Ecstasy is a glass full of tea
and a piece of sugar in the mouth.
~ Alexander Puskin
Yes Ma'am, we Southern girls like our Sweet Tea. The sweeter, the better.
When I came across these heart-shaped tea bags on Design Sponge (via Pinterest), I knew I had to try to make them for our "heart" challenge this week. The tutorial is easy to follow, but here are a few tips I came up with to make it even easier.
- Use heart-shaped dies to cut your unbleached muslin. The slightly embossed edge makes a great sewing guide.
- You can stamp on the muslin after you cut out your heart shapes but before you assemble them into tea bags.
- A little funnel is handy for getting your loose tea into your heart shaped tea bags as you're sewing them shut.
- The My Favorite Things Notched Tag and Bon Appetit dies and stamp sets are great for making the tea tags.
Check out those sugar cubes. Yes, I made them. How cool is that?! They're just granulated sugar, mixed with a teeny bit of water and paste food coloring and then pressed into a candy mold. Cindy Hopper at Skip to my Lou has a great, pictorial tutorial here.
All of this sweet-tea goodness needs something to hold it all. Check out my tea bag baggie.
Yes! A treat box shaped like a tea bag. Adorable, right?! You can find a free template to make the tea bag baggie here, at Waltzingmouse Makes.
Of course that darling doll image is one of Heather Ellis' Digi Stamp Characters (Pure Innocence PO22). Run fast, because today Heather's having a sale on her images. I'm still pinching myself that Heather Ellis is sponsoring our challenge for these two weeks. Such a treat! For you stampers who to stamp ink over toner ink, you can find this same image as a clear stamp at My Favorite Things.
This project gave me a chance to try some new things. That was almost as refreshing as a big ice cold glass of sweet tea.
Here are the Copic markers and the rest of the recipe. Enjoy.