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Birthday gift reveal!

March 18, 2006

I FINALLY gave my friend Lindsay her birthday gift, over two months after her birthday. It took a while to get everything together, and to get Justin to sit down and work on it with me. We created her own line of teas, which we named Lindstea.

I gathered lots of ingredients, including dried fruits, dried herbs, crystallized ginger, rosehips, hibiscus flowers, cacao nibs…I just gathered anything I thought could be steeped into a tea. Then I started mixing and matching to create flavors. These are the ones I came up with:

Fruit Salad: cherry, hibiscus, rosehips, apple, banana, and strawberry
Wake-Up Call: ginger, lemongrass, cardamom, and peppermint
Peachy Keen: peach, apricot, pineapple, cherry, lemon peel, apple, and hibiscus
Citrus-Ginger: ginger, hibiscus, rosehips, and orange peel
Witch’s Brew: apple, hibiscus, ginger, orange peel, lemongrass, peppermint, and rosemary
Savasana: cardamom, black pepper, cloves, chamomile, ginger, and cinnamon
Candy Apple: apple, cinnamon, hibiscus, and rosehips
Peppermint Patty: peppermint and cacao nibs
Berry Spice: cranberry, raspberry leaf, star anise, peppermint, and rosehips

I have no idea whether they will all end up tasting the same or whether the ginger and cardamom flavors will really come out. I tried one flavor (I can’t remember which one), and it was deliciously fruity, and actually kind of sweet. I packaged them in teabags and attached a label that Justin made for me:

And now it’s up to Lindsay to try some and let us all know how they turned out! (No pressure, Linds.)

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14 Discussion to this post
  1. Michele says:

    Wow! What a cool idea, you should consider making them to sell. I know I’d buy them, the flavors sounds yummy!

  2. Michelle says:

    You are soo cool! You have very special talents and it is so awesome to watch them all appear! Love you bunches!

  3. Lindsay says:

    You rock, Crys! Thank you so much for my ‘Lindstea’. I can’t wait to try them all!

  4. blackbird says:

    I gotta get on your birthday list.

  5. kickpleat says:

    wow, those look great….mmm, candy apple! beautiful labels too!

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  7. Sicilian says:

    Where did you get the tea bags? Love the idea. . . and thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Lisa says:

    Wow! What a neat idea. And even packaged so well. You are so talented. One day you’ll have to have your own store!

  9. crystal says:

    Thanks, everyone! They were fun to make. Sicilian, I think I got the bags at the regular grocery store, on the top shelf above where the boxed tea is. If not, I must have bought them at Whole Foods or somewhere where they sell bulk tea. They come 100 to a box, so you’ll have a lot left over!

  10. bearette24 says:

    I just noticed Savasana. Cool 🙂

  11. OH! that is so sweet what a lovely idea. They came out very sweet. Too cute!

  12. kimananda says:

    What an amazing gift idea…your friend Lindsey is very lucky, and I feel quite lucky too, for getting such crafty inspiration.

  13. Liz says:

    What a nice gift… you are very creative! I would love to try the citrus-ginger tea. Ginger is one of my favorite flavors…

  14. Lora says:

    What an incredibly creative and thoughtful gift. You constantly amaze me at your attention to detail.

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