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Tea Collection Fall / Winter: Nordic Design!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ALL ABOARD! It’s time to slip a few last sea shells in our pockets, stick a flower behind our ear, and say farewell to Bali. The Tea Collection Fall / Winter ship is ready to set sail, and this time it’s DESTINATION SCANDINAVIA!

We’re always excited to climb on board as Tea transports us to new locations around
the globe (past seasons’ collections have taken us to Japan, West Africa, Mexico, and
beyond), and we have to admit that we’ve been looking forward to this collection in particular for quite awhile. Late this past winter, we were invited to spend a sunny morning at Tea’s headquarters here in San Francisco to celebrate the unveiling of the Fall / Winter Nordic Design Collection (the fashion world is always ten steps ahead!); in addition to the obvious treat of seeing the newly out-of-wraps collection, hearing first-hand about the work that goes into each collection was eye-opening! The designers recounted their whirlwind, inspiration-gathering trip through Denmark, Sweden, and Finland; they returned home with heads (and notebooks) full of a mosaic of bikes zipping through Copenhagen, bright, bold Marimeko-esque patterns, chilly sleigh-rides through crisp, open country, and markets bursting with whimsical, woodland-inspired handcrafts.

As we toured Tea Collection’s headquarter showrooms, the influence of the
designers’ hands-on dreaming-up voyage was abundantly clear - and so was the fact that
we are heading into a STELLAR season with Tea! Nordic Design, like each season’s
collection, will arrive in our store in four tiers; we’ll fill you in on each new delivery
along the way, but by way of introduction to the whole season, think: bright splashes of neon and references to Mod silhouettes; fantastic, photo-realistic graphics for both boys and girls; bold, floral prints inspired by vintage Danish pottery; the perfect tug of war between youthful and quaint, traditional and modern; cozy, fresh, and fun!

The first tier of Nordic Design has already arrived in our store, and is looking pretty fantastic. The designers drew inspiration from Copenhagen for Danish Modern, and we’re just about ready to hop on a plane to Denmark! The boys’ graphics are big and bold: a geometric bike messenger whips across the City Biker Tee, while the multi-level Copenhagen Tee features buses, boats, and bikes, all mixed up with a good dose of highlighter yellow.

 We love the delicate embroidery meandering through the girls’ collection, yarn-bombing bike spokes on the Cycle Chic Tee, and jewelling the Tivoli Gardens Dress. And as always, we can count on Tea to serve up the cozy layering pieces that tie it all together – this time, our favorite leggings and long-sleeved tees come in a new style of stripes: who knew heather grey and vivid neons would suit each other so well?

We're eager to head off to a fresh, new corner of the globe, and we couldn't wish for better traveling companions than you! Here's to a great season of Nordic Design - see you soon!

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A Warm Fiddlesticks Welcome to Summer

Monday, June 4, 2012
Ah, June. Big siblings have shuffled home from school one last time, shaken all the crumbs and lone erasures from their backpacks, and stowed them away far, far in the backs of their closets; the calendar is filling with a complex choreography of summer camps, family reunions, and weekend beach excursions; the days are stretching to their longest, and pleas for after-dinner trips to the ice cream stand come more frequently (and how can you say no?). Without a question, it’s here – summer, summer, summer!

. Good old fashioned play is what we’re all about here at Fiddlesticks – the kind that happens in the backyard, at the park and beach, while skipping down the sidewalk, with friends or all alone: most importantly, the kind that entrances, engages – and hopefully includes a minimum three fits of giggles!

We’ve spent the past few months scouring the toy-world for the most fabulous summer toys available (and the past few weeks unpacking an endless stream of cardboard boxes), and our shop is now bursting at the seams with a pretty spectacular display of summer fun. Pick up a couple summer toys, add sunshine, family time, and nice long days, and we think you might just have yourself the best, most playful summer yet!

Our Day Out Adventuring Picks:

Heading out for some fresh air at the park? Slip this lightweight, folds-up-tiny rainbow kite into your bag, then watch the look of awe on your child’s face as it dips and soars far above your heads. Pure magic.

Finally, a microscope for exploring discoveries on the scene, out in the big wide world! Slip the portable microscope into its carrying case, clip it onto your little explorer’s belt, and off you go! 

Here’s one we’re tempted to keep for ourselves! Help your favorite up-and-coming photographer assemble this pinhole camera (don’t worry, we’re talking pre-printed die-cut cardboard), pop in a roll of film, and she’s ready to set out and document her world!

Our Just Because It’s Summer, It Doesn’t Mean Your Brain’s On Vacation Picks:
This one’s a winner from start (planting the seeds in three cheerfully colored planters) to finish (whipping up a batch of cinnamon basil ice cream). Your child will discover his green thumb as he learns about plants and watches his grow; the charming booklet includes tons of info, and the kit includes everything he’ll need to grow spearmint, lemon balm, and cinnamon basil.
Physics has never been such a blast! School may be out, but young scientists will delight in exploring five curiosities of physics, from a human powered light bulb to a rattle back.

Our “It’s grey and rainy and I’m booooored” Picks: 

Does your budding fashionista have the rainy day blues? How about transforming the kitchen table into a jewelry studio for the afternoon? Create unique jewelry designs by wrapping brightly colored ribbon and thread around sturdy wooden bangles – then stack them on and run outside to chase away the last raindrops!

Brighten a dismal day with cheerful color and a good dose of creative play! Seventy-two sturdy felt triangles in a rainbow of colors, a flocked board – the sky’s the limit as your little one lays the triangles out in endless patterns (suggestions included – we love the triangle horse!) and explores color, form and design. 
We can’t promise that this kit includes a trick for bringing out the sun, but by the time your young magician is halfway through mastering the Fabulous Ball Escape, the Elusive Rings, and the Levitating Vase, he’ll have forgotten all about the bad weather blahs.

Our Lots of Kids Over At the House Today Picks:
The instructions are simple, but the results are endlessly variable and super cool. Using Sunprint paper, found objects (think leaves, feathers, keys, etc.), and the big old sun, kids can make photographic works of art – you might be tempted to try a couple yourself! We’re especially partial to this paper because it’s produced right across the bay in Berkeley!
Sidewalk Games (pictured above)
Sometimes a big serving of simple and nostalgic fun is all you need. We love this adorably packaged sidewalk games kit; a set a sidewalk chalk, instructions for lots of games, and a shiny coin to toss – just find them a stretch of sidewalk and they’re good to go! (Maybe you’ll join in?)

Who's ready for a table tennis tournament? Need we say more? Clip the net onto a table, and it's game time! 

Here's to a long, fantastic summer!


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