Reviews and Blog Posts: crafts

Save room for a Sundae on Friday: Butter Pecan Sundaes with Salted Caramel Sauce

Helliemae's Salt Caramel Sauce

"Do you want some of this?" -- Little Edie (offering butter pecan ice cream to her mother), Grey Gardens

 If you've seen the documentary Grey Gardens, then you know there are several scenes that revolve around food. And if you count scenes of raccoons in the attic, there are even more. 

Mobiles & Knitting--Sign Up Today!

There are still a few spots left in our upcoming Fresh City Life My Branch Mobiles for Fun and Learn to Knit classes! What are you waiting for--sign up today!

In Mobiles for Fun, you'll create a piece of moving sculpture from found materials. The parts will move in various directions setting up rhythms of motion or reverse motion. Materials could include: metal, plastic, wood, paper, found objects, and wire. If you have wire cutters and/or needle nose pliers, bring them along, but we'll have tools for you to use. Bring any objects that you want to incorporate into your mobile, too! Presented by artist Karole Sharpe. 2 dates to choose from: Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Grey Gardens Forever: An Etsy Crafting Party

 Little Edie's style lives on in fashion, decor and crafting.

"This is the best thing to wear for today, you understand. Because I don't like women in skirts and the best thing is to wear pantyhose or some pants under a short skirt, I think. Then you have the pants under the skirt and then you can pull the stockings up over the pants underneath the skirt. And you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape. So I think this is the best costume for today." -- Little Edie, Grey Gardens

Are You Ready for the Weekend?

Fresh City Life My Branch has choices for you this weekend--from book club to crafts, from coupons to astrology! What's your pleasure?

All events are on Saturday, May 14:

Start your day off right with a cup of coffee and a book discussion at the Bear Valley Branch's Saturday Morning Book Club! This month's selection is Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan. 10 a.m.

Art Is Primordial and For Everyone

 ArtSkool debuts with a workshop that highlights one of the first art mediums: Mud!

pri·mor·di·al,  adjective

1. Existing at or from the beginning of time, primeval -- the primordial oceans

2. (esp. of a state or quality) Basic and fundamental -- the primordial needs of the masses

While it's unlikely that the first sea creature to give land a try looked back at its tracks and noted the artistic pattern they made in the mud -- clay was and remains one of our primordial materials for making art.

Celebrate Summer!

Are you ready for summer? While the kids are doing DPL's Summer of Reading Program, adults can have fun and learn at the library all summer long, too! Summer's not quite here yet, but these upcoming Fresh City Life My Branch programs will give you a taste:

Learn to make (and sample) creative Summer Salads at Schlessman on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. If you're tired of iceberg lettuce, this class is for you! Cool off mealtime while keeping it healthy with these salads that will introduce more veggies into your diet and that your whole family will love!

This Weekend: Yoga, Bees, and Candles

Keeping Honey Bees

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot to offer this weekend, whether you're looking to learn about yoga, beekeeping, want to hear an author read, or make a candle in a teacup! All of these adult events are happening on Saturday, May 7:

Interested in urban beekeeping? Denver beekeeper Siobhan Keleher will talk about helpful books, websites, and local organizations for the beginning beekeeper, along with an overview of bees and equipment. She'll also answer questions about types of hives, styles of beekeeping, and how to decide what's right for you. 1 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

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.

Candle in a Teacup

Join us for this Fresh City Life My Branch craft on Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Pour simple paraffin based candles into charming teacups found in any thrift store. A great idea for Mother's Day or as a gift to yourself. Bring your own teacup, or choose from our limited supply. All other materials will be provided.

Money Management, Travel, and Teacups

Whether you want to help a child learn about money, virtually travel to Cuba, or make a candle in a teacup, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!!

Adult program selections this week include:

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