Monthly Archives: July 2010

July 31, 2010

Pink Blue Project

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Pink Blue Project by Korean photographer JeongMee Yoon.

When his young daughter only wanted to wear pink, Korean photographer JeongMee Yoon decided to explore the connection between consumerism and color preference. How much are girls and boys influenced with their color preferences by what’s available to them? Seemingly a lot. It just reminds us to to notice and make thoughtful choices whenever we can. As designers, brands, people, companies, parents.

Be sure to check out more amazing photographs and projects on his website.

found on LMNOP

July 30, 2010

Enter Tea’s Back-to-School Polyvore Contest and win your set

Hey everyone, are you ready to Express Your Creativity With Tea? We’re now on Polyvore, which is the leading community site for online style. Using the site’s virtual styling tool, you can create unique sets that are digital collages of clothing, accessories and lifestyle products.

Here’s how it our Back-to-School Express Your Creativity with Tea Polyvore contest works:

1. Join Polyvore if you’re not already a member (or you can sign in with your Facebook account). Then join our Polyvore group.

2. Create a set of back-to-school children’s clothes from teacollection.com. You choose, boys or girls. Or both. We’re giving away a prize for each.

3. Submit your set as an entry in our contest. It’s super easy, you just drag items into the window. Once you’ve created your set(s), you can submit your entry to our contest. The easiest way to do this is right on our contest page.

3. No more than 6 items in a set please. Only items from teacollection.com are eligible for entry. Don’t forget, to enter, you need to join our Polyvore group.

4. Spread the word. Ask your friends to vote for your set. Vote for your favorite sets. Feel free to create more sets and submit them as contest entries. The most popular sets (1 for girls and 1 for boys) will win the clothes in their set. If you win, you’ll get to name the set. Once all the votes are in, we’ll sell the two winning sets at a special price to everyone on teacollection.com. It’s just like merchandising your own mini line of Tea clothes. Pretty cool!

5. Contest ends August 11, 2010.

6. We’ll be posting entries right on our blog so don’t forget to check back here to see all the sets in the contest. And we’ll share updates on our Facebook page too.

Don’t forget to express your creativity and have fun. It’s not to soon to start thinking about your favorite names for your sets. I fancy the Lisa set myself.

We can’t wait to see your sets. Meanwhile…

Check out some of the sets some the members in our Polyvore group have already created.



From the Public Bikes Blog – Dad, Let’s Hit the Road.

At Tea, we really believe in going there and bringing your kids. On the Public Bikes blog, there’s an interesting discussion and observation about biking with your kids and how easy and popular it is to do in Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

PUBLIC wants to “Rethink The Way We Get Around” and we think that’s pretty cool.

We’d love to see more moms and dads cycling with their kids around San Francisco and towns all around America. How about you? Go out and ride or walk or play with your kids this weekend. We’ll see you there.

via The Public Blog» Blog Archive » Dad, Let’s Hit the Road..

July 29, 2010

Croatians love soccer

Hajduk Split is a Croatian football club, one of the most popular in the country. If you had World Cup fever like we did here at Tea, you learned that the whole world calls soccer “football.” Croatia is one of the countries where they spell it “fotbal”.

Their bold graphics really scored with us.

Photograph by Mandy Loncar

Learn more about the team on one of their Facebook fan pages.

Check out some of the Old World Hungary products the Split Hajduk graphics inspired:

Football Jersey Polo

Football Stripe Hoodie

And if you want to play soccer, a great resource is the American Youth Organization where everyone plays. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLL!

July 27, 2010

Ernő and the Rubik’s Cube

Hungarian-Made Rubik's cube from 1980

Did you know that the Rubik’s cube was invented by a Hungarian? Erno Rubik, an architecture professor and sculptor, invented the game in 1974. Believed to be one of the bestselling games in the world, the Rubik’s cube has sold more than 350 million puzzles. If you think the Rubik’s cube is just for kids, consider this quote from its creator:

“Space always intrigued me, with its incredibly rich possibilities, space alteration by (architectural) objects, objects’ transformation in space (sculpture, design), movement in space and in time, their correlation, their repercussion on mankind, the relation between man and space, the object and time. I think the CUBE arose from this interest…”

Perhaps this is something to ponder while you’re trying to solve the puzzle? Regardless, with its bright colors and swiveling sides, the Rubik’s cube is a fun challenge for any age, and a great toy to throw in the carry on bag when traveling.

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July 23, 2010

Kolacky Recipe

One of my favorite ways to explore a new country is through taste. Whenever I travel I try my best to eat locally, from street vendors, small restaurants, or whenever possible, local people’s kitchens. I’ve eaten fresh feta salads in Greece, baked fish in Morocco, foufou in the Congo, and tamales here in San Francisco. Having not visited any of the modern countries that formerly made up Old World Hungary, I thought I’d do some research into traditional cuisine and see what I could make here in the States.  Kolacky will appeal to the most stubborn sweet tooth, and are easy and fun to make with your kids.

When searching for Kolacky cookie recipes I found references to Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. Perhaps due to their tastiness they seem to be common across much of Central Europe. Also known as Kolachi, Kolacki, Kolaczki, or Kolachky, these sweet fluffy cookies are a breeze to make, and with a little bit of fruit in there you can even pretend they’re healthy. I recommend making and refrigerating the dough in advance, and including kids for the rolling, cookie-cutting, and final construction steps.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup any flavor fruit jam (I used strawberry jam, and orange marmalade)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar for decoration

Directions:

1.   Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add flour slowly until well blended. Shape into a ball and chill in the fridge until firm.

2.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out 1/8 inch thick on a well-floured counter. Cut into squares approximately 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, and place about 1/2 tsp of jam or preserves in the middle. Overlap opposite corners and pinch together. The dough puffs up in the oven,  so make sure they’re sealed well so that they don’t open up when cooking (a little water warm water helps create a smooth seal). Place on ungreased cookie sheets.

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3.      Bake for 12 – 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.

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Share your results and suggestions below. Have a favorite kolacky recipe? Please let us know!

July 20, 2010

Vuk: The Little Fox

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Did you know that Budapest is home to one of the largest animation studios in Europe? PannoniaFilm was started in 1951 and has been making successful animated TV shows and movies for decades.  One of the more famous ones tells the store of Vuk the fox, made in 1981.  Similar in storyline to Bambi, Vuk is raised by his uncle Karak after his family is killed by a human hunter. Growing up to be a cunning and clever fox, Vuk eventually seeks a humorous revenge on the hunter and his pack of hunting dogs. Vuk‘s popularity in Hungary eventually spread to the United States, where an English-dubbed version was released under the name The Little Fox in 1987.

If you’re a fan of foxes, check out this great new romper, as part of our Old World Hungary line!

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Fox Layered Sleeve Romper