Create this for the Lunar New Year : Tea Infused Liquor

Welcome the Lunar New Year with a custom liquor infused with your favorite tea. Great as a DIY gift or even a unique offering for a party.

With the Lunar New year around the corner, I thought a little fun with our tea was in order. Last year my boss and I experimented with infusing alcohol with different teas (yes and it was the best end of shift ever). We had a whole prohibition ladies night event and all. The favorite was Baileys and earl gray. But I wanted to experiment with something a little outside of the norm for my hometown (just for me, and if you make it you too).

Sencha infused Sake was what came out of my experiments. The two go so well together that it, that it is the perfect pairing with dumplings for the New Year. So either head over to pick up some sake or even try an experiment of your own. 

Welcome the Lunar New Year with a custom liquor infused with your favorite tea. Great as a DIY gift or even a unique offering for a party.

All you need is

Liquor
A Mason jar
Tea of your choice

All you need to do is

1. Measure 1 tsp per 1/2 cup of liquor into a clean mason jar

eg. 500ml (2 cups) needs 4 tsp

2. Seal up jar and label with date and mix

3. Store in the fridge. Leave traditional teas for no longer than 24 hours, herbal blends can be left to desired taste


4. Strain and serve


Welcome the Lunar New Year with a custom liquor infused with your favorite tea. Great as a DIY gift or even a unique offering for a party.

Tips

  • Drink within 2-4 days, for greener teas

  • More oxidized teas seem to last longer when infused into liquor

  • Give a bottle as a gift to other tea lovers

  • Bring to a party (why not)

  • Finally, experiment. Adjust to your taste just as you would with normal tea

This is a great way to use up old tea that has been sitting around or you want to branch out a bit with. A final idea for this is to use the blend in mixed drinks, I personally think that a touch of a fruit juice or fruity liquor would go well with the sencha/sake. Giving it a unique new dimension to its natural vegetal notes.

Leave a comment or tag me on Instagram or twitter if you try this out. Keep steeping everyone.

Make this last minute gift a DIY tea blend

Need a last minute gift that will take no time at all? This DIY tea blend is sure to do the trick and it is full of love for your recipient. Give the gift of health from the heart.

Back during the early days of this blog I fell in love with the creativity behind blending a custom tea. It gradually brought me to the medical side, more as a bonus overall. Flash forward to 2016, those experiences lead me to this DIY I created myself. A bit of a preview for the friends who will be getting them, as this project was created for them from the bottom of my heart.

Handmade gifts have always been the popular choice, but creating them can be daunting. I do not like complex steps either. This DIY is simple, so that you too can create a gift for friends or as a last minute gift even. Gather up supplies you have around the house and, either teas for this blend or pick up a mix you are dieing to share. Let’s get started!

Tools

Teas from recipe (below) or any tea
A bowl
Measuring cups
Piece of paper (for a funnel)
Containers to gift them in
Card stock to print tags (optional)
Twine (optional)
Scissors or a paper cutter (optional)
Hole punch (optional)

Titania’s Lullaby Recipe**

2 cups of Honeybush
1 cup of Lavender flowers
1 cup of Osmanthus petals

Need a last minute gift that will take no time at all? This DIY tea blend is sure to do the trick and it is full of love for your recipient. Give the gift of health from the heart.

  Mix all three teas together, after measuring out portions into your bowl. Mix it up for equal distribution and flavor. Then use your “funnel” (roll it like a sushi hand roll, tape if needed) to fill your containers. With this amount of tea I was able to create 6 portions for the same number of gifts.

Glass is not really the best for tea as the light can make it lose its potency. To slow things down I taped off all the edges to the interior of the bottle and sprayed them with Kyrylon Sea Glass spray paint. It gives it a bit of opacity that will protect it. Pick a container that calls to you, a handmade gift is always from the heart after all.
Need a last minute gift that will take no time at all? This DIY tea blend is sure to do the trick and it is full of love for your recipient. Give the gift of health from the heart.
If you would like to add a tag like I did, simply create a business card sized design. Mine was created on Canva to save time. Then paste them into a document on word and print them onto the card stock. Cut them out using a paper cutter or scissors, and cut off both corners on one end. Finally use a hole punch to slip twine through and tie to the jar.

This is very versatile as you can always create your own blend or choose a tea that has been blended for you. This blend was created for my close friends who needed something to help them relax and sleep. Also the ingredients have been known to help with inflammation, which we all have to come degree.

  This DIY is perfect any time of the the year, just change up the tag to suit the occasion. Happy Winter Solstice and Merry Christmas everyone. We will be back next week to help you prepare for the new year (trust me I’m keeping it simple for the both of us, no fuss). Love you all, best wishes!

** For personal use only. Reproduction of Titania’s Lullaby recipe in whole or in part only with permission of author. Please do not sell tea blends of this recipe.

Three quick and easy ways to add a creative touch to a gift

Get creative with your gift wrapping with these three super easy and cheap ways to add that creative touch. Reduce your footprint and reuse things you already may have around the house.

      

 I have been wrapping presents normally for years and it just never felt right. Last Christmas was the first year I began to add a little of myself into the wrapping of gifts to my family and friends. It adds an extra dimension to the gift over all, no matter what it is (even socks or underwear lol). It is easy for anyone to do. Here are a few things that I have done with some things I had around the house.

Get creative with your gift wrapping with these three super easy and cheap ways to add that creative touch. Reduce your footprint and reuse things you already may have around the house.

Re-use boxes or packaging

Sometimes a simple little cover over the label is needed. Others you may need to get out some paint. Matt paint works best, and if you have any trouble with it staying on cover it with a light coat of clear matt spray paint to make it stay.

Use washi tape

Covering a label or even just jazzing up a pain box. No matter what pattern washi tape you use it will look amazing. If you want to go an extra step use punches (or even a hole punch) to add “stickers” to one box and the remnants on another. Personally I am still looking for a tea punch for throughout the year.

Use project life cards or the picture side of an old card

When I got into project life I ended up with so many cards and not knowing what to do. Using them as a tag gave them some new life. But if you don’t have any simply use the front of an old card. Cut it off from the message potion and reuse it.

These ideas can be used throughout the year, not just for the holidays. Your giftee will love your gift even more because you created the packaging for it. It’s like giving love as a bonus little side gift with every one you create. Best part of all, you can still do it this close to Christmas. Happy holidays everyone.

Exploring Photography: Tips to help you take better photos

It has been almost two months since I received my new camera and I adore my new creative outlet. Photography is drastically different from drawing or painting. Using what is around you or bringing aspects together to create a new image. Everything is left up to light that comes into the camera which all these little settings to alter it. High light, low light, large shadows, no shadows. There is so much you can do with it, but it is all up to how you alter the setting to get the image you want.
  At the moment I am slowly trying to put together elements to develop my own style. Taking pieces from here and there to get to the end result. It’s a long road but I am taking it day by day.  But I want to share what has helped me so far with you.

Exploring Photography- Tips to help you take better photos with use of a few very affordable items you can obtain locally. Get the most out of your cell phone camera or DSLR Canon Camera.

Tip #1: Use  daylight where ever possible

A bright window does wonders for lighting up your subject. Lights in most homes are fluorescent which gives pictures a tint in any pictures you take. Which brings me to our next tip. 

Tip #2: If not then use “daylight” light bulb to create it

 Thanks to technology we can now recreate the light we wish. This type of light bulb can be purchased sometimes at dollar stores but if you cant to create a quick kit for under $20 then check out places such as Home Depot. There you can find a light socket with a clamp and adjustable “neck”. Super handy if you need to take a picture latter in the evening or when it is overcast out. 

Tip #3: Used White foam core to bounce light back onto your subject

This has been my go to tool for the last few years, a trick I picked up at Blog Podium from Giulia’s photography workshop. Either check out your local dollar store or craft supply store to pick one up. Have the light coming in from one side and bounce the light back on the subject with the foam core board. When you feel you have mastered bouncing light this way try out our next tip.

Tip #4:  Rent or buy a 5 in 1 reflector

I have only had this for about little over a month and I love it. You zip and flip to get the side out that you desire. There is gold, silver, white, black and the middle can be used as a diffuser (lessen the light or soften). It folds up small and comes with a little bag making it super portable! For this little gem I would check your local Photography store and also Amazon.  Mine is 20″ wide and suits all of my needs so far. 

Tip #5: Try out a fixed prime lense (50mm or 35mm)

   These little guys have no zoom, only a focusing ring on them. They are light usually and versatile. If you are into portraiture and still life (such as flat lays) then 50mm  is perfect for you. Although if you are into fashion photography with friends or need a wider shot then 35mm is your friend. Compare prices (don’t forget to look at used from a certified retailer such as Henry’s here in Canada) and abilities online to find the ones that suits you the best.

Bonus Tip #6: Practice regularly to get used to your camera and its functions 

  This applies also to the camera’s on our phones as well (or apps for that matter). Getting used to all the functions of a camera takes time and practice. I learned back in High School but was not able to recall what each thing did such as ISO and shutter speed. Practice has helped me understand it in the best way for myself.  

But if you are the type that likes a little guide ( same here, so I can break rules after I learned them). Here are two e-courses that  I would highly suggest checking out A Beautiful Mess’ DSLR for Beginners e-course or even Giulia’s Table Top Photography e-course on Atly. I have purchased both of them and found the information very valuable.

   Do you have any tips for photography with either a camera or phone? Share them in the comments below to help others in the community here at Tea Journey.