Some of my holiday wishes have definitely come true, with lots of delicious holiday tea blends in my cupboard. I was even lucky enough to get a tea advent calendar this year (mine is from Plum Deluxe). With plenty of festive tea brewing in my mug, my tea dreams now turn towards tea accessories.
I feel like I’m taking more pictures of tea than ever (and tagging them with #365daysoftea). My tea leaves would get to show off their color and shape in a clear glass teapot like this one from Bluebird Tea or this one from Teaposy. There’s always something cozy about my favorite ceramic teapot, but having a clear glass teapot would make my tea shelf more elegant, and make for more eye-catching tea pictures in the new year.
Daruma Good Luck Canister
I was looking into fun tea storage options when I came upon the Daruma Good Luck tea canister— with a face! Apparently these canisters have a tradition where their eyes are blank at the beginning. When you first get the canister, add one eye and set a goal for yourself. When you achieve the goal, you can add the other eye. It’s never too late to learn more about tea-related traditions. As we enter the time for resolutions, setting a goal seems like the appropriate thing to do. Maybe I will get some extra motivation from setting the goal with a Daruma’s eyes.
Fortune Telling Teacup
Fortune telling and tea leaves have a long history, but I wasn’t aware of just how many teacups are made just for that divining purpose. There are some great fortune telling teacups on Etsy. I’m enchanted by the aesthetic of these teacups. Some cups are laid out with playing card designs, others have zodiac symbols, some have mysterious pictographs I don’t recognize, and some of the fancier ones have full illustrations. I would probably need some tea-reading lessons along with the teacups before I can really look into my future and plan ahead for the new year.
Whether or not I’ll be telling fortunes in the new year, I will definitely continue brewing tea!
Oh, hey, Santa!
It’s Mary! It’s been a while, I get it. If it helps, let me jog your memory: big curly hair, nerdy glasses, asked for a pet hamster every single Christmas from ages 4-7? Yup. I’m back!
This year, though, there aren’t any furry creatures on my wish list. (Okay, maybe a puppy. Always a puppy.) I’ve got a big ole’ tea cabinet full of goodies, Santa, and I need some things to compliment my cuppa!
First things first: I’m a girl on the go, Mr. Claus. And I’m sick of finding myself without easy access to tea whenever and wherever I need it. The perfect remedy? This adorable, snappy travel bag to toss some spare bags in for sipping anywhere!
Next, let’s talk practicality. Have you ever tried to hold a cup that you’ve just poured boiling hot water into? Exactly. Ouch. This adorable cozy knit mug sleeve wouldn’t just look cute on my cup, it’d be functional to boot.
Did I say I already had a packed tea cabinet, Santa? I mean, I could probably make some room for this Harry Potter-themed tea sampler in there. Especially with the recent release of Fantastic Beasts. Have you seen it? SO GOOD. Take Mrs. Claus on a date night! You know, after the 25th.
Lastly, Old St. Nick, what would my list be without an adorable new mug to sip my drinks from? I don’t know about you, but I like my mugs BIG. For lots of tea and maximum cozy-factor. This adorable ceramic hand-thrown mug checks all my mug-requirement boxes.
What’s that, Santa? I’ve got room for one more thing on my list? Twist my arm, why don’tcha. This gorgeous set of cream and sugar bowls would look perfect on the counter next to our teapot. And you know me– with how I take my tea, these bowls would never be full for long!
And BONUS, Santa– everything on my list is from independently owned Etsy shops! Support small businesses AND fill my Christmas stocking? It’s a win-win. And when you pop down the chimney on 12/24, I’ll be the girl with the big curly hair and giant nerd glasses in the corner sipping a cuppa. You’ll recognize me. 😉 Merry happy!