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Asking for and accepting help isn't always easy for me. This week was one of those where I felt stretched thin. But then a beautiful thing happened, people helped me and I accepted their help. From hiring a new shop manager (more below) to parent friends picking up our kids from school and taking them for sleepovers, to a fellow woodworker rescuing me from a loom making debacle (yes, that's a thing in our world) it all got done. We build each other up when we offer and receive help. It can feel super vulnerable to say yes and thank you when someone offers their help but it's worth it and I'm always happy to help in return. Community, it's a good thing. 

We hired a new retail shop manager, and will be focusing on stocking the shop with DIY kits, books, toys, and goods that reflect the work we value so much around here. Our goal is to grow our retail selection to reflect our love of community, craft, play, and life long learning. Joel comes to us from Winter Session and Berkley Supply and we're lucky to have him on our team. Come visit and see what he's working on. Receive 15% off your shop purchases when you attend a ticketed workshop!

THIS WEEK IN THE SHOP

Monday
  • SHOP CLOSED
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Friday
Saturday
  • Shop 10-6pm
  • 10-4 pm Private Parties in the workshop
Sunday

Coming up...

* Our Nov/Dec private party calendar is filling up. Reach out to schedule a class for your next group activity. Business, school, and family workshops available. Reach out for more info and to book. 303. 718.3012. 

 

 

 

Your Weekly Shop News. Grammy's House.

| by Delanie Holton

I just got back from a Sunday visit to my grandma's house. Every time I see her, I am reminded deeply about our common experience as humans. She believes deeply in being good to people and sharing. By the end of our visit, the trunk of my mom's car was loaded with craft supplies. She even gave me a turn of the century basket that used to hold rags in the back of my great great grandmother's general store in Boulder. Sharing is a good thing. Holding on to skills, knowledge, or privilege does no one any good. This is one of the reasons we do the work we do here. Sharing breeds community and self sufficiency all at the same time. Let's get together and share our experiences, our skills, and maybe even our needs. Let's fill each other's baskets. 

Delanie

This week at the shop

Monday:

Retail shop closed

  • DDES Maker Field Trip 9-11:30
  • FREE Paper Making Workshop for kids at Valdez-Perry Library 4-5:30pm

Tuesday:

Shop 10-5pm

Wednesday:

Shop 10-5pm

Thursday:

Shop 10-5pm 

Friday:

Shop 10-5pm

Saturday:

Shop 10-5pm

Sunday:

Retail shop closed

 

October Shop News.

| by Delanie Holton

It's cool and cozy and the holiday insanity hasn't quiet started yet. This past weekend, I had a long awaited day off. We cleaned, we cooked, we rested. It was a much needed family day. Starting today, I'll be posting a little shop wisdom and a weekly calendar update here on our blog. 

I've been taking a business class the past six weeks and I've learned so much. I've also learned that I may just have a few different ideas about what owning a business means. Our mission is to create community through craft. We want people to feel supported and self sufficient all at the same time. Working in the same neighborhood that I've lived in for 17 years matters to me. The bottom line matters so that I can employ craftspeople and educators doing the work they were meant to do. The financial gain doesn't have to be huge, I don't need to be hungry for a million dollars. I need to take care of my family and do work that my children are proud of. Our little shop isn't going to be on the cover of Forbes and we're not going to franchise. We have magic in these walls. We are cooking on a few new business plans but at the end of it all, we just want people to feel good and be good to themselves and maybe make a thing or two. Thank you for being a part of our community. 

That being said...get in here! We have tons of great programming coming up this month to get your creative juices flowing. Send the kids in here to make their own Halloween costumes, bring your friends to make your own pair of sneaks with SneakerKit or treat yourself to an all day Cozy Crochet Throw workshop with the incredible, Anne Weil. 

October 2nd-8th

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:

  • Shop 10-5pm
  • Private Parties 10-noon + 2-4pm

Sunday:

  • CLOSED

NEW! After School Open Studio for Kids K-5.

| by Delanie Holton

We are super excited to announce our new Open Studio Program for elementary school aged kids beginning Oct. 3rd!

We'll be opening our doors each afternoon, Tuesday-Friday 3:00-5:30pm. Drop your kids off for an afternoon where they can craft, build, tinker, and work with all the cool tools and materials in the shop. All in the safe and supportive atmosphere of our space. We're parents and we know that flexible after school programs and classes are hard to come by. Our open studio model is designed to allow for flexible drop-off and pick up times, come as often as you want/need. We just ask that you let us know you're coming to ensure proper staffing. Participants will be able to work on craft and building projects of their choosing. We'll follow their creative lead. 

Punch card and sibling discount options make it an affordable aftercare and enrichment option. We'll even provide a snack and a homework area. 

VISIT OUR AFTER SCHOOL PAGE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

 

Create your Own Craft Club

| by Delanie Holton

Hey C&a Fam!

One of my favorite things about the shop is when a group comes in and spends time with each other getting crafty. Often, I hear people say, "we should do this more often." I thought to myself, we can do that! We have space, materials, and know how to facilitate all sorts of maker experiences and you know more than anyone what works for your community.

Here's my proposal...

Get your crew together, decide what you'd like to learn and let's chat about how we can make it happen. Create your own Craft Club. Organizers will get free registration for putting in the leg work. Meet once/month or once/week. We'll work with you to tailor the shop experience to your group. Perfect for kids, teens, and grown ups. 

Let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Delanie

Read more HERE.

Our Fall Calendar is live!

| by Delanie Holton

Summer was AMAZING! So many kids in the shop making and doing. Our kids headed back to school today and I've had time to get the fall calendar up and running. We are so pumped to be hosting new workshops and classes. We're kicking off the season with a workshop from our favorite macrame teacher, Amie Phillips on Sunday August 20th. Beginning on Friday September 1st, we'll be hosting adult workshops every Wednesday + Friday night. These staff run workshops are an inexpensive way to get your DIY fix. We've also added school break daysafter school, homeschool, and pre-school classes to the calendar. So much to make + do! Check out all of our workshops on our calendar page and we'll see you soon.

-Delanie

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