Monthly Archives: February 2012

February 17, 2012

How to Make Sunprints

 

When developing our Spring collection, our designers’ offices were covered in sunprints.  They used their creations to inspire many of our children’s clothes and women’s fashion in our Bali Safari collection.  Learn more about sunsprints by reading our Behind the Design segment on photorealism.

February 16, 2012

Spring Fashion Report: Photoreal Florals

Nothing says Spring more than some photoreal florals. We cultivated the best of the best below for your viewing pleasure.

floral botanical photo real dresses tunic tops

from top to bottom, left to right: Karen Walker, Stella McCartney, Tea’s Jungle Flower DressDries Van NotenPrada, Mary KatrantzouBasso & Brooke, Peter Som, Jill SanderPeter Som, Jill Sander. View more photoreal prints on our Pinterest.

Liven up your wardrobe with these bright prints. For the bold stylistas, mix your florals with prints and colorful solids.  If you’re a little scared of this trend, pair your floral tops with black skinny jeans or a nude pencil skirt. Either way, you’re sure to make a fashion-forward statement with these photoreal prints.

What’s your take on photoreal florals? Share your thoughts about how you’d wear this style in the comments section below.

February 15, 2012

Behind the Design: Sunprints

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

My very talented partner in design, Amber got really creative with the way she created prints for Bali. We loved the photo real trend we were seeing in prints and graphics. To catch the light and airy feel of Bali, she used sun prints to recreate the gorgeous botanicals we saw on our trip.

botanical floral sun print

sun print tunic shirt dress

These designs just feel like Spring.  We imagine wearing them on a stroll to your neighborhood boutique or playing with your kids in the park.  How will you be wearing this style? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

February 14, 2012

5 Easy Valentine’s Day Activities

Alright, it’s Valentine’s Day.  You bought some cards and chocolates but you still feel unprepared.  After all, what are you going to do with your kids before you leave them with the babysitter? It’s okay, Tea has you covered.  We have five easy Valentine’s Day activities your family can enjoy- no shopping required!

Valentine's Day Craft

1)   Our designer Katy recently shared a Valentine’s Day tradition with us that was too cute not to share. Instead of making the dinner date mom and dad only, bring the kids along.  Dad gets to go on a fun date with the daughters and mom gets to go on a date with the boys. This tradition will allow each child to feel special getting one-on-one time with their parent.

2)  We recently asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite Valentine’s Day activities. One fan explained how her family writes secret messages in white crayon on white heart-shaped cards for each family member.  Then they each take turns using water colors to paint over the crayon to reveal each person’s love-filled message.  How cute is that?

3)   When I was younger, my mom and I would use up all of our craft supplies to make Valentine’s day cards for the residents at the local retirement home. Our kitchen table would be covered in red construction paper, doilies, glitter and glue! After we created a good amount, we would head to the retirement home and hand them out to each resident.  I love this activity because not only did I get to create endless amounts of Valentine’s but my mom was also teaching me kindness and philanthropy.  You can’t beat that!

4)   Maybe you don’t have heart-shaped sugar cookies or red frosting, but who says you can’t bake up some oatmeal raisin cookies? Just because you don’t have the perfect Valentine’s recipe doesn’t mean you can’t engage in a bake-off with your kids.  Make whatever you have ingredients for, whether it’s rice crispy treats, pudding pops, or some jello jigglers.  Don’t limit yourself to only Valentine’s day themed deserts, bake because it’s a fun way to spend time with those you love.

5)   Create a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt! Hide clues around the house eventually leading your children to a prize.  The prize could be anything from a stack of Hershey kisses to a big hug from mom and dad.  After all, it’s the journey, not the destination, that’s the fun part!

The activities above are quick and easy to prep with little time involved.  Share your easy Valentine’s day activities below.

 

February 10, 2012

Cultural Activity Printout: Gamelan

We thought we would end our music week by allowing you to make some music of your own.  Download and printout our Gamelan activity and create your own Bali tunes.

Cultural Activity PrintoutDownload your dragon Gamelan here: cultural activity printout.

Once you’re done, submit your creation to blog@teacollection.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win!  Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us how like to make music.

February 8, 2012

Behind the Design: Bali Rocks

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

Have you seen our fun “Bali Rocks” shirt yet? It features, the gamelan, which we saw and heard throughout our Bali trip. Our guide Agun stressed the importance that the notes were “ning, nang, nung” in that order, so we were sure to add that to our shirt.

Here are some of the gamelan players we met on our trip. Josh, from our graphic design team, couldn’t be left out of the action. He joined the band playing a musical turtle (or at least that is what it looks like to me).

February 7, 2012

The History of Gamelan

Bali culture is deeply rooted in their love for arts and music.  It’s what makes this little island so unique (and fun!). One of the most well-known types of Balinese music is gamelan, a musical ensemble that includes muscians playing instruments such as xylophones, drums, gongs, bamboo flutes, plucked strings, and sometimes vocalists.  The word gamelan is taken from the Javanese word gamel  which translates to “to strike or hammer.”

Gamelan Music

This photo is of a gamelan circle and was taken by our designers on their inspiration trip to Bali. To view more of their photos visit our Flickr page.

Gamelan predates the Hindu-Buddhist culture.  According to Javanese mythology, it dates back to the Saka era 167 (230 AD).  Sang Hyang Gura was the Java god who ruled from a palace on the Maendra mountains in Medangkamulan (now Mount Lawu). He used a gong to summon the gods, however he needed a way to send them more complex messages. Therefore, he created two gongs forming the first gamelan set.

Our designers heard beautiful gamelan musicians during Balinese legong and monkey chant performances. They were even invited to view a gamelan practice circle.  Below is the video one of our designers captured of this intimate moment.

 

Have you heard of gamelan before? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.