Monthly Archives: February 2011

The house ‘special-tea’

Things I love the most are pretty easy to list. Tim. Imy our cat. Our house. My family and friends. Crafting like crazy of course, and then there’s tea. Mmmmmmmm tea.  After busy days are done and I’m pondering my next project there is always a pot of tea on the brew. It’s not a routine. It’s a way of life.

So what else would a gal who drinks lots of tea have besides a fancy tea cup or two?  Tea cosies that’s what.  We have a trusty teapot, Little Blue who sports a cheeky red cosy that I made quite a while ago. He’s pretty cute and definitely cuts the mustard for the day-to-day tea needs of Tim and I. But what about special events where I need to bust out a bigger tea pot? The one we have, well she’s a cracker. With black and white polka dots she’s a fetching pot if I do say so myself.  Although easy on the eye in her glory, there’s a slight issue of temperature. No cosy, cold tea.  Plain and simple.

There was only one thing to do. I needed a new cosy. I’d seen a few sassy options – pineapples, strawberries, bobbly, non bobbly and the like but they just weren’t right.  What to do?

Well, my fav show is Kirstie’s Homemade Home.  Oh how I love that show.  So much so that I bought a copy of Kirstie’s book from the first series (it’s great, you should check it out Kirstie’s Homemade Home). In this delightful publication was a pattern for a tea cosy and not just any cosy – one shaped like a house!  It’s perfect really and wasn’t too hard to make at all.  Damn easy in fact.

So next time you’re around our way, drop on by like people used to and I’ll make you a brew so you can see it for yourself.


Special Guest #1 – Mr January

It’s mid summer where the days are glorious and the sun shines brightly. Well technically that’s the way it should be but Wellington has a mind of it’s own.  Soon the balmy summer days and nights will turn into autumnal weeks before winter is at our door.

Thanks to the handy efforts of my husband Tim (The Doily Grind’s special guest for January) the Stranges will be well sorted to put an end to winter blues with our new woodshed – aptly named Woodstock.  A bit of a carpentry enthusiast, Tim has been dabbling in the odd woodwork project of late with great success.  So before Christmas Tim decided easy access to the wood was a super duper idea and he was underway.

With a bit of active google investigation Tim was soon armed with a set of instructions on how to build your own shed from recycling unwanted pallets – genius!  A week or so later with a trip to Zip, the car (Vinnie to those who know him) was loaded up and he was underway.

With a bit of teamwork (my lack of upper body strength was not an excuse to get me out of lift the shed into position!), Tim’s handy-ness and know how, Woodstock was soon created and completed.  Whilst Tim admired his creation sipping a cup of tea, I attacked Woodstock with a bit of half tea (paint) and bingo, all done!

Amazing effort Tim!