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24 Days of Tea Holiday Countdown – Day 24 from Teanzo 1856

Here we are, folks!  This is the last day of my countdown with tea from Teanzo 1856!  It’s been fun counting down the days to Christmas with this Advent Calendar and trying some pretty tasty teas along the way!  I’m really happy that I had this opportunity to try a new Advent Calendar! For today’s artistic inspiration, I chose another piece that I created for a swap that I hosted one year.  It was the first year in a long time that I had what I call a “full size” tree – before that, money was really tight and we Read More

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24 Days of Tea Holiday Countdown – Day 23 from Teanzo 1856

It’s day 23 … are you finished with your shopping yet?  (Please don’t ask.) For today’s artistic inspiration, I am featuring this rustic heart ornament from Gwynn Thoma.  I’m not entirely sure, but it looks as though the panels were felted and then stuffed and hand sewn together.  It’s really lovely and I love the way it looks on my tree.  Since about 95% of the ornaments on my tree are all handmade, I love the way this ornament really seems to define that idea.  It looks simple and rustic, but I love the charm that it brings to my Read More

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24 Days of Tea Holiday Countdown – Day 22 from Teanzo 1856

The big day is almost here.  Just two days left to shop for it! Today’s artistic inspiration comes from another 12 Days of Christmas swap.  This ornament was created by Autumn.  (Sorry, Autumn, I didn’t take note of your last name!)  This is really a cool ornament.  It’s difficult to tell from the photo (and the photo isn’t the greatest anyway!) but the base of the ornament is a juice concentrate lid.  You know, the stuff you get in the freezer section of the grocery store in the cardboard cylinders with metal ends?  Autumn took the metal ends and made Read More

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24 Days of Tea Holiday Countdown – Day 21 from Teanzo 1856

We’re getting there!  This 24 days has gone by so quickly – it’s already day 21!  Can you believe it?  This year is almost gone – a new one about to begin! For today’s artistic inspiration, I sorted through some of my old photos online and I came across some altered dominoes that I created.  I altered a bunch of dominoes (the back of the domino is a really neat surface to use as a canvas for artwork) and I turned them into little ornaments and sold them one year at the Christmas Bazaar in Ridgefield, WA.  That was more Read More

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24 Days of Tea Holiday Countdown – Day 20 from Teanzo 1856

Wow – it’s Day 20.  I can’t believe it.  You know what that means, don’t you?  There are only 5 days until the day we’ve all been waiting for gets here, and there are only 4 days left to actually shop to prepare for that day! Today’s artistic inspiration comes from Regina Zyry.  It’s one of the coolest paper ornaments for the tree that I have!  The backing is crafted out of “fan folded” paper.  It’s really lovely and I love the way it looks on the tree.  The sparkly glitter in the center of the ornament shimmers when the Read More