Thursday Tea Break: Issue 4

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Welcome to this week’s installment of Thursday Tea Break!

This is a fun, weekly series covering our get-togethers, what we are up to that week, and what books we are excited to get our hands on.

Tea of the Week:

This week we tried Grapefruit Green tea from Octavia Teas!  We felt it was a perfect choice for a sunny and warm early spring day. We threw the windows open and brewed up this juicy treat.

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The tea was light and fresh with a hint of tart grapefruit, we would have preferred a stronger fruit flavor but it was deliciously refreshing nonetheless.

Our Current Reads

Amanda is reading Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

Erin has been reading Fire by Kristin Cashore

Lisa is enjoying A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell.

Projects

It has been a quiet couple of weeks here at T3 as we work on several projects for the blog.

In the meantime, Amanda tried out a little project with tea that we’d like to share with you!

I’ve had a couple of throw pillows sitting around for a few years now and I hadn’t decided what I wanted to do for pillowcases. I found some excellent Legend of Zelda fabric to make a pillowcase for one of them, but the other pillow needed some love.

I picked out a design for the case, but all I had on hand was white fabric, which didn’t match the tan of the LoZ fabric; but what to do? Tea to the rescue!

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I used a black tea that I had on hand and brewed about 4 pots worth of leaves for 15 minutes. The tea didn’t look very dark, but the color I wanted was only a light tan so I figured it would work.

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I wet the pillowcase before dropping it into the tea. You want it to be fully dampened, but not dripping wet. I then checked the pillowcase every five minutes until the tea stain was the right shade, I think it took about 20 minutes. I gave it a cold rinse and then put it in the dryer to set the stain. Below is the stained fabric compared to the original fabric.

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Depending on the type of tea that you use you can change the tint and vibrancy of the stain, it’s an easy and natural way to change fabric, I even soaked a white shirt that had turned a bit dingy over the years.

Have you ever tried tea staining anything?

Song of the Week

Erin has a bit of on obsession with K-Pop, and wants to spread that obsession wherever she can. Which means—tada! Weekly song recommendations you didn’t ask for!

I recently discovered Jimin Park’s “Hopeless Love”, and it is amaaazing. Jimin’s voice is so melodic, I can’t stop listening. This song isn’t on Spotify, so check out the music video below.

Waiting For

Amanda is waiting for Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E.K. Johnston.

Erin is excited to get The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead.

Lisa can’t wait for Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn.

What books are you excited for?

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