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Make Your Own Rooster of Barcelos

We’re bringing you another activity from Finding Stuff Club inspired by our travels in Portugal. The Rooster of Barcelos is one of the most common symbols in Portugal. According to Portuguese folklore, a rooster was able to prove a man’s innocence when he was accused of a crime he did not commit. As a result, the rooster has come to symbolize faith, good luck, and justice. 

 

Step 1: Gather your materials.

  • Templates on page 2-3 of the downloadable instructions
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Glue stick
  • Cutting surface
  • Cardboard
  • Coloring supplies for your rooster (crayons, color pencils, paint)

 

Step 2: Print out the templates on pages 2-3.

 

Step 3: Trace the rooster template and base onto your cardboard.

 

Step 4: Cut out your rooster and base. Depending on the thickness of your cardboard, you may need to use an X-acto knife.

 

Step 5: Fold and cut the base where indicated. To make the rooster stand up, slide the rooster into the base (see diagram in the instructions).

 

Step 6: Paint or color your rooster and base.

 

Step 7: Decorate and cut out the shapes on page 3.

 

Step 8: Apply your shapes to the rooster with a glue stick.

 

The end result should look something like this:

Don’t forget to tag @teacollection and @findingstuff.club on Instagram so we can see your amazing roosters! Stay tuned for more activities like this, and check out our latest styles inspired by Portugal here.

Tea & The Global Fund for Children Support South Asia

With a COVID crisis transpiring in South Asia right now, we reached out to our longstanding giveback partner, The Global Fund for Children (GFC), to see how they’re supporting those impacted by a devastating second wave of COVID-19. Read on to learn more about what the GFC is doing and how you can help. 

 

 

In India, nearly 350,000 new cases of COVID-19 are reported daily, with many more believed to be underreported (Source: The Global Fund For Children). With limited hospital beds and oxygen supplies to aid infected patients, there are increasing fears about the impact COVID-19 will have on the country. To exacerbate the problem, recent news of a fatal “black fungus” infection targeting those recently afflicted by the coronavirus add to a growing list of concerns over the country’s recovery.

 

Infections have also reached an all-time high in Pakistan and Bangladesh, with vaccinations not reaching those in need quick enough. There is a massive struggle throughout the region, and state and social welfare agencies struggle to support children and young people who have lost one or both parents to COVID-19. These kids are without access to safe spaces, food, and basic hygiene supplies.

 

The GFC’s local partners in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are providing direct emergency relief and essential services to children and their communities. We continue to donate 10% of all our profits to the GFC, as well as 100% of profits of our kids and adult masks to the GFC’s COVID Relief Fund.

 

If you want to help the COVID crisis in South Asia, donate to the GFC at checkout at www.teacollection.com or directly on the GFC’s website here. Together, we can help make the world a better place for children everywhere.

Make A Costa Nova Inspired Vase For Mother’s Day

We’re bringing you another activity from Finding Stuff Club inspired by our travels in Portugal. Costa Nova is a popular seaside town with a small stretch of striped waterfront houses. In this activity, you’ll create cardboard vases inspired by these colorful homes—a perfect gift or activity for Mother’s Day! Follow along for instructions on how to create your own Costa Nova inspired flower vase.

Step 1: Gather your materials.

  • Templates on pages 2-4 of the downloadable instructions
  • Printer 
  • Scissors 
  • Exacto knife  
  • Cutting Surface 
  • Cardboard 
  • Masking tape 
  • Coloring supplies (crayons, color pencils, paint)

Step 2: Print out the templates on pages 2-4.

Step 3: Trace your vase templates on cardboard. You will have to trace two sides and two fronts for each vase.

Step 4: For the house shaped vase, score the side of the vase where the dashed line is indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Tape your pieces together side by side. Try to make the tape cover the full edge.

Step 6: Flip over and fold your vase. For the house shaped vase, bend and tape the sides flush to front pieces. Tape all the edges together to reinforce.

Step 7: Decorate your vases with paint, stickers, or crayon.

Step 8: Color your flowers and cut them out. Place flowers in their corresponding vases.

The finished product should look something like this:

 

Don’t forget to tag @teacollection and @findingstuff.club on Instagram so we can see your beautiful vases! Stay tuned for more activities like this, and check out our latest styles inspired by Portugal here.

On The Road With Quartier Collective

 

You may remember our good friends Martin and Taryn of Quartier Collective and their globetrotting kids, Tilly, Francis, and Viggo, from their guide to Lisbon and our trip to Greece last year. They worked the magic behind the lens for our Portugal collection and shot breathtaking photos around this seafaring country. During their trip, they nestled into a campervan and took a beautiful road trip down the Algarve coast. Read on to learn more about their adventures.

We picked up Salvador, a vintage VW campervan, from a dusty little shop in the hills outside Faro and spent the next week bumping around the Algarve with Bob Marley on the radio and big smiles on our faces. You can’t drive very fast in these old buses, and for the south of Portugal, a slow roll is the perfect speed. We explored the Ria Formosa, an expanse of lagoon and barrier islands stretching from Faro in the west to the charming fishing port of Tavira. We bumped down a dirt track—built through tidal mudflats—to the end of the road where we met our friends for a big walk out on the sandbars. We forgot about the tide and ended up in our undies, ferrying the kids on our backs past flocks of pink flamingos across the rising rivlets and back to Salvador.

Olhao is adorable—white cubist houses tumbled in a maze of narrow alleys. We’d start the day with fresh OJ and pastries from the cutest shop called Santa Maria Madalena and finish with grilled fish and gigante beans from Cha Cha Cha. Praia do Faro has calm, consistent surf in the winter months, plus you earn instant street cred with all the campers when you show up in a vintage beauty like Salvador. But our favourite beach was Praia do Barril. We’d park Salvador and take the cute little train across the estuaries and mudflats to the sandy barrier island. The train is like something from a long-forgotten theme park—clattering and belching smoke, its wooden railings polished by time. There are a few cafes out at the beach and, the most curious sight, a cemetery of enormous anchors from the tuna boats that used to work the area. The anchors lie half-buried in the sand, row on row, rusting in the sun and salt breeze. 

 

 

 

 

 

One day, we took a small ferry from Olhao to Culatra, one of the further barrier islands. Though the islands are busy enough in the summer, they were nearly abandoned when we visited with sand covering the sidewalks of the tiny town and drifting up against the doors of holiday homes. After a good swim, Marty, barefoot and just in his undies, went exploring with the hope of finding some more drinking water. He found the only thing open on the island: a kiosk serving cold beer to a handful of local fishermen. This is the moment when you want to be able to say a few essential phrases in Portuguese like, “Could I please have some water?” and “I’m sorry, I forgot my pants.”

 

 

Want more stories like this? Be sure to follow Quartier Collective on Instagram @quartiercollective, and don’t forget to check out our latest styles inspired by our travels in Portugal.

Happy Earth Day!

At Tea, we’re committed to providing the highest quality children’s clothing that can be passed down from kid-to-kid. With each piece of Tea that gets a new life, one less piece of clothing ends up in our landfills. Through the years, we’ve developed a dedicated community of Tea fans who stand by our quality as much as we do. This Earth Day, we’re sharing a story about how one Tea fan used vintage Tea (some as old as 10 years!) to do something special for a friend. Read on to learn more about Marya’s story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was first introduced to Tea Collection via catalogs arriving in my mailbox when my daughter was an infant. At the time, I could not afford the clothes, but was instantly drawn to the unique styles, patterns, comfort, and world influence in the designs. I made my first Tea purchase during the 2010 Memorial Day Sale, picking up pieces from the Korea line that today immediately remind me of my eldest daughter’s toddler years.

A couple years later, I discovered a budding online Buy/Sell/Trade Tea community on Facebook and realized I could afford to purchase more of the clothes I had fallen in love with so many years prior. The greatest gift of joining this community, however, has been the long-term friendships I’ve made. To me, Tea not only represents globally-influenced clothing, style and comfort, but also the connections I’ve made with other women from a myriad of backgrounds and geographic locations.

A few years and a pandemic later, one of these friends expressed her frustration over ill-fitting masks. Having sewing knowledge, I offered to attempt to turn her Tea clothing into masks for her and her daughters. I was sent a package full of gorgeous prints that brought back so many memories and proceeded to do the unthinkable: I tossed them all in the dryer in preparation to be cut and sewn into masks.

After some trial-and-error, I was able to successfully create an array of masks using both the woven and knit materials of the Tea clothes I received. Each mask is made with three layers, often using the linings of dresses if they had one. I paid special attention to pattern placement and particularly enjoyed creating masks that retained special features of the dresses they came from—embroidery of the Bali Ubud Ikat dress, the gathering and pleating of others, the plackets on some, the contrasting sleeves and patterns from standout pieces.

Just a few years ago, I would never have envisioned myself chopping up our beloved Tea pieces, but this pandemic has changed the way I see things. I loved having the opportunity to once again appreciate each piece, recalling the fond memories associated with each one, then breathing new life into the fabric. The Tea clothing we’ve all loved is serving double duty—keeping us all safer, and hopefully bringing a smile to the face of a dear friend made thanks to a shared love of Tea.

 

Want more inspiring stories like this? Be sure to follow us on Instagram @teacollection. Love Tea as much as Marya? Join our Tea Insiders Facebook group here for sneak peeks, exclusive offers, and a shared love of Tea. 

Portuguese Beach Scene Activity

Did you know Portugal is the number one manufacturer of cork? Celebrate Earth Week with an eco-friendly activity from Finding Stuff Club inspired by the sunny beaches of Portugal. In this activity, learn how to create a fun beach scene using materials you likely have around your house.

 

Step 1: Gather your materials.

  • Printed template on pages 2-4 of the printable instructions
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloring supplies (crayons, colored pencils, etc.)
  • 2-3 cork stoppers
  • Paint for decorating your cork
  • Paint brushes for decorating your cork
  • Optional: pom-poms, googly eyes, etc. for decorating your cork

 

Step 2: Print out the templates on pages 2-4 of the printable instructions here.

 

Step 3: Color your templates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Cut out your templates.

 

Step 5: Color the back of your templates as needed.

 

Step 6: Fold and glue as indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7: Decorate your cork using paint and paint brushes. Get creative with your cork characters! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8: Assemble your beach scene.

 

 

The final product should look something like this:

 

Don’t forget to tag @teacollection and @findingstuffclub on Instagram so we can see your final creations! Stay tuned for more activities like this inspired by our travels through Portugal, and check out our latest styles here.

 

Tea x Finding Stuff Club: Interactive Activities To Do With Your Kids

We’re teaming up with our friends at Finding Stuff Club on a series of fun, interactive activities inspired by our travels in Portugal. Finding Stuff Club is on a mission to find the best stuff on the internet that will engage kids (and adults, too!). Together, we’re hoping to bring a slice of Portugal into your home.

In this first activity, learn how to make a sardine stamp out of a sponge. Sardines are popular treats in Portugal, and we’ve created two versions of the activity for you and your kids to do together—one basic version designed for ages 4+ and a more advanced version designed for ages 10+. Download both versions here and read on for step-by-step instructions with photos.

 

Basic Sardine Activity:

 

Step 1: Gather materials.

  • Printed template on page 2 of the printable instructions
  • Marker
  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Palette paper or a surface to mix
  • Construction paper or a surface to stamp

Step 2: Follow the directions on the stencil paper and cut out the shapes labeled.

Step 3: Place the shapes on the sponge and trace with your marker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Cut out the shapes from your sponge to create the sardine.

Step 5: Dip the sponge sardine in paint and start stamping onto your construction paper.

 

 

The final result should look something like this:

 

 

Advanced Sardine Activity:

Step 1: Gather materials.

  • Printed templates on pages 3-5 of the printable instructions
  • Sponge
  • Craft knife
  • Paint
  • Palette paper or a surface to mix
  • Canvas tote, construction paper, or other object to decorate

Step 2: Using the craft knife, cut out the printed stencils labeled on the instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Place your stencils on the desired area of your tote bag, construction paper, or other object you’re decorating and dab a sponge with paint to create the sardine shape.

Step 4: Have fun with mixing colors and creating designs by layering on the pattern stencils.

Step 5: Peel back the stencils to reveal your patterns and designs.

 

Step 6: Continue the process until you have a design you love. Let air dry before use.

 

The final product should look something like this: 

 

Don’t forget to tag @teacollection and @findingstuffclub on Instagram so we can see your final creations! Stay tuned for more activities like this inspired by our travels through Portugal, and check out our latest styles here.