I was thrilled to visit David’sTea, which opened this past week in Champlain Place. They have stores in Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto as well. It’s very chic, a nice spacey store, very modern. When you go in, in one corner there’s shelving with lots of tea related items, like teapots, infusers, organic honey, mugs, etc. But, the real WOW is behind the counter, the wall of tea! Row after row of stainless steel canisters, all containing a different loose teas. There’s green teas, white teas, chai teas, black teas, etc etc etc, all of which have a whole slew of different flavors. They have these darling little shot glasses you can get a sample of their “tea of the day” in, and you can smell any canister you wish. I am in love! I bought loose Fruite mate (citrusy with papaya and pineapple!), and Coco Chai Rooibos. Princes range from $4ish to $20-something for the really rare exotic teas, for a 50g bag (which makes about 25 cups of tea). If you’re a tea drinker, or even a novice, go in for a peek. The staff are all super helpful, and they’ll even recommend what types of tea you may like based on your tastes. Before you commit to buying a bag of loose tea, you can also buy it fresh brewed “to go” to try it out. I had Tiramisu (yum!), and Strawberry White, which I let cool off, tossed in a little sugar and ice, and made a heavenly iced tea. It’s nice that they also have pamphlets in the store, educating you on which kinds of teas have which health benefits.
I’m already a big fan. I can’t wait to try other teas from them. They change some teas with the seasons, right now they’re almost done their “Winter Collection” apparently. So if you want to get in on the Glitter & Gold, After Midnight, Tiramisu, Toasted Walnut, Lemon Bombshell, Mulled Chai, and Orange Julep goodness, I suggest you hurry in!
I had a horrible sleep last night, and the night before that. Last night I think it was because I drank so much tea, so I was hopped up on caffeine. The night before, Arty kept me up. I don’t know what was up with him, but he just tore around the house bgin bad all night, all the while howling for Luna to go play with him. I’m working on a Caramel Macchiato, so hopefully that gets me through the night. I work a 10 hour shift, so it’s going to be such a loooooong night.
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Starbucks makes ice cream. my life is now complete. Well, next time I go to the US, my life will be complete. Unless it comes to Canada before then!
We took this a few weeks ago. This is Rob, with my niece Jemma, calling our cat, Arty. Jem’s a year and a half old. <3
Rob loves granny things. Doilies, old British tv shows, and hot water bottles. I, however, am pretty prejudiced against hot water bottles. I hate the smell of the rubber. Yick! So when, much to my dismay, Rob recently bought a hot water bottle to bring to bed to make his bum knee feel better, I was less than thrilled. So, the solution: I made him a snuggly hot water bottle cover, from a felted upcycled wool sweater, and I added a handmade felt Superman patch, so it’s stylin’ too. It was nice to sit down and really use my serger. I haven’t used it much, and the last time i used it it all jammed up. But this time I threaded it pretty fast, and it worked like a charm. I also got to play with the differential feed too, so that was neat. The water bottle cover came out perfect! Yay!
So I found an excellent tutorial over at Neauveau Fiber Arts on how to use food dyes, such as Wilton cake decorating dyes, and kool-aid to dye wool. Now, I’m a creative person, but there’s also a very science geek part of me. I was very intrigued with the fact that in this tut, you add the dyes to water, so the water becomes colored…..THEN, when you boil it enough, with vinegar, the fabric completely absorbs the dye. So the water ends up clear. So fascinating! I’m working on a couple of rug hooking projects at the moment, and I wanted to overdye some turquoise wool I had with a deeper turquoise to give it some depth, and I also needed some orange too. I got out my dyepot, and my Wilton colors. I like also liked this method because it’s just food coloring, so it’s safe. No chemicals messing up my kitchen. I even used a wooden spoon, and don’t have to worry about using again it for food. Below, the results! In both pictures, the “before” fabrics are on the left, “after” on the right. I am pleased with how bright and vibrant they are! I’m not sure on how colorfast they are, but only time will tell for that. This technique is good for any animal fibers apparently, so wool (I used wool fabric, but can’t wait to try roving too!), alpaca, etc.