Saturday, August 29, 2020

Teapot Wind Chime

I am so excited about my wind chime!  I made it for less than $11.00


While out on a Wednesday Wanderings I saw this teapot wind chime for $69.  I thought it was super cool, but figured I could make it for cheaper.




I went to just one thrift store and right away found this great tea pot for $7.00!!!
I was so excited!  It had four legs and I knew that would be perfect to hang 4 spoons.  The store had exactly 4 spoons left for sale.


I took it to my parents and had my dad put hole in the feet and spoons.  He also put one hole in the handle to help hang it.


I purchased the tea pot for $7, the 4 spoons for .83, and the wire for $3.  I had all the other supplies- fishing line, beads, and S hook.


I tied the beads on to the fishing line and tied one end to the tea pot and one end to the spoon.




I hung on my front porch.  I love the sound it makes when the spoons collide together.






Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Goldberry Roasting Company, Withywindle Herbal Tea



I was super excited to visit my friends coffee shop.  Especially when I learned that their signature tea blend had arrived.   The store has not even been open a full year yet and you can see that they are growing and expanding. I love seeing how this venture has worked out for them. What a blessing.

The coffee and tea (hibiscus and lemongrass) currently come from origins all over the world. Goldberry plans to source much of its coffee and tea components from the Sierra Norte de Puebla region of Mexico in the near future.  Goldberry works with the farmers there and their sister company, Coffee Growing Community. At least 10% of Goldberry's profits goes back to helping the Coffee Growing Community. This money helps provide spiritual. economical and social development in the Sierra Norte de Puebla communities.



I was super excited to visit my friends coffee shop.  Especially when I learned that their signature tea blend had arrived.  They work with a company, Loosen Up, who has helped blend this tea for them.


They have additional seating in the room next door. The area is bright and spacious. 


Pete, Doug, Amy, and I

This is my friend, Doug.  He and his son run this family business.  


We were able to see how the roaster worked.  It was amazing to see how the coffee process comes together. They have an incredible thing going here.  And even though I don't drink coffee I love the aroma....and the aroma here was incredible.


Amy and I purchased some of the new tea. We found it delicious!  You get the bright, tart notes from the hibiscus.  You get the sweeter notes from the lemon grass.  Then there is a bit of citrus that comes in from the orange and lime too.  These all blend well with lightly sour notes of the rose hips and the sweet lightly spicy notes of the cinnamon. I was a big fan of this tea.


When served you get a cup and a tea pot of tea.  The tea pot has a tea steeper that pulls out.  After 3-5 minutes you can pull the tea out.  The longer it steeps the darker and richer it becomes from the hibiscus.  



You can purchase their tea at the cafe.




Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Brewed Awakenings, Iced Chai with coconut, Vermilion OH



Wednesday Wanderings led my friend and I to Vermilion.  We tried Brewed Awakenings.  We had never been here before, but we really enjoyed it.  

We were the only ones who ate inside, but several people came in and out and got food and drink to go.  I was glad to see that they were doing well.  This cafe just opened in 2018.  If you are in the area come check it out. 


I got an iced chai with coconut to drink- it was really delicious.
The staff was super helpful as I tried to make up my mind with my drink order.  I asked lots of questions about the drinks and what they could make and what they had.


The bagel sandwiches were yummy.  I got a warm chicken salad on an Asiago bagel.  It hit the spot!!


Next door was resale shop. I saw this fun wind chime.  It became an inspiration piece to make.




Monday, August 24, 2020

Everlasting Cup Iced Chai, Mt Vernon Ohio



It was a beautiful Wednesday and my friend and I headed down to Mt Vernon to visit another friend.  We had a nice lunch at Everlasting Cup.

I had an ice Chai, which I believe was an Oregon Chai.  It was okay.   I am just not a huge fan of the Oregon Chai liquid base.  I used to really like it, but I think I had it too much and I just got tired of it.  I also like my chai a little spicier. 



The restaurant closed at 1, but they told us we could come to the drive thru and get free refills.  I had gotten a half and half iced tea, so I went to the drive thru to get my refill.  While I waited I did a little dancing for my friends....

We then headed to the Ariel Foundation Park.  It was super cool!!!




We climbed up the tower.  It was a gorgeous day to be out.



The three of us are celebrating our 30th class reunion this year.  And my one friend and I met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since. 


This is a great place to walk around.  And the lakes near by are great too!





Sunday, August 23, 2020

tea, cat, card, and flowers


I am enjoying flowers from my garden along with my purple Butterfly Pea Tea.

If you have not had Butterfly Pea Blossoms tea, you should try it!  
I make it with Butterfly Pea blossoms, Lavender blossoms, and Mint.  Then I mix it with lemonade (like an Arnold Palmer) and it becomes this beautiful purple color.



I got this fun new cup.  It matches my cat, Earl Grey.
He gives it his full approval!




I received this fun beautiful card from my friend when my Uncle passed away.  I just love the colors and the tea pot and tea cup on it!