Share Denver Etsy Craft Party!

Just came across this awesomeness – check out Share Denver, a space to learn all sorts of crafts and make sweet friends. There are so many things we’ve wanted to learn how to create, but didn’t have the right person to teach us or the patience for several Google vids – I think we’ve found our craft-making match!
June 6th Share Denver is hosting an Etsy Craft party – thanks to Denver Craft Ninjas for sharing this great event.

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Etsy Craft Party

What are you doing June 6th from 6-9 PM?

If you aren’t craftin’ at Share Denver…you’re crazy!

Share is hosting their 1st ever Etsy Craft Party and I want you to join in the fun!
The theme of the craft party is “recapture” and we’ll be using really lovely vintage photographs and floss to decorate and embellish the images . Please feel free to bring your own photos if you’d like!

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We’re providing all the materials and beer too! All you have to do is sign up here (for a meager $5) and show up ready to craft and laugh and have a blast!
Hope to see you there!

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Matthews/Winters Park, Lakeview CO Hiked 5/17/14

Reblogged on Denverspeax.com – this hike looks perfect for us! We need to get back into hiking this season and feel this would be a great start. Nice post from Hiking to Healthy!

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Zorro Trail> Dakota Ridge Trail> Village Walk>Red Rocks Trail> Morrison Slide> Red Rocks Trail> Dakota Ridge> Zorro Trail

Starting elevation: 6055 ft

Highest Elevation: 6800ft ( total Elevation gain was around 1600 ft)

Trail Length: Approximately 9 miles, it took us 4 hours to do the whole hike

Trail Uses: Some sections are hiking & horses only, most are hiker, biker & horses

Degree of Difficulty:  Moderate-mostly because of length

Fees:  None

Bathrooms:  At the parking lot of both Green Mountain and Matthews/Winters Park parking lots

Pets:  Yes – On Leash

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At 5PM on Friday I found our hike for the weekend, it didn’t give me the climbing I wanted for the but it did give us some good mileage plus we had never done this one, extra bonus.  I had wanted to do this one for over a year, but I had written across the map “lots of snakes…

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Walking About Capitol Hill, Denver

With the boxes lining the walls of our new place, and the beautiful weather calling our names, yesterday Steve and I walked a 4 mile radius around the apartment. We remembered what it was like to be brand new to the city, and had a blast being tourists all over again. Check out the sights and fall in love with Denver again.

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Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

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Denver County Courthouse. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Bison sculptures on the 16th Street Mall. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Standing at the corner of 17th and Wazee in downtown Denver, CO. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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View of Union Station Denver. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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The tracks of the remodeled Union Station Denver. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

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Union Station Denver. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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The Colorado State Capitol Building. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

Whether you’ve just moved to a new neighborhood in Denver, you’re visiting Denver, or you’ve been in Denver for years, get outside and remember what you love so much about this great city.

 

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Denver Flea 2014 – How’d it go?

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Denverites know how to support local vendors, rain or shine. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

The weather may have been a little dicey, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from showing up to support the Denver Flea. The craft beer was a-flowin’ from the likes of Wynkoop Brewing and Breckenridge Brewery while vendors were showing off their talents to 1000’s of potential admirers. Take a look at what we saw while meandering around the festival:

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Preserves infused with your favorite alcohol is all the rage – and Deliciousness does it WELL! Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

Deliciousness and Puff’s Preserves both made a showing with their boozy jams.

If you’re interested in crafting some of your own boozy preserves, this trend is rampant all over the web – try Eat Boutique’s take on Boozy Jams. Support local artisans, and try some of your own.

 

From hand-crafted flasks and lighters to lamps made of old machinery; from bags made of recycled materials to hair and make-up professionals… the Denver Flea featured an eclectic group of craftsmen and women, ensuring interest from men and women of all ages.

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Buy local – help to support our slew of talented craftsmen and women throughout the Denver area. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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We had a blast and were amazed at all of the great creations that Coloradans toted to the Flea. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

Speaking with several vendors we learned that most had sold out of the majority of their stash at the Flea – the attendance exceeded many’s expectations, especially with the crazy weather Colorado has been experiencing (tornados, hail, rain, and sunshine, all in the matter of hours).

We’re so happy to see that yet another local festival supporting local craftsmen and women was a huge success! Thanks to Imbibe for putting on such good show. Having a festival that features our local, Colorado crafts is such a great way for the vendors to get out and get recognized.

Stay tuned for more upcoming summer festival fun!

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From Denver’s City Park to the Cap Hill Neighborhood

 

With the help of 11 bodies & much needed catering from Qdoba Mexican Grille, yesterday Jason, Ashley, Steve and I moved in to two different apartments in Cap Hill. The City Park ‘hood is incredible, and we love all of the amenities that it provided: THE PARK!, Sprouts, good eats, and plenty of bike riding opportunities.

 

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Catering is a must when moving two apartments in one day. Thanks, Qdoba, and thanks to all of our friends for sticking it out with us. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

However, we’re all about exploring what this incredible city STILL has to offer, and decided to move to a more central location to downtown: Capitol Hill.

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Stay tuned for more adventures as we explore our new digs in Cap Hill.

 

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The Denver Flea 2014 – Our Kind of Festival

Just a reminder: Don’t miss the Denver Flea tomorrow!

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Want to attend one of the most-anticipated, coolest Spring festivals happening RIGHT HERE in Denver, Colorado?

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Check out The Denver Flea 2014 on May 24th, and experience Colorado’s own home-made crafts, food, and craft beer – all brought to you in one beautiful setting: Denver City Park.

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Kick off Spring (almost Summer) by enjoying Colorado’s finest; feel great about supporting your community. Also, spend some cash and feel good about it because:

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All of the fun kicks off at 2 pm; make sure you view The Denver Flea website for additional information, including a full list of vendors, food trucks, and…

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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

When I was a little girl, my dad would read this funny book to me about a crocodile.

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2014.

 

His name was Lyle, and he was adopted by the Primm family in the city. He grew so big that sometimes he had to hang out in the tub. My father must have read this book to me thousands of times, and would receive the same reaction each time – endless giggles that will be engrained in my mind for as long as I live.

My dad has been gone for nearly a decade, and it’s childhood memories like Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile that help me remember his magical animation, keeping him very much alive in my mind.

I think everyone has a few memories about growing up that stick with them throughout life, sometimes being that one shining light that clears up a dark, gloomy day. Or, that one magical memory that reminds us that our loved ones who have passed truly never leave.

 

When I was skimming what was going on in the Denver area this upcoming weekend, I came across a children’s play of Lyle the Crocodile that is being performed at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities until May 23rd, 2014. The tickets are reasonably priced, and the show lovingly entertaining for kids of all ages.

What an amazing way to introduce kids to the arts; taking a childhood story and having it performed live is such an incredible experience! Definitely one of those that will become a lasting childhood memory, much like my experience with Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and my dad.

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Photo courtesy of Google Images, 2014.

 

In loving memory of Johnny O. Ebey, my Lyle Crocodile Ambassador & Magic Man Extraordinaire. 

 

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Riot Fest Denver 2014 – The Announcement & Line-Up

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Photo courtesy of Riotfest.org, 2014.

At 7 pm MDT this evening, the Denver Riot Fest Lineup was announced, and tickets went on sale. Can we say that it truly was one of the most glorious events to kick off summer EVER? “Giddy as a schoolgirl” would be an understatement. The anticipation of this fantastic multi-day festival is already eating us alive; Riot Fest books bands that bring you back to high school as well as assist you with dancing out your rage after a long day of “smiling” at work.

Check out this great Denver line up:

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Head out to Byers, Colorado, September 19th – 21st to check out legendary groups, camp with friends, and meet some great new friends.

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Against Me! playing on the main stage. Photo Credit: DenverSpeax, Sept 2013

 

Last year, about 10 of us watched Bad Religion, AWOL Nation, and Public Enemy (Flava Flaaaaave!) ale the stage with a ton of other great bands for the 9th annual Riot Fest. Yes, there was a flood and the whole campground and stage area became an epic mudslide, but the people (including staff) kept our spirits up and the fun alive throughout the ordeal. Obviously, it was an amazing time – why do you think we’re so pumped to go back?! Let’s reminisce for a bit, shall we…

 

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Watching Bad Religion on a Sunday night. Photo credit: DenverSpeax Sept 2013

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Camping Shenanigans in Byers. Photo Credit: DenverSpeax, Sept 2013

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Riot Fest 2013. Photo Credit: DenverSpeax, 2013

 

Stay tuned for more posts leading up to Riot Fest! We’ll let you know what to bring and what to expect!

Valverde Bazaar Pop-Up Outdoor Market – 1 Day Only!

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Check out one of the coolest Colorado home-grown, hand-made flea markets around – the Valverde Bazaar. Click on the photo to check out their Facebook Page! Photo courtesy of the Valverde Bazaar’s Facebook Page, May 2014

 

Set up in the outdoor space of Eron Johnson Antiques, this 1-day Pop-Up Market will launch their second season this upcoming Saturday, May 17th. Open from 9 am – 4 pm, the Valverde Bazaar will show off over 70 local, crafty vendors toting vintage, antique, and creative offerings to the public.

As if home-made goods and beautiful collections weren’t enough, food trucks and live music are also on the roster for this upcoming Saturday. Check out the Bazaar located at Eron Johnson Antiques on 389 South Lipan Street in Denver – it is a FREE event, suitable for all ages, and is a great way to get outside. Support local artists and bring a friend or two! There will be so many amazing booths, great food, and sunshine – something we all need after the blizzard of last night!

For more information, check out the Valverde Bazaar on Facebook.

Be Inspired: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

Yesterday, Steve and I (Kirsten) journeyed to Colorado Springs for the first time since moving to Colorado a year ago. Equipped with snacks, water, cameras, and a little dog, we hiked for a few hours throughout Garden of the Gods.

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Steve & Moguls, checking out the view. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

Garden of the Gods is a registered National Natural Landmark located about an hour south of Denver on i25. There are about 15 miles’ worth of trails throughout the park, all of which outlined on a FREE map provided by the Visitor & Nature Center Information Desk. For our first trip, we stuck to the paved walkways and took note of interesting looking trails for next time. We couldn’t have asked for better weather!

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

Climbers are allowed in designated areas of the park with proper permits and equipment. Honestly, one of the coolest experiences at the park was watching climbers clench to the side of these massive, jagged rocks.

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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A Boy and his Nikon. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

Garden of the Gods is a great place for all ages! The views are spectacular, and the hiking is amazing. There are all levels of trails throughout the park with maps posted throughout. Also, it’s a great workout for you and your furry friend, just remember to keep them on a leash at all times.

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Steve and Kirsten exploring Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Steve looking for the best shot in Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

If you’re ever in the mood for being inspired by more of Colorado’s natural beauty, check out Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Visit their Visitor and Nature Center, climb the massively jagged rocks, or hike one of the several trails.  They have tons of events relating to geology, tours, and more. Also, check out the other sights in the park, like Balanced Rock.