February 14, 2014

The Global Fund for Children – Giveback Day

GFC GivebackHave you heard?

We’re donating $5 of every order placed today to The Global Fund for Children. Use code FALLINLOVE on your order of $150+ to save $25 and receive free shipping. Shop now.

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

A Moroccan Msemen (pancake) recipe that pairs perfectly with butter and jam.

Can’t make it to the Exploratorium? Try this online exhibit!

We love this Danish heart pouch DIY via The House That Lars Built.

Design Mom is offering her readers 15% off our womens collection! Find the code here.

Kelle Hamptons post: Square Pegs, Round Holes and the Infinite Possibilities of Loving Your Child.

February 12, 2014

Conversations With Filmmakers + Enter to Win!

NYICFFThe New York International Children’s Film Festival is an annual Oscar-qualifying event that seeks to “promote intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages 3-18 and help define a more compelling film for kids.” Each year the festival presents 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world. Since 2000, all screenings have sold out in advance and we’re giving you the chance to win 4 tickets to the opening and closing nights in New York City + 6 DVDs of past films. Scroll down to enter!

Exclusive for Tea Collection fans: use the code TEA14 when ordering online to receive $2 each ticket!

We were lucky enough to hear from two filmmakers who will be part of this year’s festival. Anina is a film by Alfredo Soderguit out of Uruguay featuring a bright ruddy red haired little girl. Rabbit and Deer is a short out of Hungary by Peter Vacz. This animation features a rabbit and a deer living in a 2D world, until one day everything changes.

NYICFF Map

Peter Vacz // Rabbit and Deer

Tea: When did you know you wanted to be in the film industry?

Peter Vacz: Quite late actually… I was 19 when I started to study animation. Before that I wasn’t really into filmmaking. As a child my first real passion was playing the cello, which I still do. In secondary school I studied graphic design but in the meantime I also tried out many other things like sewing clothes, making street art, design objects and I was interested in doing animation. I continued my graphic design studies at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design but less inspired. In my second year I designed a puppet with a set for an animated film idea. It made me very excited and I realized that animation and storytelling is the combination of all the things I love doing. I immediately changed to the Faculty of Animation and fell in love with it. It is a magical profession.

T: What was the inspiration behind this project?

PV: I tried to make a personal film that people can relate to and I hoped that it’ll give a unique experience to the audiences. The strongest inspiration a previous love relationship, with all the good experiences and hard times that we shared together. The other thing that really inspired me was the magic of exploring storytelling through different animation techniques… or maybe the other way around.

T: If children take only one message away from this film, what would you like the lesson to be?

PV: Sometimes we change and drift apart from the people who we love, and then sometimes we can become very different people but still remain fundamentally close to the ones we love.

Either way the essence remains the same; we should try to care more about the people around us, because the little things that we experience in relationships are what makes life to live for. 

T: Do you have any advice for kids who want to be filmmakers?

PV: Be passionate. Once you have a passion for something you should listen carefully to the people who inspire you because you might learn some great things from them – but don’t be afraid to express your own thoughts in the meantime. We are all unique and even though we do similar things in life we’ll always experince them differently from the others. I believe that the uniqueness is not in the subject you talk about, but the way you talk about it. (As the quote says: ‘the devil is in the detail’.)

T: What film do you remember most from your childhood? 

PV: As a child I’ve seen some great Hungarian animated films like The Little Fox (Vuk, 1981) by Attila Dargay and the Cat City (Macskafogó, 1986) by Béla Ternovszky. But my first biggest cinema experience was The Lion King. I was 6 years old and I remember crying over the dramatic death of Mufasa. I was really hooked by the characters and their story. I still think it’s one of the most brilliant films.

Alfredo Soderguit // Anina

Tea:  When did you know you wanted to be in the film industry?

Alfredo Soderguit: I use to illustrate books and work as an art director and production designer. Just because I love to draw, paint, build, love to see films and love good stories. I like to do my work as a representation of my own feelings and thoughts. Then I found a beautiful story and just wanted to make a movie.

T: What was the inspiration behind this project?

AS: The book talks about very deep and important things. It is very humanistic, not only the contents but the way to tell the story. You can feel the characters as real people. Any time I read the book it is like a trip direct to my own childhood, the questions, the sensations, and the way to feel the world around you as a big mystery.

T: If children take only one message away from this film, what would you like the lesson to be?

AS: I don´t want to spread any specific lesson, but I think that the most important is something like: Be ready to learn in freedom, learn about friendship, be brave and face every kind of fear. Don´t let anyone scare you and refuse any kind of authoritarianism.

T: Do you have any advice for kids who want to be filmmakers?

AS: Be open to see different kind of films (beauty can be found anywhere), look for those that represent your feelings, learn the language and tell your story in a free and creative way.

T: What film do you remember most from your childhood?

AS: “Neverending story” and later “Labyrinth”. I love films with real physical puppets.

<< ENTER TO WIN >>

What you’ll win…

  • Four (4) Tickets to Opening Night Screening of Amazonia + After Party
    • March 7, 6:00pm - DGA Theater (110 W 57th St)
    • Recommended ages 5 to adult
  • Four (4) Tickets to Awards Ceremony/Best of Fest Screening + After Party
    • March 30, 5:00pm - DGA Theater
    • Recommended all ages
  • Six (6) DVDs
    • A Cat in Paris - France; Oscar Nominee, Recommended ages 6 to adult
    • Tales of the Night - France, Recommended ages 5 to adult
    • From Up on Poppy Hill - Japan, Recommended ages 9 to adult
    • The Painting - France, Recommended ages 7 to adult
    • The Secret of Kells - Ireland; Oscar Nominee, Recommended ages 6 to adult
    • Mia and the Migoo - France, Recommended ages 6 to adult

 

February 7, 2014

Decorating with Tea Prints and Patterns

decorating with art.com

The walls have been repainted and  the perfect crib is in place – what to hang on the walls? We’ve got you covered!

Tea Collection for Art.com

ONE: Elephant – Frame: Confetti Ocean, Top Mat: Polar White, Middle Mat: Fountain Blue 

TWO: Par Avion – Frame: Confetti Ocean, Top Mat: Polar White, Middle Mat: Fountain Blue

THREE: Camel – Frame: Confetti Ocean, Top Mat: Polar White, Middle Mat: Fountain Blue

Tea Collection for Art.com

ONE: Tile Burst – Frame: RAMINO II White, Top Mat: Crisp-Bright, Middle Mat: Flamingo Pink

TWO: Alleycat – Frame: RAMINO II White, Top Mat: Crisp-Bright, Middle Mat: Lilac

THREE: Triangle Pop – Frame: RAMINO II White

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February 5, 2014

The Music of Morocco

Music of Morocco via Tea Collection

Music follows your every step in Morocco; it’s an important part of every day life. Grab your headphones, turn up your speakers, and grab a cup of mint tea – let these 15 Moroccan songs transport you.

January Instagram Roundup

We asked you to use #teacollection in your Instagram photos and we were so excited to find that you did! Each month we’ll round up 12 of our favorites and share them with you here. Very soon, your #teacollection Instagram photos will be live on teacollection.com, so show us how your little citizen’s wear Tea and don’t forget to use our hashtag!

#TeaCollection Roundup

 

January 31, 2014

School Days Spring 2014

Keep track of your organization’s process! All information below will be updated by 12PM (PST) each day with the previous days information. And, keep in mind… We’re donating an additional $100 to five schools for the following:

School Days Supreme // The organization with the highest sale total.

World-Class Improvement // The most improved organization, this means you’ve participated in the past.

Finest First Timer // Think of it as, Rookie of the Year. Highest sale total for an organization that’s never participated in our School Days program before.

School Days C.E.O – Crazy Excellent Orders // The organization with the most orders placed.

Best in Class Promoter // The organization with the most creative marketing.

January 30, 2014

Passport to Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

 Each month Studio T  features one of our retailers.  This month we caught up with the lovely couple behind Sweet Pea in Traverse City, Michigan!

Sweet Pea

How did you decide to take the leap and open your own store? How long has your store been in business?

We were looking for a change in lifestyle that would allow us more flexibility. Retail was something we knew and a children’s store was what we felt was needed in our downtown. It was an easy decision! We will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary this May!

What is something that your customers would be surprised to learn about you?

That we do not spend any time stressing about our Tea orders! We have an awesome rep and the brand sells itself! We love the line and find it to be our easiest and most profitable line we carry.

What is your favorite part of your day at the store?

We both agree that it is in the morning when the store isn’t open yet. There is time to go through everything and it is quiet!

Sweet Pea

We know how special and unique all of our stores are, what makes your store unique?

We have a great Facebook following and a strong community that believes in shopping local. We are both pretty laid back with running the store which keeps the atmosphere fun! We have an awesome downtown with numerous festivals and activities bringing thousands of people to us!

At Tea, we “Go There”, how do you share in that mission at your store and/or in your life?

Our store was a “risk”, but the reward has been worth it! Don’t be afraid to “go there” because you only get one chance at life :)

What is the biggest trend you see right now in either shopping or kid’s fashion? What are people coming in for?

People enjoy spending money on their kids. They want quality clothing, shoes, toys etc. and we are constantly making sure that we are offering that to our customer.

Sweet Pea

What do you do in your “spare” time?

Our spare time is spent with our kids! We enjoy traveling with them or taking advantage of beautiful Northern Michigan! We really try to make sure there is separation from the store and our family.

How do you balance it all? What tricks can you offer us?

Jeff and I each have different “duties” we are responsible for at the store. It can be hard to run a business as husband and wife when you both want to be the “boss”. But when each of our job descriptions are different then that works smoothly for us!

Sweet Pea Owners

 

 

It’s a Chinese New Year Giveaway!

Barefoot Books

In the Chinese culture, 8 is considered to be one of the luckiest numbers there is. It’s pronounced ‘Ba’ which sounds very similar to the word ‘Fa’, which means to make good fortune. Did you know that the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm local time? In honor of the Lunar New Year tomorrow, we’ve partnered with Barefoot Books to give you the chance to win $88 to Tea and your choice of 8 Barefoot Books.

Which books would you choose? With such a wonderful offering, we know it’s hard to choose! One of our favorites is The Great Race; the excitement-filled story is followed by notes on the Chinese calendar, important Chinese holidays, and a chart outlining the animal signs based on birth years.

The Great Race

With this beautifully illustrated chart, you can help your little one discover which animal’s year they were born in, making the book a bit more personal. If you’re a fan of Barefoot Books, be sure to check out their Ambassador Program - they’re running a special on registration that ends January 31st!

Enter now for the chance to win $88 to Tea and 8 Barefoot Books!

January 23, 2014

Destination: Morocco

Emily Meyer in MoroccoMorocco is a land of such color and wonder, you begin to expect a bit of magic around every corner.

Amazingly intricate tiling on walls and walkways in Fes. Bold, mod-flavored fabrics hanging all over Marrakech medina. Delicately embroidered jellabas and tripod Berber wraps. Audaciously exuberant art by contemporary artists like Hassan Hajjaj.

We were completely entranced. So we brought it all home to you in pop florals, bold shapes, mod tile motifs and delightful color combinations.

Every thread of our new collection was inspired by the magic of Morocco. Go there with us!