It’s hard to describe how good of a feeling we get knowing that we expose so many children and families to what we do at Pachis. Helping them get more involved with the San Diego art community.
Identity is such a hard and fun subject to teach. It makes us connect with things we may not like or be proud of. And seeing our students learning about themselves and actually discovering who they are is magical. It makes them more sensitive and vulnerable to themselves and their peers.
This past week I received a phone call from a concerned mother asking if I would offer the Pachis Art Studio for Kids space to families who are emotionally processing all the recent political upheaval and even wanting protest and raise their voices against hate and bigotry.
I’ve always been a huge believer that art makes us more sensitive and tolerant to others. It can help us express our thoughts in a non-political, non-aggressive way. We can use colors and shapes to express how we feel without offending others. We can use art as an outlet to put our thoughts out there and share those thoughts with our fellow citizens.
I was so happy to receive this call. I immediately said YES and then started planning something more concrete to offer our customers, our families, our friends, and our community.
My husband and I are both citizens of the United States and were born in San Diego but raised in Tijuana, Baja California Mexico. We moved back to San Diego when we got married and both countries truly feel like home to us. Our families and some of our closest friends still live in different parts of Mexico. I can’t begin to explain how hurt and worried I’ve been feeling about the hatred leading the news for the past few weeks.
With that background, I found this call to be a great opportunity to be part of a movement. A movement of change that teaches our children that we can work together to make things better.
We keep hearing that many people are also feeling frustrated, concerned, and sad about certain matters affecting our country and the peace in our society. Our children ask what’s happening. We all want to do something and give our children a safe environment to speak, act and express themselves without repercussions.
I’m proud to offer that safe space at Pachis Art Studio for Kids: Pachis Care Art will be offered every Wednesday in February from 5 to 7pm. For just a $10 fee per person (to offset the cost of supplies), you and your children will have access to the studio and to art supplies to be able to make care banners, signs, paint a picture of how you feel, or to share with fellow friends, neighbors and classmates.
Please join the Pachis team and our families on this Pachis Care Art movement and let’s add some color to our lives!
This post is about some serious business: Christmas!!! I love, love, love, love, LOVE the holiday season!
The smells, the decorations, cozy weather (when San Diego allows it!) and Michael Buble’s holiday album is the best! Oh and my husband baking cookies, also the best!
This year is extra special because Martina is now old enough for us to make our own Christmas ornaments together. We had such a fun time making them!
We made a doll ornament for each member in our family. Making dolls is something I’ve always enjoyed!
Here is the list of supplies we used:
- Felt squares and fabric scraps for clothing
- Wooden bead heads. The ones I bought had faces painted on them, but these will do. You can use a sharpie to draw the face
- Twisteez wire for the body. This is a product I really like and always keep at Pachis art studio for kids. It’s easy for young kids to use and you can make any project with them, from jewelry to sculptures.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Buttons and beads from the box we keep at home
The first doll we made was Martina’s. I started by molding the twisteez wire to a simple stick figure shape that is threaded through the wood bead. This step I had to do myself. The twisting and managing of the wire can be a bit tricky for a 3 year old’s small hands.
We then cut out simple shapes for clothes that would dress each doll. Here’s a sample of the little dress we used for the medium sized ornament. Martina helped me glue them together.
Then I pulled apart a small piece of fabric scrap to make the hair nice and curly like my daughter’s:
Finally, we added some buttons and sequins to add more detail on the doll. This was definitely Martina’s favorite part.
Once we finished the first doll, we chose the materials to make the rest of the ornaments.
And this is what they looked like in the end:
Making your own ornaments is a way to decorate your tree with extra special pieces. It’s cheaper than store bought ornaments and it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with your family.
When my mom and sister saw the final product, they wanted us to make one for each member of our whole family! Not sure I have the time to do that this Christmas but maybe next year I’ll surprise them with that.
Enjoy this activity with any family member or friend.
Please leave a comment below with any questions you may have.
This month is about embracing thankfulness. I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish this blog post before the end of the month, but here it is! I hope you enjoy it.
These past two months have been crazy in our household. We welcomed baby Bruna in September. I don’t know about all moms out there with more than one child, but for me, this has been a bit more difficult than expected. Tantrums, no routine, no schedules, no sleep! So let’s say that between being a mom of two adorable girls, a wife and a business owner, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed.
A couple weeks ago, we had some friends stay with us for a week. I thought it would be too much but I was so thankful for their visit! Aside from the fact that they are like family to us, we had a blast being tourists in San Diego and the Guadalupe Valley, Baja California.
The reason I bring this up is because I realized how important it is to ask for help, to surrender and be humble and allow others to support you and your family. I’m a big “wonder woman” practicer, “I can do it all!!!”
Having extra hands around the house, someone else with a different energy to play with our three year old. Someone to listen to our fears, plans, goals and crazy thoughts is so heart warming.
We have been so lucky to be surrounded by amazing friends that have shown so much love and respect for our family.
This post is not about art or about being creative. I want to open up a little and extend a hand, an ear of support to all those amazing parents out there that are in “survival mode” as a friend would say. Just say “I get you” “I understand exactly how you feel”.
This is an important matter for me because I’ve always tried to make Pachis art studio for kids, an extension of my home, of your home and the home of those that haven’t visited us yet. At our home we open our doors to those we share love and respect with, and that is what we offer at Pachis as well. Bring your family to my Pachis home and share special moments. Make new friends and feel supported by others while doing something creative.
Thank you to my family, thank you to my friends, thank you to those of you reading and thank you all that have been making Pachis a part of your lives. It’s because of you that we exist and work hard every day to be the best that we can.
Happy Thankful Season! See you next month with a post about making ornaments with your kids at home.
A cardboard box
Rolled drawing paper
Leftover party plates