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Making Friends

We’re having a cuddly buddy time at sewing camp this week.

This is Olivia’s bear who is quite stylish and as you can see, full of love. What more could you ask for in a cuddly friend.


Learning Curve

I am always on the lookout for teaching and learning opportunities at CReATE. As Alfred Mercier said, “What we learn with pleasure we never forget” and we need to keep learning for the sake of our minds and our sense of curiousness in spirit. I touched on the sparkle of fun I felt after learning the ins-and-outs of Modern Calligraphy where my childhood spirit shone through.
I choose to have classes and workshops at the studio that I know can find the lovely balance between teaching and learning which for me includes a big grey area of curiosity, exploration and discovery. This is where each person participating can find their place with the skill they learn and its just for them.  Our open-structure is all about those pieces which are like diamonds that crack open with deeper, more brilliant facets of personal learning. I believe more and more that we do better in life when we look at things curiously which intern translates to creatively. I feel there is magic in the process of trying something out for the sake of personal enrichment. Learning unfolds in the creative flow.
Join me in exploring experiences this fall at the studio. It is after all a family studio where there is something fun for everyone.


Drawing Memories

The other of our two Thursday night workshops was Back To School Boards with fabulous boards by these mamas for their little memory makers. @kristinavirtuedesigns did an amazing job working with these ladies who got the hang of creating their boards quickly! Look for these boards in the hands of two and 5 year olds around town to make their big first days!

Building Dreams

Thursday night was great fun during the two workshops happening at CReATE. For the Creating A Successful Business You Love workshop it was a great exercise to make paper prayer flags with a one word money mindset we want to integrate into our financial thinking to help us build on our dreams for a limit free life! FLOW says it all!

Crafternoon Fun

We’re looking forward to hosting another Free Pinspired Family Crafternoon this Sunday, August 12th at the Thousand Oaks Library from 1-4pm.
We’ll be creating all things Mason Jar! Come join the crafty fun!


Creating A Vision

I loved making a vision board to help me envision where I want my business to grow during last month’s Creative Business workshop with Michelle Perkins and now it’s time for the next session at CReATE STUDIO tomorrow evening, 8/9 from 6:30 to 9pm.

Michelle’s got great plans for establishing your best money Mantras and I have a creative way to help them stick. Join us.

Call 818-575-9566


Building Basics

Any good interior needs an exterior to work off of. Nothing like building an eco house from a moving box to make the right kind of homestead for egg carton furniture (still to come) during our mini camp this week.

The best part of this process is watching the invisible wheels of creativity spin as the kids dream up details for their super homes.


Grateful Lifelong Learner

This week I participated IN a class at CReATE as a student and I was grateful for it.
Taking Kristina Virtue’s Intro To Calligraphy class on Thursday Night was a happy reminder to keep-on learning. She gave us lots of tips, tools and tricks to bring Modern Calligraphy into our everyday with one key ingredient, practice. Isn’t that just what we’d tell our kids? Practice makes…better than before at least. I am not after perfection but, I am after I realize, continued learning. That is a growing interest of mine. It comes later that it would have served me best but maybe now is the right time to actually enjoy it. After the class, knowing that I wasn’t seeking to be a master calligraphist I have been playing over cups of coffee and in my weekly planner as I map out my days with my calligraphy style and each time feel somewhat like a kid again, excited by this new thing, Modern Calligraphy. Maybe that’s what learning offers us always. A glimpse into the giddy moments of our childhood years where magic resided in the little things.


Eco Dollhouse Furniture Fun!

Little furniture is the funnest!
Do you have a young decorator at home?
We’re so excited about our upcoming Eggcellent Eco Doll House Mini Craft Camp next week were we’ll decorate mini rooms with egg carton based furniture like this!
Sign your kids up with us 8/6-8/8 from 9am to 12pm They’ll create the interiors of their dreams with egg carton flair! Perfect for kids age 6 and up.


Sprinkle a little spontaneity on your day.
It’s a great way to move to the side of your scheduled day where you don’t have a plan, to let time unfold as it really does when we’re not trying to parent it. How about starting with with a half hour! Spontaneity is where play lives, it’s got organic vibes and it can lead to bursts of happiness and dial you into your creativity because it anchors you to the present. I love what Elizabeth Gilbert says in her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” To my thinking, when we play around with bringing Spontaneity into our fold, finding the inner jewels can be a profound act of love.
I think I could choose almost any picture I’ve taken at the studio to convey this present minded state since most creating that kids do at the studio appears to come alive in the moment, spontaneously where creativity flows. This can happen for us too.
I am taken with this word and the beneficial ingredient it is for your ongoing efforts to build a quality life for you and your family.  It’s just as mindful as mindfulness and is something that we can all use more of.