Networking with Local Businesses – Sweet & Saucy

We recently held a drawing class at Sweet & Saucy Shop here in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach. The kids loved having a “field trip” and sketching all the wonderful treats in the dessert case. The ladies over at Sweet & Saucy even gave the kids a tour of the bakery & giant freezer.

When we got back to the studio, everyone finished up their drawings and enjoyed a delicious cake pop. Fun!!

I like to partner up with local businesses not only to add variety to our offerings, but to foster the notion that spending money in your neighborhood helps strengthen your own community. I can speak from experience that local small business owners are some of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet & they deserve to be highlighted :)

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July 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

Keeping Kids Busy – Shaving Cream

If you have a sliding glass door or a low window your child can reach from outside, then this activity may give you a few peaceful moments to yourself…

You will need:
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– A can of  99-cent-store shaving cream
NOTE: If your child is still putting everything in his or her mouth, you can substitute for canned whipped cream.
– A silicone spatula, a paint brush & any other tools that won’t scratch the glass
– Your kid outside in messy clothes

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If your child is strong enough, let them go ahead and spray cream onto the window. Remember, the point is to keep your child busy for a little bit, so don’t jump in to rescue them & spray out all the cream – that could cost you 10-15 minutes of free time…

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Let your child fiddle with the can for a while on their own. If your child is frustrated then of course, give them some help & spray a few globs around the window.

Averyboo Arts, Natalie Meza

Next, let your child have at it.
Don’t be afraid of the shaving cream… it will all wash off.
They can spread the cream with their hands or tools. They can pretend to paint, draw, cook, slay dragons, whatever they like. If you’re lucky, you’ll get at least 20 minutes out of this activity.

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When your child is all finished, give them a hose and tell them you need a fireman to help clean the window and, BAM, you’ve just squeezed another 10 minutes out of this activity.

Simple but fun. Enjoy.

 

June 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

5 Year Anniversary!

It has been 5 years since we opened our doors!

My little boy was only 2-1/2 when we acquired the space – now he’s EIGHT. I opened the business for he & I and Avery is still my biggest cheerleader. I am fortunate to have been able to build something creative for myself and the community that has allowed me to keep my child by my side & raise him in such an open environment.

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In the early days (before he went to school), Avery always had something creative to do.

It hasn’t been a piece of cake, mind you. Don’t know if I would “do it all again” knowing what I know now, but this is my path and more opportunities & growth await! Avery is learning so much through this process also.

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How LUCKY am I to have witnessed my child’s very first painting of our family?

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I used to have a little cot upstairs for Avery to nap on, but he preferred his club house (empty cabinet).

Averyboo ArtsI want to thank my son & my husband for their unwavering support; putting up with all the craziness. And to my Mom who takes care of the plants and my Dad, AKA “Mr. Pops” who provides a small music segment in Paint, Play & Music… Thanks to my super-cool instructors Ms. Tania & Ms. Kathryn who provide fun classes for our students and thanks to all our awesome MINI ARTISTS & PARENTS who attend class &/or help out during the week. Always remember that YOU are the artist™! Peace.

March 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Surprise Holiday Gift Workshop – Revealed

Here are some photos from our wonderful parent/child gift making workshop in December. I’ve been waiting to reveal the gifts since the final product was unknown to the participants until they unwrapped it on Christmas! The parents & kids were separated while they each made portions of the gift. I baked, glossed, & assembled everything then wrapped it all up for their holiday SURPRISE.

We are planning to have another parent/child craft night in February for Valentine’s Day – stay tuned…

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Gorgeous parent/child art vase

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The kids worked on painting the vases and making a mini flower.

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Grownups enjoyed hot tea while making their beautiful clay flowers.

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Funny all the insecure comment that were made by the adults at the beginning… their flowers came out amazing!

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Assembly begins.. I took everything home & cured the vases and baked the flowers.

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Final gloss coat, adhesive and we have the final product! I love how these came out. I hope everyone loved their time together and a fun surprise on Christmas ♥

December 30, 2013 at 11:14 am 2 comments

Thanksgiving Weekend SALE. Limited!

Anyone familiar with the studio knows we don’t normally offer “sales” so be sure to take advantage of these Limited Time discounts happening Thanksgiving Weekend…. If you are a parent who would love to cut down on the clutter of toys this holiday season, please share these deals with your friends & family.

This is also a great opportunity for current students to renew their series at a lower rate.  Give the gift of art and support a small business :)

Click the individual links to be taken to details & buying info for each deal:
> BLACK FRIDAY 11/29 ONLY
> SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, 11/30 ONLY
> CYBER MONDAY, 12/2 ONLY

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November 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

CYBER MONDAY, online only deal.

Available 12/2/13 ONLINE ONLY
The studio will be closed. This deal is online only.
EXCLUSIVE

Buy $50 or more Gift Card, Save $10
averyboo artsGive the gift of Art Lessons!
This is especially great for current students! Buy this discounted Gift Certificate now and use it to renew your classes later. Tell friends & family you’d like the gift of art lessons this year :)

The Fine Print
• Class days & times vary. Please make sure our schedule fits yours before buying.
• This is an online deal only, for 12/2 only. No exceptions.
• Applies to $50 ($40) or $100 ($90) online Gift Certificate.
• Not responsible for lost or stolen gift certificates.
• Must set up online account before purchasing.
• All Sales Final.

NOW CLOSED

*SUPPORT*
How to set up online account and make purchase… CLICK “more” for instructions & screen shots. The studio will be closed 12/2. If you still need help after reading the support info below, please email info@averyboo.com
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November 19, 2013 at 5:45 am Leave a comment

Small Business Saturday, In-Studio DEAL

Available 11/30/13 IN-STUDIO ONLY
EXCLUSIVE

Buy 3 Gift Cards $20 or More, Get $15 Gift Card FREE
gift the gift of smiles11:00am-1:00pm

Give the gift of ART & Creativity!
Gift Certificates may be used toward Art Classes, Open Studio Visits, &/or Birthday Party. Please visit our website to view class listings & photographs from our super fun studio.

The Fine Print
• This is an in-studio deal, for 11/30, 11-1pm only. No exceptions.
• For every 3 gift cards, you will receive one $15 certificate.
• You will have choice of emailing the gift certificate or printed certificate.
• Not responsible for lost or stolen gift certificates.
• All Sales Final.
• Located 3908 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach 90807

 

November 19, 2013 at 3:52 am Leave a comment

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