Monday, April 19, 2010

A Giveaway


Tea is a religion of the art of life.  ~ Okakura

So many of you have been incredulous and yet incredibly supportive of me in my quest to give up my addiction to coffee.  Well it's been close to 2 weeks now and I'm here to report that it's going great!  The headaches are gone, aspirin is no longer required, and my energy level is good.  In fact it's pretty much the same as it was with the coffee.  I do miss it though.  Psychologically it's been a lot tougher.  I love the smell, the taste, and most of all the ritual!  I've been thinking that perhaps, after a while, I might consider indulging in the occasional cup of coffee again, maybe on weekends.  We'll see.  Everything in moderation as my wise Grandmother always reminded me. 
 

But what about tea?  Are any of you tea drinkers?


I hope so...  because I'm having my first Giveaway!


Tea Forté aims to capture the "Art of Tea". They have consulted with chefs and restaurateurs in culinary havens worldwide to create the most innovative and delicious blends of tea with whole leaf teas, rough-cut herbs and flowers. The pyramid infusers crowned with the signature leaf, combined with custom-designed accessories, elevates a cup of tea into an extraordinary experience for all of your senses.




The unique Silken-Tea-Infusers are individually hand crafted.  The open weave of the fabric allows the water to flow freely around the teas, allowing the tea leaves to unfurl and the flavors to mingle in the large open form of the infuser. It's like brewing a pot of tea in your cup!  Unwrap the protective cover and stand the infuser in your cup. Pour boiling water in and tea starts to brew, the infuser maintains its elegant form, and the upward lifted leaf and cotton stem creates a handle.


The  cafe cup is an elegant porcelain teacup ensemble.  The custom cover keeps the tea hot while brewing and reveals the signature leaf.



The ceramic tea trays for serving the silken tea infusers and for after brewing to catch the drips.


The maple serving tray designed to generously hold a cafe cup and a tea tray with room left for a treat.



 The Giveaway will include 2 sets of maple serving trays, 2 cafe cups with lids (boxed), 2 ceramic tea trays and 11 silken tea infusers.

2~ a refreshing herbal tea (caffeine free)
2~ bergamot infused black tea (contains caffeine)
3~ currant infused black tea (contains caffeine)
2~ green tea with flowers (low in caffeine)
2~ a soothing herbal tea (caffeine free)




~ Giveaway Rules ~

Leave a comment ~ One Entry
Already a Follower ~ Automatic Second Entry if you tell me in your comment
Become a New Follower ~ Second Entry
Blog Mention - Third Entry

~ Giveaway ends ~

Monday, April 26th


81 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

sorry, babe, it's COCA COLA all the way for me!

other-option said...

I love tea - so comforting. I'm already a follower.
- Danielle
other-option AT hotmail DOT com

lisa golightly said...

Without apology, I am a slave to the dark master, coffee. But, really enjoy a nice green tea in the afternoon ! What a sweet prize !

mickey said...

I am not a big tea fan but I am a big fan of yours. You have kick started my obsession with all things to do with the ocean. It first started when I saw your home on RMS, now I am addicted. I cruise ebay looking for my next fix lol. I live in the midwest so there is not a lot of ocean stuff around. See what you have done to me! But I won't give up my coffee for tea:)

La Dolfina said...

OK then, Mickey, if you win this giveaway I will send you something awesome from the sea!!!
I'm so glad you left a comment and let me say, it's lovely to meet you!!!

Sanity Fair said...

I LOVE tea forte!!!! This would be a fabulous win - count me in. And I'm a new follower! (come on, mojo...)
-Sanity Fair

Kathysue said...

Hi Terri, you know I have to have my two cups in the morning but in the afternoon I have a cup of Earl Grey tea and I love tea. I am so proud of you for sticking to your guns, YAY!!! Love the giveaway!! Hugs Kathysue

Jordan said...

I just became a follower. I love tea! It is what I drink all day at work, instead of coffee, soda, water. Thanks!

Beach House Living said...

I grew up drinking tea. I drink more coffee now but still love my super hot cup of tea. For some reason a cup of tea goes better with a good book too.

Tea forte's presentation is very nice I've given it as gift.

I'm a follower aren't I?

Beachcombing.... said...

Hi! Thanks for the sweet comments on the blog, I will send you the directions - are you anywhere close? I am a follower, and also a fan of Tea Forte' - love the presentation and also love a great cup of tea. Am a total tea drinker at night, in the afternoon - and simply when I am trying to wind down. Thanks again!!!!

Privet and Holly said...

Hi fellow tea lover! This looks wonderful and I would LOVE to WIN!!! I also have to be careful of my coffee consumption, but I would HATE to give it up completely. Someone needs to develop a candle that has the fragrance of fresh-ground coffee, since that is such an important part of the coffee experience! Still, a very hot cup of tea with milk can put me in the right frame of mind ~ morning, noon or night (as long as it's herbal after 7PM!). What a generous giveaway....xx P&H

Privet and Holly said...

Oh, and I'm a FOLLOWER/Devotee : ) !!! xx P&H

Elaine said...

Good for you for giving up coffee! I need to do the same, but haven't been able to cut it out completely. I also LOVE tea and enjoy the ritual of tea drinking. I find it so very relaxing. I have not tried Tea forte yet, but would love to. Thank you for having such a great giveaway! I discovered your blog about a month ago and have enjoyed following you on your treasure hunts.

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

What a lovely giveaway! I'm a happy follower!
Good luck on the sans coffee...I gave it up years ago but returned to it and now I regular & decaf. Beth

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

I put up a blog mention of your awesome giveaway on my sidebar! Beth

mbkatc230 said...

I could never, ever give up coffee - I'm considering a permanent iv port at this point. But I do love a good cup of tea in the evening, this sounds wonderful. I'm a follower, and I just put a link to your give a way on my blog. Kathy

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Therese; First & foremost 'way to go'! Not easy giving up anything we love. Like I said before I don't like coffee but sure do love the smell. You could snack on choc. covered coffee beans but I guess that defeats the purpose. I'm like a dealer, shameful...
I LOVE this giveaway. The tea looks so beautiful packaged, and really like the cups, and accessories. You are wonderful. Count me as two entries because I'm a follower and always will be! Love you and your blog x

lisaroy said...

After spending time in Ireland and UK, I've taken a new liking to tea, even though coffee is a nice treat.
love your blog - I'm a new follower! : )

SPLENDEROSA said...

You're doing great. I love my coffee in the mornings, but I don't think it's for the energy, I just love the taste. And, yes, my daughter, my girlfriends definitely drink tea in the afternoons, it's a lovely time of day to just stop for awhile. I've just discovered this incredible tea, called Matcha, it's green tea leaves which are powdered...it is beautiful, and you get all the benefits of the actual tea leaves themselves.

Cristin said...

I used to drink coffee, but my body couldn't handle it. I now drink a cup of black tea w mild and love it.

Love this giveaway too!

Glad you are feeling better.

xo,
cristin

Alexandra Rae said...

I am already a follower and a BIG tea drinker so please, Giveaway gods, let me win. You will feel better by the week without coffee. I love the smell and the taste, but after years and years of no coffee it feels totally toxic in my system. Plus one week of coffee and my skin looks horrific, even with lots of water. Dr. Perricone explains why in his book. The mirror was enough evidence for me.

Great job for kicking the habit!

joanny said...

Therese

Oh definitely I am a follower of your delightful blog -- it is like my second cup of "tea' in the morning. Have to read your blog along with just a few others too, always lovely content you provide. I was a big coffee drinker and sort of quick but replaced my habit with a pot of tea. Love the smell and the taste of freshly brewed really good blend of coffee -- oh dear --I can taste it now.. I limited my coffee to the occasional cup when I am out and about -- it got easy when my coffee maker broke I just did not replace it.
Joanny

The Zhush said...

Every once in awhile I order green tea in a restaurant...if they serve forte, I am always blown away by the whole presentation...you just reminded me why!

Cashon&Co said...

oh how cool!!!! i love this idea of tea!!! i have never head this kind, the presentation just blows me away! just like zhush said above!!!

Angie said...

Great giveaway!!! I'm a coffee in the morning, decaf tea in the evening type a gal! ;) Already a follower because your blog and style is FANTASTIC! ;)

Kerry said...

I am definitely a tea drinker from way back! I am already a follower and your giveaway is now on my sidebar. Fingers crossed! And I think that once the coffee ban is well and truly established, that weekend coffee could be a lovely thing to do.

beback said...

I agree....a great giveaway ! There are many health benefits that come with drinking tea and may we all be blessed with good health and good tea ! I am a new follower to your blog and love it !

reasonably chubby said...

I love tea, even owned my very own tearoom a few years back. It was fun, but boy was it alot of work! So, now I have my own teaparties now and then...Long live tea!

Pemberley said...

I'm a coffee addict (big sigh). It's the ritual, and hugging that hot mug for me. When I was trying to conceive (given a 5% chance) one of the things that had to go was the coffee. I filled my morning commute go-cup with herbal tea. Eventually I enjoyed that hot fruity beverage. You can do it!

Young at Heart said...

everything in moderation.....I like a cup of tea at teatime.....and cake!!

Loui said...

Hi..
1. delightful blog..love the simplicity!
am a coffee drinker..2 cups in the morning, then iced tea for the remainder of the day..
however, there are times a hot cup of tea is just perfect.. especially in the cooler seasons..or on a miserable gray cold day..there's just something about a hot cup of tea..
2.am a new follower!
3. will post on my blog...
warmest hugs..
laughing smiles..
Loui♥

Loui said...

Therese.. just posted on my blog!
Loui♥


http://mermaidlouie.blogspot.com/2010/04/coffee-teaor-great-giveaway.html

Splendid Willow said...

Beautiful Therese, I think I am following you just about everywhere! (But now also via Google).

What a generous give-away! I am a HUGE green tea fan. (But I drink coffee and champagne too, my dear!)

Love to you, Mon

1022 Sea Shell Ave said...

Huge fan of yours and a follower and a tea lover and not giving up coffee, ,,,yet :)

Amy E. Strodl said...

I want in on this action! I'm a follower too!

Amy (over at Varnish)

WhiteWhispers2u said...

G'Day~Lovely Giveaway and yes I love Tea.I drink it every afternoon.It's better than Coffee!

I am a follower as of now.~Cheers Kim

ashlina said...

fabulous giveaway my love. i am a follower of course. Tea is the only way to survive life...in fact, im heading to make a green tea now. ;) miss you. xoxo

ashlina said...

hi lover...
a little something for you
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Acanthus and Acorn said...

I am following! I love Tea forte! I used to drink it at a tea shop all the time when I lived in Williamsburg and now it's rare that I see it sadly!

I have also given many of their items for gifts but never kept one for myself...crazy!

Too funny we are both on the caffeine path today!!!

Noel Solomon said...

What a fun giveaway~~ Who doesn't love tea!?

hugs,
Noel

Punctuation Mark said...

this tea is super cute... they have such great gift boxes and flavors...

Hamptontoes said...

I love the smell of coffee, but do not like the taste. I've never had more than a sip or two. It just isn't for me...however, I do love tea.

OneCraftyFox said...

Hello! I found you through The Ruby Blog, I just adore your profile... your "wandering eye", lol :)

Jacqueline said...

Well, I'm English, so of course I'm a tea drinker. We are given tea practically from birth !! haha
It sounds as if coffee doesn't like or agree with you so tea is the path to go down.
What a wonderful giveaway and so generous.
Many thanks for popping in to see me and leaving a comment.
Have a great week. XXXX

Knicky Knacks said...

Heaven in a silk pyramid - count me in!

Knicky Knacks said...

Have now become a follower - double the happiness, double the chances!

Knicky Knacks said...

Mentioning your post on my blog - consider it done! Third and final entry. Crossing fingers and toes.

Cara said...

Nothing is more luxurious then a tea party! Love tea-and your blog! xo

Its All About Creating said...

Tea soothes the soul. I'm hoping the law of attraction works for me on this one. I've put the positive vibes out there and see myself curled up on my chaise, listening to the birds singing, sipping my tea and reading your blog. -Marlene

Low Tide High Style said...

I am a tea fanatic so your wonderful giveaway is right up my alley! I'm your newest follower and thanks for also following me and entering my giveaway!

Kat :)

red ticking said...

therese...
i am so sorry but i cannot help at all. i am, and always will be a coffee drinker. i am happiest in the morning... in my bed with a fabulous hot cup in my hand ... but i will tell you, i used to drink more and have really cut back. i try for one cup a day... sometimes.... i might do another. i have gone a month with out it (for a cleanse) and 7 days (another cleanse) and do drink green tea or decaf tea... but i just miss the smell, the taste, the ritual... it is my comfort.

xx

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I love to have a hot cup of tea in the evenings!! This would be perfect!!!

Thanks, Therese!!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

And I'm also a follower -it says A Beach Lovers Place, but it's the profile I use for all of my blogs.

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

I do like tea. I am a follower and love your blog.
However, more than anything I wanted to drop by today and say thanks for your lovely words. I'm feeling rather blue (head cold) and you completely made my day. Love you Therese! xoxo e

sealaura said...

I love tea! this is such a great giveaway. thanks for the opportunity. I am a follower as well.

The Plush Pad/The Adorned Life said...

I don't drink Tea but I definitely follow the blog :) Fyi- I borrowed a picture of your house for my post today. Hope you don't mind. (I was thinking about wood beams, & your home to mind.)

sharon said...

Just became a follower of your blog, because I love the blog and I think this is a most generous giveaway. I drink 4 to 6 cups a day, but I've never seen teabags this beautiful!
Sharon

frugal farmhouse design said...

I am so glad you left me a comment - now I found you. I love your blog, and a hot cup of tea too. All the best, Lori

annechovie said...

How adorable, Terri! Thanks for the generous give-away and I am now a follower. xx

Anita G. said...

Congratulations on giving up coffee! I wish I could do the same. Your blog is beautiful and I will visit it again soon. This is a wonderful give-away!

becky said...

This is so unique,Id love to enter.Count me in please!~~becky

becky said...

Im a new follower as well!

Jennie said...

Wow, sounds great! I love tea, and not only does it sound lovely, it looks lovely too. Please count me in.

Jennie said...

I'm a follower now too!

Morning T said...

Fabulous giveaway! Although I'm a coffee drinker in the am, I always have a cup of tea in the afternoon. Please throw my name in the hat.
T

Jenny said...

I would love to be entered into this giveaway. I was already a follower.

And this tea is amazing. I've had it before. It is beautiful and fragrant and delicious.

Thank you for the chance!

Willow said...

You have a wonderful blog here. I have never heard of this tea before, but it sounds delicious. Please enter me in the drawing.

Willow

Theresa Cheek said...

Tea can be a ritual in itself...great idea for a giveaway! I am a follower and am officially entered.

Mélanie A. said...

Before I drunk tea and coffee but since I'm pregnant I can just drink tea, I hate coffee. This gift will be perfect. I love these cups...

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Tea is perfect for my quiet time, which doesn't happen very often :) What a lovely giveaway - thanks for the chance to win! ( I'm a follower ) xx

Stacy said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm already hooked just by reading your "About Me" section and the fact that you live in California too! Consider me a new follower! I do enjoy a nice hot cup of tea on a chilly or rainy day. : )

1 Funky Woman said...

Wow, and we are still friends, lol? I'm just saying I am a huge coffee drinker and could never give it up. I gave up Diet Coke for Lent and decided it wasn't something I needed to go back on, so I'm off it for good. So, I guess thats why coffee is my friend and always will be!

My husband and I are tea drinkers at night, though! What a neat giveaway, and you know I am a follower!

Tracy @ ComfortandLuxury said...

My daughter has become a tea drinker. This would be a lovely gift to share with her. Thanks for this opportunity! Put me down for two entries please - another reason I'm happy to follow you!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

I can relate to the coffee thing...I gave up coffee a while back, and it was tough!! lol I have since been able to work back in the occasional cup, which is so good! I have enjoyed trying out teas, there are so many different kinds to try--it's an adventure :o)
YOur giveaway looks wonderful, and I just love the whole set, every piece so cute and thoughtful.

I just became a follower of your blog and also on Twitter.
Smiles, Karen

Sharon said...

What a lovely, serene, setting. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

Sharon said...

I'm following on GFC.

Struggler said...

I'm a huge tea fan and would be so thrilled to win!

Struggler said...

...And happy to be your newest follower!

Sara said...

Love this tea! Love your blog! Just discovered it! Thank you..

Sara said...

I am a brand new follower!

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