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Patty said it best.  “Neither earthquake or hurricane will stop the U.S. Mail.”  Our teacup round robin was safely returned into my hands in yesterday’s delivery.  The box was aptly adorned and the lovelies inside are awesome.  What a talented group of ladies you are who took part in this teacup adventure.

Patty’s address label was to the box as yummy icing is to cake. 

Even the box is a perfect, thoughtful choice.  What cuppa lover doesn’t love Starbucks?

One of my granddaughters just happened to visit yesterday.  I was mulling around in my mind what the best way to choose the winner of all the lovely artsy treasures  would be.  Patty enclosed a list of the names of each participant, and I cut it into strips, folded them and put them in a container.  I had Rachel do the honors of picking one.

And the winner is…

You might know Patty loves swans…I thought it uncanny, appropriate her name would be drawn from my black swan container.  Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo.  Congratulations, Patty!

Here is what the wonderful round robin treasure  box holds…

In the beginning the box held the cup…assorted tea…a small journal and a small fabric flower brooch.

The teacup’s first stop was Halle’s house.  The worse tragedy in a teacup’s life was discovered when she unwrapped the package.  Our traveling teacup suffered a mishap…it was now the cracked traveling teacup.  Halle added a sweet crocheted dish cloth and a magnet with the right idea and sent the cup on its way. 

Next stop:  Amy.  Amy graced the treasure box with a wonderful butterfly creation and a bookmark.  Both are beautiful pieces.

Amy sent the box on its way to Jill.  Jill added a truly lovely handmade card w/envelope.  With each addition the treasure box gets grander!  I inadvertently neglected to add a picture of this beautiful card when I originally posted.

Lori Northon graced the treasure box with a lovely teapot bookmark and matching bottle cap magnets.  (I think Lori should start a blog so we can see ALL the lovely things she makes.)  Lori, I am so sorry I failed to acknowledge you as the creator of your beautiful work.  I’m so not perfect. 🙂

Next stop…Pat.  Our round robin was had mad it half-circle.  Pat added a lovely, calico friendship heart to our mounting treasures.  She enclosed a perfect quote…”Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that gives value to survival.”  (C. S. Lewis)  Lewis was a wise man.

After taking the cup and all the lovelies in the treasure box to tea with tried and true tea friends Pat whisked the box on its way to Dawn.  Dawn added crocheted coasters in delicious sherbet colors.  They look yummy enough to eat.

Kim was next to receive the package.  Inchy magnets were added to the already abundant loot.  Each tiny magnet glitters with emotion…such expression in such a tiny space!  My picture is not of great quality, because I was sure I couldn’t return them to their package in the pristine fashion they arrived.

One last stop before heading back home…last but not least…all things being equal.  After receiving the box Patty added a button-adorned, heart-shaped, lavender sachet and an altered playing card.  Both are delightful pieces…and both will remain with me since Patty won the artsy pieces added during the round robin.  It must have been meant to be, because lavender is one of my favorite fragrances.

The full circle was completed and the round robin teacup came back to me.  The teacup was a little worse for the wear…travel can do that to the best of us.  It will be retired and looked upon with fondness from time to time.  To the box full of treasure I am adding one last thing…a mug rug in full fall flavor.  I think every cuppa lover should have at least one.

To all who took part in this (my first) very successful round robin, I thank you.  I hope you enjoyed it.  To each of you I wish you a happy tea day.  I enjoyed a cup of White-Vanilla -Grapefruit added to the round robin box while putting this post together.  It was a good choice.

If you enjoy tea and tea posts click on over to Art In Red Wagons for a complete list Tea on Tuesday posts.

Until next time…

May there always be work for your hands to do, may your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine on your windowpane, may a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you, may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.  – Irish Blessing


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I told Pat when I read her tea post it was doubtful I would make it for Tea on Tuesday today.  I started thinking about my next mug of tea, and my stomach reminded me I had neglected to eat today.  A tea brunch was the perfect opportunity to stage a tea post.

I figured I’d share the great deal I happened upon at Tuesday Morning just in case you live near one.  Tuesday’s is one of the places I check out frequently for tea deals.  They almost always have something that sounds worthy of trying.  During my last two visits I’ve found Bentley’s in a tin…the first time around I bought one tin of Green Tea with Jasmine.  It was so good I went back for more.  You can’t beat their price.  I hit pay dirt the second time around.  I love Rooibos tea…and three different Rooibos had been added to the various green teas they had in stock.  The tins are a great size for repurposing when they are empty.

Plain Greek yogurt is hidden beneath a cover of beautiful berries…no sweetener is necessary.  My mug is filled with fragrant Green Tea with Jasmine.  It has become one of my favorites.  There is something especially soothing about the floral fragrance.  The mug rug was sent to me by a lady in California.  I’ve developed a great appreciation for the humble little mug rug.  (I told you last week Art 4 Mail…button on my sidebar…is hosting a mug rug swap.  Sign-up is open for a few more days if you are interested in taking part.)

If you love tea and would like to read more tea posts…or join in with a post of your own…visit Kim at Art in Red Wagons…the home of Tea Tuesday.

Until next time…

Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervouse sensibilities…will always be the favored beverage of the intellectual.   Thomas DeQuincy (1875-1959) Confession of an English Opium Eater

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I recently discovered the mug rug and instantly loved the mood-reflecting,  designed especially for tea time…or coffee, if you please, little placemats.   Having none of my own, I asked if mug rug swaps took place in the Art4Mail group I belong to.  They do, but a current swap has not been set up.  A lady in the group invited me to swap one on one, and the making of my first mug rug began.  I’m keeping the first, because it is my first…I made a second one in the same color scheme for my swap partner.  They are quick to make, fun to use, washable and reuseable.  Thrifty, yes?  Making mug rugs is a perfect fat quarter or scrap buster project.

My mug rugs measure 7″ x 10″ and are made using quilting techniques…

My first:  My mug of Diner’s Choice Orange Herbal Tea and snack fit perfectly.

Made for swap:

Fat quarters all in a row or mug rugs to be?

If you are interested in taking part in art swaps Art4Mail is a great group to join.   There’s a variety of swap categories to choose from.  Items are primarily made of fabric.  A new “Celebrating Fall” mug rug swap was announced after I began composing this post.  If you are interested in starting your own collection of these sweet little mats, why not join us in this swap.

If you enjoy tea and visiting others who do click on over to Art In Red Wagons and visit Kimmie for a list of other Tea On Tuesday participants.

Happy Tea Tuesday!

Until next time…

If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.  ~ Gladstone (1865) Victorian British Prime Minister

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