Reviews and Blog Posts: crafts

Remember, Remember -- Poppies for November

Guest Blogger Trish Tilly gets us sorted out on the ubiquitous poppies of November.

 

On Remembrance Day in Great Britain, the Queen lays a wreath made of poppies on the Cenotaph, a monument in Whitehall that commemorates all the dead in all wars in which British soldiers have fought.

This day of remembrance coincides with similar ceremonies in the United States, Canada, France and all British Commonwealths. Americans call it Veteran's Day.

Preparing for the Holidays & Living Well Always

Yes, it's that time of year already--time to start thinking about the winter holidays! How can Fresh City Life My Branch make your holiday season bright this year?

Start off this Wednesday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays. Learn how to make your own evergreen wreaths, cinnamon pine cones, and seed bomb gift bags. Reuse items that the land has to offer to make the winter season brighter for your family and friends. Presented by Kelly Watson of The Permaculture Project.

It's in Our Nature

Plush Owl

Get back to nature with Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend--whether learning about places to explore that are close to home or nurturing your inner artist!

On Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman, learn all about the 123-acre urban wilderness in our own back yard, Bluff Lake Nature Center! Bluff Lake is a nonprofit agency that manages a unique urban wildlife and outdoor classroom in northeast Denver. It is home to an abundance of animals and native plants, which thrive in a variety of habitats.

2 Ways to Feel Great!

Jar craft

Recycling and volunteering--does it get any better than that when it comes to feeling good?

Fresh City Life My Branch wants you to catch the feeling, and we can help this week!

Invest in Your Dog, Invest in Your Craft Time, or Just Invest!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a program for you this week, whether you want to learn about investing your money, training your dog, or just sit back and create a craft!

Our Introduction to Investing will be on Saturday, October 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Bear Valley. This 3-hour beginner-level class describes the fundamental investment principles and how they contribute to investment success. You'll learn basic financial terms, where to do research, what data is important in sources like Value Line, and how to find it. You'll learn commonly used terms that are important for any investor to understand.

Get FRESH This Week!

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Ready to travel to Africa, connect with your crafty side, go to a free concert, or learn to read tea leaves? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

Travel to another continent without leaving Denver on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Traveling Librarian: African Safari. Pictures and stories included!

Weekend Travel, Crafts, and Nutrition

Hand Sewn Felt Bunny

Want to travel to Guatemala, create a craft, or learn about how nutrition can affect AD/HD? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Start your weekend off at Bear Valley on Friday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. with a virtual trip to Guatemala by Chicken Bus. Local librarian Anna Winkel recounts her time in Guatemala in 2008-9 and will share slides and stories covering the old capital city of Antigua, the shores of Lago Atitlan, and the mountains of Alta Verapaz.

Weekend: Meditate, Travel, Create, Can

Tao of Letting Go

Join Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend: learn to meditate, travel to Guatemala, create a magnet, or learn to preserve your garden's vegetables to enjoy all winter!

All these events are happening on Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. How will you decide?

Needing a way to quiet your body, mind, and thoughts? Be introduced to Taoist Meditation at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch. Be introduced to the basic methods of sitting, quieting the mind, focusing the breath, and finding stillness. Basic theory of Taoist meditation and the concepts of Jing, Qi, and Shen, and the three treasures of the human body will also be explored.

Crafts, Food, and Books!

Picnics

Have the rest of your week planned yet? Add some of these Fresh City Life My Branch events to your calendar!

Maybe you have a piece of furniture lying around in your basement or garage that you've been meaning to restore. Don't let it languish any longer! Learn about Restoring Your Old Wood Furniture with Denver Urban Homesteading expert Irina Bertini. You'll learn about bringing new life to antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets, as well as sandpapers, electric sanders, handsaws, stains, and where to get inexpensive materials.

Great Balls of Hair

photo from blog: The Journals of Giddy Giddy

In the middle of a long, hot summer, I'm in the mood for a little joy, a little lighthearted make and do. Craftinatrix Trish Tilly has got ebullience in the bag -- creating mod stuff with felted wool balls. For those of you who own cats, yes, it's related to the 'craft' projects your little Felix makes on occasion -- except these are on purpose -- and pretty cool.

There are lots of crafters experimenting with sculptural works that utilize felted sheep's wool. Felting is the process of agitating animal fibers through heat, moisture and motion to create a firm fabric. If you've ever washed a wool sweater accidentally only to remove it from the washing machine stiff and shrunken, then you know the end product of felting.

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