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!
Pandora on the Hill
The Colorado Bead Company
Horns Up Knits
Teeter Totter Tot
Anne Franklin Designs
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!
When 5280 Magazine contacted us to talk about what we do in Denver…well, we were flabbergasted!
I mean, who knew anyone was paying attention to what we’ve been doing?
But as our good friend Spencer (that’s him in the photo) puts it, we’ve been “building a community in the basement of a bar with a bunch of tattooed ladies and glitter”.
Denver Craft Ninjas IS a community and we grow with new faces, tons of adventures, and undeniable relationships that make each meet-up more fun and rewarding.
We’re thrilled beyond belief that our first press was from such a cool magazine – even better that it features Denver grown amazingness. We’re in good company too – our friends Fabric Bliss and Ink Lounge were included in this feature.
You can read the whole piece here! Thanks, 5280 Magazine – you people are amazing!
As for the rest of you, we’ll be posting our May/June project soon!
We all know that it’s better to shop local…well, that is unless your mom, like mine, asks for a new coffee maker.
Where are all the local handmade coffee maker makers!?
So, I decided to compile a list of local crafters that I think rule the school!
Some of these folks are regular Ninjas and contribute to our group with their smiles and expertise – we’re lucky to have them!
Also, I’ll be linking some local shops where you can pick up materials for making your own handmade gifts OR buy stuff for your favorite crafter!
First, check out Amber Powell from Crazy Mae’s! Not only is she a seasoned Denver Craft Ninja, but she’s a fantastic vegan baker.
This season, she’s packaged up her favorite flavors of vegan cupcakes and she’s selling them via her Etsy shop. Um, lavender cupcake mix?! You gotta try it!
If you’d rather Amber do all the baking for you…hit her up! She does great event baking and will blow your mind with just how delish vegan can be! Continue reading