Maybe you can feel it too? That sense that something big is on the horizon. I've been describing it like a pinball in a pinball machine. Before you play you have to pull the spring that launches the ball all the back. ALL THE WAY. And if you're anything like me, you pull it back as far as it can possibly go because that launches the ball the furthest, right?! If I'm honest, I probably spent more time preparing a near-perfect launch, than I have actually playing! :)
I'm definitely no arcade master, but over this past year of business ownership I've felt like I've been playing. I've been strategizing scaling and growing during a time of economic hardship. I've been building for a future, in an uncertain present. I've been dreaming and creating when the world screams the opposite. And most importantly, I've really enjoyed the challenges of meeting our Flourish families, wherever they are.
Throughout all of this I've felt like I'm in the arcade, preparing my pinball, pulling the spring back as far as possible, making sure all of the levers are positioned correctly, and setting the stage for the perfect launch. It's in this brief season of waiting, just before the ball launches, that it feels like time stops. Fortunately, I'm no stranger to waiting seasons and all of this practice has made me very patient. :)
Our launch is just around the corner, friends, and I thought this would be a great time to answer questions, let you know how we got to where we are, and eventually fill you in on our future! It's not glamorous and just like our studio, it's full of process. Over the next few weeks I will be coming back to the blog:flourish to fill you in and I am looking forward to sharing our story!
Do you have a question? Is there a detail you want to know about? Drop it below and I will do my best to answer! As always, I am so extremely grateful for this community of creatives! Thank you for sharing in this journey with me!
Downtown Lafayette is home to lots of stunning street art! Plus, more is added all the time- like this beautiful piece from @artifyouwanna
Highly suggest a summer stroll checking out the public art our city offers! You can even find a map of @wabashwalls on
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
@ Lafayette, Indiana
Do you mix colors in your house? Whether it’s play dough or paint or anything in between, do you let your kids explore color mixing independently?
Earlier this week, a fellow art studio owner that I admire posted something that stopped me in my tracks. Meredith from @homegrownfriends shifted my perspective on what subtle ways we perpetuate feelings and preferences towards colors from an early age, and how those feelings can grow into ideas and perspectives about race and superiority.
I’ve been an art teacher for 9 years and never once did I consider this. Never! I cannot even fathom discouraging someone from mixing colors because it may create a shade of brown. The exact beautiful shade that is their melanin.
This perspective has shaken me to my core, so much so that 4 days later I still can’t get past it. And I think that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.
The process that produces desired outcome is rarely easy, friends.
It’s almost always uncomfortable.
It’s almost always difficult.
It challenges your beliefs and practices and ideologies.
It often changes you.
But that’s the point, and that’s why we embrace the process. Because things need to change and we’re going to lean into the hard stuff to make sure that happens.
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!
Our Flourish@Home Subscription Boxes go LIVE @ 8pm tonight so mark your calendars!
- WHY A SUBSCRIPTION BOX?
It’s simple- convenience and savings! Signing up for your subscription box guarantees that your favorite Flourish@Home products are delivered straight to your door, every month, and at a cheaper price that ordering online with shipping!
- WHAT’S IN A FLOURISH@HOME BOX?
Custom, studio-made products that fit your needs and budget! We’ve got 3 sizes to choose from, each packed with themed, quality goodies you love, that are new and different each month!
• SMALL SUBSCRIPTION BOX:
one play dough and one slime
• MEDIUM SUBSCRIPTION BOX:
one play dough, one slime, and one process play kit
• LARGE SUBSCRIPTION BOX:
one play dough, one slime, one process play kit, and one sensory bin
Plus, each box has creative ideas on how to use your packaging to create art with your artists!
- HOW CAN YOU SIGN UP?
Tonight, at 8:00pm, registration will be up and available on our website! You can visit www.flourishstudioandclassroom.com/store/c20/Subscription_Boxes, add your favorite Subscription Box to your cart, and check out! After your first month, you will receive an emailed, monthly invoice that you can either pay manually, or save your payment to pay automatically.
- WHEN DOES IT SHIP?
Orders ship on the 7th of each month. Placing your subscription order in June means that you will receive your first box after July 7th, and each month following.
- WHAT IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND?
Maybe you order the Small Subscription Box and would prefer the medium? Or maybe you want to cancel your subscription? A simple email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take care of it for you, no problem!
What other questions can I answer for you? What are you most looking forward to? Are you all as excited as I am?!?
The countdown is on!!!
Safe to say, we could all use a little more kindness.
In a world where everyone is given a label whether they like it or not, we could all just take a second to choose kindness before judgement.
I challenge you to do one thing this week to spread some kindness.
This picture is from our Virtual ArtED class and it’s a simple way to put some kindness around your neighborhood. Draw a vase, use washi tape to attach a dandelion or clover flower, maybe write an encouraging message and let someone take it home.
What have we been doing during the pandemic?
A total overhaul. We’ve done our best to take a social experience business model and make it virtual and capable of meeting you in your homes. From online classes, to studio-made products, upping our OOLY line, and free content on our social media, we’ve pivoted so many times were dizzy. Time to turn around again!
• How are we beginning to reopen?
Slow and steady is the name of the game. We will begin with Family Acrylic Pouring Classes, private lesson times, and outdoor classes at local venues! We will also be continuing our Virtual ArtED and per the county health guidelines, keep our June camps virtual, as well. We’re hopeful to have July camps in the studio, but also have a virtual option available for families that may be more comfortable doing camp at home.
• What health and wellness policies are we implementing?
We already keep a safe and sanitized environment and have a hassle-free rescheduling policy. You’ll notice that we will begin to heavily encourage hand washing, have limited seating, more spacing, and less sharing of materials. Our goal is to continue to provide a safe, welcoming space for everyone!
• How much do we love you?
A LOT! Like, a whole bunch! Thank you all for supporting us along the way.
For the long, detailed version of our updates and policies, subscribe to our newsletter at www.flourishstudioandclassroom.com/subscribe or check out our website!
Word on the street is that sidewalk chalk is hard to come by?! Say what?
No worries! You’ve probably got everything you need to DIY Chalk Paint in your pantry!
Here’s how we made it:
Each color gets 1 tbsp. of cornstarch + 1 tbsp. of water + a few drops of food coloring!
This is easy-peasy outdoor mess, friends, so get mixing and get creative!
Did you give this a shot?? Let us know how it worked for you! @ West Lafayette, Indiana
Welcome to my first ever blog post. Like, ever. Excuse my unfamiliarity and any bumps that come along with it. ;)
The blog:flourish exists to streamline the delivery of news, detailed information, updates, and amazing things from the studio to you. So with that, let's get to our first bit of information: The Process!
In the studio you will often hear and see PROCESS>PRODUCT. Simply put, this means we focus on what happens during our process of creation rather than the final outcome. Think about the last time you created something, anything. Maybe it was dinner. For me, it was spaghetti and meatballs because for some reason my five year old loves meatballs right now (he even told me mine were better than IKEA's- haha!) We start off creating with an idea of the end result and throughout the process we're working to make this specific thing, but sometimes along the way, the idea changes. Maybe we ran out of certain ingredients. Maybe we got distracted and didn't time something well. Maybe we had a better idea while we were in the middle of creating. Whatever the reason, the end result is not the same as what we had intended before we began. Side note: I must be hungry right now because obviously this scenario is applicable to art, as well as food, and I'm choosing the latter.
Creating this studio space has been no exception. The process of designing my dream art studio has certainly been an evolution. Physically, this space needs to function well for artists of all ages and abilities, be warm, welcoming and inviting for all different backgrounds and needs, and house various artistic examples and art supplies. We've also got wonderful roommates (Bloom Kids Co) who we get the opportunity to share our space and our dreams with! And, we're in this character-filled, downtown building (it was actually home to Lafayette's first bowling alley) that has been renovated to help bring these dreams to life. The process has had so many considerations, tweaks, developments, and awe-inspiring moments, that it hard to believe we're nearing the product: a finished art studio space for the community!
Before we unveil the product, I wanted to take a minute to enjoy and share the process. I know that there will be many things to celebrate when the studio is operational, but I want to remember this moment. I want to remember all of the details and decisions that happened throughout the process. I want to remember the people and the places and the things that helped make all of it happen. I want to remember the process, because that's where growth and learning happens, and that's worth celebrating, just as much as the end result.