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Spotlighting Yarns

As we Spotlight Yarns (and String) this month we wonder, Is yarn or string recyclable?
When we searched, we found that there is awareness about yarn and the concept of recycling with websites that sell recycled yarn , we haven’t found current information that yarn can be recycled at a recycling plant so lets keep re-creating with it at the studio! We’ve also got a fun resource of ways to reuse yarn on our Pinterest account. Check out our Spotlight on Yarn page for inspirations.

#createhearts

I love February and all the love that floats around. It’s the perfect time to put a spin on love with simply noticing whats around us in every moment.
When I am present, in the now, I see the most profoundly captivating things-hearts. The more I look, the more I notice, the more I notice, the more I see. Hearts are everywhere in all kinds of things, and all over the place. Look for them, notice whats around you just for today and you’ll see, hearts surround us and the ground us in good.
In support of this phenomenon I’ll be sharing hearts in all varieties in daily posts on instagram all February long as part of our annual #createhearts campaign and hope to catch some from others too. Follow along and get inspired to notice the hearts around you.
It is always about love.h

Happy February!

It’s time for our #createhearts campaign on instagram, sharing hearts of all kinds each day of the month to support a loving view of the world we live in.Do you see hearts too?

Follow us @createstudio on Instagram then tag us, the more hearts the better!
Love, love, love is the way.

Soulful Read

“The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron is the last of our e-newsletter must-have book recommendations this month. This book is THE soul searching creative work book. If you’re looking for answers to inner questions or a new direction it’s a must-read!
I have sought the wisdom it reveals a few times over the last 20 years since I discovered it and I can honestly say it has moved me in new directions and put pieces of my personal life puzzle together.
Get your hands on a copy and when you do, see if theres a meet-up or book club group to go through it with, it’s an invaluable way to connect with others while your connect with yourself.

Creating Connection

I read somewhere that creativity expands when shared and it made perfect sense. It was a broad statement with happy consequences. Reading that statement and spending the majority of my time at the studio have helped me see just how true and wonderful that is.
These two longtime friends who live a world away had some creative time together with us. They spent their time steeped in friendship as they discussed all the things they would make for the house the were building from scratch. They could have created together all day.
Watching kids and adults create together I see how ideas grow as they talk and reason the aspects of what they’re working on. Two heads are better than one as they say, creations seem to take flight at the hands of teamwork and the whole process goes so much deeper for the participants as three important elements we long to nurture come together; creativity, presence and connection to spark more and more possibilities. It’s so simple yet profound to me that what we seek in life comes easily in shared moments of making. I promise it works to enrich those involved even if it’s as simple as coloring in a coloring book or as intricate as inventing a new game. Take a few moments this week to create something together, it will spark ideas, loving connection and the presence to enjoy it.

Learning and making

This week we have enjoyed field trip visits from White Oak’s 2nd grade classes. Their mission with us was to make small handmade toys from recycled materials as part of their learning exploration after reading “Babu’s Song” by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen with a similar theme of creating toys with scraps and found things.
I love where learning and making colide.

Scatter Joy.


I had read “the life changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo and just finished watching her series “Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix.
I had gotten a lot out of the book when I read it but I got even more from watching the show! There is a very important message for me in her tidying up method and the sensibilities that go along with it that are about sparking joy. She was so creative in developing her method for connecting with joy.
For years I have had a vision board I made with a piece of a card that says scatter joy. I realize after watching the show that that message was an underlying piece of creating the studio for me- to scatter a little joy in people by enabling them to be present and to create what they are sparked through inspiration to do. Marie’s message about sparking joy is really special. It’s wrapped up in gratitude, in appreciating what you already have and in seeing the value of it. It’s loving what you have that helps you love where you live. Those are the kinds of things I have been personally striving for for years. Being grateful for what you have has a space at create studio, Creating can be such a close connection to joy and loving what you make is a wonderful feeling. Those creations go home. Sometimes they stay a while and sometimes they are parted with but all that really matters is if creating them sparked joy. Thanks to Marie, I think I will keep a little mantra in my mind at the studio and in my day to day, “scatter some joy”. Perhaps here the universe is saying spark joy through creativity. Ok!

Today, January 12th

Happy Saturday, we will be CLOSED today, January 12th for drop-in studio time due to a private event. We would love to see you tomorrow, January 13th from 12-4pm.

Using Resources Wisely

I got to visit girl scouts at Aspen Elementary today. They were working on their “using resources wisely” patch so what better craft project than bookmarks made from snack and cereal boxes. A little washi tape and some yarn gave them personal pizzaz!

Try making your own at home with your own snack and cereal boxes and any crafty supplies you may have like stickers or tape!
All you need to get started is a pair of scissors and a food box that you can cut into rectangles and you have your basic bookmark!

R is for Resourcefulness

My instagram friend Chani Friedman @thepaintery_com tagged me in a photo series by photographer @noralorek for @natgeo and told me the sentiment of their post reminded her of what I share about CReATE and creativity on instagram.
If we want to raise our children into resourceful, kind, caring, thoughtful, curious, fun loving adults then we need to give them the down-time to cultivate it. Being in the lull space and doodling, building, puzzling, playing and so on in a “use what’s around you” kind of way brings self connection and inner respect along with the the ultimate knowing you can do anything. It’s subtle but it happens.
I read Shonda Rhimes book, “A Year Of Yes” , where she described nurturing her childhood imagination by playing alone for hours in her kitchen pantry with soup cans that she created whole dramatic worlds around. Now, she does it for television with shows like Scandal. Reading about that reminded me of my own childhood, playing in my caregiver’s backyard with all kinds of storage boxes and food boxes, whatever was on-hand and tons of imagination. I think that’s ultimately the infrastructure that lead me to create CReATE STUDIO.
I was touched by the images of these Sudanese refugee kids on the National Geographic account, I could relate to the core nature of being a kid and just creating stuff because we only have what’s in front of us, that’s resourcefulness and it’s what we’re created to do. Because they likely have only down time to play and create once their responsibilities are done they imagine and wonder. They may well be the first doctors and architects from their community. The limitations of their lives has removed the distraction of stuff overload that many kids of privileged are prone to. These kids are going to their minds to see possibilities in even the most basic things that would in the wrong hands be taken for granted.
Down-time is really up-time, it’s the place in our present that allows inspiration to come into our minds, it’s where resourcefulness lies so mud becomes a pie or some such thing that let’s the world get so much bigger because we dreamed it up. R is for resourcefulness and our kids need it to grow up and into resilient, thoughtful adults. Isn’t that at lease part of what we want to give them?
It is for me.

-Jemma