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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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Clean & Organized Craft Space

Making a Mess

It is my humble opinion that you’re not crafting unless you’re making a holy nightmare of a mess!
But I will concede that there are ways to keep your work space clean and organized as you craft.
The endlessly smart people at Apartment Therapy  shared a list of ways to keep your mess managed and help you keep your sanity whilst in the midst of creating!

Do you have any tried and true methods for handling the inevitable craft detritus that comes with your projects?
Share your process in the comments!

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Crafted Clutter

Crafted Clutter
Hey! I’m super excited to have collaborated with 5280 Magazine on their March issue and helped with some projects that utilize materials that live in your basement or garage. You know, the stuff you’ve been ignoring!

Go to your local bookstore, magazine kiosk, or wherever and grab a copy! Or hit up this link to take a peek at the article online.
And then try these projects for yourself…or do something entirely different with similar materials. Either way, share your pics!
Thanks to 5280 Magazine for the cool opportunity!

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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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Market Season!

Market Season
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:

Firefly Handmade
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!

Horseshoe Market
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!

ArtStir
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!

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DIY Halloween Headbands with arc Thrift Stores

arc Thrift Store Blog

 

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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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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