Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts

Friday, September 12, 2014

Making Tea

A few years ago I used to have a blog about tea. We had an abundance of tea in one of the kitchen cabinets in a wide variety of flavors. I would make a cup of tea and then give a short review on it. I did some research on each tea I tried like where it originated, how it would traditionally be served, and the way the leaves were cut, etc. Needless to say, I got tired of drinking tea pretty quickly and found out that I can't stand berry flavored herbal tea. Blech!

 This post isn't about that though. This post is just an observation on the very basics of making tea.

You've made a cup of tea before, right? Maybe you're drinking one while reading this post. It's September 12th. Perhaps that's still a little early for tea drinking weather. At any rate, when the weather gets chilly nothing can top a warm cup of tea.

My heating method of choice is the microwave. I bought a mini kettle last year with the intention of boiling water on the stove top for my tea, but I was never patient enough for that. If I'm in a rush I'll put the teabag in before I put the water in the microwave and if I time I'll heat the water first and then watch the tea seep out of the bag as it brews to perfection.

Then you wait.

If I had to wait for water to boil, then for tea to cool, I probably will have gotten some milk and cookies in the meantime and not be thirsty anymore. But, here's the catch with waiting for tea to cool.

Tea only has a peak drinking time of about 10 minutes. This 10 minutes is never completely enjoyed because you can never catch a few of those elusive moments of temperature perfection either because you sipped to soon and then feel, but don't taste, the slightly cooler tea washing over your tongue only moments later or, you got too into a movie, conversation, work, etc. that you missed the final moment when the last few sips of your tea could have been thoroughly enjoyed and you could feel it's warmth radiate to your fingers and toes. Instead you get a bitter mouthful of cold watered down flavor of cow pasture.

So many things have peaks; foliage, songs, careers, life all of which should be through enjoyed.

I never any good at writing conclusions to English compositions and I'm just rambling now anyway. I hope you enjoyed the somewhat satirical post about making tea.

Please, if you're a tea drinker, let me know your favorite kind of tea! I still like to try new flavors now and then. My favorite is Trader Joe's Ginger Pear White Tea.

This is sassafras tea. Homemade from boiling tree roots picked from the yard.




Sunday, August 24, 2014

~Outfit Post~More Paisley

Lately I've been sewing a lot and finding myself doing random things and thinking, "Oh, I'd like to share that...Hm, that would be fun to post about." So if things from The Wizard of Odds and Ends start popping up on your reading list more often than Tuesday and Friday it's just me letting my fingers go crazy on the keyboard, well, touch screen. Still saving up for a laptop. Anyway, I hope you enjoy what may turn out to be an influx of posts in the next couple of weeks!

In a previous post I had mentioned that I had sewn a few things lately, so I thought I'd do an outfit post instead of making it a Tuesday Cables post like last week. I'm hoping to post a tutorial for this skirt at some point. It's written out, I just didn't plan on making a tutorial when I sewed the skirt so there aren't any pictures!! I'm excited to have to make another one!

My shirt is a little big and the shade doesn't really go with a lot of my clothes, but when I finished sewing this skirt I knew it would match almost perfectly and since I could tuck it in it wouldn't look quite so baggy and shapeless.


I loved the fall hues in the paisley and how the black background made the bright colors pop even more!


This skirt is so comfortable because it's made out of knit fabric. I didn't even have to hem it! This is definitely going to be worn many times in the next few months!


Shirt: J.Jill / $0.21
Skirt: Made by me / $5
Sandals: TJ Maxx / $15
Bracelets: Gift

Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn Adornments

I woke up one morning this month and saw this scarecrow hanging on the door. I barely remember crocheting this a couple of years ago. I can picture the book vividly. It was one of those mini pattern books that had about 5 patterns in it and was sold right at the grocery store register. I bought it on a family vacation in Ithaca, New York somewhere around 2007, along with a skein of yarn to keep myself occupied. It rained a couple of days and we pretty much stayed in the cottage those days. My brothers and I weren't allowed to watch tv. They had satellite tv there, but my parents wanted us to have a break from tv and wanted to avoid any arguments between me and my brothers about what shows to watch. I also remember buying one of those fabric loop looms and making a plethora of potholders, a few of which we still have in the kitchen. I got tendonitis in my wrist that summer because I used the loom so much. I think it came with 100 loops and I had to go buy a refill that week that came with many, many more. Well, after that trip down memory lane, here's the cute little scarecrow and his two little crow friends (that you can barely see) that I was referring to at the beginning of this post. 



And here is what I've been working on this week. I was hoping to finish tonight but it's looking like that is not going to happen. I should've used a larger crochet hook. The candy corn(s?) are a little wavy because I probably should have used a larger hook. I like it though. I may try making one another time. And here is the link to the pattern for anyone interested:
http://www.oursevendwarfs.com/2010/11/crocheted-candy-corn-bunting-pattern.html