Birthday gift reveal!

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.)

14 responses to “Birthday gift reveal!”

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

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

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

  4. hole
    I gotta get on your birthday list.

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

  6. secret=

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

  8. 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. 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. I just noticed Savasana. Cool 🙂

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

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

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

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