We thought it would be fun to compile a few songs from a handful of the countries we’ve visited as a way to celebrate the past 11 years. You’ll find everything from traditional Hungarian folk songs to contemporary music from Norway. Now turn it up and start dancing!
Once you’re done, submit your creation to email@example.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist! To see past submissions, visit our Flickr page.
Yes, we actually take the time to carve out linoleum blocks to achieve the perfect look. Pictured above are photos of our talented textile designer Amber and her work as she developed the graphic for our Sanur Floral Sporty dress. Pretty cool, huh?
Our Bali-inspired children’s clothes collection featured the craft of Batik, an art form we saw and practiced while in Bali. Traditional Batiks are created with hot wax, in a dying technique which allows the craftsman to form lush patterns and designs. We wanted to find a way for little citizens to Batik that was safe. Below is our step-by-step guide on how-to Batik- no hot wax needed! All you need is glue, paint, a t-shirt and an open mind!
I chose to Batik a shirt- however you can Batik any cloth materials. Think of how much fun it would be to Batik pillow cases?
You'll need a shirt, a piece of cardboard to stick between your shirt, acrylic paints, washable gel glue, and a paint brush.
The first step is to design your Batik pattern. You’ll use the glue to do this. It can be a little tricky to wield the glue, so you may want to have your little ones practice glue drawing on cardboard first. You can also map out your design first with pencil. I also used a scrap piece of cardboard to put in the shirt so the glue wouldn’t seep through to the back of the shirt.
Where ever you put the glue will be white. The color will show through the negative space. Pretty cool, huh?
The next step is hardest. You have to wait for the glue to dry and this will take at least 24 hours. Playing the waiting game can be hard when you have little citizens eager to paint!
Once the glue is completely dry, break out your acrylic paints, your paint brush, a mixing area, and a water bowl to clean the brush and start painting! While painting, you’ll want to keep the the piece of cardboard inside the shirt for the same reason you kept it in while gluing- you don’t want the paint to leak through to the back of the shirt.
Once the Batik is painted, leave it in a safe place where the paint can dry. This will probably take at least 12 hours. Once dry, you can either peel off the glue or put it in the washing machine. I chose the latter as it was much easier and had great results. Check out my finished Batik shirt below.
The picture minimalizes the cool effect the process created. The colors are much more vibrant and the designs pop more in person. All-in-all, this is a great project for those looking to craft a gift for a loved one (Mother’s Day or Father’s Day Batiks?).
Please share your Batiks with our community at Facebook. We’d love to see your little citizens artful, Bali-inspired work!
From a beach cover-up to an evening dinner jumpsuit, these rompers surely fit the spirit of summer. Easy to wear and accessorize, these one-pieces make looking on trend simple. Check out Tea’s twist on rompers for girls.
With heels, piles of jewelry or over a bathing suit- how would you fashion your romper? Tell us in the comments section below.
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The art of Batik is practiced throughout the world, but Bali is the place most known for the artful practice. Batik is a wax-resistant dying technique used on textiles to produce beautiful designs. While in Bali, our designers had a chance to practice their hand at Batiking.
We knew we had to incorporate the breath-taking batiks into our Balinese-inspired collection. The colors and designs naturally lent themselves to our girls dress collection. Our staff favorite is our Lotus Batik Designs for girls.
However, we have plenty of Batik inspired designs for boys and girls in our spring and summer collections: http://bit.ly/GWvGiM
Will you be wearing Bali-inspired Batiks this spring?
Today we’re featuring guest blogger Mandy Moise, designer for vfish, who traveled to Bali with her two girls, Ellie 2.5 yrs, Sloane 1yr who just happened to be wearing Tea on their trip.
Bali is one of the most beautiful places in the world—long, white sandy beaches, lush tropical foliage, amazing food, and some of the nicest people you have ever met.
When my family travels, we really like to dive right into the culture of where we are. Eat the food, meet the people, walk off the beaten path. Bali is an island where you can do these things with a family (even babies – as mine are 1 and 2.5) and really feel safe, secure and relaxed.
On our first day in Bali , we were introduced to Nasi Goreng- with literally translates into “fried rice”. Balinese people eat Nasi goreng many meals of the day/week– Usually topped with a fried egg. By the end of the trip, my 2.5 yr old was asking for Nasi goreng at every meal. Our other favorite thing to eat in Bali, and all throughout Indonesia, was grilled corn. We would walk the beach at night, eating ear after ear of grilled corn topped with butter and Balinese spices. So delicious!
The people of Bali have a very rich culture, and take great pride in honoring their heritage. We took the kids to many outdoor theater shows where performers dress in elaborate costumes and makeup, and tell old stories through song and dance. Many of these shows would end with our kids being invited to dance with the performers on the stage. Still today, my daughter dances in the living room and tells me we “need” a stage.
A huge Bali highlight for us was when we released a green sea turtle into the ocean. We donated some money to a fund that helps protect the turtles, and in return, they brought my daughter a tiny baby turtle (she named her Angelina Ballerina) and allowed her to walk it down the beach to the ocean. It’s always been a dream of mine to do that myself, so to live that moment through my daughter was just beautiful.
Bali has so much to offer- and can be a great family vacation option for those who are adventurous, or those who just want to relax and take in the sunshine and the sea.
Looking for a creative activity for your kids to do? Tea’s cultural activity printouts are fun for all ages. In honor of 2012′s Chinese Zodiac Year of the Dragon, this week we have our “Stubborn Dragon” coloring book page.
Once you’re done, submit your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!
There’s something about spring fashion that softly whispers: pastels. This ultra feminine trend feels oh-so-pretty and can make a (soft) statement when paired with the right accessories, like a flower headband.
Today we’re featuring guest blogger Mandy Moise, designer for vfish, who just returned from a 65 day trip through China, Nepal, Indonesia and India with her husband and two girls, Ellie 2.5 yrs, Sloane 1yr. As Mandy puts it, “Dora the Explorer has nothing on my little ones.”
Recently on a flight from Chicago to New York, a woman looked at me and said, “Wow, you are brave to be flying with two little babies!” I guess “braveness” is relative. It’s sort of the general perception from a lot of people we come across. Once you have children, your ability to travel is gone, or limited to quick trips to visit family. My husband and I dreamed of traveling the world (and we do), and I can honestly say it’s so much cooler with kids. ( NOTE: I said “cooler” not easier. )
I’m not going to sugar coat it. Traveling abroad can be challenging with little ones. Personal space is not viewed the same in all parts of the world. In the USA, most people would not come and grab my kids to hold them or, just walk up to me and start photographing my kids paparazzi style. In all parts in and around Asia, this is very common. People are friendly, and mean well, but try to explain to a 2-year-old why people keep grabbing at her cheeks. By the end of our trip, my 2-year-old would shout “No pictures please!” and would bury her face into my shoulder. We were good sports about it until both kids ended up with eye infections. After that, I would politely block the cheek pinching snipers.
One thing that is often overlooked is the travel logistics: strollers, gear, beds. We used a Double MaClaren umbrella stroller and GO cribs by Guava Family as many hotels throughout the world will not have cribs. And if they do happen to have cribs, you won’t want to use them. Strolling internationally can be hilarious. Paved sidewalks? Elevators? Not so much. So have a good sense of humor, and a strong partner to help you out.
Throughout our travels, our girls see things most kids will never see. I truly believe that as they grow up experiencing these different cultures will help them be better humans and citizens. They learned and saw first-hand what poverty was, danced down the streets of Kathmandu, climbed the marble steps of the Taj Mahal and learned to love spicy food. If you have the means and the time to travel with your little ones, do it! The moments of joy you will experience in doing so are well worth the extra effort.