The lid of the Trinket Box is decorated with a hand painted recycled tea bag.
Original T-Bag Designs in Hout Bay, South Africa began when one woman taught a crafting skill to another woman. The ripple effect happened and today it’s a thriving business providing many jobs in their community. The company works as a team while providing the comforts of a family.
Koffee Kompanions is collecting prepared used tea bags to send to Original T-Bag Designs. Click this link to learn how to dry and prepare the tea bags for the artists to use in creating their products.
“A woman is like a tea bag. You only know how strong she is when she is put in hot water.”
This quote by Eleanor Roosevelt describes Jill Heyes, a British lady who moved to Hout Bay, South Africa. She’s a woman with a big heart, a keen sense of observation, and the purposeful energy to make her dreams come true. And in doing so she continues to benefit others.
A few years ago Jill Heyes did a caring deed expecting nothing in return. Jill’s decision to help another has led to positive changes in many others’ lives in her community.
We would like to help her continue the kindness by sending recycled tea bags to her artists. Please join Koffee Kompanions and start drying your used tea bags in a sunny spot at home, at work, or both. More details in the next post!
Original T-Bag Designs in Hout Bay, South Africa — Post 2 of 8
Hand painted recycled tea bag on lid of Trinket Box.
Woodstock Café & Shoppes in Woodstock, Virginia is one of my favorite coffee shops in this country. Besides the excellent food and service, I love to browse in their fantastic retail shop where I found this beautiful handmade wooden box.
The box is from Original T-Bag Designs in Hout Bay, South Africa. Their products are made using recycled tea bags that are hand painted and decorated.
This box is called a Trinket Box and comes in several variations. The hand painted recycled tea bag is preserved under a coating of resin on the lid. I couldn’t wait until I returned home so I could learn more details from their web site!
Would you and your friends like to help Koffee Kompanions send recycled tea bags to the artists at Original T-Bag Designs? Begin today by placing your used tea bags in a sunny spot to dry. Stay tuned for more details!
Original T-Bag Designs in Hout Bay, South Africa — Post 1 of 8
Pretty Pinks Kup Kollar on a 16 ounce glass of iced water.
Can you tell Ms R. likes pink and black? The Pretty Pinks Kup Kollar was a perfect match for her school supplies. It fits in her carry bag to use at school or in her vehicle.
Daze Kup Kollar Grande on 33 ounce water bottle.
Teachers often quench their thirst and stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle on their desks. Thinsulate insulated Kup Kollars keep the water colder, longer. It comes in two sizes for 24 and 33 ounce bottles. If you know a teacher who does this, slip one on their bottle for a nice surprise!
If you were a first grader, wouldn’t you love to walk into this colorful classroom every day? For twenty years, Mrs. R. has been creating classrooms like this for her young students. On her Facebook page, she admitted she had help on set-up day.
Mrs. R. posted with room photos, “’Teacher kids’ sure can help put up a classroom fast. I love that my two teenagers have been helping me since they were toddlers. They walk in my classroom & BAM BABY!!! Done!!!”
Kup Kollar on 12 ounce hot take-out cup, School Daze Kup Kollar Grande on 33 ounce cold cup, Daisies Kup Kap on teacher mug.
The next time you want to give a unique gift to a teacher—remember everybody drinks something! Our products prevent desk puddles from condensation on cold drinks, keep airborne things out of mugs, and hold in heat or cold during interruptions.
Teachers are special. Shouldn’t we give them thoughtful cool gifts?
Tropical Dolphins Kup Kap on mug, Hawaiian Teal Kup Kollar on iced drink.
P.S. Special Teachers, if you would like a Kup Kap or Kup Kollar for a gift, may we suggest you give a hint by sharing this blog post?
School Daze Kup Kollar on glass of iced strawberry tea.
Getting ready for school isn’t easy for teachers or their students. Even so, it’s a good idea to organize time and tasks so eating a healthy breakfast are part of the school day’s beginning.
French toast is a tasty breakfast food I call “gourmet cooked eggs and toast”. You can soak a piece of bread in a beaten egg, sprinkle spices on top, and grill in a pan. Or you can treat yourself to this delicious Silk Nog French toast recipe. To save time, make the recipe over the weekend and store in your refrigerator. Soak pieces of dry bread in the egg mixture, grill in a pan, and enjoy a gourmet breakfast midweek!
Silk Nog is only available during the winter holiday season. The rest of the year, you can substitute Oregon Chai milk for the Silk Nog.
Strawberries Kup Kollar on a glass of iced strawberry tea.
Begin the school year with a new idea for breakfast. Instead of a plain glass of fruit juice, brew up a pitcher of strawberry tea to drink for the week. It’s a quick and easy recipe from Taste of Home.
I brewed Twinings of London Lady Grey Tea. The Twinings tea bag describes it as a “delicious black tea with a light and gentle citrus flavor that is both relaxing and refreshing.” The citrus flavor blended well with the strawberries and lemons. Enjoy!
Iced Strawberry Tea Recipe
· 1 pint fresh strawberries
· 4 cups brewed tea, chilled
· 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
· 1/4 cup lemon juice
· Ice cubes
1. Set aside five strawberries. Place the remaining strawberries in blender; cover and puree. Strain into pitcher. Stir in the tea, sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved. Chill.
2. Serve in chilled glasses over ice. Garnish with reserved berries.
You can carry over a coffee or tea theme to your dining or kitchen table by using colorful ceramic mugs as vases. You’ll find unusual mugs in Goodwill and other thrift shops for under a $1.00. Or recycle a mug you don’t use regularly.
Because this is a large mug, I put a flower frog pin cup (kenzan) in the bottom of the mug. I bought several of these online from Dorothy Biddle Service. The company has a variety of shapes in sizes from 1.5” to 4” to make flower arranging much easier.
Tea drinkers can use their tea tins for plants. Cups and saucers make pretty planters also. I found this teacup set in a Goodwill store for $3.00. I added silk flowers to a teapot to make an attractive grouping using the Rule of Three.
Along with recycled coffee bags, large latte cups are excellent planters. Buy an inexpensive French press at a thrift shop or Goodwill and fill with silk flowers for a colorful arrangement.
When I set my plants in the bay window, I applied the Rule of Three for room accessories which requires grouping in threes or odd numbers. The accessories are tied together by color, finish, or theme. Arrangements are more interesting when you use different heights.