Nothing like getting the gang all together for a celebratory doodle-fest at Riley’s birthday party.
Art filled creativity was the top goal with all these kiddo’s.
I have shared pictures of kids coloring one of our jumbo coloring posters before and each time it’s because I am so taken in the moment of connection I see, be it to coloring itself or with the friends that surround one another.
Here it’s both the talking between friends while coloring and the presence they have to be in the creativity flow of this basic form of self expression while they talk about life.
During Kareena’s Slime themed birthday party today Peyton made the tallest stretch of Fluffy Slime we’ve ever seen!
This is my Favorite thing!
Families spending creative time together engaged in the moment and the love of togetherness. I often say to families, the family that creates together, stays together. It’s a time when everyone can express themselves and feel loved and understood as is.
Togetherness is da bomb.
We Are All Connected Somehow. Right now, one of my connectors seems to be Joy Prouty, @joyprouty on instagram.
Years ago when my daughter Maisy joined instagram one of her early follows was Joy Prouty, she would tell me about her story, her images, her then only one young daughter and the beautiful family she had. One day Maisy came into our kitchen thrilled that Joy Prouty was having an estate sale and it was right in our Thousand Oaks Backyard! Until then she had assumed Joy was far away in another state with her lovely tales of family life. We went to the sale but didn’t connect with the Proutys’ then.
A few years later I met Joy as she brought her eldest daughter to the studio for a CReATE date with a friend. I told her about my connection to her family.
Years later still, during a birthday party at the studio I talked with a parent who was a photographer @erin_m_fox. She had trained under Joy Prouty. I loved that connection so I tucked it away in my memory to go back to someday.
Someday came recently when I thought about updating my website with fresh photos. Erin immediately came to my mind, so I called her. When she came to the studio to meet with me we connected. We talked about work, family, life and of course, Joy Prouty. When Maisy had told me about Joy all those years ago I was intrigued by what drew my teenage daughter to an adult mama. She was intrigued by Joy’s photography and her heartfelt story posts.
I followed Joy too then and understood what connected Maisy to her. Talking to Erin recently I understood what connected her to Joy too. It was humanness, kindness, realness, rawness and Joy’s relishing in the beautyness too. As Erin and I talked we shared some nesses of our own.
Today Erin came to the studio to shoot it in-action during a Birthday Party. I watched her work, she connected with people, with inspired views she had, I just can’t wait to see it all. At the end of the day I feel lucky to take note of the thread that is woven through all of us while connecting us all. That’s what it’s really about, being in the connection. Thank you Joy for being a piece of my thread and for weaving into my life’s story that connected me to Erin. I am sure the connection won’t stop here. After all, we are all connected somehow.
Paint and glue and creating with you!
Happy birthday to Hannah (5) and Zoe (7) who we had the honor of celebrating birthdays with at CReATE today! The open-ended creative spirit and messy freedom was our gift to share 🙂
This is the right kind of mirror, with the mirror coated in a glittery matte finish with no reflection.Take a look at it and see true beauty reflected back. You can’t see anyone else to compare to or keep up with. Be as beautiful as you want to be, as beautiful as you are. Be you.
Now that’s our kind of cake! Donuts all the way!
We’ve got a great month planned for you.
Follow our daily instagram posts with the hashtag #createhearts featuring hearts of all varieties to inspire lovingness.
We have our usual open studio time, deal times and days, Messy Toddler Art Fun, Field Trip visits, Troop visits, Machine Sewing classes, Girls Club Strong Confidence Classes, A Pinspired Night, parents Night Out, M.A.T.E.S. Steam Night, Birthday Parties, a Spotlight on YARN and Oak Parks Super Saturday!
Let’s have a lovely time creating together.
All hands on deck!
Birthday party guests make cardboard emoji necklaces. Now this is how we like to see kids using their hands- making, painting, building, exploring and discovering.
Save technology hands on use for another day.
Kids need time like THIS to decompress and express!
Sydney’s birthday party was all about SLIME and finding just the right blend of ingredients to make it ultra!