Monthly Archives: February 2012

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.

February 6, 2012

Rock Out to Dara Puspita!

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again, Bali Rocks! This little island known for its music was also home to one of the most famous rock bands you’ve never heard of, Dara Puspita.

Dara Puspita

Dara Puspita defied the norm by being the first all-female rock band who could both sing and play instruments all the while putting on wild stage shows. (We told you, Bali Rocks!!!) The band first formed in 1964 and continued occupying radio waves until 1972 when they played their last show. Dara Puspita revolutionized both music and culture in Bali, taking inspiration from both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, whose music was banned in Indonesia at the time. In a country overtaken by the music culture, in 2007 Dara Puspita was featured as #20 in the Indonesia Rolling Stones list of the top 150 Indonesian greatest albums of all time with their hit record Jang Pertama- quite a feat!

These ladies created some go-go inspired jams that will surely ignite your inner wild child.  Rock-out with your family and play some of Dara Puspita’s greatest hits for free here: http://bit.ly/xKlNwo. These tunes are perfect for inspiring some arts and crafts, or better yet, listen to them when coloring Tea’s cultural activity printouts. Though, we will warn you, with these head-banging jams coloring time could easily turn into a dance party!

What’s your take? Will you and your family be listening to Dara Puspita?

February 3, 2012

Cultural Activity Printout: I Heart Bali

This week we showed you how to mix and match with the best of them- no color or pattern combination is off limits!  Today, we want you to take our print mixing lesson and let it inspire your art.  Color the Bali cultural activity printout below and show us how you play with colors and patterns!

cultural activity printoutDownload your “I Heart Bali”  cultural activity download.

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 much you <3 Bali!

February 2, 2012

Behind the Design: Print Mixing

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.

On their inspiration trip, our designers experienced bold patterns and vibrant colors throughout the Balinese culture.

bali print mixing

The photos above were taken from our Bali inspiration trip.  To view more inspiration photos, visit our Flickr page.

Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, so when it’s not raining it’s very dry and humid.  Therefore the locals wear lightweight cotton and silk which they’ll drape into sarong styles.  Their wardrobe isn’t limited to matching, as they’ll mix prints in order to style multiple bright colors and patterns.  In the Balinese culture, elaborate and ornate textiles symbolize status so the more eye-catching print mixing, the better!

With print mixing as this season’s latest trend, our designers jumped to the task of creating designs that incorporated the colorful Balinese spirit with the lovely patterns and textiles into our Spring collection.

poleng girls skirtPasar Vines Girls Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How inspired are you? Will you be including print mixing in your Spring wardrobe?