Mailswap with Sparklegirl

I was in the post office a while back and saw they were selling some postcards which I knew my blogger friend Jen would love. I immediately tweeted her a picture and we agreed to do a mail swap.

Oh I do love a blogger mail swap. We agreed that the parcels had to contain sweets! Here’s what Jen sent me….

How cute are these Hello Kitty greeting cards? The one on the right seems relevant for this week in the UK as we’ve had plenty of showers this past week.

Hello Kitty Greetings Cards

The orange packets were chocolate sticks (like Cadbury’s fingers) and Rockets are the Canadian equivalent of Fizzers in the UK.

Rockets Candy Sweets

I loved these Belly Flop jelly beans! They are basically the odd ones that didn’t shape properly, but they still taste awesome and sometimes I would get two that were stuck together, WIN. The Green Thumb candies were chewy and very tasty.

Belly Flops and Green Thumb Candy

No mail swap is complete without tea! Jen was an utter star and sent me maple and pumpkin spice tea, as well as some David’s Tea sachets. WOOP! They don’t deliver to the UK so I love getting some David’s Tea.

David's Tea

Here’s a little preview of the parcel I sent to Jen. You can see inside the package on Jen’s blog here!

Bloggers Mail Swap

Have you received anything exciting in the mail lately?

Toodles!

Claire

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Meet.Make.Laugh Mail Swap

About a month ago I wrote a review for the Girls’ Night In book and one of my lovely Canadian bloggy pals Stephanie from Meet.Make.Laugh left a comment.

Stephanie writes the blog with two friends Hayley and Cindy writing about their girls’ nights in together and crafty goings on in their lives. I knew the book would be perfect for them, so contacted Stephanie to see if she wanted to do a mail swap with me. 

This week, my package arrived all the way from Victoria, BC and to say I was excited to open it was an understatement. Each item was wrapped in brown paper with a yarn tie and had a clue for what was inside…..

Meet Make Laugh Postswap

Tammy seemed to like the handmade parcel (she is a craft cat of course!).

Meet Make Laugh Mailswap

The card was utterly perfect. Scrabble tiles! SO me.

Scrabble Tile Hello Card

I am a huge fan of maple syrup so I spent a good few minutes staring at this maple bacon flavoured sea salt saying “on my word” over and over again. It sounds delicious and I can’t wait to put it on some ice cream!

And come on guys…that notebook could not be any more perfect for me. Mint AND bicycles…..love.

Maple Bacon Sea Salt and Bicycle Notebook

We agreed on one handmade item per package and I was super excited to see what the girls had enclosed. Stephanie had knitted me this beautiful beanie hat (or toque as the Canadians call it) in a gorgeous teal blue colour. The loose knit is great for Spring. Plus I was totally having a bad hair day Sunday and it was really windy so the hat had an outing.

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When I visited Vancouver at Christmas I crammed my suitcase full of Davids Tea as they don’t ship to the UK. They girls had sent me a selection box which I cannot wait to get started on.

G laughs as our coffee cupboard is no more. Since I gave up caffeine it is filled with tea and now makes me look like an utter tea freak. Which I am.

Davids Tea Selection

I’m totally overwhelmed with my package from the Meet.Make.Laugh girls. Thank you SO SO much! I love making blogging friends across the water and am so grateful for all the support they give my blog. Thanks girls 🙂

Please make sure you stop by the Meet.Make.Laugh blog to see what I sent Stephanie, Cindy and Hayley!

Claire

Tea Time

It’s official. I am a tea geek, tea snob, tea addict, whatever you wish to call me. But it hasn’t always been like this. As a student, I worked at Starbucks and they made us taste the different coffees each day as part of our training. I loved one cup of strong black coffee per day.

However, a couple of years ago I got pretty sick & had to change my diet and cut caffeine completely. Then I tried peppermint tea and everything changed…..loose tea features daily in my life & coffee is long gone (sorry Joanne!).

I was recently lucky enough to acquire this beautiful tea set designed by British ceramicist Alison Appleton from a giveaway on The Secluded Tea Party Blog. It has joined my delicate glass teapot from teapigs and my Stump teapot for one. 

Alison Appleton Tea Set

Source: Alison Appleton

My WI group hosted a meeting of tea tasting and buying last week which I sadly missed. The ladies of local company Kandula Tea shared their wonderful story of how the business began. Read Crafty Glitten’s blog here to find out more. I was super grateful for my friends who bought tea for me from the meeting.

Whilst in Vancouver I visited David’s Tea. I am a fan of anywhere that has a ‘tea menu’ and happy smiley staff who are tea geeks too. The range of over 150 flavours is amazing and I made sure I had space in my suitcase (and hand luggage) for some, as they don’t do international delivery yet *sob*!

I tried Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, Organic Peppermint (which is said to stimulate creativity) and Forever Nuts which turns pink when steeped as it contains beetroot. Pretty tea.

Birthday Cake David's Tea

Source: David’s Tea

Next on my list to try is Birthday Cake. Yes, they have teas that are named after cake! It is a blend of Red and Green Rooibos, honeybush, sprinkles and ice cream bits. What a treat a cup of that would be!

I will leave you with my latest Etsy Treasury, “Tea Time“, which is a collection of  handmade and vintage items based around tea. Do share in the comments below if you have a favourite item! 


Antique Teapot with Pea…

$18.00

The Original Maker Of T…

$49.00

Tea Time Apron, gift, w…

$18.00

Cream coloured hand kni…

$17.00

Shelley Bubble Floral C…

$128.00

Soft Blush Pink Heart S…

$14.00

Time for Tea – Hand St…

$16.00

Small Refill Bag Organi…

$11.99

Tea Print – 11×14 Kitch…

$35.00

Vintage China Tea Cup M…

$132.00

British Tea Party Handm…

$8.00

Ornate Teapot Knob

$7.00

Kitchen or Wall art. Ho…

$15.00

Tea Party Tags Favor Te…

$5.95

rubber stamp – TEA TIME

$7.90

Alice in Wonderland Cot…

$5.75

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Happy tea drinking!

claireabelle