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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 vs. TEDxMileHigh

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TEDxMileHigh is such a phenomenal event. If you have the chance to attend, get your hiney in gear and get there!
TEDxMileHigh provides a venue to showcase ideas and inspiration from our community. The events aim to prompt discussion and connect people from different parts of the community to start and maintain a dialogue via speakers with diverse presentations.

For Ninjas, this event was a huge opportunity to engage the TEDx attendees and share our story and what we do in the Exhibit Lounge. And it was so inspiring to meet people who wanted to know more – people invested in the Denver community and culture.
We hosted a Make and Take Button Booth and provided a vehicle for attendees to share their own message with all the other folks in the building. We had everything from Apple logos to hearts and messages about TEDx and cats.
And what we were reminded of while manning the Ninja button booth was that creating is fun and it connects people. The line to our booth was wild and people approached us eager to grab glue sticks and sparkly pens. Crafting something, from even the simplest materials, gets people excited. Best of all people in line complimented each other’s designs, shook hands, made connections, and shared materials. It was a good vibe – a familiar vibe that we often encounter at our craft meet-ups.

We won’t soon forget what an awesome time TEDxMileHigh was and hope we’ll have the chance to visit again and stay connected to this powerful source of information and change.

Major super special thanks to Amber Powell and Shaun Asakura – these two just never stop being awesome and supportive. They are part of the team and we’re so glad.
Also, thanks to Nancy Schoemann and Chuck Sullivan for including Denver Craft Ninjas in this event – their generosity in sharing the space allowed us to reach out to so many wonderful people!

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Denver Craft Ninjas/Kunoichi Craft Events Embroidery Residency!

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We’re still in shock about the response to our Embroidery Residency!
When we were planning this event, it seemed like a long shot, but we managed to pack Mutiny Information Cafe with lots of faces eager to learn embroidery.
Each week we included some practical information about tools, fabric, floss and instruction about specific stitches that will get any budding embroiderer on the road to being an official stitcher!
We’re proud to say that everyone walked away with skills and ambitious plans to keep their embroidery practice going.
Couldn’t ask for a better end to our embroidery adventure!

The pictures above reflect the fun we had too! Lots of laughs, funny stories about ghosts, Burger King tacos, and embroidery euphemisms galore! Every Ninja had their own take on their style of embroidery and tackled their projects with the stitches they loved. Some even drew up their very own patterns – some of them not as safe for work as others. Pretty typical Ninja event!

We couldn’t do it without Mutiny Information Cafe! Jim and Matt shared their space with us and proved (once again) their investment in the Baker neighborhood and the Denver community. Thanks to them!

We’re already cooking up a new plan for more workshops! Is there something you’ve been wanting to try? Shoot us an email or leave a comment about projects you’d like to explore!

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Embroidery Residency!


Our friends at 3 Kings are the best! They always take good care of us and for that we are forever grateful.
Jim Norris is always amenable to our variety of schemes and he’s just an all around good dude that loves Denver and the South Broadway neighborhood. It’s my hood too…so, that makes it that much more awesome to work with him.
So, when Jim and his partners took over the Mutiny Information Cafe and was open to the Denver Craft Ninjas taking over for an embroidery residency, well,  we were thrilled to death!

So, we’re doing it! Learn the basics of embroidery with Denver Craft Ninjas!

We’ll intro and discuss tools for embroidery, teach 8 embroidery stitches (including the French Knot) and demonstrate methods for pattern-making, special tips, decorative techniques, and more.

We’ll begin with the basics and provide everyone with a doodle cloth for practice and then move on to stitching a tea towel!

Skills taught in class:

  • Basics of hand embroidery and tools used
  • Types of floss & threads /organizing floss/separating floss
  • Eight embroidery stitches
  • Pattern transferring

Supplies included in class fee:

Embroidery hoop, Doodle Fabric, Embroidery Floss, Embroidery Patterns, Needles, & Tea Towel

There are a couple of ways you can get involved!
First,  you can join us for all four of the classes:
The price is $40 for all 4 classes at 7 PM every Wednesday in the month of April. Click here to register!
Second, you can come to individual classes! For $12, you’ll get that class’ individual benefits and we’ll make sure you get all the the materials too! Click the individual dates to register - Wednesday the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Stitchers are welcome – all levels of ability! (However, we do ask that any kiddos that come are at least 10 years old) Come sit a spell with us and stitch with us over coffee!

And thanks tons to Mutiny Information Cafe for sharing their cool space with us! See you soon!

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Denver Craft Ninjas – Best Projects of 2012

Everyone counts down their favorites at the end of the year and we felt that we couldn’t let the 2012 slip by without mentioning our favorite projects! It’s even better when we share them with experts that bring their passion to the project!

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Domino Pendants
One of the REAL hits of 2012! This project inspired Ninjas to grab their own alcohol inks and make a million domino pendants until the cows come home!
We love when one project spawns many Ninjas to go home and get to craftin’!

Sugar Skulls
After three years of making and sharing this sugar skull project, we’re darn near experts! And so are you! Every time you do this project, you show better and better decorating skills! Even better, we’re so thrilled to see return crafters come with their families and share this rad event!

Sew It All Felted Sweater Mittens
Sew It All Magazine is an outfit with some real deal craftin’ ladies! And we had the honor of working with them and learning from them. I’ve broken out my mittens this winter and found them to be so darn warm and cozy!

Pinterest Tested Tie Dye Tights
Before our pal Amber hightailed it to Seattle, we got to play with this really fun tie dye tights project! If you love tights, this is the project for you to brighten up your collection and add a DIY splash to your wardrobe!

Canning with Helliemae’s
We love Helliemae’s! It’s just that simple. And when Ellen opened the factory’s doors to Ninjas to learn how to can chutney and make quick pickles, we fell in love all the more! The space was perfect for cooking up a storm and everyone left with tasty stuff.

Pasties with Ooh La La Burlesque
A little risque, a little naughty – hanging out with the rad ladies of Ooh La La Burlesque is a reminder that we can all use a little risque in our lives! Not only were these super talented burlesque mamas totally hilarious, but they were great teachers too!

Upcycled Jewelry with Colorado Bead Co. 
We have several love affairs with local crafty businesses…and Anne at Colorado Bead Co. is definitely one of them! Anne let us take over the joint and provided us with all kinds of lovely beads and baubles and taught us to make some really cool upcycled necklaces with soda cans! Is there anything they can’t do over there?

Felt Wreath
This project was a tedious and, at times, frustrating stuggle. But it turned out beautifully. And that’s the reward! Beauty! After seeing the project on Dig This Chick, we realized we had to try it!

We hope that, in the new year, you’ll try something new! We hope that in the new year, you’ll join us for all kinds of crafty good times at Three Kings Tavern! We’re planning and plotting and have some really cool partners lined up for 2013!
Happy New Year, Ninjas!

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Crafty Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Thanksgiving is actually a really great time to think about the crafters and artisans that you know. And I happen to be lucky enough to know A LOT of really talented, up and coming folks that are creating and sharing their work.
And for that, I’m thankful. It’s a huge risk to take your labor of love and expose it to the world! It’s hard to invite people to see your work and possibly critique your work. But it’s bold attempts that allow for real growth.

With Colorado Creative right around the corner, I wanted to talk up a lot of my favorite local businesses and local crafters and artisans that you should consider when purchasing gifts this holiday season.
It’s so much more than just the empty sentiment of “shop local” when you know crafters personally – when you know their kids, their partners, and know their passion. Buying local means more when you know how much is mixed up in the process of creating.

Consider this when you buy your gifts this year and, really, all the time.
Below, we’ve listed some of our faves and we hope that you might list some of your own! Do it! In the comments!

Local Business:
Wild Yarns
Ink Lounge
Fabric Bliss
Low Brow
Pandora on the Hill
The Colorado Bead Company

Crafters/Artisans:
Horns Up Knits
Bitter O’Clock
Donna Diddit
Teeter Totter Tot
Mama Zshanna
Lucid Weaves
Anne Franklin Designs

FOODZ:
Nom Pod
Helliemae’s 

Vintage:
Happy Accident
Sailor Made Goods

Some of these folks will be at Colorado Creative! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for December 9th!
We’re thankful that Denver has such an exciting and diverse collection of risk takers and makers!
Happy shopping!

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Denver Craft Ninjas vs. Pandora on the Hill Presents Colorado Creative


We’re REALLY excited about Colorado Creative!
What is it, you ask? It’s an exciting collaboration that Denver Craft Ninjas are working on with Pandora on the Hill.
Pandora is one of our favorite stores in Denver. Their location in Cap Hill is in the heart of the city and it’s practically an institution of taste and whimsical fun!
We’re big fans! And teaming up with them is a dream come true!

This collaboration gives us the divine opportunity to use the Tears McFarlane Mansion for a holiday craft gathering on December 9th from 2:00-7:00 PM with a great variety of crafters, artisans, and vintage experts!
We’ll be celebrating with cookies, hot cocoa, and mulled wine and creating an ideal shopping environment for handmade goodies and vintage treasures!

We’re so thrilled to be sharing this event with the community and are anxious to include as many diverse vendors as we can! If you’re new to the craft scene and want to test the waters or are a seasoned craft show professional…WE WANT YOU!
Our booth rates are so reasonably priced and the location is too dreamy to deny!
Contact us at denvercraftninjas [at] gmail.com or call Pandora at (303) 832-7073 to get information and an application! Our deadline is the 15th of November – JUMP ON IT!

Not only are the Denver Craft Ninjas excited to work with Pandora, but we’re thrilled to team up with crafters and artisans in our community who inspire us.
Please follow us on Facebook for updates about our vendors and information about the event as it develops!

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Denver Craft Ninjas 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls

We’re at it again! The 3rd Annual Denver Craft Ninjas Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls!

Denver Craft Ninjas is proud to offer this super fun event again this year! Dia de los Muertos, usually celebrated on November 2nd, is a day to honor those who have passed on before us. We want to be a part of your celebration and get crafty together!

Here’s the deal: Same as last year, we’re cranking out, assembly line style, a pile of sugar skulls…we’ll bring them to you and you will, in turn, decorate the skulls (with royal icing, feathers, flowers, glitter, etc.) and take them home to decorate your space, place on the grave of a beloved friend or family member, or create a Dia de los Muertos altar!

Date:

October 28th, 2012

What you bring:

SNACKS, a little dough for a cocktail or soda, and you!

What we’ll provide:

Sugar skulls – 2 per person (1 large & 1 medium sized), royal icing, decorations, and tools, etc.

What it costs:

$12.00

RSVP IS A MUST!
We’re handmaking the skulls ahead of time and want to make enough for everyone!
Please use this link to register and reserve your sugar skulls.

We’ll be at our old stand-by, Three Kings Tavern, from 1-5 PM. Costumes encouraged! Also, KIDDOS WELCOME!

We’re so proud to offer this event and hope that you’ll bring your friends and family for an afternoon of decorating and celebrating!

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Denver Craft Ninjas vs. Taxi


Have you been to Taxi? It’s a gorgeous community in the heart of the RiNo Arts District of Denver and it’s pretty wonderful!
All the amenities one place could boast…gorgeous pool, community garden, residential and office space…and then the people!
They are darn nice! My sister, Jennifer, happens to be one of those people and she helped the Denver Craft Ninjas throw a little party over at Taxi recently! Continue reading

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