Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tea and Bundts

I like the experience of drinking tea more than I like the actual taste of it.

It's not that I don't like tea - but I get more excited about the little bits and pieces that go with it, more than the drink itself. The little sugar cubes, the petite cups - the ladylikeness of the whole thing. And I love the fact that people throw parties that revolve around the cuteness of tea. Those cute little finger sandwiches, and the little cakes... it's such a whimsical affair, don't you think?

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I have a little announcement to make - I like the idea of tea so much that I created a new jewelry line in my Etsy store as a tribute to it, and would LOVE for you to go take a gander through my shop and let me know what you think! They feature my little illustrations, and I like to think that they accurately capture my feelings towards the loveliness of the Tea Party experience.

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To celebrate the introduction of jewelry to my store, I wanted to throw a mini-teaparty for me and Brian. So I baked two lovely mini-bundts, but when I looked in the cupboard... NO TEA (gasp!). So last night we tea-partied without the tea.

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(PS. My latest HMN article is up! Stop by if you get a chance and leave me some comment love. It's all about being CRAZY!)

40 comments:

Eric said...

Dionne, I feel like a woman commenting on your blog. You know I love you because I do this, right?

Cool post. I like tea a lot. I usually stick with the fruitier varieties.

I would much rather watch a football game a bar though than eat dainty, cut up sandwiches. However, my go to gift for the ladies in my life usually involve a gift certificate to the Scarlet Tea Room in Pasadena.

Dionne said...

Ohmigoodness Eric! I never got to go to the Scarlet Tea Room when I lived out there but ALWAYS wanted to!!! When are you going home for the holidays? I am trying to coordinate another Bloggers Get Together, and I was thinking of doing it there. Would you go if it was there?

sarah said...

I LOVE tea and cakes! and I love your jewelry line even more! great job Dionne!

truly smitten (too lazy to sign in with that account)

cory - falling star lane said...

you crack me up - it's just what i would do!!
i'd love t see the necklaces worn - i can't picture how they'll hang!!
(if you have it on your site, i missed it!)
:)

Dionne said...

I agree, Cory. I have one more space for a photo, so when I get a chance, I will add a pic of it around someone's neck to show how it hangs.

Hilary Leister said...

1) If I learn Dream Weaver, it will be a miracle haha...

2) I just ate 3 of the 4 blueberry scones and feel sick to my stomach, but it was SO worth it!

3) Tea is wonderful, I totally agree. It just accompanied my scones :)

the southern hostess said...

The bundt cakes look amazing, and your jewelry is lovely! What a wonderful blog -- glad I found it!

MYSAVIOR said...

Your bundts look amazing! Your jewelry is so lovely and unique. I can't wait to see the necklace I got for my mom in person.

Gabby said...

Your new line is too cute! I will check it out asap...and those cakes look divine :)

simplesong said...

i totally agree with you about tea!

Monica said...

Cute necklaces! I love tea. I've always dreamed of a springtime tea party in a blooming garden.

Michelle said...

YES. Totally in agreement. In fact, I just wrote about that!

http://loveindetails.blogspot.com/2009/09/ritual-of-tea.html

Hehe. LOVE tea in so many ways. Therefore, your new jewelry line is making me very happy right now... :)

LBB said...

Your new jewelry line is so pretty and feminine and the perfect accessory for a tea party! :)

Your bundt cakes look amazing - especially the caramel white chocolate! Can you share the recipe?
~Lynn

olivia rae said...

omg!! not only is that jewelry adorable, those bundt cakes are making my mouth water!! beautiful beautiful!

Nicole Marie said...

wooo. how exciting! i'm going to check it out now!!

Kaye Prince said...

You rock Dionne and your new jewellery is gorgeous!

I do like tea (you know coffee is my first love) and I enjoy going out and grabbing a specialty cup at any of the shops that have opened nearby.

Lily G. said...

I totally know what you mean with the tea!! Cute necklaces!

patricia zapata said...

Totally with you with the tea!
Love your crazy week idea. Hmmm.

If you do a bloggers get together I'd love to go!

oh, hello friend. said...

dionne, i absolutely LOVE your new line is jewelry, it is fabulous! i love how all the charms match the art too. hurray!

xo. danni

Tender Branson said...

Tea parties without the tea...that is so up my alley! The cakes look great.

Beth Dunn said...

I love tea, tea parties etc. I used to be in a Tea Group xoxo

the Lost Earring said...

Oh your tea jewelry is just lovely! Nice work :) I appreciate the sweet ceremonial nature of tea drinking, but I have to say I don't LOVE the taste. It's good, just not great. I do love honey though, and if there is enough honey in a tea like market spice or something I will definitely enjoy it more. Those little bundt cakes are soooooo cute!

Jaime said...

Those cakes look yummy!!!

Have a good weekend :)

nicole addison said...

oh those are adorable! i cant believe i've never visited your shop.. i have to do that right now :) have a great weekend lady!

Carol said...

I drink tea all day at work! Jasmine blossom green tea, so good!

Gaia said...

I'M SO EXCITED FOR NEW COLLECTION!
It's so cute and it's perfect for my project! i'll let you know when you'll be featured!
Nice cakes . Receipes?
Thanks for sharing always such a beautiful pics!

photojoy said...

Dionne, you are so talented. Neclaces look just great. I like the design. I'm going to jump to your shop and would like to see more. I love straight tea and I think we take tea in the evening when we have much time to enjoy all the processes to make tea. Yes, I enjoy the atmosphere as well as the taste like you. Have a nice weekend.

Sara said...

love the necklace! oh and tea is just the one thing that I have to drink when around other people

Torie Jayne said...

Oh! I love your necklace, so adorable! and those cakes look so yummy, Have a great weekend!x

DesBisoux said...

these necklaces are super cute! i also love the litlle charms attacehd to it!
i love a tea party myself and your cakes look yummy!
have agreat weekend.xxx

Bri said...

Oh those cakes look really lovely. I was just thinking about one of them - maybe I'll have to make one now!

Tali Schiffer said...

I love love love the new tea inspired collection! You're totally right about the whole girly cuteness around tea parties!

Carissa said...

your new necklaces are just lovely! and those bundt cakes look delicious! that apple cinnamon bundt is seriously making my mouth water!! I'm not much of a tea person myself, but I was in canada recently on a trip and got sick and ordered tea for my throat. the Rose something-or-other tea they brought me was surprisingly yummy! :)

Kristin said...

You are so so talented. Love the new pieces!

Mo said...

aa i love tea...mostly because i get to eat cupcakes and kanelbulle with it !!!!

those cakes you made seem soo yummy !!

lyndsey | paper girl said...

the new jewelry is SO cute!! and wow, those bundt cakes look delish.

Laure said...

Hey Dionne!

I really love your new jewelery line! Congratulations! I've just spent all my money on a vintage pocket watch (1902!) but as soon as I replenish I'll be dropping by your shop! :)

Kristin said...

Your jewelry collection is adorable -- I love it!! (and am very inspired by your creativity!)

Yum -- now I'm hungry for a bundt cake. those look delicious!

Pamela said...

Fabulous new jewelry line! Very unique and beautiful...I love your photos!

I love tea, too! But I have a confession to make...I've never drank tea from dainty lil' teacups...I always drink it from my trusty ceramic mugs! I've been meaning to blog about my favorite tea, so stay tuned! :)

Dana said...

Hi Dionne ... I'm Lillybonbon's sister :) Just thought I'd check your blog (love it!) since you're always leaving such nice comments for her. I totally agree about tea ... the idea of it is much more appealing than the actual drink ... but anything's good with enough cream and sugar!