wednesday, 12 March 2008

A happy plethora of pink & red...

Today I broke into some of the stash of fabrics that Ian had given me for my birthday. I wanted to make something small that wouldn't use up too much of the loveliness....so my mind turned to the thing that always seems to be lacking in my handbag - a little teabag holder (of course). I don't drink normal tea or coffee (although oddly I do love coffee cake), and often when I go to a friend's house they don't have any herb teas. Sitting there drinking a glass of water instead of sharing in the cosiness and companionship that comes from tea drinking seems most unsociable, so I have adopted the habit of keeping a couple of sachets in my bag...but that's dissatisfactory as tea doesn't taste nice when it's been borne from a crinkled old sachet. So I made my little teabag holder from these fabrics:

I cut a rose from the white fabric and appliqued it on to the flap. I had no idea whether my machine would cope with doing something on that intricate a scale, but actually it was really good, so I then decided to try and pick out some of the smaller lines created by the inner rose petals...it was a sewing session, for once, where everything went right!

I over-locked the sides of the pouch (gosh, pouch is such an unpleasant word...sorry!) to hold it all together, which was a new technique to me, but I found the result most pleasing!

And here it is with my olive bowl that I picked up from the ceramics studio today...you can see I was working to a theme here! I have gone quite crazy for the combination of pink and red.

And on the left is Ian's pot...which I love.


Anyway, I know Mr Teacakes will disapprove of this question....but does anyone have any tea recommendations? My addiction to collecting new flavours has become the source of some resentment in my house and when I'd accumulated over 40 different varieties Ian forced me to do a cull and resign at least 35 of them to the garage, only permitted to re-enter the house on a strict rotation basis. My two favourite staples are Licorice Tea and then the rather dull, but trusty, Peppermint tea, so this leaves me with only three other possibilities at any one time! The man is a teabag tyrant!

34 comments:

  1. I just can't believe how clever you are, the teabag holder is beautiful, well done. By the way, how is zebra girl getting on with her knitting, and how are you getting on. I don't know if you saw on my blog what I received for mother's day, but it is a beautiful book with some lovely designs in it, especially Clare's notes, I will bring it home with me when I next come back so you can see.
    Much love. xx

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  2. I love your tea bag holder. So pretty and practical. I never would have thought of it.

    My favorite is peppermint also. So as you can see I am of no help.

    Happy belated birthday!

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  3. I love your tea bag holder. So pretty and practical. I never would have thought of it.

    My favorite is peppermint also. So as you can see I am of no help.

    Happy belated birthday!

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  4. So sorry. I believed blogger was stuck, so I tried to help him out.

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  5. what a beautiful tea bag holder - am very impressed by your applique skills

    I see you already like Pukka tea - haev you tried the "Love" version yet...it's rose, chamomile and lavender an dtastes almost as good as it's name. Mr Teacakes won't object to a tea called "Love", surely

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  6. Oh my goodness - a rogue apostrophe got through in my last comment - I suppose is not so bad that I need to delete it entirely (although I waver), but please, future commenters and Flossie, it was just a mistake in a rushed moment, so excited was I to pass on word of the "love" tea

    forgive me

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  7. Love your little pouch, what a great idea.
    Can't help on the tea front I'm afraid as I can't stand tea or coffee - it's water or wine for me!

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  8. Love the pouch - and again with the applique!

    Can't help with the tea I'm afraid, since I have an unhealthy but loving relationship with my espresso machine.

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  9. i don't drink normal tea or coffee either, but am instead totally addicted to lift lemon tea. but that comes in a jar, so no help at all for your lovely little tea bag holder!. glad to see those beautiful fabrics in use : )

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  10. I love your little pouch, what a nifty idea! I looove tea too but I'm a monkey girl myself. I think I should start drinking more herbal teas though so I'll be watching these comments with interest ;)

    Queen Bee
    www.craftsbygemma.typepad.co.uk

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  11. I like the idea of white tea and gunpowder tea and chamomile tea. But I am a Twinings Breakfast Tea kind of girl - so no advice from me I am afraid.

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  12. Your bowls turned out beautifully and the fabric and tea bag bag are divine. I'm afraid to say that I'm with your husband on the tea front. Why any household should require more than a bit of English breakfast, Tetleys or chamomile (only if you're ill)I just don't know!

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  13. You're just so darned classy! I like 'Tranquility' by Dr Stuarts (it's the only form of it I get in this madhouse).

    And Pukka's cinnamon, cardamom and ginger has been a winter fave.

    But with 40 varieties in your house, I'm sure you've already tried them!

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  14. What a fabulous little tea bag.

    I'm like LucyKate - Lift Lemon Tea for me - as I haven't been able to drink tea or coffee with out feeling nauseous since I was expecting my DS 15 years ago!!

    I read down your blog and loved all the fabric pics. I too do homemade overlocking - but may splash out and buy a real one.

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  15. Great idea and cute execution!

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  16. That's so cute Florence and I have to try the overlocking now. Also discovered after reading your post that my machine came with a walking foot - Brilliant and I never knew what it was!!! More tips please. As to tea flavours - green tea with jasmine, lemon and ginger and green tea with peppermint are all gorgeous. Love the bowls too xx

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  17. gorgeous idea, and beautiful applique. wow 40 types of tea, that's impressive! I like one that has strawberries and cranberries in it, but I've run out and can't remember who makes it.... useless sorry...

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  18. I love the mix of red and pink too!

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  19. Such a good idea. I've always got a rogue teabag floating around in my handbag, in a grotty plastic bag, for what it's worth!

    Twining's camomile and spearmint is my favourite tea, but I alos love Whittard's ayurvedic 'refreshing' pitta tea.

    ps. the bowls are lovely

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  20. I love your olive bowls - there is a pottery painting place about 20 miles from me - Your post has made me decide to go there over Easter and give it a go - Your fabrics are so pretty too - any ideas what you have planned for the rest of your stash? - Natalie x

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  21. Love your tea bag holder and your olive bowls,I love pink and red together,GOR-GE-OUS!

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  22. I love your red and pink mood - and didn't that applique turn out well? Very nice.

    You're quite right about those darn Rainbow Fairies. I hate reading them for bedtime stories and am SO PLEASED O can now read them herself. Small girls seem to love them but they drive me mad.

    For tea I am a big Earl Grey fan and I like Chamomile best if its herbal. I had a very nice tea by Twinings round at my friend's house the other day - Earl Grey and vanilla. It sounds like an abomination but was actually delicious :o)

    x

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  23. Nettle, green tea with lemon and white tea are my favourites. The pouch it beautiful. Just think in years to come, some descendant of yours will be looking through an old drawer and come across this peculiar little pouch! They will wile away many a frustrating hour wondering what in God's name that thing was for. Perhaps a tooth holder for the tooth fairy, or for small pieces of jewellery. Only we bloggers will know it was for teabags (of course).

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  24. Just loving the teabag holder and bowls, very pretty.

    Enjoy the weekend sweetie.

    Hugs.

    Catherine x

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  25. I think you need to find an appropriate name for that little tea bag? Pouch? It is a charming little thing and one I could very much use, but it surely needs a charming name. Quite often I dash out of the door stuffing a tea bag in my pocket, which is not ideal especially if I forget about it and it goes through the wash!
    We have a name for people like Mr. Teacakes, banishing your tea to some far away place. We would call him the 'Tea Police!"
    I love to read your blog and look forward to your new posts!

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  26. We have a new tea over here by Tetley. Blueberry green tea. It's so yummy and I would definitely recommend it. I don't know if you would get it over there, but could be considered swap worthy!

    I love the olive bowls. They are both beautiful.

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  27. That teabag holder is sooo nice and beautiful! I also adoreeeeeeeee the pinks and the reds...

    xx

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  28. Now that is such a good idea! I made a handkerchief holder for the same reason - they get a bit scruffy if they have been kicking around the handbag for a while.
    The bowls are gorgeous too.

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  29. Pink and red are so lovely together - thank you for all of the wonderful treats for the eyes!

    Susan

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  30. What a fabulous idea.. i have two friends who always bring their own special type of teabags when they come to stay... these could catch on..you'd better market that idea quick...and think of an alternative word to 'pouch'.. you make me chuckle.
    Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.
    ginny
    x

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  31. i love your tea bag holder flossie! it's such a great idea. i'm a non-caffeine person too + i may have to make something similar for myself.

    i'm a peppermint fan too. also a recent fennel convert. but my latest favourite is rooibos (earl grey + cape maly chai)...it's so tempting to go mad + buy lots. especially in their pretty boxes! x

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  32. Yummy colors~ Love it all. The bowls are soooo great~
    Thanks for the tip off on my bloglines update....i did not know that! LOL I'm so glad you told me. :)
    Greetings from sunny California

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  33. I agree about having a cosy chat with a glass of water, it doesn't quite work the same. I don't drink tea or coffee so i will have to make one of these for myself!

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  34. yogitea ginger lemon. (some other companies do a lemon & ginger which just isn't that great.)

    yogitea choco, too, if you remember to drink it hot. sounds weird, but it's a real comfort drink. not that nice cold, though.

    pukka detox - fennel, aniseed, licorice. maybe not in that order.

    and lately I'm on a slice of lemon in hot water. sometimes with a sprig of mint.

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