Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gorgeous branding in Colyton

I may be a dairyfarmers daughter, but I am not the hugest fan of milk. I know ... its weird. But I could not help myself buying two bottles of milk from a new business that's opened in my home village, Colyton, New Zealand. 

Arran farms sells A2 milk pretty much straight from the cow. You cannot get any fresher than that. 

The branding is brilliant. I love it. I am a sucker for fabulous packaging and these little gems are awesome! You buy the bottles from a vending machine and then you fill them yourself with fresh creamy A2 milk. Imagine that on you weetbix in the morning. 

Maybe I should just man up and get on board the milk train. If you are ever in the best part of NZ (Taonui Road, Colyton) I highly recommend you drop in. 


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The little red teacup is now The Blushing Teacup

After a few business name shenanigans my blog is now called The Blushing Teacup. I have brought all the blogs over from the little red teacup, and it all looks the same, just with a slightly changed name. Sounds much better don't you think?

I will no longer be updating this blog, but please visit my new one The Blushing Teacup.

Love love xx


Monday, August 22, 2011

Fit for Royal-tea

I was given this box of tea for a Secret Santa last Christmas while holidaying in Italy. I absolutely love the box it came in and although the original tea is long gone, I still have it to keep my latest brews in.

It was a Fortnum & Mason tea by the name of Royal Blend. The tea was first created in the summer of 1902, for King Edward VII and has been popular ever since. It has a smooth, almost honey-like flavour.  It is made from low-grown Flowery Pekoe from Ceylon which gives an uplifting note to the maltier Assam. A very traditional cup of tea that can be drunk any time of the day. Best served with milk.

The tiny teacups also in the photo are one of my many op shop finds years ago in the The Salvation Army, Hastings, NZ.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Treat you and your bath to tea for two

Herbal bath bags (or bath tea bags) make a delicious bath that can be beneficial to your skin, ease stress and help soothe aches and pains.

To begin:
Make a drawstring bag out of cheesecloth, organza or muslin big enough to hold 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of of herbal mixture. Tie them tightly shut with ribbon or thin rope so the loose herbs will escape into your bath. The bags can be emptied, rinsed out and washed to be refilled and reused again and again.

Tea Recipes (makes about 4-6 baths):
Create the base by mixing:
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Then to personalise your bath tea bag by adding 1/2 cup of dried herbs.

The most commonly used herbs for tea baths are lavender (relaxing), rosemary (improves memory), chamomile (relaxing, helps you sleep, good for anxiety or depression), sage (stimulant and antiseptic), mint (energising) and bay leaves (relieve muscle aches and improve stimulation). Oatmeal can be added to, this is good for softening the skin and relieving itching.

Preparing the Bath:
You can either hang the bags on the tap, making sure the the hot water is running through the tea bag and when its full let the bag float in the bath with you. Or boil a litre of water, place in a glass bowl and put your herbal bath tea bag in the water. Cover and let it infuse for at least 20mins. Pour the infused water into your bath along with the tea bag.


    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Welcome to the little red teacup

    My first blog!! And what better way to celebrate than with my favourite necklace in the world. The Tea Cup & Saucer pendant by Stephen Einhorn, London. Glorious.