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!