Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Tea Magazine

Thanks to David and impulse buys in the checkout line at Whole Foods, I am in possession of the May-June 2013 issue of Tea Magazine, and it has pretty much reaffirmed my belief that impulse buys are always a good idea, at least when it comes to things tea or craft related.  The magazine is great though because it introduced me to ways to use tea other than just drinking it.  There are recipes for spice tea rubs to use on ribs or chicken wings, ways to add tea to different cocktails, and even ideas on how to pair teas with different foods (much as one would do with wine).  It's pretty much my kind of guilty pleasure when it comes to reading.

Yes, impulse buys are a must.

P.S. I'm drinking an organic rooibos tea right now (something decaffeinated to give my poor body a break after my first exam today).  It is sooo yummy.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

As I predicted, exam studying has sucked away most of my knitting/crochet time.  I am just over halfway with my blanket, and considering I have nowhere to put the work in progress but my lap while I'm crocheting, I am discovering why so many people don't like to knit or crochet in the summer - it's too hot!

I'm already dreaming of my next project though.  I'm trying to "slash my stash" so to speak, so I have enough yarn to make a really beautiful lace scarf for myself.  I definitely don't want summer to end, but I have to say, I do miss my fall clothes.

I'm currently reading Ender's Game, and it is addictive.  I seriously never want to put it down at night.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Tea to the Rescue

If it weren't for tea, I probably wouldn't have gotten out of bed this morning - my bed was just too warm and my pillow too inviting and the clock said it was too early to be awake.

But the exam studying schedule I made myself said otherwise.

So I pulled myself out of bed (with the help of an awesome wake-up phone call from my man!), got ready for the day, and headed straight for Starbucks on my way to class.

Thank goodness for tea to help me pull through the week before finals.  Plus some added help from a couple in-class doodles.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I'm finally making decent headway on my chevron blanket - huzzah! I'm nearing the halfway mark, and I'm glad I was actually able to make tangible progress over this past week.  Unfortunately, summer exams are less than two weeks away, so my progress will probably slow down as my study schedule becomes more prominent, but I'm eager to finish this summer semester strong and have a few weeks of break, to be filled with lots of craftiness and reading, I'm sure.

Currently, I'm reading a couple things:
 - A Feast For Crows.  I listen to this "on tape" as I walk to class.
 - Something Borrowed.  I can't say I'm the kind of girl who typically reads book categorized as chick-lit, but every once in a while, it's nice to just have an easy, fast read.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Argo Tea

One of the many things I love about Chicago is Argo Tea.  The first time I went to Argo Tea was during my first visit to Chicago last Fall.  David and I were out walking along Michigan Avenue, and we stopped in for some tea to get out of the rain.  And thus began my love.

Argo Tea started with the idea of becoming the tea equivalent of a Starbucks, and personally, this was one of the best ideas a person could have, especially since coffee has never been my drink of choice.  Unfortunately, within the States, they're only located in New York and Chicago.  If they decide to open in Atlanta anytime soon though, they can count on me to be their first customer.

One of my favorite things about Argo is the variety of tea that it has introduced me to.  Black tea has always been my go to tea of choice, but most recently, I got to try a red tea for the first time.  I had a non-caffeinated rooibos pomegranate tea, and it was soooo yummy.  I'm seriously itching for more.  I can't get enough.

And as of today, Argo Tea started their own blog!  As if I didn't have enough blogs to follow already.

The Argo Tea located on Michigan Ave has original artwork by the artist George Riney for sale.  This was my personal favorite, entitled "Serenity Sky"

Monday, July 15, 2013

Moon River

"Dream maker, you heart breaker, wherever you're going, I'm going with you."

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I used to be really good at having these posts up early on Wednesday mornings, but as the summer continues, I am finding it harder and harder to not just make time for yarn but to spend a few minutes writing this post and showing off what little progress I might have.  I spent the better part of the last week in Chicago, so I was honestly more concerned with spending time with David than I was with working on this blanket. I did get to show off my progress to him though (since he will be the future owner of this blanket), and I think he approves so far, albeit my slow progress.

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Tea

The last few days have been a whirlwind of fireworks, the best of Chicago food, and crying when Audrey Hepburn pushed her cat out of a cab door into the rain in Breakfast at Tiffany's.  And although Breakfast at Tiffany's is far from my favorite Hepburn film (can anything beat Charade? Or Cary Grant, for that matter?), I am a little bit newly obsessed with the song Moon River.  It's wistful and lovely and pretty much everything I feel in the days after David and I embark upon another period of separation after being reunited for a few blissful days.  Coupled with a cup of tea, it's the perfect song if you feel in the mood for a good cry or if you just don't feel like studying for your test*.

*Neither of these are from personal experience, of course.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I'm pretty much in love with my color choices for this blanket. When I initially received the yarn in the mail, I was worried because the yellow was so much brighter than I had anticipated, but I actually love the contrast it makes with the other colors.

It's a pretty easy crochet, and it's easy to get a couple of rows done while watching an episode of something on TV. All in all, an awesome crochet project.