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November 29, 2011

Holiday Decorating Made Easy (And Fun!)

We’re excited to have Stephanie, a Marketing Manager for Children’s Books from Chronicle Books guest 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

Needle-nose pliers

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.

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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!

Thank you everyone for sharing your holiday decorating traditions!  Subscribe to our Studio T blog to learn about new contests, behind the design features, and all things Tea!



July 1, 2011

The Summer Adventure List

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…

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June 28, 2011

Activities with Dad

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.

June 21, 2011

Drawing Lessons from Picasso

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“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?

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An example of how great decorating with your children’s art can look! – found on Pearl Street

March 11, 2011

Barcelona Quiz Answers

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Torre Calatrava (Architect: Santiago Calatrava)

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Architects: Eugenio Cendoya and Enric Catà)

Sagrada Família (Architect: Antoni Gaudí)

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Torre de Collserola (Architect: Sir Norman Foster)

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Monumento a Colón (Sculptor: Rafael Atché)

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Hotel Arts (Architecture firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)

Torre Mapfre (Architects: Iñigo Ortiz and Enrique de Leónl)

Tied for tallest buildings in Barcelona

Casa Milà (Architect: Antoni Gaudí)

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Torre Agbar (Architect: Jean Nouvel)

January 12, 2011

Be Prepared for Art-Making!

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1.) Indigo Stripe Tee 2.) To Be an Artist 3.) Painters Overalls 4.) Bandana Set 5.) El Artista Shirt 6.) Paint Splattered Jeans

There’s nothing like dressing for the part in comfy and casual Tea clothes when making and creating. This season we’re celebrating everyone’s inner artist. We compiled some of our favorite art-inspired and art-friendly pieces above to get you started.

As for art projects, the sky is the limit! We listed some of our favorite kid-friendly DIY projects below.

Garden Projects

Potted Plants and Chalkboard Paint

Miniature Tin Gardens

Paper

Cardboard Stampede

Calder Mobiles

Paper Lanterns

Paper Bag Puppets

Paint

Painted Umbrellas

Big Canvases

Fabric

Make your own Pom Poms

Stamping Fabric Textiles

 

For a quick art fix, print out our Coloring Book Pages of Tea Collection graphics!