Tea on Tuesday

While I sit here drinking my aromatic jasmine tea from Harney & Sons , I am skimming thru my new issue of Tea Time Magazine, the Christmas Special issue!!

There are pages and pages of necessi-teas  for gift giving - or giving yourself!!!
There is an article about Chinese teas and the camellia sinensis (tea bush) by Bruce Richardson.
There are articles about beautiful, to die for, teacups, and pages and pages of holiday recipes.
How about sausage and kale scones, mini chestnut cheesecakes, pear puff pastries, lemon cake, plum pudding, raspberry roulade, and the perfect stuffed goose?!?!
If you live in NYC, you can find out the 3 best places to buy tea in Chinatown!!
I just love this magazine!!!

I am also admiring my first real attempt at origami. 

After reading faerwillow's blog post about making 1,000 origami cranes, and seeing photos( from my friend's trip to Japan) of origami crane wish bundles in a Japanese shrine, I felt I just had to try one.

Folding one led to 5 - not made out of traditional origami paper- but decorative craft paper in different weights, including a larger one from a page out of a magazine.

I now have it figured out - but don't think I have the patience to make 1,000!!! Even at 3 per day - totally doable- it would take almost a year to have 1,000 and a wish bundle!!!!

So, I will make a few more, now and then - and however many I create, will probably decorate my Christmas tree! I might even make a mobile (thanks, T!)
Check out this link - and click on the little video there - totally soothing - and I wish I knew the names for the backround music!!

Thanks for dropping in for tea, and feel free to join us every Tuesday! Visit Kimmie and Patty for a list of other tea participants!!


  1. Ha, I think your origami looks great. Mom and the kids were testing their skills at that a few weeks ago.

  2. These are lovely! It looks like a relaxing pastime, and with pretty quick results. It's all good!

  3. I have a dear friend who makes lovely origami figures and geometric shapes. Your cranes are gorgeous. I think it's a super idea for tree decorations. And your necessi teas book sounds like a perfect read today! Hope you have a great Tea Tuesday.

  4. ooo pear puff pastries and lemon cake for me please ;)

    are you going to make 1,000 cranes? you are off to a lovely start!

    Happy T to ya on the lovely rainy day!

  5. ~i l♥ve them!!! i so happy you tried cause they are beautiful...i too have been playing with different types of paper...thank you for sharing my little post here...you are such a dear sweet one!!! keep playing...i think they will be wonderful addition to your holiday tree!!! much l♥ve and light upon you always~

  6. Oh those Cranes are delightful. I was watching a real one today - so still & quiet. Not too sure about sausage & kale scones - though independantly would be nice. Sausages for supper tonight !

  7. I'll have to keep my eye out for that magazine .... there must be a magazine for everything!!! I love doing origami too .... the cranes would be beautiful on a christmas tree ... simple and peace-ful

    Happy Tea today Pat! Hugs, Kimmie

  8. the 1,000 cranes can be great therapy...i have a friend who lost a younger sister and her elder sister made 1,000 and strung them on a 4 piece string mobile for their mother...she still has it and it was made 30 years ago...your magazine looks wonderful!

    happy t tuesday!~

  9. Wow..who knew there was a tea time magazine! Fun! Have a wonderful day!

  10. G'day ~ What bright pretty cranes. My Japanese friend can whip these origami treasures out like no tomorrow ... na da me!

    Hope your celebration was full of fun & yummies.

    Hugs ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  11. Yummie looking magazine :) beautiful colours!
    Cranes are really cute and would look good on a tree.
    Moonlight Sonata, Beethoven, lovely isn't it :)

  12. Your cranes are lovely. I think I'm gonna have to try them! Yes, make them through the year...just think how productive we could be if we tried. ha!

  13. I’ve been trying to exercise and drink more tea everyday. With www.geocities.jp/family_hong_kong/English/index.htm and these flowering teas, it’s been a breeze!

    Up til now, Jasmine Flower is my favorite!