What's in a Name?

Squeeze Spot

You named your company what?

Squeeze Spot. Not sweet spot or squeeze box, Squeeze Spot. If you want to call us Squeeze for short we don't mind.

So where did this name come from and why?

Lets start with who we are and what happens in the space we call Squeeze Spot.

We are fun. We are honest. We like to be creative and to offer the opportunity to drink at any thing we do; well anything that doesn't include kids, but we'll get to that later. We wanted to create a community around our fun crazy ideas like coloring, Lego-ing, and throwing darts at paint, but we have kids and we know they steal all the fun sometimes. So we like to say we squeeze a lot of fun into one spot, but really there's more.

It comes back to college days. Owners Moe and Tina spent many days and nights throwing passion into hand crafted projects that didn't always fare so well during the critique; but the nights of drinking beer or wine and painting were well worth the reward of standing back with pride and saying “I completed that, and it's not so bad.” As life goes with college, the extra high moments and extra low moments tend to create this comical perspective when one is able to step back. During one of those epiphanies, we attempted the idea of a game where “the worst story wins”, and when Life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and call it SQUEEZE!

Printmaking, Metals, Typography, Photography, Oils, Acrylic, Watercolor, Art History, Arts Education, Graphic Design, Ceramics,...... lead us to the final class in the final semester where the quote came about in a History of Photography class; “What are you doing with the rest of YOUR life?”, “I don't know, what are YOU doing?” We'll just say a FEW years later and here we are as business owners.

But why name a wine and paint company Squeeze Spot?

Well why not?

Really, it represents a time of pure creation where projects were subject to the opinions of peers and not the “real world” where life gives you lemons and it's ok to throw darts at those lemons! Because sharing the process of creating things with your own hands and saying F*#K yeah, is something to be celebrated. So we say, take a break from the things that matter and have fun! Make sure you “Squeeze it into your schedule”  - We can be 'punny' too ;)

Oh and Kids, they're pretty cool too, and we like to introduce all that fun stuff like pastels, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, robotics building, and fun projects because if we had not been challenged as kids to create outside of the classroom, we wouldn't be where we are today! So yes, kids are a very important start. But we leave out the alcohol!

It's safe to say we are making lemonade out of life, and we want you to join our Squeeze community.

Oh and Spot, well, turns out Squeeze was taken by a dishwashing detergent. But we love our Spot, so Squeeze Spot it is!

 


Adult Coloring; 5 Ways to REALLY Find Stress Relief in Coloring

Adult Coloring
When it causes more stress than it relieves.
5 Ways to Really find stress relief in coloring

I feel more satisfaction and pride in doing a 3000 piece puzzle than a single coloring page whose mere existence meets the magnet and fridge scenario to end up in the trash. The puzzle at least has the potential of repeated success stories; hope tucked away in the closet.

But don't give up yet. The coloring page SHOULD have a destiny of disintegration. It is in the lack of commitment that this colored, hopefully, recycled piece of paper allows us to let go and not worry about the busyness of our hands. Even the simplest pencil sharpener does not run the risk of finger loss.

It's too stressful. Those intricate designs and patterns are a challenge for the most patient adult let alone anyone who is in need for a stress free activity. If you've ever started something that looks amazing only to spend 3 hours and accidentally change colors in your pattern, you know the struggle.

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. Use markers.
Not the super fine point sharpies. Steal your kids markers, if the caps are still on, or find some sharpies that are average size. They just fill spaces quicker and there's no need to sharpen.

2. Throw it away.
That's right. What better way to learn stress free non-attachment than to throw away that coloring page you spent 2 hours de-stressing on. It's all about intention! Start your big bold coloring page with the intention of this not-so masterpiece to be among the leftovers and grinds of yesterday.

3. Make your own designs.
Today it's called Zentangle, a decade ago it was called doodling. Start with a shape and fill it in with lines, dots, squiggles or anything that fills the space. Start from a center with no where to go, maybe set a time limit, but mostly don't worry about it.

4. Color with music.
Coloring with TV just doesn't work as well, it's difficult to watch both and then you're multitasking and not de-stressing – the very act coloring claims as benefits. Music however, uplifts and allows the mind to focus and the fingers to linger.

5. Find a simple coloring Book.

Here are a few simple, fun, and silly options...