Hi, I’m Liz. I am a DIY blogger, and I was lucky enough to have been asked to be do some guest blogging for one of my favorite locations… somewhere where I can relax with a cup of tea or a book, and where I can always count on stocking up on the essentials, but also having a relaxing experience. If you are following along with this blog, then you are likely familiar with The Tea Tree. And if you are familiar with The Tea Tree, then you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. I, like most of the other patrons, could truly get lost in this serene sanctuary for hours. A little reTREEt, if you will, from the bustle of our every day lives- right in the heart of Batavia. And I mean… who doesn’t love a little retreat (and a good play on words) every once in a while?
So when the owner, Missi, asked me to write a blog for the Tea Tree, and since I am a DIY blogger myself, I knew almost immediately that the first thing I wanted to write about was the charm and appeal of shop itself. She told me that I could write about anything that I wanted. To be honest, my actual first thought was to write about Chicago Joe- a true spice of life that I, as well as the rest of my family, put on EVERYTHING and can’t get enough of. And don’t you fret- there will definitely be a post dedicated to Chicago Joe in the future. But after really thinking about what my most favorite part of the Tea Tree was, it came to me without waiver: “I’ve got to write about all the DIY in that place.”
As I alluded to earlier, and as you probably already know, The Tea Tree is kind of the epitome of charm. But it wasn’t always this charming inside that shop. A little-known fact to most is that The Tea Tree is actually one gigantic DIY project in and of itself. The shop space started out as an office space that was full of cubicles (it previously served as a law office). Lucky for all of us who frequent today, Missi saw beyond the coldness of the cubicles.
I would have to say that my favorite DIY feature is checkout counter. I would imagine that you can see where this is going, but surprise, surprise- this was not always a checkout counter. It actually originated as pieces of an antique door and a cabinet, and Missi DIY-ed the heck out of them, creating the functional counter that it is today. Pretty cool if you ask me.
From laying the floor to painting the ceiling, to building shelves by hand- all DIY. Every wall is hand painted, every single shelf is hand stained and lacquered (multiple times), and if you have ever been there, you know that there isn’t exactly a lack of shelving there. Boasting over 15 of those shelves, the Tea Tree is more than equipped to hold all its inventory, and on handmade shelves no less. As with most DIY projects, lots and lots of love went into the Tea Tree. Missi had a vision for what the shop would become, and almost every element of the shop has been touched by her hand. She, along with some help from various family members, neighbors, and friends alike transformed every wall, doorway and shelf to make The Tea Tree what it is today. So next time you get the chance to visit, enjoy some Tea and relax… but also remember that you are literally surrounded by love.