Monthly Archives: December 2010

December 31, 2010

A Global New Year

We have our own New Year’s traditions in the USA. In almost every major city there is a grand firework display. People gather around their TVs to watch the ball drop in Times Square, and champagne is the drink of choice. We have hats and glasses, noisemakers and confetti. In many parts of the USA eating black eyed peas is rumored to bring you good luck, and they’re often served with collard greens and pork or ham. We make resolutions for the New Year, and kiss each other at midnight.

But what are other countries’ traditions around this date?

Japan

At midnight on January 1st, Buddhist temples across Japan ring their bells 108 times, to ward off the 108 sins in Buddhist belief. Traditional food on this date is a dish of seaweed, fish cakes, mashed sweet potato, burdock root, and sweetened black soybeans, called osechi, as well as kagami mochi, which are rice cakes topped with oranges. Postcards are sent to friends and family celebrating the New Year, and haiku poetry is celebrated with themes of new beginnings.

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Mexico

In Mexico it’s traditional to eat 12 grapes at the chimes of midnight, making a wish with each one. Houses are decorated in the color red, and wishes are made for the New Year. In Mexico City the New Year celebrations occur in Zocalo, which is the main large plaza of the city.

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Finland

In Finland there is an old New Year’s eve tradition that involves dropping hot pieces of tin into cold buckets of water. The shape that they assume can be interpreted as indications of the New Year. Different shapes have different meaning, signifying wealth, happiness, sickness,  sorrow, and love.

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Scotland

Scotland has a New Year’s Eve tradition referred to as “first-footing”. The first-footer is the first person to cross the threshold and enter a house in the New Year. Signifying a bearer of good luck, the first footer (often young and dark-haired) carries with them a coin, bread, salt, whisky, or coal, depending on what the family is wishing for in the New year.

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Panama

Panama celebrates the New Year by the burning of Muñecos, effigies of celebrities or politicians during bonfire parties. Contests are held as to who has the best muñeco.  The burning of muñecos is believed to fight off evil spirits in preparation for a new year.

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Let’s say Happy New Year! in:

Gleðilegt nýtt ár! (Icelandic)

Bonne Annee!  (French)

Feliz Ano-Nuevo! (Spanish)

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! (Welsh)

Gelillog Nieuwjaar! (Dutch)

Sretna Nova Godina (Croatian)

Sawadee Pee Mai (Thai)

And from all of us at Tea – Best Wishes for a very happy New Year!

December 22, 2010

Semi-Annual Sale Begins Today!

Our Semi-Annual Sale begins today with up to 50% off seasonal favorites! Shop now online: http://www.teacollection.com/clothing-sale

Also, save an additional 10% on already reduced sale prices when you shop in participating stores! A comprehensive list of the participating stores can be found below.

Be sure to print out the following image and present it to a participating store to receive the additional 10% discount.  Offer is good until January 2, 2010.

Semi Annual Sale! 

 

 

Retailers Participating in the Additional 10% Off Promotion:

Baby Bliss
6721 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75025
(469) 759-7831
Bambini of Bend
1052 NW Newport Ave. Suite 102
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 385-1806
Bambini’s World
 

22 South Main St
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 230-4572
Bella Boo
32 N Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 509-5700
Busy Bees
1544 Laskin Road #216
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-2337
Cassis
819 W. Idaho St.
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 345-5501
City Sprouts
6303 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 726-9611
Clothes Pony
111 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 224-2866
Crackerjacks
4009 Piedmont Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 654-8844
Cupcake
641 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 579-2165
Epiphany Children’s Boutique
290 West Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-5437
Fiddlesticks
508 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 565-0508
Gaga Chic
712 West Shaw Suite B
Fresno, CA 93704
(559) 226-0462
Itty Bitty
307 West 8th Street
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 380-5434
Jumping Jellyfish
107 S. Fair Oaks Ave
 Suite 107
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 578-1838
Kairos
533 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 241-0460
Lil’ Lamb Shop
167 Jennifer Road Suite Q
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 266-3303
Mako the Children’s Shop
732 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, Oregon 97210
(503) 274-9081
MamaBaby
4029 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 233-8130
Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony Children’s Boutique
1917 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 866-6292
Milk and Honey Kids
3303 Bath Pike
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(484) 821-1399
Mulberry Road
46 Gloucester St,
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 859-5861
Nurture
433 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46204
(317) 423-1234
O Child
101 W. Kirkwood Suite 108
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 334-9005
Over the Moon
38 W Main Street
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 676-9599
Petit Armoire
156 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 585.3222
Posh Boutique
809 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 478-7674
Pout Baby Boutique
4325 13th Ave S # 6
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 356-7688
Preggers
900 N. Michigan #L5-21
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 943-6262
Rocky Mountain Kids
2525 Arapahoe Ave #H12A
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 447-2267
Seal & Co.
410 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 277-1777
Shima
105 Main Street,
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 346-1055
Small Frys
3022 Birney Ave
Scranton, PA 18505
(570) 344-6565
Style Child
1070 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 220-0480
Sweetbriar Fair
443 Highland Ave
Augusta, GA 30909
(706) 738-8386
The Kid’s Court
1724 E Battlefield St
Springfield MO 65804
(417) 889-4427
The Lollipop Shop
4357 Forsyth Road Suite 160
Macon, GA 31210
(478) 475-0609
The Lolly Garden
2046 Utica Square
Tulsa, OK 74114
(918) 742-6300
The Nest Denver
2808 East 6th Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 287-1372
The Picket Fence
1108 Carter Street
Vidalia, LA, 71373
(318) 336-7155
Tiny Toes
4 N. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
(410) 420-6727
Tulips
5817 Kavanaugh Boulevard
Little Rock, AR 72207
(501) 614-7343
Wild Child
5 Medford St.
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 483-3566
A Woman’s Work
2401 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 524-3700
Y & Z Kids
711 W Hillgrove Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 579-1507

December 20, 2010

Picasso and his Stripes

Welcome to Catalonia, Spain! We are so excited to share our discoveries of this unique region of the world with you, and what inspired us to create our new collection.

“Viva el Artista” is the name we gave the first delivery of clothing for this season, which is greatly influenced by the abstract and artistic beauty of Barcelona. Inspired by the architecture and buzz of the city, our designers also found themselves being drawn in again and again to the work of one of Barcelona’s most famous residents – Pablo Picasso.

This season we have several items that reference not only to his work, but also his fashion sense. Picasso was known for his love of striped shirts, as some of the most famous images of him prove:

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This style of stripes, either in black and white or navy blue and white, are a timeless icon, often associated not just with Picasso but with 1960s fashion across Europe.

We have two pieces this season that reference Picasso’s stripes – a comfy knit sweater for boys, and a chic and playful tunic for girls. And ladies if you like stripes, keep an eye out for our brand new Catalonia-inspired women’s items that will be premiering soon….

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You’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about Picasso this season, and how his work has influenced different pieces in this line. We look forward to sharing this exciting new destination with you. Stay posted!

 

 

December 15, 2010

Gingerbread

Gingerbread is one of those deliciously international foods that appears in many countries around the holidays. It is rumored to have been introduced to Europe in 992 by a monk named Gregoire de Nikopolis, and today different variations can be found in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Poland, and many other countries.

The award for gingerbread enthusiasm, however, must go to the town of Bergen in Norway. Every year they build Pepperkakebyen, a town built entirely of gingerbread. It is tradition for every child under the age of 12 to contribute towards the event, and is believed to be the biggest gingerbread town in the world.

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For a great compilation of 15 Gingerbread cities around the world, check out MightyGirl’s recent post.

 

 

Although I love gingerbread my skills are not quite that advanced, so I think I’ll be sticking with this simple gingerbread house interpretations this year:

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Want to make your own? You can find instructions for these here.

December 14, 2010

Living Things Series by Little Otsu

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I was holiday shopping last night and found a wonderful book in one of my favorite stores, Little OtsuThe Little Otsu Living Things Series Volume 1 is entitled “A Guide to Eastern European Wildlife”.

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Illustrated by Lizzy Stewart, this little 16-page book is filled with intriguing and detailed drawings of animals, half in color, half in black and white. Some of the images resemble beautiful children’s book illustrations with little villages in the background, and others are more surreal:

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Want a copy of your own? I do too! But they won’t last long – there were only 1000 copies made. You can find them here.

December 10, 2010

Bucharest Floral Dress– the Outfit for the Holidays!

For this Holiday season, we were inspired by the Maramures people of Translyvania. Located in the northwestern region of Romania, the Maramures live in villages where countless century-old traditions are still encorporated into daily routines.

During celebrations, the Maramures wear their traditional costume, which is primarily black and white with hints of red. We love this classic outfit because of the mix of plush textures and the heavy embroidered embellishments.

While this influence is found throughout our entire Hungarian Holiday collection, the Bucharest Floral dress reflects our true love of these Maramures traditional outfits. With an elegant embroidered pattern and texture on plush velvet, the Bucharest Floral dress is the perfect party dress!

Bucharest Floral Dress

Bucharest Floral Dress

To share our love for these Maramures traditions, we are now offering the Bucharest Floral dress at the great price of $49.50!  Regularly $85, this promotional price is available on our website and at participating retailers [see below]

Ladybugs & Lizards Children’s Boutique 

1389 E. 15th Street Suite 128

Edmond, OK 73013

(405) 348-2121

Donna Ryan Photography and Boutique

5218 42nd Ave SW

Seattle, WA 98136

(206) 909-0189

The Lolly Garden

2046 Utica Square

Tulsa, OK 74114

(918) 742-6300

Kairos

533 Main Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

(970) 241-0460

Babinski’s

1324 Foothill Blvd.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108

(801) 583-2229

Kustum Kribs

147 North NW Highway

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 825-5742

Style Child

1070 University Ave

San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 220-0480

Lil’ Lamb Shop

167 Jennifer Road Suite Q

Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 266-3303

Jumping Jellyfish

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave 
Suite 107

Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 578-1838

Stuhlbergs, Inc.

1801 Queen Anne Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 352-2351

Cassis

819 W. Idaho St.

Boise, ID 83702

(208) 345-5501

Red Balloon

5407 N. Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 989-8500,

Red Balloon

2060 N. Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

(877) 969-9800,

Tiny Toes

4 N. Main Street

Bel Air, MD 21014

(410) 420-6727,

Rocky Mountain Kids

2525 Arapahoe Ave # H12a

Boulder, CO 80302-7867

(303) 447-2267,

Fiddlesticks

508 Hayes Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 565-0508

Baby Blossom

2623 Montrose Ave

Abbotsford, BC Canada

(604) 556-4993

My Little One

123 Waite Ave North

Waite Park, MN  56387

(320) 253-4141

December 8, 2010

I Wish This Was…

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Check out this amazing project started by Candy Chang, called “I Wish This Was“. Candy lives in New Orleans, and saw so much potential in vacant store fronts and buildings around the city. She designed and distributed stickers in stores around New Orleans that people could take (for free) and use to label buildings and spaces with their ideas and hopes for the structure’s future.

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The project really took off, and participants were encouraged to photograph and share their stickers here.  I love this project – it can be funny or serious, and encourages us all to re-imagine our surroundings and articulate what we wish the world was.

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For a curated look at more stickers and locations in Candy’s project, visit her site here.