Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My Wee Tea Obsession

Let me start off by saying I've always liked tea. I remember drinking hot cups of tea in the kitchen with my mother. Tea with milk and sugar. It was lovely and sweet.

And then I moved to England and truly began to appreciate tea. It's not a cliché. The English love their tea. Tea shops dot the countryside and department stores, filled with cakes and warm aromas. Even supermarkets offer tea-inspired respite for the weary shopper. Construction workers stop for tea breaks. It truly is an institution.

It's easy to understand how someone could develop a deep love for all things tea given its overwhelming presence in the culture. And so when preparing for our move from England to France, I was taken with a sudden panic: where would I get my tea!? And in what would I drink it?! The French aren't known for their tea.

So among boxes and chaos, I ordered a mix-matched "set" of teacups, saucers and cake plates - trios as they are called. A couple of teapots. A milk jug. A sugar bowl. And a cake plate. Oh, and more than 600 teabags to take with me. But it doesn't seem to be enough as I find myself still scouring sites for different trios to add to my set as well as yearning after a proper china cabinet to show them off.

And I do still need a 3 tier cake stand. Up until today, I hadn't found one that really excited me. Up until today... And then I found EstherCoomb's shop on Etsy and her magnificently imaginative cake stands. I fell in love. They are just gorgeous and so much fun. Just the thing I've been looking for. So I'm now saving up my pennies (or centimes as we say) until I can afford to buy myself a wee pressie to continue my wee obsession...

9 comments:

Siansburys said...

Mmmm tea. Are we the only nation that teakes tea breaks? I hadn't thought about that before...

Jennifer Rose said...

I knew people in the UK drank a lot of tea but I didn't realise how much until I moved here. I love apple cinnamon tea which I found something close to, but I get yelled at for putting sugar instead of honey in it. Those are really nice cake stands :D

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, Gretchen. I'm currently a Sept2006 board lurker (used to be more active when dd was still younger). Found your blog through Sophie's post. Love it! You are so talented. Will drop by often.:)

Blessings,
Ivy

Zsuzsi és Anna said...

This is cool. I love the first one the most! Thanks for sharing!

Star of the East said...

Those 3 tier cake stands look awesome! Lovely story too :)

ingermaaike said...

I wholeheartedly agree with you on these cake stands! They are no less than briliant!

glasfaden said...

Oh yes, I remember, I saw her item on FP and fell in love too. Especially the set Apartment A ...mmmhhh... :)

Merylu said...

I love tea too!!! Recently I made a cute pair of earrings dedicated to tea lovers as me. You can find it on my blog! =)
Besides you've a beautiful blog =D NOw I link you in mine!

Mery

A Blond And A Torch said...

Those are great cake stands!

Good luck with your move!