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Crafty Goods 3/21/2014

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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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Denver Craft Ninjas – Paper Marbling!

Denver Craft Ninjas March Project

Denver Craft Ninjas March Project

I’ve always loved the way that paper marbling looks!
It’s sort of psychedelic and mesmerizing – but tasteful too.
Aren’t all the best things a combination of those descriptors?!

I’m excited to be teaching this cool paper marbling workshop at Share Denver for our March project on March 23rd.
Here are the details:

I’ll bring the paint and the paper and you come ready to get your hands a little dirty!
All attendees will leave with gorgeous pieces they can use for personalized stationary, wrapping paper, place settings, or any other amazing thing your little heart desires! It’s BYOB! So bring your own beermosa or Irish coffee!

What’s included: Everything you need!

What to bring: You!  Bring you… and your own beverage!

Level: Beginner | 18+

Length: 1pm – 5pm, 4 hours

Sign up for your spot in the workshop HERE!
Can’t wait to see you!

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Denver Craft Ninjas, Beer Crafts and a Banjo Billy Bus

I knew when Shawn Bowman first approached me about collaborating for the release of her book that things were gonna get awesome. But I don’t think I knew just how awesome!

But get some great minds together, add a Banjo Billy Bus, and a beer tour around Denver…you can begin to imagine what a great event we put together!

I’m not gonna elaborate too much. I think the pictures tell the story (drinking, crafts, hell raising), but I do want to remind you that you should pick up Shawn’s books! Beer Crafts and Criminal Crafts are both totally fun and silly and filled to the brim with DIY chutzpah!

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And MAJOR thanks to Nick Nunns at TRVE Brewing, Pints Pub, Nikki Minette at River North Brewery, and Shawn Bowman. Each person and place contributed enormously to make our event what it was and we’re so darn appreciative! Drink at these establishments! Support local breweries!

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Beer Tour with Shawn Bowman!

Beer CraftsDenver Craft Ninjas is so over-the-moon excited to be hooking up with Shawn Bowman, author of the incredible Criminal Crafts and, her new book, Beer Crafts!

We’ve planned an evening of crafty debauchery that surely will be the stuff of legends.
We’ll be doing the things we do best – drinking beer and crafting in a pub crawl around town! On the agenda, you ask? Fashioning up projects from Shawn’s crafty beercentric book! Bracelets, earrings and stunning tiaras from empty beer cans and boxes.
And while this sounds the height of shabby chic, fear not creative friends, we’ll be chillaxing in style aboard the Banjo Billy Tour Bus, departing from Trve and ending up at Three Kings, we’ll hit a few other of our favorite watering holes, stop in for some crafting and fit in a little yarn bombing in along the way.  Could it be more epic? We think not.

Date is July 7th, 2013 from 5:15-7:15 PM. The cost for this event is $25! We’ll provide snacks, craft materials, and some surprises on the bus, but beer tasting at each of the stops is on you! Also, Shawn will have copies of her book to purchase! You know you need one.
Click here to grab your spot and join us for an evening of craft beer and craft fun!

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Denver Craft Ninjas’ Seed Bombs

Sometimes it just feels good to get your hands dirty. Seeing dirt under your nails and in the cracks of your hands shows that you’ve been up to something – for me, that’s crazy satisfying.

It’s often even better when you’re making something that will bloom and grow beyond the initial output. Seed bombs are just that kind of project.
Originating in Japan, seed bombs (or “earth dumplings”) were the idea of Masanobu Fukuoka. His philosophy of natural farming encouraged a kind of gardening technique where weeding, pesticides, fertilizers, and tilling are left by the wayside in favor of letting mother nature choose the seeds she wanted to sow.
In the 70’s, guerrilla gardening picked up where Fukuoka left off. Guerilla gardening groups, like the Green Guerrillas in New York City, used some new and old ways to spruce up vacant lots by building their own seed bombs.
I like to think that Denver Craft Ninjas aren’t a lot different from those Green Guerrillas – sometimes being subversive and making a difference is as small as a seed bomb.

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The group for this project was small and wonderful. We chatted and took turns getting our hands dirty mixing dirt, clay and seeds. We talked about our green/brown thumbs, our yards, our plans for our gardens.
We also made some garden markers…which actually took more time than the seed bombs. It gave everyone a chance to flex their creative muscles and whip up something cute for their garden space.

Seed bombs are crazy easy and I encourage you to try your hand at them. Actually, contact me if you need red clay…I’ve got a grip load of it to share! Seed bombs are to be shared. They are to be happily thrown into a vacant lot or that uncooperative corner of your yard. And when you least expect it, they’ll surprise you and bloom.

Thanks so much to 3 Kings Tavern for always indulging us. I swear, I walked in saying, “We’re using dirt and clay today” and they always shrug it off. I’m endlessly thankful for them.

Lots of things are happening at Ninja HQ and we’ll have news in the coming days about all kinds of exciting stuff.
Please stay tuned! We think you’ll like it!

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Craft Ninjas vs. Seed Bombs (and Garden Markers)!

Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times

Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times

May is the perfect month to do some guerrilla seed bombing! Maybe in your own yard…maybe in the abandoned lot in your neighborhood that’s screaming for some greenery and color!
And we’re here to help you transform your neighborhood into a lovely place for the summer!

Our project this month is to hand roll seed bombs and make some cute little garden markers!

We’ll provide the materials and you be ready to get your hands dirty!
May 19th, 2013 – 1-5 PM at Three Kings Tavern
$23 bucks covers materials (dirt, seeds), containers, gloves, etc. – you’ll walk away with enough seed bombs to go crazy AND with the know how to make them yourselves at home!
Grab your spot via the link here!

Please don’t forget – it’s always better when you bring a little extra dough for a cocktail or two and some snacks to share with your fellow Ninjas!

Can’t wait to see you, Ninjas!

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Denver Craft Ninjas vs. IKEA!

Yep, you read that right!
We’re tangling with IKEA for our April project and only the strong will survive!

Craft Ninjas vs. IKEA

We’ve teamed up with IKEA for a super fun project that will make use of all the excess cardboard that they’ve got lying around. We’re calling it Reduce, Reuse, Re-Craft!

Join us on April 14th, 2013 at IKEA from 1-4 PM.
But Ninjas, here’s the catch! – we only have 10 spots saved for this event!!
For those of you Quick Draw McGraws – go to this link to sign up for one of our spots!

IKEA will be posting their Family email on April 1st where they will offer 25 more spots! GRAB THEM IF YOU CAN! 

THIS EVENT IS FREE!
That means you get to chill in IKEA, learn how to recycle cardboard in a crafty way, and hang out with the coolest craft group in Denver!

Hurry, hurry! Don’t miss it!

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Craft Ninjas vs. Hand Printed Tea Towels

Weather can throw a wrench in any good plan! Sadly, we had to cancel our first date for this great project.
So many people had signed up and were ready to stamp their hearts out. One Ninja was excited to come before her baby was born and we were excited to see her! (Leslie was born on March 7th – Congrats Rachel!)
Alas, a really good snow storm came in and, with safety in mind, we cancelled our February project and made it our March project.

But you can’t keep Denver Craft Ninjas down! We waited it out and invited more Ninjas to jump in and we made up for our missed date with some serious crafty work!

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This project is so easy to crank out! And there’s lots of room for you to flex your creative muscle and try a variety of techniques in creating your own stamps.
The materials are so darn easy too! Grab some craft foam, spray adhesive, cardboard, fabric paint, and some fabric and get busy! Share your pictures with us if you do try this project – we’d love to see what you’re up to.

As usual, we couldn’t do what we do without Jim and 3 Kings Tavern! It’s a great place that supports its community on Broadway. We’re tickled pink to be a part of it all!

We want to mention how psyched we are to have our super-intern Amber back in Denver! Expect to see more of her hanging out with us!

Now, seriously…keep your eyes peeled for our April project. It’s going to be unprecedented and we’re crazy excited to share it with you! STAY TUNED!

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RESCHEDULED – Hand Printed Tea Towels!

RESCHEDULED!

As much as we love the snow…the snow storm on February 24th put the kibosh on our Ninja fun!
So, we’ve set a new date and, although short notice, we’d still love to have you!

Join us on March 10th – from 1-5 PM at Three Kings Tavern for some serious hand printing of your own designs!

This project is $20! And we ask that you pre-register for the event via this link so that we can have all the materials ready for you.

We’ll provide three white tea towels, craft foam to create your very own stamps, and fabric paint. You can go wild decorating and when you’re done, you can take home your pieces and use them or share them as gifts (because they make perfect gifts)!

Hope to see you next Sunday!

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Hand Printed Tea Towels

We’ve always been a family of people who love dish towels.
My mom can’t leave a craft fair without loading up all the embroidered tea towels and then slowly working her way through them at home.
They’re handy! And the cuter they are, the more fun they are to use.

So, that’s our project plan for February! Hand printed tea towels will make your kitchen a little bit brighter.
Join us on February 24th – from 1-5 PM at Three Kings Tavern for some serious hand printing of your own designs!

This project is $20! And we ask that you pre-register for the event via this link so that we can have all the materials ready for you.

We’ll provide three white tea towels, craft foam to create your very own stamps, and fabric paint. You can go wild decorating and when you’re done, you can take home your pieces and use them or share them as gifts (because they make perfect gifts)!

Hope to see you there!

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