It is a clear winter afternoon. The air is cold, the breeze is light, and as your fingertips prickle from the spring chill, you have the urge for some nice tea. You remember what that loquacious neofriend of yours said the other day: Do you remember that old teahouse called The Teahouse? It reopened! And I hear the tea is better and more delicious than ever! The girl serving me is still as odd as ever though.

The thought of your hands wrapped around a hot cup of tea warms your spirits! And so you decide to investigate this teahouse - and anyway, any day is a good day for tea! You finally arrive at the teahouse called The Teahouse (you wouldn't have guessed!), which is a little cottage settled on a road filled with trees waking for the spring. Before you can knock on the door, the door bursts open. You look down, and find a little girl wearing a yellow apron.

Are you a new customer or an old friend?

Welcome to The Teahouse! We offer everything and anything tea-related - we've got a big, big selection of goods and services so be sure to look at everything and please ask about anything! My name is Rica - with a 'C'! - and I shall be serving you today! Actually I'm the only one that serves here, but that doesn't bother you, right?
(You wonder what tea they serve here - energy tea?)
My boss, Rika (rikaachu), would like to extend her welcome to you. Give me one moment and I'll be right with you; please take a seat or look around! Enjoy your stay!

You sit down - you're not sure what else to do - and you look around. Perhaps you'd like to have a browse of the teas available?

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It is a clear winter afternoon. The air is cold, the breeze is light, and as your fingertips prickle from the spring chill, you have the urge for some nice tea. You remember what that loquacious neofriend of yours said the other day: Do you remember that old teahouse called The Teahouse? It reopened! And I hear the tea is better and more delicious than ever! The girl serving me is still as odd as ever though.

The thought of your hands wrapped around a hot cup of tea warms your spirits! And so you decide to investigate this teahouse - and anyway, any day is a good day for tea! You finally arrive at the teahouse called The Teahouse (you wouldn't have guessed!), which is a little cottage settled on a road filled with trees waking for the spring. Before you can knock on the door, the door bursts open. You look down, and find a little girl wearing a yellow apron.

Are you a new customer or an old friend?

I-Is that you? I haven't seen you in so long. I missed you! I'm so happy to be back working here and I've got so much to tell you - I can tell you, right? Well I just want to say a very big welcome back to The Teahouse! I'm so happy that you're back! And that I'm back!

(Rica begins to dance with joy.)
Well, I'm still me, tea-loving Rica, and Rika (rikaachu) is here too! If you want anything, let me know, okay? And have some tea - it's on me!

You sit down - you're not sure what else to do - and you look around. Perhaps you'd like to have a browse of the teas available?

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updates

9th March 2015 - Oops.

So, I think I decided to come back at a weird time. Everything has been busy - my full-time job has been crazy, I've been involved in preparing an organization I co-founded for its launch, and volunteering as well. I do intend to draw stuff soon though; I'll just disappear for a little while and return when things settle. Sorry everyone. I hope you guys have a lovely day & week.

1st March 2015 - Hi. Again.

A big thank you to Mika at Landscape for the beautiful new link back button! Check it out! Isn't it pretty? ;w;

1st March 2015 - I'm baaaaack?

Hello everyone!

I'm not quite sure what the status of The Teahouse is. It isn't re-opened per se (because I will not be as dedicated as I once was), but it isn't closed either (I may put up some new graphics in my free time). Essentially, it is my downtime in between three jobs and other hobbies.

I think I'll be doing some cleanup here and there; such as removing the Captain's Room since I will not be doing requests, revamping the Extras and Sitely page, and maybe adding some teas if I can find some time!

Regardless, it is a bit surreal being back. But for now, I don't regret it. Have a good day!


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our teas

You ask about the selection of teas. Rica springs up into the air in mid-sentence and she pulls you towards the counter.

I'm so glad you asked! We've got a big, big selection of teas and every day it's getting bigger and better!
She takes a bag of tea and puts them in your hands.
And Rika and I have worked together to pile some cool facts about tea so you get to learn and you can take home teas! Win-win, right?

Right!


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our tea selection


Green Tea

Painted like your pets!

Floral Tea

The healthy choice!

Oolong Tea

Celebratory teacups.

bubble tea

Colourful and flavourful!

Iced Tea

Perfect for a summer's day.

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green tea

Green Tea is a super healthy tea! It regulates body temperature which is good for digestion, it's a rich source of antioxidants and it has shown to help with stress! Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis, more commonly known as the tea plant. Cooled green tea can be used to soothe sunburns. The tannic acid and theobromine helps remove the heat from sunburns. Cool, huh?


Water
Maractite


Wraith (best with black background)
Plushie



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floral tea

Rather than using tea leaves, floral teas uses petals, flower buds or the flower itself to create comforting and soothing teas! Floral teas, depending on the flower, may have a variety of health benefits - be sure to hover over the teas to find out what they're good for!

Chamomile
Chrysanthemum


Cherry Blossom/Sakuraya
Rosebud


Jasmine
Lavender



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If you've been directed here, Rika has made a mistake and has accidentally linked you to The Teahouse rather than Big Little Fiction (force of habit...). Click here to be sent to the right place!

oolong tea

Like Green Tea and Black Tea, Oolong Tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant. It has antioxidants and helps with high cholesterol. The tea-leaves can be reused and it gets better with each use; the third steeping being the best!
As Oolong tea is used in ceremonies, The Teahouse is offering teas in celebration of some holidays! If you would like to suggest a holiday that The Teahouse should commemorate, please suggest!
Jhudora Day
Lunar New Year
Valentines Day

Mardi Gras
Gadgadsbogen
St. Patrick's Day


Lantern Festival
Illusen Day
Festival of Neggs


Grey Day


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iced tea

Iced Tea is delicious and refreshing way to enjoy your teas cool and cold! Usually served with ice, popular flavours of iced tea are iced lemon tea and iced green tea. Some iced teas are made from tea leaves, whilst others with a flavoured syrup. Iced tea is perfect for a hot summer's day!

Lemon
Lime
Orange

Green
Peach
Milk

Lychee
Strawberry
Raspberry


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bubble tea

Bubble tea (or else known as pearl milk tea) is a tea that contains a tea base mixed with fruit or milk. It is often served cold and can be ice-blended. The bubbles in the tea are made from small, round tapioca beads. The tapioca is made from the starch of cassava plant. Though bubble tea is super delicious, drinking too much of it can be unhealthy - Save bubble tea for a treat!

simple flavours

Milk
Chocolate
Lychee
Apple

Honeydew
Mango
Orange
Red Bean

Strawberry
Taro
Blueberry


fancier flavours


Tchea
Banango
Bubble Gum
Chokato


Watermelon
Azzle
Rainbow
Bomberry


Pineapple
Green Tea


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our tea-pots

You sip the last drops of your tea and breathe a sigh of contentment. Seeing your empty cup, Rica appears at your side and refills your tea-cup - it's on the house! Rica spots you looking at the tea-pot in her hand and she grins.

Would you be interested in seeing some of our tea-pots? I think you might like them! Please say yes!

Seeing Rica's overjoyed and excited face, you can't bear to say no.


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our tea-pot selection

Glass

A piece of land captured in a teapot.

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glass tea-pot

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Faerieland
Maraqua


Lost Desert
Krawk Island


Altador



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our mini-goods

Looking over the selection of teas, you find yourself wanting something... smaller, cuter.

Smaller and cuter?
Rica says, a look of surprise on her face, when you ask her.
You mean like mini-cups? Mini-teapots? Mini-stuff?
You nod, a smile growing on your face.
I'm glad you asked, because we have some mini-stuff right now! Do you want to have a look? Some of them are really small and cute and I think you'll like them! I like them a lot.


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extras

- About & History
The abridged history of The Teahouse! And maybe learn a bit about the staff!

- Suggestion Box
Have a question or suggestion for The Teahouse? Use our suggestion box!

- FAQ
Got a question? These are the most frequently asked ones so please check here first!

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about and the history of the teahouse

You ask about The Teahouse. Immediately Rica's face lights up; she is overjoyed that you are interested in hearing about her story. She scurries off to the kitchen and you wonder what you could have possibly said or asked that would have scared her off. However, she returns with a book in her hand - a very thick book.

Well, I don't think you want to read all of this,
she says.
So I'll just summarize! Rika says summarizing is hard for me to do
- and you agree -
but I'll try my best!

You grab your cup of hot tea - Rica must have topped it up when you weren't looking - and you sit back and listen to Rica tell you about The Teahouse.


the abridged history of the teahouse

  • The Teahouse first opened on the 21st of October 2010 as a review site.
  • The Teahouse was, as Rika believes, famous for its abysmally small layouts.
  • We only served three teas at first: the Green Tea (standard review), Lemon Tea (brief review) and Chai Tea (critical review).
  • One of the awesomest moments for The Teahouse was when Eve, Rica's beloved cousin, joined the The Teahouse! Rika was having trouble handling all the reviews, so Evan (aloveletter) helped out as Eve!
  • The Teahouse had a lot of features: Rika's Wardrobe Dilemma, Interviews, the Site to Watch, Hall of Fame and Narrative Introduction Guide.
  • One of the biggest events I held through The Teahouse was the Review Site Awareness, where the idea of Credentials was first proposed.
  • The Teahouse was Soroptimist's Site of the Year for 2010!
  • The Teahouse was revamped and was located in Shenkuu! Cue introduction of Captain Leilei, a story of Rica's journey to Shenkuu, and a Shenkuu-themed layout!
  • The Teahouse was closed in late 2011 due to unforeseen difficulties.
  • The Teahouse reviewed 100 sites before closing.
  • The Teahouse came back briefly in 2012, but Rika realized she didn't love reviewing anymore. Hence The Teahouse became the Ice Cream Cart! (But really, Rica and Rika will always prefer tea.)
  • The Teahouse reopened as a graphics/layout-request site on the 9th February 2013!
  • After closing for almost a year, The Teahouse returned on 1st March 2015 and is back for (temporary) business!


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These are our old neighbours... we'll miss them!


rica

You ask about Rica, just to be polite.

You want to know about me?
asks Rica.
I just work here. But, if I had to say three things about me, I love tea, I love working here and I love my boss. She's just scary sometimes. All the time. Kinda. I get excited easily.

No kidding.


rika

You ask her about her boss, but she shrugs.
Well, her name is Rika - yes I know it's similar to mine! But mine has a 'C'. She's a nice person, I think. That's what she says anyway.

Well, she likes tea, right? I think her favourite tea is shoumei tea and milk tea. And nice people like tea, right? Not that people who don't like tea are mean...
She begins to mutter to herself and you almost feel sorry for the poor girl.

Well anyway, she spends all the time in the study scribbling away. Only time I do is when we have a customer and I hand her the papers or when I give her the neomails.

I suppose you could neomail her if you have any questions. She'll be more than happy to answer them - I know that for sure!


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You sip your final sip of tea and breathe a sigh of relief. What fantastic tea! You get up slowly and Rica anticipates your departure. Her face is sad but you can tell that she was happy to see you visit.

I hope you liked your tea
- and you most certainly did! -
but before you leave, make sure you take a little souvenir! And please come back and visit! I'm getting better at making tea everyday so you have to come back and try the tea I make next time!

How lovely! You think you will. You look at the souvenirs that Rica mentioned. Perhaps you shall take one.




affiliates

During your afternoon walk, you noticed many other cottages along the road. Perhaps you could visit the other places once you're finished drinking your tea. You ask Rica about the other cottages and, of course, she has an answer!

Those cottages that you saw? Those are my neighbours and the friends I've made! The neighbours around us are the finest shops and businesses in the city. My boss says that if you want to be neighbours with the teahouse, you must be enthusiastic about The Teahouse and be supportive, like a good neighbour! She doesn't mind if you don't have a lot of stuff or if your site is new. She just wants supportive neighbour-friends!

Well that seems straight-forward enough! Perhaps you will have a look at The Teahouse's neighbours then.



Our neighbourhood is currently busy and filled up!
Affiliate requests are now closed!


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The Teahouse wants to thank our listers for listing us in their directories!

Clockwork Directory
Lacuna Directory
Midnight
Pixie Dust
Plethora
The Shelf Directory
Smiley Central
Unwound Clock
Also, please do not rank The Teahouse. Thank you!


Credits

For all the people I want to thank, please click here!

  • Recoloured background from 49 Days.
  • All buttons link back to their creators. Buttons without links are closed sites.
  • All images, ideas and extra content were created by me, Rika (rikaachu), unless stated otherwise in the above.
  • The Teahouse and the idea of
    Rica
    will never be given away and permission will never be given to anyone to use these ideas.
  • Layout by Rika (rikaachu) for The Teahouse only.
  • Coding by Shingie (shinning123).
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The Teahouse is always looking for ways to improve, so if you have any suggestions, we'd love to hear it!

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Use this form if you have general suggestions or general questions about The Teahouse!

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If you have an idea on what teas we could introduce to The Teahouse's shelves, we'd love to know!

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idea credits

As always, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who sends in ideas and suggestions to The Teahouse! To acknowledge all your contributions, if you've ever suggested something to The Teahouse and it has made it to the shelves then you'll forevermore have your contributions recognized officially on this page!

  • Hannah (snowball888111): Strawberry Iced Tea.
  • Jenny (wishpers): Lost Desert Glass Teapot.
  • Kelli (keliro): Illusen Day and Easter Oolong Teas; numerous Bubble Tea flavours.
  • Kelly (skyleaf360): Cherry Blossom Floral Tea; Grey Day Oolong Tea; Raspberry Iced Tea.
  • Lindsey (sheynacruz): Milk Iced Tea.
  • Lola (lolamartinez1): Krawk Island Glass Teapot.
  • Maddie (pinthecostumes): Renaming Green Tea to Floral Tea.
  • Nina (nscangel): Altador Glass Teapot.
  • Simba (simbaconnie): Pineapple Bubble Tea.

  • Did Rika forget to add you on this list? Neomail Rika ASAP!

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frequently asked questions

Are you ever going to be offering review services again?
I'm afraid not. I used to love reviewing, but now whenever I think about reviewing a site, I get stressed out. e_e So nope, The Teahouse is a adoptables/request site now!

Can you doodle something for me?
I'm afraid I will no longer be offering any doodling requests... sorry!

Are you going to be opening layout requests again?
No, I'm sorry.

Is Captain Leilei gone for good?
Yes. She's off on a worldly adventure and she won't be coming back to The Teahouse anymore.

What do you use to draw your layouts/teas/graphics?
I use an Intuos 4 tablet and Photoshop Elements 7! :)


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