Coffee Days!

Coffee Days!

2020 has certainly not been the nicest of years but look, we’re 3/4 through and there’s a holiday season on the horizon.  I’m opting for the glass-half-full view today (am not focusing on nixed winter travel plans, for instance).

Modern coffee cosy in Slate Grey European 100% wool felt

Today is National Coffee day in Canada and the USA and Thursday, October 1st, is International Coffee Day.  Even though this is Flock of TEA Cosy, we’ve got you covered if you’re a coffee drinker — beautiful cosies sized to fit Bodum’s popular Chambord french press in the 8cup and 12cup size and designed with a modern sensibility.  And they fit many other french press makers as well.

Shop Coffee Cosy

Minimalist coffee cozy in Mulberry Red wool felt  Modern coffee cosy in Industrial felt blue

In addition, a tea-drinking client told me last year that the coffee cosy was an excellent fit for her tall, narrow (elegant) teapot.  Talk about multi-tasking.

 

A pause…

A pause…

Flock of Tea Cosy’s shop is taking an end-of-summer pause and will re-open in later September for the run-up to the holiday season.

Colourful modern six sided tea cozy in thick wool felt by Flock of Tea Cosy

It’s time to focus on snagging those fresh, delicious, flavourful, tomatoes, peaches, wild blueberries, corn, etc before our long hard winter of cardboard-tasting look-a-likes.

Architectural 6-sided tea cosy in wool felt Purple & Black

There’s still weeks of summery, hot weather left to enjoy before we start bundling into our sweaters and puffy coats, right?

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Watercolours, WestofLunch

Watercolours, WestofLunch

About five years ago I took a watercolour class.  Its lightness was very appealing and painters I’ve loved, like Raoul Dufy, make it look so fine, so breezy, so easy.

Raoul Dufy watercolour painting of bouquet of flowers

By Raoul Dufy, 1953 — one of my inspirations

It turns out learning watercolour is not nearly as simple as it looks and small variations in paper, liquidity, humidity, brush size, etc etc affect how things turn out.  But it has completely seduced and intrigued me and so I continue it as a practise, particularly when travelling.  Along the way I leave a trail of little paintings, and some work out okay.

Small original watercolour of Caltabellota Sicily from 2018. Small colourful watercolour painting of lilac tree trunks in evening light 2018.

Now offered in the shop.  Helps pay for more paper and paint.  All originals. Payment is processed through PayPal’s secure site.

Original watercolour painting of flowering anenomes

The painting practise, for some reason, was dubbed West of Lunch.  Explore on Pinterest or follow on Instagram.

thewirecutter mention

thewirecutter mention

A wee shoutout to thewirecutter.com for their unexpected mention of FlockofTeaCosy’s wares as a good gift for mom on Monther’s Day.  Chest puffed out, head swelling, generally feeling chuffed.

Wool felt tea cozy for 4cup teapot in Peacock Blue wool felt

Here’s their item from April 30th, written by the clearly lovely Alex Arpaia and titled “A not too twee tea cozy”:

Does your mother’s taste run more to Heath Ceramics than Blue Willow china? Danish modern rather than Louis Quatorze? Assam loose-leaf instead of Hawaiian Kona dark roast? Then she might just be in need of a tea cozy that doesn’t look like it came from Queen Victoria’s drawing room. One of these simple yet colorful wool-felt cozies—handmade in Toronto by Michaelle McLean, a certified tea sommelier—will keep the tea in her teapot warm all morning. (McLean makes cozies for French press coffee makers and mugs too.)

Multicoloured wool felt tea cosy in yellow orange and green modern design Minimalist coffee cozy in Mulberry Red wool felt

Thanks et merci!