October is upon us. It’s officially time to get witchy! For those of you who are getting into the spirit of Halloween you can find some neat & free designs (one pictured below) at this link. Now go get that broomstick out of the closet and dust it off. It looks like a good night for a ride across the moon!
Our society’s own Wormwood Queen has put her first book out on the art of tea leaf reading! Tea and Tasseomancy: A Guide to Reading Tea Leaves: “A fun book teaching a centuries old tradition. Use the guidelines set forth to gain confidence and open your intuition. A perfect excuse to relax and sip a cup of tea while reading. Then try your hand at creating your own tea blends by experimenting with the recipes included.” Ready to try your hand at the art of reading tea leaves? You can pick up a copy of your own and get started here!
Hello, hello! Thank you so much for the visit to our tea and tales site! So much has happened in the year and a half that we’ve been hard at work at this whole tea drinking and telling stories thing. I thought it was about time to offer a state of the tea address! That last sentence is proof everything sounds better when tea is involved!
First and foremost I’m happy to announce the second chapter of Snapdragon Tea will be posted this Friday. I’ve been so terribly eeeee!! with the response we received from the original idea of the site and the first chapter but I do admit I was not quick with continuing the story online proper. I’m sure most of you can understand the wonderfully tedious demands of domestic life (no matter how we want to keep our head up in the clouds) but it was demanding all the same. It took me awhile to get the rest of my story properly edited to offer. Not only have I been able to do this but my proper book site is up and running. So lil Emily’s story will continue and be properly published monthly as intended. And there are many tidbits being added to the site regularly. Hopefully you are enjoying them. As well as taking a moment to brew a cup of our teas!
Myself and my wonderful tea making partner are up to quite a few things this spring that are slowly blossoming into summer events. We are pleased to announce that you can meet up with our Wormwood Queen at the Second Annual Gypsy Goddess Summer Festival in Chesaning MI June 4th and 5th. You can visit our society pages for links and more info about this event. Also, we’re happy to say we’ll be hosting the tea room for the Motor City Steam con this coming July. You can visit our tea room for a variety of events that include learning how to read tea leaves and even attend the bewitching Occult Tea event where you can sample all the ritual of the Wormwood Queen’s infamous Absinthe Tea and learn a bit about the Victorian Spirituality movement. I’m a guest artist of the con as well so you can come give me a poke too and I’ll shower you with tea art. 😉 Again, visit our society pages for times, dates and details.
As for our site? Our tea society has been working very hard to add more notes to our wonderful little world in Orange Moon Downs and help you sink deeper into our mythology. In the coming months we’re hoping to begin to explore the idea of opening our tea society to those outside of our small town (and mythology) so it becomes a wonderful thing everyone who wishes to can take part in. Remember you can follow us on Facebook and –as we like to say– join in our tea conversations. We have daily posts of anything remotely related to all that is tea and the fantastic. If you’ve yet to read Snapdragon Tea, Chapter I, the thing that gave birth to this whole project, might we recommend it? And come Friday the tale will continue!
We say it often and will always say it when we can: Thank you so much for visiting our site, lending your support to this project and just letting us get to know other tea and tales lovers out there in the world! I hope we just let it grown through the summer! — Humbly yours, the blue girl, Bethalynne.
Spring has sprung! And we are so very thankful. The past year here at Orange Moon Downs has been interesting to say the least. Our Tea Society Members have weathered many challenges and we are ready for the good, new beginnings that come with the spring season. Our Society Pages have been updated and we are working to plan even more fun events. New teas are in the works and the creative juices are beginning to flow. Be sure to stay tuned!
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Thanksgiving is nearly upon us! And as much as our Wormwood Queen enjoys creating tea blends, she also enjoys finding new ways to use tea in our favorite recipes. Although this particular recipe is not her original, we think she’d approve, it sounds delicious. If you’ve never tried to brine your turkey before now’s the time! It produces a very moist and flavorful meat. Grilled Tea-Brined Turkey with Tea and Lemon Gravy.
While sorting through our archives today we stumbled upon a rare illustrated notice for the Orange Moon Tea Society. If my eyes are to be believed a Miss Emma in her prime is the model!
Our Batnip tea and website received a wonderful review from the CuppaGeek Blog. You can read the review here. Nicole offered an absolutely in-depth review of the tea and her thoughts on our website’s concept. We can’t thank her enough for the review and for being our first! Check out her site!.
Samples are now available of six of our seven teas! You have the option to pick any three of the six offered teas you’d like. Purchasing info can be found at this link. Our absinthe tea will be available for sample in the next few days as well, but as it is a two part brewing process it’ll be offered on its own. We’re so excited to let our teas loose on the world!
We had a lovely tea society meeting on Thursday where we worked a bit on our IGG campaign perks and finalized our tea blends and packaging. This evening we pulled out the tea cups for a polishing and began working on our site & etsy listings. Look for our first available tea samples tomorrow!
If you’ve read the first chapter of Snapdragon Tea you’ll know the secret of the glass house behind the boarding house. You’ll also have met Mab and understand why she’d be in love with this adorable little fairy in a tea cup. This is a fairy sculpture by fabulous fantasy artist Liz Amend. You can see her whole fairy world at: LizAmend.com.
Capturing a moment in time to forever revisit can be a very beautiful and nostalgic thing -especially when tea is involved! As we start the process of photographing our own teas in action, here are a few beautiful tea moments from others. Each of these can be found in different resolutions for wallpapers at Superb Wallpapers under the tea tag.
For those of you who took part in our Tea Bat IGG campaign this is just a brief visual update to say we’re putting the bats to work and the perks assembly line has launched into full gear. We’ll have our first perks in the mail this weekend. Please note that as we said in our campaign update it will probably take us most of June to fill all the perks because of different items to fill different perks arriving at different times. (Lotta differents in that sentence!) But we and the bats are hard at work to get them out as soon as we can. Thank you again for all the support!
Miss Flossie is just beside herself seeing her handsome & beautiful Tea Bats in their over-sized trading card design! These are just mock-ups of the tea bat trading cards that were just ordered. We can’t wait to see them!
Be the first to get your Batnip Tea and help put us past our last IndieGoGo campaign perk! How can you do this? You can visit our campaign here and select our Batnip Tea, sponsor a Tea Bat, or any one of our current available perks.
Our Saturday was spent bringing our tea page up to date. Our selection of teas is a bit more organized and we’ve added some individual pages to give you a better look at our teas, our available samples and regular sizes. And now that the sun is finally giving most of us a warm up, we hope you’re out enjoying your tea under the sun! And later on under the approaching Full Flower Moon of May.
It finally feels like spring outside! And with that warmth we’re finally starting to see some flowers blooming – the butterflies can’t be far behind! So we’d like to properly introduce you to our Butterfly Circus Tea. It features a floral blend of Gulabi tea, rose buds, jasmine blossoms, dried lemon, sarsaparilla, and rose & jasmine extract. Have a peek here!
“Then she put a small whistle to her lips and the most magical thing happened: All manner of butterflies and moths poured fourth from her trunk and moved into the little circus tent. On that day this Mirabai Jasper introduced me to her butterfly circus…” – Snapdragon Tea, Cirque A Circa Stories