Thursday, August 28, 2008

Friday flea market sale!

For our Flea Market Friday sale we have our gorgeous, heavy, extremly ornate silverplated creamer and sugar with tray on sale. It is absolutely stunning in person and would make a beautiful addition to any tea table. It comes boxed for safe keeping. This service is of heirloom quality. Reg.34.99. Today only it is $29.99. Shipping is 6.00.

Please email at: if you would like an invoice via paypal or if you have any questions.

Thank you and happy shopping!


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Teasday happenings

Hello everyone, today I'm going to show you several newly arriving items at the Ivy Leaf that I really think you will flip over! I completely fell in love with the new black toille china-oh my!!! It is a must-see, must-have! Also, we have the perfect solution for those of you who may want to jump right in to a daily (or weekly) ritual of tea. It's called, "The perfect start up tea kit" and, "Have tea will travel kit". Both make excellent gifts for baby/bridal showers, birthday, Christmas, house warming, etc. Also it's a great way to get started building your own tea repertoire. Let us know what you think and if you have any suggestions. We'd love to hear your input!
Last week's trivia was about the signature tea of the Ivy Leaf Tea Parlor. It was London Lady! The winner by random drawing was~Tracie!! Her blog is gorgeous and she herself is beautiful inside and out. Stop by and visit her beautiful blog:
My Petite Maison. I'm sending you Japanese Sweet Cherry Blossom. It's a wonderful green tea-enjoy!
Here is this week's trivia question: what tea is stronger than green tea, more delicate than black?
Now I will leave you with some beautiful sunflower photos to enjoy and the newly arrived tea items.

Wishing you joy,
" Have tea, will travel kit" ~comes with your choice one tin of tea, your choice (where available) of teapot, 4 Ashby's sample teas, the perfect cup of tea teaspoon (free), all in a travel basket. $31.99

new black toille china -gorgeous!! Teacups~ $19.99 ea.

Matching 8" plates~ $8.99 ea.

Matching Teapot~ $34.99

Robin makes fresh lemon curd-delicious!

"Perfect start up tea kit" comes with your choice (where available) teapot color, your choice one tin of loose tea, heart tea ball infuser, free matching drip catcher, and the perfect cup of tea teaspoon. $39.99

Little tea lady
Don't forget to stop by Friday for our weekly Flea Market sale!


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Teasday Morning~new aprons coming soon!

Made from 100% cotton.
It ties at the neck and waist.

Our newest arrival at the Ivy Leaf is custom made, beautiful aprons! We will be having three more designs very soon as well as matching children's sizes. These would make perfect gifts. It's not too soon to be thinking about Christmas! These will be gone quickly and we will have limited quantities of each design. If you would like to pre-order, just drop us an email.

On to the Teasday trivia question from last week. The answer is: a fully matured tea leaf! Only the young, tender leaves make a high quality tea. Once the leaf matures, it would actually ruin the flavor by making it bitter. Thanks so much for playing! The winner from last week is: Jillian! I'll get your sample tea right out to you. You are getting chocolate raspberry truffle!

This week's trivia question is: What is the signature tea of the Ivy Leaf Tea Parlor? (I have mentioned it before in previous posts) If you don't know, you can just guess or leave a comment to be entered. For those of you who are regulars at the Ivy Leaf-you may want to try it if you never have!

I have to share a cute little "make you smile" moment I have with my daughter. She is 4 years old and drinks tea with me everyday in her own special china. Her very favorite tea is French Creme' Brulee. So, everytime the tea kettle whistles, she comes running in the kitchen asking me, "Is it scramble A?" She drinks many flavors, but this one is at the top of her list!

Have you ever tried Mango Mist?? If you haven't, you absolutely must before summer is over. It's sooo good hot or cold and has a very refreshing, light flavor. I made it for my husband the other day, who really loved it. It's one of our favorites in the summer.

If you are cutting back on your sugar intake, but you love to sweeten your tea, here's a great and healthy alternative. It's called, Stevia glyceride drops. It's available at health food stores. I got mine at Body-b-Healthy, here in Crestview. It costs about 10.00 and you only need about 1-4 drops depending on your taste. It's made from a plant and is completely natural and chemical free. It has no artificial flavors or colors. I bought the french vanilla flavor and think it tastes delicious!

For those of you who are keeping up in our book club on my jewelry blog, we are on chapters 9 and 10 (P&P).

wishing you a lovely tea,


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Joyful Teasday~

One of the Tea rooms

This Teasday, I wanted to show you that every inch of the Ivy Leaf Tea Parlor is a wonderfully beautiful place. It has a special quality to it that you need to see to really appreciate. I think it is Crestview's hidden diamond and my job is to expose it. When people walk through those doors, they are warmed by the atmosphere of beautifully displayed antiques, china, and tea accessories with the smell of freshly baked goods in the air. Relaxing music is always playing. The house itself with it's original wooden floors and unique character just add to the special place that it is as a tea parlor. Even the hallway with it's lit grapevine drapped with grapes and ivy welcome you and add to the overall experience. Even if you can't make it to the Ivy Leaf in person due to distance, you can still enjoy the wonderful teas by mail. Visit our etsy shop for a list of available teas. Please email a request if you do not see the tea you would like.

Our Teasday trivia winner from last week is Gabrielle!! Congrats! I'll be sending you Strawberry Sensation. I'm sure you will love it. It's wonderful hot or cold. The correct answer was (B) on your seat.

The trivia for next week is:

What type of tea leaf ruins the tea?

O.k. I have a wonderful Turkey and Avocado Tea sandwich recipe for you to try. Here it is~

1/2 cup light mayo

1/4 cup roasted red peppers

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. salt

24 pieces thin wheat bread, crusts removed

2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced

1 (4-oz) container alfalfa sprouts

12 Slices Provolone

1/2 pound deli sliced turkey

3 avocados, peeled and thinly sliced

1. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine mayo, roasted red peppers, garlic powder, and salt; blend for 1 minute.

2. Spread mixture on 12 slices of bread. Evenly layer tomato, sprouts, provolone, turkey, and avocado on prepared bread. Top each with another bread slice; cut sandwiches diagonally.

Enjoy your week everyone!



Tuesday, August 5, 2008

While there's tea, there's hope~Sir Arthur Pinero

Glorious Lavender
Apple Green Teapot
Adorable Robin
Accessories in the shop

Happy Teasday! For those of you who may be new here, each week on Tuesday (Teasday) we have a trivia question as well as interesting tea facts for you. We have a weekly tea give-away randomly chosen from our commenters. All you need to do to enter each week is click the comment section under the post and chose anonymous. Then, after you comment or answer the trivia question, just leave your first name and last initial. You will be contacted via email and be listed on the blog if you are the winner for the week. Speaking of that, our winner this week is my new friend, Hanri, from Oxfordshire, England. Thank you for telling us about your relaxing tea time with your sweet dog. I'm sending you French Creme' Brulee. Enjoy!

In the book, "Everything I know I learned over tea" by Emilie Barnes, there is a great chapter about how resilient teacups are. Ceramic is, of course, breakable, but it is also very resilient. Much of what we know about ancient civilizations we have learned from bits of pottery they left behind. China dishes recovered from shipwrecks are often good as new, long after the ship itself has dissolved in the saltwater! What can this teach us? No matter how fragile we may look on the outside, our strength comes from within. "My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth". Even when times are hard, you can have the strength you need to press on. If you break a favorite teacup, what do you do? You pick up the shattered pieces, buy a new one and make tea again. I would like to encourage you to share a cup of tea with a friend this week. You might be helping a friend by being just what she needs at the moment. If nothing else, time over tea is always special between friends. My neighbor and friend, Nancy dropped in on me today with the most delicious plate of cookies. I happened to have a pot of tea just made and invited her to have a cup with me. Was my house perfectly cleaned? No, but I enjoyed my time with my friend and that's what's more important.

Here's next week's trivia question:

Where do you leave your napkin when you excuse yourself to the restroom at a tea party or dinner?

a. beside your plate

b. on your chair

c. ask the waiter/waitress to take it

Don't forget that we are on week 3 of Pride and Prejudice in the book club. We are reading chapters 5 and 6 before Friday.

I've added some beautiful pictures of the shop for you to enjoy. Don't you love the apple green teapot? I'll be adding in some more wonderful items to our esty shop this week, so stop by and take a peek.

Wishing you joy,