When Katie Driscoll reached out about a Back to School shoot she was putting together, we didn’t think twice about participating. Katie is a mother of 6 (yes, SIX!) who shares her family’s story through her blog 5boysand1girlmake6. As noted in Huffington Post, when Katie “learned that her [unborn baby] carried the chromosome for Down syndrome, she quickly realized that unfair stereotypes of the disorder still ran rampant.” Through photography and social channels, Katie works endlessly to help change the negative stereotypes of Down syndrome.
We are so very proud of Katie and all of the work that she has done. Her Back to School shoot was a huge success, celebrating beautiful children of every size, age and background. We couldn’t agree with her more when she says, “As we enter the 2014-15 school year think about all the children returning to school. Talk about differences and encourage your child to go the extra mile. Ask them to be the one who encourages a child who is feeling defeated, to lend a hand when a classmate is struggling and to make a friend with a peer who doesn’t have any. Lets make this year about working together, building each other up and sharing in the celebration of learning!”.
Encourage our children to #beuramazingself and to #choosekind this back to school season!
Every year in Germany, children set out for their first day of school with a large, colorful KinderCone or Schultüte (“shool-too-teh”) filled with school supplies, sweet treats and small gifts. Now you could win a back-to-school surprise for the entire class to celebrate this German tradition! So… just what will every child get?
Can you name a traditional German musical instrument? Did you guess the bagpipe, zither, krummhorn, hackbrett or konzertina concertina?
German music has a long tradition that is incredibly diverse. Volksmusic and oompah music are two traditional genres that have become synonymous with Germany. What better way to get into the spirit of Germany than with a playlist?
1 eikon lamps // 2 ruhla mechanical clock // 3 glass tea pot // 4 slowmo tote 5 seil marschall hiking pack // 6 kerosene lanterns // 7 nivea creme // 8 dansk fjord flatware // 9 birkenstock
If you find a product that’s “Made in Germany”, it is likely you’ll feel confident about your purchase. German products are known for their high quality and reliability. From a trusted beauty cream to sleek and modern lamps to a bike crafted out of german wood… we’ve found a little something for everyone.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favorite German candy, Haribo gummy bears! Fun fact: Apple flavored Haribo gummy bears are only found in Germany. The green colored gummies you’re eating in the United States (which are made in Turkey) are actually strawberry flavored. Editors note: I’m currently snacking on apple gummy bears from Germany and I wish I could share them with each of you!
Congratulations to Nicole, our July Activity Book Winner!
“My students have been my “kids” for years but the start of this school year will bring a brand new addition – my husband and I are expecting a baby boy! I’m so excited to dress him in the beautiful and comfy Tea Collection clothes I’ve already purchased. Of course, I’ll always have love for my students – here is some of my 2nd grade summer school class’s fabulous art work! They’ve decided it goes in the baby room. ”
Take a picture of your child’s completed Tea Collection activity book picture and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate.
Download a few of our activity book pages by visiting our Inspiration page.
Every thread of our new collection was inspired by the art, color and energy of Germany. We travel from the blue harbor of Hamburg to the bold and bright streets of Berlin, from the fairytale feel of the Bavarian forest to the steep slopes of the German alps. Sparkling snowflakes and gilded opulence, cozy fireplaces and Bauhaus color theory – we brought it all home in classic silhouettes, primary colors, vintage prints and modern style.
Keep an eye on our inspiration page throughout the season. With each new delivery, we’ll update this page to share the stories behind the designs!
Think of Germany and you might picture fairytale forests and snow-covered slopes. Bratwurst and flaky apfelstrudel. Multicultural cities and ancient stone castles. Here’s something to add to the top of that list: Artists whose explorations changed the world.
Each month Studio T features one of our retailers. This month we caught up with Laura, owner of Jack n’ Jill Shop. Learn about the story (and city’s) rich history below!
Have you always lived in Birmingham?
I was born to military parents while they were stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. When I was 3 we moved to Fort McClellan, Alabama. When I was 4 my dad retired from active duty and we moved to Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. I graduated from Homewood High School in 1992 and then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the next 4 years. My husband, son and myself live in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham.
Inspired by the sharp shapes and bold colors of Bauhaus, here’s a craft that’s sure entertain. Bonus: Use this stained glass craft as a teaching moment for your little ones. Create warm and cool color schemes. Layer primary colors over each other to create secondary colors, you’ll be amazed by what they come up with!