I recently quit coffee, cold turkey. It was making me tense and jittery, and contributing too much fuel towards my anxiety. It no longer felt worth it, despite it being something I love so much. Tea has never given me the same “jolt” that coffee does, but I knew that the caffeine in black tea would be enough to stave off the inevitable headaches as I began my new coffee-free life.
Daddy is a Brit and His fastidious approach to His morning tea (and sometimes a ‘Cheeky Tea’ consumed before bed) entertains me to no end. He always drinks it out of the same cup, always buys the same brand, (Yorkshire, innit), prepares it the same way, and drinks it quickly so it doesn’t have any time to cool. There’s nothing surprising about and Englishman who is fussy about His tea, but there’s something so charming about His Way that makes me smile. Maybe it’s the ritualistic nature of it, maybe it’s the fact that He uses a timer for perfect steeping (3 minutes, no more, no less), maybe it’s that the whole process is like a microcosm of His personality: consistent, exacting, and sincere.
When I gave up coffee, I began making myself a ‘Daddy Tea’ each morning in place of my usual cup of joe. Being the heathen that I am, I use Twining’s Earl Grey because the small town I live in, 6,895 km from Daddy, does not stock The Right Kind of Tea and besides, I live for the Earl Grey, always have, always will. Despite that inaccuracy, just for fun, I began otherwise making it just like He does. Somehow it took the sting out of not having coffee, and the routine and precision of it was comforting. Now it’s a daily ritual to send him a picture of my breakfast and my Daddy Tea each morning.
All of this got me thinking: Wouldn’t it be cute if there was a line of teas that was specifically marketed towards the DD/lg crowd? Something that all the Littles (and Smols and Middles, etc.) could have as a comforting “hug in a mug” when they miss their Daddy (or other term for partner)? With that in mind, I set out to design the front and back of an imaginary “package” of tea, and one design led to others. These have been so much fun to make and the possibilities are endless! I kept with the Daddy/Princess theme because that suits Us, and made a few varieties, each with a different design and purpose. I have to say, I’m pretty chuffed with them. I also love that the concept could be applied to any style of relationship or any kind of product, and could be as innocent as these designs are or completely NSFW.
If you are interested in a custom graphic/poster like this, let me know, I’d love to make more of these and I think they could make really cute prints, phone backgrounds, etc. Commissions received before the end of August will receive 10% off my usual rates.