07/21/2016

Fresh Foliage + Free Wallpaper

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Hola! It’s been 10 weeks since I started intentionally taking time in my work week to create for the sake of creating by making patterns. I have been uploading them and tagging them #wpweeklypattern to track my progress. This week I was especially happy with the result and how the repeat came out, and wanted to celebrate by making a downloadable jpg to use as a desktop background! Need a refreshing vibe while sitting at your computer? Download the image here and set your preferences to “tile”. I would love this as an actual wallpaper in my house in this sage green or a light gray… Thanks for following along! XO

06/08/2016

Tea fun facts: inspiration behind the print

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I am a tea lover. Tea has become an ever-growing love of mine as a warm cozy beverage I enjoy routinely. I was inspired to make our botanical tea plant print when I was learning about tea brewing and trying different kinds. A lot of ideas for my art prints come from my enjoyment in learning more about the things I love and think provide happiness. The tea plant in particular has provided joy and comfort for history knows how long and I wanted to share some fun facts that I didn’t know before that I learned while making the print:

+ All tea is made from the same plant! That means black tea, green tea, oolong, white, and pu-erh, and darjeeling all come from the same leaves of Camellia sinensis plant. This was the main inspiration behind the art print – to glorify the one plant that every tea variety comes from!

+ The difference is in their harvesting and post-harvesting procedures, mainly the oxidation. Black tea undergoes the longest process of oxidation. White tea undergoes the shortest.

+ All tea from the tea plant has some caffeine. Here are the breakdowns for 1 serving in an 8oz cup:

White tea: 30-55 mg // Green tea: 35-70 mg // Oolong Tea: 50-75 mg // Black Tea: 60-90 (Coffee contains 150-200 mg)

+ Herbal teas are sometimes referred to as “tisanes” to distinguish them apart from tea, as they are made from other herbs and plants beyond the actual tea plant. Examples include chamomile, rooibos and mint tea – a few of my favorites.

+ However, there is an herbal tea that does contain caffeine – Yerba Mate.

+ Attention houseplant lovers! This one I just learned. If you add green tea to your plant watering water, the antioxidants are known to boost the health of the plants. (!!!)

+ Next to water, tea is the second most consumed drink in the whole world. Coffee is still more popular in the U.S. (which is not surprising). This is where our coffee plant print comes in!

+ It is best to brew your tea leaves loose. I have one of these simple brew glass brewers and I love it. Sometimes I even cut open tea bags so I can brew it loose in this. It looks like a french press but the filter stays on top, allowing the tea to brew int he open water and it strains when you pour.

+ For those of us who have gotten used to just leaving the tea bag in the water forever – different teas have different steep times and ideal temperatures! Oversteeping is what makes your tea bitter. Example, green tea calls for only about 2 minutes with a temperature around 175-180 degrees so it’s best to let your boiling water cool off a little before popping that tea bag in, and don’t leave it in for long.