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Your Weekly Shop News. Nov. 27th-Dec. 3rd.

| by Delanie Holton

Thank you for everyone who came out to the shop on Shop Small Saturday. We are nothing without our community!

Monday:

Tuesday:

 Wednesday:

 Thursday:

COME SEE US AT THE DENVER FLEA ALL WEEKEND LONG!

Free workshops and more.

Friday: 

Saturday:

  • Shop 11-6pm
  • Private Parties in the Workshop

Sunday: 

Coming Up!

Dec. 7th: Winter Wreaths w/ Ladybird Poppy

Dec 9th: Yes, Please Makers Market. 10-6pm

Dec. 10th: Macrame Plant Hangers w/ Amie Philipsen

 

Hey. Hello. We've got a new business and we're pretty excited to share the news about Shoe Box Crafts. I've had this idea brewing for the past 6 months and it is all coming together, slowly but surely. We've had our Soap Carving Kits for a few years and our clients have asked if we we'd get further into the craft kit business. For a long time, I didn't think we would. We already stock some really great kits from makers all over the US and Canada. Then, we really examined many of the craft kits for adults and especially those for kids that are currently on the market and we saw some needs...

What if we offered kits that have:

  • simple packaging that is well-designed, reusable, limits waste, and isn't gender specific (turns out, PEOPLE like crafts)
  • high quality tools and materials that people will use again and again
  • Projects, instructions, and video that make every project doable for its audience. 
  • and what if the packaging was the coolest, most old school craft inspiration ever, the shoe box?!

So here we are! Coming this Saturday to our brick and mortar shop and to the internet.

We will have two kits available:

Block Printing (ages 10+)

Our favorite Speed Ball Carving Handle with three cutter blades (#1,2,3), brayer, ink, and soft cut linoleum. Cut, carve, and print your own block for cards, fabric, and more. This is the perfect starter pack for block printing. It's one of our favorite crafts for adults and older kids. 

  • $48/each
  • 5 kits: $210 (think in-home maker party or all the crafty folks on your list)

Kids Shop Box (ages 5+).

All of our Open Build/Play favorites in one place. 

We asked our most prolific kid makers at the shop to fill boxes with the supplies and tools they wish they had at home. Here's what they came up with. 

Scrap wood variety pack, including pieces with predrilled holes, screw driver, screws, safety glasses, cardboard scraps, tempera cakes (the best not-too-messy paint!), paint brush, Glue-All glue, and scissors. What can they make? Sky's the limit. Robots, junk cats, planes, gather up a few bottle caps and make a rolling toy. The idea here is for the materials to inspire and trust us, they do. Every time. 

  • $36/kit
  • $160/five

And now for your weekly shop calendar...

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

  • CLOSED

Friday:

SHOP SMALL SATURDAY

11-6pm

Join us for the launch of Shoe Box Crafts!!!

Discounts, giveaways, cookies and milk, and free DIY block print wrapping paper workshop. 

Sunday:

  • Shop Closed
  • Private Party 2-4pm

Upcoming markets

Dec 1st, 2nd, and 3rd: Come visit us at The Denver Flea. We'll have free workshops, Shoe Box Crafts, Gift Cards and more!

Dec. 9th: Yes, Please Makers Market. All your favorite Denver Makers in one place!

Idea: Give the Gift of Make with a Shop Gift Card

Let's face it. It's here. The holidays are upon us. There are a million things to celebrate and do. I propose not freaking out. At least this is what I tell myself. We've got this and there are ways to enjoy the season. It is my goal to be thoughtful about the things we say yes to as a business and a family. Our kids are young and we don't get too many more seasons where we're all together. We'll try our best to make time for each other and ourselves. To make this season about warmth, connection, and meaning. 

Delanie

NEW RETAIL SHOP HOURS!

11-6pm Tuesday-Saturday

Monday:

  • Shop Closed
  • FREE Copper Tooling workshop at Green Valley Ranch Library 4-5pm

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Shop 11-6pm

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:

  • Shop 11-6pm

Sunday:

Coming up!

Shop Small Saturday, Nov. 25th. 11-6pm. Get first dibs on our new Shoe Box Craft Kits. Free DIY stamped wrapping paper workshop. Giveaways, discounts and more!

    On Thursday morning, I gave a talk to a group of art educators on the topic of workspace aesthetics. For the purposes of the talk we framed the definition of aesthetics as an outward expression of your personal beliefs and values. As an educator, I am a firm believer that environment matters. No one learns at their highest potential when they are uncomfortable physically or emotionally. The last public school classroom I taught in was on the second floor of an older school building in Denver. Often, there was no heat, there was definitely no air conditioning and I had near zero dollars to create space in my classroom. I had to scrounge for furniture, materials, everything. The important thing to me was to create a space where kids felt elevated, comfortable, and that materials and work was accessible. I still find the vast disparities in educational environments even just here in Denver appalling, that is a rant for another day. 

    How can we be more mindful about the spaces in which we work and live? A space does not need to be state-of-the-art to be a rich environment but, we do have to be thoughtful about the spaces we prepare for ourselves and our children to inhabit. Not just where things are placed and organized but also how they are presented. It is a very Montessori concept but the prepared environment allows for freedom, innovation, and self sufficiency.

    I'll be the first to admit that I love preparing a space but the daily maintenance can be challenging. The shop basement often looks like a bomb has just exploded. Here's what I tell myself; spaces, like all things in life have cycles. We live and work in spaces, they develop clutter, they get rough around the edges, we pause, we revise, we reorganize and edit. We get it back together. 

    We've built a workshop that embodies our aesthetics. An outward expression of our dedication to hard work, collaboration, and access for all. I firmly believe that is a fundamental right to learn in safe, functional and yes, even beautiful places. 

    Delanie

    Monday:

    • Shoe Box Shop: Closed
    • FREE String Art Workshop at Green Valley Ranch Library 4-5pm

    Tuesday:

    Wednesday:

    • Shoe Box Shop: 10-6pm
    • Homeschool Day 10-2pm. Grades k-5. 
    • This week: Dive into the world of wheels. Each participant will receive a set of casters and have use of all the scrap wood in the shop to design and build a rolling cart or toy of their own making. 
    • Open Studio 3-5:30pm
    • Workshop Wednesday: Polymer Clay Bowls 6:30-8:30pm 16+

    Thursday:

    • Shoe Box Shop: 10-6pm
    • Open Studio 3-5:30pm
    • FREE Book Box Workshop at Smiley Library 4-5:30pm

    Friday:

    Saturday: 

    • Shoe Box Shop: 10-5pm
    • Anna Loring Pop-Up Art Show. 7-10pm All Are Welcome!

    Sunday

    Coming up!

    Modern Paper Quilling w/ Bethany O'Halloran Thursday Nov. 17th. 6:30-8:30pm

    We have tons of School Break Days coming up!

    • Camps run 9-3pm with optional Open Studio hours 3-5:30pm. 
    • Buy a 5 pack camp pack good for the 2017-2018 school year for $325

    November Dates:

    November 17th:

    Printmaking. We'll explore a variety of print making techniques. Learn all about linoleum block printing, stamping and more. Optional: bring along fabric or clothes to print!

    November 20th:

    Cardboard Creators. We'll discover all the amazing ways to build and create using cardboard. Think doll houses, sculptures, miniatures, wall art and more. Nothing bigger than a bread box will be sent home. 

    November 21st:

    Puppet Show. Explore making hand puppets, marionettes, stages and more. 

    November 22nd: 

    Attitude of Gratitude. We'll design, cut, and appliqué to make fabric banners with words of thanks. 

    November 24th:

    Wood Scrap Challenge. We'll pull out all the scrap wood for makers to build and create. Nothing bigger than a bread box heads home. 

    November 27th:

    Fall for Felt: Felt is a super craft material. It's easy to cut stitch and collage. Makers will have free access to felt of all shapes, colors, and sizes to create stuffies and works of art. 

     

     

     

    Since the end of the summer, I've been working behind the scenes on three big box projects. Now, I never liked to be put in a box, unless it was a refrigerator box I could make into a fortress for reading and napping. But a shoe box, a tool box, these are boxes with unlimited potential. The Craftsman & Apprentice has always been an evolving project. One that was born out of our love for teaching, learning, and craft. Now, it's more than three years since we opened without any sort of real plan other than the idea that having a little shop would be awesome (and our house was too small for a studio). Our workshop was and is our first tool box. The container into which we pour our heart and soul and out of which we've grown a truly wonderful community. Now we're developing a few more boxes to fill. 

    Before you go on to read about our projects and upcoming events, I want to pause and say a whole hearted, "thank you" to all of our teachers, staff, clients and customers. Without the supportive C&a community, we'd still just be writing ideas in a moleskin and saying, "you know what would be awesome?!" Now, we get to bring awesome ideas to life with lovey humans on a daily basis. That's a good thing. 

    -Delanie


    Photo: Tristen Dimery

    THE SHOE BOX SHOP

    Our brick and mortar retail store will now be known informally as The Shoe Box Shop. Why? When we were kids shoe boxes were the go to container for our best creative work, the shoe box diorama. We stored our most beloved treasures and creations in shoe boxes. A shoe box has unlimited potential. New stock is arriving daily, just in time for the Holidays. DIY kits, books, toys, and home goods for the maker in all of us.

    HOURS: 10-5 Tuesdays-Saturdays. (Opening at 2pm this Wednesday). 

    SHOE BOX CRAFTS

    On Shop Small Saturday, we will be launching a new product line, Shoe Box Crafts. Each Shoe Box Crafts Kit will include high quality materials, easy to understand instructions, and a video tutorial link. Use your shoe box to store your extra supplies and tools or turn it into a sweet diorama. We'll be launching with two kits, one for folks ages 12+ and one for kids ages 4+.  More info coming soon! 

    SCHOOL BOX EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

    You might not know it, but we work with schools on a regular basis. We design and build classrooms, host field trips, in-school workshops, trainings, and after school programing. After working as our Summer Program Director, Anna Loring is now spearheading our work in school communities and we couldn't be more excited. 

    Anna and I had an epic work session last week. The kind you leave both totally pumped and totally exhausted. In that work, we rediscovered a document I had written a few years back. It outlined the working philosophy of the workshop. So often, I struggle to clearly articulate why creating in a workshop is so important to both process and innovation. But I had it all along. Anna and I refined the message and here it is. Welcome to The Shop Model. This is how we work and what we believe about teaching and learning. The Shop Model is for makers big and small. 

    Scroll down for all our shop happenings. 

    Monday

    • Shop Closed
    • FREE Monster Stuffie Workshop at Green Valley Ranch Library. 4-5:30pm

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    • Owner, Delanie Holton-Fessler will be speaking at the Colorado Art Education Conference on Workspace Function and Aesthetics.
    • Note: Our retail store will open at 2pm (Thursday only)
    • Open Studio 3-5:30pm
    • Woven Necklaces w/ Sarah Neubert. 6:30-9pm

    Friday

    Saturday

    • Shop 10-5
    • Private parties and workshops

    Sunday

    • Shop Closed
    • Private Parties and workshops

    COMING UP....

    Workshop WednesdaysFriday Night Craft Socials in November are all designed for DIY gift giving

    Here's how it works: Register ahead of time in the shop or on our website. Each workshop, you'll receive materials, instruction, and support. Want to make more? Just pay an additional materials fee after the workshop. All workshops are BYOB for those 21+. Attendees must be at least 16 years old. 

    Pricing:

    • $27 per person
    • Bring a friend. Two for $50
    • Want to bring your whole crew? $25/project up to 20 guests. Reach out to book a private workshop or register more than two people at a time. 303.718.3012. 

    NOVEMBER 8TH/10TH

    POLYMER CLAY + LACE BOWLS 

    This fun and easy DIY project makes a perfect gift. Roll, shape, and embellish your bowls. Each participant will create two ring bowls to take home. Want to make extra projects to give as gifts? Just pay an additional $7/project materials fee after the workshop. 

    NOVEMBER 15TH/17TH

    CANDLE MAKING

    We'll share our tried and true tips for pouring and scenting your own 100% soy wax candles. Each participant will create two 4oz wooden wick candles. Want to make extra candles to give as gifts? Just pay an additional $7/candle materials fee after the workshop. 

    NOVEMBER 22ND/24TH

    GOATS MILK SOAP

    Using an all natural goat's milk soap base, we'll teach you how to melt, scent and pour your own soaps. Each participant will create 1lb of soap or enough for about four bars. Want to make more to give as gifts? Just pay an additional $15/lb materials fee. 

    NOVEMBER 29TH/DECEMBER 1ST

    SUGAR SCRUBS + BATH SALTS

    DIY body care products make great gifts! We'll provide containers, all natural ingredients and scents to help you create two scrubs and two bath salts. Create decorative labels and package your goodies all at this workshop. Want to make more to give as gifts? Just pay an additional $4/per container. 

    This last Friday we hosted our Friday Night Craft Social. About 20 women signed up and many were there to celebrate a friend's birthday. Whenever we host social workshops, we hear from those folks that say they aren't crafty, they try a little and sometimes even give up before they've finished. I wanted to push, to say we can all do this. Then I realized that there are multiple domains in which I tell myself a similar story. If you asked me to go snow barding, play a team sport, or go to a group fitness class, I would feel sick with anxiety. The glasses wearing, red faced kid in me wants nothing to do with it. We all have stories about what we're capable of, what kind of person we are, and that's fine. We have identity and that's a good thing. We tell children to have a growth mindset, to try new things. As adults, we should too.

    Yesterday I took my kids to the skate park. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, watching them learn a new skill, I jumped in. I was nervous that I would make a fool of myself but parenting by example won out and guess what? It was fun. I tried something new, I failed, I tried again, I got the hang of it. I don't need to be a professional skateboarder now. I just needed to try.

    Let's try new things, together. Scroll down for our weekly shop calendar. 

    -Delanie

     

    Monday

    • Shop closed
    • FREE all ages paper making workshop at Green Valley Ranch Library. 4-5pm

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