Rene Trim’s arts & crafts: Create your very own tea blend


If you are a fan of the world’s most widely consumed beverage (no guys, it’s not beer) this one is a must for you: a tea blending workshop! Tea is beneficial for you as it contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. While it may not give you the same kick you get from a cup of coffee (tea contains less than half the caffeine you find in coffee), it will definitely boost your energy levels while being much gentler on the body.

Ottawa’s Tealee – an online loose tea store – is now giving tea aficionados a chance to create their very own blend at a 1-hour blending workshop. You will learn about the characteristics and flavor profiles of each tea type, as well as which common herbs, fruits and flowers are often used during the tea blending process – and their health benefits. When the learning’s done, the real fun commences, as you will be able to express your creative side by mixing as many ingredients as you need to create the blend that is perfect for you – AND you get to take it home to impress your family and friends!

The $30 workshop will be held on Tuesday, 3 February (7 pm to 8 pm) at T.A.N. Coffee, 317 Wilbrod St. in Ottawa. You can sign up at Tealee’s website.


Winter in the Valley

Jane Cass Photographs – Jane is an award-winning local landscape and nature photographer

Jane Cass Photographs – Jane is an award-winning local landscape and nature photographer


Although it’s still early in the season, I have already spotted some event-blips on the art & craft radar so here’s a heads-up:

Saturday 17 JanuaryRussell & District Horticultural Society’s “2015 Living Locally Fair”: food, artisans and more! St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 1211 South Russell Road, Russell (9:30 am to 3:00 pm)
Monday 2 February to Sunday 15 February– “Pop-Up” Artisans Show at Billings Bridge Shopping Centre


Saturday 7 February – Purely Handmade Cornwall Winter Show (10 am to 6 pm) at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

Saturday 14 February 14th, 2015 – “For the Love of Winter”: 30 local artisans and tons of Valentine’s Day activities, Knox Church (Elgin at Lisgar)

Tuesday 17 February to Sunday 1 March – Craft & Artisan “Pop up” Show at Carlingwood Mall


…and don’t forget the Ottawa Farmers’ Market every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm nice and toasty-cozy inside the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne!

That’s all for now, folks, have a creative week!



Rene Trim

Rene is the chair of the executive committee of the Ottawa Valley Crafts and Collectibles (OVCC) Guild. The OVCC organizes art & craft shows featuring local artists and artisans from the Ottawa Valley.


1 Response

  1. Martin Slierendregt says:

    Hey man !
    Ben jij de Rene Trim van De Telegraaf ?
    Ik ben altijd benieuwd geweest hoe het met jullie gaat !

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