This project began with a trip to the mall. I rarely, rarely go to malls. They're just not my scene.
But, I decided to make a pilgrimage to H&M when my sister was in town recently. And that involved going to the mall (and also turning a blind eye to the backstory in India for the $7 shirt I bought. I know. I know.)
So, one of the things I hate about the mall is how vendors now stand around at these little carts aggressively trying to sell you stuff. What happened to the days you could just wander around and munch on a giant soft pretzel in peace?!
This one lady grabbed our attention and asked if we'd like to sample some tea. B said "YES!" before I could say "No, thank you." and so we found ourselves pausing and sipping some "lemon-lime blueberry kampai bliss"...and it was in fact very tasty. B wanted more, and so I forked over $15 for 4 ounces of the loose tea.
When I got home, I realized we never found our tea ball in the move, so I had no way to make this very lovely, pricey antioxidant-rich tea. So I stashed it in the pantry.
Sad story, right? Well, it would have been had I not seen THIS tutorial pop up over at Design*Sponge. A simple idea: use cotton muslin to stitch your own heart-shaped tea bags.
B needs Valentine's gifts for her teachers, and this seemed like the perfect thing. I picked up a half yard of unbleached muslin for 64 cents and made about 10 bags. B helped me fill them with the loose tea, and we made little tags for each.
So, in the end, we got 5 teacher gifts for $15.64
Not too shabby!