Simple Projects to do while Drinking Some Hot Tea……

They say, never start a post with saying “it’s been a while since I have posted…” well, in all honesty it has been, NOT because I don’t have anything to post or write about and not because I don’t feel like it either… it is just that my time is already full with other writing (actual pen to paper) writing, having so many home tasks and responsibilities to do and even had a long while recovering time from a broken left arm and that was so awful .

So, I have for sure NOT ran out of topics…indeed, I probably have great things to write about- but all in due course.

As you probably know from my two WordPress blogs, one is about organizing ourselves with various emergency kits etc. and this one is more a fun, relaxing one about everyday stuff, and things I like to do around my home. Some of major or small projects I do, too and thus, a cup of tea, is besides me when I do these small projects on the table.

Right now even as I tip tap I have a cup of tea ☕️ of course, with milk! Wherever, you are in the world- whether sitting  in a kitchen nook in your home, on the bus or in the car, in a train or even in a field somewhere, I hope you are enjoying your tea/ coffee too : )

Today, I am going to share with you some fabulous ideas of mine *pats self on the back* …. since I have found these really very useful indeed-for me, anyway-but I am sure you will find them just as useful too.

Now, I really started off using a small size, transparent tool box which are quite pretty, I used the first one to organized all the batteries I store for when needed. I also label and categorize the sizes within the box too. This is ready for anyone in family who needs a battery either for tv remote, flash lights, clocks, and even toys. So, it saves a lot of individual shopping trips if you think about it, thus, save on petrol or gas money for the cars. So, you are also helping the environment!!

Then, over time….. I used them for other things such as portable manicure & pedicure items and lots of other stuff. The reason I use these ones from tool store or even your local department store, is that they are heavy duty-tougher than the smaller square like ones found in organizer sections, and this makes them last longer and more durable. Plus, they look better.

I bought one for pedicure items and creams and one for manicure items etc. . As firstly, they fit into any drawer in your room side by side, and secondly. They are portable with handles that can be pressed down to place in drawers.

There are many times when we don’t want to just manicure in one place, we want to sit with family or friends etc. or watch tv, and instead of gathering all the individual items and trying to carry them all at once, you already have them neatly arranged within the carry box, ready to grab and go, their size too makes it easier for travel as well.

The project part comes in when you want to ‘customize’ them! Now, it is time to have that cup of tea near by! To keep you going : ) .

The good thing about the transparent box is that you can see what’s inside and decorate the box yourself with any theme you like and then label its purpose ” Manicure” or ” My Manicure Center” you get the idea!

The fun part is using decorative elements to design your box. I used adhesive sequins on mine and then added the labels on each. You could even prints out decorative fonts to label your box and use wide cello-tape to waterproof it. These are some of the best things I have done and the tool boxes can be used for anything in your home.

My latest project is turning one into a tiny portable note book ‘office’ I take this around with me when in kitchen or just near coffee table to do some quick notes etc..it is ready to grab and go!!

This one I decorated with some adhesive leaves ( as I now have to restock on some decorative stuff from stationary) but will change them to something else later. I labeled it ” Mobile Writing Items” .

In this container, I have various coloured pens in a very slim pencil case, a pencil, a small ruler, stick it notes for shopping lists, quick note writing of appointments or tasks ( these are put in diary on phone or main appointment book at my desk later) or whatever needs to be noted at the spur of the moment.

I have a new address book which I am working on whenever I find time, and a small change purse ( comes in handy instead of running upstairs to room for my bag). The tool box is really handy and designed well to fit quite a bit of stuff, plus when you open it up, it stays open and you can stick little photos on the inside of the lid. I have fun with these simple projects!

I plan to turn one into a make up station as they are just so handy to have. You can use them for your mobiles, memory cards, headsets -to have in one place rather than scattered here and there.

I will post some pics for you all too see, if you want ideas for other things please ask and will do my best!


This is exactly what I have, you can find them with a touch of blue too but mine is a little longer and slimmer, be sure what is good for your drawers etc. if you plan to put it in drawer. If on shelf it won’t matter.

Here is the latest one but this will be redone as temporary until I buy more appropriate decorative elements:

Well, that’s all from me today … will post more pics. of other ideas I did later!

Theme Cups

I am sure many of you over the years of visiting different countries or different places within the country you live, you have at one time or another bought a cup or were even gifted one as a present. Some cups we may actually use to drink out of no matter how strange looking some maybe but if you are like me, some that are just too big like giant  mugs or are theme based one such as a Pink Panther or Minnie Mouse one, you may like to use them for holding stuff only.

I have a huge Minnie Mug in which I like to place pencils, pens and the like on my desk shelf..looks nice and has a purpose too.

My hubby has one which is like an elephant lol, it was a gift and it actually has an elephant trunk- he uses it to hold his eye glasses etc. . There is no way he will drink out of it! It is a good conversational piece too.

Ones that have University logos or specific sayings, make nice displays in a glass cabinet in the sitting room.

I still like to buy any (but it is not too often) that have quotes I like or with a design that sets it off from other cups-usually something that catches my eye!

There are some cups very creative out there like those  that have an insert to hold cookies-I have to admit if I found one like that, it will be something I will buy.

Hot Beverages around the World:

When you do use a cup for tea or a mug for coffee, you have so many choices of hot beverages from which to choose. Different types of tea, different type of coffee and other warm drink such as Horlicks,  hot Cocoa, and the list could go on.

In the UK you will find various tea brands such as Earl Grey, Breakfast Tea, regular teas brands such as Liptons, Typhoo Tea, Yorkshire Tea, PG Tips,  and Tetleys-these are some of the regular top tea brands then you have Earl Grey,  and Breakfast tea plus, loads more.

In the USA and the Middle East, Liptons  and Brookebond (not sure about Brookebond in the USA)  are very popular.  In the USA though you will be served iced tea with a wedge of lemon, quite a shock when you first ask for a cup of tea first time around and you get something that looks like Pepsi cola with ice lol. Indeed, though it is very popular as it hot Tang.. haven’t tried that one yet! We have cold tang with ice hehe* it is a funny world, isn’t it?

In the Middle East, you will find mint teas, absolutely refreshing, Karak tea which is a strong tea with lots of milk and some sugar, then you have ginger tea-good for the health-tried both! Quite nice!  Karak tea is serve anywhere in cafeterias and restaurants in homes, even cafeteria make Karak tea for on the go. You have tea made so many delicious way there, that if you are a chef , it is definitely the place where you want to be to enrich your skills.

There are so many types of coffees too, the regular black or white ones, Cappuccinos and Espressos   which I haven’t tried to be honest, but when I see them I am tempted.

Well what’s your favourite beverage? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkish Coffee

Have you ever tried Turkish coffee? I have several times and if you really want to stay awake you office folk then well…. You know what to drink hehe!

Turkish coffee is made very much the same way as Arabian Gulf coffee only it is so much more thicker and thus, stronger in taste. The first small cup is difficult at first – even if you are a coffee drinker. Turkish coffee is a dark brown/black coffee (without milk) same as Arabian Gulf coffee known as “qahwa”.

It is served in small traditional or even modern cups-but smaller than your average teacup size. These days though you find all kinds of different cups within which Turkish coffee can be serve.

The first time, I tried it, it was served with a platter of cucumbers and tomatoes, which would be considered a platter of fruit for some Middle Eastern countries! To each his/her own customs though and it is always fascinating learning something new.

After I ate some cucumber, I was served some coffee and my first sip of it was that it was very strong and thick, indeed it is difficult to hold back your real impression in front of friends but somehow I think they knew haha! indeed I drank a little water afterwards just to get rid of the pasty taste from all the coffee, many people get use to it but I rather enjoy the “qahwa” which has a splendid taste especially after anything sweet! I will leave that for another blog entry though!

Turkish coffee looks something like a chocolate Cappachinno and even gives that same welcoming invitation to drink it but you have to have a strong taste for it. I already like other coffees but traditionally it is served without milk, cream or sugar. I have heard people actually put sugar in their coffee especially tourists but that wouldn’t be the true way to drink it. So, next time you are in Turkey or it closer  neighboring countries, try it and share your thoughts with us!

 

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My ‘Tea Helps You to Keep Calm’ cup!

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This teacup reminds me to stay calm, when I saw it on my teacup shelf, I was like ‘Ah! This is the cup I need today’. The week has been stressful and very busy but the busy part I don’t mind as often I tend to get engrossed in things around the house I love to do!

I read under guidelines for writing posts somewhere that you shouldn’t really state that you haven’t been posting much lately– ah! But when you want to post but don’t find the ‘me’ time as usual you like to explain why at least, why not, I say.

The tv has been taken over these days by the male members of the family, you can guess why too! The World Cup!! Okay, no worries keeps them occupied while I get things done hehe! There is a football schedule on the tv cabinet too and food is taken from the family dining table to the coffee tables infront of TV! I am sure hundreds of homes are going through the same thing but you know a change in the regular routine of things is a good thing and as long as everyone is happy I am happy too!

I have been out to the garden nursery in our locality. I bought several beautiful pots of flowers and soil. They now look so beautiful in our garden. This trip to the garden nursery was a spontaneous one, I needed to get out after a tiring day so  as my cup states ‘keep calm’ that is exactly what I managed to do! What a beautiful sight seeing all those yellow, red and multi-colour end flowers, now that instilled a calming moment for this busy woman!

For the mountaineer it would be seeing the vast array of flowers on a mountain top-a to die for view everlasting in the memory, for the office worker probably a flower pot or two on their desk would be their reminder of nature outside, for people at cafés it would be the surrounding plant pots on a terrace, for some and me too our wonderful gardens.

I have been on mountains and I have seen some really beautiful sights from little flowers growing in crevices to goats running everywhere!  There were also hidden waterfalls and warm, water springs tucked away deeply where people would bathe in the warm waters.

I have been to valleys and winding roads that seem to go on forever and who cared if they did, at every turn there was something beautiful to see and then somewhere all of a sudden you take a turn to be awestruck by the shimmering ocean and beaches that seem to come out of nowhere!  How so precious nature and I pray that people take care of this gift of nature.

Everyone will find their little area of calm somewhere in the world, wherever and whatever it may be enjoy and appreciate the moments, adore them and feel the calm come to you!

Have a good day all!

 

 

There is Nothing Nicer Than A Cup of Tea…..or Coffee

I can’t start my day or any huge task ahead of me without a cup of tea….I can’t relax without my cup of tea….indeed, my cup of tea is needed through out the day so I can effectively and happily get through any task set in front of me for that day. Even at the end of the day, it comforts me and warms my soul. I love my tea…who doesn’t?

I like to to sit in our small sitting area upstairs which is near a beautiful large window – similar to a bay window – the sun shines through-it is like a reading nook and it is very relaxing to sit there, especially so, when we want to read our newspapers, magazines or even write and tip tap away like I am now. Thus, sometimes I write there with my  cup of tea nearby on coffee on table in front of us. It is a favourite spot for my hubby and I.

I have mugs for tea and mugs for coffee, I also have small proper tea-cups for just the average size cup of tea. It depends on how much time I have to sit. The more time I have, the bigger the mug!

Over the years I have gathered a collection of various cups given either as gifts from family members, or ones that I bought myself and others that have come as beautiful sets for my guests.

Each cup or even a set of glasses, have a story to be told, indeed, if you look at your mug or cup right this moment whether at home, at the desk in your office, in a tent in the desert, or even atop a mountain, on a yacht, or in the Antarctica- from the view you have, your story will certainly be something to hear. Your mug is probably more closer to you than anyone you know and if it could talk ohhhh!! how the stories would flow!

Looking at my mug right now, I bought this one for my coffee so yes, I have a milky cup of coffee nearby and this is one of my favorite mugs for that. I immediately liked the color and the squarish shape of this mug, thus, what made me buy it. If I see any I like for me or something I think my family will love, I will buy them.

Before, we used to have a set of similar mugs, same colour, shape and size-then I thought how boring they looked on the shelf-I changed that when I started getting gifts of different mugs-and realized how the different shapes, themes, colours of the mugs brightened up my kitchen shelf, it became lively, and I felt I was looking at a library of mugs instead!

Well, guess this coffee mug of mine succeeded in ‘talking’ today hehe, plus, it is cozy having a nice warm drink so it is comforting too! Look at your mug right now and you are sure to visualize the story behind it, around it where you sit..what is it saying to you? Have a good day all- my coffee is finished, time to put this mug back on the shelf!

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