Gingerbread is one of those deliciously international foods that appears in many countries around the holidays. It is rumored to have been introduced to Europe in 992 by a monk named Gregoire de Nikopolis, and today different variations can be found in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Poland, and many other countries.
The award for gingerbread enthusiasm, however, must go to the town of Bergen in Norway. Every year they build Pepperkakebyen, a town built entirely of gingerbread. It is tradition for every child under the age of 12 to contribute towards the event, and is believed to be the biggest gingerbread town in the world.
For a great compilation of 15 Gingerbread cities around the world, check out MightyGirl’s recent post.
Although I love gingerbread my skills are not quite that advanced, so I think I’ll be sticking with this simple gingerbread house interpretations this year:
Want to make your own? You can find instructions for these here.
Check out this amazing project started by Candy Chang, called “I Wish This Was“. Candy lives in New Orleans, and saw so much potential in vacant store fronts and buildings around the city. She designed and distributed stickers in stores around New Orleans that people could take (for free) and use to label buildings and spaces with their ideas and hopes for the structure’s future.
The project really took off, and participants were encouraged to photograph and share their stickers here. I love this project – it can be funny or serious, and encourages us all to re-imagine our surroundings and articulate what we wish the world was.
For a curated look at more stickers and locations in Candy’s project, visit her site here.
We love these dolls from the Happy Town Menagerie, now for sale at one of our favorite local San Francisco stores – Curiosity Shoppe! Lorena Siminovich is the artist– you may recognize from her company Petit Collage.
At Tea we love coming across interesting manhole covers while on our travels. Many of our circular designs on our boy’s clothes originate from manhole covers we’ve discovered on our journeys, such as as our Nanaos Dragon Pullover, which we blogged about here. Our latest inspiration from manhole covers came from the manhole image on the left, which we used on our Side Stripe Pants.
For more manhole covers in Budapest check out some photos here.
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest spans the Danube river, connecting the Western and Eastern parts of the city. Opened in 1849, the bridge is named after Count István Széchenyi, who financially and politically supported its construction. Made of beautifully intricate wrought iron, the bridge was greatly damaged during the Siege of Budapest during World War II , and was partly rebuilt.
While exploring Budapest our designers came across a magnificent lion gracing the abutments at the end of the bridge.
He is a smaller stone replica of the famous bronze Trafalgar lions, guarding Nelson’s Column in London. and was installed on the bridge in 1852. Inspired by his noble features, our designers created this stylish shirt:
Know any little lions in your life? You can find this shirt here.
In the spirit of celebrating Etsy artists from the region of Old World Hungary, here is another new favorite. Eszter Schall is a Hungarian painter, graphic designer, and illustrator. I love her bold use of colors and her use of squares.
Feeling lucky? The blog Pika Land is doing a giveaway of one of Schalle’s pieces on their site here.