Spring market season is starting, Ninjas!
And I, for one, am so excited to share these markets with you! If you are a crafter, artisan, DIYer – these events are for you!
If you’ve been wanting to dive into selling your wares at a market…now’s the time to give it a whirl.
And if you’re just a fervent supporter of handmade, update your calendar so you can shop these amazing events!
Here are a few that should jump start your market game plan:
With the deadline for Firefly just days away, it’s time for you to get your application in pronto!
Here’s a link to the application! The market takes place in Boulder on April 26th & 27th with a jury fee of $15.
All the details are on the page so read up and hustle your buns!
Our friends at Horseshoe just updated their website and hooboy is it awesome!
I’m extra excited about their all new application page! Here’s the link for you vendors eager to grab a spot in this super fun market!
The spring market is in their usual spot in the Highlands on May 10th!
This new market looks pretty amazing! With a focus on regional artists and makers, and portions of booth sales going to a community partner, this is an exciting new event for vendors! And it’s at the Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall – great foot traffic and lots of fun things to do downtown after you’re done shopping! May 24th and 25th!
Booths are a touch pricey, but the exposure might be just what your crafty/artsy business needs!
Here’s a link to their application page – deadline is in April…so, you’ve got some time.
And this is just the start!
There’s more good stuff coming AND you can count on a market happening at Share Denver this spring as well!
So, start making your market plan of attack!
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!
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!
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!
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!
We here at Craft Ninjas HQ love thrifting!
There’s something satisfying about finding a treasure meant for you amongst all the other treasures at a thrift store!
And as crafters, the thrift store is the best place to find economically sound materials for upcycling and unused/unloved fabric and craft supplies that might fit perfectly in our stash.
So, we were honored when ARC Thrift Stores sent us an invite to come for their exclusive media event at the brand new ARC Thrift Store in Louisville.
ARC’s mission is pretty simple – they take gently used donated items and create a retail space where shopper’s dollars are translated into enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities in Colorado. Shopping at ARC feels good!
We were treated to amazingly kind people, a gorgeous brand spankin’ new store, and a lovely collection of items! I grabbed a Fast Times at Ridgemont High record, some aprons, and a book on needlework! A little bit of everything!
It was such a pleasure to visit the new store and see the good work that ARC does in Colorado!
Go check out the store in Louisville this weekend! We hear there will be discounts galore and lots of fun!
ARC has stores all over the greater Denver area – if not Louisville then make your way to another of their locations!
Thanks so very much to the lovely folks at ARC! What an honor it was to sneak away for a little Monday morning shopping trip!