REDUCE, REUSE, RELOVE. This is the motto of the ReLove Creative workshop. Run by Emily Adams out of the Mother & Earth Baby Boutique in Old Town, ReLove is a class-based business that has classes for both adults and children. The adult classes focus on creating arts and crafts out of previously used items, while the children’s classes focus on children’s creativity in unconventional crafts.
Adams’s most popular class is her Messy Mondays class, where toddlers and their parents work on either a clean craft or a messy craft, depending on the parents want. The clean craft usually doesn’t involve paints or glitter, but the messy craft can be anything. Each class also has a different theme along with a story time. There’s no need to make a reservation to Messy Mondays, as drop-ins are more than welcome.
“We like to give the kids an experience that they can’t get at home. We try to give them a sense that would be too much trouble at home, such as playing with raw rice,” said Adams. “In here, it’s okay if the kids get a little messy. They make a mess here, the toddlers and parents leave and we clean up the mess.”
Emily started ReLove Creative Workshop when she became pregnant with her third child. She didn’t want to return to work, but wanted to find other ways to support her family.
“I started painting furniture and selling it through Mother & Earth Baby Boutique,” she explained. “Most of the furniture around Mother & Earth was painted by me. Then I found out that there were no kids classes on Mondays, so to fill that need I began Messy Mondays. So it all sprang from Messy Mondays.”
Adams added that she’s been running Messy Mondays for a year and a half now. “It’s so funny because when I talk to moms around town, many of them may not know me but they know Messy Mondays.”
The adult classes started after parents began asking about painting and art. For the adult classes, a group of people get together to repurpose items like old cabinet doors and turning them into an interesting chalk boards for notes and messages. Adams designs the projects herself and builds a model beforehand as an example.
ReLove also hosts private parties. Adams packs up the supplies and teaches classes in homes throughout the Lansing area. ReLove also hosts children’s parties for kids of all ages. She brings the supplies and works with natural paints made from chalk and clay, keeping the paints eco-friendly.
In the future Adams plans to expand her classes into a bigger space. She added that she would love to hold younger children’s classes in the morning, older children’s classes in the afternoon and adult classes in the evening. She also plans to continue to sell signs and furniture that she makes.
Classes are available for adults and children Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Adams also sells products and class vouchers online. For more information, visit mkt.com/relove.