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December 20, 2012

Discover the World Tree of Hope

The World Tree of Hope decorates San Francisco’s City Hall.  Since 2006, the Rainbow World Fund (RWF) has encouraged individuals to inscribe wishes of peace and hope on 7,000 paper cranes that adorn a 25 foot tree.  Over the years, the tree has come to symbolize hope for the future.  It has evolved into a global symbol that has come to represent different cultures, sexual orientations, spiritual beliefs, and points of view.  If you could wish for something, what would you wish for?  Share with us on Tea’s Facebook.

San Francisco's World Tree of Hope

What’s your wish this year?

Cranes inscribed with wishes for a brighter future.

Closeup of the cranes.

Images courtesy of My Modern Met.

 

December 16, 2012

DIY: Holiday Gift Wrapping

We are well into the holiday season and it’s finally time to wrap some gifts.  Tired of the same old printed paper? Why not make your own?  You can purchase plain brown paper or even go green and use the inside of a brown paper bag.

Reasons we liked brown wrap paper:

1)  Your creativity can run wild- stamps, glitter, markers and more! You have a blank canvas to create.
2) You can personalize each gift.
3) It’s good for every occasion (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries etc)

Below are some ways we wrapped up our holiday gifts using, neon yarn, letter stamps, a brown paper bag, glittered pine cones, and of course glitter!

Neon string wrapped package.

Who doesn’t love a monogrammed present?

Show some color this holiday season.

Why not give them a sneak peek of the gift?

A fancy brown bag present with glitter and a snowflake.

A spruced up brown paper bag is an easy way to wrap a small gift.

Monochrome and monogram an instant classic.

Any budding fashionista will love the on-trend monochrome look.

Share this post with your friends.  Tis the season of giving. Happy wrapping!

 

December 6, 2012

diy: How to glitter acorns

Here is a fresh new center piece that you and your kids can make together!  We think there can never be too much enthusiasm for glitter especially during the holidays.

Elmer's glue, paint brush, loose glitter, and eucalyptus acorns.

All you need to create a festive holiday centerpiece!

When taking a walk one day, I realized how pretty these little eucalyptus acorns can be.  I thought to myself, there must be some craft that I could do.  Lo and behold there was! Glittered acorns.  Take a walk and gather some acorns with your kids, don’t forget to bundle up in your favorite Tea sweater first.  After you get home, shake out all the loose dirt, nobody wants dirt in their Christmas centerpiece.

Step 1: In many craft sessions, I have learned that it’s best to squeeze liquid glue into a paper plate or bowl so it’s easy for you to dip your paint brush into. Next, cover your entire acorn in glue. The more the better!

Step 1: cover your acorn in glue.

Step 1: Cover the entire acorn in glue.

Step 2: Next, sprinkle your choice of colored glitter all over the acorn.  Tap the acorn to rid of excess glitter.  It’s best to glitter over a newspapered surface for easy clean-up and recycling of glitter.  Shake and repeat the steps for as many acorns as you have.

Step 3: We let our acorn sticks dry standing upright in potted plants.  The dirt keeps the sticks and acorns from touching any clean surfaces.  Let it dry overnight and you’ll have centerpieces by the morning.  Santa did really come to town!

Glittered eucalyptus acorns.

Add some sparkle to your holiday party!

December 1, 2012

Passport to Cotton Tails

Each month Studio T will feature one of our retailers.  This month we are getting a glimpse into the mind of Miki, founder of Cotton Tails in Memphis, TN.  Learn about her store philosophy here.

Miki as a little girl at her first Ikebana lesson.

Miki at her first Ikebana lesson.

Tea: How did you decide to take the leap and open your own store?
Miki:
When my oldest daughter was born, I used to frequent a children’s store.  Every time I would walk in, I was completely ignored. I would find things on my own and would ask if someone would please ring me up! It was so frustrating but it was the only place to shop. When the opportunity arose, I felt I could start my own children’s store but have wonderful customer service. I don’t think Cotton Tails would be here today for 24 years if they had only treated me nicely at that store!

Tea: We know how special and unique all of our stores are, what makes your store unique?
Miki:
We do Saturday arts and crafts for the children every weekend. We do an annual Sidewalk Sale that people arrange their vacations around. Twice a year we have a calendar sale with a different category on sale every day of the month. We do seasonal events, like Mrs. Santa, silhouette artists, frozen yogurt treats during the summer and anything else we can think of!

Tea Collection display at Cotton-Tails

Our 2012 Nordic Holiday Collection at Cotton-Tails.

Tea: At Tea, we “Go There”, how do you share in that mission at your store and/or in your life?
Miki:
I’ve ‘Been There!’ My mother is Japanese, and I was born and spent my early years in Japan. I have been very fortunate to be able to instill my mother’s heritage and customs into my life.  It has given me a better understanding of working with people from different nationalities and backgrounds.

Tea: How do you balance it at all? What tricks can you offer us?
Miki:
I do a daily list of what needs to be done at the store and check off accordingly.  I try to just put the top ten.

Tea: What do you do in your “spare” time?
Miki:
I love to cook and have friends and family over.

Tea: What is something that your customers would be surprised to learn about you?
Mikie:
I LOVE to dance! Really!

Leigh Rawdon and Miki in Cotton-Tails.

Leigh and Miki at the Tea Time event.

 

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankfulWe wish everyone a joyous and laughter-filled Thanksgiving.  Today is the day to tell your loved ones just how much they mean to you.  Better yet show them.  Share a hug and a smile with everyone you see today.  We are thankful for the chance to share our world with you.  Thank you for welcoming us into your lives.  What you are thankful for today and everyday? Share with us on Facebook.

November 2, 2012

Inspiring Mom Awards: Mompreneur

 

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Polls for the Inspiring Mom Awards are open!  Take a look at our candidates and cast your ballot for the mother you think best embodies the globetrotting, mompreneur, and making a difference qualities.  Today, you can meet two of our mompreneur model citizens- Ali Wing and Liz Gumbinner.

Ali Wing of GiggleAli Wing is the guru behind Giggle- the one stop shop for mothers and fathers to be.  Need tips on potty training?   Want educational toys?  Ali and her team have got you covered.  In her spare time (if she has any), she wrote the Giggle Guide to Baby Gear and a column in The Bump.  Check out Ali’s empire here: http://www.giggle.com/

Read Ali’s answers below:

1. How do you maintain a healthy work and home life balance?
I’m not sure I do!  But the key for me is what I call the “bookends.”  My morning routine is work out, shower & then have breakfast with and walk my son to school. I also end each day w/  family dinner at 7 pm and then reading time with my son.  Starting and stopping each day as “mom” gives me – and my son – our balance.

2. What’s your favorite aspect about being a mom?
I like who I am as a mom compared to who I was before. I have more patience & acceptance, and credit my son for those improved qualities.

3. Do you have a piece of advice for moms everywhere?
Have fun with it!  It goes SOOOO fast.  “giggle” was named with that motto in mind; kids make you smile. Don’t miss out on it by focusing on laundry or clean-up!

4. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Other than my son & husband?  They top my list.  But right behind them are my Cole Haan Aviators. I don’t sleep enough, and am thankful for my weekend uniform at soccer games with coffee – and sunglasses (ha).

5. Who inspires you?
My father does – and even gone, still does, every day. He was a kind, gentle, hardworking, dedicated man –and he made the most of every day.  I wake up each morning with the goal of trying to be as good a person as he was.

 

Liz Gumbinner of Mom 101.

Liz Gumbinner, a mother of two girls, started her empire by blogging.  She is the Editor-in-Chief, co- founder of Mom- 101, and co founder of Cool Mom Picks.  She’s a parenting expert but she doesn’t take herself too seriously.   Many have called Cool Mom Picks the “arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd” (Parents Magazine).  Discover some of Liz’s musings here: http://www.mom-101.com/ or here http://coolmompicks.com/

1. How do you maintain a healthy work and home life balance?
I think the idea of working parent “balance” is a bit of a myth. I don’t know if working mothers ever feel entirely balanced; we just do the best we can, switching priorities from day to day as we need to.
Barring emergencies, I make myself unplug after work until the kids go to bed.  It’s a special time together even if it means staying up late to catch up on other responsibilities. But most importantly, I have the help of amazingly supportive family members, caregivers, friends and colleagues. I am so fortunate to have a strong village to lean on.

2. What’s your favorite aspect about being a mom?

The idea of living for something greater than yourself.

3. Do you have a piece of advice for moms everywhere?
The best advice I ever got is from my own mother: Accept that every decision you make as a parent is right, and that every decision you make as a parent is wrong.

4. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Good cheese.   Seriously, it’s a problem.

5. Who inspires you?
I don’t believe you have to do something grand or heroic or world-changing to be inspiring. Having recently returned from a trip to Ethiopia I greatly admired the mothers dedicated to raising healthy, educated children regardless of the obstacle they face. Like walking 8 miles, barefoot, to get their babies immunized. Or working all day in the fields with their babies on their backs so they can afford to send them to school later. It puts a lot in perspective.
I’m inspired by any mother who leads by positive example for her children, and is helping ensure the next generation is inspiring too. After all, we’re counting on them!

 

 

 

Inspiring Mom Awards: Globetrotter

Inspiring Mom Awards

This month Tea wanted to celebrate the inspiring moms in our community with the IMAs and recognize their accomplishments.  We have received over 110 nominations of mothers who you said inspire you.  To help us narrow down our semi- finalists, we gathered a panel of model citizens who we thought embodied the values.  Meet two of our model citizens today from our globetrotting category- Stella Ma and Caren McCormack.  We thought it would be fun to get to know our model citizens a little bit better, so we asked them a couple of questions to see what inspires them.

Stella Ma one globetrotting model citizen.

Stella Ma is a Bay Area native who Co-Founded Little Passports, a great way to introduce the world to your little citizen.  Each month your little citizen will be sent a suitcase bursting with information about a country’s geography, history, culture, and language. You can discover her amazing company here: http://www.littlepassports.com/

Stella Ma: Globetrotter
1. How do you maintain a healthy work and home life balance?
Running a start-up while trying to raise a family is definitely a challenge. I’m driven to work hard but it’s just as important to me that I’m there for the family.  We always have dinner together, and I make sure to take time to be there for my children whether it’s attending field trips, helping with homework or taking them to extracurricular activities/classes.

2. What’s your favorite aspect about being a mom?
I love all the wonderful small moments and experiences that I get to share with my children. At pick-up last week, my younger son told me that I was his best friend.  A few weeks back, my older son told me that he’s going to work for me when he grows up because he loves Little Passports.

3. Do you have a piece of advice for moms everywhere?
I’m trying very hard to live in the moment and not worry about the next thing on the to-do list or schedule.  I can’t say that I’m very good at doing this yet.  It’s so true that our children grow up so quickly.  I want to make sure to take the time to enjoy them as they are now.

4. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
I love green tea lattes.  They’re my pick-me-up!

5. Who inspires you?
My mom is the inspiration in my life.  She immigrated to the states from China not speaking any English and she worked incredibly hard, sometimes working multiple jobs simultaneously, to make a life for our family here in the US.  I now love seeing how my children have a wonderful relationship with their grandmother.  When one of my children was asked in his English homework who inspires him, he answered “Popo” (“grandmother” in Chinese).

Caren McCormack one of our model Globetrotters.

Caren McCormack one of our model Globetrotters. Caren McCormack worked to co-found the Kilgoris Project, a nonprofit that feeds and educates children in a remote Kenyan village.  Each year Caren travels to Kenya with her family (husband and two daughters) to work closely with the organization. Karen was previously also a Foreign Correspondent for Tea and was able to travel to Kenya with a suitcase full of Tea then came home to share her travel experience on our blog, Studio T.  We invite you to read more about the Foreign Correspondent program (http://www.teacollection.com/gothere) and discover Caren’s amazing non-profit here: http://kilgoris.org/

Caren McCormack– Globetrotter
1. How do you maintain a healthy work and home life balance?
Tame the technology. On the work/life balance front, I’m challenging myself to really be present when I’m present. When I’m helping with homework, I’m not also looking at emails. At dinner, I’m not checking texts. My kids appreciate it, and I’m saner.

2. What’s your favorite aspect about being a mom?
The best part of mothering is also the biggest challenge. I love watching my daughters change with each age, blossoming more and more as individuals. The problem? They keep changing! Just when I think I’ve figured out how to best parent them, they’re on to a new stage.

3. Do you have a piece of advice for moms everywhere?
Love the ones you’re with. I’m not sure this is advice, as much as it is cheering on the sisterhood. It’s all we can really do as moms. We just keep showing up and loving our kids as they are, for who they are.

4. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
I’m tempted to give a deep answer here. But let’s be realistic—coffee.

5. Who inspires you?
The Kilgoris Project staff in Kenya! I get to work with such terrific people. Their passion for education, community and possibility makes my jaw drop.

September 23, 2012

Lily at the Emmy’s in Tea!

The following is written by Emily Meyer, Tea Collection’s Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer.

How awesome is Modern Family the TV show?!  It’s so funny and I just love the weave of contemporary themes and some of the most socially relevant story telling. It turns out that the actress that plays Lily, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, is a huge Tea fan!

I met Aubrey’s mother, Amy Anderson Emmons, at the Mom 2.0 bloggers conference in May … she was super friendly and spoke about managing the social media audience for Aubrey’s fan base.  I introduced myself and she said they knew Tea, that Aubrey even had a couple of pieces … I mentioned that we would LOVE to dress Aubrey for any special occasions.

Well … I was travelling overseas just a few weeks ago and received an email from Amy – she says Aubrey is going to the Emmy’s and asked if we would be interested in dressing her?  Of course!!  What an awesome project and it would be an honor for us!

Marjorie, our designer, was traveling with me – we immediately started brainstorming in the courtyard of our hotel at 12:30am!! Marjorie sketched.  We started with our iconic wrap neckline styling and created a bubble in the skirt for fun, matching Aubrey’s playful personality.  Then we added a sash similar to one we had seen on the traditional Korean costume, called a hanbok.

Lily from Modern Family Wears Tea Collection to Emmys

Our amazing Technical Design team drafted the pattern and made a prototype before we returned home from the trip.  We found beautiful silk taffeta fabric at Britex in downtown San Francisco.  And then I went to LA to visit Aubrey in person to try on the dress.  The sash captivated Aubrey and the wrap neckline was gorgeous on her – elegant and youthful.

Lily from Modern Family wears Tea to Emmy's

Ana, Tea's photographer, with Aubrey as she tries on her Emmy's dress for the first time.

Marjorie traveled to LA herself to help Aubrey get dressed, including final touches, for the big event.

Marjorie helping Aubrey pick out the perfect shoe.

I am so proud of our team for making this happen so fast and so beautifully.  It’s literally the art of couture, globally-inspired, made with heart and soul.