So, I read that you should write about things you love in your blog...I also read that you should stick to one subject, but that I can't do sorry :D Oh and you probably aren't supposed to use laughing faces and the amount of exclamation marks that I do, but hey I'm going to be myself here! Perhaps over time a topic that I can focus on will evolve naturally, but for now I'm just going to chat away about random things that I feel passionate about.
Therefore, with things I love in mind, for my second post I've decided to share my love of Karel Capek - not the Czech writer, but the tea that is named after him by the wonderful illustrator and children's author - Utako Yamada.
I can't remember how I first came across her illustrations, but it was love at first sight. I managed to find a shop online, long since closed down, that sold a few of the tea tins, so snapped them up. I started with a collection of just 3 tea tins. It took me a while to track down the website but when I did I wanted everything! There's not just tea tins there either, check out the cute mugs, cookies and even a yearly calendar, to name just a few! Sadly they don't ship direct out of Japan, but I live in hope they will one day. You can use an international shipping site to buy and ship them for you, but I refuse to pay the fees! However, I've been really lucky over the years and have had the opportunity to buy some from fellow collectors I've met online and even luckier to have been gifted some tins and other Karel Capek illustrated items from some wonderful friends in Japan.
My first 3 tea tins
The tea tins make great props for photos, like this one I used to help show off my homemade biscuit sandwich for Flickr!I have 38 at the moment -I've given a few of them away as gifts. Most of them I acquired empty as the tea makes them heavy to ship, but I have been lucky enough to have some with the tea inside and it was delicious! I think the Welcome tea tins above maybe my absolute favourites in my collection, as they have such cute designs and are also in lovely pastel colours, but I have lots of other favourites too!
Just a few of my other favourite tins
I know that a lot of my online friends have admired my collection and so as they are so hard to get hold of and as a thank you for supporting my new blogging hobby I'm going to 2 away to 2 lucky readers! So all you have to do is leave me a comment suggesting what I put in a future blog post. I will choose the 2 suggestions that I'd most like to blog about and announce the winner in my next blog post. It might be a photo from my Flickr/ipernity pages that inspires you, or anything you fancy! I am excited to see your suggestions.
The prizes! You will win either the Caramel tea or Pancake tea tin