When I first started designing for merchandise, I realized how many products had cute animal designs but weren’t doing anything to spread awareness or give back. Around the same time, I was working with a handful of non-profits who wanted to raise funds by selling products, but they didn’t have the funds or knowledge to design them. (Usually they would just sell a t-shirt with their logo on it, which would only appeal to the audience they already had.) I wanted to bridge that gap by designing product that would appeal to popular markets, but would spread awareness and raise funds for these causes, too. So for the holidays I created four greeting cards for some of my favorite wildlife organizations.
At Tea, we believe in and wholeheartedly support the mission of The Global Fund for Children, and we’re excited to announce Global Giving Thursdays. For now on, every third Thursday of the month when you give to The Global Fund for Children on our site, we will match your donation. All proceeds go directly to our longtime charity partner. With each Global Giving Thursday, we’re spotlighting a different grantee. This month: Street Library in Duayaden, Ghana.
Children living in the Eastern Region of Ghana typically have limited access to education, and no access to reading materials outside of school. Most of these children have delayed reading skills for their age, which prevents them from succeeding in school.
Reaching multiple villages with its mobile library program, Street Library Ghana brings books to children who don’t have access to reading materials. SLG also offers mentorship and leadership training, tutors children who are unable to read, and organizes events like debates, quizzes, and writing competitions. SLG engages entire communities around the importance of reading. The library operates with the involvement of trained “community program officers” who are selected by village elders to run the program in each community.
Here at Tea, we are honored to partner with the Global Fund for Children and learn about how our donations have an affect on the grantees. The Street Library Ghana is a wonderful program that promotes literacy and engages communities to place a higher value on children’s education through reading.
With the holiday season in full swing, we know many of you might be looking forward to spending a day at home. No need to get out of your pajamas. Take a day to relax and reconnect with your family! Here are some fun indoor activities you can enjoy that don’t involve a TV!
Musical Instruments That Won’t Give You A Headache
Homemade instruments don’t have to involve pots and pans and a lot of noise! Make these easy and soothing shakers and let you kids put on a show! Have them help you make put them together and teach them how to shake to a song!
What You Need:
- Tin cans, cleaned and the labels taken off
-Balloons with the end cut off
-Rice or beans
Instructions: Find some empty tin cans in your recycling and clean them out thoroughly. Fill them 1/3 of the way with rice or beans. Cut a balloon so that you can fit it tightly over the tin can. Place it on the can and secure it tightly with a rubber band. Put on a song or sing a well known tune and let them take the stage!
Since our holiday collection is our most dressy, we wanted to balance out the elegance with a healthy dose of fun. After all, the holidays are a time of laughter and parties and glitz—so we styled our holiday Tea models to match.
We imagined a chic holiday party in Berlin with a mix of opulent elegance and punk irreverence. We paired gorgeous gilded dresses with black tights, twirly embroidered skirts with skater-style high tops and festooned cozy sweaters with sparkly skull brooches.
David Bowie and Iggy Pop in Berlin 1977 // Courtesy of shapersofthe80s.com
While in Berlin, we were inspired by very the pop-punk scene of the late 70’s and 80’s. The music of Berlin in this era inspired everything from hairstyles to culture and it traveled all around the world. Let your little ones be inspired, play music and put on a show at your holiday party!
Images pulled for inspiration for the Tea Collection Holiday catalog photo shoot.
For hairstyles, we took a look at West Berlin’s punk style and Neue Deutsche Welle(New German Wave) in the 70’s and re-imagined those audacious mohawks in fun bouffant styles with braids and retro finger waves.
It’s lighthearted style that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Time to dress up, turn up the music and dance!
“Let’s be honest, some of our most important holiday traditions revolve around food, and it just wouldn’t feel the same without certain dishes on the table. I truly believe that when food is prepared and served with love, it can create connections like almost nothing else can.”
Organized by season, each section starts with tips on how to embrace and connect with all of the senses – including texture, scent, color, and taste. Each party featured draws inspiration from Camille’s own life, celebrating major holidays, milestones, and everyday occasions through each season.
We love the section around picnics, complete with kid-friendly activities and fool-proof recipes! With the holiday season quickly approaching, don’t miss the holiday traditions section to help you through cookie exchanges and cozy game nights.
We’re giving away 3 copies of Camille’s new book. We will announce the winners Monday, November 10th. Best of luck!
Tea’s mission? Make the foreign familiar. We travel the world to bring it home to you in a new collection for each season. We dive in head first, eyes wide, arms outstretched… with an open mind and ready heart. We hope to spark conversation in your home which will help make the foreign familiar to your little citizens. Here are a few other companies who are working hard to also open the eyes of little ones – encourage exploration and adventure – to make a difference in the world.
ImagineNations: Beautiful hand crafted, whimsical, one-of-a-kind worlds of art by Wendy Gold, created on vintage globes and maps. We love the idea of working with Wendy to create a unique globe for your little one. Help them discover far away places while starting their very own art collection!
Little Pim:Inspired by her own bilingual childhood, founder Julia Pimsleur Levine (daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, who created the Pimsleur Method), wanted to give her young son the same opportunity to learn a foreign language. When she discovered that there were no high quality education materials for teaching toddlers a foreign language, she set out to create them herself. Little Pim’s program supports foreign language learning which multiple studies have shown improves memory and analytic abilities and strengthens problem solving skills. Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method makes it fun and easy for kids to learn. Use at home or on the go. Available in 12 languages. Give your child a leg up at LittlePim.com. Get 25% off with code LittlePim. Expires 12/5/2014.
The Global Fund for Children:Since its founding, The Global Fund for Children has touched the lives of more than 9 million children worldwide. With the help of their donors, they’re poised to reach a total of 10 million by 2015. Their impact means thousands of children are going to school instead of to work. Thousands more are protecting themselves from HIV, escaping the bonds of slavery, and getting the childhood they deserve. As of 2013, the Global Fund for Children has awarded over $31 million in grants to more than 550 grassroots organizations in 78 countries. Make a donation today.
Little Passports:Every month, follow Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter. Get 15% off a subscription with code GLOBE. Expires 11/25/2014
Putumayo Kids:Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label was started as an offshoot of the Putumayo clothing and handicraft company, after its founder, Dan Storper, was surprised by the extraordinary response to the international music he had begun playing in his stores. Putumayo’s meticulously researched and curated musical journeys were so successful that, in 1997, Storper sold the clothing company so he could focus his attention on the music business. For the past 21 years, the company has been known for its joyful compilations of great international music that support the company’s motto: “Guaranteed to make you feel good!”. The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than one million dollars to non-profit organizations around the world.
Tea Collection: Shop Tea’s globally inspired children’s clothes and gifts. With books, pajamas, accessories and more, there is something special for every little citizen in your life!
The holiday season… A season filled with twinkling lights, hot chocolate, cozy sweaters and music. Did you know that many of the popular Christmas carols you hear in english actually began as German songs? Silent Night was originally written in German and composed by Franz Xaver Gruber with lyrics by Joseph Franz Mohr, sung for the first time in 1818. We’ve rounded up several of our favorite German carols to celebrate the season. Which one is your favorite?
To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write blog posts to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)!
And we’re off to the races! We have been planning our backpacking trip to Europe ever since our bosses gave us the go-ahead. No one would ever believe that we would lug all our possessions in backpacks, but we sure did!
First stop… Chicago for a 9 hour layover. We took the L into the city and explored Millennium Park in our matching uniforms (totally unplanned by the way). After making our way through 100% humidity, we got back to O’hare with plenty of time to spare before our flight to Madrid. We arrived in Madrid at 6AM local time, but our room wasn’t ready until 1PM. We grabbed a map (and free wifi) and proceeded down Madrid’s most famous thoroughfare, El Gran Via. We stumbled upon a deliciously classic Spanish breakfast (torta, toast, and of course jamón). Our first taste of jamón was salty and delicious and we couldn’t get enough of it.
When out and about in Madrid, we always ended up at Puerta del Sol. Some way, somehow we always ended up in this massive Spanish square that’s hustling and bustling with people at all hours of the day and night. After getting lost trying to look for the world famous San Gines churros, we finally found them down a deserted alley. It was definitely worth the puddle splashing! This churro isn’t like the typical American amusement park churro with cinnamon sugar coating, but plain fried dough that’s begging for the thick melted chocolate lava. continue reading →
Each month Studio T features one of our retailers. This month we caught up with Carrie, the mighty force behind Baby Bliss (and miniME!) in Texas.
Tea is proud to announce that Baby Bliss is one of our first ambassador stores. Ambassador stores are the ultimate Tea experience, offering the biggest in-store selection of products. You can think of them as your personal Tea storytellers and count on them as your neighborhood place for the widest assortment of sizes and Tea Collection styles.
How (and how long ago) did Tea find its way into your life?
9 years ago! I Instantly fell in love with the brand.
Describe how Tea resonates with your customers.
My clients love the line (little ones and moms!) for the fashion, comfort and longevity.
How has this new experience effected your Tea space?
My customers can’t seem to get enough! And, they know I carry the entire line (hence the space) so they come to be for the hands on experience. They all walk in with catalogs though!
Thus far, which Tea destination has been your favorite?
I loved Morocco… in fact I’m going there in 2015!