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.
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).
Whether you want to take a virtual trip around the world or expand your craft skills or mystery book knowledge, FCL My Branch has an event for you this week!
Learn about healthy lifestyle changes that you can make on Monday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch with Certified Personal Trainer and Licensed Sport Nutritionist Melissa Anderson. She'll help you get your groove on!
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?
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.
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.
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil. -- Truman Capote
In conjunction with the Fresh City Life Series highlighting Truman Capote and his 1966 Black and White Ball, Denver Bookbinding Company is doing it up right for paper crafters and fans of DIY. DBBC recently launched their new bookNpaperlove branch of the business – highlighting learning experiences, crafting events, and bookmaking studios for… well, book and paper lovers. Great fall fun; sign up for one or two and enjoy!
Gail Lindley gets 27 hours of work done in every 24 hour day! Along with her daily responsibilities running Denver Bookbinding Company (a business that has been in her family for three generations), she is active in the community contributing her time to the Denver Police (as a volunteer officer) as well as many charitable organizations like Denver Urban Gardens (Denver Bookbinding hosts a DUG garden in their backyard.)
But Gail is launching a new project this fall -- in concert with Fresh City Life Craft Services (our DIY events for crafters of all stripes), Denver Bookbinding will be creating events and workshops entitled bookNpaperlove. Geared to our DIYers who love all things paper and handmade books, the initial schedule of events is pretty enticing. Once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a tour of the bindery along with a "Build Your Own Book" workshop.
As a kid I marked time not by the seasons but by events. My most favorite event was the annual back to school shopping trip. My siblings and I would munch down on K-Mart’s blue light special sandwiches and parade like five hungry caterpillars collecting our yellow no. 2 pencils, pink erasers, and crayons. There is nothing like opening up a new box of crayons and breathing deeply.
I still celebrate the season by taking stock in my apartment. What needs a fresh coat of paint or where I can add new color? Renovation expectations are managed by a limited budget and talent. I rely on the experts like Todd Oldham, Libby Langdon, and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan but the library has so many talented designers you can take home for a weekend.