Category: Activities

DIY Snow Globe

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Snow globes date back to the early 19th century in France. In 1889, a snow globe containing a model of the newly built Eiffel Tower was produced to commemorate the International Exposition in Paris. Snow globes became popular in England and in the early 1920s, crossed the Atlantic to the US where they became a popular collectors item.

In the 40s, the snow globes became a way to advertise. In the 50s, the glass objects became available in plastic. Today’s globes can be found with music boxes, internal lights and moving parts. In this DIY, you’ll learn how to assemble a simple mason jar snow globe. 

DIY Advent Calendar with Petit Collage

lorena_advent_4We’ve long been fans of Petit Collage, the SF-based creators of “modern decor and playthings for homes the world over, all influenced by a mid-century aesthetic and healthy dose of playfulness”. Their products feature DIY masks, puzzles, toys, beautiful wall decor for nurseries and beyond! When we were first introduced to the founder, Lorena Siminovich, we knew immediately that she embodied the Tea spirit. This holiday season, we’re celebrating big gatherings, small moments and the traditions that connect us all. Originally from Buenos Aires, Lorena offered to share a holiday tradition she grew up with and continues with her daughter. Here, Lorena shares the story behind her holiday tradition of the DIY Advent Calendar.

DIY Hand Loom Designs

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The traditional craft of South American weaving has been passed down through generations of descendants. Today, the tradition lives on throughout Argentina and Bolivia. We strolled through mercados and marveled at the many different patterns and colors of blankets, rugs and small housewares that had all been weaved on a loom. In our hotel in El Calafate, Patagonia there were handwoven throws and wall hangings everywhere. We loved seeing how this traditional handicraft is interwoven into everyday life and art. During our winter catalog shoot, our amazing prop stylists created weavings to use as gift toppers and ornaments—truly bringing home our inspiration to share with you! Want to know how you can make these in your home? Follow our steps below to create your own DIY gift toppers and ornaments, just in time for the holidays!

Tango With Tea

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Tango with Tea: Saturday, November 14th


We’re partnering with Nordstrom for a fun-filled day on November 14th. Join us at a participating Nordstrom for a day of dancing, crafting, face-painting, and more! The first 50 customers will receive a tango-inspired tote. Come dance with us!

DIY Paper Rose Wreath

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Tango and roses seem to go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that when we set out to shoot our holiday catalog, our set was filled with flowers. Their beauty brings you to the tango halls of San Telmo, Buenos Aires and evokes the romance and spirit of the music and dance. Inspired by the propped roses, we decided to take our original spiral roses one step further and create a wreath! Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a rose-covered wreath in no time.

DIY Camera Strap


While most of our personal photos are snapped on iPhones these days, we never travel abroad without our “big” cameras (a name fondly created by our own children).  They help us capture the special details we find along our travels that inspire entire collections. With each SLR camera comes a unique camera strap. Ask our travelers about their camera straps and you’ll hear all types of stories… some were passed down through family members, some were bought during college travels and others were made by hand.

While on our trip through Argentina and Bolivia, we were quick to take note of the embroidery that were carefully stitched through many of the textiles. We came across these embroidered belts knew we had to bring them back to share with the team for inspiration. How do you give life to an old embroidered belt? You give it a new use and turn it into a camera strap!

Follow the instructions below for an easy 4-step DIY camera strap, inspired by the belts we found in Bolivia!

DIY Dip Dye


Our Atlantic Plaid Shirtdress from our Citizen Blue collection features an indigo dip dye that is inspired by the blues of the Atlantic Ocean. Along with many other dying techniques, dip dye has been around for many centuries. Dip dying is a relatively simple technique and creates a unique design that can be layered on top of prints and on a variety of silhouettes. It is a great way to give a stained dress or shirt a new life. Read on to learn how you can do it at home!