March is Women’s History Month, and it is a time to celebrate the contributions women make to the world. We offer greeting cards, tea cozies, Celtic products, and fabulous teas from women-owned businesses.
The Larkin Tea Company is a woman-owned enterprise that works with other small, woman-owned businesses across the globe. Also, over the years we have employed and mentored many young women as they start their careers. We feel that is the best way to pay back all the people who have helped and supported us during our lives.
Remembering the women who made their mark in history is important; but, isn’t aiding women to prosper in the present day more significant?
These are a few of the women-owned companies that we work with:
THE TRACY HALL CARD COLLECTION
Tracy Hall is based in the Orkney Isles, Scotland. Her cards reflect life in Scottish crofters’ cottages. She specializes in realistic and highly detailed watercolor paintings and much of her work is in commercial and licensing, especially jigsaw puzzles or private commissions.
She paints everything from flowers to wildlife in watercolor and works from life, photographs, and imagination; often all three in the same place. Tracy says that the joy for her lies in the fine details, no matter if she is working on a large painting or a miniature.
THE LIZA NELSON QUILTED CARD COLLECTION
Liza Nelson, a gifted fabric artist, lives in Falls Church, VA where she maintains a studio. Recently retired, she decided to pursue her passion of working with fabric.
Liza has designed special teatime greeting cards exclusively for The Larkin Tea Company.
TEA COZIES BY JAN CROSS
Jan Cross lives in Martinsburg, WV and after many years in retail management has rediscovered an early interest in sewing and textiles. She expertly creates all our wrap-around tea cozies from materials that are 100% cotton, very durable, and washable. They add a stylish décor to any table or room and are great gifts for family and friends. Eight styles are available online, but we have many different designs that we sell here in the “shop” or at festivals.
(Emma doesn’t like to have her photo taken so we are sharing one of her illustrations.)
Emma Ball, who lives in Nottingham, England began by painting plant pots, and started selling at small craft fairs with her father. Each pot was hand-painted, then stenciled using her own designs. As Emma’s love for painting grew, she started a new business venture with her artwork. She continued to sell at craft shows, going on to trade shows, and becoming a limited company in 2001. Emma then licensed her artwork to several companies, including bone china mugs, which helped grow the brand.
Since 2001, the company has grown to 3000 products but retains its family qualities – Emma’s parents continue to work for Emma, who still designs all the products. She now works with other illustrators whose work complements the company’s brand and styling.
We sell Emma’s mugs, aprons, greeting cards, trays, trivets, teabag holders, and coasters.
Special recognition is essential for the women who labor in the tea fields and whose plucking expertise brings us the teas we all enjoy!