Tea, in its natural state, is unsweetened. My personal opinion is that this is the only way it should ever be consumed. However, unlike Mayor Bloomberg, I believe in freedom of choice and do not think that people should be telling other people what they can or can't eat or drink.
However, I'm more than happy to ban a word or two, especially a word that keeps me from the pursuit of happiness, and by happiness, I mean unsweet tea.
The problem with the word UNSWEET (aside from the fact that it's not a word) is that it contains the word SWEET and so it's misunderstood 100% of the time.
It goes like this.
Pull up to Taco Bueno.
"Welcome to Taco Bueno - can I help you?"
"Yes, I'd like a bean burrito and a large UNsweet tea."
"Okay that's one bean burrito and a large sweet tea."
"No, that's an unsweet tea."
"Okay I've got a bean burrito and a medium sweet tea."
"Um, no, that's a LARGE UNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNsweet tea." (Silently adding "you *#$*")
"Okay so your total is $3.14, please pull up to the window."
Where, of course, I'm presented with a SWEET tea. Disgusting.
So here's how it's going to go. Tea is tea. Tea comes unsweetened from God. If I say I want a tea, it will ALWAYS mean I want it unsweetened, like in the old days, before people from the deep south infiltrated the great Republic of Texas with their corn syrup. If you want to ALTER your tea, then please indicate the unnatural state that you'd like your tea in with a modifier such as "sweet" "peach" "raspberry" or any other descriptor indicating you'd like to pollute your tea with something.
I'm only asking for the same rights people who drink Coke have. You don't pull up to Sonic and say "Hi - I'd like a Route 44 UNcherry UNdiet UNcaffeine free Coke" - you say "I WANT A COKE."
I rest my case.
I feel better already.
Now at my monthly stamp class this month (where I drank buckets of unadulterated tea) we did the faux suede technique to make a little flower on a card inspired by this card. I loved how her bold design with the lattice die showed off her pretty pink flower. I couldn't figure out how to make my flower as fluffy as hers, so mine isn't quite as fancy, but you get the idea.
Stamps: Elementary Elegance
Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo Textured, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Lattice Die, Island Florals Die, Brad, Big Shot, Edgelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder
We also made a matching fancy envelope with the Edgelits and the matching Adorning Accents Embossing folder, which as a blast. I love how pretty those turned out. Remember when you are making these, to cut the envelope flap before you emboss - if you emboss first, you will flatten out the embossing when you run it back through your Big Shot to cut.
I'm filming some fun tutorials this weekend - using some pretty different techniques and toys, so I hope they turned out and you can see them soon. I think you'll be surprised.
No go forth into the world, free from that horrid ex-word "unsweet" and enjoy life!!