A dog-eared classic novel, a leather bound journal, your favorite mug, and, of course, a pot of steaming hot tea. All enjoyed under an autumn throw on a paint chipped deck overlooking the mountains and your neighbour’s vegetable garden. It’s one of those moments. The English language can’t quite sum it up, but the Dutch word “gezellig” captures it nicely. According to dutchamsterdam.nl “gezellig” is a crucial part of Dutch culture with no direct translation in the English language: “Literally, it means cozy, quaint, or nice, but can also connote time spent with loved ones, seeing a friend after a long absence, or general togetherness.” I’m not Dutch, but when I learned that there was a word for that cozy, warm, comfortable, glowy feeling I value so much, I wondered if there is perhaps a hidden strand in my DNA. I do have blonde hair and I drink a lot of coffee, so…
If all the Instagram photos of hot cups of coffee and open notebooks are an indication, Cozy is a culture which crosses national boundaries and Cozinesters are a tribe in themselves regardless of their ethnicity. I consider myself a life-long learner of coziness, I often find myself tweaking my surroundings to achieve that ultimate feeling of “gezellig”. So, (hashtagleaduptobigannouncement) as part of my study, I am developing a line of crocheted cozy-time accessories all of which are available in my little (very little right now :p) etsy shop.
So if you are in the market for a tea cozy, or need a little more gezellig in your life, please check it out. But as per usual, no pressure
Shop the Cozy Culture by tangledsunrise line of tea cozies here. If you are local to me (East Vancouver), you can order by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for free local delivery.
(And coming soon: Coffee Sweaters!)