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Month: February, 2012

Creativity

Goats.

Yes. That’s right. I ❤ goats! And, I want one to call my own. Seriously. One day, it will happen. You see, about 2 years ago, I discovered I was having terrible reactions to digesting dairy products (cow products), or rather, my inability to digest dairy products, and gave them up in order to feel better. But recently, I saw a nutritionist who is helping me to understand my deficiencies (a major one being sufficient protein and amino acids) and what’s up with my body’s reactions. She has me trying a number of things while the hair sample she took gets processed, namely incorporating whey protein isolate into my daily routine, along with the occasional egg. It’s going well! But, this morning, I happened to mosey upon a few blog posts from one of my fav. bloggers, Sarah Britton, of the blog, My New Roots, where she dove into the amazingness of goat milk for people who are extremely sensitive to cow’s milk! I read what she had to say and I was convinced! I need to try this! So. . .my mom and I ventured out and got goat milk AND goat cheese; maybe we got a little carried away. I had a little of both (and I mean A LITTLE) and, BOOM- NO REACTION!!!!!! This is seriously a miracle. If I had even a teensy bit of cow’s milk/cheese/etc. I’d have an almost immediate, uncomfortable reaction. Welp, not with goat. Hence. . . I ❤ GOATS! And, I want one to call my own. I mean, seriously! Look at this face and that delicious goat yogurt!!! Let’s go, symbiosis!

(images via My New Roots)

The Venus Project

One of my favorite bloggers, Joanna Goddard at A Cup of Joposted about The Venus Project!

Check it out!

<3 day.

Welp, here it is. So. . . maybe it’s the single cynic in me, but. . . this is how I feel about Valentine’s Day:

(via ellen van engelen)

So, I spent another sick day at home (yeesh, I know!), painted my nails pink for some v-day flair, and watched a schmoopy movie. Now I’m ready for February 15 and the rest of 2012.

Take it easy.

Things For My Tiny Apartment Kitchen.

Mr. Tea Pot, Felt Trivets, Kitty Mug, Picardie Glasses, “Taking Tea” Screenprint, City Towel, Colorful, Ceramic French Press, Birdie Bowl (on sale!), Vintage Sour Cream Glasses, Bubbled Beverage Dispenser (splurge!!), Sassy Mug-Origin Unknown, Chef’s Gel Pro Kitchen Mat.

A Peek Into My Weekend

Sick. Bleh.

ginger honey lemon tea

(via design*sponge)

Washi Tape As A Mount?

For me, in my role as an art teacher, it is important to display child art around the classroom, as well as in more formal settings. This coming weekend, our school district will collaborate to put on a district-wide arts display, with which visual arts play a major role. I have been considering how to display the children’s work with integrity, given the resources I have. The students are currently working to create collaborative, large murals which will act as backdrops for which I will display individual child art!

Here are some images from the studio of children’s mural drawings:

So, I am sitting here, thinking to myself. . . what if, instead of traditionally matting the children’s work, I “mat” the work with washi tape??! I have not previously worked with washi tape, but I am inclined to think that it would not damage the children’s work, as it is supposed to be very low tack, and could potentially highlight the art works in a very aesthetically pleasing way, while securing the works to the murals! Does anyone have thoughts on this?!

These images inspired my train of thought:

(via tea for joy)

Making Magic Happen

I don’t know about you, but this is SO very true in many aspects of my life!!!

Must. Bust. Out!

(via bakers and astronauts)

“A teaching philosophy is always in a process of becoming…”

Recently, I explored my friend Chris Schulte’s e-portfolio and was so incredibly inspired by his philosophy of teaching!! I think it’s worth sharing for everyone to soak in its glory! (Too, check out his gallery of beautifully captured images of child art and interactions!)

“A teaching philosophy is always in a process of becoming

I believe that teaching is a collaborative practice, an ongoing event through which the vicissitudes of our knowing, learning and being proceed and endure. I believe that teaching is a shared process of constructing and exploring problems, a lasting and intensive encounter. Teaching is about being there, it is about being entangled in that with which we struggle. It is about being and thinking with students, and attending respectfully to the elements and potentials that they bring with them each day. Teaching is about being attentive to the differences that are at play and the nuances that arise. I do this by listening carefully to students, by considering their points and by lingering in the provocations that they labor to produce. It is important to me that the classroom is at all times, a space, where students and myself can take risks, and where acts of improvisation prevail. It is important to me that the complexities of teaching and learning, the practices of art making, and the languages and processes through which learning continues to materialize, articulate at all times, through the disjunctive and indeterminate strains of experimentation.

I “teach” by creating a space that demands from all, a sustained and critical participation. I do this by introducing and scaffolding the concepts and ideas that are at play, by negotiating the problematic(s) that are at hand, and by welcoming that which seeks to enter the conversations taking place, but always as a process of being and thinking with the students in my class. For me, scaffolding moves in every possible direction; consuming, rearranging and producing new potentials and quandaries to pursue, to negotiate and also expand, but in such a way that the traditional hierarchy of teacher-learner is opened up and unsettled—a relationship that is provisional and relational. For me, then, teaching is not simply a matter of making learning possible, it is about working to ensure that learning is always on the move. It is my hope that learning exists as that which always desires to do something else.

Teaching, then, is about attending to what might be. It is about being curious and inquisitive. It is about entertaining one’s curiosities and thoughts on what is to come. I do this by being there, by being interested in the phenomena that enlivens the students in my class, and that compels those whom I am working with to continue working, thinking and doing. I do this by appreciating the many challenges and ambiguities that emerge from interactions such as these, and by attending to them with sincerity and purpose.

What it is that I “do” as a teacher does not always embody these particular characterizations, though, because teaching and learning is an unpredictable struggle. It is that which evades our sensibilities, contradicts our assumptions and challenges our every desire. And so for me to say, “I love to teach,” is really a matter of professing the degree by which I enjoy playing and being at play within the struggles of teaching and learning. It is in actuality a matter of confessing that what I enjoy most is being there with students when learning is on the move…” -Christopher Schulte

Wow. Every time I read it, I feel happier and more inspired! Yay, Chris! Thank you!

 

Satsuma Press

Satsuma Press is a one person design and letterpress studio located in Corvallis, Oregon.

“I fancy good, simple design that is pleasing to the eye and mind; refreshing color and lush paper;
plenty of open space and quiet, graceful beauty.

I believe in fine craftsmanship.
I believe that finding joy in the work you do is essential.
I believe that letterpress printing is a thing of beauty.”

Beautiful!

How much do you love this child art inspired letterpress card??!!

(via satsuma press products)

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