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This Autumn, I have found a new obsession.  Loose leaf tea.

I have always loved herbal tea but there is something lovely, cozy, and romantic about the chunky tea fad.  It’s romantic, the tools are charming, and the flavors offer a freshness and a world of options that is hard to compete with.  Especially if you enjoy mixing your own.

I love taking my shoes off

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and sipping a warm cup of goodness while curled up by a fire or while watching rain fall outside my window. 

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I was recently given this UncommonGoods® Herbal Green Tea Kit.  I have had so much fun with it.  It contains 15 metal canisters full of different dried herbs and flowers that combine together to create the dreamiest herbal teas I have ever tasted.

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The kit really kick-started my confidence in creating my own combinations.  I was always a little intimidated at first but now I don’t think it’s hard at all. 

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There were some great recipes included with kit that got me started out on the right foot.  I really like one called Happiness Tea.  I like it so much, I created a spin off of it that includes peppermint.  Here’s the recipe so that you can try it yourself:

Peppermint Happiness Tea
A lovely, relaxing, chunky green herbal tea blend that is good for any time of day. It's like Happiness Tea but I added peppermint.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1/4 tsp Mallow
  2. 1/4 tsp Hibiscus
  3. 1/2 tspChamomile
  4. 3/4 tsp Peppermint
  5. 1/4 tsp Rose Garden Green Tea
  1. Boil water in a tea kettle.
  2. Combine the tea and flowers in a tea bag, kettle infuser, or individual serving infuser.
  3. Infuse the tea in the water for at least 3 minutes.
  4. Remove infuser or strain the tea into a tea cup and sweeten as desired.
Adapted from Julie Pedersen | UncommonGoods Herbal Green Tea Kit
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 If you would like to try mixing some tea yourself, you can find the kit here.

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Tea is pampering by itself but the props and

tools to go with tea are charming and pampering on their own. 

Here are a few of my favorites.

For a single cup of tea, I really like using a double pained glass infuser and strainer.

You can find an infuser like mine here. You infuse the tea right in the water.

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I also like to use a mug  strainer.

It catches any loose leaves that sneak past the strainer in the spout. 

I have to admit though, I love it because it looks lovely and makes me feel pampered.

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When I use my large mugs,  I like to  use an individual infuser.  My favorite is this copper ball infuser.  It looks great and it’s so easy to use.  You squeeze it to open and fill it.

Another item I like to use are small tea spoons.  They are fantastic for measuring out the loose tea.

I have both wooden spoons and white porcelain spoons that I use.

I can see getting obsessed over tea.  It’s a great hobby and it’s relaxing.

Here are a few links to items in case you want to get started on you own tea obsession

or give someone else the gift of a tea obsession.

(trust me, they will love you forever)

You can find some more great gift ideas here and here.

Uncommon Goods not only offers creative and fun items that are homemade or made using recycled, and organic products, they also believe in respecting their employees with fair wages and health insurance and they believe “it’s better to give.”  They offer the option to donate a dollar to your favorite charity at checkout.  They know that creating a positive impact in the work place creates a positive impact in the world.  Plus, you can’t find most of these Uncommon Goods® anywhere else.

For your convenience, I added a tea supplies page to my affiliate store that I mentioned in this post.

Here is the link:

I have some great news, I finished the she shed!!!  You can see the plans here.

I actually took these pictures while I was enjoying it so I could share a little hint of it with you.

I can’t wait to show you the whole thing.  I will be posting that in the next few days so be sure to follow by

email so that you can see how it turned out and get some fun ideas for creating your own she shed.

I will say, I love it even more than I hoped too.  I hope you do too.

May you find some time to relax and unwind this Autumn, maybe with a cup of warm tea…

Happy DIYing friends!

August 30, 2017
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