Thing-a-Day – January 22 – tea
Day 22 of the Thing-a-Day Challenge
Materials: tea – all sorts (and sometimes coffee)
Tea is definitely the stuff that gets us through the day. Between the three of us here at the make-it-yourself arts retreat in Quakertown, NJ (see Day 21 entry), we have many varieties to choose from. It provides us with excuses to take brief breaks form our work, as well as caffeine (or not) and warmth.
For some reason, this place is drawing me toward a cinnamon and cardamom tea from The Republic of Tea. We have it only in loose form, and it is fun to see the bits floating in the strainer as they steep. And it smells wonderful.
However, I am also drawn to the other teas for a reason particularly related to this blog – recycling. I can’t think of anything to do with the leftover tea leaves (but give me a while…I’m sure I’ll get to that some day!). But I love the variation in colors that the teas dye the teabags. And the bags come in a nice range of shapes, sizes, and configurations. So I have started saving the bags – drying out the used ones and emptying the old tea into the compost. Coffee filters are also beautiful. Let’s see where this goes.