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.
We just finished up our first raffle box for Madam Aubergine’s Mystical Tea event. This one features our Orange Moon mini spirit board, a selection of tea samples, and a honey bee hat pin. If you’ll be at this event make sure you grab a raffle ticket! Proceeds go to a very good cause – The Blushing Violet Project. We’re just a few days away!
he book was as beautiful as it was dark and haunting. It’s rather strange design suggested it was a handmade creation and most likely one of a kind. It was covered in a very rich material, with a collage of images on the front that almost looked like a shallow shadowbox. When looking at the book standing up it almost appeared to be an eclectic theater hosting a Halloween play and all manner of costumed and bewitched characters were taking part. At the very bottom of this scene were metal letters that spelled: The Frightener’s Society. Read the rest of this entry
Today we pulled the mountain card from the Tea Bats Lenormand deck. For me personally, it made my head bob up and down in a slow nod of yup, yup. The mountain represents an obstacle to be overcome, something that you have to push past. This doesn’t always mean a negative. There are plenty of things that stand in our way that we must get beyond, which ultimately improve us when all is said and done. We society ladies tend to feel that mountain staring us down a bit more than we’d like. There is always something to be done or some task to be completed, and time? So often there just doesn’t feel like there is enough time. However, there is no feeling quite as wonderful as the one that comes when the task is complete and we’re sitting down for tea and a laugh. Alright, it might be wine, we like wine too… but we’ll put it in a teacup for appearances. 😉
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!
You know autumn is just around the corner when you drive down the road and hit a pumpkin paradise or walk into the dollar store and get overwhelmed with Halloween goodness. And if that doesn’t clue you into it, having strange creatures suddenly appear in your green places will do it. We’re not sure what these critters are. We’ll check with Mab and see if these little guys escaped the greenhouse!
Madam Aubergine is filling her parlor with her closest confidants for tea leaf reading, tarot, and tales of the arcane… and you’re invited too!
Join us for an intimate evening of inspired by Mysticism clubs of the Victorian era. Be transported by teas hand blended by the Orange Moon Tea Society, designed to awaken your sense of wonder; perfectly paired with Fairy tale treats & seasonal samplings. Explore tasseomancy, tarot & subjects too secret to mention in polite company; woven into a unique storytelling experience.
This is an East Michigan event and tickets are limited. Please visit the event page for location, date, times, and misc info. This is a fund-raising event for The Blushing Violet Project.
The card we pulled today was the coffin. The everyday person might get a shudder upon pulling this card but Attic folk just smile, sort of subdued like. This is not an inherently bad card as one might think. It’s a card that signifies a great deal about a need of change. There might be an aspect of your life that needs change, or closure… or the completion of a cycle so a new cycle can begin. Change is a part of life and what keeps our lives ever evolving.
As I pull these cards for myself I know for me it’s the completion of a cycle. For a year now I have been in mourning, rebuilding and finding a new groove in a life that was so different from this time last year. Things have hit an end point and I’ve accepted that change in the current of my river, so to speak. The elder goth in me says “Right on… gloomy card…” but the person in me who loves life (as goths actually do no matter what anyone tells you) realizes things have taken a turn and are getting better, more stabilized. I don’t hate on this card. And I love bats. 😉 You can see the whole tea bats deck here.
We closed out the convention with a wonderful turn out for our Wormwood Queen’s Tea & Tasseomancy panel where she taught convention goers how to read tea leaves. After that her gentleman served as master of ceremonies for tea dueling. Yes! Tea dueling! It’s a thing. Bella was our littlest and most adorable tea shoppe-keeper. And let us not forget our mischievously mustached table monkeys who helped out.
Here are a few more snapshots of our day at the Motor City Steam Con in Livonia Michigan. Pictured here our vending table and our Wormwood Queen with her gent Ted and their wee one Bella. Our day was busy! Much Orange Moon Tea was served in the tea room!
Our first day at the Motor City Steam Con was busy and found us quickly trying to find our convention legs. While our writer lady Miss Blue has been doing steampunk conventions since 2010, this is actually the very first steampunk event for the Orange Moon Tea Society. We were tapped to provide teas and tea leaf readings for the con’s Occult Tea event. Pictured here is a glimpse of the beautiful spread for the late tea and our Wormwood Queen giving the room a reading. Last but certainly cutest, her imps Bella and Gabe ready for world adventure.
Do you like spirit boards? Our society is a little mixed on the subject. Some of the ladies think they make lovely Halloween decorations. However, there was the incident with Lurva LaRue who accidentally nudged the planchette of one and ended up in a screaming match with someone from beyond the veil. The argument? She was not prepared to take on the responsibility of being a ghostly telegraph message deliverer when she had a hard enough time keeping up correspondence with her own kids! These designs are called functional art and include our O.M.T.S. logo and our wonderful tea bats. These items will be for sale at our sister shoppe The Attic Shoppe’s table.
Did you know our Butterfly Circus Tea makes a wonderful drink whether warm or cold? This tea is a very aromatic floral blend of Gulabi tea, rose buds, jasmine blossoms, dried lemon, sarsaparilla, and rose & jasmine extract. So while the heat is taking out some of the fun out of drinking warm tea, why not try something new for your iced teas? You can pick up a tin through our Etsy shoppe here.