So on Ravelry (another community I frequent), there is a tradition on the “Flash Your Stash” thread to pull out your (yarn) stash and photograph it each year. I think it would be fun to have something like that for Steepster! After all, how many people are trying to get their stash under control? It would be a somewhat sobering reminder of how much tea you really have.
I last posted in this thread two years ago (http://steepster.com/discuss/2404-stash-slash-cupboard-pictures?page=2), and I have since moved my tea stash from one office to another. I also have far less samples than I once did (but far more tins!)
Here’s the whole stash: https://flic.kr/p/o16t44
Most teas in the plastic cubby, but “overflow” of mostly resealable bags (Verdant, Teavivre) off to the side.
First drawer, samples and small bags: https://flic.kr/p/nHU6pD
Second drawer, small tins (50g or less, mostly Lupicia and Dammann Frères): https://flic.kr/p/nHUfV3
Third drawer, large tins with smaller tins on top (mostly DF & Harney): https://flic.kr/p/nHV7LT
Fourth drawer, large tins (mostly Fauchon): https://flic.kr/p/o1gNwU
It’s interesting how many of the people in this thread aren’t active anymore.
It makes me sad looking back on it, partly because I miss people and partly because I feel like I’m not as active as I used to be. And this thread doesn’t even include all the people that were super active when I first joined, but had become inactive by the time this thread was created!
I wonder if people eventually find a set of teas that they love and don’t feel the need to post reviews of them over and over again or if they just move on to other things. Maybe it’s a bit of both.
There is always a fairly vocal group of Steepsterites who join and are very passionate and active for a few months or a year (maybe two) and then disappear. I think it happens all over the internet and even the real world, really. After 3.5 years, I still check Steepster a couple times a day but rarely post. There’s not as much to say at a certain point, hah. :)
This doesn’t just happen in the tea world. I have a tendency to get really excited about something – totally immersed – for one to five years, but after a while I just feel like I’ve sucked all the juice out of that particular item and just move on. I’m in my sixties, so the list is long. At the moment, I’m losing interest in golf in favor of model airplanes.
I’ve drunk tea for over 40 years, but only discovered fine tea about two years ago. I suspect that I’ll never go back to Salada, but I can imagine the point where I have my 10 or 20 favorite teas and feel no need to converse with other about them. I’m obviously not there yet!
I was active on Ravelry (a knitting and crochet website/forum) for a good 5 years and I’m rarely on it anymore. I don’t knit quite as much as I did then.
Soo my stash is much more haphazard than most of these, but I bit the bullet and took some pictures. Most of what I bought last weekend is still in bags on the floor so won’t show up here. And the cookbook pictures are because my husband said, “Hey you could turn that into a tea cabinet” – but then where would the cookbooks go?
Anyway, enjoy my mess!
I love it! I do have to say that I am always relieved to see people who have so much more than I do. :) I only have about 30 plus swaps at this time. I don’t have many friends who are into tea and they are excited about having 6 teas. I feel ridiculous about the quantity that I have and now I can let out an sigh of relief and feel normal (at least normal for a Steepsterite!)
Wow, that is an incredible amount of tea. Your taste buds must be happy campers! :]
Ok…. 6 months after joining this board after finding Lupicia teas, and here’s mine…https://www.flickr.com/photos/podunkhayseed/14430123206/ My samples are in the Pokemon tin… good thing I’m only exploring black teas!! I haven’t even opened the Goomtee Estate Darjeeling yet because I’m not sure I’ll like it!
They’re sticky chalkboard labels from amazon….got the pen there as well. They’ve actually worked out quite well, considering I’d never used them before. :) That way I can reuse the tins as my tea taste changes. I just wrote on the black tins with the marker…it works just fine that way too!
I love that idea! I like being able to swap my teas out easily and re-use the tins!
Please confirm the links for us. The market too!! :)
I really like the look of the chalkboard labels! Plus you have really nice penmanship – reminds me of the font that the LUSH store uses on their products.
This is the greatest thread ever! I started at page 1 and looked at every pic that was still available. Got lots of great ideas. Now I am off to look for some countertop shelves on Amazon. Maybe I’ll post a pic when I get organized! :)
Now I want to get my stash neat, labeled and organized! I have everything separated into 4 bins/drawers by type already, but inside the bins is a mess.
22 Fancy Rectangle Chalkboard Sticker Variety Pack – Chalkboard Labels in 4 Sizes
http://amzn.com/B009JOYNBA and Chalk Ink Marker 6mm Chalk White (1 Pack)
http://amzn.com/B005OS9J8W. For the containers I used these: Tea Tins Wide — Set of 3
http://amzn.com/B004H6TDE2 Hope that helps!
They screw shut, so I’d guess that’d be pretty tight…. Better than the bags they came in, but you can still keep them in a ziplock in the container if you live in moistville. The containers helped me get the tea from above the stove to a lower drawer, so I know it’ll be better off now. You can always order 3 and if you don’t like them, use them for other things…
ONE more question: of the 4 sticker sizes, which one did you use on the tins?
DIY chalkboard labels.. if you are the crafty type http://hoosierhomemade.com/how-to-make-chalkboard-labels/
…teehee, these are so cute!
Madametj, I used all the sticker sizes…. I just used the biggest on the biggest tins, the smallest on the small tins and the middle on the middle tins… If you look at the pic you’ll notice they’re not all the same size. I’m ok with that…. Makes it a bit wabisabi. The link for the AllyDrew ones look more uniform for those who want that “Martha Stewart” look…. I don’t mind that much, as evidenced by the fact that on the black Harney tins I didn’t even use a label! :)
I love this thread so much, I’ve decided to share with you guys also.
This is only a premiss, but that’s what “project reorganization” looks like so far…
The inspiration came from Dexter who started the same project. I loved the idea of coloured tins so much, I’ve decided to do the same.
This corner armoire is ENTIRELY dedicated to tea…the doors are closed cause well, it’s still messy down there :-0
What you see is only part of the flavoured tea, which is not the most tea I own. I have way more straight teas, that’s phase 2, will have a lot more work to do on that second phase!
That being said, I think someone may need to join me in Teahab soon! :p
I think you know exactly what we are talking about.
At least I won’t be lonely. :p
I’m seeing a great business opportunity here. A retirement home based around tea. We could have weekly tea swaps, high tea every day, organization parties.
Lol, Sarsonator, you.are.not.alone. ;-)
Marzipan, in that retirement home, we could play cards and use tea as a currency for bets!
Retirement home?!? I’m going to have to keep working until I’m 90 to support my tea habit….
OMG! We can play Tea Texas Hold’em in the retirement home! Or what about Tea Bingo? The winner can have a nice first flush tea!
We can have early-morning tea, and mid-morning tea, and lunch tea…. You get the idea!
Dexter, lets hope all anti oxidants in tea will help us not to forget about drinking tea when/if we turn 90 years young
:)) The Golden Moon news letter that I got today says that black tea reduces blood pressure and they were quoting a medical study that was published…. Lets hope that’s true!!!
That is genius! I want to play Tea Bingo!
Sencha! Anyone have sencha?
Darjeeling 2nd flush. (Careful ladies, 2nd flush, not first)
Tea Bingo = Tingo or Teango?
And y’all can’t see my stash yet, because it looks shameful. My project for this weekend is to get a hold of it. Which I’m fixin’ to do.
@Marzipan – oh girl. Really, yours looks orderly compared to mine. It’s so so sad.
@Dexter – I will do it, but I’m warning y’all SAD! Zero organization and piles, PILES I tell you!
But can someone tell me how to get one of the photo sharing deals and how they work – and which one is best? Because, I’m barely capable of e-mail. I’m honestly surprised I can even do my blog.
I like flickr cause it’s clean and your picture is add free when you share it.
OK this is going to be organize tea weekend and also – shengs! And thank you TheTeaFairy – I might do that if I get stuck.