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Five facts about tea

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week this week, we are stardust has interviewed the wonderful Sally Gurteen at JING Tea to bring you five facts you should know about tea. Make a brew, pick up a cucumber sandwich or a mini Victoria sponge and have a read... 1. Tea is mostly grown in Asia The predominant tea growing regions are within Asia due to the climate and diversity of terroir, but the popularity of African teas is on the rise for example, and we've even heard rumours that it's being grown in Scotland. Essentially, tea can be grown in most places but to really get wonderful taste, you have to source from areas where tea has long been part of the culture...

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Painting tea plants - 'From the sketchbook' vlog

If you've been following the development of the tea plant cards, you'll be pleased to hear they'll be in the shop very soon! In this month's 'from the sketchbook' vlog I talk through how I created the tea plant design, as well as some of the limited edition gift tags that will be on sale with a few of the tea card gift packs.  A small error in my video - I say the original botanical illustration was by Dr Thompson but it was actually Dr Thornton, published in 1809. Browse the we are stardust tea plant greetings card range What do you think of the tea card designs? Would you like to know more about the materials I've used?...

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Featured design: Reach for the stars!

Each card design takes me a few days to create and perfect. I often create them a few hours here and there over a couple of months. In these feature blogs I hope to start introducing how I approach and create the we are stardust designs so you can see what goes into making my cards and prints. This month, I'm focussing on the Reach for the stars design, just released as an A4 print. The idea It first came to me when browsing the cards in Paperchase. I saw a 'reach for the stars' card and it got me wondering, how far away are 'the stars' exactly? I guess, our Sun is the closest, but what about after the...

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The Singing Robin: Facts and Folklore

I had such a wonderful time creating the Robin singing Christmas Greetings card. The robin is the UK's national bird and a symbol of Christmas.  Science When researching the robin, I learned that they one of the only birds to be singing at Christmas because, unlike other garden birds, they protect their territory all year round. However, they are very territorial and will fight to the death to protect their patch if needed. Their song is part of their defence mechanism as it lets other robins know to stay out. Folklore It has a long folklore history and conversely to their behaviour is associated with charity and piety. There is a story that robins got their red breast when a...

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#LITTLESTORIESOFMYLIFE :: NOVEMBER COLLABORATION WITH CIRCLE OF PINE TREES

I am very excited to announce my first ever online collaboration with Laura Pashby, freelance writer, editor and lifestyle photographer (not to mention the mother of three small boys!). Her blog, Circle of Pine Trees, is a record of time passing and of the seasons changing. It’s a blog for those who take pleasure in a posy of flowers picked from the garden or the way in which sunlight falls across the pillow. It's for those of us who notice the beauty in life’s little moments.  The photo features we are stardust's new Christmas cards: Robin singing and Mistletoe parasite. Here's what Laura has written about our collaboration (be sure to read to the end - there's a giveaway of 30 Christmas cards...

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