Author: April Hirsch

Scottish Beasties: An Inside Scoop on Scotland’s Iconic Animals

From rugged mountains to rolling green hills, to its expansive vistas of sea and islands, Scotland (though a relatively small country) is famous for its incredibly diverse landscape. And its colorful history is rich in tradition and symbolism.

But it’s not all tartan kilts and bagpipes. Many of Scotland’s oldest, most well-known symbols feature wee beasties, both real and fabled. From the cheerful Scotty dog to the heraldic leòmhann (that’s Gaelic for lion) to the country’s mythical mascot, the unicorn, get the inside scoop on Scotland’s iconic animals.

Scotland Royal Coat of Arms

Back to School With Tea: Classroom-Ready Outfits They’ll Love

back to school shopping 2017

It’s official…school has begun, and we could not be more excited! There’s just something about back-to-school season that gives us a feeling of renewal. It’s a time to start fresh – with new teachers, new classmates, fresh new school supplies and a whole new look.

We know back to school shopping can be a bit overwhelming, so to help make things easy we’ve compiled our favorite stylish looks for girl and boy to offer a little outfit inspiration for the season. See our round up of playground to picture day-ready styles, perfectly fit for your little citizens!

Inspiring Little Citizens: Thank you for your support!

Thank you for supporting our Inspiring Little Citizens finalists. Together we donated over $37,000 to five amazing kids!

From painting and delivering 150 pictures to a local nursing home, to collecting pop tabs to help support the medical programs provided to families by the Ronald McDonald House, these kiddos are changing lives for the better. And thanks to the Tea community (all of you), they each now have $7,451.65 to make an even bigger difference.

Read more about Cash, Lilyanne, Savannah, Bridger and Lillian and the good they’re doing in their communities. We can’t wait to see what they do next with their donations!

TEA’S 2017 BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY

Tea Back to School Giveaway

It’s that time of year…Summer is winding down, and kids across the country are starting to file into their new classrooms. To help you prepare for another exciting back to school season, we’ve teamed up with a few of our favorite back to school partners to put together the ultimate back-to-school prize pack.

Adventures in Japan: How to Hanten

Grace in Japan

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! We’re so excited to introduce you to Grace, our Assistant Designer for Girl. This past spring, Grace traveled to the small artisan town of Fujino, Japan where she had the unique opportunity of attending a 2-week workshop on how to sew traditional Hanten (a quilted, kimono-style jacket worn as a winter staple since Japan’s 18th-century Edo period). 
Follow along as she shares her adventures!

GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART PARTNERSHIP: Student Collaboration

The Tea boy and girl are bold, spirited, and completely unique…and everything they do—from the activities they take part in, to the clothes they wear—is a form of self expression. Here at Tea we encourage creativity from an early age, and our back-to-school collection celebrates the inner artist with unique patterns and designs inspired by Scottish arts of all kinds.

Scotland: A Land of Wonder | Coloring Activities for Little Citizens

Tea Little Citizens

At Tea, we strive to make learning about different cultures FUN for children.

Each season, we create engaging activities for you and your little citizens to do at home. We’re really excited about our new Scotland coloring activities and wanted to share them here with you so you can print them out to enjoy again and again. So grab your favorite pens, pencils, paints or markers and dive in with the whole family!