Spring Is coming, we PROMISE! In the meantime, there is a remedy for the impatience that can seep into our souls during this time of year…it’s TEA of course! But this time, we don’t want you to drink it, we want you to bathe in it.
Add some magic to your bathwater. Create a sachet of chamomile and some epsom salts. Make a nice big one and tie it over the faucet so as to let the hot bathwater pour through as you fill up your tub. Both ingredients are soothing, great for your skin and a fantastic de-stressor. Magically speaking, chamomile can be used to represent the sun, success, grounding and love.
Soak in this mixture as you let your negative thoughts go. Picture the stress, negativity, and any blockages leaving your body and go into the water. Then stay in the tub as it drains. Let everything drain out before you exit the tub. Then go brew yourself a nice cup of your favorite blend, wrap up in something soft and refill with goodness! You’ll be refreshed and ready for spring.
Coming up soon (Feb 18th) another wonderful fundraising event for Lush Lapel. We’ll be sending along some of our teas for the Mad Hatter Tea Party! More info here!
Making small batches of tea more frequently ensures freshness and rich flavor. Today’s tea is Butterfly Circus. It smells like a warm summer afternoon!
May we introduce you to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab tea scents? Firethorn Berry Tea is inspired by the gorgeous movie Crimson Peak. And Gingerbread, Matcha Tea, and Raw Mint. Lovely scents from a lovely shop. Check out all of their many wonderful scents. (My personal favorite is Ice inspired by David Mack’s Kabuki.)
Happy New Year to you all! It’s been a little while since we’ve had a proper post from us society gals, so here we go! The winter season has seen our little society a bit on the extra busy side with all those domestic necessities. As a result we’re a little light on dedicated posts for our tea and tales. We’d love to say this is all about to change, but truth is you will probably see more from us when the world starts to thaw a little. Till then remember you can always come chat with us facebook. 🙂
Happy Holidays, however you celebrate them, from the Orange Moon Tea Society. May the approaching new year be a good one!
There is nothing so beautiful as the Russian Samovars and Russian tea glasses. Something fun to try for your holiday party or to package up as gifts is a Russian Tea! Try this recipe on it’s own or perhaps doctored with a bit o rum.
1 C instant iced tea powder
2 C instant orange drink mix (Tang)
1 3oz pkg powdered lemonade mix
2 C white sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
Mix thoroughly. To make, mix about 4 Tbsps to 1 C hot water.
However you spend this day we hope it is a time of love and warmth. From all of The Orange Moon Tea Society we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!
“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!” a quote by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Though a slight deviation from our normal tea programming, an autumn quote worth noting. 😉
Yes, I think we would. It being October, the heart of autumn, we thought it was an Emilie Autumn sort of day. You have to appreciate someone who is able to play dress up everyday.
PREVIOUS ENTRY HERE — “You’d better be careful with that book my dear. There’s quite a bit of history within those pages and it’s a history you cannot un-know once you know it. And when you know it…”
At the sound of the shop-keep’s breathy voice Emily jumped, startled, and immediately closed the book’s cover. She stood there stupidly staring from the ornate book to the even more ornate gray haired woman standing before her. She waited for her to finish her last sentence but Etta Diem, ever one to keep a person in suspense, left it there as she gave the teenager a good looking over.
Finally Emily couldn’t help herself. “When you know it what?” she asked.
Etta smiled, or rather smirked. Her eyes were heavy lidded and it gave her a resting stern face. The smirk took away some of that sternness and in its place gave her a look of mischief. Given the nature of her shop and what little reputation Emily had gleamed from her aunt, she was positive if there was a character description for Etta it would be that of the chaotic neutral who enjoyed stirring the pot. Flossy had been quite accurate in her description of the woman: “Picture a long lost Addam’s family aunt who deals in strange objects and stranger things. That’s our Etta.”
Etta moved casually across the dark polished wood floor and ran her hand over the top of the ornate book. Her fingers were lined with silver rings that came to an end in very neatly shaped long oval nails. They were painted a soft gray color with black delicately lining the ends. She tapped these neatly painted nails in succession against the book. Finally she continued.
“When you know, they’ll know you know. Then you’ll start seeing things. Well…” here Etta offered a very bright and sincere smile. “You’ll start to see things even stranger than what you’ve probably already seen at Miss Emma’s boarding house. This is a book of dark nights and long shadows.” Read the rest of this entry
Our night at the Ladies Literary Club in Ypsilanti was absolutely wonderful! Our host Acadia put together an incredibly beautiful tea party and she left no detail out. Below are a few samples of the evening including all the beautiful (and unique to each table) tea settings. The Wormwood Queen’s hubby Ted was a wonderful master of ceremonies for the event mingling historical facts about the city and the Spiritualist movement and with a gentle slight of hand turned things over to us for a little bit about our society, where we come from and the stories behind our teas. We started with Butterfly Circus Tea and got into tales of that circus, fairies, and how Mab came to be in the most interesting green house this side of Salem. The next serving was absinthe tea and devoted to all things green fairy as Kate talked of her family’s history creating absinthe and how some of the myths attributed to the drink came to be. The final tea was our new blend created for the Motor City Steam con –a nice vanilla and rum mix. Tea goers sipped tea with the loose tea inside as Kate gave them a lesson in tea leaf reading. A few ghosts popped in for a visit; one of which got a tad surly at times and really liked to stand behind people. We were also pleased that through our gift box raffle we were able to raise additional funds for Acadia’s The Blushing Violet Project. It was a wonderful night and we can’t wait for the next one!
As the title implies, it was quite a wonderful night. Our host Acadia put together a beautiful, beautiful tea party! And so much happened throughout the evening. We’re relaxing in out hotel room having a glass of wine to unwind (Witch’s Brew!) and relax. We’ll have a full event recap as soon as we get back home. Thank you Acadia and our tea ladies for a wonderful night!
This evening we will be trekking to Ypsilanti Michigan to take tea with a wonderful group of ladies at the Ladies Literary Library. This will be the first time we meet many of you and we’ll be introducing you to our society’s teas and tales. So this post is just a quick refresher for each.
Our story begins with Snapdragon Tea, Chapter One where our young lass Emily comes to the boarding house and meets her great aunt Miss Emma for the first time. We also have a selection of snippets from short stories that offer snapshots of our town Orange Moon Downs, a very strange but delightful little place set outside of time.
And we have teas! Our teas are all unique to us and made to celebrate a person, place or event that has taken place in our Snapdragon Tea stories, except for our Absinthe Tea, which is a many generations old family recipe belonging to our Wormwood Queen. Have a look at our tea room and see what we have to offer. This evening we’ll be serving Butterfly Circus Tea, Absinthe Tea and lastly our new tea created for the Motor City Steam Con – a lovely vanilla and rum flavored tea.
It is now time for us to climb in our autos and make our way from our side of Michigan and from deep down in lower Ohio. See you all soon!
Miss Blue just finished the second raffle box for Madam Aubergine’s Mystical Tea event. This one features our Tea Bats and include a Tea Bats Lenormand deck, Tea Bat trading cards, Tea Bat mini prints, a sample of our Batnip tea, and a wee butterfly bloom hatpin. Proceeds go to a very good cause – The Blushing Violet Project.