Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tea Towels and TARDISes and more

Welcome back to Team Darjeeling.  If you have not been following this, I am joining the FB group Afternoon Tea Across America and hostessing a traveling teapot for the month of June.  I have so many thoughts swirling in my head that I wish to share with you all.  I hope to get it organized and flowing nicely here for all of my happy readers!

First, a special thanks to Rainy.  She sent the TARDIS through time and space to me, along with some lovely gifts.  There was a passport journal book so hostesses can share travel logs, a pair of bohemian style earrings, a sample of Red Rocks tea from The Tea Spot (click here to learn more), and a hand written recipe (see below).

During its time with her in May she affectionately called the TARDIS Tardy.

If you are any sort of Whovian (people who watch Doctor Who and the TARDIS (click here for details), you know the TARDIS has had many names, and each incarnation of the Doctor comes with a new incarnation of the TARDIS. Some names have included: The Box, The Ship, Blue Box, Sexy, Old Girl and Snog Box.

In that spirit, I thought it would be fun for each Team Darjeeling hostess to call the TARDIS whatever name she likes for the month.  Rainy already told me to call her what I wish :)

And so, I have dubbed her Tilly for this month.  It sounds old fashioned to me, much like the TARDIS and the custom of Afternoon Tea :)

(click photo to enlarge Rainy's recipe for
Mexican Pots du Creme)

In my photo of Tilly, you may have noticed the wonderful crisp white, flour sack style tea towels.  I ordered them with a personalized touch after seeing them on the FB page Afternoon Tea Across America, when another member shared hers.  Here they are close up: 
(2 HAND EMBROIDERED towels $16 + $2 shipping
 from WA, or $5 priority w/tracking # emailed to you)
She normally creates these in pink, but I had the color changed to red as it compliments my kitchen better. She kept the flowers pink and pale blue, which I quite like.  I had the days of the week changed to 'Blessed' and 'Set Free'.  Lovely reminders of what God has done for me.  There are several other designs in this series.  If you are interested in ordering from her, click her name to investigate here: JoAnn Dunlap Bayne at Scene Through My Eyes Blog.  Email her at: joann.bayne@gmail.com She accepts paypal. 
Additionally, I ordered her book which is her own story and one that seems very interesting.
$10 and she will autograph it if you wish!
Now for even more tea fun with Tilly!  Friday, June 5th, 2015 was National Donut Day.  If you don't know, you may think, "Oh brother, another dumb holiday." But friends, this one has a precious history dating back to WWI, 1917 when the Salvation Army sent 'Donut Lassies' into the trenches to bless the soldiers with a little hospitality.
Please click the 3 min. video to play or open in another window by clicking the link below the video.

First, my daycare Littles and I headed to "The Barn"; a local sale held in a lady's back yard every few months, featuring crafts and vintage items.
children's faces blurred for privacy
There were teawares (which I normally come home with, but not this time), a tea tin re-purposed into a succulent planter, pallets painted like flags and much more.  Olivia is proudly holding Tilly TARDIS next to 'the barn' sign.  In the upper left she found a music book on a stand, so she stayed there for the longest time conducting music!
After browsing, we headed to the best donut shop in town, as we have many to choose from!
children's faces blurred for privacy
Tilly posed proudly next to her sign in support of WWI veterans, and the Littles did the same.
This shop features a play kitchen and toys so, much fun was had by all!
I purchased a blueberry donut with lemon icing which was a special donut made for the day.  I saved mine to bring home and enjoy while the kiddos napped ;)
I would love to tell you I was over-the-moon happy with this donut.  The premise sounded quite tasty, but, um, nope.  I can not tell a lie :)
It was just ok.  I also tried Lady Gray Tea for the first time.  It was a gift from the gracious Juanita following our tea earlier this month.  I had no idea it would be so different from Earl Gray (of which I am not a fan), but it was decaf (yay!), and had citrus notes against black tea.  It was quite pleasant.

I have another tea coming up this Sunday with family members (6/14/2015) where Tilly and I will travel through time and space until we arrive at the Aquarium!  Won't that be fun?!
The Sea Otters are my favorite! (photo courtesy of Pinterest)

And 2 weeks following on 6/27, some ladies from the ATAA group will gather in my home to share tea and discuss tea themed books as I close out my traveling teapot hostess duties.
Click here for my Pinterest Board: 
“He brewed his tea in a blue china pot,
poured it into a chipped white cup with
forget-me-nots on the handle,
and dropped in a dollop of honey and cream.
He sat by the window, cup in hand, watching the first snow fall.
"I am," he sighed deeply, "contented as a clam.
I am a most happy man.”
― Ethel Pochocki, Wildflower Tea

Thank you for joining me.  I pray you have a very blessed rest of your week!
Until next time, hugs and a cup of tea!
~Heather Elizabeth
Guest blogging over at 


  1. Oh Heather, what a darling tea pot! I grinned from ear-to-ear when I saw it :) Your post was such a delight, my friend, and that donut had my mouth watering even when you said it wasn't very good {sorry about that}. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. I hope you and the kiddos are feeling all better. Hugs!

  2. How fun! The Tardis teapot is the perfect teapot for traveling!

  3. The traveling Teapot is a wonderful idea! I enjoyed you story of Donut Day with the children. The barn sale sounds so much fun. The donut shop was the perfect way to celebrate with the little ones. Hope you will take a peek of my celebration post this week. Thanks for sharing the traveling Teapot!


  4. What fun and adventures you're having, Heather! I had no idea there was a National Donut Day but then I do live in Canada. Wonderful idea! A charming teapot and the tea towels are very cute too. Thank you for coming to tea with me this week.


  5. Heather: You sure did a great job with the traveling teapot. I think each photo is such fun. I have some of those towels too and love them. Any linens with tea theme speak to me! I sure enjoyed this and so glad you shared at Tea In The Garden!

  6. I am a member of ATAA also. Great group of ladies.

  7. You are having fun with Tilly. That is an interesting piece regarding the donut girls.


  8. I love the old fashioned tea towels! So pretty! Well you cant buy those at the store!

  9. I am a fellow Whovian who likes tea and tea pots and tea CUPS. A wonderful post full of great detail. I enjoyed it so much I went back through, top to bottom. Happy travels to Tilly!

    1. Hi Susan. Welcome. Did you see my post just before this one? http://bluejeansandteacups.blogspot.com/2015/06/team-darjeeling-june-ataa-meetup.html
      It seems like you would enjoy following the teapot through time and space as she makes her way traveling to different hostesses, and or joining our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AfternoonTeaAcrossAmerica/
      Thank you for your kind compliments. You made my day!!
      Have a very blessed day.
      Heather Elizabeth

  10. Hi Heather,
    I came on your blog from Sthephanie linky party. I like so much the Sea Otters mug too!
    I also love the old fashioned tea towels!
    Have a nice week-end,
    La Sportina - ideeroberta.blogspot.it

    1. Well, I am glad you did! Yes, that otter mug is too cute. Thank you for visiting.
      ~Heather Elizabeth

  11. Hi Heather! As a Dr. Who fan, I really enjoyed your post with "Tilly"! Cute how you got her picture next to the donut poster :). Maybe she even popped by during the first Donut day? By the way, I had no idea it wasn't a made up think for Dunkin' Donuts (and the like)! I'm looking forward to your next post as you travel through time and space to the aquarium! Geronimo!

    1. Hello Carrie :)
      Scrolling back through comments... just found yours. Glad you have enjoyed the posts. Hopefully you are caught up with the 2 more recent ones, and even the one before this. I finished off my hostessing time and what a time it was. Now a new companion will join the TARDIS ;)
      Have a wonderful week!!!