I always love this week before New Year's because it's such a great time of reflection on the past year as well as looking forward to the new year ahead. Once again, I'm sorting my "tea memories" of the past year, and I thought I'd share a few highlights of The Year in Tea. January saw a rare number of snow days here in Georgia, enabling me to finish piecing the top of my Sweet Tea Quilt! (Sorry to say that's as far as I got. If January 2012 brings more snow days, perhaps I can finish the border!)
In February, my sweet husband continued his tradition of treating me to tea for Valentine's, this year at Tea Leaves and Thyme in Woodstock. My favorite way to celebrate!
March brought a fundraiser for the Carnegie Library in Newnan, and I got to enjoy a visit with my dear friend Joanie over tea!
April, of course, brought what was perhaps the highlight of the tea year for many of us, the Royal Wedding and a Royal Wedding Tea! I will never forget the fun of getting up at 4 a.m. to watch that magnificent wedding with friends!
May brought the full onset of the gardening season, which meant new herbs in my clay teapots.
June saw a visit to "Tea on Tuesdays" at the Veranda in Senoia with my friend Liz. I hope to return there in 2012!
July meant heading north to visit family in Wisconsin ... and a side excursion to the Door County Master Gardeners' display garden, where I enjoyed seeing the fairies in the garden at tea!
August found me flopping, yet again, in my attempt to make a Hess's Strawberry Pie—but it wasn't all bad, as that blog post was one of the best-received ones of the year!
September found me speaking at a library fundraiser tea at the Central Library in Newnan. A fun event!
October brought a trip to the mountains, where an antique mall turned up this unusual wide-brimmed teacup.
November was a biggie with the publication of my first book, "Dainty Dining," largely thanks to you dear tea friends who have encouraged my research and writing about all things related to tea!
And December brought a fun tea party with my sister and her friends. I can't look back on this (or any) year without thinking how God has thoroughly blessed me with my family, friends and so many fun opportunities in life. Now I can't wait to see what 2012 brings!