This photo was taken in front of Sweet Pea, a Tea retailer located in Traverse City, Michigan.
Tea was born in 2002 with 3 pima cotton baby sweaters inspired by the simple, elegant and graceful designs of traditional Chinese clothing. These sweaters were first sold by Bell & Trunk, a local boutique in San Francisco. By the end of year one, Tea could be found in 50 local retailers. Now, 10 years later, we’re in over 300 and online.
To help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we encourage you to find your closest local Tea Retailer. Once you’re there, snap a picture in front of the store sign and submit it to our “Around the World Activity Contest” on Facebook for your chance to win a $500 Tea shopping spree or one of ten weekly prizes!
Tea staff member Cindy has her two children jam out to their own Brazilian-inspired music!
Have your child play the tambourine, guitar, drums, flute, or any other instrument they want to make their own Brazilian music! As they’re rocking out, snap a few pics and enter them in our “Around the World Activity Contest” for your chance to win one of our 10 weekly prizes and be entered into a sweepstakes to win a $500 Tea gift certificate. Contest starts 7/1/2012. Visit www.facebook.com/teacollection to enter.
Leigh Rawdon's (Tea Co-Founder) son has fun making Brazilian music!
This activity was inspired by our Boy’s Lapa Polo Shirt. The Lapa Polo first debuted in Destination: Brazil in Spring 2009.
It was named for a neighborhood in Rio with a lively nightlife and has a lively multi-colored dot print. We’re betting it goes with your Little Citizen’s lively personality!
Looking for that perfect addition for your girl’s holiday dress? At Tea, we love the flower head fashion. In fact, we even created some flower headbands for our models to wear during our spring photoshoot.
We wanted to show you how fun and easy these headbands are to make. Below is a tutorial on how to make 3 different flower headbands. First you’ll need your supplies:
We took flowers from three different bouquets we had in the office.
Minimal supplies needed for such a cool project!
Flowers, scissors, green florist wire, and florist tape. (For the daisy chain, all you need is flowers!)
The first step is to measure your model’s head to with the florist wire to ensure your flower headband is the right size. Once you’ve measured your model’s head, cut the wire at least one inch longer than the circumference of their head. This is your base wire.
Once their head is measured, you must decide which headband style you want to make. Below are three different styles that we paired with some of our Tea girls dresses.
The finished product- all three flower headbands.
Of course, our Tea staff members jumped at the opportunity to model these lovely headpieces.
From Left to Right: Rachel, Josh, and Amber
Will you be making flower headbands this spring? Share your creative head wear ideas and tips with us in the comments section below.
When developing our Spring collection, our designers’ offices were covered in sunprints. They used their creations to inspire many of our children’s clothes and women’s fashion in our Bali Safari collection. Learn more about sunsprints by reading our Behind the Design segment on photorealism.
Alright, it’s Valentine’s Day. You bought some cards and chocolates but you still feel unprepared. After all, what are you going to do with your kids before you leave them with the babysitter? It’s okay, Tea has you covered. We have five easy Valentine’s Day activities your family can enjoy- no shopping required!
1) Our designer Katy recently shared a Valentine’s Day tradition with us that was too cute not to share. Instead of making the dinner date mom and dad only, bring the kids along. Dad gets to go on a fun date with the daughters and mom gets to go on a date with the boys. This tradition will allow each child to feel special getting one-on-one time with their parent.
2) We recently asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite Valentine’s Day activities. One fan explained how her family writes secret messages in white crayon on white heart-shaped cards for each family member. Then they each take turns using water colors to paint over the crayon to reveal each person’s love-filled message. How cute is that?
3) When I was younger, my mom and I would use up all of our craft supplies to make Valentine’s day cards for the residents at the local retirement home. Our kitchen table would be covered in red construction paper, doilies, glitter and glue! After we created a good amount, we would head to the retirement home and hand them out to each resident. I love this activity because not only did I get to create endless amounts of Valentine’s but my mom was also teaching me kindness and philanthropy. You can’t beat that!
4) Maybe you don’t have heart-shaped sugar cookies or red frosting, but who says you can’t bake up some oatmeal raisin cookies? Just because you don’t have the perfect Valentine’s recipe doesn’t mean you can’t engage in a bake-off with your kids. Make whatever you have ingredients for, whether it’s rice crispy treats, pudding pops, or some jello jigglers. Don’t limit yourself to only Valentine’s day themed deserts, bake because it’s a fun way to spend time with those you love.
5) Create a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt! Hide clues around the house eventually leading your children to a prize. The prize could be anything from a stack of Hershey kisses to a big hug from mom and dad. After all, it’s the journey, not the destination, that’s the fun part!
The activities above are quick and easy to prep with little time involved. Share your easy Valentine’s day activities below.
We’re excited to have Stephanie, a Marketing Manager for Children’s Books fromChronicle Booksguest posting on our blog today. Chronicle Books publishes distinctive books, gifts and stationery for children and adults.
One of my favorite things about this time of year is getting the house decorated and ready for the holidays. Decorations come in all different shapes, sizes and styles from hand strung popcorn and cranberry garlands to glittering ornaments brought back from far away countries. Although decorations vary from family to family, one thing’s for sure – it’s hard not to enjoy a decorated house.
An easy, but satisfying, decorating project is to make Shimmering Snowflakes from Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids. In just a few easy steps, you can create your own fun decorations to hang off the mantle or decorate the tree. I made a few of these Shimmering Snowflakes this weekend and can’t wait to hang them up!
Shimmering Snowflakes Instructions
You can make these pretty snowflakes as simple or complex as you like. To make them smaller or larger, simply adjust the length of your pipe cleaners to the size and design of your snowflake. For a more traditional look, use white pipe cleaners, or add some pizzazz by using multicolored ones. Hang them in the window, off the mantel, or on the tree! The diagram will help you with the simple process, but once you begin, it becomes rudimentary.
MATERIALS (FOR ONE SNOWFLAKE)
6 silver or gold pipe cleaners (each 12 in) cut into the following lengths: 3 pieces – 6 inches, 6 pieces – 3 inches, 6 pieces – 2.5 inches, 6 pieces 2 inches
Shark scissors or wire cutters
Piece of silver or gold Christmas metallic elastic wrapping cord about 10 inches long
1. Join the three long pieces of pipe cleaner by twisting the
centers together and then stretching the spokes out. This
will create a six-pointed star. To be sure that the pipe
cleaners are securely attached, press the twisted area with
the needle-nose pliers.
2. Begin the spoke design by taking a 3-inch/7.5-cm piece of
pipe cleaner, placing it midway on one of the arms, and
wrapping it around the arm so that the pieces cross. Make
sure each spoke projects an equal distance on either side
of the arm; if necessary, trim the ends with scissors.
Secure with pliers. Repeat with the rest of the arms to
create all six spokes.
3. Repeat the process above with the next-longest pieces,
positioning them slightly above the first set of spokes.
4. Finally, repeat the process a third time with the remaining
pieces, adding them near the tips of the arms.
5. When you’re ready to hang the snowflakes, wrap a piece of
ribbon around one of the arms—tying it close to the middle
of the arm is best for balance—then gather the ribbon to
the back and tie the ends to make a loop.
Once the decorations and stories have put you and your little ones in the holiday mood, it’s time to celebrate! And what would be better than a new holiday outfit to celebrate the Holiday Season? Tea’s festive outfits and Chronicle’s seasonal books offer easy ways to prepare for the holidays. How do you decorate for the holidays? Share your answer in our comments section to be entered to win a Tea Collection holiday girls dress or a holiday boys outfit and Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids, Follow the Star and Snow Baby.
Be sure to shop Chronicle Books wide selection of holiday stories this season. Learn more by following their blog or by visiting their Facebook and Twitter.
Congrats to Carmen Van Deursen, who will be winning the Tea holiday outfit of her choice and three great festive books from Chronicle Books. Chronicle Books wants to ensure that everyone has a chance to shop their great selection of holiday books so they are offering an exclusive promo for Studio T fans. Use the promo code TEA11 to receive a 25% discount on your Chronicle Books purchase. Hurry, this promo code expires 12/9/2011!
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Have you seen the website “Draw A Stickman” yet? Your kid’s will love it. I love it. It’s super fun. The website asks you to create really simple drawings. Your drawings then come to life and take you on an adventure. So much fun – check it out.
July 4th weekend is almost here, and with summer moving so quickly I’m already making mental lists of what I want to do before the San Francisco rain returns in November. Raft down Russian River, ride horses on the beach, send my grandfather postcards from all over California, have a barbecue in Golden Gate Park…and the list goes on and on!
What’s on your summer to-do list? The list below is kid-friendly, but I think I could get into any of those activities…
For Father’s Day this year Tea hosted a great giveaway with Bonobos and Diaper Dude. During the entry process we asked “What are your favorite activities to do with your kids?”. Some of our favorite responses are below.
I just love being with my kids period. We everything from sitting around laughing and telling each other stories to going to farmer’s markets, to taking hikes. – Dan S.
Being a military dad requires me to be away be away from my 4 kids for long periods of time so being able to kiss them good night would be at the very top of my list. Our favorite thing to do together as a family is hop into our surburban and take road trips. We love to explore new cities and towns but the beach is always our favorite destination. – Aaron M.
Fossil Hunting – Greg D.
I really enjoy helping her learn new things and observe how she does them. My daughter is 15 months old and in such a great stage in life. Showing her the world and things in her life is a special job that I love doing. – Juan T.
I take my daughter running -we’re preparing for our first 5k stroller race together. But that’s not my favorite – I’m a much bigger fan of kiss attacks and upside down conversation time. – Benjamin W.
Our favorite thing to do together is to go to the beach. We just walk around, look for shells, and check out the tide pools to see what animals are in them. – Paul P.
Putting them in the bike buggy and riding to farmers market or pancakes on Saturday while their mom sleeps in. – Penn B.
When my daughter is born, I’m gonna have fun teaching her how to change a tire and check the oil in her car. I’m going to love teaching her how to stand up on a surf board. But before all that, I think I’ll just enjoy watching her sweet face as she lays in her crib, sleeping. – Parker B.
Go on a bike ride and look for bugs and animals. Make them pancakes and popsicles. Play fort in the house. Work out in the yard on our vegetable garden. – Dave H.
I love watching how happy my 2 year old son is when I put on Superman theme music and “fly” him around the kitchen. – Joseph C.
My daughter is a single mother. She has two little girls-a newborn and a 5 year old. I help her out by taking her 5 year old, Carina, to hula lessons. Since I am from Hawaii, this is part of me, my culture, our culture that I can share with and pass down to my granddaughter. It’s our bonding moment. We also like to take walks around our neighborhood. I love it when Carina shouts, “Come on Papa, let’s go walking!” – Michael N.
“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” -Pablo Picasso (this quote is featured on our Daisy Graphic Tee)
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso
I loved the above Picasso quote, because it was exactly what I needed to do when I was designing our Spring 2011 Catalonia collection – reconnect with the artist of my youth. This was a great lesson for me and something I hope stays with me over time. I try to instill these ideas in my younger cousins who I often have drawing/art sessions with. The younger of the two is 5 and she fully embraces her inner artistic child. She draws with no fear and complete creativity. The 12 year has started having doubts. He’s constantly self critiquing his work and wants to be able to draw more realistically. He has the desire to grown and learn and I want to encourage that. I do my best to encourage them and to hopefully lessen the fear of failure.
Here’s some things I do to help them feel special about everything they do:
1. Frame their artwork. Kid’s love this. It makes it feel like their piece is really appreciated. My grandma would do this with everything we painted. We wouldn’t bring any art home until it was framed – which made us so proud to show them off!
2. Ask for help. I often admire the way they draw and ask them to show me how to draw like that. I’m an adult, they have the impression that I know what I am doing, so when I ask for help they know they must be doing something really unique if I can’t do it.
3. Turn their art into something. Last year I had them both design t-shirts. I took their drawings and got print on demand t-shirts with their designs. They were so excited when the shirts came in. I remember the younger showing it off to my aunt, “Look grandma it’s a REAL shirt!!!.”
How do you encourage the young artists in your life?
An example of how great decorating with your children’s art can look! – found on Pearl Street