My New Handmade Cup with June’s Handmade Tea- Herbs de Provence 16

I love the color turquoise.  I try to incorporate it in any way I can, even trying to incorporate the color into the wedding by finding turquoise cowboy boots.  Yep.  I’m that kinda gal.  Trying to find cowboy boots to match a wedding dress. . .This task will probably take me the next couple months which is exactly when we are going to get married.  I found the preacher today and now all I really need to find is the venue that will hold the small ceremony of 25 people or so.  Jason and I were joking earlier that the whole ceremony will only take 15 minutes and pictures will take a couple hours after that but I think it will be nice to take some family pictures while we are all together.  Having us all together in one spot doesn’t happen all the time so we want to take full advantage. My obsession with the color turquoise even transfers into my tea habit. . .in the form of a amazingly beautiful tea cup.

A few weeks ago while I was cruising along on Etsy, I stumbled upon said  turquoise tea cup.  And now it is mine!

Handmade Tea Cup by Pots by Nives 



Where:  Pots by Nives (Etsy Shop)

Info:  Handmade Tea Cup– This stoneware cup is handthrown on a potters wheel, trimed, glazed and fired twice in a electric kiln to a 1240 degrees C. Decorated with wax technique.  It holds appr. 2,5 dl (10 oz.) Food safe and dishwasher safe.


~The Good. . .  The Bad. . . 

The picture above really doesn’t do this cup justice.  This cup is absolutely beautiful and a piece of art that I am so lucky to have.  The cup itself has a very nice weight to it and the craftsmanship is second to none.

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The pattern isn’t exactly the same as what was pictured but I love it all the same, especially the inside of the cup.  The inside of the cup has this gentle swirling motion that you can see right to the center of the tea cup.  Beautifully created and I am in awe of Nives talent at Pots by Nives.  Well done.  This cup is like I said a piece of art that I am very fortunate to have.

So when you get a beautiful cup like this that is handmade and crafted with such finesse and quality, you want to try a tea with it that has the same attributes. Since I hadn’t had a chance to try June’s selection from Handmade Teas, I thought now would be the perfect time.

Handmade Teas is a fabulous once a month subscription tea plan.  Each month your recieve you a uniquely hand crafted tea by Caleb, the owner of Handmade Teas.  I subscribe each month to Handmade Teas and Plum Deluxe.  I can not recommend either company enough and you will never find anyone that cares more about their customers.  I have been fans of both of these companies from the first day I signed up for their plans.

In June the subscription plan for Handmade Teas resulted in an interesting sounding tea. Herbs de Provence.

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Herbs de Provence– is a bright and fragrant tea blend consisting of a black base tea from Sri Lanka. The base tea is bright, golden, and a touch sweet. This base tea is then blended with Herbes de Provence, a combination of basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, lavender, and savory. These herbs are typical of the Provence region of southeast France (though lavender is not used in traditional southern French cooking). This is a tea that welcomes summer hot or iced and goes well with a kiss of honey and dash of milk. (from the website).

I was excited to try this one.  I wasn’t sure if I would like it but it just sounded so darn intriguing.  Savory and sweet.  Such an interesting and unique tea flavor profile.  I went ahead and brewed this up like I would a black tea per the steeping parameters provided on the package.

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Unfortunately after one sip, I knew this tea wasn’t for me.  I have tried several teas with basil in them and I just do not think they agree with my taste buds.  That particular flavor of basil seems to dominate the rest of the tea and I can only pick up a few other flavors but they are not very discernible.  I pick up a sweetness somewhere in the blend that seems lost.  The black tea is incredibly delicious and has such a gorgeous smooth feel to it.  I don’t pick up any lavender which is a good thing.  I haven’t found a lavender tea I like just yet.

With how strong the savory portion of the tea is tho, I’m really not sure I can pull that sweetness flavor out but I am going to try.  Over all the tea isn’t bad, just isn’t one that I would need to pick up again.  I’m hoping with a bit of experimenting I can calm the savory side down and really make the sweeter side pop.  I think I need to just heed the label and add in the milk it suggests or even honey.  I can see how that would work with this particular blend and am looking forward to making this tea a latte in the morning with a honey milk froth.  Yum.  I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Even tho as this may not be my favorite tea from Handmade Tea, the unique creativeness behind this tea is just inspiring like the tea cup that Im drinking this tea out of.  I wish I could be half as creative as these people.  At least I get to enjoy their goods!

~The Geek

Pots by Nives is an Etsy shop filled with beautiful pieces of pottery.  Nives creatse each piece and has such a passion for creating these mini works of art. Here is a bit more about Nives and Pots by Nives.  If you are in the market for a new tea cup, I highly recommend checking out their site.  The work is simply amazing!

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Creating is my life

Hi, I’m Nives and I love making pots.

My pottery is my favourite place to be. It’s a messy but charming place looking out into our garden.
I make earthenware, stoneware and sometimes porcelain. My companion in the pottery is music (I’m a part-time music teacher…) and BBC 4.  I’m always a bit short of time. And my head is full of ideas….. I had started as a self-taught ceramist but attended pottery courses but later I was visiting pottery courses (Seth Cardew, R. Pheteon) and workshops (W.Keeler, T.Yasuda) in GB.

With my creative husband and amusing son our house is a very pleasant place to be.


Pots by Nives is just another reason why I love Etsy so much.  The talent you are exposed to is just amazing and fasicnating.

~Yours in all things Geek- Nichole/CuppaGeek


About Nichole Miller aka CuppaGeek

A late 30s something mom of two who loves all things horror, sci fi, tea, and polka dot related. . .living with her boyfriend and twin teenage boys while driving the coolest mini van you can find and singing at the top of her lungs to heavy metal music or kidz bop. . . whatever is on the radio at the time. .

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