Graphic 45 & Spellbinders ‘Great Hexpectations’ Green Tea Gift Set

Good morning and welcome to the penultimate day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Today I have a sweet little green tea gift set to share with you:

I love those amazing Graphic 45 papers and that cute little Great Hexpectations hexagonal gift box! It could be cut out of sturdier tag board, but cardstock holds the shape just fine. You have the option of sealing the final flaps, or leaving it so the ‘lid’ can be opened and shut.

After all the fussy-cutting, the card was easy-peasy – I only added a little distressing to the edge and a little pop of Copic coloring.

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Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders Great Hexpectations contour die
  • Spellbinders Cinch and Go flowers die
  • Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Collection: Bon Apetit
  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Collection:
    • April Flourish
    • April Cut Apart
    • June Cut Apart
  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Collection: Check it Out
  • Copic Markers: R20, 22; YG 61
  • Memento dye ink: Teal Zeal
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Glass Beads: apatite
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive
  • Misc. foam squares

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Thanks for stopping by!

~D.Ann

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Alice in Wonderland Card and Bookmark With Felt Mad Hatter’s Hat

Welcome back for yet another project for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I have an amazing gift set to show you today, and I’ll warn you in advance that this will be a long post. If you only want to see the card, I won’t hold it against you if you scroll down to the end. : )

For those of you who are staying, here’s the Alice in Wonderland Card and Bookmark I made for a friend who loves the story that includes one of the most famous tea parties in literature:

And, yes, that’s a picture of the real Alice – Alice Liddell – who was the inspiration for Charles Dodson’s books (You might know Dodson by his pen name: Lewis Carroll).

In case you’re wondering, the smaller book is Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and the larger one is More Annotated Alice.

Let’s start with the Mad Hatter’s hat that I made from felt. Since I cut it freehand, rather than draw you a template, I took a picture on a grid so you could freehand your own.

            

There’s some extra felt for the top part to make it end up fatter than the bottom. Place a dot of Fabri-tac on the felt and start winding the felt around a headpin with a sequin on it (to keep it from pulling through the felt). You will want to leave enough room for the full width of the felt when you get there. Once finished, use a dab of glue to hold the end. Glue the smaller circle on top and trim to fit. Glue the larger circle on the bottom.

You will want to put your ‘sash’ of ribbon on first, before rolling the sides up and securing with a dot of glue. (Ask me how I know! Lol!!) Then shape the top of the headpin into a charm loop. There are plenty of tutorials on how to do this on the net.

I cut off some rounded head pins for the hatpins, printed out the chit to tuck under the band ,and put some small feathers in the opposite side to finish it off.

Materials used for the bookmark:

That rabbit is just a little something I found in a bin at Michaels, but what’s cool about him is that, in true Alice in Wonderland fashion, he will grow up to 5x his size if you put him in water and shrink back when dry. I just pierced his ears to add the jump rings and glued on the clock with E6000.

The ‘drink me’ potion is just a couple of drops of water and glitter in a green flask.

Some other things I altered for this bookmark…

The glass cat charm needed a grin and, since the glass accents are dimensional, I pulled out my Pebeo Cerne Relief and drew one in. Once dry, I gave him some pearly whites with a Viva Decor Perlen Pen.

 

the bookmark itself was textured silver.

I wanted a mossy ‘grouting’ and bright cobblestone look, but the alcohol ink kept bleeding onto the green patina I was using, so I ended up going with the bright textured interior.

Supplies used for the bookmark:

  • The Jewelry Shoppe findings: Textured Bookmark
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Wild Plum mixed with:
    • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer
  • Kunin Felt Eco-fi Classicfelt – Red
    • Interesting fact: This felt is made with a polyester fiber made from recycled plastic bottles.
    • Beacon Fabri-tac Permanent Adhesive
    • Cousin Jewelry Basics antique gold headpins (1 flat, 5 round heads)
    • Neat & Tangled Lucy’s Little Things Chocolate Truffle Mix – sequin
    • Misc. Feathers
  • Celebrate-It Grow Your Own Rabbit
    • Bead Landing Found Objects clock charm
    • E6000 adhesive
    • Advantus Corp Metal Chain – Victorian antique brass
    • Fundamental Findings 8mm jump rings
  • Bead & Art of Lighthouse Point, FL  glass cat bead
    • Pebeo Cerne Relief – Black
    • Viva Decor Perlen Pen – Ice White
  • Bead Landing Found Objects bottles (green)
    • Stampendous Gold Halo Mix Glitter & water
    • Coats & Clark Metallic Decorative Thread
    • Tagboard from a Bead Landing Charm
    • Pigma Micron 08 pen – black
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Currant mixed with:
    • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer (for the top of the cork)
  • Bead Landing Pemberly: cup and saucer charms, cameo charm
  • Bead Landing Charmalong Teapot charm
    • Plaid Liquid Leaf – Classic Gold
  • Bead Landing Charmalaong crown charm
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Currant mixed with:
    • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer
  • Bead Landing Charmalaong key charm
  • Beads:
    • Nicole’s Bead Shop 7mm silver flower bead
      • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Currant mixed with:
      • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer
    • Darice 4mm gladd beads
    • Bead Shop 4mm glass beads
    • Nicole Craft Cat’s eye beads
    • Bead Gallery copper plated butterflies bead, cloisonne bead, glass bead, pink cat’s eye bead, blue aventurine bead, antiqued silver plated rondelles, Czech faceted glass bead, pink glass butterfly, 8mm pink ceramic flower round, 3x4mm faceted rounds, goldstone bead, 8mm carved rose bamboo coral bead and 4mm bamboo coral beads
    • Cousin 4mm  Rose Gold stardust bead
  • Beadalon #1 copper crimp beads
  • Darice 26 gauge copper wire

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For the card, I used the color scheme from MarkerPOP’s Challenge #117: Desert Pastels:

What a sweet little Gorjuss stamp set and I really like that Graceful Borders die set!

Supplies used for the card:

  • Santoro Gorjuss Sweet Tea
  • Spellbinders Shells Duality dies
  • Spellbinders Graceful Borders: Graceful Eyelets & Graceful Frame Maker
  • Core’dinations cardstock
  • Memento dye inks: Tuxedo black & Rhubarb Stalk
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3, 5, 7; E000, 00, 02 04, 51; R20; RV02;V12; W1, 3, 5; YG61
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web: Sticky Dot Runner & Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesives

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun…

Thank you for hanging in there through this extra long post! I hope you liked the gift set as much as my friend did!

I hope to see you again real soon!

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop – Clear & Simple ‘My Most Favorite’ Card

Welcome to yet another day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Leftovers! I always end up with a gazillion of them and most of them get tossed into a box to make up ‘someday’. I’ve looked carefully at my calendar and ‘Someday’ just wasn’t put on there this year. Huh! So I decided to ‘Carpe’ dem leftovers from THIS card a couple of days ago and use them up TODAY. : )

See the ‘steam’ and the butterfly? They’re from the cutaways from the diecut heart doily on that previous card. I just ran a gray copic over them and put some sparkle on the butterfly and they make great accents! And that teapot/coffee pot? Sometimes you have something you want to use and the colors just don’t match up. (See pic below for before and after.) I just pressed it into Versamark ink, poured copper embossing powder over it and heat embossed it. I had to do it twice and then use a marker to draw in a couple of lines, but I love how it turned out!

Supplies used:

  • Clear & Simple Stamps Tea Kettle & ‘Most Favorite’ (February SOTM) stamp sets
  • Clear & Simple Stamps Heart Doily die (cutaway pieces)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: yellow and green
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Hampton Arts Metallic Copper and Silver embossing powders
  • Recollections Neon Opaque embossing powder Neon Green
  • Copic Marker W1
  • Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen
  • Prima Coffee Break wood icons
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas Pretty Petals sequins
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Power Tape & EZ Squares
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Pigma Micron 08
  • Sharpie Industrial Super Permanent Ink pen
  • Misc. ribbon

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun…

Thank you for all your generous comments this week!

I’ll see you again real soon. I still have another really cool non-card project, but I want to give it to the recipient first… The suspense may make me change my mind on that. Lol!

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop: Clear & Simple Prickley Pear Tea Time Card

Welcome back to day 3 of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I have a very simple layered card today:

Note: that’s not a defect in the embossing powder! lol! For variety, I did strips of silver and copper for the tea kettle background. Also, the green in the picture below is closer to the true color.. which goes WAY better with the purple than what the camera shows above!

Supplies used:

  • Clear & Simple Stamps Tea Kettle stamp set
  • Prickley Pear Tea Time stamp
  • Clear & Simple Stamps Heart Doily die
  • EK Success Corner Rounder punch
  • Core’dinations cardstock
  • Memento Lulu Lavender dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Hampton Arts Metallic Copper and Silver embossing powders
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web 1/8″ Easy-Tear tape adhesive
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesive
  • Misc. ribbon

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun…

I appreciate all my visitors, especially those who leave such kind comments… Thank you!

I’ll see you again real soon.

~D.Ann

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It’s Always Tea Time Dozing Dormouse Card

Popping in quickly to share another quick little card to pair with a tea gift… this cutie-patootie dozing dormouse:

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Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders dies: Decorative Labels One and Scalloped Labels One
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: Dormouse
  • Copic markers: BG13, 15, 18, 45; C1, 3, 5; R20, 22, 24, 29, 35; Y32
  • Core’dinations cardstock: red and white
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Runner permanent adhesive
  • Misc. PVC glue

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun!

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Today is the last day of the Winter Coffee Lovers Hop… We’ll see if I get another card in before the day is done…

Have a lovely day!

~D.Ann

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You’re My Cup of Tea card and an Intro to Yerba Mate

Good afternoon! I’m back with my post for International Tea Day. Yep, there’s a day for that, too. Not to be confused with National Iced Tea Day which falls June 10. I reckon they’ll soon come out with World Tisane Day. lol!

If you haven’t read my previous post with Tea Party Tips, you might enjoy it it has some bonus info on preparing tea and tea bag uses at the end. Click HERE to see it. Also I did a post on making Peppermint Spoons, which are great with green, black and chocolate teas. You can find it HERE.

Today, I’d thought I’d talk about an international way of drinking tea you might not be familiar with. Brace yourself, you can already tell this is one of my more long-winded posts. I won’t be offended if you scroll on down to the card if you don’t have time to travel internationally right now. : )

To introduce this foreign tea method, lets first talk about infusers. For you poor souls who have only had tea made with tea bags, the tea bags serve as infusers, keeping the tea leaves out of your cup, but letting them infuse the water with their flavor. If you buy loose leaf teas, you will also need an infuser. Either making your own tea bags, or, perhaps, something like these:

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First, one of my favorites, the Bodum Shin Cha tea press with a stainless steel filter. What’s nice about this is that once your tea has steeped for the proper time, you can seal off the leaves in the filter with the plunger to prevent further infusion. You can also remove the filter and have a nice clear teapot for showing off flowering teas. : ) And I couldn’t resist putting the cute little Beatrix Potter set I found at Tuesday Morning in the picture… It will be a perfect decoration for the next tea party!

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The and cups used with it on the right are different. They are common in Paraguay (where these are from), Argentina and Brazil. They are used for drinking yerba mate. It’s not pronounced as it looks in English: mate as in ‘G’day mate!’ Rather, it’s pronounced MAH-tay. (Not mah-TAY, which means ‘I killed’!) Originally used by the indigenous Guarani people, there is no custom more deeply ingrained in Paraguayan society than sharing mate with friends and family. Wherever one goes, the ubiquitous nickel plated strainer/straws (bombillas) can be seen peeking out of hollowed gourds or bull horns, called guampas.

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Yerba mate comes from a tree (Ilex paraguayenis) that is native to the rain forests of South American and is a member of the holly family. The dried leaves are packed in the bottom of the guampa with the bombilla in it, filling it about 3/4 full. A tea kettle of hot, not boiling, water is kept nearby and hot water is poured over the leaves and the guampa is passed to someone in the group of friends and family who enjoy visiting over mate. When empty, the guampa is handed back to the server who pours more water over it and hands it to the next person in the group. The round continues until one-by-one people drop out saying, ‘Thank you.’ The routine is performed several times a day and promotes a relaxed camaraderie. Argentinians will usually wipe off the lip of the straw with a rag after each use.

Because the water is hot and the bombilla is metal, you must be careful, as you can burn your lips easily. The locals often have a callous on their lips and even a worn notch in their teeth from the regular use of the bombilla. Yerba mate has about twice the caffeine as tea and tends to help things pass rather quickly through the intestines, so go easy if you decide to experiment with it. : ) It is a bitter herb, and I learned to enjoy it only with sugar or cooked with sugar and milk and then strained.

In the summer, ice cold water, perhaps with lemon, is poured over the yerba mate and it is called tereré. With both mate and tereré, medicinal herbs are often added in.

Ok, basta (enough) with your lesson on international teas for today. : ) Let’s move on to the card. I couldn’t resist picturing it with this adorable individual teacup/teapot set. : )

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Yes, it’s a winter card because pansies and violets do grow inside in the winter – even in teacups!

The pansies and violets needed a little something extra, so I gave them a brush of Wink of Stella and just a pinch of flocking for their fuzzy, pollen filled centers:

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I used Taylored Expressions’ Share Joy Challenge #14 sketch as a basis for this card:

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I don’t have any modern shape dies, but it was easy enough to made these shapes with a corner rounder punch:

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  • Taylored Expressions Teacup Bouquet stamp set
  • Copic Markers: BV00, 02, 04; V04, 06, 09, 12, 15, 17, 25; Y13, 15, 17; YG 61, 63, 67
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves dye ink
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Hampton Art Sprinkle Flocking Set: yellow and yellow-orange
  • Tsukineko Zig Wink of Stella clear
  • Tombow Xtreme & Mono permanent adhesives
  • Therm-o-web Zots 3d clear adhesive dots 1/2″
  • Core’dinations cardstock, green, white
  • CraftSmith Flutterbloom paper pack
  • Meaking Memories Meg Narrow Stripe paper
  • EK Success corner rounder punch
  • DCWV card
  • Misc. ribbon

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:

I hope you enjoyed your international travels today. Next posts will be shorter! : )

-D.Ann

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Tea Party Card & Tips

Hello and welcome to The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Blog Hop and the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Yes, you read right, it’s the COFFEE Loving Cardmakers who are organizing this hop, but this time with extra attention to the Tea and Cocoa drinkers, too. I fit into all categories. : )

So, I’m starting off with a tea party card. It’s a winter card because, here in South Florida, I only feel like having tea parties in the winter as the rest of the year it’s so hot I usually only want cold drinks. I see we might dip into the 60s next week with mid 70’s for highs. Finally! Yay! It’s also a winter card because several of my orchids bloom in winter, like this lovely lady:

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Have you ever been able to enjoy the experience of a high tea, low tea or afternoon tea at a tea house? They’re becoming more and more popular and are quite a delightful indulgence!

On a more budget friendly scale, I love hosting tea parties for my friends and their kids and there’s always some kind of shenanigans going on, like on this card. : )

Speaking of tea parties — Who doesn’t love to play dress up and eat fancy food? Here are some of the yummy goodies at tea parties I’ve had recently (as always, you should be able to click the picture to enlarge it):

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I usually have lots of hats, boas, scarves and clunky necklaces on hand for everyone to dress up…

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Sometimes there are extra little handmade gifts like the Kanzashi pins on the flowers and hats – everyone was allowed to choose one to take home.

I usually start with a blooming tea for show. So far, these have been much more fun to watch than to drink as I haven’t been wild about the flavor of the ones I’ve tried so far.

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Once the show’s over, we quickly move on to the tiny sandwiches and quiches. Usually there are cucumber sandwiches, shrimp and cream cheese, and tiny quiches. Sometimes there are also chicken salad on croissants, bacon wrapped scallops and guacamole on Parmesan chips. I usually serve a fruit tisane with lunch.

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The highlight of the party is always dessert! There are usually chocolate cups filled with cheesecake, strawberries dipped in Nutella, scones with lemon curd, and stroopwafles which can sit on top of your tea cup, melting the yummy honey or caramel inside. Sometimes there might be divinity, persimmon loaf, chocolates and other incredible goodies. A great dessert tea that most everyone loves is the chocolate macadamia nut tea. It’s fabulous by itself, but we recently tried it with mint spoons and it was incredible! I had trouble finding more mint spoons, so have been investigating making my own. More on that in a later post. (HERE.)

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I usually print out a couple of pages of tea facts on filly stationery to put in the little gift packages for the guests.

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Since I don’t know how to link a document for download yet, I’ll put them at the end of the post and you can copy them for your own party if you like. Have fun!

Now, getting back to the card…

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Inside:

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I hope you have a joyful day!!

Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas stamps:
    • K-0707 Coffee, Tea or Meow
    • S-5852 First
    • W-5833 Patterned Petals (sentiment)
  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Tranquil Moments
  • Spellbinders Create-a-Flower: Orchid
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3, 5; E02, 23, 25, 33; R20; RV34; V04, 06, 12; Y17, 28; YG61, 63
  • Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen Gold
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna green
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Craft Smith Flutterbloom paper pad
  • WorldWin Purple Swirls Floral Vellum
  • Queen & Co. Pearls
  • DCWV card
  • Misc. cardstock, adhesive

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:

I hope you’ve had fun partying with me. I have more fun cards (and shorter posts!) coming up on the hop, but for now, I’m off to see the other entries and thank our generous sponsors. Enjoy the hop!

-D.Ann

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Bonus: Fun tea facts and uses

Please note: All of the information below was gathered from various sources and is provided for informational purposes only. None of it is intended for medicinal purposes nor is it guaranteed by dannscraftingwhims.

With a little bit of know how you can brew a superb cup of tea.

Bring fresh cold water to a full boil for Black teas, Herbals, Tisanes and some Oolongs. Use water that is just below boiling for Whites, Greens and Darjeelings. Using a teaspoon, (which is the perfect tool for measuring tea), measure one level teaspoon of loose tea for each cup. Pour the prepared water over the tea. Steep according to the brewing instructions below, or to your own personal taste. Enjoy!

                    Water Temp / Steep Time

  • White tea 180F (pre-boil) 3-5 minutes
  • Green Tea 180F (pre-boil) 1-2 minutes
  • Oolong Tea 180-212F 2-5 minutes
  • Black Tea 212F 3-5 minutes
  • Herbals& Tisanes 212F 5-7 minutes
  • Rooibos 212F 5-10 minutes

** Most Green and White teas taste better after steeping for only 1 to 2 minutes and can usually be infused multiple times. Over-steeping can cause the tea to taste bitter.

** Darjeelings, with their delicate, fruity aroma can quickly become bitter and should usually not be infused for more than 3 minutes. Fifteen seconds more or less can make a huge difference in taste. Also, keep water just under a boil.

**When preparing Oolongs “washing” the leaves is common in Asian cultures–the thought is that the first washing preps the leaves for the first brewing. Hot water is very quickly swirled over the leaves and then poured off before adding more water to steep the tea.

Preparing a good cup of loose-leaved tea is neither difficult nor time consuming. The human palate is much more sensitive to moderately warm beverages than to very hot ones. Therefore, please have the patience to let the tea cool until you can comfortably touch the cup.

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Helpful uses for tea and tea bags

1. Clean carpets: Clean up musty, dirty carpets by sprinkling dry, used green tea leaves on the carpet. Let them work their magic for about 10 minutes and then vacuum them up. Delicate Persian and Oriental rugs can also benefit from a sprinkling of tea leaves. In this case, sprinkle nearly dry, used whole tea leaves on the rugs, and gently sweep them away.

2. Shine wood floors: The tannins in black tea can help shine and color hardwood flooring. Follow your regular floor cleaning routine by carefully rubbing some brewed tea into the floor (don’t use too much water on hardwood flooring) and letting it air dry.

3. Polish furniture: Brewed tea also can help clean and shine wood furniture. The tannins in tea will re-color light spots and scratches in wood surfaces. Dip a soft cloth in a small amount of strongly-brewed tea, and use it to wipe down scratched tables, chairs, and more. Woodworker Jim McNamara suggested using “regular orange pekoe (Lipton’s) or other dark tea” in Woodworker’s Gazette.

4. Clean mirrors and windows: Tea can remove stubborn, greasy fingerprints from glass, and make it sparkle. Simply rub a damp teabag on the glass or fill a spray bottle with brewed tea.

5. Clean toilet stains: Rumor has it that used tea leaves can magically remove stubborn stains in the bottom of the toilet bowl. Just leave them in the toilet for several hours, then flush the toilet and brush the bowl.

6. Eliminate odors: The herbs and flowers in used herbal tea bags may have run out of flavor, but they often still have a good scent. Dry out herbal tea bags and add to potpourri or scented sachets. Likewise, you can freshen up the car without a chemical-laden commercial air freshener. Put lavender tea or other soothing herbal tea in a bag under the seat to fight odors. Rinse your hands with tea after eating or preparing fish (or other stinky foods) to eliminate odors. Instead of baking soda (or maybe in addition), try used tea bags in the fridge to absorb odors. Likewise, used tea leaves can help deodorize litter boxes when mixed into the litter. Dry, green tea leaves are recommended.

7. Soothe sunburn:  Tea can soothe sunburns and other minor burns. Dr. Oz suggests sponging sunburned skin with “cooled chamomile tea” for its anti-inflammatory effect. Don’t try this if skin is broken. For full-body sunburn, soak in a tea bath.

8. Soothe tired eyes: Warm, wet tea bags can reduce puffiness and soothe pain around tired eyes — and tea bags on your eyes look a little less ridiculous than cucumber slices. You can also use warm, wet teabags as a compress to soothe the pain of a sty.

9. Dental use:  After a tooth extraction or when an older child loses a tooth, try putting a cold, wet tea bag in the mouth where the tooth was lost and bite down on it. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “The tannic acid in tea helps healing blood clots to form (blood clots function similarly to a scab on an open wound). It can reduce bleeding and soothe pain.” Similarly, toothaches and other mouth pain can be soothed with a rinse of antiseptic peppermint tea mixed with a little salt

10. Shine dry hair: Brewed tea makes a good conditioner for dry hair. Rinse with (unsweetened) tea and leave to dry for a while and then rinse again with water.