Marie Antoinette flowering tea

August 14th, 2008

So I am sort of obsessed with this movie and flip the channel whenever I land on it.  I just have to see it through.  I love the colors, the music, the costumes, Rose Byrne as Duchesse de Polignac — everything.  Well, one thing I noticed right away was the scene where Marie Antoinette is meeting with her brother and she is talking about how “divine” this tea is.  Then all of a sudden a flower blooms in the teacup as she is pouring the hot water.  After not very much research at all, I found it.  These teas are hand tied.  They start out looking like a little green bud and then, voila!, a glorious flower blooms right before your eyes.  I would love to surprise a few of my friends with this as a gift.  Teaposy had the coolest website by far.  They sell  clear teapots and big clear tea mugs.  I can’t wait until mine arrives!

Miss Firecracker

August 13th, 2008

I file this under “guilty pleasure,” because I don’t think this movie was heralded in the press as “thumbs-up,” or even as a “rent it.”  I love this film and just ordered it off Amazon.  I remember watching this when I was a kid,  and had no clue what it was that I was witnessing.  It must have been a play to begin with, because it has some of the most memorable characters.  It stars Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins, and Alfre Woodard.  If you ever have a free afternoon late in the summer, you gotta check this one out.