Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Havin' a Ball!

Despite my recent computer woes I am having a ball with the new camera.
I love tea so I thought I would have a 'ball' photographing my collection of those wonderful little tools otherwise know as the 'tea ball' used to strain the tea leaves for the perfect pot of tea:).
Here are some of the more commonly used tea balls.
This little tea ball strainer is perfect for a single cup of tea.
Of course, not all tea strainers are in the shape of a ball.
This porcelain strainer makes the process of brewing tea more beautiful.
A collection of tea straining spoons and ladels.
I found the huge tea ball at a yard sale and the medium one at a thrift shop and couldn't resist adding them to my collection.
The largest one is great for brewing iced tea by the gallon:).
Here are some oddly shaped tea strainers.
You didn't think I could get through a post without Kramer making an appearence, did ya?
Maybe he wants a cup of tea!
I guess you could say that he is a 'kitt-tea'.
Now that we've looked at all of these tea strainers I'm in the mood for a cup of steaming tea:).
Won't you join me?


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Kim,

I loved seeing all your tea paraphernalia and the photo of the lovely Krammer.

I hope that you are having a great week

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Sounds wonderful... I will join you and Kramer

The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

Your aunt recently purchased a ceramic tea ball. Do you know if there is a difference or preference?

Love the pictures as always. Makes braving the winter cold a lot easier with a hot cup of tea!

cristinoel said...

Sounds like fun!

Deanna said...

You have some neat photos here! Really like the spoons. These are very interesting.
Happy for you that you are having fun with the new camera!!!
You little shutter bug you!
Your beautiful kitty knows a good thing when seeing it.


June said...

Kim what a beautiful collection of strainers. Of course you know I love Krammer and I think he knows when the camera comes out it is all about him!

Diane Costanza said...

I once went to a local tea room for a lecture on the art of preparing and even drinking tea. Some very wonderful info. It encouraged me to have a victorian tea at my home for my mom's 50th birthday. It was just wonderful to see her sit, sipping tea with all her friends.

Thanks for sharing the many facets of the tea strainer.


Elizabeth Bradley said...

What a terrific collection. I collect tea pots, although most of them are still in storage.

I'll take a cup of Assam, please, black.

Kramer looks like he's had a little catnip in his tea!

Eastlake Victorian said...


Wow, you have a lot of nice tea strainers! I love that porcelain one, and the antique spoon-shaped ones are very pretty! Some of yours look a lot like the ones we have, although I don't use them as often as I should. I have my favorite mesh one with a frog charm hanging off that I use almost exclusively. I found that some have holes that let too many leaves into my cup of tea, and I don't drink tea for the fiber content! ;-)