The Joy of Loose Leaf Teas

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I love tea. For me tea is the most wildly wonderful creation for sipping – other than chocolate martinis, of course! It’s perfect breakfast or an afternoon delight and is always soothing when I’ve had a rough day. I prefer hand blended loose leaf teas above and beyond all others, though sadly my first and fondest tea artist is no longer in the business. I now shop from Tea for All Reasons when in need of a restock, as she’s also from Virginia, and produces a lovely variety of loose leaf black tea blends, my favorite of which is Cream Earl Grey. I’m always on the lookout for new tea artists, however, and I love to try new products and creators.

2007 You Le Mountain Anicent Tree Tea Buds Loose Leaf Green Puerh

I have also found that T-Sac Filters make the most wonderful, eco-friendly tea bags for my loose leaf teas and highly recommend them. You can buy them from Mountain Rose Herbs along with organic herbs perfect for making your own teas. Mountain Rose Herbs also carries a surprisingly flavorful and interesting rice tea called Genmaicha Tea, which was introduced to me by one of my fellow tea lovers. Genmaicha is a Japanese classic which includes a stunning combination of whole, fresh Green Sencha leaves combined with sweet, roasted organic brown rice. If you’ve never tried Genmaicha, I highly recommend it as well.

<pstyle=”text-align: justify;”>In celebration of my love of tea, I’ve put together a collection of posts related to tea – everything from tub tea for the bath to crafting your own cup of tea. I hope they bring you as almost as much enjoyment as your own, favorite cup of tea.

Quotable Tea Bags. Check out this free downloadable template from Shrimp Salad Circus for making your own tea bag tags with quotes. These would be perfect for gifting teas to a friend.

Bath Tub Tea. When you’re stressed, bath teas can really make a difference. It’s a reason to spend time alone and the aromatherapy properties of the herbs used can help ease your stress away. Learn how to create your own soothing bath tea mixture in decorative “heart” sealed tea bags from In Words and Pictures. Also try these recipes found on Soap Deli News for a Tropical Tea Soak and Cold Comfort Bath. There’s also a diy from Martha Stewart for creating tub teas for gifts as well as a tutorial for making bath teas as party or wedding favors from Inspired Taste.

Make Your Own Tea. With a little knowledge and research, you can easily start on the path towards making your own herbal teas. Playing Learning and Going Home to Roost both have simple instructions for getting you started on making your own teas.

And, if you’ll be making your own teas, you may want to make your own tea bags as well. If you’re good at sewing, Lillyella Blog has a photo tutorial for stitching your own re-usable, eco-friendly tea bags on a sewing machine using untreated fabric. For those of you who prefer to hand stitch or don’t have access to a sewing machine, Design*Sponge has craft tutorial for making heart shaped tea bags with the tea inside. And finally, Merriment Design offers a diy for crafting handsewn fabric teabags for loose tea favors. There’s even a free tea bag template and printable matching tea tents for display.

Looking for unique ways to store your loose leaf teas? Wit & Whistle has a diy for Tea Storage Jars made from mason jars and lids painted with chalkboard paint. With each new blend, you can re-label the jar quickly and easily. While Style Me Pretty has a tutorial for labeling tins filled with tea for wedding favors.

Want more tea inspired ideas? Then check out this idea for DIY Tea Painted Cards with Free Printable from Creature Comforts. Thanks for sharing my tea “collection” with me. If you know of other fun uses for tea, please feel free to share them in the comments! In the meantime, if you’d like to keep up with more of my “fun” tea finds, the follow my Everything Tea Board on Pinterest.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Ideas

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Chalkboard paint has become all the rage. And these DIY chalkboard paint ideas are no exception. I love using chalkboard paint to create unique home decor pieces.

It’s so easy to personalize upcycled bottles or makeover furniture and other home objects with chalkboard paint. In fact the possibility of DIY chalk board ideas are seemingly endless.

Upcycled DIY Chalkboard Painted Bottles

I love this idea for spray painting wine bottles and then personalizing them with a faux label or design.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Ideas. I love this idea for spray painting wine bottles and then personalizing them with a faux label or design. These DIY chalkboard paint bottles can be used simply as decorative home accent pieces, vases for your favorite flowers or even as pricing structures for store products.

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These DIY chalkboard paint bottles can be used simply as decorative home accent pieces, vases for your favorite flowers or even as pricing structures for store products.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Ideas

Following are a few more of my favorite DIY chalkboard paint ideas that are easy to craft and simple to love!

DIY chalkboard paint ideas you'll want to make right now. I love using chalkboard paint to create unique home decor pieces. It's so easy to personalize upcycled bottles or makeover furniture and other home objects with chalkboard paint. In fact the possibility of DIY chalk board ideas are seemingly endless.

1. Chalkboard Door. This door is painted with magnetic chalkboard paint making it perfect for the kitchen or office. Write notes or pin schedules, coupons and recipes with a magnet! (Source.)

2. Chalkboard Sign. Create a mini sign to show the way to your wedding or party. (Source.)

3. Chalkboard Storage Cabinet. Cover your child’s cabinet or night stand with chalkboard paint and provide them with a place they can safely draw on the furniture! Or spice oup your own furniture thrift store finds and create decorative drawings that match your decor and can be changed whenever the mood strikes. (Source.)

4. Framed Chalkboard. Re-purpose an old frame or mirror with a bit of paint, then hang on your wall for a handy spot to keep notes. (Source.)

5. Custom Color Chalkboard Paint. Customize your chalkboard paint by mixing white chalkboard paint in with the black. Use the different colors to create a memo board or calendar that can be re-used time and again. (Source.)

6. Chalkboard Labels. Use chalkboard paint to create unique labels such as these which have been spiced up with a little DecoArt Thick Texture Paint. Adhere to jars and containers. (Source.)

7. Chalkboard Serving Tray. Cover a tray with chalkboard paint to make serving fun! (Source.)

Have chalkboards made their way into your home yet? What unique projects utilizing chalkboard paint are your favorite and have they made organization easier for you?

Budget savvy wedding rings that look anything but cheap.

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My cousin got married yesterday and that got me thinking about less traditional wedding rings. Sam and her husband had simple gold bands with their names engraved in them. Sam & William for hers and William and Sam for his. With the economy still in a crunch, lots of couples may be looking for a way to scale back on the cost of a wedding and perhaps, even the cost of the rings as well. That doesn’t mean your rings can’t stand out.
In fact, there are wedding bands that not only take the cake, but come in under $1000. I took the time to seek out some amazing hand crafted rings that not only look amazing, but are also budget savvy. Don’t be afraid to do something a little different, especially if you’re able to put more heart into it than diamonds.

Wedding Place Card Holder/Favor Tutorial

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This tutorial was written by and is reprinted courtesy of Kat’s Krafts.

Need a cute, fun, inexpensive idea for wedding favors/place card holders?

These fun embellished clothespin magnets are the perfect idea; they’re super simple to put together and look great!
(Watch for them on theknot.com’s upcoming do-it-yourself blog!)

Also, if you’re not keen on doing-it yourself or don’t have the time, I’d be happy to put together a custom order for you. Check out my etsy shop – katskrafts.etsy.com

Materials Needed

Clothespins
Magnets
Mod Podge
Diamond Glaze (or hot glue)
Decorative paper
Ink Pad
Ribbon (optional)
Scissors/paper trimmer
Small foam brush

Step 1
Trim decorative paper to just smaller than clothespin side. You will need 2 strips of paper for each clothespin. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge along each side of the clothespin (using the foam brush) and adhere the paper to it, pressing out any air bubbles.
Step 2
Using an ink pad and a light touch, distress the outer edges of the clothespin. Allow to dry.
Step 3
Spread another thin layer of Mod Podge over the clothespin sides, to seal, making sure to cover all of the paper edges. Allow to dry. Apply a second coat, if desired.
Step 4
Adhere the magnet to the back side of the clothespin using Diamond Glaze (recommended) or hot glue. Press firmly until the magnet is secure, or the magnet will be attracted to the metal of the spring and may rip your paper. The best position for ease of use as a magnet is just above the spring. Neodymium magnets offer the strongest pull and can be ordered online from many reputable sellers.
Step 5
Tie ribbon onto the clothespin, or embellish any way you see fit! (Other neat ideas include rhinestones, a monogram, or silk flower with button center.) These work wonderfully as place card holders and are a fabulously fun and functional wedding favor!
Kat’s Kraft’s is home of the Wedding Cootie Catcher where you’ll find fun and unique wedding favors, place cards, menus and programs.
Each cootie layout is as unique as the couple they are designed for. They are personalized with everything to suit each couple’s theme from the paper (there are over 50 colors available!) to the font, the design, and the wording, to the outer names/images, etc. Personalized with questions about you and your fiancé, your guests will be delighted to get to know more about you two as a couple while they mingle with others. (ex.- Where did the bride and groom meet?) This is perfect for that time when they are waiting on you at the reception venue as you take those all-important wedding photos. Another fun idea is to use these as “dares” to get the party started! (ex.- Ask a stranger to dance.) Learn more about these unique and fun favors at Kat’s Krafts.