Week 2/18

Hi there, my dears. I’m so embarrassed – I’ve got nothing new to show. I did manage to finish the first sock (except for the bind-off, that is) but I didn’t get to take a photo. For some reason, this week just flew by, and all of a sudden, it’s Sunday and I’m busy preparing for my business trip tomorrow. I’m going to Hamburg trade fair with my boss to get a tea selection for the shop I work at. We had a few selected varieties (mostly flavoured) for Christmas, and since they sold surprisingly well, my boss decided to jump in and let me pick an assortment. I’ve got my list of must-have teas ready and written, and even managed to narrow it down to only 25 teas (I’m so proud of myself, I started out with more than double). Wish me luck, please, I’ve never done anything similar before, and am equal parts nervous and excited.

I did manage to do my homework, so to speak, by finishing this book:

It’s an amazing book full of information on all things tea-related, and beautifully written as well. I do think I’ll have to re-read it a couple of times to make sure I’ve really got the important stuff memorized, though. Another six weeks until we hold our first Tea Party at the shop (again, equal parts nervous and excited), I’m sooooo very much looking forward to it.

So since I don’t have anything crafty to show today, I thought I’d just leave you with a pic of Melvin, my very own darling fish:

He’s a Betta Splendens var Halfmoon, and a beautiful specimen, I think, but then again, I’m absolutely, totally biased.

12 comments to Week 2/18

  • He is a beauty! Have fun on your tea trip!

  • Lucy Bowen

    Good luck on your tea trip! Sounds brilliant and I love your fish – I used to keep fish, but it’s been a few years now.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Lucy. The trip went well, I’m going to write more about it soon. Melvin is one spoiled little brat, he’s an only child, and it shows.

  • Sounds like a fun tea trip. What flavors are you getting.

    Lovely fish. His coloring is beautiful.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Marsha. It was a fun trip, and as for the flavours, I’m going to write an extra post about the shop and our tea selection soon. Melvin says thank you for the compliment.

  • Melvin is objectively gorgeous – no doubt about it!

    I can see how the business trip would be nerve wracking, but it’s likely to be a great learning experience no matter what. Please do let us know which varieties you pick, and which sell best. A tea party sounds like great fun! Some of the traditional cafés around here do high teas which are very popular.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Lynn. You were right, it was a great learning experience, and I really enjoyed the day. I hope I picked the right flavours. The tea shipment hasn’t arrived yet, I can’t wait to see what our customers are going to buy.

  • Your fish is beautiful! You should choose yarn colors like his colors and do a project….wouldn’t that be a gorgeous shawl?
    I hope you have a great time on your trip and I am sure you will do just fine. You are very dedicated and certainly did your homework! Have a great week!

    • Ella

      Thank you, Sandra. Picking yarn to match Melvin’s colours is a fabulous idea, I’m thinking shawl as well. The trip was great, and I’m so looking forward to our tea parties (my boss has decided we are going to hold several, not just one, since so many customers have already shown interest).

  • Melvin is is beautiful! Sandra (above) has a genius idea – letting Melvin’s coloring dictate the colors for your next yarny project. That might just be amazing. 🙂 I hope you enjoy your trip (even though it’s a business trip). It sounds like you have an interesting job.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Becki. I’ll definitely try to find yarn to match Melvin’s colours. I love my job, and the little shop I work at. I’m going to write a post about it soon so you can kind of come and visit.

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