Welcome to Friendship Tea, a blog about the daily happenings in the life of Linda, a tea enthusiast, who enjoys travel and trip planning, and is passionate about family, friends, life in Kentucky, and all things TEA.
AJ and I visited the Berea Craft Festival this morning. Berea is the "Folk Arts & Crafts Capital of Kentucky". This event is one of several outdoor craft fairs held each year in this special little town.
The weather this morning was perfect in the outdoor setting under the trees of the Berea College Forest at Indian Fort Theater, the home of a former outdoor drama, located just 3 miles east of Berea.
The top three photos show the beautiful pottery of Sarah Culbreth, of Tater Knob Pottery, a long-time family friend. I snapped Sarah demonstrating one of her most popular pieces, a "Spoonbread Baker."
The bottom two photos are of the booth of the jewelry of R.C. Thompson, another long-time friend. Bobby Craig, as he is known locally, is a multi-talented artist. He wins the "best decorated booth award" nearly every year at this event. I love the unique way he displayed his beautiful bracelets and earrings among the moss and wood in the planter in the bottom photo. The moss will be replanted and anything else that can, will be back in its natural habitat at the end of the 3-day event.
You might wonder how AJ, a typical nine year old boy entertained himself while I was shopping and visiting with friends... Well, it was easy! While he listened to the live music scattered through out the grounds, he started munching on a country ham biscuit, then moved on to a lemon shake up and a funnel cake!!! It was a fun morning!
I purchased the silver teapot shaped purse in the top photo several years ago from the gift shop at Lady Marpelet's Tearoom in Cookeville, TN when my friend Mary and I were there for afternoon tea. Even Mary was surprised when I bought it because I am very conservative in my clothing and accessories. I couldn't resist it as a joke on Daughter # 1, Melissa. She gave exactly the shocked reaction I expected when she saw it. I got a good laugh out of it. It was worth the price I paid just for that! I did eventually carry it to one tearoom and it's been hanging around since.
The other two tea "bags" are actually tote bags I use to carry "stuff" in. The middle one was a gift from Elmwood Inn when I participated in their Tea 101 seminar in 2001. The bottom one was a treat for myself purchased at Harrod's in London while I was on the Tea in London Tour 2007.
Although I drink loose leaf tea, I am always on the lookout for just the right tea "bag".
When the world is all at odds And the mind is all at sea Then cease the useless tedium And brew a cup of tea. There is magic in its' fragrance, There is solace in its' taste; And then laden moments vanish Somehow into space. And the world becomes a lovely thing! There's beauty as you'll see; All because you briefly stopped To brew a cup of tea. ~ Source unknown
"Friendship Tea Recipe" ~~ 1/2 cup instant tea, 1 cup sweetened lemonade mix, 1 cup Tang, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a an airtight container. To serve, put 2 to 3 tsp. mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Adjust amount of mix to taste. Enjoy!