AlphabetPhoto: E is for…

elderflower tea and embroidery

E is for the exact art of embroidery and the exquisite taste of elderflower tea. A perfect combination. Not an earwig in sight.

 

Inspired by Knitting Sandwich’s beautiful embroidery, I’ve dug up an unfinished project and added more stitches. Dates back to when I was a teenager. The choice of design feels so much younger than I feel now, but the stitches are too good to leave the piece unfinished. I know what I’m going to do with it now.

elderflower tea

As for the elderflower tea – we make elderflower cordial every year (recipe here), but a firm favourite with me is fresh elderflower tea. Soothing and floral. Pick a sprig straight from the tree and pop it flowers-first into the cup. Add boiling water. Allow to steep, then drink. Easy to fish out the flowers from the boiling brew, if you prefer, using the built in stem! Enjoy!

 

Joining in with Charly’s amazing #AlphabetPhoto.

 

26 thoughts on “AlphabetPhoto: E is for…

  • Wednesday 11 June, 2014 at 12:34 am
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    I love your embroidery – I’m a bit of an owl fan! I made some elderflower cordial last week but I have never tried it as tea.

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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      I love owls too, still!

  • Wednesday 11 June, 2014 at 1:48 am
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    What a fabulous project to return to!! Excellent E words.

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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      It’s been hanging around at the botom of my embroidery case for far too long.

  • Wednesday 11 June, 2014 at 8:07 am
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    We too have made cordial but never tried tea. I can’t eat or drink things made with elderberries as it make me ill, so I will just have to take your word on it that it tastes good. Shame tho’ when we have some many trees around us………..

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:21 pm
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      That is a shame, but at least you can benefit from the wonderful aroma from the trees. It’s like that, but a tea.

  • Wednesday 11 June, 2014 at 9:10 am
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    Would love to try the elderflower tea! Would have to watch out for them when I take the dog out later 😉 Love the design, btw, it’s so classic, owls are always “in” 🙂 #alphabetphoto.

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:22 pm
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      True. Owls never go out of fashion. Hope you like the tea. Just don’t have anything sugary sweet with it. Ruins the taste.

  • Wednesday 11 June, 2014 at 11:14 am
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    What a gorgeous project. The tea sounds lovely too 🙂

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:22 pm
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      Thanks. Glad to finally finish it.

  • Wednesday 11 June, 2014 at 11:17 am
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    Love the embroidery. I never realised you could just drop the flower in the cup to make tea.

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:31 pm
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      This time of year, all my tea is fresh from the bush. Need more than the dried variety. I just prefer the fresh flavour.

  • Wednesday 11 June, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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    oh yay! i’m so excited that you’ve gone back to your embroidery – the stitches are amazing!!
    after all the inspiration you’ve given me i’m touched to know that i inspired you!
    i so love the internet crafting community – what a wonderful inspirational place!

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:35 pm
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      I do love the crafting community. Inspiration everywhere. Love your embroidery and what can I say about your crocheting? 🙂

  • Wednesday 11 June, 2014 at 11:51 pm
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    Oh wow Cheryl – fabulous image! Love the owl embroidery and the elderflower too, just lovely. Thanks for sharing with #alphabetphoto

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:43 pm
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      Two of my favourites together. Thanks for hosting.

  • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 12:21 am
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    Lovely embroidery, I haven’t done any since I was a teenager 🙂 I love elderflower cordial, I’ve never had tea though… #alphabetphoto

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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      The tea is more floral and less sweet than the cordial. Its worth a try, just don’t eat anything sweet with it. Spoils the taste.

  • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 11:29 am
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    Thanks for the elderflower recipe, I had been thinking about making up some cordial! and good luck with the embroidery you should finish it as it is beautiful.

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:50 pm
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      I could do more with the embroidery, but I think I’ll draw a line and use it for another project that I have in mind. Watch this space!

  • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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    I love this photo! It looks so beautiful and relaxing.

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:51 pm
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      It is relaxing. That sums it up really well!

  • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 1:49 pm
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    Your embroidery is very pretty. Not sure about elderflower tea though, I’m very boring when it comes to teas!

    • Thursday 12 June, 2014 at 8:52 pm
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      Not everyone’s cup of tea. 🙂

  • Friday 13 June, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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    I feel so much better when I read the comments and realised I’m not the only one who didn’t know you could do that with elderflowers! Great post 🙂

    • Saturday 14 June, 2014 at 1:15 am
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      Glad to introduce you all to another simple pleasure! 😀

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