What is it about spring that sets us all to ordering our lives? From tidying up the flower beds to cleaning out closets and reorganizing the pantry, I've been busy trying to get my house and my life in better order. Many of my friends (including some of you) have been doing the same thing. One long overdue project of mine? Discarding those old magazines I've been keeping just because they contained a tea article or two and getting those pieces organized. So, I emptied the pretty tea-themed notebook I'd been using to store back issues of Tea Time magazine and now it is officially my Tea Notebook.
I've saved many newspaper and magazine articles over the years (friends have sent me some as well), and now they're corralled nicely in a clear vinyl page protector. I started to place every single article in the notebook in a page protector, but I'd need more notebooks (and more money), and I'm trying to be thrifty about all this.
Several years ago I printed out some images I came across on the Library of Congress website, including this one of Mrs. George Pullman, who doesn't seem to be enjoying her tea very much but who amused me just the same. This pocket page of the notebook houses graphic images related to tea.
Some of my favorite articles over the years have focused on tea crafts, such as this old Country Living piece on tea-stained laces. These are just beautiful!
Naturally, tea parties and their menus get a page. (I learned that articles from those oversized British magazines like Country Living will have to be folded in half.) So far, the topics I've included in my notebook are Tea Tidbits (the generic articles on tea), Tea Parties (ideas and recipes), Tea Graphics/Photos, Teatime Recipes, Tea Growers (articles on Charleston Tea Plantation, Harney and Sons, etc.), Tea History, Tea Rooms, Tea Room Recipes, Tea & Health, and Tea Crafting. What would you add if you kept (or keep) a tea notebook?
Finally, I wanted you to see one of the old articles I came across from back before I started blogging. Lowcountry Dog magazine in 2006 had a feature titled "High Tea & Cake," and these pampered pooches were treated to tea at Charleston's Magnolia Plantation, complete with their own little canine treats from local doggie bakeries. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "You lucky dog!", doesn't it!