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Animal Spirit Guides

My Personal Journey to Understanding

Animal Spirit Guides are animals characterized as a teacher or messenger that come in animal form and have a direct relationship to an individual. You will have several Animal Spirit Guides throughout your lifetime. They come in and out of our lives to guide us, teach us about ourselves and help us maintain balance. They can enter our lives several different ways. They may enter a dream, physically cross paths with you or walk up to you during meditation.

My Spirit Guide journey was one born of curiosity. Christian values and beliefs were instilled early on in life. In my earlier years, I was very active in our family, Episcopal Church. I participated in plays, Sunday church group and was the Head Acolyte. An Acolyte performs ceremonial duties, such as lighting the candles before service. 

During a first-grade class reading, of the nativity scene, I remember being perplexed about the difference between God and Jesus. I distinctively remember feeling nervous, but also very curious as my hand shot up to ask a question. My very loving teacher saw my eagerness, smiled and asked, “Yes, Amanda you have a question?” Doing my best to contain my five-year-old energy, I clasped my hands in my lap and said, “Who was up in Heaven when Jesus was on Earth. Are God and Jesus, the same person?” My teacher was completely astonished by my question and a little ill-prepared by my eagerness. This was during a time when children sang the national anthem in school and celebrated Christian holidays, like Christmas.  She responded, “That is a great question Amanda, would you like to come up and read the next few pages to the class.” Her effort to distract me, by praising me, worked!

“Anytime you are working with Spirit Guides, there is an unspoken rule, and that is, you need to invite them. Spirit Guides will not just show up; you need to extend an invitation and ask to meet them and for their guidance.”

Around 2014, my curiosity of other beliefs and questioning my own, lead to enrolling in a Shamanism Class about Spirit Guides. By this time in my life, I knew there were Spirit Guides, and my knowledge of Angels also grew. Who knew there were so many, I digress. It would be many years before I would reconcile all that I had learned.

Our teacher was a renowned Shaman and incredibly gifted. Part of the curriculum was a phone in mediation. The time of the call, unfortunately, was right when I get off work, so I could only listen and not participate. At night, before sleep, I would put on nature sounds and practice what I learned earlier that day. For a long while, it was very frustrating for me. As others would comment in a private forum about their beautiful and extremely vivid experiences, I became less and less hopeful for my own.

Anytime you are working with Spirit Guides, there is an unspoken rule, and that is, you need to invite them. Spirit Guides will not just show up; you need to extend an invitation and ask to meet them and for their guidance. Another thing to point out, spirit guides are not bound by time, we are. So just because you ask for their help this morning, doesn’t mean they will show up tonight, prepared to conduct dream work.

The class ended, and I still had not seen or heard from my Spirit Guides. My knowledge and understanding were greatly increased, but my disappointment was overwhelming. I kept thinking of one particular classmate and her shared experiences. It seemed all she had to do was close her eyes and her Spirit Guides were on-call waiting. She described it as sitting around a campfire together, all relaxing, enjoying each others company, ready to share information or to be asked for guidance. Her experiences left something to envy.

The class had been over for two weeks, and in that time, decided to put my worries to rest for awhile. It was on an early Sunday morning while laying in bed with my eyes closed, the house still asleep; a thought popped into my head. It felt like a question that needed to be asked, and so I asked it. While laying there and with my mind’s eye, I said, “Are any of my Spirit Guides with me?” Suddenly, there was movement beyond the darkness of my eyelids. I turned over to my left shoulder and that’s when whiskers began to appear from behind the darkness. A veil was being lifted and an animal was walking towards me, slowly and precisely. To my astonishment, it was a large Black Panther moving nearer to the left side of my bed. “You are beautiful,” I thought, while piercing my eyes shut, forcing myself to stay in the moment . The scene reminded me of a black and white chalk drawing. She chose to represent herself to me in artform. The only color visible was the bright jade green of her eyes. Her fur seemed like silk, lit from an unknown source, highlighting her hair and whiskers. There were no words spoken and neither of us blinked. We just stared, taking in the moment.

I’m so grateful for this experience. She knew exactly how to approach me so that I would not be alarmed. This experience led to other Guide visits and more vivid interactions and messages.

“Black Panther, with her penetrating jade green gaze, evokes the sense that she is capable of looking into the future, hence this beautiful cat is closely linked to Seers and Prophets.”

Black Panther Spirit Guide

Black Panther as a Spirit Animal often comes to those who need protection. Panthers, generally speaking, are smaller than lions or tigers – yet far more fierce. The Panther Spirit Animal helps us navigate darkness, within and without. As we follow Her lead, we transform doubts into strengths so that we may inevitably be birthed into a new level of awareness.

Role: Prophet
Lesson: Reclaiming Power
Element: Fire/Water
Medicine: Shapeshifting

Prophet. Reclaiming Power. Mystery. Energy Awareness. Lunar Magic. Penetrating. Stealth. Shape shifting.

The green eyes represent a spiritual awakening and also a testing of fear as well as a blessing. Green is also represented by the heart chakra. My Black Panther is showing me great love and sees me as one of her own, ready to teach and lead me into new levels of consciousness.

I’ve loved black panthers all my life. As a little girl, I would cut out photos of them from nature magazines and post them onto my bedroom walls. Later on in College, I would meet my future husband, and his family crest is a black panther head. It feels as though, she was always with me, waiting patiently, sending messages through my thoughts. It was a truly incredible experience, and it’s not until you’ve had one of your own, will you fully understand, how not alone we are.

I understand now that my Black Panther Spirit Guide was my gatekeeper. With one visit she opened the doors and walked me down the path of spiritual knowledge.

If you are on a similar journey, have patience. Invite your Spirit Guides of the light to visit and guide you. Ask them to appear to you in a way you will remember and understand!

If you’ve had a Spirit Guide or Animal Spirit Guide experience. I would love to hear from you! Post your experience in the comments.

“Our Soul Allies light the fire in those initial visits, but it’s up to us to keep it burning.” 

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Evolution of Design

The birth of Teatime Designz has been an evolution of design, patience and intention. Puns came later!

The year was 2009, I had been a college graduate for 2 years and working full-time, for the first time in my field, as a Motion Graphic Artistic. Life was decidedly better and it was during a time that I was experimenting with jewelry. Creating beaded bracelets, necklaces and learning what the hell, crimping was.

These early designs were very traditional and were given as gifts to family and friends at the Holidays. The idea of Teatime Designz did not germinate till later that year. Like any good Graphic Designer, I started with my name and logo. This gave me an identity and a theme. Teatime Designz with a ‘z’ meant it had pizzazz!

Diving into research mode lead me to Etsy, a platform for creative people like myself. The excited and inexperienced jewelry designer that I was, thought, “My designs are going to be so well received and people will find me.” As you might have guessed, this did not happen and like so many creatives and entrepreneurs, when the going gets tough, we stop going. In my defense life was about to get really hard and Teatime Designz would have to wait.

“Never let a stumble be the end of your journey.”

I’ve been wanting to write about my journey for awhile, but was partly embarrassed to share my struggle. I’ve learned over time that there is no embarrassment is learning, struggling and failure. The knowledge I’ve gained has made me a better business person, more confident in my work and has opened doors to new creative endeavors.

Teatime Designz laid dormant for a long time. Old jewelry designs were either lost, given away or packed for another day. For the next 5 years, I would jump from design job to no job, to hard labor to freelance. Gaining experience, character and knowledge along the way.

“We fast-forward to the year 2014”

All my design experience and freelance work had taught me a lot about websites, blogs and social media. I wasn’t by any means an expert, but I could rely on my skills to build my own website and slip away from Etsy. Teatime Designz had a new resurgence and this time around, I decided to focus on the ceremony of tea to influence my jewelry.

I was so excited about these pendants. They were new and completely different from what I had done in the past and were authentically me. Following trends can possibly get you that big sale, but there is no longevity in it and for me personally, it wasn’t honest. Why create something you don’t believe in?

Resin was my newest obsession. I filled the tiny teacups with resin and a mix of acrylic to get a dark, black tea. The metals I worked with were aluminum, steel, brass and copper. I Loved the look of exposed gears and steampunk attitude and imbued that influence into one of my pendant designs called, “Tea Punk.” Here starts my punny journey. 😉

My photography had improved as well as my knowledge of creating a story and building an audience. I remember when I reached 100 followers on Instagram and thought, ONE HUNDRED FOLLOWERS!!! Gotta love the excitement of new beginnings. Shortly after, I had my first sale, my first share, my first like….it was the energy I needed to keep going and believe in myself. My connections grew online and soon I was apart of tiny communities, all in love with tea.

My first complaint. One of my resin pieces fell apart and to make matters worse they were in a foreign country and I had to explain, over email, how to repair it. This knocked me down a few notches and forced me to rethink my designs aesthetically and practically.

The last half of 2014 was the starting of a new cycle.

I was back working full-time in the design industry and was able to save money for the first time, in along time. I managed to save enough money to surprise my Husband on our Anniversary, with a trip to Las Vegas for Christmas. We had such an amazing time. Time away from the day-to-day, social media and Teatime Designz, allowed me to think clearly and recharge. Christmas Eve, while at a jousting tournament, (not kidding) I had the brilliant idea to use actual tea leaves in my jewelry.

When we arrived home, I began to steep on my idea of working with real tea. The trial and error an error process of resin and organics began. At the time, there was little information about this concept online and was forced to just figure it out on my own. When I felt secure about my work, I had my first Instagram Giveaway.

Furthering my knowledge on crystals, gemstones, energy and tea was a must.

“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.” “Rather than turning the page, it’s much easier to just throw the book away.” “Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.”

2015 was my year for Spirituali-tea. It was this year, I learned to connect with my Spirit Guides, feel crystal energy for the first time and begin to learn about the importance of chakra energy and balancing.

My packaging also improved. With every sale, I cleansed my jewelry pieces with collected moon water and provided a personal letter about the jewelry with every purchase. I began to develop a real sense of togetherness and understanding of my jewelry and learned that in-fact, what I was creating was not jewelry, but Totems also known as Talismans. This is something I talk about immensely in another blog and it gets personal. If you care to read, follow this link. I love creating totems and feel this is one of my gifts for helping others. If you are interested, you can learn more here.

2016 would further this knowledge. Bought a new XLR Camera and this greatly improved my photography. More and more my story was emerging. I had an idea, back in 2014 about tea and spirituality. The thought of tea actually having spiritual properties began to intrigue me. Again, this was a topic NO ONE was talking about. When you researched tea and spirituality, my search results were flooded with pages on tea leaf readings and that was not my intention. At shows customers would talk to me about my jewelry and we would discuss moon energy, spiritual energy, elemental energy and tea energy. These discussions and their interest let me know I was on to something, but the “How” was missing. How was I going to bring this concept to fruition? How would people receive it? How was it going to look and in what form, would I choose to educate people? This would continue to allude me till the middle of 2017.

 

Bracelets, Bracelets, Bracelets

Awe, 2017 you gave me a rough start. The stable job I had was no longer and found myself unemployed on the 6th of January. This experience was one of my darkest and all my new ideas, shows and content were all on hold and for a long time. I’m a firm believer of going through the emotions and stages of loss, so you can come out stronger on the other end. My stages of loss lasted for quite a long time and with every let down and set back, it through me into a tailspin of grief and negativity. In the end, it was myself that decided enough was enough and started a gratitude journal plus changed my eating habits. After these changes and before my big break, life was feeling much better.

September brought happy news and I was again employed. It was a new business and I would have a big role and this was exactly what I needed to jump-start my life and Teatime Designz again.

Bracelets! I had been asked at shows and online about the possibility of bracelets, but I didn’t know how to got about it. It had to incorporate tea, but how? What about creating my own beads, I thought and there in-lies my journey into bracelets. They made their debut this year at the end of July and were LOVED! People could not believe I made the beads myself. It was good to wait. Rushing creativity is never an option. Putting time, thought and hard work behind an idea always prevails. You can see more bracelets here.

What does the future hold?

I’m so glad you asked! BIG, HUGE things are coming for the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. My Spirituali-tea project has found it’s voice and I’m pushing forward. In-fact, it’s going into production this weekend! Remember all those notes I told you about, well after I got my job and financially, things started to improve… well, so did my focus. I meditated on my special, TOP SECRET project and asked my faires to help. Yep, I have fairies. We all do. Any ways, I had the concept down, but needed the way or vision to bring it all together in an easy-to-understand approach.

I was eating crackers with cheese, meat and yummy spices. I put everything neatly onto a plate and began to eat lunch and meditate on my project, asking my fairies for help. Call me crazy, but while I was eating my last cracker a little voice said, “Look for a sign.” Sitting in-front of me was my plate, minus the food and there was my design. The spices and eaten food had left in their wake the answer to my quandary. I feverishly went to my notebook and drew what I was seeing. So excited that I finally had a layout and direction for my project. As much as I want to spill the beans, I have to wait and be patient. Once this is in print and in my hands, I’ll share my concept. With that said, I’m funding this project entirely by myself and that’s another reason why it’s taken this long. Fear not, I will be a chatty cathy when it’s available.

Okay, on to the next step in this process. I will be starting a Patreon, once I launch this idea. After much thought and loving support, I realized to build a community of like minded individuals and to teach this new theory, Patreon would be a better platform. Here people are joining to learn and engage and it can be a safe place for me to share these new teachings and support others in their learning. More to come on this when it’s available and my Newsletter, Tea Timers will be the first to know!

So there you have it, the evolution of Teatime Designz. Thank you so much for following my journey and being so supportive while I grow. As a treat, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING to US and Canada from now until Christmas on ALL jewelry! So steep your cup of tea, sit and stay awhile with me. A lot of NEW Pendants and offerings including, “Day of the Dead” Pendant, Altarpiece and Bracelet.

Until next time, Tea Blessings to You!

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Best Show EVER!

This would be my second year in a row as a
Vendor at the Dushanbe Teahouse.

Unlike the year before, I knew what to expect and had more confidence in myself and my creativity. What I didn’t expect was the weather. The previous year had been so hot, which I didn’t miss, and full of sunshine, which I did. Saturday morning, we loaded the Dakota, filled our mugs with tea and headed to Boulder. The closer we got, the darker the sky and suddenly, I was nervous. Worry clenched at my stomach, all the while I’m saying, “All will be well.” Bad weather threatened the chance for customers.

When we arrived, I was pleased to have been placed in a different spot. At the previous year’s show, I was stationed in a corner, but this time around my table sat between two, wonderful and yummy, if I might add, tea companies. My very modest and clean display was given an upgrade and my booth had the presence of an intimate jewelry shop.

 

Lights, Camera, Jewelry

Within minutes of setting the stage, I was graced with my first customer. She gravitated immediately to my Bookish Teacup Earrings and got a kick out of the design. I nodded and said, “Gotta support my glass wearing Gals!”

 

The live Tea Demonstration was going extremely well and I noticed, what looked like double the attendance from last year. This made me hopeful. Regardless of the rain and dreary weather, people came out and were excited about tea. Something new to the table this year, was my sign. I took one of my product shots and broke it down. Arrows pointed to the tea and the crystals while the copy spoke about spirituality. It made me smile every time a Customer read the sign and just got it! “There is REAL tea in there” they would say. The evolution of my display seems to grow from every show.

 

This past Christmas, my Hubby bought me two amazing books on tea and they really helped to assist my education. What one book graced over, another would go in-depth and I found it all just fascinating. 2017, would prove to be my most creative year yet with more ideas and collaborations being drawn to me. It also gave me the opportunity to talk more about energy and tea, which probably overwhelmed my customers, but they were kind and seemed to be totally into it with me.

 

For the first time ever, I introduced an essential oil blend called, New Moon Essence. This fragrance was made with real tea oil also called, camellia sinensis and blended with an assortment of oils that spoke to me. My motivation behind this blend came from the need to wear a fragrance that filled me with happiness and reminded me to be grateful, even in times of hardship. My understanding of the Moon, it’s energy and cycles aided in the development of this essence also. >> Read more here.

On the first day, an hour into the event I met an incredibly interesting and thoughtful woman. She loved my jewelry and understood the marrying of the two elements. We chatted about energy, the new moon, London and tea of course. She ended up buying several pendants and 3 bottles of New Moon Essence. I asked to take a photo with her, because meeting her was magic.

I received so many compliments and each sale was so special. Woman and Men bared their emotions and shared their reflections as to why they were drawn to one particular pendant over another. Customers buying for loved ones would share the characteristics of the person they were buying for. Several times during the event we would both cry together. Call me an empath, if you want, but feeling the emotions of someone else and what it means to them to have this pendant, fills me with such joy and I can’t help, but cry and be in the moment.

On the second day, we were placed near the front entrance of the Teahouse.

Only four vendors had displays that day. Unlike the day before, the sun was shining and it was hot! There seemed to be a festival happening across the way and it brought over curious customers with fresh eyes.

Me and my husband were so tired from the day before, so we welcomed the Sunday slow down and sun shiny weather. Saturday had proved to be an extraordinary first day. I nearly sold my entire inventory. The shock of this left me speechless on the drive home. After the days reflections, a satisfying dinner and a glass of wine, I began planning for the next day. I sat comfortably at our kitchen table, that also dubs as my workstation and began polishing other pendants I had left behind and made one more pair of bookish teacup earrings. It was a cozy place to be.

Soon lunch time arrived and our tummies were growling, so we decided to order from the teahouse. If you have the chance to visit, order the American Breakfast, it was so filling and the spiced potatoes really hit the spot. The day before I sold one of my hand painted Full Moon Goddess pendants. Each month, I capture moon water by placing a dish of filtered water under the full moon’s raises. The moon water is then mixed with my acrylics paints. I use this same technique for my Gnome Doors.  These pendants carry feminine energy and assist its wearer to release what no longer serves them and guides their steps on their chosen path. The black tea also carries feminine energy and is connected to the full moon and together, these make one high vibe pendant.

 

We had just finished lunch, when a woman on a bike wearing an adorable helmet rolled up to my display. She placed her hand over her heart and said, “I wore your pendant last night and I could feel it’s healing energy.” She cried, I cried and together we hugged. She is a local tea company owner and had bought my Full Moon Goddess pendant the day before. Her declaration stayed with me throughout the day and every time I thought of her, I felt tears come to the surface. I’m crying now, as I relay these events to you. It’s these soulful connections and reactions that keep me going and remind me why I create what I do and remind me, I’m living my purpose.

Thank you so much for your support and sharing with me. Your patronage means everything to me. If you have a reflection you would like to share me about the product you purchased from me, I would love to hear about it! Please email me at: info@teatimedesignz.com

I’m on the lookout for more upcoming shows and will announce them through my Newsletter and on my Facebook Event’s page.

Thank you and Tea Blessings to you!

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Spring Show

Teatime Designz just had it’s 2nd show of the year

and it was pretty darn good.

The day before Easter proved to be a beautiful day. The long drive was quite and calm. This would be my 2nd year and my 5th show. Lots of energy filled the room as fellow craftsmen, makers and artists scrabbled to put their displays together.

I thought it was time for a change and switched up my display layout. Before, I had a flat display with silver boxes spread out atop a white a covering, but this time I decided to build the display upward. This gave me height and allowed a quick view for onlookers as they passed by without having to lean over my table, as in previous shows.

With the help of my Blacksmith husband, he forged metal stands that enabled me to take my silver boxes and lean them upright at a 25* angle. I drilled and fashioned 3 ornately decorated door pulls on each box top to hang my pendants from.

The added height in my display gave me unexpected room to sit behind and not crowd my customers as they approached my table. It also gave me a place to eat lunch, take notes and write receipts without being seen. Overall, my new display layout felt cozy, friendly and welcoming. It also made me feel more professional and on trend with other like minded shops.

Something I took away from previous shows and incorporated into this one, was a diagram, if you will. A sort of decorative sign that helped to explain my pendants. I know how obviously this sounds, but what I create is so unique that explaining it to tea newbies, spiritually inclined customers and complete beginners needed to be simple, but yet engaging.

As most of you know, I do ALL of my own photography and photography has become a new passion of mine because of it. My Husband suggested, taking one of my more recent photo shoots and breaking down the pendant from there. Lucky for me an average photo shoot lends 25 – 100 photos which means, lots to choose from.

Teatime Designz Sign, Tea Infused and Crystal Healing

The advertisement diagram proved to be a winner. Without me even having to say, “There is REAL tea in there…” people read the poster and just got it, giving me a smile and a “a ha” reaction. From here, I was free to explain the energy, meaning and message of each pendant. It was fun for all of us I think!

An unexpected surprise from this show was customers picking up the pendants, closing their eyes and feeling the energy. This brought me so much unexpected joy, there are no words to describe it.

Each pendant is cleansed by sage, blessed by the full moon and imbued with the intention or message made for that pendant. To have people say, “I can feel the energy” was amazing. One particular customer held a pendant and as she closed her eyes she began to cry. I have had customers cry before, but this was different. The pendant made of peacock ore, brought to the surface a memory of her Father that had recently passed away. She was shocked, to say the least, upon opening her eyes, I reached out and held her palm in mine and thanked her for sharing this memory and moment with me. Her husband was very comforting and told me, “I knew there was a reason we came to this fair today.” This moment and message is one I will never forget!

Moments, like the one above are why I create the pendants I do. Tea, crystals, and intentions create energy and it’s this energy I work with when designing. I’m slowly working on a project that will help to better explain this energy and will provide a How-to-guide for wearing my pendants.

Things have been a little slow for me this year, on social media side, as I deal with personal circumstances, but rest assure, I AM HERE and I will continue to create new designs and be apart of NEW shows. Speaking of shows, I have one set for July. More details coming soon!

Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

Sending tea blessings your way.

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Personal Talisman

“Cherished Memories are Powerful!”

The beginning of January proved to be a low point in my life in-which I went through great loss. It was week two into my despair that the thought of a personal talisman proved wise and healing. I had created many custom pendants for friends, family and new acquaintances, but had not created something solely for myself.

Our 2016 Family Camping Trip with our dog Axle, was one for the books! It was challenging and yet wonderful in spite of everything. If you’ve read my blog, you know what I’m talking about! I wanted to create a pendant for myself that carried the energy, “Family and love can conquer anything,” within it. During our trip I happened to collect specimens from our campsite and during our hike that included: pinecones, larkspur and pink parry clover.

Shortly after we returned from our camping trip, Axle our dear pitmix had to have 2 teeth pulled. My husband brought them home from the Vet for me to add to a pendant, as an after thought. These would prove to be the perfect edition to my talisman.

talisman pendant in the making

I had just started to offer personalization in the form of stamping and knew I could add “Axle, AM + RM, 8/20/16, XOX” on the back. This made it extra special. It just so happened to be the month of my husbands birthday and thought, I have just enough materials to create two pendants.

Materials Checklist:

  • Pinecones
  • Coffee Grounds (from our campsite)
  • Loose leaf Green Tea (from our campsite)
  • Blue Larkspur Petals
  • Pink Perry Clover
  • 2 Axle Teeth
  • Rhodolite
  • Blue Gold Stone

I removed the center petals of my Pinecone to place my Blue Goldstone in the center. I then filled my mold with light blue resin and 24 hours later, I had my cabochon center piece.

Blue Goldstone, reminded me of our starry night and it’s message is, “Make a Wish”. Blue Goldstone, like diamond, is a good deflector of unwanted energies, and is highly regarded in the spirit realm as a protection mineral.

Totem

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Blue Goldstone Pinecone Cabochon

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“The dances, carving the totem, carrying the ancestor rock, touching the Spirit Bear, it was all the same thing—it was finding out who I really was.”

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During out trip I packed ground coffee and green, mint loose leaf tea. On the cold nights and mornings these warm delights brought nourishment and warmed our bodies till the sun rose over the mountain tops and blessed our campsite.
Creatively, I added a crescent ring of coffee to the the left side of the pendant and a mirror crescent of green mint tea to the adjoining right side.

Coffee is known to carry masculine energies and widely used in divination and binding spells. Coffee brings protective energy and clarity.
Green Tea is also known for masculine energies and used widely in meditation. Green Tea brings clean energy strength during transitions or times of change.
Rhodolite is family and love energy. It allows you to hold onto the good memories and brings harmonious balance to your life Larkspur has Native American, Greek and Christian roots. The flower brings love, affection, strong attachment, lightness, pure heart, sweet disposition and desire for Laughter.
Pink Perry Clover is the shamrock flower. The Purple Perry carries the message, “to be (or to live) in clover”, meaning to live a carefree life of ease, comfort, or prosperity.

Talisman Pendant
Talisman Pendant and Stamping

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As you can see, this matching pair took several steps before their final completion. Atop the pendant is one of Axle’s teeth. I placed Rhodolite in all four corners of the pendant. This symbolizes, our directions in life and that wherever we go, we bring love, protection and strength with us.

For my Husband’s 35th Birthday I presented him with the pendant on the left. This pendant is unique in that it has brown leather in-place of silver snake chain plus the addition of two wooden beads and antique gold finishing.

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I wear this pendant daily as a reminder that times will get better and together as a family we will triumph!

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Spirit Bear Energy

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Each pendant I create is cleansed by sage and blessed by full-moon oil. For these two pendants I also infused them with Brown Bear Spirit Energy.
The Spirit of the Bear is a strong source of support in times of difficulty. It provides courage and a stable foundation to face challenges. When the bear shows up as a spirit guide in your life, it’s perhaps time to stand for your beliefs or your truth. This power animal will provide for support and strength.

I took both pendants is my left hand and placed my right over top and began to chant. My focus was on the bear energy and it’s message. The Brown Bear played a significant part in our camping trip and almost made us turn-around and leave that day. The decision to stay was rewarding and as a family we took a risk and stayed in-spite of danger. This same energy and courage is what I infused into both our pendants.

Don’t be afraid to show how powerful you are.

-Bear

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Hand Stamped for Valentine’s Day

“When I tell you I love you I don’t say it out of habit or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Hand stamped for Valentine's Day
Hand stamped for Valentine's Day

Love personalized items and I don’t think I’m alone on this. Take an already lovingly, handmade pendant and add a phrase, “I love you”, your dog’s name, a meaningful date—and you have a one-of-kind gift.

For Valentine’s Day I’m adding personalized stamping blanks to any pendant with FREE engraving until February 14th! NO coupon needed.

FREE Engraving of 2 lines, 5 characters MAX each. Plus a 3rd line (optional) with Date. Example: LOVE YOU 09.26.13 NO dashes or special characters.
Examples: Love You, Be Mine, Marry Me, Thank You, Initials, 2.14.17 and more. I will leave the creativity up to you.

“Lover’s Tea for Two.”

Lover's Tea for Two
Lover's Tea for Two Tea Bags

The pendant you choose will also come with two tea bags ready to steep of “Lover’s Tea for Two.” A sweet, lovely blend of herbs to open the heart chakra and create bonds of love & affection.

Lovingly made in Colorado: Hibiscus Flower, Strawberry Leaf, Vanilla powder, Pink Rose Buds, Violet Leaf and Meadowsweet herb.

If you are interested in a custom made pendant with a select tea and gemstone in-mind, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. info@teatimedesignz.com This offer does not include engraving on badge reels, at this time.

Happy Valentines Day
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DIY Crystal Infused Water

Crystal Essence Water, the Elixir of Life:
DIY Crystal Infused Water.

Like everyone else, I was intrigued by the idea of crystal infused water and wanted to try it for myself, in a more DIY capacity. With this blog post, I hope to explain how crystals infuse our bodies, discuss glass vs. plastic and provide you with two ways to infuse your water with crystals.

Give Me Some of those Good vibrations!

Each crystal has it’s own vibration and chemical composition. Because everything vibrates at certain frequencies, they have the ability to shift and alter the frequencies of other objects or bodies when they occupy the same space. The individual vibration of a crystal is important to the healing outcome you will receive.” >>More about crystal vibration.

Crystal Infused Water

Why Water?

The average human body is estimated to be 57% – 60% water. This percentage is largely based on your fitness level, number of fatty cells and your age. Without water to cleanse our bodies and clear out waste we will dehydrate and cause ourselves a myriad of health problems. Water is vital to our health and well being.

Dr. Masaru Emoto a Japanese author, photographer believed the human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. His experiments lead to several published works in 1999, entitled Messages from Water. Emoto believed that water was a “blueprint for our reality” and that emotional “energies” and “vibrations” could change the physical structure of water. >>More about his experiments.

Emotional Energies in Water

 

WARNING!

I want to caution everyone against misusing certain types of crystals and gemstones. Although, crystals are known for their healing external capabilities, most are extremely toxic and would be harmful if used in an elixir for internal consumption. Secondly, ONLY use tumbled stones. Raw stones may break and shed fragments into your drinking water.

Ashley Leavy of Love and Light Healing, has comprised a Crystal Caution List.These crystals are safe to work with (carry, wear, etc), unless otherwise stated.” >>Link to list.

Glass or Plastic?

Chemically, it’s probably safer to drink water from a glass bottle or cup than from a plastic bottle.

Glass is made by, melting together several minerals at high temperatures. Silica in the form of sand is the main ingredient and this is combined with soda ash and limestone and melted in a furnace at temperatures of 1700°C.” >>More about the creation of glass.

Interestingly enough, Limestone, enhances healing, encourages purification and is highly programmable.

The chemical formula for glass is a very simple Si02, nothing else is needed. Plastic is made of heterochain polymers with most having the chemical formula (C2H4)n, which contains oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur, in addition to carbon. Plastic has come a long way since it’s invention in 1907, but Manufactures continue to use whatever plastic they want, until such time a chemical is found be toxic and banned from water bottle production. There are two chemicals of concern and they are BPA (bisphenol A) and DEHA (a known carcinogen).

Thanks for the tip, now what stones do I pick?

We already know from Dr. Masaru Emoto, that water is highly programmable and will take on the frequency and intentional vibration you give it. Ask yourself, what is my intention? Do you want take in self-love, health or positive energy?
Answer: (D) All of the above.

The most popular crystals and gemstones used in crystal infused water are: Amethyst, Citrine, Crystal Clear Quartz and Rose Quartz. For this DIY example, I will share the gemstones and crystals I chose and their properties.

After double-checking the Crystal Caution List, I decided on Moss Agate, Quartz Crystal, Rose Quartz and Chevron Amethyst.

Moss Agate: Is deeply connected to Earth Energy and sources energy for physical and emotional healing and balance. It’s a grounding and centering stone and resounds with the heart chakra. It purifies the body through the circulatory system and supports the immune system and prevents inflammation.

Crystal Quartz: Has a positive effect on all chakras, protects the aura and expands the energy field by amplifying the crystal vibrations of the same space.

Rose Quartz: Is a high-energy stone connected to the heart chakra. It emanates with the vibration of love, and can help release traumas that keep the Heart blocked and closed. It works gently but powerfully, providing soothing comfort, and assisting one to find and feel inner peace and contentment.

Chevron Amethyst: Is a combination of white quartz (snow quartz) and amethyst banded together. This stone repels negativity, cleanses the aura and stimulates the immune system. This stone activates the third eye and crown chakras. Amethyst helps to reduce addictive cravings and bloating, and it’s helpful in removing toxins.

Cleansing Your Crystals

Okay, I’ve picked my stones, what’s next?

(Option 1) Directions for cleansing your gemstone(s) and adding them to your water:

  1. Wash your gemstone (s) with dish soap and lukewarm water and rinse well. DO NOT use salt water or vinegar.
  2. Cleanse your tumbled stones, by placing them in a dish of cool, filtered water and placing them in the sun. Laying them in the sun allows the stones to absorb healing and energetic rays. For releasing negativity and for loosing weight lay them out at night to receive the blessings of the moon.
  3. Hold each stone individually or as a group in your right hand while cupping with your left. Center yourself and set your intentions. I personally call on the healing and clearing energies of Arch Angel Michael and the Divine. Example prayer: “Arch Angel Michael, Universe, Ascended Masters and Higher Self, please bless these stone(s) and imbue them with health, healing and self-love. Please protect these stone(s) and myself as I use them to further my health, well being and self-love. Thank you!
  4. Place your stone(s) gently, on the bottom of your water bottle/container and fill with spring or filtered water.

(Option 2) Directions for blessing your gemstone(s) and purifying your water:

  1. Clear your gemstone(s) by calling on the Divine (same prayer as above, for example). You will NOT be placing the gemstone(s) in your water so washing is not necessary.
  2. Place your gemstone(s) and closed, filtered water bottle outside together. A crystal slab is ideal for this situation, but not necessary. Lay them close together in the sun to absorb healing and energetic rays. For releasing negativity and for loosing weight lay them out at night to receive the blessings of the moon.
My Crystal Infused Water

Hope this blog was helpful and provided you with positive direction and answers. I use this method to enhance my tea, support my weight-loss and well being. Thank you for stopping by. Sending you tea blessings and good vibrations!

 

*This information is only a guide. It’s important to be your own advocate, do research and seek your Doctor’s attention for health related questions. Thank you.

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My 2016, Year in Review

As the year-end approaches, it can be all too easy to steep emotions, sip feelings, swallow hardships and forget to stir in your successes.

I began this year with renewed vigor. Christmas, of 2015, had brought an insane amount of clarity and with that surge of creativity, I started down a new design path. Before this, I had never seen or heard of anyone adding real tea leaves to jewelry. This bright idea illuminated a new direction, which put me on a path to research and implementation.

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toes if you must, but take the step.”

My first small step into creation was spawned by a Giveaway, I hosted on Instagram. Carefully and thoughtfully, I married the spiritual energy of the crystals with the healing benefits of the tea, for one very kind individual. She was sweet, patience and very excited about being apart of the process and loved the final pendant.

This feeling of creating and giving was immense. The education I received from learning about crystals and energy carried over into my personal life. I was listening to chakra cleansing tones, practicing meditation and learning about my birth chart.

During this time, I was also reading, a ton! The lessons learned from someone else’s experience was indispensable.

“There’s no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course.” ~ Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

While working full-time and building a small business I also had a dream of writing my own memoir. For 6 months, I managed to do just that! My Saturday’s writers group helped me stay in line with my goals and also gave me the opportunity to share and read out load, my own words.

August, brought my 1st show and the months leading up, I began to have serious doubts. Had I wasted all my time on Teatime Designz? Would my jewelry be received well? Should I be writing more and creating less. Attempting to make every dream I had come true depleted me of energy and filled me with self-doubt.

“The measure of success is happiness and peace of mind.” ~ Bobby Davro

The success of my 1st show was the answer I was looking for. My direction and path had been decided. The book would always be there, but my creative force needed to be solely focused on my jewelry. This realization gave me piece of mind and clarity.

I’ve learned, it’s okay to show down, you’re not in competition with anyone, but yourself. Grab on to your dream, hold tight and lead with your heart. Trust your feelings and inner intuition and remember to have patience and love for yourself!

I have created so many pendants and connected with so many wonderful people this year. Big ideas in the works for 2017! It’s hard for me not to blurt them out right here, but I’m letting myself take these next few weeks before the New Year to just relax and make peace.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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Show was a bust!

The night before, I was filled with anticipation, which in turn caused nervous knots in my stomach. This was the show I’d waited for all year and would be my biggest one yet.

Boasting 2000 or more visitors! I laughed warmly and calmed myself before reading my email correspondence out load and assuredly, “Row Z table 4!” There will be tons of other Artists and Crafters there, I thought. I’d been steadily prepping for weeks now and making sure I had extras of my most popular pendants. Did not want to run out, if someone should want 2.

This was Boulder’s 11th Annual Gift Festival hosted by, YMCA. There would be a band, food and maybe even decorations that resembled a Winter Wonderland. I had counted on my Husband to assist me with set-up and support, but he did not count on getting the flu. All in all, I told myself, you’ve got this!

Prepping the night before saved me from tons of stress the following morning. I was grateful to have woken up to no snow. Don’t get me wrong it was darn chilly, but the roads looked doable and hour drive seemed possible.

This would be my 3rd show of the year and I was so thankful to have been accepted. Paid my booth fee, had all the necessary licenses and bought a table specifically for this event. Communication had been great! Emails went out letting me know where I was to set-up, dates and times and even final parking suggestions along with a list of do’s and don’ts.

The drive began with a beautiful sunrise, followed by overcast and finally fog, until Siri said, you have arrived at your destination. There were cars and trucks everywhere. I had no idea where to park and unpack. It seemed others didn’t have a clue either. A line seemed to be forming of other vehicles; parking with their hazards on so naturally I pulled up from behind and did the same. My original thinking was to walk in, find my spot and then grab my things, but after seeing the disarray of vehicles and lack of parking spaces…I decided against this notion and reached for my table. It was heavy and awkward as I attempted to hug it to my chest and hold onto the slippery, plastic sheath. There were no signs or arrows and so I walked right in through the front YMCA, automatic doors. As soon as I stepped in, I eyed the double doors to my left and proceeded towards them. The girl behind the counter stopped me and said, “Are you a Vendor?” “Well, yes I am” I stuttered. She quipped back, “You must go around back.” I pretended not to be annoyed or aggravated at her lack of kindness and walked right back out the door in which I came and made my way around the building. Once I reached the correct door, my arms turned to putty and I felt my temper reach the surface. There were no representatives to greet vendors and I had absolutely no idea who I should talk to. Resting for a moment, up against a wall and allowing my table to lean on my feet, I began to survey the room. I remembered from my email correspondence that my section was opposite the band and bleachers, so I picked up my table and began walking. I found section Z and started asking people what table they were, as there were no numbers or signs anywhere. I deduced from their responses that my table should be right about here. I noticed, there was already a person setting-up and so I asked, “Are you Z3?” quizzically. She answered, “No, I’m Z4.”

Apparently, my table has been given to another Vendor because she requested power and I would soon find out my place was section C, table 4. I was doing my best to not be distracted with the disorganization and put my energy into unloading and parking my truck. The Event Coordinator, Steve was telling everyone to park at the Panda Express parking lot. Luckily, on my way out I found a spot on the street that put me only 2 blocks away. Later, I would find out other Vendors who parked at the Panda Express were being ticketed for parking in customer spaces.

So there I was, adding the finishing touches to my table and feeling good. The Vendors around me were most impressed with my set-up and in-fact, the Vendor to my left had her helper travel to the nearest Target to buy a strand of battery powered lights. I had the neat idea to add the lights to my elevated boxes for light and ambiance.

The Vendor to my right came over and remarked on my display too and said, “This is how you sale jewelry!” I was blown away by my fellow Vendors and their sincere compliments.

The event started slowly, but I did not fret. My first show was much like this, but on a smaller scale and it had been my best to date.

Two hours had passed and Vendors began to talk. Customers were far and in-between and some were wondering if the football game had anything to do with it. The band was wonderful, but had stopped an hour and a half into the event, which left awkward silence for the next 4 hours. The gym was not decorated like a Winter Wonderland and the overhead lighting was terrible. Vendors up against the wall were almost in complete shadow, caused by the runners track directly above them. Not 2 hours in I witnessed the first Vendor pack up and leave.

A conversation to my left caught my attention, it would seem a competing Show was happening not two blocks away and steeling our steam. I had considered actually attending the competing show hosted by, Firefly earlier this year, but the booth fee was out of my budget.

 

 

After hearing this news, I began texting my husband…

My Table Display

Starting off slow and a little disorganized.

Vendors LOVE my display! Lights and silver boxes are a big hit.

Miss you.

So cool! I love your display.

Thanks Sweets!

I just overheard there is a bigger festival happening two blocks over. Could be good or bad, we shall see. So far, Vendors are upset about the lack of people.

What! A bigger festival? Oh man!

Our conversation went on for a while like this. 30mins later we had a small burst of visitors and my hopes began to shine. A handsome family walked up to my table. The Mother wearing a soft, camel coat reached from her pocket and pointed to the Pine Cone pendant and my Citrine Point pendant too. We chatted about the meanings and different tealeaves before she made her decision. I was grateful to have my first sale. She and her family were so polite and their warmth stayed with me long after they left my table.

 

Soon the sound of clasping tables could be heard all around, including the Vendor on my left. Everyone was furious.

Amanda May, Teatime Designz

This Show was not a complete waste. The display feedback was much appreciated and one Vendor mention, “Tea infused…” which is now going to be apart of my future marketing. This lesson and shared experience were expensive and time consuming, but one I’m grateful to have experienced. Not every event or plan is going to be perfect and with each failed attempt we either choose to learn something or be doomed to repeat it. Growing a business from scratch is hard work and it can feel at times, you spend more time learning and researching, than creating and enjoying! If you find yourself in a similar position, take heart and know it will not always be like this. We must let ourselves grow before we can bloom.

I plan on creating a Vendor 101 eBook next year, pulling from my own experiences, successes and hardships. I’ll cover everything from, “Do I need a license” to “What the heck should be on my business card?” Hoping to help others and provide a personal guide and friend to help along the way. Expect this sometime next Spring. If you would like to be alerted, have questions or suggestions please don’t hesitate to email me at: info@teatimedesignz.com

Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you. Sending tea blessings your way.

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Pendants & Badge Reels

This is the middle of my second year in business and Teatime Designz continues to amaze me.

Everyday, new ideas and inspiration come to me. I’m continually sketching and jotting down notes for pendants, mugs and apparel. If you could see my Mac laptop at home you would laugh at all the colorful sticky notes clinging to the sides of my monitor.

When creativity hits me it’s like a spark that stirs a memory or a feeling. I’ll see a font on a billboard, a texture in nature or a look in someone’s eyes and suddenly an idea is born; rushing it’s way from senses to my synapses. I often visualize my thoughts as cards in a Rolodex flipping in my head, cataloging ideas and connecting them to other concepts. I’m truly blessed in manners of memory and creativity. My creativity branches it’s way in my emotional fibers. I live, breath and feel creative. Its electricity charges me with purpose and fills me with joy.

 

Teatime Sugar Skull Pendant
Teatime Sugar Skull Badge Reel

 

I’m always looking to grow, be challenged and learn. Recently, a follower of mine on social media contacted me and presented me with an idea. Hard to believe, but it was something I had not considered before. She asked, “Could you take your pendant and attach it to a badge reel?” Before answering, I wanted to conduct my research and see if this was in-fact possible. I quickly found a growing interest for new and fun badge reel designs. Most were designs hot glued to a plastic badge reel and knew this concept would not work for me. My pendants are silver and attaching that to plastic would look tacky and would breakdown over time. If there is one place to take pride in business, it’s in the product or service you’re providing. Luckily, I found a heavy duty, stainless steel badge reel with nylon cord and to boot, it had excellent ratings! So I presented my concept and explained this would have some weight to it, but would be stunning and sturdy too. I’m happy to report she was all in.

As you can see from the photos, it turned out exceptionally well. This design was apart of my “Sugar Skull” Limited Edition Pendants. >> Link to Pendant

 

Sugar Skull Teatime Badge Reel
Sugar Skull Teatime Badge Reel
Sugar Skull Teatime Badge Reel
Nurse Badge Reel Deisgn

I was delighted to be contacted and appreciated her support. Together we ventured into new territory and created something beautiful. The badge itself is stainless steel, durable and with a strong nylon cord and vinyl strap.  The reel is 38mm in diameter which happens to be the exact same size as the pendant bezel. This prevents any catching on clothing and gives it a slick, smooth feel to the sides. The clip on the back is super strong and easily holds onto your pant or shirt without sliding.

 

These are the “Made to Order” Pendants that can be made into Badge Reels. If you would like a custom design, we can most certainly make that happen! Please email me directly: info@teatimedesignz.com and together we will create something beautiful.

Luna Crescent Teatime Pendant (Made to Order)

 

 

Angel Teatime Amethyst Teatime Pendant (Made to Order)
Abundance Crystal Teatime Pendant (Made to Order)
Teatime Rose Garden Pendant (Made to Order)
Gnome Teatime Pendant (Made to Order)
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Tea, Camping & Memories

The year was 2005, I was in my second year of College, attending the Art Institute of Colorado, going for my degree in Graphic Design; when my now Husband, invited me to go camping with his family.

My family was not the adventurous type and therefore never explored such activities as camping, hiking or fishing. Needless to say, I was over the moon with excitement to be invited. Knowing very little about actual hiking and nothing about camping and let alone, fishing, one could say, I was a whee bit gullible. I distinctively remember Rory saying, “When we go to Walmart to purchase your fishing license, you’ll have to pass a test.” I froze with fear, “What test,” I asked. Rory gleefully smiled, “A fishing test!” “They will take you out back, behind the store and you’ll have to catch a fish in a barrel,” he said, without hesitation. Fear could be registered on my face as we approached the gaming counter in Walmart. I was too caught up in my own thoughts to even hear Rory, laughing. “I’m just kidding, there is no test,” he said. He knew he got me and I was so embarrassed for having believed him. You will be happy to know as our relationship grew, so did my savvy.

 

Lincoln Portal Camp Ground Lake 2005
Lincoln Portal Camp Ground Lake 2005

 

We began our great drive from Pine, Colorado; crossing over mountain passes, going over bridges and through tunnels for 127 long miles, drawing every so closer to our destination. The mountain breeze, whispering branches and water sounds not far off, could be heard as we stepped out from our vehicles and took in the grandeur. Reaching for a handful of sunflower seeds from out of my conveniently placed, front pocket of my new, Eddie Bauer jacket, I took in the beauty of Mother Nature as she welcomed us with outstretched arms.

Tents went up in the flash. Members of Rory’s family went fishing and Rory lay sleeping exhausted by the drive. I was too excited and overwhelmed to nap. Overjoyed with adventure and excited to try out my new camera, a Nikon Coolpix 995, 3.2 MP, Digital Camera with an expanded 64mb compact flash card. I followed the sounds to a bubbling brook next to our camp site. You could hear the rushing stream propelling over large stones smoothing their surface as I snapped a photo and stood their in awe.

The next morning, we packed our backpacks with lunch and beverages, carried our fishing gear and began our climb. I knew this hike would be a challenge, Rory assured me we’d take many breaks on the way up. His cousin, accompanied us as we took the first of many hard steps up the mountain trail. When we reaching the top we were at 12,000 ft in elevation. The air was thin as we took breath after breath trying to calm our lungs. Grizzly Lake, sat atop the mountain glistening in the sun, crystal clear water sparkling bits of green and blue. Gentle ripples made there way across as we sat down for snacks and a much needed rest. Mountain goats could be seen at the tippy top the mountains jagged peak. We watched with amazement as they leaped from jagged rock face to the next, landing on their hooves.

We fished and enjoyed the ambiance for the next few hours, taking in a nap when we could before heading back down the mountain and to our campsite. We stayed for two wonderful nights, enjoying each others company and taking in the vast greenery around us. S’mores over the campfire, and family stories being told through the crackling tinder on our last night.

 

Rory sleeping
The Hike
Amanda Fishing
Bubbling brook
The Hike
Rory Fishing

Finishing college, jobs and life would keep us from coming back for nearly a decade. Only this time, it would be our first, family camping trip along with our faithful companion, Axle. The camping trip that almost didn’t happen would be a wonderful event and mark a very important point in our journey together.

The weather man predicted gorgeous weather days of 60 degrees and cold nights of 32 degrees. We brought our tent, sleeping bags and camp chairs in preparation for our trip. I went to great efforts pre-planning menus that included: a hobo dinner, frank and beans, apple pie and cinnamon bun oranges, all ready to cook over the fire.

As we drew closer to the turn off and begin our bumpy drive up to Lincoln Portal Campground, we grew more and more excited with anticipation. I don’t have to tell you, as you get older and carry more responsibilities the thought of a vacation, let alone a camping trip are more a fleet of fancy than reality.

Much to our surprise, as we located our turn-off we noticed an orange, construction warning sign on the bridge partially blocking our route onto the campsite. “BEAR WARNING! Closed to Tent Camping,” it read. We were crushed at the sight of it as we didn’t have a hard-sided camper, we were preparing to tent. We decided to venture the 6.4 miles up to the camp grounds and take a gander. Surprisingly, not 2 miles in, we saw a small family with tents at a passing campsite. This did fill us with hope, but every 500 feet or so there was a sign, clear as day, “BEAR WARNING!” We made it Portal Camp Ground and it was completely vacant. Rory gave me the choice of camp sites as we decided our next move. I thought, “What the hell, we’ll take the large one with bubbling stream, grand space for Axle to run and picnic table with trees so tall they seemed to block out the sun.” We were both on edge about the bear conundrum and quietly contemplated. We would later find out there were two separate bear incidences where a grizzly entered a tent and destroyed a camp site.

All the effort in planning this trip, the previous canceled trips due to jobs and family and now a bear where not going to send us home packing today! We made a plan to sleep in the back of the covered, truck bed and put our supplies and Axle in the front of the truck. As the first afternoon hours carried on, we grew more and more calm and resolute in our decision. Ever so aware of the bear, but confident in our knowledge to keep food away and our campsite clean.

 

May Family Camping Trip
Bear Warning
Lincoln Portal Camp Ground
Lincoln Portal Campsite
Lincoln Portal Campsite Lake
Axle May
Teatime and Camping
Amanda and Axle

 

The hike took us a grueling 7 hours. It was much more intense this time with day hikers, other dogs and us not in our best physical form. I blame my desk job. When we finally reached the top of the mountain, tears of happiness, pain and exhaustion flowed from my eyes and me and Rory collapsed onto the rocky terrain below us. Axle headed straight for the lake and laid his overheated, tired body down in the cool, crystal waters. This was the most physical activity we have ever experienced as a family on top of this it was Axle’s first camping trip. As soon as we caught our breath we found a comfortable place to fish. Me and Axle took a nap and Rory caught trout after trout! On the way up the mountain, as hikers were passing us on their way down, they noticed our fishing poles and would exclaim, ” There are so many fish in the lake, your in for a real treat”.

Grizzly Lake was more dazzling, clear and green than it had been before. You could see the fish coming to the surface, as if saying, “Catch me, catch me!” Whistle pigs could be heard behind us as the sun beamed down with it’s blazing authority burning my face and neck as I slept.

Axle Hiking
Amanda Hiking
Almost there
Grizzly Lake, Colorado 2016
Rory Fishing
Rory and Axle Fishing
Amanda and Axle Sleeping

The hike took much longer than we anticipated and soon it was race against the setting sun. Reaching camp before sunset was vital. We had not brought flashlights and we didn’t want to be an, all-you-can-eat buffet, for roaming predators!

By the time we reached camp, we were exhausted. My feet were killing me and my big toes were throbbing from pushing up against the inside of boots. Even though it was time to cook dinner, we relinquished our bodies to a 15 minute nap. Tonight was hobo dinner. I found a fun recipe online and prepared it on the picnic table and cooked it on the campfire. It was a little messy mixing the meat and spices without the comforts of running water, but I made it work. Before we left, I pre-cut carrots and cleaned the potato to cut down on prep time. A little butter, salt n’ pepper and 15 minutes later…. heaven. Here is the Hobo Dinner Recipe. For dessert, warm apple and cranberry packets. These were wonderful, but the weather was closing in and we had to cut the cook time in half, even so, it was still delicious and comforting. Here is the Apple and Cranberry Packet Recipe. For our final breakfast, I made campfire orange, cinnamon rolls. These were some of the tastiest cinnamon, orange flavored rolls we ever had. My only suggestion would be, is to use small cinnamon rolls or find large oranges. Here is the Campfire, Orange, Cinnamon Roll Recipe. Many of my meal planning ideas came from a helpful article on BuzzFeed.

Hobo Dinner
Campfire Apple and Cranberry Packets
Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls
We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.

This was an unforgettable camping trip for many reasons and our decision to brave the elements and fear of bears made it worth while. The grueling hike, campfire conversations, tasty treats, cold nights made a trip to remember. We hope to make this a family tradition, life permitting. Life needs adventure and I’m glad we found some this year!

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Tea Jewelry Vendor – Announcement (Blog 3 of 3)

(Blog 3 of 3)

Thoughtfulness and conversation, happily fill me to the brim.

To read from the beginning… Blog 1 Link

 

Sitting here, steeping a lovely cup of French Breakfast and excitedly typing out these following customer suggestions:

  • Alice in Wonderland Inspired Pendants
  • Limited Edition Pendants
  • More Elaborate & Expensive Pendants
  • Coffee

First, thank you so much for the enthusiastic suggestions. They were unexpected and appreciated.

My first Limited Edition Pendant will be… Alice in Wonderland inspired. Announcing, 10 Special Edition “Drink Me” Pendants, available the 2nd week of September.

 

The wonderment and whimsy of Alice is so easily reflected in this design. Sketching the pendant, paying close attention to the particulars that capture her delights and misfortunes. The “Drink Me” Pendant will be set in silver, laying in a bed of lady earl grey, black tea. Adorned with a silver hand-stamped, Drink Me tag, tied with a royal blue ribbon to a blue glass, poison bottle. The gemstone is Blue Sandstone, a glittery blue stone that mean’s, “Make a Wish.” It’s assists it’s wearer with staying focused , which is so fitting for Alice.

As an added bonus, each pendant will be accompanied with one tea bag, ready to steep and enjoy. Truly taking in a complete experience by sipping the very tea used in the pendants creation.

 

As of this blog post there are 2 interested parties, if you are at all interested in this pendant, please email me and let me know info@teatimedesignz.com. There are a few added surprises that will accompany this pendant, but I don’t want to spoil it. Be assured you will be delighted!

As my first of three themed pendants, “Drink Me” will be offered at the same introductory price as my other pendants, at $45. Any themed pendants there after, will sold be at $65. My intention is to provide a wonderful experience and to share my love of design, tea and fantasy with you. Each pendant series, has it’s own personality and intent, accompanied by tea and elegantly wrapped.

 

My second Limited Edition Pendant will be… Dead of the Dead inspired. Announcing, 10 Special Edition “Sugar Skull” Pendants, available 1st or 2nd week of October.

 

Day of the Dead, in which the gates of heaven are opened and the living can honor the dead and their loved ones that have passed. It is believed, the dead can enter our world and celebrate with the living, even if for a short time. Families sing, dance and parade. October 31st at Midnight, the gates open and the deceased children come down to earth and reunite with their families. On November 2nd, the deceased adults descend from heaven to join in the festivities and gifts their families have left them. A beautiful, thoughtful and magical holiday that is shared and admired around the world.

 

Day of the Dead Pendant

 

The Day of the Dead pendant will encompass these same virtues of enchantment and heritage. A mixed media pendant of birch wood, tea, crystals and more. Currently, working with a local artist to capture the ideal sugar skull style, in which I desire. More will be revealed in late September, early October. This pendant will be available the 1st of 2nd week of October in limited supply.

As an added bonus, each pendant will be accompanied with one tea bag, ready to steep and enjoy. Truly taking in a complete experience by sipping the very tea used in the pendants creation.

The “Day of the Dead” pendant will be offered at $65. My intention is to provide a wonderful experience and to share my love of design, tea and fantasy with you. Each pendant series, has it’s own personality and intent, accompanied by tea and elegantly wrapped.

My third Limited Edition Pendant will be… Holiday inspired. Announcing, 10 Special Edition “Pinecone” Pendants, available 3rd or 4th week of November.

 

Details coming soon!

Introducing, the Ablaze Edition, a Cut Above.

 

There will be 3 very intricate and extremely high-quality designs to start. These will encompass, crystals, tea, beading and wire work. When the idea of more expensive pendants was presented to me, I did not have an immediate response. “What would an elite crystal and tea series look like”, I wondered. Great thought, research and preparation has gone into this very wonderful and elaborate idea. I have chosen precious crystals and precise cuts to work with, these will include: herkimer diamond, rainbow moon stone, crackled crystal, garnet and blue apatite. As I type this blog, these high-quality crystals are being mailed in from around the world.

These will take considerable time to create, which I’m eagerly anticipating. No set date in which these will be offered, but what I can reveal is they will be in-time for Christmas. Sorry, to be so vague, but all my designs are very precious to me and I don’t want to overload you with too much indulgence at once. There will be a Newsletter going out before these are available, that will explain in detail all the wonders these designs will exhibit and what blessings they will adorn their new owners with.

~ Coffee Time ~

Surprisingly, at the Tea Tasting customers inquired about coffee earrings. Tea is the number beverage in the world, but coffee supersedes tea in the US. When this is considered, the request for coffee is not too surprising. This will be a slow process and will be offered as, “Coffee Time Dangled Earrings.” These will be available in time for Christmas as well.

 

As you can see, there is much pleasure to be had. In closing, thank you for your support. I appreciate your graciousness in sharing your excitement and ideas with me. When I first started to create jewelry, it was small and so very personal. Almost afraid to let out my creativity, in fear it would be not be received, but as you have read and witnessed, fear does not hold me back anymore. Feeling free to grasp my creativi-tea wholeheartdly with both hands and let it run free. There is no limit to where this journey will take us and I’m blessed to have you with me. Sending you tea blessings! Please follow me on Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest.

To read from the beginning… Blog 1 Link

 

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Tea Jewelry Vendor – The Show (Blog 2 of 3)

(Blog 2 of 3)

5 minutes into the drive my husband found a hairpin in my center console.

Poking, turning, prodding and open!

This time I couldn’t stop the tears, because they were tears of joy. Laughter could most certainly be heard by our neighboring drivers as we found our next immediate u-turn and drove back to the tea house. The thought, “All is not lost and everything is still possible” danced in my head. We found a new parking space, this time a block further, but it didn’t matter. Our spirits were high and full of purpose. We parked the truck, grabbed the, now open, train case and headed back to the show. Tea Vendors were adding the finishing touches to their displays as we arrived. All the times I practiced and pre-planned my display, paid off. My table was organized and beautiful in less then 15 minutes and ready to receive.

Art Nouveau Tea Goddess Quartz Crystal Pendant

The 1st of the 2-day event began slowly, but assuredly. Sure, the start had its hurdles, but we made it happen! I found the same Tea Festival employee and informed her, all was well and calmly walked back to my table and stood behind my finished display; feeling elated to be on time and ready! The other Vendors around me seemed to be unaware of my morning’s scramble and this unawareness helped to ease the tension in my shoulders. Visitor’s started filing in for the tea tasting and heading back to the long end of tent. Standing patiently, practicing my smile as I occasionally glanced at my Husband, for reassurance. His gentle touch on the small of my back filled me with love and gratitude.

Unfortunately, the first few people to walk-up to my display questioned my belonging and stated, “How is this related to tea…” as they walked away, preventing me from answering. One could not help, but feed any preexisting insecurities with these types of statements. Regardless of their motives I reminded myself, every positive life story has an unpredictable start, a few bad teas and a happy ending. Luckily, these off the wall questions and dislikeable characters only disgraced us the very few hours of the first day. As afternoon set in the heat turned up and more tea tasters filled the tent. This time the changing temperatures breezed in warmer guest exclaiming, “I love tea and crystals,” and “What a perfect event for you,” my thoughts exactly, I smiled in response. The afternoon blessed us with conversation, intrigue and my 1st sale. A quite young woman approached my table, not saying much as she perused my display and stopped to admire my only art nouveau inspired pendant. Wild berry tea splendor surrounded by a summer, silver faced goddess adorned with 3 small, round quartz crystals.  With a very decisive and herded reply she said, “I’ll take that one!” Surprised and delighted to have my first sale, I prided myself on keenly locating antique findings to furnish my tea pendants with, as I placed her pendant in a frosted bag.

A year ago, this past July, an epiphany struck me, “Why not join my love of tea with jewelry?” Soon there after, I combined real tealeaves with crystal accents, harmonizing their tea benefits with the spiritual energy of gemstones and marrying them in resin.

Green Adventurine, Mint Jasper, Green tea Pendant

My customers were excited, gracious and kind to learn there was actual tea and crystals in each pendant. I often heard, how unique my jewelry was. One customer from Greece said, “Where I am from, we have very unique and creative jewelry, but nothing like this!” I held the mirror for her as she tried on almost every necklace, narrowing her selection to my green tea, green adventurine and mint jasper pendant. This necklace embodied adventure, attracted experiences and supported its wearer by inviting new opportunities into their life. Ancient Grecian’s revered mint jasper, believing it to be a sacred protection stone, for both the physical and spiritual worlds.

Little did I know at the time, but she was contemplating a move from Greece to Colorado, a life long dream. It was an honor to have been apart of such a magical moment and that my pendant spoke to her in such a personal way. We both knew, the pendant was a perfect match. She was extremely pleased to have met me and shook my hand. “No need for a bag,” she said, “I want to wear this out.” Touched to have met her and share in her journey.

This blog post could easily turn into a book with each new page an experience, a customer’s reaction to a pendant that stirred a memory. Tears in their eyes as they shared an experience and what it meant to them to wear a piece of jewelry that surprisingly encompassed their being. Tears fill my eyes, as I recount these experiences to you, my show went wonderfully and beyond every expectation. Beginning this journey, I was entering the unknown, excited and hesitant hoping to break even. The rocky start soon forgotten, steeping in the knowledge, that my pendants have purpose and my creative-tea is not lost. Thank you for taking this journey with me!

Limited Edition Pendants Coming Soon!

In Blog 3, I will be sharing Customer suggestions and requests. Three Limited Edition Series designs coming soon and much more! I will be sharing the final blog post with my Newsletter Readers, so if you’re not signed-up, do it now.

(Post 3 of 3) Announcement: The Announcement

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Tea Jewelry Vendor – Beginning (Blog 1 of 3)

(Blog 1 of 3)

As I sit here, sipping my vanilla rooibus tea and reminiscing about my 1st Vendor Show, I’m reminded of just how grateful I am to be writing and sharing with you. Thank you! Below is a personal reflection and the beginning of my experience.

My first Vendor experience was two weekend’s ago in beautiful downtown Boulder, Colorado. Nestled at the foot of the Boulder, Dushanbe Teahouse. My display carefully spread across an 8ft table in the far corner, under a cream colored tent, accompanied by a handful of other Vendors ranging from tea companies to pottery. I was delighted to be in their company and elated at the discovery of being the only tea jeweler. Although, this discovery brought excitement it also carried a bit of anxiety. “Would this difference benefit me or alienate me from the group,” I wondered. This same sort of anxiety kept me up most nights, before the show, anticipating failure and hoping for success.

It was on a late night and a whim, this past January, that I bravely searched, “Tea Festivals” in Colorado for the coming year. Reaching with both hands for a comforting sip of moroccan mint from my favorite porcelain mug, I poured over my Google search results landing on the, “Rocking Mountain Tea Festival.” I began feverishly studying the application, booth fee and attached questionnaire; overjoyed to find such an event exist and was near my home.

A month later, my Vendor submission was excepted and I began my creativi-tea journey, meticulously planing every inch of my display table and sketching ideas as they came to me. One idea was to purchase a 1970’s train-case to house my jewelry and also be apart of my display. My decided color palette was white linen, champagne silver with lime green accents. Budgeting my theme meant designing everything myself including the photo taken of me and my husband wearing my tea apparel, laughing in our backyard. Many long nights after my full-time job and most weekends were spent preparing and designing new pendants. The Rocky Mountain Tea Festival boasted 3,000 – 5,000 visitors attending the tea tasting itself and/or visiting from the Farmer’s Market behind us. I’m not one to rush my creativity and decided to create pieces in limited supply at best quality, rather than cutting corners for ample stock. Not knowing the response my jewelry would receive, it was better to be authentic than sorry.

It was the night before the two-day event and the months of pre-planning were upon me. My supportive husband and I went over the display set-up, checkout process and greeting; stuffed beautifully frosted bags with business cards and lime green tissue paper. Planning ahead and alieving as much pressure as possible for myself and my customers. The next morning, we loaded my display pieces plus train-case into my truck, only stopping for snacks before heading to Boulder. A wave of ease washed over me. The sun was shining and the traffic was non-existent. We found comfortable parking a few blocks away and began walking up with bags in hand. We turned a corner and began crossing the street, I could see the tea house and that’s when it dawned on me, “I forgot the key to my train-case.” Panic could be seen on my face as I hurried past the cross-walk and set my case down on the cement walkway. I tried to open it, knowing it was locked. Tears filled my eyes as thoughts of failure filled my head. We continued to our table and set our things down. My husband with his strong hands tried to pry it open, but the lock would not budge. Calming myself and coming to the realization we would have to travel home, retrieve the key, travel back and then set-up, tensed my shoulders. I walked over to a Tea Festival employee and explained my conundrum. The tea tasting was starting in 45 minutes and I would be an hour later setting-up. I signaled to my Husband and we began our walk back to my truck. This time, the few easy blocks felt hard and many. Hastening my steps as I felt my eyes begin to tear. A subtle tug on arm and hug from my husband let me know everything was going to be okay. He had brought the train-case with us in hopes he might be able to rig it open on the drive home and we would be able to, turn-around and zip back to the tea house.

1970s Blue Train Case Display
Teatime Apparel and Photography
Teatime Moon and Gnome Door Pendants
Teatime Jewelry Crystals and Tea leaves

(Post 2 of 3) Link: The Show

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August Tea and Sprituality

Hello August

August is a power month that stirs the energies of completion, ties loose ends, aides in past healing and creates a clearer future for us all. This energy asks us to venture out side of our comfort zone, to have the experiences which we have previously denied ourselves of. In doing this we open ourselves to enlightenment. Spirit Animal Guide: Serpent / Snake. Snake will guide us through August, asking us to release what is no longer needed in our lives and to empower the parts of us that we may have become a little frightened of. Courage, Strength, Enlightenment. Use these keywords to make a short three sentence positive affirmation which you can repeat to yourself through the month of August This will also help in the manifestation process of conjuring forth the energy needed to be fortuitous in our endeavors this month.

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Zodiac Signs for August: Leo and Virgo

Positive Affirmations for August:
I have the courage to challenge myself
I have the Strength to stay positive
I reside in a state of Enlightenment

Teas of August 

The end of summer is time for the second main harvest of the year, the second flush. Its the season when tea plants, in a manner of saying, climax. The leaves that are picked now are far more mature, and tend to produce a robust flavor. This is true for both Darjeeling and Assam. Challenge yourself this month to incorporate Darjeeling or Assam to your tea routine. Assam is the perfect morning tea. Darjeeling is great for a soothing afternoon.

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Darjeeling and Assam are both Black teas and bring:
Masculine, Sun and Fire energy.
Magical Properties: Prosperity, Strength and Fortitude

 

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Full Sturgeon Moon – August The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon. {Farmer’s Almanac}

… Spiritual Meaning …

~ August 18th ~ Sturgeon Moon ~ In Aquarius Because it is sturgeon season in certain parts of the world in August, its moon is called the sturgeon moon.  This is the month to give thanks. Not only to the Great Spirit, but to yourself too. So set this moon aside for pampering yourself and your family. Your magical night can begin with a relaxing meditation and a personal reading for yourself. {The Pagan’s Path}

 

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Rocky Mountain Tea Festival & Teatime Designz

2016 Rocky Mountain Tea Festival

July 30th & 31st 10am – 4pm

At the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Teatime Designz will be a Vendor at the upcoming 2016 Rocky Mountain Tea Festival. Come enjoy a Tea Tasting, visit the Farmers Market and See Me! This will be the first of many shows to come and I hope to see you there. Teatime Designz combines tea splendor with crystal accents. Marrying the energy healing properties of crystals and the healing benefits of tea into glorious pendants and earrings. Each piece is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. I stand behind the quality of my work and create beautiful designs that I love to wear and share. I invite you to come see me! My display table will be located in the front of the Dushanbe Teahouse, on the right side under the tents. All jewelry will be at a special discount for those who attend!

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The Tea Festival is hosted at The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.  Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Teahouse was a gift to the city of Boulder from sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  The elaborate, handcrafted teahouse is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, and is one of the city of Boulder’s premier tourist attractions. >> Learn more here.

 

Rocky Mountain Tea Festival
Amanda May, Teatime Designz
Teatime & Rose Quartz Pendant
Crystals & Teatime Splendor Pendants

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th Street Boulder, CO 80302

Note: Parking will fill up fast,  so get there early. Also, there are plenty of Parking Garages in the area and within 3 blocks of the Teahouse too.

Rocky Mountain Tea Festival

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Teatime Lifestyle

 

Hello Tea Lovers and Spirited Souls!


Tea is more than tasty, it’s a Lifestyle, brought together by: culture, design, motivations and desire! I started Teatime Designz in early 2015, to share my love and knowledge of tea. January, of 2015 I introduced my first tea and gemstone jewelry pendants; this had expanded to include teacup earrings too. Each design uniquely harmonizes both tea and crystal energies by matching the benefits and history of tea to the vibe and chakra healing properties of crystal and gemstone energy. These designs have brought me and my customers so much joy and harmony. I receive countless emails and social media messages from happy customers who receive compliments when adorning one of my custom designs.

 

Continuing with the same concept of tea and energy, Teatime Designz is now offering apparel! I’m sharing my love of everything Jane Austen with you for the first series of designs. If you love Darcy, Jane, Flirty Vintage, Gothic Victorian and Tea… these designs are for you. They are so fun, unique and designed exclusively by me. The t-shirts are so soft, flattering, flirty and made right here in the USA. The mug is bright in color and keeps your warm liquids hot without burning your palm on the handle, don’t you just hate that! The leggings are a brand new design and showcase Jane’s silhouette on the right upper thigh and a red feather fountain pen on the left shin plus her favorite quotes. Black fountain ink is dripping from the top waistband, over your bum and stopping at the upper thigh. I will be offering two versions of this design and both will be debuting the second week of June. I will send out a newsletter to introduce them.

“Team Jane” (black) t-shirt – Jane Austen“Team Jane” (white) – t-shirt – Jane Austen

 

 

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Green Tea, Hot or Cold?

Green Tea, hot or cold and does it matter?Cold and Hot Green Tea

To be perfectly honest, I drink most of my tea cold and it’s not because of a preference, but more out of laziness. My mornings are pretty crazy, basically because I wait till the last possible minute to wake-up. Soaking up every last bit of warmth and quite before the work day starts. My commute time into work is on average an hour, so the last thing I have time for is boiling water. I grab my Tervis tumbler pour cold, filtered water over a Bigelow green tea, teabag and I’m off to work.

I have been drinking green tea like this for so long that I wondered to myself, am I getting the same benefits as drinking it hot? The quick answer, yes! You will be happy to hear as long as you steep long enough, which is more than 3 minutes, you get the same antioxidant nutrient fighting power as brewed green tea.

What are Antioxidants?

We’ve all heard that Tea is a great source for antioxidants, but what the hell are antioxidants anyway? Simply put, antioxidants prevent disease by fighting free radicals. Free radicals are formed by natural body processes such as breathing, and by contaminants in the air we breath. Without enough antioxidants in our blood stream these free radicals travel through the body and damage cells. Antioxidants are mostly found in fruits and vegetables, but did you know that green tea and black tea have 8 – 10 times more antioxidants. You only need 2 – 3 cups a day to get the full benefits. Green tea, black tea and oolong tea come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. Green tea leaves are withered and steamed. Black and oolong tea leaves are crushed and fermented. The leaves are processed differently, but still have the same amount of fighting power among them. Whether you’re drinking tea for the taste or the health, rest assured you’re doing more good for your body then you know. Give yourself a giant pat on the back!

One minor difference between hot green tea and cold green tea and that is caffeine content. When green tea is brewed and steeped for at least 3 minutes the polyphenols (antioxidants) release there caffeine boost. When cold water is poured over green tea and same reaction does not happen and caffeine is released in a smaller dose. This could be beneficial for those who want to limit their caffeine intake. 

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