Final two holidays coming up!

Want/need to do some handmade holiday shopping? Look no further than The Denver Flea and The Holiday Horseshoe Market, both happening in Denver over the next two weekends. Both are free! Both will have amazing vendors! Both are happening in really cool spaces.

Denver Flea will be taking place in this recently renovated and revitalized industrial building called Bindery on Blake at 29th and Blake. Oh! And it you RSVP to the Denver Flea you get a free drink at the show. Pretty rad, right? RSVP: bit.ly/holidaymarketrsvp

The Horseshoe will be taking place inside the gorgeous Highlands Masonic Temple, located at 3550 Federal. Hope to see you there! I participated in their Summer Market and it was awesome, so I imagine the holiday show will be incredible as well! 

 

 

Holiday Krampus Market

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a part of the Holiday Krampus Market, hosted by Dram Apothecary. I got to meet lots of amazing Denver artists and business owners while also making some sweet trades. Of course I didn't take any pictures inside the market but I got a few of Bread Bar, where all the Dram magic happens. 

First Friday Art Walk at Covered Wallpaper

A few weeks ago I was a vendor at the Denver Handmade Homemade Market and I met one of the owners of Covered Wallpaper, a boutique wallpaper shop located at 466 Santa Fe Drive.  Along with lots of incredible wallpapers they have a small paper goods section which now includes Craftbelly! They also invited me to be their guest artist tomorrow during the First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe here in Denver. Their space is gorgeous and of course when I went to drop off their order I was drooling all over the amazing wallpapers they carry from designers like Aimee Wilder, Juju Papers and even Marimekko!  I can't wait to be a part of the First Friday excitement. The fun starts at 5:30, hope to see you there!

 

Autumnal Paper Love

I can spend hours pouring through my favorite websites that sell paper, probably similar to how people  can waste countless hours on Facebook. Sometimes I literally just go through page by page and gawk at the gorgeous patterns and colors, without really creating any sort of database of favorites. My absolute favorite place to buy paper online is this incredible site called Paper Mojo, run by three women out of Raleigh, North Carolina. It's my go to resource for when I'm starting a custom frame project. I thought it would make sense to start some reference for myself where I could keep track of papers that I liked and figured my blog was a great place to start. This first group is inspired by our current season of Fall. It has been an absolutely gorgeous transition here in Denver, with nature just putting on a show every where I look. The leaves in particular are just stunning. Below is a little group of papers that I think would be great for any sort of Fall projects, whether it be for a wedding invitations, accents for decor at a party, or seasonal decor around your house.

Chicago >> St. Louis >> Denver

WOW. So much has happened since my last blog post. I moved out of Chicago, the city where I've lived the past five years. The city where I once stumbled into a stationery shop and found myself a job that basically changed my life.  The city where I got to live with my best friends in an amazing house that we called The Manor. The city where I got to live within a mile of two of my sisters. The city where I started my business. The city where I met my creative soul mates. The city that supported my Kickstarter. The city where I found myself.


I have so much love and respect for this place and all my people here and that is why it was so hard for me to leave it. I always knew in the back of my heart that Chicago wasn't where I wanted to stay. Deciding that it was time to go and telling everyone was almost harder than the actual going. But I think I had finally grown up and truly realized and trusted the fact that all the people that I love in Chicago will always be a part of my life, will always love and support me, and I can continue to love and support them.

I've had a love affair with Denver and it's mountainous backdrop ever since I did a short internship out here seven years ago. Every time I came back to visit, I felt more and more drawn to this place. This quote that I found once pretty much sums it up:

"There are certain landscapes and places that call to us again and again. There isn't always a reason, rationalization or rhythm to this - it's just the way of things. Some of us may prefer the ocean and its tides, some the desert, barren and serene, some of us the eastern forests of green, and some, the mountains, grand, wild and sweeping. When you think of the land you inhibit, is it the one that calls you home? Is it the one that comforts your body and being down to the bones? When you close your eyes, what scenery do you most long for? Remember that we're able to drive great strength and energy from our surroundings when they're right for us."

-Victoria

I knew it was going to be a big change but I was so ready for a change. I packed up my life in Chicago (with the help of many amazing friends) and headed to St. Louis, for a one month layover while I searched for a place in Denver. This was also a greatly needed time of no distractions while I finished fulfilling all the Kickstarter rewards, which honestly, kicked my ass. But it felt so good to get that done.

Well, I blinked and then the month of June was over and I was off to Denver. I can't believe I've already been here for three months. At the age of 29 I'm living by myself for the first time and adjusting to/loving it. It helps to have the furry, snuggly guy around. I have a REAL studio for the very first time that isn't my bedroom/the kitchen counter/the basement/a room attached to my bedroom and it's amazing. The artist community here in Denver has been nothing short of awesome. I've met several other small business owners, including both vendors and shop owners, who have been extremely welcoming and supportive of me! This is going to be the lamest metaphor ever but you know you are trying on jeans and sometimes you just pull them up and they just fit perfectly? Well that's how Denver feels so far. It really fits me. I've been talking about moving here really for the last seven years. It's an incredible feeling to go out on a limb and take a huge risk, basically only trusting your heart and hoping you didn't make a big mistake, and actually feeling right at home. 

Here's to the many adventures ahead here in Denver, Colorado!

My booth at the Denver Handmade Homemade Market. 

My booth at the Denver Handmade Homemade Market. 


Kickstarter progress!

It's been quite an adventure so far! We now have successfully printed two of the three patterns, with just one more day of printing on the schedule. Part of why I wanted to have Reuse First print the paper was so I could be a part of the whole process. Which is why I get to share that process with you! Take a look below at the first pattern coming to existence.

View of the screen set up in the press.

View of the screen set up in the press.

Steel gray and silver on the drying rack

Steel gray and silver on the drying rack

We had a little fun with mixing some inks.

We had a little fun with mixing some inks.

Time to put the gold ink down!

Time to put the gold ink down!

Tangy orange and gold on the drying rack.

Tangy orange and gold on the drying rack.

All this paper is printed. What a day!

All this paper is printed. What a day!

Pattern Love

So obviously I love patterns. I am very inspired by bold, graphic ones, featuring two or three colors. I have been a fan of the following independent businesses for awhile now, because I love the use of their own original designs in their work. It has also been really fun to watch their product lines grow and how different aspects of the patterns are featured depending on their application. All three of the following businesses handprint their own fabrics as well. I know that I really love a pattern when I say, 'I want to make a frame with that!" Which I say, a lot. 

 

Bracelet by  Thief and Bandit  based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The fabric is handprinted with non toxic water based ink on organic bamboo jersey. 

Bracelet by Thief and Bandit based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The fabric is handprinted with non toxic water based ink on organic bamboo jersey. 

Maxi skirt by  Thief & Bandit.  I own this skirt and I am obsessed with it. 

Maxi skirt by Thief & Bandit. I own this skirt and I am obsessed with it. 

Pillows by  Earth Cadets  based out of Chicago, Illinois. The designs are handprinted using eco-friendly inks on organic and organic/hemp blend fabrics. I love this pattern and actually own a Earth Cadets tote printed with this pattern in a totally different color wave. But, I want this pillow too, obviously.

Pillows by Earth Cadets based out of Chicago, Illinois. The designs are handprinted using eco-friendly inks on organic and organic/hemp blend fabrics. I love this pattern and actually own a Earth Cadets tote printed with this pattern in a totally different color wave. But, I want this pillow too, obviously.

Shirt by  Earth Cadets.  I'm a sucker for neon colors on top of neutrals. Hence this shirt. 

Shirt by Earth Cadets. I'm a sucker for neon colors on top of neutrals. Hence this shirt. 

Tote by  Milkhaus Design  based out of Madison, Wisconsin. Natural linen is screen printed with non toxic water based inks. I really love her use of simple and natural colors and patterns, especially for a tote that you might want to use everyday. It goes with everything!

Tote by Milkhaus Design based out of Madison, Wisconsin. Natural linen is screen printed with non toxic water based inks. I really love her use of simple and natural colors and patterns, especially for a tote that you might want to use everyday. It goes with everything!

Crossover Bag by  Milkhaus Design.  I have this bag and use it almost everyday. 

Crossover Bag by Milkhaus Design. I have this bag and use it almost everyday. 


Inkling Party Pics

Posting these now because I forgot to do it! Such a fun, memorable night this was at Inkling. It also reminds me that I need to get back over to Dry Hop, our lovely beer sponsor from the party, because I miss the friendly faces and delicious brews!