I was watching this video about Mark Boyle who is living without money in the UK and has been, reportedly, doing so for over two years.
Mark makes some great points about stepping totally outside the money economy, and it is something Deus Ex Machina and I have been striving to do ... although we hope to "adapt in place" rather than shuttling our family off to an undeveloped piece of land and live, like Mark, in a camper - not that I would have a problem with that ... just that we already have the house, and moving just sucks.
So, keeping in mind the "moneyless" lifestyle, I'm always trying to come up with ideas of ways to keep living *our* life without having to buy "new" stuff, so when my tea ball decided it was done being a tea ball and desired, instead, to be garbage (you just gotta love something that breaks after a few months of using it as it was intended ... sheesh!).
We already had the little mesh strainer which fits perfectly in a cup and sits low enough that I can put a teaspoon of looseleaf tea in the bottom of the strainer, fill the cup with hot water, and in a couple of minutes, have a perfect cup of tea.
Sometimes, though, I steep the tea for too long, because I get busy doing something else, and, then, I have to make it not quite so strong. That's when I use the teapot. I pour the extra-strength tea into the teapot and add an equal amount of hot water, and voila! Two cups of tea for the trouble of one.
Unfortunately, the tea gets too cold, too quickly. I kept hearing about tea cozies, but neither knew where to find one nor wished to spend money acquiring it. So, I improvised.
I hope to make something at some point that looks a little prettier, but for the time, it's fun in a silly kind of way, to tie a towel around my teapot ... and it works :).