Arts and Acts – Art in the Sunshine in Downtown Northville

Looks like the weather may not be that cooperative to live up to the name so this weekend – have no fears! Should rain hinder your art shopping and artistic activities OUTSIDE come on IN the Northville Square! It’s the building with Brick’s and Fred’s and the Sports Den on the lower level because that is where I will be Saturday with markdowns on inspirational gifts, creative free and fee based activities and information about future classes. Also, please stop in and sign up for our new mailing list! Don’t miss an opportunity again to nurture your soul through art! See you Saturday! (oh and we have air conditioning! Hahaha)

Summertime!

There are a lot of outstanding classes coming up at the studio! This coming Saturday June 3 at 2 pm we have a mixed dreamcatcher class! There will be the offering of a kid version ($15) or the adult simple version ($25) This is the perfect time for a mother/daughter date! Make sure text or call me to reserve spots! 248-343-0395

June 16-18 is the Northville Arts and Acts Festival. I will be holding classes and having sales all weekend including having original artwork up for sale. Please check for class times and stop in! In the afternoon on June 18 I will have an intuitive painting class starting at 3:00pm. $35. preregistration required. The shop will be closed during that time. (3:00 to about 5:30)

The studio will be closed June 7-11 while I am on a training retreat. See you soon!

Finally everything in bloom!

It looks like we finally have left the frost behind and if you are like me,  you can hardly wait to cover your yard in colorful plants and flowers and bring out all your little garden residents (I have gnomes and fairies and other pretties). What I am most excited about adding is some GARDEN ART! Even if you have no green thumb and think you are “not creative” I can help! Upcoming classes will include making peace poles and other beautiful, colorful garden art. Peace poles printed and purchased will cost you up to $300! But it’s much more fun to create your own – and economical! Also, I hope you will join me for an Art in the Park day to paint and practice mindfulness in nature! Tune into my Facebook page or my upcoming events list for information. Also, next week we will kick off our Northville Rocks! Get out and enjoy the sun today!

Happy May Day!

And it’s true! It has arrived! What a gorgeous spring we are having! And in the spirit of spring I am “nesting” away getting ready to “birth” new creations. I will be stepping away from “art parties” and trying – with much effort – to provide a set class list and time. I am hoping to create more YouTube videos for you and eventually make these classes available to be purchased and done at home. I have ordered new business cards and a punchcard for those who take classes regularly. 4 classes and you get $10 off the 5th. Of course there are eligible classes. My mini classes and Activities will not be a part of that but I am considering offering you a half class credit for those 😉 – meaning I will. Main thing is getting you in and creating! I am upping my Mindfulness training and hope to bring that you more in the coming months. We are ALL stressed and angry at times. I am shocked all the time with the way people speak to each other, especially behind a computer. We all need to bring more kindness into the world. I am guilty like everyone else. I know how hard it is to remain silent in the face of attacks and meanness. I try to remember the three rules: Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary? It’s hard sometimes and no one is perfect. Give yourself grace – in fact give everyone that. I recently went on an amazing retreat with Brave Girl’s Club and we were reminded to give each other a “lifetime Grace Card” This makes forgiveness and empathy so much easier. You aren’t the person who is attacking you and you have no idea the battles they have seen and vice versa. You will be ok. You have nothing to prove to anyone. You are a unique person that has immeasurable value and are joined in some way to all the people you encounter. Think of all people as as one body with different parts and functions. Be kind to it. be kind to your personal body. For the health of your body is important and so is that of humanity. My entire purpose in life is to help others be happier and live well. And hopefully that will help me too along the way. I’m working on my daily practice of mindful gratitude and joy and I hope you will join me.

Coming up I will have my mini classes. A great way to start getting “into” art again. Because even you “I am not creative” creatives WERE once. Tap into the kid again, the real you, and come laugh and learn how overrated perfection is! See you soon!

Lions and Lambs

March certainly has charged in and reared an ugly head! This week will be a difficult one for me as with power outages, soon to be spring illnesses and my husband being gone most of the week PLUS working hard on costumes for the Northville High production of the Addam’s Family, it’s been one crazy time. The parade is March 31 as well as a March I am participating in up in Lansing. And April 1st I celebrate the one year Anniversary of our official opening. I will definitely be hosting some fun that evening! Plan on coming by April 1! This coming year will be one to refocus on my main goal which is to empower adults to be more creative and remember who they really are through fun, invention and authenticity. I will be offering more journaling, self discovery, vision boards and Artistic Yoga/mediative studies. New and relaxing intuitive art techniques. Up to this point I have more encouraged invention. Going forward the actual physical act of painting will be a focus on new classes. I hope you are ready to take this journey with me. April 7-15 the studio will be closed as I participate in 2 creative retreats which will only help further the classes I will offer you you! Be safe in this crazy weather until our gentle spring lamb returns. Spring is only a week away!

Don’t be shy!

As it certainly feels like spring has sprung upon us in February, things are heating up at the studio as well! I finally have the holiday trees down (hahaha) and I am scheduling more and more consistent classes for you. Please join up on Sunday on 2:00 for our adult painting class. But, its not JUST painting. Along with introducing different media (like paper and fabrics and pencil and watercolor and crayons etc) you will learn to LET IT GO! Yes! Isn’t that what we all need? The 2:00 class is a judgement free zone with smooth tunes and nice atmosphere. Before you arrive I burn some incense and diffuse essential oils. (This way no one should be bothered by the smoke.) You will learn to center and listen to your intuition as you journey through the process painting of the day. No two classes or works of art are the same and there are MANY ways to paint intuitively. So each class is something new. I will be offering a new punch card system, too, for those who wish to come to many classes and get a nice discount!

I might start up a self deprecation jar so beware! No cutting yourself (or each other for that matter) down – all art is beautiful!

One other super fun thing we have coming up is our Artist Trading Cards and our Truth Cards classes! They range from elaborate to stupor simple.

In Mid March I will be celebrating one year as a small business owner! I will announce soon our 1 year anniversary open house – you won’t want to miss it! Be Brave and get Creative~

A few other things will be cropping up soon including open crop night (use my supplies!), bible and altered book journalling, and outdoor wish wands to embellish your gardens. Plus wood signs for our porch.

Big Holiday Event This Sunday!

We are SO excited to have our first major event partnering with other retailers this Sunday from 11-4. Posh Peas Kids Boutique will be setting up a pop up shop in and just outside of our store. They have the cutest darn (reasonable) clothes for your little one! Tough to find things, too! You will love their adorable duds (mostly sized for preschool aged kids or younger school age). And while you are there your little one can color Christmas art or for a fee participate in making holiday ornaments for varying fees. $1-$10. At Charmed & Co. which is right next door we will have a tree wet up with Santa and your child can make a free bead craft and have the opportunity to do more bead crafts for additional fees. We hope you stop by and see all the wonderful gifts and activities we have to offer and get to know us!  Happy Holidays! Santa might even have a surprise for the adults, too 😉

FULL DAY of ART and a new Retail Event with Posh Peas Kids Boutique!

Don’t forget to sign up for one of the amazing art classes offered this Saturday December 3! And to round out your holiday shopping of course, we are here for your unique gift buying but on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 we will be partnering up with Posh Peas Kids Boutique, a local online kids retailer specializing in classy young kid’s wear! Lori offers preppy, classy, and hobo style clothing perfect for the holidays or any day! More details on this event will be coming in so stay tuned! Light refreshments, crafts (both free and for a fee) will be offered and discounts on both ColorfuLaura merchandise and gift cards AND on Posh Peas gorgeous clothing! Hope to see you Sunday December 18 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for your last minute Christmas shopping! SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS!

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FULL DAY of Holiday Art! Dec 3rd!

Starting at 12:00 noon with our youngest artists we will be offering holiday arts and crafts. Make a simple mini canvas ornament. Then at 1:00 for the more advanced pre K and K kids we will do a canvas with collage elements to create their own holiday tree. At 2:00 the ages 8 to adult version of this class begins with a chance to really get creative with paint, stamps and stencils and collage elements such as gems, buttons, trimmings and premium papers! At 4:00 join us to create a Merry Mail (or JOY) card holder to hang your wonderful snail mail greetings and at 6:30 we will offer an adult only winter scene painting class where you can party it up a bit! Check the schedule and Facebook for more info. Please email colorfulaura@gmail.com to reserve your spot as space is limited! Or call 248-343-0395 and specify the class/time and # attending. (check Facebook for example art and pricing)

Stay tuned as we are beefing up our holiday classes and will have handmade gift classes opening up. After the holiday we will starter up again with some of our regular classes (such as intuitive art)

Don’t forget we have a lot of great unique, creative and healthy gifts available for sale in the store and gift cards to encourage the ones you love to Color their Aura with more Creativity!!! See you soon!