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Monday, August 30, 2010

Tea Info

Compliments of Wikipedia, here is a short synopsis of the History of Tea . . .

Tea is the agricultural product of the leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of the Camellia sinensis plant, prepared and cured by various methods. "Tea" also refers to the aromatic beverage prepared from the cured leaves by combination with hot or boiling water, and is the common name for the Camellia sinensis plant itself.

After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, astringent flavour which many enjoy.

There are at least six varieties of tea: white, yellow, green, oolong, black and pu-erh of which the most commonly found on the market are white, green, oolong, and black. All teas are made from the same species of plant, though different varieties may be used, and the leaves are processed differently, and, in the case of fine white tea, grown differently. Pu-erh Tea, a post-fermented tea, is also often used medicinally.

The term "herbal tea" usually refers to an infusion of leaves, flowers, fruit, herbs, or other plant material that contains no Camellia sinensis. The term "red tea" refers to an infusion made from either black tea (mainly in Chinese, Korean, Japanese and other East Asian Languages) or the South African rooibos plant (containing no Camellia sinensis).

~ thanks to Wikipedia ~

more later . . .

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tea Trivet

I love to weave ribbon tea/coffee trivets, so much so that I've written a poem, and here are a few photos of the trivets -

Tribute to Trivets
by gretchen

T - Tut, tut, Terri twittered,
R - Riveting, raved Rita,
I - Impart imagination!
V - Ventured Victor - Vivacious!
E - Edie exclaimed - Exotic and extrao
T - To tea trivets, terrific!

many smiles . . .

: )

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tea Lovely

a dear little tea poem by Lee Scott, c. 1998 - I've tweaked it just a bit . . .


Come and sit with me and we'll have tea
And talk of things that were and things that are to be
Of places we will go and things that we will see
Just the two of us,
My dear and me . . .

If I live to be a hundred
I shall never richer be
Than when I share your dazzling presence
And together we sip tea.

Lee Scott
c. 1998

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Greg Mortenson - "Three Cups of Tea"

"one man's mission to promote peace . . . one school at a time."

Perhaps you've heard of the New York Times bestseller, Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson. He is from Montana, a renowned mountain climber, and in 1993, following an attempt to climb K2, lost and injured, wandered into a very poor Pakistani village. He was embraced, sheltered, and cared for with great kindness. He has since returned to Pakistan and Afghanistan and with the leadership, labor, and love of the people of these regions has helped to build over 100 schools, esp
ecially for girls, and is dedicated to change through peace and education.

I highly recommend this riveting read. A photo of 2 beautiful girls reading at Sitara School (please see photo) is so heart warming and life affirming. It instills hope for our world!

The book’s title “Three Cups of Tea” is directly derived from a traditional custom of greeting visitors in Pakistan. Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief further describes the tradition:

Here (in Pakistan and Afghanistan), we drink three cups of tea to do business: the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything..."

many smiles

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

light and color

To add a bit of airiness, color, and light to your day, here's a photo I took this summer on Bear Creek Path. I've played a bit with it and it's become "Impressionist Spring Light and Fence". I have it posted in my "Fine Art America" site, Please do visit!

many smiles . . .

: )

Tea Time

A little tea poem by me . . .

Tea Time
by gretchen

T – Tepid, hot, or iced,

E – Earl Grey, lemon, or spiced,

A – A cup of tea, please, would be nice!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tea Cozies - Asian, European Contemporary

photo by Gretchen
rights reserved)

Welcome to "Te
a Cozies by Abercot" - I'm so glad you're here!

I've decided to concentrate on tea cozies in this blog and all things tea related. My other blog,, will pursue my non-tea cozy creations (tote bags, aprons, decorative pillows, ponchos for pugs, and more).

Here are photos of my recently created Asian Contemporary and European Contemporary Tea Cozies, available for purchase in my online shop,

"Bamboo Leaves and Palm Trees Contemporary Asian Tea Cozy"

"Plum Blossom Brocade Contemporary Asian Tea Cozy"

"Japanese Michi Kanji Contemporary Asian Tea Cozy"

"Victorian Flower Garden Contemporary Tea Cozy"

Thank you for visiting. Please come again soon, and

many smiles . . .

: )