New Year & winter closure

New Year & winter closure

Happy New Year to you and yours!   It was wonderfully sunny and relatively mild here today which was just perfect for a walk in our neighborhood park.

WINTER CLOSURE, RE-OPEN APRIL

As usual, the Flock of Tea Cosy shop will be taking a break for travel and a breather this winter and re-open in the mid-spring — early April-ish and definitely in time for Mother’s Day.

Two modern Moss Green tea and coffee cosy in wool felt by Flock of Tea Cosy

TAKING ORDERS UNTIL JANUARY 25

The shop will be open and taking orders until Friday, January 25, and although the contact form will be active and responded to during the shop closure in a reasonable time, orders after that date will not be fulfilled until the re-opening in April.

Cosy for 8cup Bodum Chambord in Mulberry Red

BE INFORMED

If you’d like to be informed of the exact opening date please drop a line using the form at the bottom of the contact page.

SALE

BTW, have you checked out the end-of-line/sample sale page yet?

SALE modern tea cosy in camel wool felt w tassel

Shipping delays?

Shipping delays?

December 12, 2018 UPDATE    Shipping deadlines for pre-holiday delivery have passed except for Canada (the 13th) but it appears packages are arriving in the usual amount of time (1 to 8 business days depending on where you are).  In other words, no noticeable delays despite what Canada Post management claimed.  Let’s hear it for our posties!  And yours, of course, since they carry your package the final leg of its journey.

November 28, 2018  UPDATE  Canada Post service has resumed and normal shipping is in effect.  We anticipate there may be some slow downs at the post office in the coming first few days but things should otherwise be on schedule.

November 21, 2018

Brrrrrrrrr cold weather has arrived here!

Please be aware that Canada Post and CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers) negotiations continue as do CUPW’s rotating strikes.  Flock of Tea Cosy’s Canadian orders are currently affected but international orders are not and continue using available alternate shipping methods.

International orders

International orders continue to be shipped using an alternate method although shipping is done twice a week instead of daily.  This means the posted holiday deadlines continue to apply.  Happy shopping!

Shipping to the USA – deadline Tuesday, December 11
Shipping to Europe & Australia/New Zealand – deadline Monday, December 3

Canadian orders

The rotating strikes across the country are affecting some orders so it’s a bit of a crap shoot as to whether orders will arrive in a timely manner.  At today’s date we continue to ship to Canadian addresses, but will reassess the situation next week.

We wish both parties success in their negotiations!

For further information:  Canada Post   and  CUPW

 

2018 Holiday Deadlines

2018 Holiday Deadlines

2018 holiday deadlines for shipping.

I know it seems far too early to be thinking about holiday shipping deadlines while it’s still balmy and beautiful in that early autumn way.

But, based on experience, the holiday season will come and in the interests of keeping you at the top of your gift-buying game here are the recommended order/shipping deadlines for 2018 as issued by Canada Post, which is the shipping service Flock of Tea Cosy uses.

#1.  =  The flock’s FREE shipping service.
#2.  =  Requires additional charges which I’ll work out if you request them in the “Note to Seller” box at check-out.
#3. =   A Canada Post service called Priority Post which guarantees next day delivery — very pricey, but sometimes money doesn’t matter (right?).  More info below.

In general, if you live in a large urban centre it takes less time to receive a mailed parcel.  The smaller centres have been the ones which require the outside limits of estimated delivery times.  This means that Canada Post’s recommended dates below may have some wiggle room if you live in a large urban centre.

Shipping to Canada
#1-Canada Post Parcel Post/Expedited – by Thursday, December 13
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM by Thursday, December 20
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $10 to $25)

Shipping to the USA
#1-Canada Post USA Small Packet-Airmail – by Tuesday, December 11
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM – by Friday, December 14
(XPress service incurs additional charges ranging from $20 to $27)

Shipping to Europe & Australia/New Zealand
#1-Canada Post Inntl Small Packet-Airmail – by Monday, December 3
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM by Friday, December 7
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $60 to $65) (Ouch).

Canada Post’s NEXT DAY PRIORITY POST – is available up until December 17 (Australia/New Zealand), December 18 (Europe), December 19 (USA) and December 21 (Canada).  The additional fees will be calculated on request — they vary by city and region — but think ‘$$$$$’.

And thanks to Wikipedia for the beautiful public domain image of the carrier pigeon.

Fall 2018 sale shelf

Fall 2018 sale shelf

Fall 2018 sample sale modern tea cozy, end of line, etc…

As the cool weather approaches an autumnal cleaning urge has been part of settling into the workshop rhythm.  Cupboards sorted, bins rearranged, that sort of thing.  A few odd bits and pieces emerge like end of stock or colour items, or sample pieces or one-offs.

Sample sale tablet sleeve orange wool felt sample sale modern tea cozy in black wool felt

These have been neatly sorted onto the SALE SHELF for your consideration.

Although on sale, all items are made to the same high standards and with the same beautiful wool felt that is a feature of the flock’s wares.

New French press coffee cozy

New French press coffee cozy

New french press coffee cozy design

You may have seen this coming but, for Fall 2018, here comes the french press coffee cozy version of our “Baseball” design.  Steeper shoulder curves, same buzzy zig-zag stitching on the dart, simple clean curved profile which looks completely at home on morning breakfast counters and evening dinner tables.

Modern french press coffee cozy in Moss Green wool felt

Designed with modern simplicity to fit Bodum’s “Chambord” french press coffee makers in the 8cup and 12cup sizes.

Seen here in fresh Moss Green which brings a breath of spring to any table.  Made from thick (3mm) European 100% wool felt to their highest standards.   This is some of the best, dense, wool felt made in the world.  And beautiful to boot.

And it’s a natural fabric — baa-baa sheep wool — which is a renewable resource and thus a wonderfully “green” choice for your tableware.  An eco-friendly choice as well as a beautiful choice.

A perfect fit for the home of any modern coffee lover.

French press coffee cozy in Moss Green

8cup Baseball Coffee Cosy

12cup size of our new french press coffee cozy coming soon

 

 

Summer shipping

Summer shipping

Yes, like a lot of you here in the northern hemisphere, I’m in and out of town visiting the lake country to try and keep cool and enjoy our fleeting warmer months.

Orders are shipped in and around those times.  Site-wide notices will let you know what those dates are.

Keep cool.

Canada Day for modern tea cosies

 

Cozy hack, trivet test

Cozy hack, trivet test

Tea cozy hack and trivet test.

Customers are such an inventive lot.  And helpful.

Fits a tall teapot too

Recently a customer ordered one of the flock’s cosies designed for a french press coffee maker, the 8-cup “Neu” design in Moss Green.  Shortly after receiving it she wrote to tell me it fit her tall, narrow-proportioned teapot perfectly.  A great customer cosy hack!

Coffee Cosy for 8cup Chambord

  • “I love my green cozy. I have a tall teapot (I know it’s meant for a cafetierre) that I use every day and it fits perfectly!”

Trivets survive stove-hot espresso pot

I also recently received a query about whether the trivets could handle a hot-from-the-stove espresso pot.  The colourful wool felt is wonderfully resilient, and perfect for protecting tabletops from hot teapots but I wasn’t confident enough to absolutely guarantee they’d hold up to stove-hot.  It turns out they hold up just fine.  On the flock’s behalf the customer put the trivet through its paces with her espresso pot and it came through with flying colours.  No burn marks and no table-top harmed in the testing.

Trivet for teapot in Burnt Orangewool felt

  • “Ta dah!  And worked out perfectly.  No burn marks.”

Small tea cosy works as egg cosy

I mentioned this awhile ago but it’s worth mentioning again.  A clever customer reported that the small tea cosies work wonderfully at keeping a bowl of soft boiled eggs hot on a Sunday morning.  Another great tea cozy hack.

  • “My wife and I are excited about the two new members of our tea family.  They double as egg cozies as we soft boil several eggs and put them in a bowl.”

A modern wool felt tea cosy in Moss Green multi tasking as an egg cosy -- such a good idea!!Modern wool felt egg cozy in Moss Green

Puzzle Piece Collection

Puzzle Piece Collection

Puzzle-piece wool felt tableware

A few years ago the “Puzzle Pieces” were introduced after the pile of tea cosy offcuts next to the sewing machine became too high to ignore.  This fine quality, well-made 100% wool felt from Europe was just too dear to throw out — and the colourful scraps far too pretty to ignore.

Wool felt trivet in Moss Green, unique styling, eco concious.

The excellent manufactured wool felt that Flock of Tea Cosy uses (both the Industrial and the coloured European felt) is wonderfully consistent —  exactly 1/8″ thick, evenly dense, smooth, crisp and clean looking, and the rich jewel-tone colours are pretty and colour-fast, remaining bright for years.  The natural baaa-baaa colour of the industrial felt also holds its natural colour.

Industrial wool felt hotpad with orange zig-zag stitching.

Wool felt coasters, trivets, hotpads, table-toppers, mousepads

I was particularly drawn to this wool felt’s density which makes it an excellent insulator — perfect for tea, coffee and mug cozies.  When noodling for ideas of what to make with the many small off-cuts it was primarily the insulating quality that inspired me.  The result is a bevy of coasters, trivets, hotpads and table toppers that protect surfaces from hot teapots, warm serving plates, and damp vases.

Stack of colourful wool felt coasters, eco concious and stylish.

Their making is akin to the quilts or rag-rugs our grand- and great grandmothers used to make using up otherwise useless scraps and small fabric pieces, although I take a much more free-form approach.  Their rugs and quilts embodied an ethos that is enduringly forward- thinking and contemporary and we now refer to as “green thinking” or “eco-friendly.”

Carefully fitting the trivets, coasters, etc together is a wonderful piece of puzzling so they’ve been dubbed “the puzzle pieces.”

Elegant, handmade table-topper in European wool felt soft neutrals.

 

Bundle Sale offers

Bundle Sale offers

Bundling sale of eco-friendly coasters, hot-pads & mousepads

Some of the flock’s small, smart accessories are offered at a discount of 30% when bundled with some select cosies.  If applicable, the offer will appear when you view the item in the shop..

Coaster Sets

Trivets/Hotpads

Trivets (aka hotpads) and coaster sets are excellent companions to your teapot or french-press coffee cosies, and as part of Flock of Tea Cosy’s Puzzle-Piece project they are tableware with a conscience.  Puzzled together from the offcuts of cosy production they reduce waste, and look smart doing it.  Hear, hear.

Have a look

 

Mothers Day Sale

Mothers Day Sale

In North America Mothers Day is May 13th this year and in honour of our mothers the Flock of Tea Cosy is very happy to be offering a special one-day, flash sale of 25% off any cosy — teapot, french-press or mug.  Mark your calendars.

ONE-DAY FLASH SALE: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Coupon code:  LOVEMOM

If your mom (mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, sister) loves to put the kettle on for a pot of tea or a french-press of coffee and appreciates unique, modern, cleanly designed teaware, come by on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 and use this code at checkout:  LOVEMOM

This date will allow time for the gift to wing its way to you, or your mother, in plenty of time.  (Your gift can also be mailed directly to your giftee if you’d prefer, easy peasy.)

PS: if you decide to keep the cosy for yourself I won’t tell.

 

Why shop at FoTC?

Why shop at FoTC?

I’m very proud of the craftsmanship and quality of the products I make to sell under the Flock of Tea Cosy banner, and it makes my day when a sale or a query comes over the transom from some place faraway.

CLEAN, MODERN DESIGN

Some place like Finland, or Australia, or Italy, or the far west coast of the USA or even South Africa.  It’s been the magic of the internet that enables the flock’s wares to be found by the relatively small, but, might I immodestly say, discerning, global group that appreciates these simple, cleanly designed, enduringly modern tea- and coffee-cosies.

WOOL FELT IS AN EXCELLENT INSULATOR

While most clients have mentioned it is the clean, minimalist design that brought them here, many have reported back their appreciation for this tableware being really  good at its job.  This is firstly due to the choice of fabric, dense wool felt, which is an excellent insulator.  And secondly, because the Flock of Tea Cosy’s tea, coffee and mug cosy designs prevent heat from escaping which ensures the tea or coffee or hot chocolate stays hot.

A NATURAL FABRIC

Some clients have mentioned they were drawn to the natural fabric  — wool felt is a natural fibre fabric (baa-baa sheep) which means it will a) decompose when its life is over, and b) is a renewable resource (ie: the sheep survive and are sheared every spring).  It will leave a minimal footprint and is therefore eco-friendly.

CONSIDERED PRODUCTION

On that note, the Puzzle Pieces (trivets, coasters, mousepads, etc made from the off-cuts) use green-thinking to reduce the waste from the cosy production.   More eco-friendly products using wool felt’s natural insulating quality.

WELL MADE FROM QUALITY MATERIAL

Feedback also indicates notice of (thank you!) and appreciation for the excellent quality of the material used.  The coloured 100% merino wool felt that Flock of Tea cosy uses is the best in the world.  It’s made in western Europe to exacting and eco-concious standards.  It is sturdy and consistent in its production, which can’t be said for some other sources, and the colours are rich and colour-fast.  The Industrial wool felt, made here in North America, is a technical grade also made to top industry standards.

The high quality of the materials is paired with high standards of workmanship which ensure that each piece at Flock of Tea Cosy is well-made and made to last.  Everything is individually handmade, all end seams are double-sewn, and the hang-tabs are securely hand-sewn on.  For the puzzle-piece trivets, coasters and table-toppers all seams are button-hole stitched at their end.

 

With thanks to Flock of Tea Cosy’s clients, some first hand reports can be found here:

Testimonials

Hello Spring…

Hello Spring…

Spring is definitely in the air although busy playing those weather tricks on us — teasing with calm, sunny afternoons quickly followed by brisk arctic winds and ominous grey days.  Capricious, yes, but I see little green nubs poking out of the ground so can’t help smiling and humming.

The shelves are still being reviewed, materials ordered, things sewn up but on spring’s promise the shop is now re-opened — good to see you.

 

PS:  the timing is especially good if you have a mom who likes a modern take on the tea tradition.  In North America Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May which is May 13th this year.

    Modern wool felt coffee cosy

 

Last shopping til spring

Last shopping til spring

Apologies, due to unforeseen circumstances it’s been a bit of an up and down holiday shopping season here at flockofteacosy .  You know, life, and things we love that matter more than shopping and tea cosies.  (Although we heartily believe in both!)

ONLINE SHOP OPEN DECEMBER 14 TO 22, 2017

Orders can be shipped worldwide by the regular shipping method between December 16 and 23, 2017 although, unless you are in Toronto, will not be received by Christmas — but will be received by New Years Day or shortly thereafter.

In those cases, Flock of Tea Cosy is happy to provide a emailable “Coming Soon” card so there is something to put under the tree.

XPress Post Option or local pickup in Toronto

Alternatively, in Canada you can spring for 2-day XPress Post until December 20th.  In the USA you can spring for 3-day XPress Post until December 16th. (This is no longer an option for Europe, Australia or New Zealand.)

Or, if you are in Toronto you are welcome to pick-up from the workshop in downtown west-end, High Park area.

WINTER 2017/2018 SHOP CLOSURE

A reminder that the shop’s annual winter closure will be commencing December 23, 2017 and it will re-open in early spring 2018.  If you’re thinking of treating yourself to one of the flock’s wares to get you through the cold winter months, now is the time to do it.

Shop temp closing

Shop temp closing

ONLINE SHOP CLOSED DECEMBER 4 TO 14, 2017

Apologies, but the shop will be closed from December 4 to 14, 2017 due to unforeseen circumstances.  I realise that being the high season for gift giving, this is not ideal.

If you have orders please make them by December 3rd to ensure they can be shipped before the holiday deadlines.

ONLINE SHOP OPEN DECEMBER 14 TO 22, 2017

Orders can be shipped by the regular shipping method between December 16 and 23, 2017 which, unless you are in Toronto, will not be received by Christmas — but will be received by New Years Day or shortly thereafter.

In those cases, Flock of Tea Cosy is happy to provide a emailable “Coming Soon” card so there is something to put under the tree.

XPress Post Option

Alternatively, in Canada you can spring for 2-day XPress Post until December 20th.  In the USA you can spring for 3-day XPress Post until December 16th.

Shipping in time for December 25th to Europe and Australia & New Zealand is over as of December 1st.

If you are in Toronto you are welcome to pick-up from the downtown west-end area.

WINTER 2017/2018 SHOP CLOSURE

Also — a reminder that per a previous post, the shop’s annual winter closure will be commencing December 22, 2017 and it will re-open in early spring 2018.

 

A desk set bundle

A desk set bundle

Pair a mug cosy and a mousepad for the perfect desk set using the holiday bundle sale offer.

  +  Eco concious designer mouse pad wool felt

Mug Cosies

Those on your list who have “eco friendly gift” beside their name will appreciate that the mousepad is made from recycled scraps of wool felt left over from the cosy-making, and that wool felt is a natural fabric and this European felt is manufactured to Oeko-Tex 100 standards which means it is certified free of toxic materials in its making.

 

Holiday Bundle Offers

Holiday Bundle Offers

Through the magic of technology the flock is chuffed to be able to offer some special holiday bundled sale offers.  Buy a small tea cosy and voila some trivets and coaster sets will be offered at 30% off.

The trivet or coaster set can make your gift even more special, or they can be used separately as stocking stuffers or hostess gifts.  Clever!

 

How to use a trivet

How to use a trivet

What is a trivet or hotpad and how to use a trivet?

Just in case you were wondering how to incorporate one of the flock’s colourful trivets into your life…

How to use a trivet or hotpad?

Made from the offcuts of wool felt from tea cosy production, and puzzled together into these incredibly useful beauties with a graphic zig-zag stitch.

Hand made. Well made. Ecologically conscious.

Making Bi Lo Chun tea

Making Bi Lo Chun tea

Making Bi Lo Chun tea

If you are familiar with Bi Lo Chun (green snail spring) tea you know it has a wonderful, big, sweet aroma and a distinctive snail-like curl to its dried leaf shape which gives it its name.

dong-ting-mtn-climb-b

View from atop Dong Ting mountain looking out over the tea bushes.

A few years ago I took an unforgettable trip to China for a guided tour of their tea industry.  It was led by knowledgeable and gracious Tao of Tao Tea Leaf and my fellow travelers included two of my fellow tea sommeliers with whom I’d studied.  We were only five altogether plus a driver so we were pretty light on the ground allowing intimate, low-profile visits wherever we went.   The small group also meant we could be nimble in our schedule and respond to invitations and spur-of-the-moment opportunities.

This was the case the April evening we arrived at Dong Ting Shan on the east side of Lake Tai in the province of Jiangsu where Bi Lo Chun originates.  This was our driver, Mister Goo’s, home town and during dinner he took a phone call which alerted him that his father was about to process the last of the Bi Lo Chun from the family plot.  Mister Goo promptly invited us to come and watch.

We were told that it is usual for the local farmers to plant their plot of land with a variety of cash crops and food so that they will always have something in season.  The tea trees were often over-planted with taller fruit (?) trees.  Notice how they are interlaced with bamboo poles which allow the pickers easy access.

The Goos have two pans — one gas-fed and one wood-burning.  Mr. Goo’s father runs the wood-fired pan.  It takes about 45 minutes to make the tea — here the fresh tea leaves have just been put in the pan.  At the beginning of the one-month picking season it takes less time because the leaves are smaller and have less moisture after the dry winter.

The pan is the hottest at the start — note his gloves — and the tea leaves are kept in constant motion being tossed and turned until enough moisture is lost and then the hand-rolling began.

Daughter-in-law loads wood into the stove to keep the pan hot

Hand rolling the tea leaves.

Mister Goo on the gas fired pan.

A few minutes later we tasted the fresh Bi Lo Chun tea.  The wood-fired brew has a fuller, thicker mouth-feel, and more baked popcorn on the nose.  Definitely a difference between the gas and wood fired.  Is that because Mr. Goo’s father is a more experienced tea maker or that the wood fire allows for more character?

The Goo family tea plot produces 15 kilos of finished tea a year.  It takes about 6 kilos of fresh leaves to make one kilo of finished tea.

The Bi Lo Chun season had just ended, but the next day we were able to visit one of the local tea factories to see their set-up, now quiet until the next tea harvest.  Tea is harvested most of the year but made into different kinds of tea.

The wicker drying racks for the fresh tea.

A line of wood-fired baking pans.  The square holes in the walls allow the baker to converse with the person putting the wood under their pan.

Attached to the baking room was the sorting room.  Under each bowl the paper was numbered to indicate which baking pan they came from.

Bi Lo Chun is a spring tea made from the season’s first, tender, very small and delicate leaves.  It’s manufactured to seven different grades in decreasing order of quality and this factory made five of them.  I want a set of these mugs!

Even at the factory level, making the tea involves alot of hands — there is very little mechanization.

Sunset over Lake Tai near Dong Ting Mountain.

 

Small gifts $25 and under

Small gifts $25 and under

Are you looking for a unique, small gift for someone?

Could be your child’s teacher or scout leader, a colleague at work or a hard-studying student in your life.

MUG COSIES – $22 and shipping is free

Designed to fit a tall 16oz mug and also accommodates a large 20oz take-out paper cup for those people on the go.  Fits on any size desk.  Or piano top.  Or hospital bedside.  Or manicurists tray.

Mug Cozy

COASTERS – $25 and shipping is free

For when we’re grown-up enough to care about our table, desk or bedside surfaces.  They work well for cold drinks too, gently absorbing any condensation that drips down.

Coaster set in wool felt in Moss Green

Coasters

TRIVETS – various under $20 and shipping is free

Medium to larger sizes, single and double-layered, all reversible and made from offcuts of the tea cosy making.

Trivets

 

 

Fall 2017 news

Fall 2017 news

It sometimes seems it’s hardly worth planning for seasonal weather anymore, doesn’t it.  But after an unseasonably cool, wet summer and a mid-Fall heat wave, we’ve definitely had a few days of cooler fall-ish weather and the leaves are starting to turn here.

All of which means, yes, the holiday and gifting season is there on the horizon.  No rush quite yet, but check the shipping tab for the deadlines.

MODERN TEAWARE

For those tea and coffee drinkers on your lists that appreciate an updated tradition FoTC offers its simple, cleanly designed modern teaware made from the finest, thick (3mm) European 100% merino wool felt, or a 90% wool industrial felt (3mm+).

 

These make great housewarming or new-job gifts too.  Perhaps it’s the warmth of wool felt that makes it so?

Beautiful French-press cosies too, especially designed to fit the Bodum Chambord press, but able to fit other similar brands.

INDUSTRIAL FELT

The industrial felt — whether the raw, natural colour or dyed a beautiful blue — is slightly thicker and denser with a soft nubbly hand-feel which gives the cosies a solid, architectural presence.  And speaking of that, the industrial felt items have been very popular with architects, designers and others in the arts worlds, in case they are on your gift list.

MUG COSIES

 

And mug cosies designed for large mugs or 20oz take-out paper cups.  No need to rush through that morning coffee at the office.  Perfect for a stylish office inhabitant or a writer in their own residence.

PUZZLE PIECES = ECO DESIGN

As cosy making continues so does the collection of off-cuts that I can’t seem to help but puzzle together into more coasters and trivets and mousepads and table toppers.

Eco concious wool felt trivets coasters mousepads hotpads Round mousepad in wool felt

For any of you (or those on your gift lists) who believe in eco-design, re-use as a life concept, bio-degradable materials or the just plain fun of zig-zag stitching these could be the perfect fit.

 

 

2017 Shipping deadlines

2017 Shipping deadlines

Although we’re barely over our Thanksgiving here in the great white north, it’s not too early to have this in writing.

6 Paneled Tea Cosy

Flock of Tea Cosy uses Canada Post’s services and the recommended dates below have been lifted from their website.

#1.  =  The flock’s FREE shipping service.
#2.  =  Requires additional charges which I’ll work out if you request them in the “Note to Seller” box at check-out.
#3. =   A Canada Post service called Priority Post which guarantees next day delivery — very pricey, but sometimes money doesn’t matter (right?).  More info below.

In general, if you live in a large urban centre it takes less time to receive a mailed parcel.  The smaller centres have been the ones which require the outside limits of estimated delivery times.  This means that Canada Post’s recommended dates below may have some wiggle room if you live in a large urban centre.

Shipping to Canada
#1-Canada Post Parcel Post/Expedited – by Wednesday, December 13
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM (2 day guaranteed) by Wednesday, December 20
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $10 to $25)

Shipping to the USA
#1-Canada Post USA Small Packet-Airmail – by Tuesday, December 12
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM (2 or 3 day guaranteed) – by Saturday, December 16
(XPress service incurs additional charges ranging from $20 to $27)

Shipping to Europe & Australia/New Zealand
#1-Canada Post Inntl Small Packet-Airmail – by Friday, December 1
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM (4 day guaranteed) by Friday, December 8
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $60 to $65) (Ouch).

Canada Post’s NEXT DAY PRIORITY POST – is available up until December 18 (Australia/New Zealand), December 19 (Europe), December 20 (USA) and December 21 (Canada).  The additional fees will be calculated on request — they vary by city and region — but think ‘pricey’.

ALTERNATIVES!

Coming Soon from Flock of Tea Cosy

Even if you’re really late in getting to ordering, there are GIFT CERTIFICATES.

Coming Soon card from Flock of Tea Cosy

Or if you have selected and purchased a specific item for your giftee, the flock can easily provide an emailable (easy for you to print and fold) COMING SOON card with a photo of their item for under the tree while it wings its way to them via the post.

And shop re-opens

And shop re-opens

Back from a longer-than-anticipated stay in The County, but it was no hardship. The upsides of a rainy summer are a constant and fantastic array of clouds (an excellent watercolour challenge), and a magnificent green countryside. No rain however, on the evening we treated ourselves to a dinner at Jamie Kennedy’s summer dinner series — memorable and delicious, bien sûr.

But now back in the workshop, stocking up on supplies, and looking forward to relishing the rest of the summer and onward to the warm days of fall and the tumble into the holidays.

Mug Wraps

 

Summer holiday closure

Summer holiday closure


 

Happy summer solstice 2017 to us all — despite the endless rain where I am.

A head’s up that the FlockofTeaCosy shop will be closed from June 23 to August 1 August 10th for summer holidays down the lake.  Wuhoo.  Even if it rains a lot we’re going to have a great time.

Mousepad organic shape in Moss Green
Most recent puzzle-piece — a mousepad or dish trivet in springy Moss Green

The contact form at the bottom of the About/Contact page will be active if you have urgent teaware questions.

Mousepad & coasters

Mousepad & coasters

Been in the workshop this week checking out supplies, sorting out the new workshop setup, trying to find where I stashed things during the move (!) and sewing up some orders and new things from the boxes of off-cuts.

Trivet in thick industrial wool felt

One of the things that emerged were a few large-size trivets that turn out to be mousepads.

Eco concious designer mouse pad wool felt

Of course they work brilliantly as hot pads for serving dishes, teapots or damp vase bottoms too.

Handmade modern eco design recycle mousepad

Mousepad

Eco concious wool felt trivets coasters mousepads hotpads

Trivets/Coasters
Spring awoke, shop re-opens

Spring awoke, shop re-opens

I managed to arrive back in the city from a month in Spain the week everything here was in glorious bloom — lilacs, honeysuckle, tulips et al.  The annual miracle and a headful of swoon-worthy aromas.  Yes, even in our stinky urban sprawl, the sweet floral scents triumphed.

The physical workshop and shop have moved over the winter, and this is a slow re-opening of the shop as things are sorted and find their place.  It will be temporary though, as am heading out of town for a little over a month in the summer country at the end of June.  I know, spoiled.

  Wool Felt Tea Cosy in Purple Black & Grey

Ribbed Tea Cozies

In the meantime the unpacking and sewing and organising of the new work space continue apace.  Ends and scraps are being sewn up into lovely new Ribbed-style tea cosies, trivets, and coasters, and the felt order for the coming season finalised.

Set of 4 Coasters in Grey Flannel

Coaster Sets

The shop is closed for its annual winter break and will re-open in early April, in plenty of time for Mother's Day. Dismiss