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Miniature Chinese Tea House Plank Flooring & Pu’er Tea Cakes

Ramblings on the Slow and Steady Progress of My Chinese Tea House

I received my order of 1,000 Starbuck’s wooden stir sticks to make the wood plank flooring. Good thing it was that much since more than half the sticks are wonky in some way, not straight or not flat.

After sorting enough sticks for the floor, I weighted them down with a board so that they could flatten even more (it’s the rainy season right now in Kunming, China) so the humidity should have some positive effect.

weighing down the sorted wooden sticks

Weighing down the sorted wooden sticks

Seeing how everything looks so far

Seeing how everything looks so far

As for the knock-off PaperClay, it’s fine. It dried well, it stuck to the board and it only shrank a little. No cracking, which is a good thing. I’ve decided when I start to do the brick walls, I will do sections horizontally. Need to measure off the horizontal rows and use my long metal ruler to carve the horizontal lines of bricking. Then go on to carve the vertical lines for the brick. My bricks will be 1″ x .25″ and will simulate the Beijing brick which is longer and thinner than Western bricks. 

Then I also need the Pu’er Tea Cakes that are wrapped in tissue paper with a round label. I’m trying out different colours and textures of fine tissue to see what’s the most realistic.

Wrapping the disks of Pu'er tea

Wrapping the disks of Pu’er tea

Real Pu'er tea cake - a 7 inch round wrapped disk of compressed tea

Real Pu’er tea cake – a 7 inch round wrapped disk of compressed tea

So much to do! I’ll keep you posted.

églises & L’AVE VERUM DE MOZART !….]


Chinese Calligraphy Brush Holder Turned Jewelry Stand

I was just muckin’ around a bit on different blogs and came upon this one… . I thought to myself, “I’ve got a great idea similar to the ones pictured right in my bedroom and I should share.”

I’ve been using this Chinese calligraphy brush holder to organize my own collection of precious, semi-precious and fashion jewelry since coming to China in 2005. It’s gone with me to 3 different cities and has served a wonderful purpose – keeping my lovely collection ‘in my face’ so I can wear it. I’ve got another nice organizer on a fancy clothes hanger made out of chintz fabric hanging on the back of my door in my bedroom hallway and sometimes I forget what baubles are there.

The holder stands on a gold lacquer place mat with my collection of wrist watches and my variety of colours and styles of reading glasses sits in a clear glass vase. Rings, broaches, and earrings are stored in little jewelry bags hanging from their ties. And a Pashmina scarf covers up an unsightly chest of drawers. Another project for another day!

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