A Taste of Stockholm: Swedish Pancake Recipe

While we couldn’t travel to Sweden to make pancakes, we did the next best thing—joining Katja Borner and her daughters Louva (6) and Amelie (8) in Petaluma, CA at Swedish restaurant Stockhome.

Want to make your own Swedish pancakes? Stockhome was gracious enough to share their recipe so you and your kids could make your own version at home:

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp unsalted butter

Instructions:

  1. Whisk eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk together.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, and salt in.
  3. Add milk. Whisk until nice and smooth.
  4. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Warm a 12 inch pan over the stove.
  6. Add 1/4 tsp unsalted butter to your pan.
  7. Pour 1/2 cup of pancake batter in the middle of the pan.
  8. Move the pan so the batter reaches the edges and forms a nice round circle.
  9. After 1-2 minutes, shake the pan to release the pancake and flip to the other side.
  10. Cook for 30 seconds.
  11. Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries. Enjoy!

If you’re in Petaluma, be sure to give Stockhome a visit, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @teacollection for more fun activities like this.

Making Dala Horses

Each season, we travel to a new destination around the world and draw inspiration from the places we visit. This season, we’re inspired by the amazing culture, history, architecture, nature, and people of Sweden.

One common symbol you’ll find throughout the country is the Dala horse. A Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse is a carved, painted wooden statue of a horse that originated from the Swedish province of Dalarna. It became a popular children’s toy in the 17th century, and has come to symbolize good luck. You’ll find these wooden horses all over Sweden and in our latest fall collection.

To get a little more inspiration, a few of our team members made their own Dala horses in a virtual Dala Horse Carving Workshop. Here’s how they turned out:

Kim’s Dala Horse (Brand Marketing Director)

 

Jordan’s Dala Horse (Textile Designer)

 

Alisha’s Dala Horse (Assistant Textile & Graphic Designer)

 

Nicole’s Dala Horse (Director of Textiles & Graphics)

 

Emily’s Dala Horse (Creative Director)

 

Bryan’s Dala Horse (Assistant Designer)

 

Margie’s Dala Horse (Director of Design)

 

Want to see more fun activities like this? Follow us on Instagram @teacollection, and be sure to check out our latest styles inspired by Sweden.

Model Family: Meet The Arbuthnot’s

Meet Juvilyn Arbuthnot (@jaeve__ ), Bay Area photographer, stenographer, meme queen, and mom of Soren (2), Stella (4), and Skylar (6). We got the opportunity to have the Arbuthnot crew model our Sweden collection as they roamed the beautiful fields of Petaluma and hung out with not-so-sheepish-sheep for the day. Read on to learn more about their family, their go-to style, favorite books, and more.

 

 

Who is the funniest member of the family? Why?

Soren because he makes everyone laugh and is so cute.

 

What is the family’s favorite activity to do together?

Spending the day at the beach or pool.

 

What’s your favorite book?

Skylar: Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea

Stella: The Book With No Pictures

 

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Skylar: Paris

Stella: Anywhere with a bouncy house

 

How do you express yourself with clothing? How would you describe your style?

Skylar: I like to wear things that are cute but also comfortable.

Stella: I like colorful clothes.

 

 

What’s your favorite subject in school?

Skylar: Art class

 

Are you involved in any after school activities or sports?

Skylar: singing lessons, gymnastics

 

We also asked Juvilyn a few questions about her children and how they express themselves through fashion:

 

What’s one word you would use to describe each of your kids?

Skylar: Magical; Stella: Adorable; Soren: Sweet

 

How do your kids express themselves with clothing? How would you describe their style?

Skylar: If it were her way, everything would be pink and purple only; she’s really into clothing now and loves to pick her outfits – bubble jeans, skinny jeans, shorts, tees with cute graphics, dresses – she’s a little fashionista in the making.

Stella: No preference; mommy still gets to choose, and she always thinks whatever mommy chooses is “So cute!”

 

Want more stories and Q&As like this? Be sure to follow @jaeve__ and us on Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our latest styles inspired by our travels in Sweden.

Making Dolls Using Pre-Loved Tea

Instead of putting her daughter’s outgrown Tea into a donation box or the back of a closet, Holly decided to do something different with it. With a little creativity and overwhelming support from her online friends in the Tea Buy Sell Trade Facebook group, she began turning pre-loved Tea into handmade dolls.  

 

 

Read on to learn more about Holly’s story.

 

“I began making dolls a few years ago and thought it would be fun to find a Tea dress from every destination and have a Tea Destination Doll sale for my Buy Sell Trade group friends. It was a hit, and so began my Tea Collection dolls! 

 

From there, I started making custom dolls for little girls and boys with their matching Tea clothing. It has been so much fun to be able to make keepsakes for other kids (and my daughter, of course!). My daughter is seven, so she still has a few more years left to wear Tea, but I realize that the day will come when she outgrows these beautiful clothes. Making the dolls is a way to remember these sweet Tea fabrics and memories of her childhood.

 

 

It’s incredibly hard to pick one favorite Tea destination, but if I had to choose, it would be India since the Kantha Birds dress was my daughter’s first Tea. That dress started my obsession with Tea Collection six years ago. I hunt that dress down every year for her and will probably make her a doll with that print eventually. 

 

Thank you Tea Collection for making beautiful, inspired clothing for little kids. We will love Tea Collection long after my daughter is all grown up!”

 

We love seeing the creative ways you repurpose your outgrown (but much loved) Tea! If you or someone you know has an inspiring story like this, send us a note at service@teacollection.com—we’d love to share it! Be sure to check out our latest styles inspired by Sweden, and don’t forget to tag us in all your fun adventures @teacollection on Instagram.

Back To School with Naomi PQ

You may recognize these sweet faces and lovely family from last fall. Joining us again this season repping our Sweden collection is Naomi Phan-Quang and her crew of kiddos Luke (age 10), Abel (8), and Cole (6). With back to school officially back on, we wanted to learn more about what the PQs are excited about this year, as well as learn a little more about their family. Read on to find out about their favorite subjects, hobbies, and what they’re wearing for their first day this year!

 

 

What are 3 words that describe each one of you? 

Luke: “Outdoorsy, creative, a gamer.”

Abel: “Kind, playful, helpful.”

Cole: “Friendly, chatty, sassy.”

How would your siblings describe you?

Luke: “Energetic.”

Abel: “Crazy.”

Cole: “Happy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you excited to go back to school? What are you most excited about?

Luke: “Being the oldest grade on campus.”

Abel: “Seeing my friends again.”

Cole: “Meeting my new teacher.”

What do you like to wear to school?

Luke: “Shorts and long socks.”

Abel: “Sweatpants and sneakers.”

 Cole: “Fancy dresses and leggings.”

What’s your favorite subject in school?

Luke: “Science.”

Abel: “Writing.”

Cole: “Math.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s in your lunch box?

Luke: “Chips, burrito, and water.”

Abel: “Hot dog and lemonade.”

Cole: “Apple, grapes, and chicken and rice.”

Are you involved in any after school activities or sports? 

Luke: “Baseball and football.”

 Abel: “Baseball and theater.”

Cole: “Baseball and theater.”

Do you have any other hobbies or interests? 

Luke: “Science, building things, gaming, sports, and biking.”

Abel: “Biking, baseball, and singing.”

Cole: “Playing pretend, dressing up, and reading.”

We also asked mom to answer a few questions about the upcoming back to school season and her kids:

What are you most looking forward to as your kids start school again? 

“A routine! And for the kids to see their friends again and carve a little place for themselves that’s just theirs.”

What’s one word you would use to describe each of your kids?

“Luke: innovative. Abel: tenderhearted. Cole: confident.”

How do your kids express themselves with clothing? How would you describe their style? 

“My kiddos wear a lot of hand-me-downs, so generally I would say we look for well-made clothing that can last three times over. Luke is creative, so he likes to mix prints. Abel is pretty conservative, so he gravitates towards basics and neutrals. Cole is in a dress phase, so she loves anything she can twirl in!”

 

Want more stories and Q&As like this? Be sure to follow @naomipq and us on Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our latest styles inspired by our travels in Sweden.

Hej, Sweden!

Welcome to Sweden! This season, we’re inspired by a country that values simplicity without sacrificing beauty, is rooted in nature, and is the leading consumer in candy consumption. Sweden holds a special place in our hearts, as it was the last trip we took before the pandemic ensued. Read on to learn more about our designers’ trip to Sweden and what inspired them from their short (but impactful!) trip to this fascinating country.

 

 

What attracted you to Sweden?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Scandinavian design mixed with rustic folk. We wanted to see where the reindeers and huskies play.

 

What was on your initial itinerary and what were you most excited to see?

 

SFO to Kiruna then Stockholm. We were most excited to see the Northernmost snowy countryside of Sweden in Jukkasjarvi, Kiruna.

 

What surprised you or was unexpected about Sweden?

 

How friendly the animals and people were!

 

 

What kind of food did you eat?

 

 

Simple Scandinavian fare – fish, reindeer, and lingonberry juice.

 

You only have 24 hours in Sweden. Where do you go and what do you see?

 

With only 24 hours, we’d say Stockholm and visit the foodhall and textile museum. But if you have a little more time, we’d recommend going to Northern Kiruna to do activities such as a Sami cultural experience and ride the ponies in the birch forest countryside.

 

You had to cut your trip short due to the pandemic. Can you describe your decision to leave and what it was like leaving Sweden around that time?

 

It was surreal. They were closing the borders in the United States in 48 hours, so we quickly had to change our trip to leave the next day or we would be stuck in Sweden.

 

How many Swedish fish did you eat while designing the collection?

 

Our Textile Designers made sure we had enough “inspiration” while designing the Swedish fish print. 😉

 

We hope you love our new collection and all that it has to offer. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @teacollection to see more of our adventures from Sweden.

Celebrating Juneteenth with Ditto Kids Magazine

On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War—freeing enslaved African Americans more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Now known as Juneteenth, the day marks the end of slavery and is now recognized as a federal holiday.

To celebrate Juneteenth, we partnered with Ditto Kids Magazine, an anti-racism magazine for kids and adults, to share two Juneteenth-themed coloring pages to do with your kids. The first features the lyrics to the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the official song of the NAACP. Alexandria Scott, Founder & CEO of Ditto Kids Magazine, explains on our Instagram stories more about the song’s meaning and its ties to freedom. The second activity features the Juneteenth Flag and a few facts about the celebration. Download both activities below. 

Lift Every Voice coloring page

Juneteenth Flag coloring page

Want more resources from Ditto Kids Magazine? Shop Issue Two of their digital magazine, which centers around West African culture, where most African American roots can be traced back to. 

 

 

Be sure to follow @dittokidsmagazine on Instagram for more content like this, and tag them and us in your completed coloring pages!