Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tea Quotesters

Recently I was wandering the internet in search of stationery. Although I have quite a few tea-themed notecards, whenever it's time to send a non-tea-related, grown-up looking notecard, I find myself running to the store to the tune of $3 to $4 a card. It was time to order some decent stationery, and I ended up getting some simple pink embossed notes with a monogram on them. But oh, have you ever seen handmade letterpress stationery? If I had about $700 to blow I would have some on the way, but alas, I continue to have Darjeeling taste and a Luzianne pocketbook. Which led me to browse Etsy for letterpress items, where I found the most unique tea item I've come across in ages!

These "Quotesters" are letterpress coasters printed with quotes about tea, some of which I've never heard before. Etsy always surprises me with the great hidden talents who've opened a shop there, and I have already begun Christmas shopping (browsing, at least) on Etsy. Letterary Press (don't you love the name?) is obviously a thoughtful woman who produces beautiful and unique items.

I believe it was in the old Victoria magazine I first learned about letterpress, a type of relief printing made with a press and movable type, made one impression at a time. Can you see how the impression sinks deep into the paper coaster? But I must confess: These coasters are far too pretty to let drippy drinks rest upon, so I'm going to use mine as elegant bookmarks!

11 comments:

Frivolitea said...

Those are lovely!

Linda J. said...

You find the BEST tea things ever! Thanks for sharing. I love these.

my cup of tea said...

I think those are awesome! I love stationary (any kind!) Thanks for sharing!
~Blessings~
Donna

Ginger said...

How neat!

Cynda P said...

I love them!!

Jason Witt said...

Yeah, they're pretty cool. I worried about what to do for a coaster for a while and ended up using a hand towel my mother gave me. I'll eventually use a tea-themed towel or cloth coaster for a nice look. --Spirituality of Tea

Marilyn said...

What lovely bookmarks. These are just great and a great find on etsy.

You can see my etsy store at marmaladys.etsy.com

Phyllis said...

Angela, I absolutely LOVE your blog. You share the best info! I recently made the Jiffy Corn Muffins [with broccoli, green peppers & onions] that you posted, and today I purchased four of the mini-dessert stands at Hobby Lobby. I was elated that they are 50% off this week! Now I have a tip for YOU! Are you familiar with Collections ETC.? [www.collectionsetc.com and mail order catalog]. I just ordered the cutest teapot rug from them. I've got my eye on their tea towel set, and the cutest doll that sings "I'm a Little Teapot" when you press her tummy!

Anonymous said...

Dear Angela, these are too neat! I agree with you: better for bookmarks than for coasters. I'm even thinking a few of these matted, along with some other tea items - then framed? You have the best ideas and such an enjoyable site. Thanks, Joanie

Angela McRae said...

Oh no, Phyllis must've ordered the last teapot rug because now it's sold out! (You snooze, you lose, huh?)

parTea lady said...

I really like the Tea Quotesters. They would make nice coasters and I think I'd incorporate them into some scrapbooking or paper arts.