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Cozy Smuggling

People always ask me, upon spying this item, if it’s a hat. It could be. Tea cosies (British spelling) look like hats, and winter hats, particularly polartech ones, make passable tea cosies in a pinch.

I took my childhood down pillow that had finally gotten beyond the point of providing any pillowing, folded it in half and stitched up the sides. The cover is made from a beautiful dissolving silk and velvet pillow case from my great grandmother. The fabric frays every time I touch it. In an effort to protect it,  I appliquéd a piece of gold embroidery from an Indian dress. So far it is fine. I’ll just keep patching it as it tears.

Tea Fact: Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease.

Tea History: War. Taxation. Tea.
Britain. 18th century. Tea was a very profitable smuggling commodity, even more so than gin and brandy. Tea smuggled in yearly at this time was between 4 and 7.5 million lbs, significantly more than was brought in legally. Everybody knew that high taxation encouraged smuggling, and the quantity of tea being smuggled was directly linked to the level of duty levied on legal tea imports. At the beginning of the eighteenth century, the government´s need to finance a war in Spain led to an increase in taxation on tea, and the price of leaves rose to 5s per lb in 1711.

Tea Cosy, Bavarian teacup, American teapot

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    1. Anastasia Blaisdell #

      TOOTH DECAY FACT: Well, I have been dying to tell some people this, and here seems apropo and at least many will see it, I hope.
      2 years ago I went to have my teeth checked and after all these years of having not a single cavity, (do you Believe!?! at the age of 36….practically unheard of), suddenly, or not so suddenly, I had several, albeit shallow, cavities!!! “AGHAST!”, I say to myself…”Well, fill the lower ones, I say, but the upper ones will have to wait since I don’t have the money.”
      TWO YEARS LATER: I go to the dentist again, the local one, the one that takes my insurance, (I didn’t like their care years back), to get my teeth cleaned and then of course, what about those cavities!? What must they be up to now, after two years!!! So, the new dentist finally comes in to give the final word, and says, “Great, well, you’re having a great run! NO CAVITIES.”
      What did you say, again?
      Does this make sense to anyone?
      SECRET: I began increasing my intake again, after a default of use for a few years, of the liquid EXTRACT OF STEVIA…this is the ONLY change I made to my diet!
      Is this stuff not absolutely incredible.!?!? All I did was have it in my tea every day again. One tea cup a day, 6 or so drops (I like it really sweet!)
      Well, I am just speechless myself, about the stuff….!!
      There. Someone knows. Amazing, eh?

      May 7, 2012

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