Tea cosies, French Press cozies, vacuum cleaner covers, oh my. (Patented)

October 11, 2009

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I can’t sleep.  I have either a cold or a flu.  And if I have a flu, I probably have the dreaded H1N1 virus.  So since flu symptoms include severe fatigue, I figured that if I can wake up at 2 am and writing on my blog at 3:30 am, then I probably don’t have a flu.  Plus, my skin is not bluish.  So according to CDC, Don’t Panic.  Not yet.

But if you start looking like a Smurf, yes, run around the house and scream.  ‘Cause, well, you look like a Smurf.

I was reading through Worn Ragged: Mommies on the Edge and also her tweets, (yeah, I’m like some sort of cyber stalker…) and I was introduced to the concept of tea cozies.   Not sure why people make fun of tea cozies: they are actually quite adorable.  And what an ingenious concept.  Al Gore should really promote the idea of tea cozies as an alternative way to keep liquid warm.

So I started googling for some other crafty ideas, not because I am handy, but because (see above).  And I found what I was looking for:

Vacuum cleaner covers!

Vacuum cleaner cover

Mock ye not.  I also found a patent filing on a proposed method of better construction for these babies.  And the patent was issued in 1999.  So I guess you’ll need to find something else to devote your time to until the patent runs out…

Perhaps French Press Cozies? as Jamie on Twitter suggested.  I am sure she said it in jest, but you can find anything. ANYTHING. On the interweb…

French Press Cozies

Granted the shape of a French Press does not seem to inspire whimsical fancies as much as the short and stout figure of a teapot.

Darn.  Now got that song stuck in my head.  Well, good night while I get up and do the dance…


What did I just say?  Yes, indeed, one can find ANYTHING on the Interweb…

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Jamie October 11, 2009 at 11:14 am

Aw, you are so awesome. Can’t believe I went to bed and missed this! And, no, I wasn’t joking about the french press. I knit, and I’ve found that enthusiastic knitters will knit ANYTHING. I already have my pattern picked out for my French press cozy, thanks to the Tea Cozy site, which made the light go on in my dark brain.
I think the vacuum cleaner cozy is the only kind my mother never owned. Well, she probably has one by now. And the fabric of that giraffe’s dress? I had that print as my wall paper in 1982. I don’t know what that means, but, thanks for the memories?
I always feel like a stalker when I try to get to know my twitter friends. Glad to know it’s not just me.
It was so awesome not to be the only one up in the middle of the night last night. Hope you got to sleep in, unlike my pitiable self.

Absence Alternatives October 13, 2009 at 7:41 am

@Jamie
What a coincidence about the wallpaper! There are also people-shaped covers. And I believe I’d get startled and die with a heart attack if I ever encounter one in the dark! (And I wander around the house in the middle of the night a lot so not a good thing to have around here…) Now you know what you can do when you can’t sleep (Better than blogging!): make french press cosies! :-) Maybe you should also look into Starbucks cup cosies. LOL.

jo December 11, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I am looking for a cosie for a vacuum cleaner that looks like a little mouse with a beautiful dress and a big bow tied in the back ( a la victorian style ) so that I dont have to hide my vacuum cleaner in a cupboard.

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