Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from the Ivy Leaf

Cagle Creations~ new at the Ivy Leaf

Tea strainer~19.99

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful Thanksgiving week. I am so looking forward to a few days with family and just being thankful for all our blessings. We, as a country, are so blessed. We have so many things that we complain about, but if we stop and think a moment, we will realize it could be so much worse. For every complaint, we could think of five praises. So, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

New at the Ivy Leaf is my absolute favorite candles! She has 41 scents and they are all wonderful. They are all soy, dye-free and last for hours upon hours. They are all hand-poured by Deanna of Cagle Creations. She has many Christmas and holiday scents. One that I love is, Wassail. It smells exactly like the Wassail my sister used to make every year.

Last week, we did not have a winner, so I am keeping this trivia question up until somebody takes a stab at it.

I want to thank each and every one of you that takes the time to stop by the blog and answer the trivia question each week. I know it's a busy time for everyone with the holidays right now, so stop by when you have a minute to relax and take a little breather from the hurried season. We'll be here waiting for you with a cup of tea and soothing music.

I'm leaving you with some beautiful Christmas scenery and gift ideas from the Ivy Leaf to enjoy....

With warm thanks,


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I feel it in the air-Christmas is coming...

Christmas is already here at the Ivy Leaf Tea Parlor! It is so beautiful. I love this time of year. It absolutely brings out the child in all of us, doesn't it? What could be better than a plate of cookies by the fire, looking at a beautifully decorated home sipping your favorite spice tea. Just thinking about it makes me excited and looking forward to doing just that. I am so excited to decorate this year that I may break with our family tradition of putting the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving and do it earlier. Every year I try to think up something sentimental to do for gifts. I have a lot of books so I could browse those for ideas. Anybody do something special like that they'd like to share? My sister blew us all away one year by having quilt tops our grandmother never finished made into quilts for all of us. She did them herself and included a photo of our grandmother on a beautiful tag included with it. I love things like that.
Our Teasday question last week was about a Zhong. The answer is: It is used to denote a covered cup, this word has now come to mean a mug, with or without saucer, with a lid.

For next week's trivia question: Besides caffeine, there are two other principal chemical ingredients in tea. What are they?

The winner of last week's trivia by random drawing is Hanri from Laundry basket case! Thanks so much for playing!
I can't wait to try all the Christmas teas and spice teas for the holidays. I will give you my top picks in the next couple of weeks.
Have a wonderful week!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Teasday Morning

I was so wrapped up with the election last night that I forgot Teasday! I apologize.
I wanted to let you know that my jewelry will be at the St.Simon's Episcopal Church craft show in Ft.Walton Beach, Fl. this Friday and Sat. from 9-5 on Fri. and 9-3 on Sat. We will have on display a beautiful article about the Ivy Leaf Tea Parlour as well as my custom tea themed jewelry that you will be able to purchase at the Ivy Leaf also. If you do come to the show, and you mention this blog or the Ivy Leaf, you will get 10% off your entire purchase! You can also pre-order custom tea themed jewelry. If you missed the last post, my tea themed bracelet was featured in this month's Romantic Homes magazine! (It's on page 27.)
I was at the Ivy Leaf yesterday and was so amazed at all the beautiful Christmas decorations! It's gorgeous!! You have to stop by and take a look if you get the chance. I will be blogging about it next week since I forgot my camera yesterday. I will show it all to you then. Especially for those of you who are too far to visit in person, I know you will be inspired. It put me in the Christmas spirit already!
We have a little announcement about our etsy shop. We do not technically fit the requirements of etsy because it is for handmade items. Unfortunately, we will have to remove it. We will however, be finding out how we can best offer our delicious teas and tea themed products to you from this blog. I know several of you have wanted to purchase teas from here, and we can still do that. Just know that within a week or so, we will have to remove most items the way they are now from the etsy shop.
Our Teasday trivia was answered so well by Becky!! Thank you! You are our Teasday winner! You are a lucky girl to have a Vixing teapot! Please email me your address and I will get your free sample tea to you. On that note, some of you that have won in the past have not gotten your addresses to me. If you know you were a winner and never received your tea, please email me at: ivyleaf@cox.net. I will get it right out to you! Thanks!
For next week's trivia question: What is a Zhong?

I wish for you all a wonderfully blessed week.