Living, Winter

Wearing A Lamerti Flowery Microcosm While Having A Winter Herbal Tea

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( Thank you ©Lamerti for having sponsored this post with this beautiful pendant! )

The flash of inspiration arrived suddenly while she was in the garden of a beautiful art studio, and that inspiration was later transformed into her ever-changing artistic creations. Martina Angius’s jewellery are of rare beauty and elegance. They look like sample of microcosms that needed to be preserved, placed into a glass case, and then sealed with precious metals such as silver, copper, brass and tin. Thier oval or rounded shapes reinforce the harmony of the microcosm they contain: but they also remind us of tiny Egyptian antiquities, or those of any other Natural History Museum display cases.
What they contain is really special. Inside, there are small colourful petals and leaves, tiny flowers, plumes, tiny twigs and roots, or insects that seem they have just been caught and then – with the same patience used by miniaturist scribes in their ancient herbariums – beautifully displayed.
Lamerti jewellery are very light, exactly like the petals and the tiny plums they enclose, and wearing them is like wearing a tiny bit of a garden with us. A garden for every season, and the beauty that makes each season stand out.
Whoever sees these small and preciuos jewellery for the first time is captured by their shape and by their exquisite beauty. We are attracted to them and we want to look even closer at them because they are unique and exclusive. Thus, taking a closer look becomes an almost spontaneous and reaction, as you would do with a small contact print photograph, for example, like those precious ones held in the wonderful photographic archive at Palazzo Fortuny, in Venice; or maybe as you would do when reading an old letter written with a quill a century ago.
Just as one needs the gift of patience for handwriting a letter, word after word, one needs the gift of patience for collecting petal after petal to make such precious jewellery. One of these arrived, as a special gift, from my beloved Paris, right on time for my birthday.

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It is elegant like an antique pendant, but has a magical gracefulness that makes it modern. Martina has been able to join with metals much more than some tiny fragments from the natural world. She has the ability to make all her delicate works into some real artistic creations. And when she expresses her ideas and novelty blended together, she also adds beauty with a touch of refine elegance. Martina is a really special person, and in all her artistic creations we can see her patience, her gracefulness and her strive for harmony. In each Lamerti jewel there is a small part of a “magic world”, and when we wear them, especially in winter time, when gardens are resting, our thoughts go to the flowering gardens and to the insects buzzing around.
Outside, everything seems asleep, but when my gaze falls onto the small flowered microcosm that I’m wearing. The scents, the colours and the slow swing of the flowers seem to come alive and it’s like seeing a real garden.

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I turn my head towards the cupboard in my kitchen where the small jars full of herbs and spices are increasing day by day, and that is because my garden always offers me something to store away and to use during a cold winter day, when it’s nice to have an herbal tea with such aromatic treasures.
The slow winter afternoons are perfect for letting the flow of my thoughts wander to some nice memories while, outside, the bare branches of the trees are gently swaying in the wind; but in afternoons like these I’m also happy just to curl up holding a lovely cup of tea. And while I’m inhaling the wonderful aromas, I think of Martina and I imagine her while she is looking at her garden, as I’m doing right now.

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Winter Herbal Tea
 
!*Ingredients quantities vary according to the desired strenght of the herbal tea. For 2 cups of tea (400ml) I have used the following:
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Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp of organic orange peel
  • 2 leaves of stevia
  • 4 star anise
  • 2 tsp of fennel seeds
  • 2 drops of orange essential oil (for cooking usage)
Instructions
Put all the ingredients into a tea pot and pour over some boiled water over them (90°C), leave it to brew for about 5-6 minutes, and then add the two drops of the orange essential oil.
- How to prepare the orange peel
(*Always use untreated organic oranges)
To make this herbal tea, I always use dried orange rind. I prepare a jar full of orange peels that I use during the winter months in my herbal teas or in cakes.Wash the orange peels and cut them finely, getting rid of the white part which is bitter. They can be dried in one day if you leave them on a cutting board on the radiator, or in the fan-assisted oven at 80°C for about 2 hours.
- Stevia leaves, a natural sweetner:
For those who have a stevia plant in their garden, the best period to pick its leaves is the end of the summer. However, it is possible to take and use some leaves even during the winter time. As for the orange peels, it's possibile to leave the stelvia leaves to dry up on the radiator for a full day, turning them over for time to time. They can be stored in a jar for a long time and can be chopped up finely and use as a natural sweetener instead of the sugar.

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