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Making Time.

I love to see kids and their adults spending quality time together.

The other day a mother and daughter came into the studio to work on a family heritage project, which added a rich layer to their connection. They spent their visit engaged with one another while they worked on their project, both happy as could be.

During our Messy Toddler class I caught this sweet moment between mother and son. They were enjoying such a quality moment as they worked on a paper project together. I was filled up as I saw them engaged with one another. This is what it’s all about I though.

Spending time with the people we love gets deposited into our “emotional bank accounts”, filling us up inside.

Today, make time for someone you love. Take a walk, build a creation or watch a funny movie together. Quality time is the richest currency we have.

Imagination

Imagination needs no instruction.

We think a secret ingredient to the richness of a child’s life is imagination.
That’s where we come in. When kids are with us at the studio or on the road they get to connect with themselves. They are tapping into their own imaginings and ideas. It’s a wonderful process to watch infold.
We want to preserve that. In today’s busy techno world we encourage kids to plug into their imaginations in healthy ways and, there’s nothing like hands on creating for that!
As you plan your gift list this holiday season add one of our Eco Craft Kits! They are the perfect kit, like no other to get kids engaged in their own imaginations and they don’t need instructions for that.

Call us at 818-575-9566 to order yours today!

Art Heals

Creating art is part of the conversation

I am so excited to take CReATE STUDIO on a road trip to CMATO next Sunday November 10th.
The Museum’s NEW instillation series theme “Empathy, Beneath The Surface” thoughtfully considers the one year anniversary of The Wolsey Fires and Borderline Shooting through art. The conversations are sure to be ongoing and bring people together through works that center on thought, connection and healing. After all, art heals.
We’ll be bring a family fun component that invites kids and their families into the Empathy conversation through a hands-on project exploration- making rustic dolls. Using rustic materials and fabrics kids can dress their doll characters with inspiration from artist, Simphiwe Ndzube, one of the seven featured artists whose work with second-hand clothing is woven into his work.
As part of this family event we are asking for donations of gently used clothing in partnership with CMATO to donation to local organizations in support of those in need. We look forward t sharing this creative Sunday with you.

Clothing donations can be brought to CReATE Studio this week and next and marked CMATO to distinguish them from our other donations.

Thanks for the memories

Birthday parties are family memory keepsakes.

I came across this video made by my brother in law, Kevin Wildermuth a few years ago.
He shot it to help me showcase our birthday parties. Watching it today was such a sweet reminder of why we love to help families celebrate their special days.

During our parties we get to see kids connecting with one another, laughing together, creating like crazy and having the best time with family and friends every time. It’s wonderful to be swept up in the energy and joy of these celebrations as they organically unfold. I am reminded about the pleasures of life with kids.

This video was made in 2017 but Nate, the birthday boy still has the friends he is seen here with. This party became a shared memory for all the kids. It makes me so happy to know that all of those memories will last Nate’s lifetime.

Learn more about our birthday party packages and schedule your next celebration with us.

We’re On the Road Again.

We love to take creativity on the road and make connections as we go.

This coming weekend we head to Malibu and two community school campuses to be a part of their fall festivities with our creative reuse fun.

Join us for Halloween inspired crafting for little ones at Bluffs Park in Malibu on Friday, October 25th from 3-5:30pm. We’ll be making Pine Cone Pumpkins and more!

Connect with us Saturday, October 26th from 2-5pm at E.A.R.T.H.S Magnet School for their Halloween Carnival. We’ll be providing spooky crafting from small Amazon boxes. Cardboard boxes are a favorite reuse of ours.

On Sunday we would love to see you at Chaparral Elementary Schools Fall Festival in Calabasas where we’ll be creating festive treasures with Shredded Paper galore!

We love to be out in our community creating. The studio is open while we’re on the town.
We can’t wait to see you around!

Sewing is Skillful.

It’s a foxy afternoon with a mother/daughter machine sewing session at the studio. We love to help families sew. Contact us to learn more at 818-575-9566

Kids do say the darndest things.

Funny and inspiring things kids say.

I see why things kids say are viewed as darndest, they call it like they see it. Their astute natures continue to surprise me. Sure, they say things they over hear from adults or what adults tell them but they also say what is.

Five year old Sophia saying “If you keep making things, you’ll get more creative” was just the kind of thing I might find on a tea bag tag. I want to save it and hold it close. It’s truth for me and just the right message to share with kids and adults who don’t see themselves as creative. I say “Creativity is a Thinking Muscle in your brain”. Just like any other muscle, it strengthens when exercised. Sophia’s words hit the point home.
Let’s keep making things to strengthen that muscle.

Messy Toddlers Rule

Do you have a toddler who likes to get messy?

We have just the fun for you!Join us for Messy Toddler Art fun tomorrow morning from 10-11am where curiosity and exploration are the name of the game.

A surprise hit.

I was surprised that apothecary bottles was the hit project people wanted to make during Friday night’s Pinspired Night.
Once the evening got underway and the lady started creating they had the most fun chatting with friends and tinkering with the the old liquor bottles I had available. It was a highlight for me when as they got their creations packed up I heard them say that they had so much fun. They had painted, hot glued and played around with patterns as they created what was intended to be spooky bottles for display. Maybe that project gave them permission to really enjoy exploring without expectation. Apothecary bottles are all about funky. I hope their bottles are proudly displayed on their mantles or tables or bookshelves, reminding them of how much fun they had creating just for fun.

Make a Haunted House

The Perfect Halloween fun.

I love October. The feel of the air, the smells of fall, the deep colors and of course Halloween. This year I felt inspired to create a workshop series that grew from the kid in me who loves October the way I do now.
This October we’re Creating Haunted Houses during our workshop series each Friday.
The goal is for each participant to create a 12″x 12″ haunted house that matches their love of Halloween and all things fall in a whimsical way from rooftop to ground floor.
This includes wall paper, spider webs, funky furniture they make and the zany characters of they develop. All materials are included.
If your kids love halloween they are going to have the best time making their own Halloween House to savor every halloween or all year long. Learn more and sign up through the Creating Haunted Houses link.
I can’t wait!
Jemma W. Owner