I’m one of those people who loves a lot of things. If it has fur, chances are I love it. “It’s a KITTY!” Take me to the pet store and you’re going to be stuck there a while so I can ask anybody with a furry anything if I can meet their friend. I’ve been known to literally roll around on the floor with exceptionally lovable animals. If it’s sweet, I’m all over it. I’ve been known to eat dessert first, or heck, sometimes I only order a few pieces of dessert as my meal. At a restaurant you can stare if you want but I’m probably happier with my flan and crème brûlée than you are with your more sensible meal. I love color and making things colorful which makes running this website a pretty awesome gig for yours truly. I also freaking LOVE tea.
At my Mimmie’s house when I was little I had the option of water, milk or sun tea and I drank an absolute ton of tea growing up. When I was in high school I discovered hot tea at a Chinese restaurant. The only time I had ever had it anything but ice cold was when it came straight out of the sun, so hot that the tea that passed over the ice hit my lips in this awesome hot/cold combination that I’ve always gotten such a kick out of!
Having discovered that tea can purposefully be had hot I got after it with gusto and I experimented with my mug, milk, cream and the microwave until I figured out how to perfectly create my favorite hot mug. You start with a good quality black tea, like I can get from Tazo® Tea. The super bold flavor brewed nice and strong (sometimes I might even sneak in a second tea bag for a super bold kick!) with a little bit of milk and a little bit of sugar is something that will comfort me like nothing you can possibly imagine. And I’m kind of a tea snob. There are only a few flavors and brands that I will ever, EVER buy. Why waste your money on cruddy leaves in a little pouch that only weakly colors your water a caramel color? I’m dipping my tea bag in because I want TEA not tea flavored water.
That’s why I find myself leaning toward the Tazo tea when I’m hitting up the grocery store. Tazo is made with some of the finest leaves, spices and botanicals to make some blends of tea that are absolutely amazing. I love that I can quickly hit up a herbal bit of comfort when I want to wind down or before bed like the tasty Passion® or Zen™ blends. Or there is always a tasty cup of my fave Awake™ English Breakfast with the caffeine I need to get my day going or help me to keep up the pace as the day goes on and on and on! Basically no matter the time of day if I’m feeling it I’m going to make myself a hot mug of tea and you had better believe I’m going to #SipJoyfully!
Since I absolutely cannot wait for it to get cooler and for fall to set in I have found myself indulging in hot tea more and more during my work day. I decided that I wanted to add a little bit of glitter and sparkle to my afternoon cup and I’ve got to tell you, I LOVE it! For this project you will need:
- Glass mug
- Dishwasher safe decoupage
- Smooth bristled brush
You can find glass mugs cheap just about anywhere. Look at super stores and dollar stores. My mug is BIG because I like a big cup of tea. I’m not wasting my time with a dinky little thing!
Using dishwasher safe decoupage (like Mod Podge) Brush a nice coat onto the bottom portion of the mug.
Using anything from fine to chunky glitter, pour your glitz onto the wet glue.
Once fully covered turn upside down and allow to dry completely.
Go over the glitter with as many additional coats as you please. You can just ensure that you missed no big spots or you can really, really layer this business on. Just remember to allow a full dry time in between coats.
In order to make sure that this business stays ON the mug run your fingers over the surface to remove any pieces that will easily come away and then go over the glitter one last time with a THIN coat of decoupage to help set the glitter. Now my coat isn’t thin but that’s to show you that it’s actually on there! If you find yours as thick as mine simply keep brushing at it to remove the excess. Any place where there is enough thickness to appear white means that it’s going to dry white and make your glitter less glitzy and more cloudy in those areas.
Once completely dry and given a few days to cure it’s time to bust out the Tazo and start to sip joyfully! Now I must tell you that I literally do not have a dishwasher and no place in the tiny kitchen to put one (oversight when house hunting, dang!) so I cannot tell you that this is definitely perfectly dishwasher safe. It should be top rack safe, but with anything you take the time to make, a little bit of extra effort, that quick hand wash will save your piece and ensure that it lasts for AGES! So glitter up that mug and grab yourself a nice, hot cup to unwind or pep up any time of the day!
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