Sunday, August 21, 2016

Simply Beehouse Teapots

"The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but think of more serene and genteel times. From a whimsical child's teapot to an elegant English Teapot, to collectible teapots that adorn some homes, they are a subtle reminder of all that is good in this world."
                                                                    ~Barbara Roberts

This week I want to simply share about some teapots I use on a regular basis. While they are not vintage English teapots, they're durable, aesthetically pleasing and hold temperature well. They're called Beehouse Teapots and Zero Japan is the manufacturer. Zero Japan was established in 1992 and its products can be purchased on Amazon and the Beehouse Teapot website. Their organic shape appealed and still appeals to me.


My first teapot is the 12 oz banana one which I use almost daily. I just keep refilling the teapot with hot water. The carrot one is 22 oz and I use it when a friend comes over for a casual tea. Most of the teapots are named after food colors.


My mom has a 26 ounce teapot in white.


The fine mesh infuser is the feature I enjoy most about these teapots. You can order replacement infusers on the website. 


Since I like to drink my tea hot, I found a cozy that fits perfectly. 
This is how I like to start my Saturday mornings. Typically there are more magazines and books. :)



Not sure I've shared my new wooden tray with all of you. Great clearance item at Tuesday Morning.




So true!

All the best,
Nora

I'm bringing my teacup to these parties:







Monday, August 8, 2016

Iced Tea with Feathered Friends

Hello Tea Friends,
Hope your summer days are bringing you happiness and health. I'm trying to take advantage of the cooler mornings and early afternoons with tea time in the garden. Nothing is more relaxing than reading a good book with a glass of iced tea in the afternoon or a cup of tea in the morning.

Come join me for a simple tea in the garden. I was planning on making a peach crisp to go with my peach teacup but life got in the way. I do plan on making the crisp and will share the recipe with all of you soon.

Today's featured teacup is a demitasse one by Royal Crown Derby. There is something so sweet about a demitasse teacup.


I adore designs in the inner cup!

Embossed gold "bands" on the edge
Demitasse teacups pack a lot of pattern and design into a small area.



Circa 1921-1940

Realistically it was a tad too hot for tea so I made some Constant Comment by Bigelow iced tea and was happily surprised by the subtle orange taste. Two months ago I bought a Primula pitcher and have been quite pleased. The infuser is really fine so it's works well for loose tea.
The bird in the photo above was purchased at Michaels for 79 cents in the clearance section. My find of the week!




The previous owners of our house left many bird houses along the fence line. Some have survived. Here are a few of them:




Hiding among the "Fourth of July" tomatoes


One I purchased in Carmel by the Sea


I'm in the process of making a cork birdhouse.

I'm trying to add subtle bird displays throughout the garden. 


Thank you for joining me for iced tea today.
Take care,
Nora

I'll be joining these parties: