I picked up this delicious Guava Tea Bud from Spice and Tea Merchants in Temecula, California. It was perfect for last weeks Tea for Two theme! I’ve brewed a tea bud once before and I had no idea what I was doing. I learned a lot after that first experience. Here’s hoping you’ll learn from my mistakes!

Most companies put the brewing instructions on their packaging. (If they don’t, you can google it.) Allowing green tea to brew for too long will result in a bitter taste. So follow the instructions!

This is what the tea bud looks like before it’s brewed.

Watching this bud blossom in the Blooming Tea Pot was pretty awesome! So awesome that I recorded it. I allowed the bud to brew for five minutes, as instructed on the package. Don’t worry, I sped up the video so you can see it bloom in less than one minute.

The tea bud is doing it’s thing, and check out that color. The tea looks great! But the smell… it’s divine!

Guava Tea Bud from Spice and Tea Merchants in Temecula, California

Alright! The part we’ve all been waiting for- the Guava Tea Bud has bloomed! What do you think? Does it look like you expected? It smelled really good. Not at all like I had expected. I really like fruity and herbal teas, so this one was a win for me. I actually picked up two more Guava Tea Buds after trying this one! On the package it says it’ll make ten more cups, but, there are five of us in the house and we all really liked it. This is one we’ll be going back for, for sure.

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Check out my other posts if you’d like to learn more about the Tea for Two project.

January 27, 2019

Brew a Guava Tea Bud at home

What is Tea For Two about?

I am so excited that you’re interested in my project; tea for two. Over the next few months I’ll be posting a variety of tea themed photos, from product shots to lifestyle images, close ups, gifs and maybe some talking videos. The idea is reconnecting; with yourself, spouse, family, etc. For me, I’ll be reconnecting with myself and my family. 

Where did this idea come from?

My family and I spent the last five years traveling the United States. When we were on the road we connected with so many people. Often over hot chocolate, coffee or tea while hanging out at the campfire. I’ve made some of my best friends doing laundry and drinking tea! We’ve been “parked” for a year now and we’ve not been connecting. We’ve fallen into this mundane routine and I’m ready for a change. Thus “tea for two.”

What do you have planned?

As a product photographer, I’ll be setting the scene and photographing products, in a lifestyle setting, to share on social media. Currently on my calendar is Guava, Flannel, Self Care, Valentine’s Day, Book, Camping, Pi Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, 1st Day of Spring, Seaside/Beach, Cactus, Earth Day.

I am open to other ideas, most of these are inline with “national” days, like National Flannel Day on February 10th. 🙂 These are just a starting point to keep things organized and to create a cohesive look, like the photos featured in this post.

You can learn more about me here.

What items are you looking for?

Items I am looking for include but aren’t limited to; tea, tea cups or mugs/pots, tea accessories, tea towels, serving trays. I can incorporate jewelry, such as rings and long necklaces. Textile pieces like gloves, scarves, hats, placemats, and table runners. I can also use art prints, journals, notebooks, writing utensils, candles, etc.  

What do I get?

All products will be photographed alone and in a lifestyle setting. A minimum of 5 high resolution images, per product, will be yours to use as you’d like. I would love to receive credit for the photo when and where possible but it’s not necessary. 

I’d like to participate, how much does it cost?

The cost for one product is $130.

  • The cost includes five product photos per item.
  • A blog post with links to your product on your website.
  • A post on Instagram and FaceBook tagging your business.

I will not be accepting more than five artisans each week to allow space for each brand to be properly represented. 

If you’d like to chat more, I encourage you to contact me!


January 16, 2019

Project: Tea for two

I attended three Lights Fest events in 2017. Each event kicked off the same, with the National Anthem. Sometimes I forget how powerful the National Anthem can be. When you’re surrounded by 1,000’s of people with the palm of their hand resting over their heart and the only thing you can hear is the words flowing from the lips of one individual. It was pretty powerful.

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography


The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

While waiting for the sun to set, there are a variety of food trucks offering a variety of items. Anything from pizza, sno cones, ice cream, tacos, beer, the works.

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

The live entertainment is always on point, and very kid friendly. Jarred Roberts of Wood & Stone Music gets the audience up and moving with his original song, Faithful.

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

What I love most is the atmosphere. Everyone is so kind. I can’t even explain it. Maybe if you’ve attended an event, you can. When you get checked in, find a spot to call ‘home’ for the night, and get set up… this calm just washes over you. Similar to that of sitting at a camp fire. It’s just relaxing. The music is great, the kids are safe. You’re just free to be in the moment. With complete strangers.

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

I loved seeing families at The Lights Fest. Everyone enjoying their time together, the great outdoors.

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

When the sun begins to sink below the horizon they come around to light the tiki torches.

The Lights Fest #whatlightsyou Jessica Griffin Photography

I couldn’t resist a selfie with the lanterns!

It’s such a beautiful experience. I’d love to know if you attend an event, and how you like it.

I found this video on YouTube. It was by far one of the *best* videos about The Lights Fest. It truly captures the feeling and emotions of the experience, so much better than I could possibly put into words.

December 20, 2018

The Lights Fest; December 2nd, 2018

It was 2011 when I was introduced to Sandast, a Los Angeles based leather company. At the time I was living in Fort Worth, Texas. I loved taking the kids into Fort Worth to visit the Stockyards. The kids loved watching the cattle ‘run’ down Stockyard Exchange. We could easily spend an entire day in the Stockyards wandering in and out of the cute shops. There’s just something about the quaint street that just made me feel at home.

My husband and I often went to H3 Ranch for lunch. One of my favorites is the H3 Ranch Club Sandwich* it is absolutely amazing, exactly how they cook their bacon is a complete mystery to me. Yet I could eat just the bacon for the rest of my life and be completely happy! Don’t even get me started on the tacos! Great, now my mouth is watering!

Okay, back on track… across from H3 Ranch is Maverick Fine Western Wear. Just how well do you know me? The work that goes into their handmade items blows me away, every time. Though, I do not have a Western bone in my body I can appreciate!

When I was shopping the variety of bags at Maverick I came across a leather bag by Sandast of Los Angeles. Fast forward to 2018 where I now live in Los Angeles. I connected with Chris, the owner, and he invited my husband and me to his first Wine and Whiskey Wednesday.

It was great chatting with Chris and learning more about his business and the story behind each bag. Each bag actually has a story and is named after the person who inspired Chris.

Wine & Whiskey Wednesday

Outside the Sandast Los Angeles, California.Outside the Sandast store 1205 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Christoper of Broad Street Oyster at Sandast Los AngelesLeft: Christoper of Broad Street Oyster Company. Right: Francis Briefcase.

Chris Pak of Sandast Los Angeles Leather Company coasters glass of wineLeft: Chris chatting with locals. Right: Leather coasters & a glass of wine.

Johnnie Walker Leather Briefcase made by Sandast Los AngelesLeft: Johnnie Walker glass sitting on a Sandast coaster. Right: Francis Briefcase.


*If you’re planning a trip to H3 and want to try the club sandwich please know it’s on their lunch menu only.

June 5, 2018

Sandast of Los Angeles; Wine and Whiskey Wednesday