Reviews and Blog Posts: DIY

Tea Crafts: A Happy Repose

A delicate, pedestaled teacup just filled with lightly scented soy wax.

Our Craftinatrix Trish Tilly held crafters in sway at our Tea Painting and Tea Cup Candlemaking workshop.

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.  ~George Gissing

Last Saturday, the Fresh City Lounge at Central Library was buzzing with crafters on a mission -- to make some adorable candles and then create handpainted tags to go with them. One of the most interesting elements of the class is that the delicate paintings were made using steeped teas as the medium. And even though crafters were not relaxing over a cup of tea, a sense of tea-induced tranquility seemed to infuse the students.

Hail and Farewell, Professor!

Jani and me on our last night of knitting salon.

Our beloved knitting teacher, Jani Fellows, is moving to Los Angeles to be near her family -- and Fresh City Life and all of our knitting students wish her a bon voyage!

Jani Fellows was there at the beginning of our knitting program. In the fall of 2004, before Fresh City Life had a name, when it was still just a pilot project, I put together our first knitting class to see what kind of response we'd get for fibers workshops. Thirty-five people came the first night and Jani was a bit surprised by the turn-out. 

FRESHEST: What's New at Fresh City Life

Some samples of coil baskets from Professor Tilly.

In the spirit of Fresh City Life, new events debut this year!

Denverites maybe never had it so good. Fresh City Life is offering up new and retooled events for you this year. In successive posts, I'll let you in on some of the cool stuff that is booked and some of the things that are in the works -- but not fully-baked (just yet).

Photo Fabric Art Class

Join us for some innovative project ideas to make with photos and fabric on Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. at Bear Valley Branch Library and on Sunday, December 5, 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library. Leave with a small photo ornament that you make in class!

Discover all the innovative projects that you can do with photos and fabric. Lori Thompson will demonstrate unique gifts that require little to no sewing.

Looking for more textile crafts with little to no sewing for that perfect quick gift?

Felted Ornament

Homemade holidays are the best! Join us on Wednesday, December 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiley Branch Library to make a fun ornament to add joy and whimsy to your celebrations. Class size is limited, be sure to reserve your spot by calling 720-865-0260.

 

Skills of Yesteryear

Whether you are an expert or an amateur at Do-It-Yourself enterprises, there are many excellent books to help you create new projects or finish old ones. Making things by hand reflects skills of days gone by, reveals a more self-reliant lifestyle and gives additional significance to the finished product.

Winter Wonderland Building Contest

Are you a master of Legos or other building blocks? Show us your creativity with your unique creation on the theme “Winter Wonderland.” There will be winners and prizes in kid, teen, and adult categories. Drop off your creation between Saturday, November 27 and Thursday, December 2 at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Join us for the judging on Saturday, December 4 at 10 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library!

Guidelines for submission:

Happy National Homemade Bread Day!

You may be surprised to learn, as I was, that November 17th is National Homemade Bread Day. Bread has been a staple of our diets for almost 6000 years!

Some great ways to celebrate National Homemade Bread Day:

  • Make some bread!
  • Visit one of Denver's many wonderful bakeries! Buffalo Doughboy is one of my personal favorites. What's yours?
  • Feed bread to ducks in the park!
  • Learn about breads from all over the world! Naan, pita, baguettes, and fry bread are all delicious types of bread!

Books about Bread:

Let's Get Crafty: Felt Flowers

Join us at the newly renovated Bear Valley Branch Library on Thursday, November 4, at 6:30 p.m. and make a handmade dahlia from felt. Use this little gem for a variety of gifts or accents: corsage, package topper, napkin ring, or hair piece. Class size is limited. Please register by calling 720.865.0975.

Learn Luscious Lotion Making

Pamper yourself with quality, homemade lotions led by MoonDance Botanicals on Wednesday, November 3, 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library. Class size is limited, please register by calling 720.865.0120.
 

Learn more about making your own beauty products at home:

Syndicate content