Ok, so maybe it isn’t really essential to the crafters haul, but is there a more satisfying way to settle down to an afternoons craft making than with a lovely comforting cuppa? Perhaps the five minutes it takes to make tea is just a sophisticated procrastination method, but nothing else seems to make one feel as simultaneously relaxed and productive as a cup of tea does, which are very good ways to feel when embarking on a serious craft session!
I don’t think I am entirely alone in believing a cup of tea can enhance the crafting experience, having spotted a number of other fellow crafters announce they are crafting with a cup on their Facebook or Twitter updates. And for some reason, for me at least, tea seems to suit crafting better than a cup of coffee. I tend to associate coffee more with tasks getting done because they need to be done, such as college essays done at the last minute, or office jobs where anyone I know who works in one views their coffee-break as imperative. Tea seems a bit more laid back somehow, and well suited to tasks that you are doing because you want to be rather than need to be doing. It does serve as a nice motivation tool though, like a little reward for the work you are doing!
Generally speaking, I favour the bog standard blend of tea, a little on the strong side with a good splash of milk (so it has a nice golden-brown hue) and no sugar. I like Earl Grey blend too for a bit of variation, but NEVER go for green or herbal blends when I’m crafting. I don’t know why exactly, but they seem to lack the comfort value of black tea blends, perhaps because I don’t get to add milk! I like tea most when made in a pot (even more so with loose leaf), although actually I don’t think there is any difference really if you make it straight in the mug. My Mum is certain it tastes best in bone china, although I think it tastes good in a big builders-style mug too!
*One very useful thing to remember though is to be careful not to spill tea all over your hard work!
Does anyone else have a beverage they favour above all others when they are crafting? Am I in fact totally misguided and alone in my belief that tea should be the universal drink for craft?! Feel free to share your thoughts!