Thursday, July 31, 2008

Forgotten tea infusers


The other day I was looking for something in the tea cabinet and pulled open a drawer where I keep tea party odds and ends such as candles, tiny glass baskets for serving lemon curd, that sort of thing. When I saw a few chains jumbled together, I investigated and realized that the bottom of the drawer is the place where I had exiled a particular style of tea infuser.

One of the first tea infusers I ever used was one of these little teapot-shaped infusers. I remember using it to make my cup of tea to be enjoyed at my desk at work. When it came time for cleanup, however, I discovered it was often messy to get those tops to pop off just so. Eventually, I discovered the joys of the paper tea filter, and so that's what I generally use today when making loose tea at the office.

Still, I keep these old infusers because, while some of them don't work worth a toot, the designs are kind of nice. I particularly like the shell (souvenir of a beach trip), the heart and the Christmas tree because of their shapes. Recently, I saw one of these on Etsy being sold as a pendant, but the idea of wearing these as jewelry is not exactly my cup of ... well, you know!

12 comments:

Christa said...

Hey Angela, instead of only keeping them in the draw, why not put them ON your Christmas tree? They even have the hook! You have given me the idea to do this! Take care :)

Anonymous said...

i like this collection angela, and some i have not seen before!


I too am guilty of purchasing something for it's container, but i am pleasantly surprised when it
tastes good too...so i think learning something new if we taste with our eyes first is an OK thing!! :-) take care~~Connie

Steph said...

I love these! I don't use mine, either...but they are great decorations.

RegentCardis said...

Cute collection. I have the teapot one. I don't use it either because of the mess when cleaning it.

Denise ~ Charleston, South Carolina. said...

I've seen Martha Stewart fill the very, very large metal infusers with potpourri and use them as drawer sachets....You have a nice little collection there.

Denise said...

I use such infusers on a small tree in my kitchen. . . I add colorful tea bags, tiny spoons, etc. to decorate the tree. It 'fits' my kitchen and my friends certainly find it to represent me well.

Denise of Tulsa, OK

Linda J. said...

I have a bunch too. I like the idea of using them on my tea-themed Christmas tree.

Frivolitea said...

Those are lovely tea infusers. They look so artistic all grouped together like you have done in the photo.

janaadam said...

I have a really old tea infuser i believe it's from holland (it has windmills, dutch theme engraved in it). if anyone knows who i can show this to date it, please let me know. i know it's very very old.
thanks. i will add a photo once i figure out how!

Theezakje41 said...

Hello

I am a teabags collector from The Netherlands. Maybe we can help each other.
Please contact me.
theezakje41@wanadoo.nl

Theezakje41 said...

Hello

I am a teabags ollector from the Netherlands. Maybe we can help each other.
Please contact me.
theezakje41@wanadoo.nl

Theezakje41 said...

Hello

I am a teabags collector from the Netherlands. Maybe we can help each other.
Please contact me.
theezakje41@wanadoo.nl
http://theezakjes.blogse.nl

Greatings Maria