Thursday, October 16, 2014

ten [Etsy] things...



I'm a HUGE fan of all the designs from UnicornEmpirePrints. I especially love this Teen Wolf one!


I would love to own a weaving loom from MaryanneMoodie.

The exact response to this Energy Sword Lamp from TheBackPackShoppe was "duuuude" for both me and my husband, so you know it's gotta be cool.

Sophia finds the greatest vintage clothes for her shop HeartsandHearts. Isn't this 60's dress adorable?


*bonus link* I've got a etsy shop too! You can find under the name JesLesemannArt.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ten things...



Pops of neon pink in interiors. Like this room with perfect pillows and this room with a great chair.

Like the headphones above, I'm really loving the trend of making weird things floral. That is especially true when it comes to this skateboard and these gameboys.

More pops of neon with these DIY marbled planters.

I love everything about this church-made-home featured on Design*Sponge.

I've been really considering this hair color. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

gettin' buggy with it


Creepy, crawly, cool or yucky, bugs are one thing you can count on being interesting to kids. Which is when we were deciding on topics for our science series this summer, bugs couldn't be ignored.

Our program started as it always does: us telling bad jokes while we wait for the kids to get there. We always ask the kids to contribute, and they come up with some great ones! 

"What letter can hurt you if you get to close? B." 
 "What do you call a fly without wings? A walk." 


Once we got everyone sat down, we asked them to build a bug out of the templates we had provided (which you can download for your own use HERE.) While they were building we were given the chance to talk to them about how bugs are put together, how many legs they have, if the size of the wing matters, if the color matters. It was a great way to teach about insect anatomy. And the bugs they came up with were fantastic! A few even made their pictures 3d!


After everyone had gotten their bugs together, we gave them all bug catchers and a magnifying glass (both from Oriental Trading) and sent them on a hunt. Since the tongs have air holes, most of the kids were able to examine the bugs and then let them go, no harm done. We found a lot of spiders, but not a lot of flying bugs. I'd like to do this program again in s different season and see if they get different bugs!


After a half hour if hunting, we brought them in for an "ants on a picnic" snack. Graham crackers with icing and raisins. Yum!


If we did this again: I'd keep a graph of what kind of bugs they found. Disguise the math lesson as a contest, and they won't even know they're doing it!


Reading suggestions:

by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss
by Mary Howitt, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
by David Shannon

Monday, October 6, 2014

inspire me... Yao Cheng

Okay, all of the artists I share on here do beautiful work. A lot of them make me wish that I was as talented as they were, and some of them inspire me to change the way I think about my own work. But very few of them actually make me pick up my paint brush and actually get down to business. Yao Cheng is one of those select few.

I've been into watercolors for a while now, but I'm completely self taught. I was recently asked to teach a watercolor class at a local studio, and I decided that I should probably educate myself a little more on how the pros did it. While on my search, I came across this set of tutorials, and fell in love.

Yao's style is graceful, elegant, light, colorful, and modern. Her invitations are to die for, wonderfully designed and beautifully illustrated, and her abstract work is a dream. She made me totally rethink the watercolor medium with pieces like the one I'm sharing here.

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