Category Archives: Activities

May 1, 2013

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a day for celebration! The fifth of May is the anniversary of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory in 1862 in the fight for independence from French forces. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve rounded up a few recipes and DIY’s for this year’s fiesta.

Tablescapes – Mix & match old vases with cigar boxes to create a unique tablescape. Add bright flowers and succulents to bring your table to life!

Embroidered Textiles – The art of embroidery dates back thousands of years. Today, the hand stitching can be found anywhere from cocktail dresses to cocktail napkins.

Paletas –  These pineapple and lime Mexican ice pops are sure to be a hit.

Piñata Crackers – This is a DIY your little ones won’t want to miss. Fill them with candy as set them out for your guests to takes as party favors.

Mexican Corn Salad – Bright, delicious, and easy to throw together!

Paper Garland – We were smitten with Lovely Indeed’s orange & pink flag garland. An easy DIY to liven up your fiesta.

Upcycled Vases – Rinse out your old  tin cans, fill them with sand & succulents (or fresh flowers!) to create new vases.

Piñata Sugar Cookies – Mini piñatas in the form of cookies? Yes, please!

[image source with links: Ruffled, Photobucket, Sweet Life, Poppy Haus, ValSoCal, Lovely Indeed, Inspired By This, SheKnows]

April 22, 2013

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: DIY ‘Tea-Shirt’ Bracelets

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

Today, we have Corey Villicana back on Studio T to share a beautiful DIY with you.

What better time to repurpose some of your children’s stained and abandoned tea brand clothing. Make a set of braided bracelets that your little ones can wear well into the summer!

Make sure you follow Corey’s adventures on her website and facebook page. We can’t wait to see the colorful bracelets you create. Take pictures and tag @tea_collection on instagram, your bracelet may just end up here on Studio T!

Thank you Corey for this gorgeous how-to!

April 11, 2013

Not So-Fari: Experiencing African Wildlife Without Leaving The United States

The crocodile tee is your son’s favorite shirt and he’s mastered the lion’s roar, it’s time you bring the wildlife of South Africa alive with a trip to the zoo.

A tour of the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa may not be in the cards for your summer vacation, but it’s important to remember that we’re able to explore exotic wildlife right here in the United States!

Have you heard of Safari West? Located only 75 miles north of San Francisco, Safari West is home to over 400 exotic mammals and birds. You can choose to stay overnight in one of their authentic African safari tents or a cottage, complete with a private bathroom and kitchenette. This 400-acre wildlife preserve has plenty to offer – check out their 2013 Photo Expedition two-day workshop if you’re interested in working on your photography skills.

We hear the San Diego Zoo has one of the country’s best lion exhibits. Want to spend more time amongst the animals? The ‘Roar & Snore Safari‘ allows you to pack up and stay overnight on the campgrounds. If you live in the area you should look into their summer camp where your children would experience daily interaction with rhinos and giraffes.

Dallas, Texas is where you will find one of the top African Elephant exhibits. The Dallas Zoo‘s Giants of Savanna exhibit offers access to elephants, giraffes, impalas, zebras, lions and other native African animals. Don’t miss out on the giraffe feeding while you’re there! For $5, you’re little one can hand feed a giraffe fresh greens and rye crackers.

The Kansas City Zoo was ranked number one in the nation by authors Allen W. Nyhuis and Jon Wassner for their “African Animals and Exhibits.” Their 95-acre African exhibit represents five nations with an extensive collection of animals. Elephant demonstrations are held daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Soon the Cincinnati Zoo‘s African exhibit will be the largest animal exhibit in zoo history! Currently they’re working to expand the yard for the Massai giraffe and creating a new and improved home for the cheetahs “where guests will be able to witness cheetahs doing what they do best – running!”

What zoo’s are your favorite for African animals? We want to hear!

Visit your local Tea retailer to find out if they have any zoo favorites in your community.

Let the adventures begin!

 

*Photo Credits: Giraffe from the Kanas City Zoo, Elephant from PLOS blog, Lions from the San Diego Zoo*

April 4, 2013

How Does Tea Inspire You?

A year ago we traveled to South Africa and were inspired to create the pieces you see in our current collection. We reached out to three of our favorite crafting bloggers to see how our collection inspires them. You wouldn’t believe the amazing projects they’ve come up with! But, before we share their projects with you, we’d like to share a little project of our own.

 

Our Nova Trapeze Mini Dress was the main inspiration behind our project.

The pattern is bold & colorful, reminding us of exotic fruits. This is a no fuss dress, so we thought it was important that our project was too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Big Thank You to Stacy, Helen, and Rachel for being a part of this!

April 3, 2013

March Activity Book Winner

Congratulations to Anthony, our March activity book winner! We were so impressed by your use of color, it’s almost as if the zebras are jumping right off the page!

 

Browse all the entries and honorable mentions on our Flickr page.

Interested in entering the contest for next month? Take a picture of your child’s completed activity book picture and send it to us at blog@teacollection.com with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate. To get the new activity book, simply make a purchase at Tea and we’ll send you one with your order. You can also download activity book pages here from our inspiration page.

 

March 29, 2013

Mix & Match New Spring Styles

 

How do you mix & match tea? The options seem endless!
While our wardrobe sets make it easy for you purchase select styles to mix & match, it’s important to take note of all of the possibilities!  You can make a statement by mixing patterns or play it safe with shades of pink. Want to encourage your little citizen to make her own choices?
Grab the image above to print.
Have her cut out each piece and see what types of outfits she can create.
(Right click to ‘Save As’ or click on the image and drag it onto your desktop to print)

March 5, 2013

February Activity Book Winner

We’re thrilled to honor Izzy as February’s Activity Book Winner!  We absolutely adored all the bright colors she used on the giraffes!

Browse all the entries and honorable mentions on our Flickr page.

Interested in entering the contest for next month? Take a picture of your child’s completed activity book picture and send it to us at blog@teacollection.com with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate. To get the new activity book, simply make a purchase at Tea and we’ll send you one with your order. You can also download the activity book pages here on our Studio T blog.

Download all of our activity book pages by visiting our activity printouts blog tag.