It goes without saying that a big part of drinking tea is the smell and taste of a good brew, but sometimes the presentation and design of the product can be a nice diversion. This tea from Nunshen arrived in a sleek, modern, well-designed packet. The bilingual instructions come with plenty of stylish symbols alongside the English and French, describing the temperature, brew times, leaf type, and the mood of the tea (Chai du Kerala is marked as, “relaxing”). The muslin teabag adds a soft, handmade touch to the whole experience.
The dry tea and the brew both smell strongly of natural cinnamon sticks, warming up the whole room. It’s a chai tea, and it has the expected heat and spice without being too cluttered. This tea is deceptively fragrant, following me around the house from the kettle to my chair in wafting waves of cinnamon. There is not too much ginger, just enough to add dimension to the cinnamon flavor, and both spices meld well with the earthy, malty, black tea base.
The tea’s package even numbers the blend, like a perfume or a vintage. Chai du Kerala is no. 91 in the flavor listing from Nunshen. With a sleek design and quality tea, I can’t way to try all the other numbered flavors!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Nunshen
Description: Love, healing and happiness go hand in hand as you sip on this unique blend. Hints of citrus and earthy tones will recover peace of mind and restore your well being.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Design a Tea
About Design a Tea:
Design a Tea brings choice to the marketplace. The simple concept of offering choices is the number one difference between Design a Tea and other artisan tea blending companies. Who doesn’t like choices in life? The feeling of creating and personalizing a product you order. We want consumers that deal with us to know they are dealing with a caring company. Caring, in that we hand package each order, and we pride ourselves on customer service.
Learn more about designing your own tea here.
Design a Tea has a free sample offer, which allows you to design your own tea flavor and try it out … free! All you pay is $1 postage. I figured I’d give it a shot. The two flavors that I created were My Pacific Northwest Blend (Apple Hazelnut Green Tea) and this one. When I tasted the Apple Hazelnut Tea, I felt that the flavors were a little more subtle than I would have liked. Something that I learned as a tea artist is that the flavors need time to “cure,” and I think that the subtle flavor had a little something to do with the fact that I tried it as soon as I received it!
With this tea, I decided to hold off on it and try it at least three weeks after I received it. Now, it’s actually closer to two months later, so I think I’m safe!
And I’m really glad I waited! This is really a tasty combination. The black tea is delicious. It has a certain boldness to it without being overpowering. It is rich and pleasant tasting.
And the flavors are good and strong this time around! I taste the maple (yum) and the zabaglione. It tastes creamy and sweet.
It was fun designing my own tea with Design a Tea, and I’m really thrilled with how this one turned out. I like it so much that I may just end up getting a full-sized package of this tea.
Tea Time Digital Stamps
Jessica Leigh Gill
To create my spread (you can get a sneak peek of it below), I first created my collage/mixed media background using patterned paper, vintage text, gesso, Golden Acrylic Paints and Lumiere paints … and a whole lot of layers! Then I let it dry overnight.
I printed the two images onto vellum paper, and then I colored in the images using colored pencils. Then I tore around the edges of the images, and adhered them to my dried background. I then chose a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, and embellished with ribbon, fabric flowers, sequins and brads.
It was a pretty simple collage, really, but I’m really happy with the way it turned out. The photo doesn’t reveal how sparkly the collage really is (from the Lumiere paints). I just hope that my friend that I’m sending this book to will enjoy the book as much as I am enjoying creating it… and how much I am enjoying using these digital stamps. They add the perfect touch to my project, don’t you think?
Designer: Tainted Sweets
Where to Buy: MyGrafico
Alice in Wonderland Patchwork!
Nine seperate 8×8 cute and colorful Alice in Wonderland squares!
Great for quilts, wall art, glass blocks and so much more!
When I received this Alice Patchwork set created by Tainted Sweets, I was thrilled! I love Alice in Wonderland, and this was such an adorable interpretation.
After giving it some thought, I knew just what I wanted to do! I decided to make a greeting card set with them. The graphics are large (8×8), so, I had to adjust the size on them. I used the image of the Mad Hatter, The Dormouse, and the Teapot/Teacups for a set of three.
I printed the adjusted squares onto cardstock which I then cut out. I ran my Krylon Gold Leafing pen around the edges of the square, and then I layered the square onto some coordinating scrapbook paper that I had on hand. I used some foam mounting tape for the printed images to give the card a little dimension, and added a few rhinestones to each card for some sparkle.
These were a lot of fun to make, and I really like how they turned out. I will be sending these out to some on-line Tea Friends, but, I think a full set (using all 9 images!) would make a great gift for someone special!
MyGrafico is a great website – loaded with tons of images. Check them out for your next artsy project!
Romantic old fashion vintage china clip art set available in JPEG, PNG, and EPS Format.
Where To Buy:
Direct Link to this product in their shop is located HERE
Romantic old fashion vintage china clip art set, ideal for crative paper craft for invitation cards or any other card designs. Retro pots ant teacups with original retro stylish decoration.
Format: EPS (editable with Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw)
300dpi JPEG and 300dpi transparent PNG
Product Review from TeaEqualsBliss:
Anne and I are not only into tea and writing we are both into arts and crafts. A couple of weeks ago we were chatting about a few new features to SororiTEA Sisters and we decided to include Tea Related Art and Crafting Supplies and Outlets within our Product Reviews!
We felt there was a lack of joining the two interests – Tea and Arts/Crafts – online and on other Tea Review Sites so we decided since we try and include anything and everything TEA here at SororiTEA Sisters we would incorporate them here from time to time.
I have been a fan of the designers over at MyGraficO for quite some time! I have been and are on a few design teams and can’t get enough of their Digital Stamps, Clip Art, Digital Papers, etc. Lately I have noticed that MyGraficO has one of the better selections of Tea Related Digital Arts & Craft Components online. This made me VERY HAPPY!
As you can see from the images above I decided to make a card from this set! I make at least 3 Handmade Cards a week and I’m always looking for Tea Clipart and Digital Stamps to incorporate in my projects! I have been getting into some hybrid and altered paper projects as well and I’m sure I will blog about that down the road. There are some really neat things you can do with these sets! I have made Tea Swap Envelopes, Packages, Storage Containers, Album Title Pages, Altered Boxes and Tins, the list goes on and on!
Anyways, I hope you like my first card. And I hope you take a moment to visit MyGraficO! There are TONS of things on that site! The Designers are great and the shop owner is even a TEA FAN herself!
If you would like to read more about Digital Stamps – what they are – and how to use them – take a look at this article!
Stay tuned to SororiTEA Sisters for more Tea Related Arts and Crafts along with more Tea Product Reviews!