around these parts...

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we made the painful decision to close our physical studio in late May this year. Packing up our 2000 square foot studio - and all it's memories in the midst of a pandemic - was not what we envisioned when we opened our doors in 2014 as tampa bay's first DIY studio. But then again, who could have possibly predicted that?

Moving the studio "home" was a bit of a rude awakening. Our family lived amongst mountains like this for awhile as we figured out where to put what. We happily re-homed a large percentage of our supplies to children and local makers in the community and eventually carved out some small workspaces in our 100 year old home.

The summer was jam-packed. Shortly after we closed our doors, my baby sister, Macae, had a baby of her own! Miss Ryland Mickens came barrelling into the world - covid and all - at 28 weeks. She would go on to stay 67 days in the NICU before being released home.

We spent the summer producing almost 100 lessons to complement our 10 weeks of arty camp crates. We did our best to bring the magic of our former brick and mortar space to families all across the Bay area - in between impromptu dental visits, bob ross wigs, and a hail storm or two.

Fortunately, in early September, after the bazillionth camp crate had been delivered I got a chance to fly home and see my new niece - and the rest of my Missouri fam - for a few weeks. It was a wonderful time to touch base with my loved ones, rest, and rejuvenate.

And now... we (I, Melissa) am back! We (makeme) are still operating out of my home for the time being and coming at you with some awesome new ideas - we sure hope you'll stay tuned!

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