Last month my Nana very sadly passed away. She was many things: feisty, fun, smart, kind, caring, cunning, devoted, imaginative, the inventor of a game called ‘sleeping lions’. But whatever she was doing, watching football, playing scrabble or just having a good old natter, she was never far from a sweet cup of tea. Tea so milky and sugary it was more like a cup of caramel. So, these conversation pieces are for you Nana, I think you would have liked them. I know I will always think of you whenever I make a cup of tea, sweet or otherwise. Thank you for being you x
1. It’s Nice to be Nice
From Reap What I Sew comes this handprinted silkscreen print with not only a tea-theme but a sentiment that Nana would have approved of… it’s nice to be nice.
2. Dunk Mug
I think Nana would have liked this mug, even if the handy place to stash your biscuits does sacrifice some of the tea space. It’s perfect for holding a Rich Tea or two. Designed by Dominic Skinner and available at Not On The High Street.
3. Ever So Sweet Cup Cakes
Nana liked sweet things (she was an especially big fan of tablet) so she would have liked these cupcakes by Ever So Sweet. A bespoke cupcakery created by Juliet Tweedie, Ever So Sweet uses only organic, free range and fair trade ingredients so their homemade cupcakes not only look lovely, but are better for you too!
4. A Twee Tea Cosy
Now, Nana had a lot of teapots – some standard issue, some shaped like cats or houses – but one of the important things when making a big pot of tea is keeping it cosy. However, most tea cosies are cute but not exactly elegant. So, this little beauty from Knittage caught my eye and I think Nana would have liked it too.
5. A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down
I first came across this book (and later website) after I picked it up for £1 at a teddy tumbola (not as fun as it sounds). This great little book has everything you’ll ever need to know about tea’s best friend, the biscuit. Is the Jaffa Cake a cake or a biscuit? Have Wagon Wheels really got smaller or did you just got bigger? Perfect for whiling away the afternoon, discussing the merits of Jammy Dodgers, Boasters and those pink wafer things that no-one ever liked. (They were always the last to go in Nana’s biscuit tin.)