So I settled in with an assortment of teas to get inspired. My favorites are Yogi teas. I really like the flavors. But by far the best part is the little tag.
|Wow. How DOES my tea know that is what I needed to hear tonight?|
I can remember when I first found one of those little tags. It felt like a wonderful little secret message from the Universe just for me. Sort of like a fortune cookie. Except that it actually made grammatical sense. I started pulling all those little tags off and adding them to a small glass mason jar. It is stuffed full of these tiny words of wisdom. If you have ever ordered anything from me you know that I like to include them in my hand written note to you. I actually just reach into the little jar and pull one out as it is truly what I like to call a RAW, or Random Act of Wisdom.
So when I thought about what I loved about tea, I kept coming back to those little tags. Yogi Tea has sort of spoiled me for others, like Tazo or good ol' Lipton. Not that they aren't great teas. I just feel sort of cheated when I open a tea bag and there is not a little message of positivity and hope. In fact, I think that each one I open is the perfect message for me in that moment.
So that is what I set out to replicate. I took some little square blanks and stamped a two part message on each. Then I scruboodled them a bit (only a real term - in my mind!) with a coarse scrubbing block. I dribbled three different colors of alcohol inks on them for that tea-stained look, sealed with a fixative. A wee bit of stray chain attached - et voila! Tea-Stained Wisdom earrings are born!
|Good Things Happen Over Tea|
A Cup of Tea Makes Life Better
Where There's Tea, There's Hope
Enjoy Life Sip by Sip
Okay. I just have to share this artist that I found. Her name is Ruby Silvious and she has an Instagram project that is being released as a book later in 2016 called 365 Days of Tea. This artist paints on used tea bags as her canvas. Brilliant! These images are perfect in their simplicity and charming in their subject matter. Isn't that incredible? If anyone is looking for a perfect gift for me, this would be it! ;-)
Your turn! Let's see what you made inspired by our May Tea Party!
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