"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tea Light Tea from the Bunny Business

Can you see Mt. Hood peeking out from the trees on the lower left portion of this photo?  We have been having some lovely autumn weather with lots of pretty leaves still.

I took the first  two photos of this post from the gym parking lot after swimming.

Several days ago I finished the bunny on the right of this photo for my oldest grandson and hope to get the bunnies to hop into the mail today.

But there is no doubt that the autumn weather is shifting toward winter.  My youngest daughter called out to me the other night to grab my camera and capture a photo of the moody moon. It was chilly out and I was glad to come back to the warmth inside to do some stitching!

 I just received a generous parcel from a lovely friend in Scotland who thought I might like to try to make a bunny from some leftover yarn she had after making a teddy bear.  I think it is making wonderful bunny fur and am so grateful for the gift!

Although the weather has been delightful on many days, yesterday it was sunny, but terribly windy.  Our power was off for four hours causing me to realize how blessed I am most of the time to have power!  I filled my paraffin lamps and then started longing for a cup of hot tea.  I filled the teapot with water, stuck in a tea bag and put the teapot over a tea light candle.  I did not time it, but I was so grateful that I eventually got a cup of hot tea :) not the strongest, but comforting and thirst satisfying.
Have you made tea this way?

Today our area has a winter storm warning for the next 24 hours.  It is sunny at the moment, but we may see our first snow and ice since last Spring down here in the valley below Mt. Hood, although Mt. Hood is sporting a beautiful fresh coat of snow already.

Hoping you are comfortable and cosy and happy wherever you are!



  1. I can't say I've ever made tea that way myself but I know how hot those things can get because I used to have one of those potpourri simmering sets and I burned myself once! Your bunnies are so cute and how nice to be sent some yarn for making more. I'm sure it will be perfect for a bunny.

  2. Hi Gracie, I hope you got home safe from our swimming time. I'm in front of the fire and am good and tired. Your two bunnies turned out so cute and I'm sure your grandsons will love and treasure them. Now to see if the snow comes tomorrow!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Wow Gracie I'm so very happy that you have made so many of those bunnies. I just love them. I have to say mine didn't turn out very cute at all. Next spring I think I will try to make another one. I have never tried to make tea with a tea light, but I'm glad you were able to make it and enjoy it. Hope to see you soon.

  4. Love your bunnies and all autumn colours in this post, spring here and some days get hot lol
    That ball of wool looks wonderful and I always love seeing Mt Hood ☺☺ love to you and yours from
    way over here xo

  5. Wow, such beautiful autumn colour! What a great idea to make your tea with a tea light, how long did it take?

    The yarn is lovely, you really do have a bunny farm going on at the moment!


    1. I am guessing it was about an hour, Helen, but I will try to make it again tomorrow and note how long it takes.

  6. I love the bunnies Gracie! How nice of your friend to send the yarn for another one. Aren't bloggers the best?
    We are also enjoying cooler weather here. After the summer that wouldn't end, it is a welcome change. I love to have a roaring fire at night! So comforting to me.
    No, I haven't made tea the way you did, but how clever or you! I just went through my tea stash today, and was tempted to make a cup, but didn't. I love Constant Comet Orange Spice!!
    Have a lovely upcoming weekend! Bundle up and enjoy!
    xo Kris

  7. I am impressed with making tea with a tea light. I am blessed that I have a wood burning stove that I can pop a kettle on. We are getting cooler but no snow. Love the bunnies and beautiful yarn for another one.

  8. Hello there Gracie. We have gad a busy Autumn and I have fallen behind with my blog and keeping up with favourites like yours. But, what fun I have just gad reading back and enjoying all your adventures accompanied by such wonderful photos. So, thank you for sharing them. I hope you continue to stay cosy and warm xxxxx

  9. I love it that your bunnies are multiplying. They are totally adorable! Great idea about using a tea light candle! I'll have to remember that should we lose power. Stay safe today...they've started closing schools around NW Oregon.
    Blessings, Aimee

  10. I love your photos of the changing seasons in your local area. The leaves are spectacular. Stay warm - I hope there are no more power cuts! x

  11. Tea with a tea light? How wonderful! It could be straight out of a children's adventure book!

    I am so glad you too have had a beautiful, sunny autumn. It will make winter a whole lot easier to bear.


  12. How lovely to make a cup of tea that way. Love the bunnies and the beautiful leaves Gracie. I am afraid with a Winter storm watch your beautiful leaves will soon be swept from the trees. Sending you a big hug,

  13. The bunnies are done! Oh Gracie they are so cute. :-). I know they will be much loved. It sounds like your wintry weather has come to fruition, I hooe you're toasty warm in your cozy nest today.

  14. Keep warm and cosy Gracie. No I've never tried to make tea like that, maybe you need to buy a little gas stove?!!!!
    CN x

  15. Sorry to hear you had a power cut, the bunnies look very sweet and I'm looking forward to see a bunny in the new yarn, wow those leaves are just stunning, keep warm
    Clare xx

  16. Hi Gracie - Love the photos - your home looks so warm and cozy. I would never thought to try to make tea over a tea light . What a clever idea. We had a light dusting of snow here in upstate NY and it looks beautiful and gives me a good reason to spend some time indoors baking and doing needlework.

  17. Your bunnies look great Gracie :) As ever your photographs are stunning and I loved reading about you making tea with tealight for heat - we quite often get power cuts where I live, but we are lucky to have a woodburner that we can place kettles and pans on to either heat a stew/soup or boil up some water for a cuppa.
    Can't wait to see the boucle bunny :)
    Hugs, Sarah x x

  18. beautiful bunnies and beautiful colours Gracie, always a pleasure to call in for a virtual cup of tea. Jo x

  19. Beautiful photos, and such lovely soft yarn to make one of your sweet bunnies with. I have never made a cup of tea like that but I will bear it in mind for next time we have a power cut! How amazing it worked! Keep cosy, Gracie!
    Helen xox

  20. I felt exactly as you did when the power first went off here last week Gracie. But I will admit that after it had been intermittent for a few days I was less grateful and more one big grrrr. If only I'd thought to make my tea over a tealight!

  21. Lovely photos Gracie and the bunnies are so cut. I've never tried making a cup of tea that way - must remember it - just in case -you never know. Looks like we are in for more rain tomorrow - I don't mind too much I don't need to go out so I shall do a few chores in the morning and some crafting in the afternoon. Hugs Anne x

  22. I'm so glad the yarn found the right home. And thank you for the lovely photos of Mt. Hood and of the fall colors. It was indeed some cold snap, for Oregon. Your tea-making feat reminds me that one summer an enterprising visitor to our (dryer-less) house had no dry underpants, but ironed a damp pair dry! Persistence paid off in both cases.

  23. Hi Gracie, I'm loving your bunnies and I'm impressed by your ingenuity about the tea light tea :0)
    Those leaves are stunning...especially the bright pink....I don't think I've seen any that colour before.
    Jacquie x

  24. If you hadn't pointed it out, I'd have mistaken Mt Hood for a cloud!

    I love the bunnies, they're so cute :-) It's cool that you got some wool all the way from Scotland too!

    I can't say I've ever tried to make tea with a tea light (haha funny!) but needs must :) x

  25. Hi Gracie, The autumn colours you have shown us are incredible - so bright. What a good idea to make a longing cup of tea with a night light. I have often kept coffee warm over a night light but never tried it the other way! I'm sure you are enjoying having your youngest son home even if it not for too long. Sarah x


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