I'm partial to antique gems with delicate hints of ladylike charm, which is why I created my collection of heirloom haiku handkerchiefs. Each heirloom haiku handkerchief is adorned with my original haiku that celebrates tea, the lady songbirds of jazz and the imaginative journey of alice in wonderland. I have screenprinted the haiku by hand with gold fabric ink onto delicate vintage handkerchiefs trimmed with patterns of the past. Frame the heirloom handkerchief or place it on table as a centerpiece for a steeped gathering. Each heirloom handkerchief is folded onto a vintage postcard (an extra keepsake or send to a dear friend).
Speaking of the collection, I would like to thank PureWow for featuring the heirloom haiku handkerchiefs this Friday in this "Running With Saucers" piece. And now there is only one handkerchief left (leaves like paintbrushes/are coloring the water/steep it, watch and breathe). Time to head back into the studio to screenprint more treasured handkerchiefs with tiny gold letters. But before I go, let me reiterate one of my favorite tea 101 tips that I happened to share with PureWow:
Steep tea with filtered or spring water: True teas often have delicate flavors that can only shine through in pure water. Considering that there is an art to tea, you'll want to start with a blank canvas to really appreciate the complexity of flavors within the leaves (especially if it's a subtle white tea or fresh green tea). If filtered or spring water isn't part of your routine, opt for teas with naturally stronger flavors (like breakfast black tea blends) that can stand up to water that is less than pure.
You can peek at the rest of my tips in the full PureWow piece. What are your go-to tea tips? Happy steeping!