Bumblebees, humblebees, would set up shop in a tea kettle. A solitary queen emerges from hibernation and finds a spot to build her nest. It grows from there. She often sets up in a abandoned mouse hole, as the nest material helps keep her brood cells dry before she has a bunch of daughters to regulate temperature by fanning. Those queens are attracted to mouse urine-- it’s what you bait them with to set up an observation hive-- so I have to wonder if your tea had any rodent accents. Maybe the two stories are related. I think you have the start of a children’s book.