Friday, April 27, 2007
Now I am not normally a three-exclamation-point kind of gal, but today I read the news that our beloved Victoria Magazine will be coming back to life at the hands of Hoffman Media, the gentlewomen who give us Southern Lady and Tea Time. It was largely through Victoria (which gave up the ghost in 2003) that I fell in love with the tea ritual and tea things, so I have every hope that the reappearance of the magazine will mean great things to us tea lovers. It is scheduled to appear in October, with the November/December issue. I look forward to seeing whether Hoffman can bring it back to life in proper fashion ...
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Today was the day of the annual MAGS conference (Magazine Association of the Southeast). My colleagues and I were finishing up lunch when I happened to be visiting a vendor near the spot where the desserts came out: miniature lemon tarts and pecan pies, cream puffs, chocolate covered strawberries. The conference also had tea bags and hot water on hand for those of us who prefer tea over coffee. I couldn't help thinking that if I'd had a couple of thee-tiered servers and a teapot or two, I could have whipped us up a nice afternoon tea party...
Sunday, April 22, 2007
One reason I save and file every single article I find on teatime is this: you never know when you'll be called upon to provide an idea for an unusual new tea party. The May/June issue of Hallmark Magazine (yes, the card folks) features an Alice in Wonderland "mad tea party" that is whimsical and fun. I especially like that they include a free, downloadable image to use in decorating. Fun!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Some of my very favorite pieces of jewelry were gifts from my sweet husband. An early birthday gift during courting days was a glass teapot necklace. The glass bead painted with pink roses is the "body" of the teapot, accented with silver findings. This past Christmas, he did a dangerous (for him) thing and introduced me to the wonderful world of Pandora jewelry. I LOVE this stuff! Remember slide bracelets? Same principle, only the beads are designed to be put on yourself, so you don't have to visit the jewelry store every time you get a new one. He got me the bracelet and a heart, then another heart design bead for Valentine's Day, and today I added the teacup bead, which joins the teapot bead. Now I just need a sugar and creamer bead (which don't exist). Some people wear their passions on their sleeve. I wear mine on my neck and wrist. (Both necklace and bracelet were purchased right here in downtown Newnan, I'm happy to report. Just doing our little part ...)
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I always enjoy reading the newest Tea Time magazine, and the new issue does not disappoint. Local brides should note that this issue features Wedding Reception Teas. I found this theme especially enjoyable since that's exactly what I had at my own wedding last year — a reception tea. Tea Time is also full of ads for companies that sell tea, teaware and tea jewelry, so there are always lovely tea things on view.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Years ago, Country Living magazine didn't really interest me much. It was too full of the rustic and rusted, but in recent years it's become a much sunnier publication and is often filled with beautiful homes across America. The May issue has a "Come For Tea" feature on a tea party in the garden. Oh, how I want to stage one of these! I can just see some pretty floral dishes, maybe a miniature rose bush for each guest as a party favor ... But I guess I'll have to plant the garden first, eh?
Friday, April 6, 2007
Can you believe how cold it is? It's April, for heaven's sake, and I thought Spring was supposed to be here! The good news, though, is that this chill always sends me in search of hot tea, which has prompted me to take inventory and see what exactly I have in my collection. My favorite tea always seems to be the last one I bought, which in this case is Harney & Sons' Peaches and Ginger black tea. (If you want a free catalog, visit harney.com. Also, the last few times I've been to Senoia Coffee Company they were selling Harney tea as well, although I think Peaches and Ginger may be one of the blends you have to order direct.)