I bumped into my lovely friend Sarah at Sainsburys this weekend. When I think back to our conversation I have to smile because she must think me even giddy than she did before. When we had greeted each other and she asked me how I was, I answered then excitedly thrust a box of tea bags in her face.
"Aren't these tea bags in the nicest packaging? Look!"
The poor girl had no option but to look seeing they were right under her nose.
"Oh yes," she said politely, "they are very trendy and retro."
Oh they so are. We chatted some more and then she left me to my tea bag love. I then spent the rest of the shopping trip fiercely guarding them in case they got squashed by the ridiculous amount of milk I have to buy, a large bag of cat litter and numerous boxes of bread sticks (my latest food must-have).
On arriving home I rush to show Anty who really wasn't at all interested that the packaging on our occasionally bought brand of tea bags has changed and is really trendy.
But it really is. It so has the look of 'now' and reminds me of the graphics in Handmade Nation and other trendy US books. Can you see it too? Did I ever tell you that I bought that book last October? No. I don't think I did. I have only dipped in and out briefly but it looks inspiring and fills me with awe at the talent out there. As does 3191 A Year of Mornings (and evenings and soon to be Miles Apart! Read more here.) which I would love and is on my ever growing wish list. Talking briefly of books - (ooh, I just love books and the smell of bookshops. I'm into some serious bookshop love at the moment), I discovered a set of 3 books on Friday at Waterstones which has had me jumping from one foot to the other in pure joy. I even had to go back into Waterstones an hour later just to look at them again but found my favourite one had gone. Someone could have heard me oohing and arrhing over it and quickly bought it when I left the shop. Yeah, I bet that was it but I'm glad because I would like to support the author. Anyway, I haven't got any of them yet but when I do I'll show you. Oh, they are so, so wonderful and have been out for a year or two though I have never come across them until now. They have such an lovely quaint, English vibe about them. I haven't been able to stop talking about my find..between the books and the tea bags I think everyone at home is zoning out every time I open my mouth. Shame. Thank goodness I have a blog where I can bore you all with my enthusiasm for the little things.
Anyway back to the lovely packaging. I think good packaging is so important and the tea bags certainly caught my eye. So did the 2 mugs in the photo. They are from my latest, and first this year I hasten to add, charity shop run and I love them.
Can you guess which is my tea and which is Anth's? Yes, his is the more healthy Green tea where I like mine strong, sweet and preferably organic.
So, have I been able to open the boxes? No. I think I need to study them a bit longer even though I'm gasping for a cup of tea! See you tomorrow.