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Teas for Beauty and The Beast Fans

April 5, 2017

Beauty and the Beast’s live-action reboot starring Emma Watson has made an impressive $750 million worldwide, and its box office power is poised to keep climbing.

While it’s natural to focus on Belle and the prince-turned-beast-turned-prince at the center of this fairy tale, as tea lovers, our attention’s on Mrs. Potts and Chip, a talking teapot and her imperfectly perfect teacup son.

If seeing this movie leaves you wanting more Mrs. Potts and Chip, look no further than the following Beauty and the Beast-themed teas and teaware:

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Mrs. Potts and Chip Teaware

Innovation Function sells this ceramic Mrs. Potts and Chip set that is both functional and decorative. You’ll have to sing “Tale As Old As Time” yourself and keep this dynamic due out of the dishwasher, but the pair’s smiling faces are a welcome addition to any tea time.

vintage porcelain teapot

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If you want a teapot that’s less obvious but still conjures echoes of “Be Our Guest,” opt for one of these red-rose teapots: This vintage porcelain teapot featuring many roses from Willow Tree Chickadee or this long white, ribbed teapot featuring just one from My Vintage Alcove that’s both sleek and classic.

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Belle famously has until the petals of a rose shed to fall in love with the Beast, or his servants will remain imprisoned inside household objects. Before or after the film, get in the mood with rose-based teas. There are many options:

White Rose Loose tea from Numi Organic Tea

White Rose Loose tea from Numi Organic Tea combines white tea with rose buds for a sweet and fragrant low-caffeine cuppa.

This Rose Green Tea from Kusmi TeaThis Rose Green Tea from Kusmi Tea rolls Chinese green tea in rose petals for a floral take on the bitter Asian tea.
Rose Hips With Hibiscus from Traditional Medicines

Rose Hips With Hibiscus from Traditional Medicines uses rose hips to create a tea that Traditional Medicines promotes as “fruity, tangy, and refreshing.” But what exactly are rose hips? The rose hip is the red berry on the wild dog rose bush. Rose hips form after the petals fall off a dead rose and contain the rose’s seeds. Rose hips were used medicinally for centuries by the ancient Chinese, Greeks, Romans, and Persians, and are still in use today by herbalists. WebMD says that fresh rose hips are a good source of Vitamin C, and that this part of the plant has been used to treat ailments such as stomach problems, sciatica, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Rosebuds and Petals Tea from The Tea Spot

Rosebuds and Petals Tea from The Tea Spot contains rose buds and petals from Morocco. It is caffeine-free and described as “floral and tranquil.”

Twinnings Beauty and the Beast Collection

And Twinnings has a Beauty and the Beast Collection featuring four teas. Boxes contain 20 tea bags and are priced at $3.99. The flavors are: Pure Peppermint, Orange & Cinnamon Spice, Lemon & Ginger, and Camomile, Honey & Ginger.

Bonus:

red rose teapot necklace

This red rose teapot necklace from Stumbling on Sainthood is porcelain, handmade, and perfectly combines roses, tea, and fashion—three things that go perfectly with Belle.

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10 Innovative Tea Bag Designs

March 21, 2017

We’re used to seeing rectangular tea bags at the bottom of our teacup. No offense to the rectangle, but there’s a whole world of shapes and angles beyond the parallelogram to explore when crafting a tea bag or infuser. Like clay, tea bags are a medium for creatives to sculpt into small works of art. We’ve sourced 10 cool tea bags that will delight your senses and upgrade your tea drinking experience. Purchase or DIY, then enjoy!

1) Polaroid Frame Tea Bag Tagspolaroid-tea-bag

These adorable polaroid tea bag tags from Photojojo! are a fun DIY project to personalize your store-bought tea bags. With some card stock and photos, you can transform teatime into a miniature art gallery. This is a perfect way to enhance the theme at a bridal or family tea, and makes a great gift!

2) Fishermen Tea Bag Holderfishermen-tea-bag-holder

Ever feel like your tea bag’s missing a gaggle of fishermen? This holder from Kikkerland is here to help. Based on the Chinese legend of Jiang Taigang, a fisherman who believed that fish would come to him when they were ready, these tea bags holders evoke the virtue of patience as the fishermen hold your tea bag until it’s steeped. We could all use a good reminder to be patient, and these tea bags are the perfect cultural inspiration.

3) Hanger Tea Bagshanger-tea-bags

These tea bags from Yanko Design look like a t-shirt on a hanger, perfect for the guy or gal for whom a cup of tea is as essential as getting dressed in the morning. Sleek and simple, just hang the tea bag on the edge of your mug and add hot water.

4) Butterfly Tea Bag Tagsbutterfly-tea-bag

What could be more picturesque than a butterfly perched on your cup of tea? These DIY butterfly tea bag tags from Craftberry Bush add a touch of nature to your beverage. They’re a fun project for kids on Mother’s Day, or a great craft for a bachelorette tea party or gals’ function.

5) Arrow Through My Heart Tea InfuserArrow Through My Heart Tea Infuser

This silicone heart and arrow infuses a little romance into your cup of tea. Pack the heart with loose leaf tea and stir with the arrow. Feel the love as you sip alongside Cupid’s arrow.

6) Royal tea Bagsqueen-tea-bag

Great Britain and tea go together like PB & J. It only makes sense, then, that design company Donkey crafted a tea bag that makes your cup of tea the First Family’s Jacuzzi. When you want to class it up with some royal company, take your pick from Queen Elizabeth, Charles, Camilla, Harry, Will, and Kate tea bags.  Donkey also sells tea bags that look like Elvis, Holly Golightly, and Angela Merkel when you’re feeling cinematic or German.

7) Plane Tea Bagplane-tea-bag

Drinking tea makes your mind go places. Now your tea bag can match that contemplative state with a cute airplane tea bag from Tea Heritage. Let your mind wander to distant lands and ponder global ideas as you sip your plane-soaked brew.

8) Flower Tea Bagsfloral-tea-bags

These DIY flower tea bags from kipi add a stunning floral touch to teatime. Major bonus: it’s super easy! All you need is a pair of scissors, a bunch of flowers, and tea bags to give your beverage a pop of color and class.

9) Yellow Duckie Tea Infuserduck-tea-infuser

This duckie tea infuser brings the classic rubber duck to your cup of tea, perfect for the young tea drinker in your life, or one who’s young at heart.

10) Tea Bag Envelope & Notestea-bag-notes

These personalized DIY tea bag notes from Oh! Crafts are a great gift for the tea drinker in your life, or even for yourself when you need a cute little reminder like “be kind” or “relax.” Simply attach a mini envelope to a tea bag and insert a sweet or encouraging note, quote, or memory. Create a set as a gift, or make them now and then for your sweetheart, roommate, or parent for the occasional pick me up.

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Get Crafty: Creative DIY Mugs

March 18, 2016

You’re sitting at home and it’s a Saturday afternoon. You’ve watched pretty much everything on Netflix. There’s nothing on TV. You just finished that book and you’re itching to do something productive. So you decide, let me make something. You’re not in the mood to whip up a feast or bake, so what are you going to do? Get crafty and make a unique new mug to enjoy your next cup of tea, of course!

I know what you’re thinking… That sounds like a lot of work. But if you take a moment to toggle over to Pinterest, you’ll be almost overwhelmed with the variety of DIY mugs that are both professional-looking and easy to make. Here are some of our favorites:

If you’re like me, you have just enough artist skill to get by. I don’t know how to paint or draw very well, but I definitely learned to color in the lines. This metallic gold woodgrain print mug can be yours in a few easy steps.

What you will need to complete this project: plain mug, stencil, permanent marker, rubbing alcohol, q-tips, an oven, and a steady hand (optional).

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DIY Woodgrain Stencil Mug | Photo Credit: Desiree of The36thAvenue.com

Next we have two simple and unique techniques to creating your mug masterpiece. In the first DIY option from TheCountryChicCottage.com, you get to drip paint on a mug and blow on it through a straw. Careful it may cause lightheadedness and giggles, but it’s definitely fun! The second from CuteDIYProjects.com can be done simply with nail polish and warm water.

What you’ll need to complete the design below: plain mug, 3 colors of multi-surface paint, a straw, a feather.

Marbled Mug | Photo credit Angie of TheCountryChicCottage.com

Marbled Mug | Photo credit Angie of TheCountryChicCottage.com

So maybe you love the marbled style, but you don’t have paint handy. Remember all that old nail polish you love, but never wear anymore? Use it to make yourself a brand new mug.

What you’ll need to complete the design below: plain mug, 2-3 colors of nail polish, and a bowl of warm water deep enough to immerse the whole mug.

Watercolor Marbled Mug | Photo credit: CuteDIYProjects.com

Watercolor Marbled Mug | Photo credit: CuteDIYProjects.com

Maybe watercolor prints and woodgrain isn’t your thing. But perhaps you’ve got great penmanship, a steady-hand, and you love the smell of fresh sharpie in the morning! You can make yourself a custom sharpie design; take a crack at some of these.

What you’ll need to complete the designs below: plain mug, oil paint Sharpie markers, and creative flair!

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There are so many creative things to do with your mugs. And you’re only a few steps away from the satisfaction of a fresh cup of tea and knowing you’ve made a unique mug that can never be replicated the exact same way again. Share some of your favorite designs with us in the comments.

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Things You Need for the Perfect Tea Kit

January 4, 2016

 

So you want be a tea lover? If tea isn’t your cup of tea (I had to), you probably just haven’t found your flavor yet. In addition to finding the right blend, getting the right tools and accessories is essential to perfecting your tea kit. From tea sets to spoons and mugs, this list will give you an idea of some of the basics to getting your tea kit together.

tea set

Tea care

Whether it’s loose tea or bagged tea, everybody has their own preference. If you’re a die-hard tea lover like myself, you’ll want to dedicate a drawer or cupboard to different types of tea. If you don’t have a cupboard, a small shelf will do. Like we mentioned earlier, there is really a tea for every mood, so stock up on your favorites and try to get a variety.

Here are some example variety packs to get you a head start:

This Bigelow Set of tea is perfect for those looking to begin their sets and try out different flavors at a reasonable price.

This sampler comes in a chic jar and has a wide variety of top-quality flavors.

For those of you looking to explore loose tea, this sampler is the perfect way to expose your palate to the rare and delicate flavors that are out there. Plus they come in airtight, non-clear containers which prevents the teas from getting stale.

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Mug

Now hopefully you already have some, but a good mug is just as essential as the tea you’re drinking.

If you’re on the go, invest in a reusable to-go cup like this one.

Classic Porcelain tea sets are always in style too.

Want a cute mug specifically built for tea? This is your mug.

Some mugs even have built in tea-infusers.

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Teapot

This Chinese-inspired teapot acts as the perfect decor for your kitchen and of course does its job well. With intricate details and unique color, it will definitely be a staple in your kit.

You can never go wrong with a classic white porcelain teapot to serve tea in or to keep it warm for your guests.

Tea strainer

For those of you who prefer loose tea, you’ll need a good quality infuser to get the best taste possible. Luckily, there are all sorts of tea infusers, many with cute, decorative charm to them too.

With their leaf handle to pull in and out of the mug, these infusers focus on functionality.

Who could resist this manatee infuser?!

A spoonful of sugar

Having a stash of milk, honey and sugar is essential to perfect your tea. I prefer some plain and other with a dash of sweetness, either way, I keep my set within close proximity to my cupboard. Milk and sugar are the obvious go-to’s but there are plenty of alternative options like almond milk, agave and stevia.

These cute dishes will add charm to whatever you may want to keep near your tea.

These saucers would be the perfect set up for your tea additives.

tea spoon

Spoon

Yes, a regular old spoon will work, but these cute spoons are just too tempting and they’re custom hand stamped.

With these items, you’re on your way to becoming a tea connoisseur in no time. Like we said before, if you think you don’t like tea, you just haven’t found the right one quite yet.

Did we miss anything? Let us know by commenting your must have tea kit items!

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Top Accessories for Tea Lovers

December 16, 2015

Whether you’re just getting into tea or have been a lifelong fan, you’ve probably encountered the excessive amount of tea accessories. From the essentials like mugs and strainers to the extravagant tea sets and teapots, there really is something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of the best accessories for any type of tea lover.

Mugs

Our favorite mug sites are from Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Etsy. We love how quirky, classic, and cozy their mugs are without compromising quality. Whichever mug you may fancy, we’re sure they’ll add a little pep to your daily cup (or cups) of tea.

Check out these gems we’ve fallen in love with:

monogram mugs

Anthropologies’ monogram mugs are timeless and a staple to anyone’s cupboard. It seems like every time I’m at someone’s house, I spot one of these. They really have become a trademark for Anthropologie and will never go out of style. Their perfect thumb whole makes for an easy grip, too!

blooms mug

Also from Anthropologie, these hand-painted teacups are vibrant and will spruce up any cup of tea! The delicate but colorful patterns will also brighten up any kitchen as decoration. These cups really make us want to sit down and have our own little tea party.

elephant mug

This elephant mug from Urban Outfitters will melt your heart as you sip your tea. The little tea bag compartment will save you the trip to the trash can if you get comfortable with your tea but decide it’s time to stop brewing. And we love how cute but definitely not cheesy this design is– after all we are trying to be grown ups drinking tea, right?

octopus mug

Etsy has a wide selection of mugs ranging from custom to quirky and classic. This octopus mug is sure to add some excitement to your morning. Depending on the tea you’re drinking, the octopus won’t be visible until you are about half way done with your cup, so drink up!

donut mug

Channel your inner Homer Simpson while drinking from this Etsy pink sprinkle donut mug. This mug has the classic shape design with a classic donut featured, what’s not to love?

Kitchen decor

Show your love for tea to visitors of your home with these cute decor pieces.

but first tea

While this phrase is usually associated with “But first, coffee” tea lovers deserve some love too. We love the black framed decorative text for a subtle and classy expression of tea love. We think placing this in the kitchen next to your tea kit would be adorable, but really it would look great anywhere!

tea by hattie ellis

Whether for your living room coffee table, tea table or your own reference, we love all the facts and suggestions in “Tea” by Hattie Ellis. If you think you know everything about tea, you’ve got to think again. This book taught us things we never thought we needed to know! With tips on exactly how long to brew certain types of tea, how to store tea, and where certain teas come from, you’re bound to learn something new.

pumpkin tea set

Love pumpkins and fall? Love DIY? Well, we have found the project for you. This pumpkin tea set is the perfect display to showing off your crafty skills, love for tea and, most importantly, you get to enjoy your own cup of pumpkin tea. Why waste time carving a pumpkin that you can’t get a cup of tea out of anyway? Not to mention, this blogger has a killer recipe for pumpkin chai lattes to put in your new tea set.

Spruce up your cup

cup sleeve

Still want the coziness of a cup in your hand as you rush off to that morning meeting?  Don’t fret, this to go cup sweater is here to solve your problems! We also love that this cover is so eco-friendly. Think about all the paper those disposable heat guards use! (A lot) And this really does add up. Take this cup sweater with you to Starbucks, or use it for your home-brew. Cozy, stylish, and eco-friendly!

tea spoon

Using the right spoon to stir your tea is essential, and this hand stamped spoon will do just the trick. For that cup of tea that needs honey, milk, or sugar, why not get a designated tea spoon? Or even just use it as display in your kitchen! Hand-stamped and one of a kind, these spoons are the key to perfecting that cup of tea.

christmas tea spoon

‘Tis the season for cute tea spoons! These spoons from Etsy are the perfect way to embrace the holiday season. Perfect for display and functionality, these spoons are sure to spark some sort of conversation with guests. While cozying up to the fire with your festive mug and perhaps Candy Cane tea, why not have your tea spoon be festive too?

To wear

tea beanie

Show your love for your favorite drink by wearing it on your head! Super soft and handmade in Peru, this beanie will add charm to any outfit. Fellow tea lovers will flock to you as you walk down the street in your warm, cute, and quirky beanie wherever you may be.

tea necklace

If you love cross stitching and jewelry, this hand embroidered necklace is for you. The cross stitch pendant is made to order — bound to be one of a kind. Subtle, with a hint of vintage feel, and of course quirkiness will be added to any outfit with the help of this necklace.

We love finding any opportunity possible to show our love for tea and these accessories make it a tad easier to do.

Have any favorites that you want to share? Let us know in the comments below.