Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A little glass teapot

Isn't it adorable? I think it's beautiful in its simplicity.
I think there's just something so wonderfully old-fashioned and homey about a teapot bubbling on the stove, brewing herbs from our garden. In my eyes, it symbolizes slowing down to have some quiet time together, and what's more precious than that? Since it's made entirely of glass it's possible to see the whole process, which adds interest for the children (though it's definitely necessary to watch out for little hands reaching for the teapot).
Filled with fresh herb tea, it's just perfect.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,
I have been a silent reader from Germany for a long time. I just love your blog. When I saw your teapot I had to laugh. I have exactly the same one with a little matching glass stove. And I agree, a filled teapot is something wonderful especially now when nature is slowing down and preparing for winter reminding us to let go of many unnecessary busy things.
Best wishes for you and your family.
Beatrice

Bonnie said...

Wow, what a lovely little teapot! I've never seen a glass one before. It certainly makes it interesting to be able to watch the tea brewing!
My family has a glass electric kettle, and we enjoy using that and watching the bubbles :-)

Jo said...

Hi Anna, I am new to your blog and have enjoyed it very much. I love tea - I usually drink Jasmine tea, but I have some Lemon Balm growing in the garden that I am told is great for tea but haven't been game to try it.

Bye from JO (In Australia)

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

That IS the perfect little teapot!

Rosemary said...

So beautiful!

Rachel said...

That is a simply beautiful teapot, Anna! I believe I have seen something similar in one of my catalogs, but we really don't drink much hot tea (most of ours is sweet and iced, lol--a very Southern, US, affectation, I'm afraid). But I'd still like one! For those rare occasions we sit down and make a cup or two...

Kaleanani said...

Ooh! Send some "finding free stuff" vibes our way - I would love to find a teapot like that! :)

Anonymous said...

Anna, do you have a favorite tea? Is there a kind that helps relieve congestion, colds, etc? Thanks.
Mrs. L.

Kristin-Homemaker@Heart said...

Oh I love that! I've never seen a glass one before!

Have a lovely day!

Alycia said...

Tea making is a wonderfully soothing activity, isn't it?

As an aside, is that mint? I wanted to share with you that my milk supply decreases considerably when I drink peppermint tea (this is not altogether uncommon). I just wanted to let you know in case you ever need to keep an eye on your own supply. :)

Nea said...

That is so beautiful teapot! What herbs do you have in it in those pictures?

Christine said...

Cute! We have one of these and we love going to Chinese tea shops to buy "blooming teas" where the tea is an entire flower that seems to 'bloom' as the water heats. It's a lot of fun!

Molly said...

Your little teapot bubbling away on the stove really brightened my evening. As we speak, I have fresh ginger tea bubbling away on mine. Thank you for sharing these small glimpses into the heart of your home.

Ways of Zion said...

How lovely, I have a very simular one and did not know you could put it on the oven!

a personal question, we leave for Israel Nov 7 and are wondering what should be on our "must do list" with our kids...1,4 & 6... you can email the answer instead if you wish....we'd love your impute!

Mrs. Lady Sofia said...

Anna,

I have never seen a glass teapot before. Where did you get it? I think it's lovely, although I would be afraid to use it on the stove for fear it might break from the heat.

Erika said...

Aw, it's lovely!! Being such a tea-addict, I am greatly fascinated by all the different styles and designs of teapots! Thanks for sharing! I love it!! :)
-Erika

Mrs. Anna T said...

Mrs. L,

I love to add just a sprinkle of cinnamon to any kind of tea. I find that it's soothing for headaches.

Alycia,

Yes, that's mint. I normally don't drink mint tea (because of its effect on milk supply) but a cup of two now and then don't make any difference.

Nea,

That's mint, though I'm not sure which variety.

Ways of Zion,

I will try to email you, though I've been awful at keeping up with emails lately!

Mrs. Sofia,

My husband bought it, I have no idea where. :o) He was told it was designed for the stove. I put it on the lowest flame possible.

Sheri said...

Mmm... wish I could drop over for a bit of tea with you sweet friend! We've been enjoying herbal tea around here, quite a bit with the weather turning colder.

Anonymous said...

Anna,
Your teapot really looks identical with mine. And mine is “Jenaer Glas” so yours is probably,too. Especially since your were told that it was designed for the stove. The glass was first “invented” and produced in Jena, Germany at the end of the 19th century / beginning of the 20th century.
It is a special borosilicate glass that is heat resistant up to over 350°C and is resistant to sudden changes in temperature. I think you could also deep freeze it.
As I am a passionate tea drinker I own a few teapots. This one is my favourite for Chinese blooming teas.
Beatrice

Holly said...

Anna,

This teapot is so lovely! My husband and I have started having tea in the evening now that the weather is cool. It is so enjoyable. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Lovely teapot Anna! I think the "proper" way to do tea is to boil the water in a tea kettle and then pour the boiling water over the tea leaves in the tea pot and let the leaves brew that way. I agree....I'd hate to see such a lovely thing break from the heat on the stove!

Caroline said...

I love glass teapots, it's so fun watching the leaves change and the water change...like a beautiful little science experiment! :)

Anonymous said...

Today I had tea with a friend of mine from church.....we had a wonderful time together. She served me Lady Grey tea, which I'd never tried (though I love Earl Grey tea), & even gave me some to take home. I was impressed by her collection of teapots, all so different. But she didn't have anything like the one you've shared with us, & I'll bet she'd enjoy owning such a unique pot!

Brenda

SweetPeaknits said...

Such a beautiful tea pot. I love just simple boiled water and a slice of lemon.