This calendar, created by Spanish designer Oscar Diaz, uses the capillary action of paper to draw ink out of the bottle. Designed to migrate across the sheet daily, the ink fills in each set of numbers with color to represent each day of the month. Different months are represented by a range of colors – greens and yellows in Spring, and reds in Summer. The ink calendar has been exhibited at various design shows around Europe – I wish it was actually in production!
With the clocks turned ahead, it’s starting to feel a lot like spring. And for those of you taking a spring break (or just thinking or wishing for warmer weather), we’ve put together our favorite must-have looks for girls and boys.
from left: We have our butterfly-adorned Mariposa Top, paired with our classic Paperbag Shorts. The Marisol Hoodie is a perfect warm layer for windy evenings on the beach, over the Racerback Stripe Tank in asparagus green, and comfy French Terry Shorts. The Songbird Banded Dress can be dressed up or down, and the Citron Flora Playdress encourages adventures anywhere, anytime. Pair anything and everything with our brightly-colored Espadrilles and you’re ready to go!
from left: Our Goril Graphic Tee gives strength for all expeditions, and the Cut Off Cord Shorts and Sidewalk Surfers in Dark Brown or Grey are a perfect match. Mix and match outfits with our Tortuga and Barcelona Tees over Long Cargo Shorts. Instead of traditional layers, roll up and down when the weather changes with our Slub Polo and Painter Roll Up Pants.
Check back with us in a month or so and we’ll have lots more summery clothes from our new Costa Brava collection to add to the list. Summer at Tea will be all about maritime style with a vintage vibe, made modern. Until then, happy spring travels!
The New York Times came out with an interesting article yesterday on Picasso, specifically focusing on his work with guitars. We love Picasso’s guitars, and were inspired by them to create our Guitarra Tee (see below). For more information have look at our past blog posts on the Cubist Art Movement, and Cubism and Guitars.
One of my favorite things to do when traveling is try and stock up on various local sweets and chocolate. Spain first began consuming chocolate in the 1600s, after conquering the Aztecs in the Americas, and discovering the cocoa bean. It’s rumored that the first official recipe for chocolate emerged in 1644 by Antonia Colmenero in the book A Curious Treatise of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate:
- 100 cacao beans
- 2 chiles (black pepper may be substituted)
- a handful of anise
- “ear flower”
- 1 vanilla pod
- 2 ounces cinnamon
- 12 almonds or hazelnuts
- pound sugar
- achiote to taste
Chocolate in Spain has evolved since then, and now is often served hot, and with churros on the side.
Not being in Spain ourselves, we at Tea are big fans of Vosges‘s Barcelona Bar – which we can buy just down the street. It may be made in the USA, but the almonds, sea salt, and rich chocolate are all reminiscent of Spain.
One of our local tourist attractions in San Francisco are the parrots of Telegraph Hill. Feral and free-flying, these Cherry-Headed Conures are often seen (and heard!) in flocks over Coit Tower and the North Beach neighborhood. Originally from Peru and Ecuador, these parrots are believed to be descendants of escaped or released pets. In 2004 there was a film made about them, titled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.
Another flock of wild parrots can be found in Park Guell, in Barcelona Spain. A gorgeous park filled with architecture by Gaudi and rolling gardens, it also is home to a large flock of Monk Parakeets.
The parrots and tile mosaics of Park Guell inspired our designers to create our Perico Mosaic top:
Have you encountered any flocks of wild urban parrots on your travels?
(artwork by gracehesterdesigns)
1. Uno 2. Dos 3. Tres 4. Cuatro 5. Cinco 6. Seis 7. Siete 8. Ocho 9. Nueve 10. Diez
For more numbers posts check out Count to Ten in Hungarian.
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.
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
(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
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.
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:
Want to make your own? You can find instructions for these here.
Transylvania is a region in central Romania, nestled next the the Carpathian mountain range to the East and South. Dating back to the Roman empire, Transylvania has a rich history of battles, monarchies, and occupations. Despite its colorful past, in the USA Transylvania is known best for the myths of vampires, werewolves, and spirits that supposedly reside there.
In 1897 Bram Stoker wrote a book he called Dracula. While stories of vampires had existed before the release of Dracula, the popularity of the novel pushed them into the mainstream through books, theater, and movies. But how based in fact are these stories of the world’s most famous vampire?
The name “Dracula” is rumored to have originated from Vlad the Impaler’s full name – Vlad III Dracula. Vlad III is heralded by Romanians as a hero for fighting off the Turkish Ottoman Empire in the 13th century, but unfortunately killed thousands of civilians in the process. Bram Stoker came across stories of Vlad when researching Romania for his novel, and borrowed the name Dracula for his main character.
What about Dracula’s castle? Transylvania has many old castles, and there are three in debate as to which is “Dracula’s” castle – Poenari Castle, Hunyad Castle, and Bran Castle. Bran Castle is marketed as the most credible, partly due to the fact that Vlad the Impaler (Dracula’s namesake) used to use the castle as a base during battles. Wanting to experience some of the legend, many tourists visit Bran Castle in search of the story of Dracula.
I always find it interesting to find out there is a little bit of truth, however tangential, in famous legends, particularly those of the spooky variety. Have a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!
Apple : Măr
Banana : Banană
Carrot : Morcov
Strawberry : Căpşune
Peaches : Piersici
Pepper : Ardei
Corn : Porumb
Pumpkin : Dovleac
Lettuce : Salată Verde
Pineapple : Ananas
Onion : Ceapă
Want to hear how the words are pronounced? Click here.