When I looked at the packages other participants were receiving from the month prior, I realized, this is the real deal. Not just sending one box or two of tea, but creatively packaging a collection of teas. There were three rules (which still remain). Your swap package must contain tea, a tea accessory, and a snack treat.
I don't have a picture of what I sent (shocked right?), but I will tell you that I sent my person a box of mixed berry tea, a can of jasmine tea, and a variety of individual tea packets. The tea accessory was a box of paper tea pouches to steep loose tea in. The snack treats were pumpkin seeds, almonds, and trail mix.
I just received my swap this week. This is what I received.
And check out that miniature tea pot. Isn't she cute?
In other tea news, I love bargain shopping and I love Ollie's, where the motto is "Good stuff, cheap." This week, I purchased a new tea kettle. I had mine for about 8 years and it was tarnishing, the whistle top part broke, and well, it just needed to be replaced. So I was able to get a Rachel Ray tea kettle for more than half of what it usually sells for. I love the shape and the bold color. A perfect match for my Latin-inspired kitchen. :-)