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Crafty Goods – 6/13/14

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It’s almost summer! I mean, it feels like summer, but it’s not official yet.
Still, I have tomatoes growing, pansies peeking, and oregano getting bold! I’m so inspired by the Share Denver garden!

Sadly, I won’t be able to revel in all its green & growing glory – It’s a busy weekend!

Here’s what’s on my radar:

-Our pal Donna Diddit recently shared a link for the New York Maker Faire and I got excited thinking how cool it would be to have Colorado makers with their booths at this phenomenal event! Why don’t you apply? They are seeking makers and performers and the deadline is July 20th. You have plenty of time to get your act together!

-Did you hear that Taylor Swift is a cross stitcher? Well, she is and she made a super cool, Drake inspired needlepoint project for her friend Ed Sheeran. Take a peek here to see her work!

-So, no big deal, but yeah…we were invited back to TEDxMileHigh! Not only do they have their incomparable presenters every year, but the Exhibit Lounge is always a blast. With representation from great businesses and creators in Denver, it’s going to be a hoot! So, get a ticket and come see us! Come see all of it! There’s guaranteed inspiration up in that piece!

-As if there weren’t enough going on this weekend…it’s also Denver Comic Con weekend! We’re so excited that Denver will be awash in cosplay and major nerdery, but we know for a fact that there are some crafty vendors sharing their wares this year! If you don’t have tickets you might be out of luck, but if you’re one of the lucky ones, go get your nerd on and support your local vendors!

-And last, but certainly not least, Share Denver‘s got some super fun classes happening this weekend! Sterling is teaching her newly restructured Tarot 101 workshop and I’m teaching this crazy easy Beaded Plant Holder on both Sunday and Monday (just in case you’re wrapped up with Comic Con all weekend!).

Get out and explore this weekend, Denver! There’s so much to do!

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What Are You Working On?

Let’s get this week started!
It was a pretty darn productive weekend at Ninjas HQ!
And it got me thinking – I like to share what I’m working on…but what are YOU working on?

Here’s a sample of the stuff I cranked out this weekend:

Crochet Washcloth

Squirrel Cross Stitch

Brussel Sprout Embroidery
So, seriously, what are you working on?
It doesn’t have to be crafty…it can be some construction project in your backyard, the start of your garden, or starting giant pot of kimchi!
Share it here, on your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and hashtag it #WAYWO

Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

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Holiday Craft Supply Swap!

Supply Swap

We know you have a craft stash. We all do! And a lot of it…we’re probably not going to use.
So, we’re encouraging you to go through it and freshen it up at our first ever Holiday Craft Supply Swap!

All the details are above, but let’s talk about some of the best parts of this event:
-Cleaning out your stash! You know you need too!
-Getting new stuff to help strategize your holiday crafting!
-It’s all for a good cause! Share Denver has teamed up with arc Thrift Stores and all remaining swap items and any proceeds go directly to them!
-SCISSOR SHARPENING! How many pairs of scissors do you curse while cutting out fabric for a quilt? Did your kids use your embroidery snippers? Randy’s Scissor Sharpening will be at the ready to help get your scissor game sharp!
-Mikes2Kitchen will slangin’ delicious grub along with all the other tasty stuff happening on Fairfax (Latke LoveEis GelatoCamino Coffee)!

It’s going to be a great time and we’d love for you to join us!
So, start going through your stash! Let’s swap!

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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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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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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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