In an effort to keep the expense of Christmas to a minimum, but maximise tenderness, I made some packs of Tilly & Frank Tea to send down to the great-grandparents.
These guys are really hard to buy for, because I don't think they really want for much in material terms, but a little cup of tea with far away great-grandchildren has to rate pretty high.
I'm sure I saw the idea in an old edition of Martha Stewart Living, though they made heart shaped tags to go on the tea bags for Valentine's day.
I did a little photo shoot of the kids against a white door and just printed a whole lot out (on pretty flimsy paper, that I wasn't all that happy with, but you've got to made do with what you've got).
I have a large round craft punch that I got for some project last year, so that took care of the circles.
This was a really good activity in that I could actually involve the kids in doing it as it is so, so simple.
Our production line looked something like this:
Feath really stepped up to the mark and skillfully unravelled all the bags for us. Only a very few were mangled beyond salvation.
Tilly excelled at pasting and sticking.
I was in charge of boxing and holding back over zealous workers.
A photo of each kid was stuck on either side of the tea bag's own tag. So each bag has both kids on it.
I found some little gift boxes at a local newsagent that hold about 15 bags perfectly. All I need to do now is perfect a little "Tilly & Frank Tea" label to stick on the outside of the box.
And yes, we had to sample a cup after all our handiwork. And I can sincerely say, that it tasted much, much sweeter dressed up in it's new tags.