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Crafty Goods – 5/23/14

Spring Balloons

Happy Friday to all you crafters, makers, and handmade enthusiasts!
I’m so excited to be back and I’m thrilled to report that I am doing this Craft Ninjas/Share Denver thing FULL TIME.
It’s an inspiring time and there’s so much I want to do…so much that needs to be done!
And the first item on my checklist is a weekend collection of all the crafty stuff happening in & around Denver and some extras to keep you energized!

-First and foremost, ArtStir is happening this weekend! 100% Colorado artisans, crafters, and makers will be sharing their wares in downtown Denver and it’s going to be a lovely sight! Take some time to wander the 16th St. Mall, shop local, and celebrate the holiday weekend by supporting creativity!

-Also, the Denver Flea is debuting on Saturday at City Park! A celebration of all things Colorado – beer, food, artisan crafts! And if you RSVP NOW…they’ll buy your first beer or coffee! That’s a win in my book!

-If you’re wanting to get out of town for the weekend, Estes Park is hosting their Art Market in Bond Park! With a healthy variety of local and national makers, this sure to be a lovely stroll! Plus you’re in Estes Park – go to the Stanley and drink a whiskey cocktail!

-Speaking of craft events, we’ve got a couple of good ones still accepting applications:

Don’t wait a minute to get your application in for Handmade Homemade! Their next event is June 28th, but applications are due May 30th. Hit up their website to apply!

The Denver Public Library is putting on their own Arts & Crafts Fair at the Sam Gary Branch in September and they want you! Application fee is crazy cheap ($20!!) and it looks like it’s gonna be a lot of fun! Reach out to Janet Banks at 720-865-1219 for more information!

-Can you even believe how cool this video is? All of it animated with yarn! It’s mesmerizing!

-And finally, this weekend Share Denver is hosting an event for Every Mother Counts. One of our fine teachers & friends, Sara Downey-Robinson, has put together a baby shower to gather donations and provide resources for mothers & families.
It’s an amazing cause and we’re pretty honored she picked us to host this cool get together! Drop your donations at Share around 10 AM, visit with Sara to learn more about Every Mother Counts, and grab a mimosa!

It’s gonna be a good weekend! Take pictures of any projects that you’ve been working on and share them with us for #WAYWO on Monday!

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Crafty Goods 3/21/2014

Crochet Flowers

It’s Crafty Goods! Here’s some fun stuff I found to share with you this week!
-Are you familiar with Leonie Dawson? She is a self help author/artist/hippy who has also evolved into an entrepreneur + philanthropist with a half a million dollar company. In her blog this week, she shared a concept I needed to hear – “What you do in the world is needed”.
It’s something we all need to hear! So if you’re feeling uninspired or off track…this could be a good boost!
-I’m super excited to see what’s in the works of my friend Anne Franklin, of Anne Franklin Designs, and her collaboration for BrainyCrafts! Check it out!
-Denver area peeps! Naomi is moving to Indonesia and she wants you to take some of her stash off her hands! Sale is Mar. 22 from 8am-3pm and Mar. 23 from 9am-2pm at 7995 E. Mississippi Ave., A18 Denver, CO  80247 Here’s her Flickr page for just a sample of the goods
-The Aurora Arts Festival’s theme this year is Recycle Upcycle! If you’re a crafter or artisan that uses recycled or upcycled materials, this is the party for you! Hit up their website for info! But do it fast! They have limited spaces for you darlings!
-My amazing friend Kelli from Bitter O’Clock has an e-book for crafty types called, “Tax Tips for Crafty Businesses”.
If you need some help, take a peek here and then shower Kelli with love because she’s offering it FOR FREE!
-Looks like they are still accepting folks for the Denver Mini Maker Faire – Hustle your bunz if you want in!
-This weekend at Share Denver there is all kinds of good stuff happening! Denver Craft Ninjas are teaching a paper marbling class and Risa is teaching a pearl and metal bracelet! Come hang out at Share Denver and learn something new for heaven’s sake! And next week there’s even more! Katrina’s The Art of Risottos, Gratins, & Classic Sauces, Pom Pom Mobiles with Lili, Melamine Bird Feeders with me (and I don’t even like birds!), Chainmail Amulet Bag with Risa, and Craft Your Blog with Sara from Meanest Look!
-How amazing is this art installation by Beili Liu? It’s called The Mending Project and it so stunning and overwhelming. 
Spring is here! FINALLY! And I’m feeling it! New inspiration, positivity, and an urge to create!
What’s floating your boat, Ninjas? Share in the comments or hit me up on Facebook and fill me in!

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MCA Denver Teen Pop-Up Shop

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There’s pretty much nothing I’m more in support of than cultivating the abilities of young crafters!
Finding something creative that you love and developing a process as a maker is important for young people. It can encourage entrepreneurial spirit!
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s Teen Program: Failure Lab is hosting a Teen Pop-Up Shop on Saturday, April 5th from 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the museum. They want to showcase the unique and creative talents of teens in our community. The Pop-Up Shop will feature handmade items by teens such as jewelry, t-shirts, bags, art, buttons, screen prints – anything creative.
They want you, crafty Denver teens! It’s free to apply – First come first serve basis.

Hit this link to grab their application and encourage the young creative people in your life be a part of a budding teen community of crafters & makers!

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Holiday Craft Supply Swap!

Supply Swap

We know you have a craft stash. We all do! And a lot of it…we’re probably not going to use.
So, we’re encouraging you to go through it and freshen it up at our first ever Holiday Craft Supply Swap!

All the details are above, but let’s talk about some of the best parts of this event:
-Cleaning out your stash! You know you need too!
-Getting new stuff to help strategize your holiday crafting!
-It’s all for a good cause! Share Denver has teamed up with arc Thrift Stores and all remaining swap items and any proceeds go directly to them!
-SCISSOR SHARPENING! How many pairs of scissors do you curse while cutting out fabric for a quilt? Did your kids use your embroidery snippers? Randy’s Scissor Sharpening will be at the ready to help get your scissor game sharp!
-Mikes2Kitchen will slangin’ delicious grub along with all the other tasty stuff happening on Fairfax (Latke LoveEis GelatoCamino Coffee)!

It’s going to be a great time and we’d love for you to join us!
So, start going through your stash! Let’s swap!

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DIY Halloween Headbands with arc Thrift Stores

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Know what’s fun?
Getting together with your friends (at Share Denver) and DIYing your buns off!

Thankfully, my friends Shaun and Amber are always game to do something fun! And I’m always appreciative of their creativity and skill.
This time, we got together for a great opportunity to be the first guest blogger on the arc Thrift Stores new blog!

Click here for a super easy and fun couple of DIY Halloween Headband projects!

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Denver Craft Ninjas Pop-Up

Hooked On Colfax Pop Up

We know we’ve been a bit quiet! But it’s for good reasons! Great reasons, really!
Share Denver is growing and becoming more lovely and amazing by the day! Classes almost daily, new teachers every month, and tons of cool plans for the future!
You want to get involved, I promise! Hit up their website, follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook!

Still, we miss you, Ninjas! More than we can express!
And when our friends Hooked on Colfax asked us to host a little pop-up craft at their amazing coffee shop…we couldn’t say no.

We’ll be at Hooked on Colfax this Sunday from 10 AM – 2 PM with a fun, simple project!
Join us and don’t forget to bring a a couple dollars for your project ($2.00 – it’s a steal) and some money for one of Hooked on Colfax’s divine drinks! And they’ve got a little bit of everything – from a latte to a bloody mary and more!

We hope we’ll see you on Sunday!

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Denver Craft Ninjas vs. Bottle & Bottega

Is there a difference between crafter and artist? Should there be?
I’m going to argue that there isn’t a difference.

I’ll admit, I’ve been one to dismiss my own artistic endeavors, preferring to call myself a crafter, because it seems less serious and highbrow.
I’m sure there are “artists” out there that balk at crafters and their output – but I’d argue that there is precisely as much soulful effort and skill in appliqueing or jewelry making as there is in blending paint colors on a canvas or bending steel into sculpture.
Comparing the two is silly! And letting the two worlds merge is the only way to make crafters feel like artists and remind artists that they’re crafters!

Bottle & Bottega

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