Boulder Lifestyle



Holiday Hit List

Just the hits.

To: Attention Artisan Advocates, Craft Culture Enthusiast. 

From: Boulder Lifestyle X Denver Flea 

Cue the (good) Christmas music and finish up your naughty and nice lists—it’s time to shop, drink and be merry all in one place. At Denver’s historical Union Station. As you can imagine, we’re fleaking out that there’s a one-stop shop to support local, small businesses. That’s what our publication is all about. 

Starting on Black Friday, there will be 100s of Colorado’s best makers and artisan brands (including 50+ new vendors) packing the Plaza for four weekends in a row.

We’ll help you get started with our exclusive Holiday Hit List so you can cross out all the folks you have on your mind this year…  

 

Just A Note 

For those looking for a classic holiday gift. Here are Grandma’s picks…  

“I’m firm believer that nice matters and that a hand-written note will never go out of style. There’s a reason that the giving and receiving of holiday cards is such a beloved tradition. It’s the perfect time of year to connect with the people you hold dear and a thoughtful card is so warm and personal. Stationery also makes for a great holiday gift: find some that fits your recipients personality and every time they write on it they’ll think of you.” -Lana Effron, Owner Lana’s Shop

1. Exclusive Reindeer Wrapping Kit – $12.00, Lana’s Shop, LanasShop.com, @lanasshop

2. Joy Card – $5.00, Lana’s Shop, LanasShop.com, @lanasshop

3. Weird Family – $5.00, Power and Light Press, PowerAndLightPress.com, @powerandlightpress

4. Holiday Wish, Letterpress Card, WW1201 – $5.99, Wolf and Wren Press, WolfAndWren.com, @wolfwren

5. Holiday Can, Letterpress Card, WW-1270 – $5.99, Wolf and Wren Press, WolfAndWren.com, @wolfwren

6. Tis The Ski-Son – $5.00, Thatcher Cook Designs, ThatcherCookDesigns.com, @thatchercookdesigns

7. Seasonings Greeting – $4.50, Mountain vs Plains, MountainvsPlains.com, @mountainvsplains

 

Sweet Somethings 

Whispering sweet somethings in someone’s ear? We all know the true way to a lover’s heart is through their stomach. 

“Helliemae’s means retro treats with a twist—our caramels and sauces are all about nostalgia, wrapped up in colorful packaging with a vintage flair. So much of what makes the holiday season special is memory: remembering past gatherings with family and friends, and making new traditions together.” -Ellen Daehnick, Founder Helliemae’s Caramels

1. Whiskey Love Bomb Caramels – $16 (medium), Helliemae’s Caramels, SaltCaramels.com, @helliemaes

2. Candy Cane Caramel Sauce – $15, Helliemae’s Caramels, SaltCaramels.com, @helliemaes

3. Propolis Honey – $19, Bjorn’s Colorado Honey, BjornsColoradoHoney.com, @bjorns_co_honey

4. Cinnamon Infused or Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup – $20, Syrupology, SyrupologyCo.com, @syrupology

5. Original Turmeric Latte Mix 30-Serving Standup Pouch – $30, Golden Root, GoldenRoot.co, @golden.root (Photo: Taylor Powers Photography)

6. Mexican Drinking Chocolate – $12ea or 2 for $20, Cultura Chocolate, CulturaChocolate.com, @culturacraftchocolate 

7. 12 pc Winter Bon Bon Collection – $28, M2 Confections, M2Confections.Etsy.com, @m2_confections

 

For Your Homies 

Get something homey for your homie. 

“There is so much you can know about someone by simply entering their home—and we believe that what you hang on your walls should be a reflection of what inspires you. In particular, we love how prints can be an incredibly thoughtful gift—both serving to invoke memories, as well as inspire dreaming. Your surroundings should reflect, inspire, and motivate your passions—and what better place to do that than your home.” -Nathan & Kait Downey, Owners Wanderwide

1. The 14ers Register Print – $59 includes Print + Custom Stamp/Ink Pad (Framed Available for $129-$199), Wanderwide, Wanderwide.co, @wanderwide.art

2. Moon Mobile – $210, Blade and Knoll, BladeAndKnoll.com, @bladeandknoll

3. Rialto Cutting Board – $220, Blade and Knoll, BladeAndKnoll.com, @bladeandknoll

4. Recycled Glass Crooked Wine Glass – $24.95 per glass or $79.95 for a set of 4, Zeal Living, Zeal-Living.com, @zealliving

5.  Forest Botanical Reed Diffuser – $58, Rosy Rings, RosyRings.com, @rosyrings

6. Trail of the Great King (limited edition print) – 16 x 20 $129; 24 x 30 $249, Dolan Geiman, DolanGeiman.com, @dolangeiman

7. Wooden Skimmer Spoon – $18, TRI Vintage + Wares, Shop-Tri.com, @trivintage

 

The Coloradan Code 

Native or transplant, we all live here for the same reason—nature at our fingertips. Here are some local gifts we recommend because as any outdoor enthusiast knows, you can never be too prepared.  

“Whether you are living in the city or the high mountains, Coloradans experience the outdoors every day. A gift tailored to the outdoors is ideal for this lifestyle because we need items to be practical in a diverse variety of environments. So whether you are jogging through City Park or socializing at a Pearl Street café a gift tailored to the outdoors is a Coloradan’s ideal surprise.” -Jeremy Dougherty, Founder Maroon Bell Outdoor

1. Ribbed Knit Wool Beanies – $29, Maroon Bell Outdoor, MaroonBell.com, @maroonbelloutdoor  

2. Buffalo Leather Gloves – $65, Maroon Bell Outdoor, MaroonBell.com, @maroonbelloutdoor  

3. Klettersack – $169-$189, Topo Designs, TopoDesigns.com, @topodesigns

4. Mountain Jacket – $349, Topo Designs, TopoDesigns.com, @topodesigns

5. “Resilient” Mellivora Leggings – $74 online; $70 at Denver Flea, Mellivora, Mellivoraco.com, @mellivoraco

6. Fly Reel Case (medium size featured in photo) – $175, Last Exit Goods, LastExitGoods.com, @lastexitusa

7. Carry-On Flask – $299, Last Exit Goods, LastExitGoods.com, @lastexitusa

8. Key Tags – $7.95, Treklight Gear, TreklightGear.com, @treklightgear

 

All About Me, Baby  

The guest of honor for our gift guide, the main event. The littles who bring new life and magic to the holidays. 

“The most magical part about the holiday season is the sparkle that reflects in a child’s eyes as they look up at the holiday lights for the first time. It’s a gift to adults to pause and watch these moments. It’s a lovely gift to give children’s clothing with unique designs that are inspired by the joy, laughter and love of babies and their families throughout the year, especially during the holiday season.” -Maggie Fagundo-Harmier, Founder Urban Baby Co

1. “I Believe” Santa Organic Onesie – $27, Urban Baby Co, UrbanBabyCo.com, @urbanbabyco

2. “Bae Bee” Organic Onesie – $27, Urban Baby Co, UrbanBabyCo.com, @urbanbabyco

3. Art Prints – 8×10 $22; 11×14 prints $28, Kimothy Joy, KimothyJoy.com, @kimothy.joy

4. Journey to Cloud City, A Create-Your-Own Adventure Book with Nature-Based Activities for Problem-Solving and Teamwork – $14, Myra Makes, MyraMakes.com, @myramakes

5. Signature Gift Box for Mom + Baby in Pink Cars – $150.00, Bokk Baby, BokkBaby.com, @bokkbaby

6. Baby Blanket – $40, Bokk Baby, BokkBaby.com, @bokkbaby

7. “Nature Boy” Gift Set – $50, Bear and Bunny Co, BearAndBunnyCo.com, @bearandbunnyco

8. “Cloth Diapered Babe” Gift Set – $50, Bear and Bunny Co, BearAndBunnyCo.com, @bearandbunnyco

 

 

 

What: Union Station Holiday Market by Denver Flea 

When: 

FRI NOV 23 – SUN NOV 25
FRI NOV 30 – SUN DEC 2
FRI DEC 7 – SUN DEC 9
FRI DEC 14 – SUN DEC 16

Where: Union Station! 

How: Get tickets and check out the full list of vendors at DenverFlea.com. Use the code BOULDERLIFESTYLES to get 20% off your ticket. 

That’s a Wrap 

 

 



CONTRIBUTORS

To reflect on a new year, we asked what our team what their focus word will be for 2019.

GRACE

Grace rises above a situation, pride, a misunderstanding, our feelings, or a situation that had a different ending then we would have preferred. I choose grace for 2019 because the Lord has shown me countlessly, that with grace, I am made whole, I can forgive immediately, I can see more clearly, and accept, that every person, every circumstance, has a purpose in my story. 

Chantel Ellerington 

Director of Client Relations at Boulder Lifestyle & Cherry Creek Lifestyle 

 

COMPASSION 

Compassion has become the lost word of past generations and administrations. We have traded this fellow-feeling, empathy for thy neighbor and thyself, for the place-holders of hate, fear and the newly adopted rhetoric that all men are not created equal. Compassion is my mantra moving forward; for myself, my work, my fellow man, near and far, and for the hopeful glimpse that what is yet to come far outweighs what we have not yet shed from our collective past and present—strength in warmth, mercy and tenderness.

Grey Grimm 

Freelance Illustrator & Designer 

 

ENDURE

Enduring can be difficult. It is occasionally all that can be done to get from one moment in life to the next. Life has little pity, even if you and I think it should have more. 

But don’t let the world, or anything, or anyone rob you of your ability to endure. Remember, if feeling gobsmacked by life, it’s because you have already endured many things in life and still found a way to exist. 

Ben Wiese 

Writer 

 

EMPATHY 

I think everyone could—and should—work on being a little more empathetic this upcoming year, especially in our country.

Carrie Davidson 

Writer 

 

PROGRESS

My focus word for 2019 is progress. To not only progress in everyday life but also progress with my photography and business. I’d like to challenge myself by continuing to create better images and grow to work with new people under new realms. 

Ladd Forde 

Photographer 



CONTRIBUTORS

To reflect on a new year, we asked what our team what their focus word will be for 2019.

GRACE

Grace rises above a situation, pride, a misunderstanding, our feelings, or a situation that had a different ending then we would have preferred. I choose grace for 2019 because the Lord has shown me countlessly, that with grace, I am made whole, I can forgive immediately, I can see more clearly, and accept, that every person, every circumstance, has a purpose in my story. 

Chantel Ellerington 

Director of Client Relations at Boulder Lifestyle & Cherry Creek Lifestyle 

 

COMPASSION 

Compassion has become the lost word of past generations and administrations. We have traded this fellow-feeling, empathy for thy neighbor and thyself, for the place-holders of hate, fear and the newly adopted rhetoric that all men are not created equal. Compassion is my mantra moving forward; for myself, my work, my fellow man, near and far, and for the hopeful glimpse that what is yet to come far outweighs what we have not yet shed from our collective past and present—strength in warmth, mercy and tenderness.

Grey Grimm 

Freelance Illustrator & Designer 

 

ENDURE

Enduring can be difficult. It is occasionally all that can be done to get from one moment in life to the next. Life has little pity, even if you and I think it should have more. 

But don’t let the world, or anything, or anyone rob you of your ability to endure. Remember, if feeling gobsmacked by life, it’s because you have already endured many things in life and still found a way to exist. 

Ben Wiese 

Writer 

 

EMPATHY 

I think everyone could—and should—work on being a little more empathetic this upcoming year, especially in our country.

Carrie Davidson 

Writer 

 

PROGRESS

My focus word for 2019 is progress. To not only progress in everyday life but also progress with my photography and business. I’d like to challenge myself by continuing to create better images and grow to work with new people under new realms. 

Ladd Forde 

Photographer 



Get in the Spirit

The Colorado version of the Bourbon Trail full of whiskey warmers, expert cocktails and a few items to pick up.

Welcome to the Colorado Bourbon Trail, where we take you to three of our top distillers as voted by our readers. Not only to give you a little inspiration with what would make an excellent gift to get you in the spirit but you’ll also find specialty cocktails courtesy of the men who distill the magic.

Cheers! 

 

 

Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey

First released in 2010

43% Alc. by Vol. 86 Proof

 

Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey

First released in 2011

43% Alc. by Vol. 86 Proof

 

Leopold Bros. Michigan Cherry Whiskey

First released in 2013

40% Alc. by Vol. 80 Proof

 

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits Bourbon 

Awards:

Global Spirits Competition: Gold
North American Whiskey and Bourbon Competition: Gold
Denver International Spirits Festival: Gold 
Jim Murray’s 2018 Whiskey Bible ratings: 92 points

 

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits Rye 

Awards:

Global Spirits Competition: Double Gold
North American Whiskey and Bourbon Competition: Gold
Denver International Spirits Festival: Silver 
Jim Murray’s 2018 Whiskey Bible rating: 94 points

 

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak

Batch #21, aged in #3 char New White American Oak barrels.

NOSE: Dried apricot, tack-shed leather, black licorice, hint of wet cedar

PALATE: Turkish apricot, dark-roast coffee, butterscotch oak, cayenne and Mexican hot chocolate, with the parting gift of a rolling, creamy finish.

 

Stranahan’s Original 

Batch #202

NOSE: Caramel-butterscotch, vanilla, maple syrup, leather.

PALATE: Cinnamon-butter, vanilla, chocolate, warm caramel & spiced pear; flows over the tongue like table cream & melted brown sugar, finishing with a hint of cayenne, rich tobacco, oak & aged leather.

 

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask 

Batch #3

NOSE: Over-ripe cherry, sweet apples, raisins, almonds, leather and fresh-cut hay.

PALATE: Honey, Montmorency cherries, blackcurrant, and fig, with a nutty brine and walnut characteristics.

 

 

Leopold Bros.

Distiller Todd Leopold

Remember The Maine

  • 1½ oz. Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte
  • 2 dashes bitters

Combine Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey, Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur, bitters and ice in a mixing glass. Stir until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass that has been rinsed, or coated on the inside, with Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte. Garnish with a cherry. 

Flavor Profile | “Pre-Prohibition American rye whiskey involved two different styles. The first, Pennsylvania rye (known sometimes as Monongahela-style) is generally spicy, dry and heavily oaked. Maryland rye, by contrast, is fruity, floral and less aggressive. Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey achieves this unique flavor profile by hand selecting a variety of yeast strains to use in our fermentation process, paying homage to a lost style of whiskey that hasn’t been distilled in the United States in decades. In keeping with tradition, the rye whiskey is barreled at 98 proof, enabling the flavors to develop in our charred American oak barrels.”

 

 

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.

Distiller Shawn Hogan

The Diamondback

  • 2 oz 10th Mountain Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Applejack(apple brandy)
  • 3/4 oz green Chartreuse

Flavor Profile | “Our rye has some toffee, caramel and plenty of spice notes which all pair well with the apple brandy’s sweetness and the rich, herb flavor of the Chartreuse. And it all works great as the season gets colder.”

 

Stranahan’s

Master Distiller Rob Dietrich

Stranhattan

  • 1.5 oz Stranahan’s Rocky Mountain Single Malt Whiskey
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Bitters 
  • 1  Luxardo Cherry 

Glass: Short Coupe

Served: Neat

Made: Stir and Strained

Garnish: Luxardo Cherry

Flavor Profile | “Stranahan’s Original has an aroma of caramel-butterscotch and maple syrup mixed with a palate of cinnamon-butter, vanilla, chocolate and spiced pear that provides an amazing flavor profile for any classic whiskey cocktail. One of my favorite cocktails happens to be our take on the Manhattan, which we call the “Stranahattan,” however my all-time favorite cocktail is our Stranahan’s Diamond Peak 4 year whiskey on ice. I like to keep it simple!”

 

 



Get in the Spirit

The Colorado version of the Bourbon Trail full of whiskey warmers, expert cocktails and a few items to pick up.

Welcome to the Colorado Bourbon Trail, where we take you to three of our top distillers as voted by our readers. Not only to give you a little inspiration with what would make an excellent gift to get you in the spirit but you’ll also find specialty cocktails courtesy of the men who distill the magic.

Cheers! 

 

 

Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey

First released in 2010

43% Alc. by Vol. 86 Proof

 

Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey

First released in 2011

43% Alc. by Vol. 86 Proof

 

Leopold Bros. Michigan Cherry Whiskey

First released in 2013

40% Alc. by Vol. 80 Proof

 

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits Bourbon 

Awards:

Global Spirits Competition: Gold
North American Whiskey and Bourbon Competition: Gold
Denver International Spirits Festival: Gold 
Jim Murray’s 2018 Whiskey Bible ratings: 92 points

 

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits Rye 

Awards:

Global Spirits Competition: Double Gold
North American Whiskey and Bourbon Competition: Gold
Denver International Spirits Festival: Silver 
Jim Murray’s 2018 Whiskey Bible rating: 94 points

 

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak

Batch #21, aged in #3 char New White American Oak barrels.

NOSE: Dried apricot, tack-shed leather, black licorice, hint of wet cedar

PALATE: Turkish apricot, dark-roast coffee, butterscotch oak, cayenne and Mexican hot chocolate, with the parting gift of a rolling, creamy finish.

 

Stranahan’s Original 

Batch #202

NOSE: Caramel-butterscotch, vanilla, maple syrup, leather.

PALATE: Cinnamon-butter, vanilla, chocolate, warm caramel & spiced pear; flows over the tongue like table cream & melted brown sugar, finishing with a hint of cayenne, rich tobacco, oak & aged leather.

 

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask 

Batch #3

NOSE: Over-ripe cherry, sweet apples, raisins, almonds, leather and fresh-cut hay.

PALATE: Honey, Montmorency cherries, blackcurrant, and fig, with a nutty brine and walnut characteristics.

 

 

Leopold Bros.

Distiller Todd Leopold

Remember The Maine

  • 1½ oz. Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte
  • 2 dashes bitters

Combine Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey, Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur, bitters and ice in a mixing glass. Stir until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass that has been rinsed, or coated on the inside, with Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte. Garnish with a cherry. 

Flavor Profile | “Pre-Prohibition American rye whiskey involved two different styles. The first, Pennsylvania rye (known sometimes as Monongahela-style) is generally spicy, dry and heavily oaked. Maryland rye, by contrast, is fruity, floral and less aggressive. Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey achieves this unique flavor profile by hand selecting a variety of yeast strains to use in our fermentation process, paying homage to a lost style of whiskey that hasn’t been distilled in the United States in decades. In keeping with tradition, the rye whiskey is barreled at 98 proof, enabling the flavors to develop in our charred American oak barrels.”

 

 

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.

Distiller Shawn Hogan

The Diamondback

  • 2 oz 10th Mountain Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Applejack(apple brandy)
  • 3/4 oz green Chartreuse

Flavor Profile | “Our rye has some toffee, caramel and plenty of spice notes which all pair well with the apple brandy’s sweetness and the rich, herb flavor of the Chartreuse. And it all works great as the season gets colder.”

 

Stranahan’s

Master Distiller Rob Dietrich

Stranhattan

  • 1.5 oz Stranahan’s Rocky Mountain Single Malt Whiskey
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Bitters 
  • 1  Luxardo Cherry 

Glass: Short Coupe

Served: Neat

Made: Stir and Strained

Garnish: Luxardo Cherry

Flavor Profile | “Stranahan’s Original has an aroma of caramel-butterscotch and maple syrup mixed with a palate of cinnamon-butter, vanilla, chocolate and spiced pear that provides an amazing flavor profile for any classic whiskey cocktail. One of my favorite cocktails happens to be our take on the Manhattan, which we call the “Stranahattan,” however my all-time favorite cocktail is our Stranahan’s Diamond Peak 4 year whiskey on ice. I like to keep it simple!”

 

 



Investing In

A present for your future.

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty is an expert in residential real estate in the Boulder community, throughout Colorado and beyond. The seasoned experts have deep seeded relationships with clients within the community and are the best in the business. Brokers at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty advise clients on real estate investment opportunities. Top producing Broker, Barb Silverman, takes a moment to share her most valuable insights.

 

Preparing to Make an Investment

 

Buying a home is a wonderful investment, the most significant purchase of your life. With the holidays approaching there is a temptation to spend—but you should instead take caution as impulse buys can impact your future purchase ability. Stay current on all your existing bills and keep credit card balances at less than 40% of available credit limit.

A combination of great credit and a good down payment snag the best deals from lenders, so if your credit needs work, you may want to consult a credit “fixer” to remove old non-relevant credit issues.

 

Financial Saving Tips

 

There are many saving tips to keep in mind when planning for your future. Some that I live by are: setting aside tax refunds and work bonuses, setting up an automatic savings plan, and switching out high-interest rate loans. Another suggestion is to audit your monthly auto-pay expenses and eliminate any not being used. 

You can also save money around the house: limit eating out to once a week, turn off your lights when not in use, mow your own lawn, fully fill the dishwasher or washing machine before starting, and comparison shop for household items, gas and groceries.

 

Investing in Real Estate

 

If you are considering investing in real estate, make sure you know the fundamentals. Ideally, you purchase at the best price to maximize the return on investment, and location does matter. Be knowledgeable with tax benefits and tax depreciation write-offs applying to capital improvements. Larger down payments and great credit are essential to lenders. Pay attention to your ROI, some markets will generate great cash flow but no equity building, and others will have great equity building and little cash flow.

Most important regardless of the circumstance, always retain a good real estate professional for any property acquisition.

 

BARB SILVERMAN 

Broker at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

LIVSothebysRealty.com



Investing In

A present for your future.

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty is an expert in residential real estate in the Boulder community, throughout Colorado and beyond. The seasoned experts have deep seeded relationships with clients within the community and are the best in the business. Brokers at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty advise clients on real estate investment opportunities. Top producing Broker, Barb Silverman, takes a moment to share her most valuable insights.

 

Preparing to Make an Investment

 

Buying a home is a wonderful investment, the most significant purchase of your life. With the holidays approaching there is a temptation to spend—but you should instead take caution as impulse buys can impact your future purchase ability. Stay current on all your existing bills and keep credit card balances at less than 40% of available credit limit.

A combination of great credit and a good down payment snag the best deals from lenders, so if your credit needs work, you may want to consult a credit “fixer” to remove old non-relevant credit issues.

 

Financial Saving Tips

 

There are many saving tips to keep in mind when planning for your future. Some that I live by are: setting aside tax refunds and work bonuses, setting up an automatic savings plan, and switching out high-interest rate loans. Another suggestion is to audit your monthly auto-pay expenses and eliminate any not being used. 

You can also save money around the house: limit eating out to once a week, turn off your lights when not in use, mow your own lawn, fully fill the dishwasher or washing machine before starting, and comparison shop for household items, gas and groceries.

 

Investing in Real Estate

 

If you are considering investing in real estate, make sure you know the fundamentals. Ideally, you purchase at the best price to maximize the return on investment, and location does matter. Be knowledgeable with tax benefits and tax depreciation write-offs applying to capital improvements. Larger down payments and great credit are essential to lenders. Pay attention to your ROI, some markets will generate great cash flow but no equity building, and others will have great equity building and little cash flow.

Most important regardless of the circumstance, always retain a good real estate professional for any property acquisition.

 

BARB SILVERMAN 

Broker at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

LIVSothebysRealty.com



A Homegrown Creative Space

See how Tinker Art Studio has grown into their South Boulder location and is a welcoming, creative space for the entire community.

Tinker Art Studio Founder & Owner Christie Slater Hubley has a lot to celebrate. It’s nearly her 7th year in business, and she’s wrapping up her first year in a new South Boulder location inside the Table Mesa Shopping Center.

“We’ve really enjoyed settling into our new space and getting to know the South Boulder community. It’s the highlight of my day when someone notices us for the first time and pops in to check out what we’re doing,” says Hubley, a former Adams 12 third grade and art teacher who holds a Masters of Education in Arts Integration. She also welcomed her first child this year.

Tinker today is not the same Tinker it was seven years ago, although the same charm and sweetness of the staff and thoughtfulness behind each project remain constant threads. The business grew when it moved locations and added numerous new ways to engage.

One, for example, is the Make & Take Studio, a place where you pick from a menu of open-ended projects. It’s great for a solo project or a way to connect with your child. You can paint your own pottery and then pick it up later after it’s been fired. There’s also sand art, apron or tote bag decorating, DIY stamps, mosaic mirrors and more. And you can make more than one project in one sitting.

Then there’s Tinker Time, a children’s art exploration opportunity for all ages. Tables are set up, each with their own theme and materials, and kids can flow from each project in their own time with instructors there to help guide them. Younger ones might gravitate toward Tinker Time Art & Play, which is all about multi-sensory play. 

In addition to its regular programming, including after-school classes for kids and teens, there are homeschool options that can couple with homeschool Studio Sessions in the afternoon, after kids break for lunch.

“It’s remarkable to witness multiple classes and creative projects happening in the same space—kids working in one studio, teens drawing next door, and adults throwing pots all at the same time. The buzz and energy in the studio is palpable,” says Hubley.

Now you can even take Tinker home with you! pARTy in a Box is a brand new offering which allows you to host your child’s party at home with absolutely everything you need, including a tablecloth, hand-painted placemats and instructions on setting up a welcoming space and how to facilitate the project. Or if you’d rather sit back and relax, you can book Tinker Mobile to run the whole show for you.

The adults can join in on the action during evening pottery, acrylic or oil painting, and life drawing classes, which run in 9-week sessions. Then there’s Friday Art Nights, for those one-off BYOB dates or girls’ nights, where you paint a canvas; it’s a mini art history lesson with a painting workshop in an intimate setting.

Another addition to the South Boulder location is the retail space; you can build your own art kit, purchase a variety of handmade toys or jewelry and pottery from local artists. Or if gifting an experience is more up your alley, gift certificates for all programming are available as well.

This homemade Boulder-based business is cultivating community and art education while supporting a need to help artists, both budding and adult, thrive.

Hubley says, “Seeing students run into their studio, greet their teacher, dive into art materials, and clearly feel comfortable and at home is incredibly rewarding. They make the space their own, and that’s what makes Tinker what it is.”



New Kid on the Block

How Boulder’s OB Off Duty Combines Fun & Fashion for Trendy Tots

Peplum tops. Rock and roll denim jackets. Bell-bottom jeans. When it comes to the inspiration behind Jennifer Ward’s OB Off Duty brand of trendy clothes for toddler girls, Jennifer draws from the unique style and personality of her five-year-old muse and daughter, Olivia Belle (OB herself!). As the founder of OB Off Duty, Jennifer curates fashion-forward toddler clothing items that help little girls express themselves and their style, working to empower them to let their unique personalities shine through from the inside out.

 

Lisa: How did the idea for OB Off Duty come about?

Jennifer: After having my first child I became obsessed with children’s clothing. I channeled all my love for fashion into dressing my daughter, but shopping for fashionable children’s clothing proved to be difficult. The styles all seemed to be very babyish, cartoonish or covered in characters. My goal was to find looks for her that I would wear but in miniature.

 

Lisa: How did you make that idea a reality?

Jennifer: It all started with social media. My friends and colleagues would often comment on my daughter’s over-the-top fashion style; then they’d ask me to do personal shopping for them and their kids. Then my life was turned upside down when my husband and I decided to move to Boulder. After commuting from Boulder to New York City for work for a few months, I decided to follow this passion and, as they say, the rest is history.

 

Lisa: What experience did you gain in the fashion industry while living in New York City?

Jennifer: I’ve worked in fashion for over 20 years and have focused on many sides of the business. I was heading up PR and social media for H&M for 15 years before pursuing OB Off Duty, so I’m very familiar with the business of curating and creating high-fashion clothing that’s accessible for all. I have a lot of experience building a brand from the bottom up and balancing trendy styles with affordability as well, which has been key in launching OB Off Duty.

 

Lisa: I imagine the differences between living in New York City and Boulder were pretty stark!

Jennifer: Yes! I’m a city girl at heart, and there was an obvious difference in style specifically. I found styles in Boulder to be a lot more casual than the stilettos and leather pants of New York City. But when it came to children’s wear, there really wasn’t too much of a difference. There will always be moms and parents who want to play dress up with their children every morning no matter where they live.

OB Off Duty is targeted to little girls who want to dress as cool as their moms do. It’s not a brand that’s focused on a specific city. It’s more about a specific attitude.

 

Lisa: What would you say the mission of OB Off Duty is? How do you hope your clothing makes the little girls wearing it feel?

Jennifer: Our mission is to have fun with fashion and to allow trendy tots to stand out for the one-of-a-kind girls they are! Our pieces are made to be versatile, mixing up well-loved pieces with contemporary twists. Our little girls shine all on their own, and OB Off Duty simply helps them to express their unique personalities even more and to truly stand out like the strong women they will grow up to be!

 

Lisa: What are some of your favorite OB Off Duty pieces?

Jennifer: The website is a curated collection of hand-selected items that reflect my daughter’s style. Our fall collection in particular is full of fashion-forward street style pieces, like leather skorts, bell-bottoms and velvet pleated skirts. Olivia’s street style look usually includes something super feminine mixed with something edgy, so we offer a lot of very fun, feminine tops as a staple.

 

Lisa: What’s on the horizon for OB Off Duty?

Jennifer: We’re still a relatively new kid on the block, so we look forward to continuing to grow and expanding our sizes and categories beyond toddlers. We’re also discussing adding clothing for little boys to our site to reflect the rock and roll style of Olivia’s little brother, Gabriel Bowie (GB)!



For Your Nearest & Dearest

Add a little extra sparkle to your holiday this year with a local gift that’s sure to shine.

Todd Reed 

1/ TRDB825

Mixed metal cuff with white brilliant cut diamonds (1.05ctw) in 18k yellow gold and sterling silver. ~1.5″ wide | $13,750

2/ TRDE509 

Geometric earrings with fancy cut diamonds (2.98ctw) in sterling silver. ~1/75″ length | $19,950 

3/ TRDE823-S

Dangle earrings with white brilliant cut diamonds (0.82ctw) and black brilliant cut diamonds (0.29ctw) in sterling silver. ~2.75″ length | $9,000

4/ TRDN00400

One of a kind necklace with white diamonds (2.73ctw) and aquamarine (26.01ctw) in 18k yellow gold on a 14k yellow gold chain. 24″ chain length. ~4.5″ pendant length | $68,255

5/ TRDR06-18KY-3

Ring with fancy cut diamond (2.2ctw), white brilliant cut diamonds (0.51ctw) and raw diamonds cubes (0.42ctw) in 18k yellow gold. | $17,175

 

Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers

6/ Lika Behar Amanda Necklace

24K yellow gold and oxidized silver “Amanda” diamond almond drop necklace with 24K diamond 5 chain tassle, double bail on medium adjustable chain. 24″-28″, approx. 84mm. 0.30 ctw diamonds | $1,980

7/ Hearts on Fire Triplicity Hoops 

18k white gold tapered diamond hoops with .27tw diamonds (small) or 1.20ctw (large) | small: $2500 large: $5,900

8/ Baume et Mercier My Classima Watch  

A round 36.5 mm, classic steel watch for women with white dial equipped with a Swiss Made quartz movement and blue leather strap. | $900

9/ Jude Frances Labradorite Pendant

The Moroccan Marrakesh Cushion Stone Pendant features a cushion cut faceted midnight blue labradorite black onyx doublet set in 18K yellow gold with invisible set round diamonds and the signature brushed JFJ finish. |  $2,360

10/ John Hardy Classic Chain Hammered Hinged Bangle 

Sterling Silver and 18k Bonded Yellow Gold
Bangle measures 8.5mm wide |  $1,795

 

John Atencio 

11/ Essence hinged diamond cuff bracelet in 14 karat yellow gold by John Atencio

.40 total carat weight in diamonds (also available in rose gold) | $2650  

12/ Essence diamond ball pendant necklace in 14 karat gold by John Atencio

1.06  total carat weight in diamonds | $2995

13/ Gemini Diamond and Lilac Amethyst Ring in 14 karat white gold by John Atencio

.18 total carat weight in diamonds | $2150

14/ Gemini Diamond and Lilac Amethyst bracelet in 14 karat white gold by John Atencio

.24 carat weight of diamonds | $4995

15/ Pinnacle Tanzanite and Diamond Pendant in 14 karat white gold by John Atencio

7mm trillion tanzanite and .16 total carat weight of diamonds | $3150

 

 

 



New Kid on the Block

How Boulder’s OB Off Duty Combines Fun & Fashion for Trendy Tots

Peplum tops. Rock and roll denim jackets. Bell-bottom jeans. When it comes to the inspiration behind Jennifer Ward’s OB Off Duty brand of trendy clothes for toddler girls, Jennifer draws from the unique style and personality of her five-year-old muse and daughter, Olivia Belle (OB herself!). As the founder of OB Off Duty, Jennifer curates fashion-forward toddler clothing items that help little girls express themselves and their style, working to empower them to let their unique personalities shine through from the inside out.

 

Lisa: How did the idea for OB Off Duty come about?

Jennifer: After having my first child I became obsessed with children’s clothing. I channeled all my love for fashion into dressing my daughter, but shopping for fashionable children’s clothing proved to be difficult. The styles all seemed to be very babyish, cartoonish or covered in characters. My goal was to find looks for her that I would wear but in miniature.

 

Lisa: How did you make that idea a reality?

Jennifer: It all started with social media. My friends and colleagues would often comment on my daughter’s over-the-top fashion style; then they’d ask me to do personal shopping for them and their kids. Then my life was turned upside down when my husband and I decided to move to Boulder. After commuting from Boulder to New York City for work for a few months, I decided to follow this passion and, as they say, the rest is history.

 

Lisa: What experience did you gain in the fashion industry while living in New York City?

Jennifer: I’ve worked in fashion for over 20 years and have focused on many sides of the business. I was heading up PR and social media for H&M for 15 years before pursuing OB Off Duty, so I’m very familiar with the business of curating and creating high-fashion clothing that’s accessible for all. I have a lot of experience building a brand from the bottom up and balancing trendy styles with affordability as well, which has been key in launching OB Off Duty.

 

Lisa: I imagine the differences between living in New York City and Boulder were pretty stark!

Jennifer: Yes! I’m a city girl at heart, and there was an obvious difference in style specifically. I found styles in Boulder to be a lot more casual than the stilettos and leather pants of New York City. But when it came to children’s wear, there really wasn’t too much of a difference. There will always be moms and parents who want to play dress up with their children every morning no matter where they live.

OB Off Duty is targeted to little girls who want to dress as cool as their moms do. It’s not a brand that’s focused on a specific city. It’s more about a specific attitude.

 

Lisa: What would you say the mission of OB Off Duty is? How do you hope your clothing makes the little girls wearing it feel?

Jennifer: Our mission is to have fun with fashion and to allow trendy tots to stand out for the one-of-a-kind girls they are! Our pieces are made to be versatile, mixing up well-loved pieces with contemporary twists. Our little girls shine all on their own, and OB Off Duty simply helps them to express their unique personalities even more and to truly stand out like the strong women they will grow up to be!

 

Lisa: What are some of your favorite OB Off Duty pieces?

Jennifer: The website is a curated collection of hand-selected items that reflect my daughter’s style. Our fall collection in particular is full of fashion-forward street style pieces, like leather skorts, bell-bottoms and velvet pleated skirts. Olivia’s street style look usually includes something super feminine mixed with something edgy, so we offer a lot of very fun, feminine tops as a staple.

 

Lisa: What’s on the horizon for OB Off Duty?

Jennifer: We’re still a relatively new kid on the block, so we look forward to continuing to grow and expanding our sizes and categories beyond toddlers. We’re also discussing adding clothing for little boys to our site to reflect the rock and roll style of Olivia’s little brother, Gabriel Bowie (GB)!



For Your Nearest & Dearest

Add a little extra sparkle to your holiday this year with a local gift that’s sure to shine.

Todd Reed 

1/ TRDB825

Mixed metal cuff with white brilliant cut diamonds (1.05ctw) in 18k yellow gold and sterling silver. ~1.5″ wide | $13,750

2/ TRDE509 

Geometric earrings with fancy cut diamonds (2.98ctw) in sterling silver. ~1/75″ length | $19,950 

3/ TRDE823-S

Dangle earrings with white brilliant cut diamonds (0.82ctw) and black brilliant cut diamonds (0.29ctw) in sterling silver. ~2.75″ length | $9,000

4/ TRDN00400

One of a kind necklace with white diamonds (2.73ctw) and aquamarine (26.01ctw) in 18k yellow gold on a 14k yellow gold chain. 24″ chain length. ~4.5″ pendant length | $68,255

5/ TRDR06-18KY-3

Ring with fancy cut diamond (2.2ctw), white brilliant cut diamonds (0.51ctw) and raw diamonds cubes (0.42ctw) in 18k yellow gold. | $17,175

 

Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers

6/ Lika Behar Amanda Necklace

24K yellow gold and oxidized silver “Amanda” diamond almond drop necklace with 24K diamond 5 chain tassle, double bail on medium adjustable chain. 24″-28″, approx. 84mm. 0.30 ctw diamonds | $1,980

7/ Hearts on Fire Triplicity Hoops 

18k white gold tapered diamond hoops with .27tw diamonds (small) or 1.20ctw (large) | small: $2500 large: $5,900

8/ Baume et Mercier My Classima Watch  

A round 36.5 mm, classic steel watch for women with white dial equipped with a Swiss Made quartz movement and blue leather strap. | $900

9/ Jude Frances Labradorite Pendant

The Moroccan Marrakesh Cushion Stone Pendant features a cushion cut faceted midnight blue labradorite black onyx doublet set in 18K yellow gold with invisible set round diamonds and the signature brushed JFJ finish. |  $2,360

10/ John Hardy Classic Chain Hammered Hinged Bangle 

Sterling Silver and 18k Bonded Yellow Gold
Bangle measures 8.5mm wide |  $1,795

 

John Atencio 

11/ Essence hinged diamond cuff bracelet in 14 karat yellow gold by John Atencio

.40 total carat weight in diamonds (also available in rose gold) | $2650  

12/ Essence diamond ball pendant necklace in 14 karat gold by John Atencio

1.06  total carat weight in diamonds | $2995

13/ Gemini Diamond and Lilac Amethyst Ring in 14 karat white gold by John Atencio

.18 total carat weight in diamonds | $2150

14/ Gemini Diamond and Lilac Amethyst bracelet in 14 karat white gold by John Atencio

.24 carat weight of diamonds | $4995

15/ Pinnacle Tanzanite and Diamond Pendant in 14 karat white gold by John Atencio

7mm trillion tanzanite and .16 total carat weight of diamonds | $3150

 

 

 



A Homegrown Creative Space

See how Tinker Art Studio has grown into their South Boulder location and is a welcoming, creative space for the entire community.

Tinker Art Studio Founder & Owner Christie Slater Hubley has a lot to celebrate. It’s nearly her 7th year in business, and she’s wrapping up her first year in a new South Boulder location inside the Table Mesa Shopping Center.

“We’ve really enjoyed settling into our new space and getting to know the South Boulder community. It’s the highlight of my day when someone notices us for the first time and pops in to check out what we’re doing,” says Hubley, a former Adams 12 third grade and art teacher who holds a Masters of Education in Arts Integration. She also welcomed her first child this year.

Tinker today is not the same Tinker it was seven years ago, although the same charm and sweetness of the staff and thoughtfulness behind each project remain constant threads. The business grew when it moved locations and added numerous new ways to engage.

One, for example, is the Make & Take Studio, a place where you pick from a menu of open-ended projects. It’s great for a solo project or a way to connect with your child. You can paint your own pottery and then pick it up later after it’s been fired. There’s also sand art, apron or tote bag decorating, DIY stamps, mosaic mirrors and more. And you can make more than one project in one sitting.

Then there’s Tinker Time, a children’s art exploration opportunity for all ages. Tables are set up, each with their own theme and materials, and kids can flow from each project in their own time with instructors there to help guide them. Younger ones might gravitate toward Tinker Time Art & Play, which is all about multi-sensory play. 

In addition to its regular programming, including after-school classes for kids and teens, there are homeschool options that can couple with homeschool Studio Sessions in the afternoon, after kids break for lunch.

“It’s remarkable to witness multiple classes and creative projects happening in the same space—kids working in one studio, teens drawing next door, and adults throwing pots all at the same time. The buzz and energy in the studio is palpable,” says Hubley.

Now you can even take Tinker home with you! pARTy in a Box is a brand new offering which allows you to host your child’s party at home with absolutely everything you need, including a tablecloth, hand-painted placemats and instructions on setting up a welcoming space and how to facilitate the project. Or if you’d rather sit back and relax, you can book Tinker Mobile to run the whole show for you.

The adults can join in on the action during evening pottery, acrylic or oil painting, and life drawing classes, which run in 9-week sessions. Then there’s Friday Art Nights, for those one-off BYOB dates or girls’ nights, where you paint a canvas; it’s a mini art history lesson with a painting workshop in an intimate setting.

Another addition to the South Boulder location is the retail space; you can build your own art kit, purchase a variety of handmade toys or jewelry and pottery from local artists. Or if gifting an experience is more up your alley, gift certificates for all programming are available as well.

This homemade Boulder-based business is cultivating community and art education while supporting a need to help artists, both budding and adult, thrive.

Hubley says, “Seeing students run into their studio, greet their teacher, dive into art materials, and clearly feel comfortable and at home is incredibly rewarding. They make the space their own, and that’s what makes Tinker what it is.”



EXCEED YOURSELF

Remember that New Year’s resolution? Get a head start with a specially curated full body workout from OPEX E6 Boulder.

At OPEX E6 Boulder, we focus on personalized programs as unique as the individual who walks through our doors at Black Lab Sports. Our goal is to build a brand that is built on one primary purpose–to inspire people and help every person unleash their greatness through health and fitness.

So let’s get started. 

The focus of this workout is to give you awesome upper body strength, lower body stability with dynamic core activation—it’s a no fuss, full body workout. Section 1 and 2 completed together is 30-minutes long. Or if you’re crunched for time, each section is a quick 15-minute workout. The best part is, no weights or equipment is necessary.

 

WARM UP 

  • Lunge with an arm stretch
  • Inchworm x 10
  • Skier stretch x 5 each leg

PART 1

1/ BACK STEP LUNGE WITH A BOTTOM SQUAT HOLD

Repetitions 4-6-12-6-4  

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

2/ BURPEE WITH A PLANK HOLD

Repetitions 4-6-12-6-4

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

3/ LYING HOLLOW BODY KNEES-TO-ELBOW TUCK WITH HOLLOW HOLD

Repetitions 4-6-12-6-4

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

4/ ALTERNATING STEPPING OR JUMPING LUNGES

Duration 2-minutes max finisher

 

5/ REST

Duration 2-minutes

 

 

PART 2

6/ LYING BENT KNEE STRADDLE WITH A STRADDLE DEAD BUG HOLD

Repetitions 1-5-10-5-1

Duration 10-20 second hold  

 

7/ WIDE FOOT PLANK-SQUAT TRANSITIONS WITH A HIGH PLANK HOLD

Repetitions 1-5-10-5-1

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

8/ LYING STRAIGHT LEG RAISE WITH HOLLOW HOLD LEGS IN THE AIR LOCK OUT

Repetitions 1-5-10-5-1

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

9/ STRADDLE LEG SHOULDER PRESS WITH STANDING STAR POSE HOLD

Repetitions 1-5-10-5-1

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

10/ V-UPS

Duration 2-minute max finisher



EXCEED YOURSELF

Remember that New Year’s resolution? Get a head start with a specially curated full body workout from OPEX E6 Boulder.

At OPEX E6 Boulder, we focus on personalized programs as unique as the individual who walks through our doors at Black Lab Sports. Our goal is to build a brand that is built on one primary purpose–to inspire people and help every person unleash their greatness through health and fitness.

So let’s get started. 

The focus of this workout is to give you awesome upper body strength, lower body stability with dynamic core activation—it’s a no fuss, full body workout. Section 1 and 2 completed together is 30-minutes long. Or if you’re crunched for time, each section is a quick 15-minute workout. The best part is, no weights or equipment is necessary.

 

WARM UP 

  • Lunge with an arm stretch
  • Inchworm x 10
  • Skier stretch x 5 each leg

PART 1

1/ BACK STEP LUNGE WITH A BOTTOM SQUAT HOLD

Repetitions 4-6-12-6-4  

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

2/ BURPEE WITH A PLANK HOLD

Repetitions 4-6-12-6-4

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

3/ LYING HOLLOW BODY KNEES-TO-ELBOW TUCK WITH HOLLOW HOLD

Repetitions 4-6-12-6-4

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

4/ ALTERNATING STEPPING OR JUMPING LUNGES

Duration 2-minutes max finisher

 

5/ REST

Duration 2-minutes

 

 

PART 2

6/ LYING BENT KNEE STRADDLE WITH A STRADDLE DEAD BUG HOLD

Repetitions 1-5-10-5-1

Duration 10-20 second hold  

 

7/ WIDE FOOT PLANK-SQUAT TRANSITIONS WITH A HIGH PLANK HOLD

Repetitions 1-5-10-5-1

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

8/ LYING STRAIGHT LEG RAISE WITH HOLLOW HOLD LEGS IN THE AIR LOCK OUT

Repetitions 1-5-10-5-1

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

9/ STRADDLE LEG SHOULDER PRESS WITH STANDING STAR POSE HOLD

Repetitions 1-5-10-5-1

Duration 10-20 second hold

 

10/ V-UPS

Duration 2-minute max finisher



Stocking Stuffer Guide with the Manz

Let’s face it, there is a lot that can be stressful about the holidays. Over-scheduled calendars get put to the test over these couple of months. Shopping can defiantly contribute to the chaos. For Andy and I, one of our favorite traditions around the holiday season is to make a date out of our stocking stuffer shopping. We like to hit up as many local shops as possible, in search of the unique treasures our kids will go crazy over. We hit up Japango for some sushi and a great cocktail and then head home to wrap up everything we found. Andy literally wraps up every single item that we put in our children’s stockings (mine included), down to a little package of chicklets. It’s quite amusing. I look forward to this time every year because we seem to slow down and for that time and try to focus on spending time together. Included are some of our favorites. Enjoy and please support our local stores!  



Stocking Stuffer Guide with the Manz

Let’s face it, there is a lot that can be stressful about the holidays. Over-scheduled calendars get put to the test over these couple of months. Shopping can defiantly contribute to the chaos. For Andy and I, one of our favorite traditions around the holiday season is to make a date out of our stocking stuffer shopping. We like to hit up as many local shops as possible, in search of the unique treasures our kids will go crazy over. We hit up Japango for some sushi and a great cocktail and then head home to wrap up everything we found. Andy literally wraps up every single item that we put in our children’s stockings (mine included), down to a little package of chicklets. It’s quite amusing. I look forward to this time every year because we seem to slow down and for that time and try to focus on spending time together. Included are some of our favorites. Enjoy and please support our local stores!  



Nonprofit Roundup

Whether you have time, money or skills—there are plenty of ways to get involved in local charities.

1. Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence/SPAN

What they do: For nearly 40 years SPAN has offered a safe space, meals and court services to help victims of domestic abuse get out of dangerous situations.

How you can help: With some training, you can work directly with women as a crisis line volunteer or a court advocate.

Learn more at SafehouseAlliance.org.

2. Kids at the Dairy

What they do: Kids at the Dairy is a multidisciplinary arts program for children enrolled in Title 1 schools. Kids at the Dairy is completely no-cost to attendees—even transportation is covered—allowing students the chance to be creative without the cost.

How you can help: Donate money or supplies. Or if you’re a local artist, reach out and volunteer your time and talent. 

Support the Dairy at TheDairy.org.

3. Emergency Family Assitance Fund/EFAA

What they do: Exactly what their name suggests. The EFAA provides immediate aid and shelter to families who are in need of help, from basic needs to housing and court advocacy, in the Boulder area.

How you can help: Helping is as simple as driving by their North Boulder location to see what supplies they are currently in need of (think soup and other nonperishable goods) and a quick drop off!

Learn more at EFFAA.com.

4. Boulder Food Rescue

What they do: This eco-friendly charity has been taking perishable, soon-to-be-expired food away from grocery stores who won’t be selling the items and to local charities who need food—all on bikes!

How you can help: Becoming a volunteer is as easy as a quick orientation and a few practice rounds with a practiced “rescuer.” All you need is to know how to ride a bike—BFA provides bikes and carts.

Become a volunteer at BoulderFoodRescue.org.

5. Noble Grain Alliance

What they do: The Noble Grain Alliance’s founder Mona Esposito is all about bringing back whole grains to everyone’s table. She brings resources and information to all of us—for our health and the health of small noble grain farms!

How you can get involved: There are a wealth of resources at NGA’s website, but you can locally shop some noble grains here in Boulder County: check out Aspen Moon Farm at the Boulder Farmers’ Market or shop at Moxie Bread Co. in Louisville—who source all of their grains sustainably, responsibly and from small farms in the surrounding regions.

Learn more at TheGrainLady.com.

6. There With Care

What they do: There With Care provides critical needs for families and children going through critical illnesses. This can include transportation, meals, baby clothes and a support system.

How you can help: There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at There With Care. Simple ways to help include donating food and goods. If you want to work directly with families, you will need to go through There With Care’s volunteer training and complete a background check.

Learn more at ThereWithCare.org.



Winter Warmers

Cuddle Up with These Winter Themed New Releases

Ways to Hide in Winter 

Sarah St. Vincent MHPBooks.com $25.99

Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a young widow befriends a mysterious foreigner; setting in motion a politically charged journey of violence, betrayal, empathy and reconciliation.

 

Moon of the Crusted Snow

Waubgeshig Rice ECWPress.com $14.95

Leaders must restore order and save their people from a grave fate as their small northern Anishinaabe community faces winter without power or communication. 

 

Winter Loon

Susan Bernhard AmazonPublishing.Amazon.com $24.95

A haunting coming-of-age story about a resilient boy confronting the burden of his family’s dark, broken past and finding the freedom in letting go.

 

Autumn Golden Root Turmeric Latte

Drink recipe provided by local brand Golden Root—GoldenRoot.co | @golden.root 

  • Empty one sachet or 1 tablespoon of Original Golden Root turmeric latte mix into a mug. For an unsweetened latte, use one sachet or 2.5 teaspoons of Sugar-Free Golden Root turmeric latte mix.
  • Heat 8-12 oz of milk of your choice. 
  • Pour heated milk on top of the powder and mix until powder is fully dissolved.
  • Top with your choice of cinnamon, clove or cardamom.
  • Enjoy!


Nonprofit Roundup

Whether you have time, money or skills—there are plenty of ways to get involved in local charities.

1. Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence/SPAN

What they do: For nearly 40 years SPAN has offered a safe space, meals and court services to help victims of domestic abuse get out of dangerous situations.

How you can help: With some training, you can work directly with women as a crisis line volunteer or a court advocate.

Learn more at SafehouseAlliance.org.

2. Kids at the Dairy

What they do: Kids at the Dairy is a multidisciplinary arts program for children enrolled in Title 1 schools. Kids at the Dairy is completely no-cost to attendees—even transportation is covered—allowing students the chance to be creative without the cost.

How you can help: Donate money or supplies. Or if you’re a local artist, reach out and volunteer your time and talent. 

Support the Dairy at TheDairy.org.

3. Emergency Family Assitance Fund/EFAA

What they do: Exactly what their name suggests. The EFAA provides immediate aid and shelter to families who are in need of help, from basic needs to housing and court advocacy, in the Boulder area.

How you can help: Helping is as simple as driving by their North Boulder location to see what supplies they are currently in need of (think soup and other nonperishable goods) and a quick drop off!

Learn more at EFFAA.com.

4. Boulder Food Rescue

What they do: This eco-friendly charity has been taking perishable, soon-to-be-expired food away from grocery stores who won’t be selling the items and to local charities who need food—all on bikes!

How you can help: Becoming a volunteer is as easy as a quick orientation and a few practice rounds with a practiced “rescuer.” All you need is to know how to ride a bike—BFA provides bikes and carts.

Become a volunteer at BoulderFoodRescue.org.

5. Noble Grain Alliance

What they do: The Noble Grain Alliance’s founder Mona Esposito is all about bringing back whole grains to everyone’s table. She brings resources and information to all of us—for our health and the health of small noble grain farms!

How you can get involved: There are a wealth of resources at NGA’s website, but you can locally shop some noble grains here in Boulder County: check out Aspen Moon Farm at the Boulder Farmers’ Market or shop at Moxie Bread Co. in Louisville—who source all of their grains sustainably, responsibly and from small farms in the surrounding regions.

Learn more at TheGrainLady.com.

6. There With Care

What they do: There With Care provides critical needs for families and children going through critical illnesses. This can include transportation, meals, baby clothes and a support system.

How you can help: There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at There With Care. Simple ways to help include donating food and goods. If you want to work directly with families, you will need to go through There With Care’s volunteer training and complete a background check.

Learn more at ThereWithCare.org.



Winter Warmers

Cuddle Up with These Winter Themed New Releases

Ways to Hide in Winter 

Sarah St. Vincent MHPBooks.com $25.99

Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a young widow befriends a mysterious foreigner; setting in motion a politically charged journey of violence, betrayal, empathy and reconciliation.

 

Moon of the Crusted Snow

Waubgeshig Rice ECWPress.com $14.95

Leaders must restore order and save their people from a grave fate as their small northern Anishinaabe community faces winter without power or communication. 

 

Winter Loon

Susan Bernhard AmazonPublishing.Amazon.com $24.95

A haunting coming-of-age story about a resilient boy confronting the burden of his family’s dark, broken past and finding the freedom in letting go.

 

Autumn Golden Root Turmeric Latte

Drink recipe provided by local brand Golden Root—GoldenRoot.co | @golden.root 

  • Empty one sachet or 1 tablespoon of Original Golden Root turmeric latte mix into a mug. For an unsweetened latte, use one sachet or 2.5 teaspoons of Sugar-Free Golden Root turmeric latte mix.
  • Heat 8-12 oz of milk of your choice. 
  • Pour heated milk on top of the powder and mix until powder is fully dissolved.
  • Top with your choice of cinnamon, clove or cardamom.
  • Enjoy!


December 2018 Around Town

Dairy Arts Center presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly

Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon bring their charming Pride and Prejudice sequel to Boulder for the holidays at the Dairy Arts Center. Constantly overshadowed by her four sisters, Mary Bennet, the bookish middle child, longs for a “large life.” As she searches for her own identity, she unexpectedly discovers something else…the possibility of true love. If only she can survive the holidays with her sisters! Winner of Chicago’s 2017 Jefferson Award for Best New Play.

TheDairy.org

Osaka’s Brings Japanese Comfort Food and Hospitality to Boulder

Osaka’s—a new Japanese comfort food restaurant specializing in a unique Okonomiyaki-style burger—will be opening its doors at 2460 Canyon Blvd. (across from McGuckin Hardware) for guests on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. Osaka’s owner, Koji Tamura, is from Osaka Japan and his two chefs are from the area as well. The Osaka Burger is a unique hamburger-like concept where the bun is replaced with an ‘okonomiyaki’ savory cake made with either cabbage or kale, which is gluten-free. Osaka’s will offer a full bar menu with an extensive sake list during dinner and weekend service as well as Japanese teas and other specialty drinks throughout the day and night.

“At Osaka’s, we’re introducing Boulderites to ‘a new way to eat Japanese food,’” says Koji Tamura, owner of Osaka’s. “We are the first restaurant in the U.S. to serve this special, easy-to-eat Okonomiyaki-style burger that we think will be very popular among the city’s health-minded eaters. We’re excited to share our country’s ‘omotenashi’ dining experience in the evenings with our guests and show them what true Japanese hospitality feels like.”

OsakasRestaurant.com

Boulder Nordic Sport Announces New Boulder Location and Grand Reopening

Boulder-based Nordic Ski Retail Leader Celebrates New Headquarters with the grand reopening after the recent business merger with Boulder Cycle Sport (BCS), an industry-leading bicycle retailer with two locations in Boulder. The exciting merger is part of a shared vision to support and promote year-round outdoor activity by providing exceptional service and products for skiers and cyclists at all levels.
The new location of Boulder Nordic Sport (BNS) is inside the existing Boulder Cycle Sport South Broadway location at 629 S Broadway in Boulder. While under one roof, both retailers will continue to operate as individual entities, providing the same expert advice, equipment, fitting and service for both cycling and Nordic skiing communities. 

“We’re thrilled to have our new store open in the new location with Boulder Cycle Sport,” says Nathan Schultz, BNS founder and CEO of Boulder Sports, LLC. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to combine strengths, mitigate seasonality and share our passion for helping people have fun with two amazing sports.”

BoulderNordic.com

The Zero-Waste “To-Go” Revolution

Seemingly harmless paper coffee cups could be recycled in theory, but there’s a major problem: the plastic lining inside each cup that prevents coffee from leaking out also prevents the cup from being recycled. Thus, more than 58-billion paper cups end up in landfills every year. Boulder-based Vessel Works has a disruptive and bona fide solution, founded by sustainable business entrepreneur Dagny Tucker. Vessel Works takes plastic waste reduction a significant leap forward with its revolutionary “bike-share for cups” concept. Vessel Works has launched at Boxcar Coffee Roasters and Trident Booksellers & Café. 

VesselWorks.org



December 2018 Around Town

Dairy Arts Center presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly

Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon bring their charming Pride and Prejudice sequel to Boulder for the holidays at the Dairy Arts Center. Constantly overshadowed by her four sisters, Mary Bennet, the bookish middle child, longs for a “large life.” As she searches for her own identity, she unexpectedly discovers something else…the possibility of true love. If only she can survive the holidays with her sisters! Winner of Chicago’s 2017 Jefferson Award for Best New Play.

TheDairy.org

Osaka’s Brings Japanese Comfort Food and Hospitality to Boulder

Osaka’s—a new Japanese comfort food restaurant specializing in a unique Okonomiyaki-style burger—will be opening its doors at 2460 Canyon Blvd. (across from McGuckin Hardware) for guests on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. Osaka’s owner, Koji Tamura, is from Osaka Japan and his two chefs are from the area as well. The Osaka Burger is a unique hamburger-like concept where the bun is replaced with an ‘okonomiyaki’ savory cake made with either cabbage or kale, which is gluten-free. Osaka’s will offer a full bar menu with an extensive sake list during dinner and weekend service as well as Japanese teas and other specialty drinks throughout the day and night.

“At Osaka’s, we’re introducing Boulderites to ‘a new way to eat Japanese food,’” says Koji Tamura, owner of Osaka’s. “We are the first restaurant in the U.S. to serve this special, easy-to-eat Okonomiyaki-style burger that we think will be very popular among the city’s health-minded eaters. We’re excited to share our country’s ‘omotenashi’ dining experience in the evenings with our guests and show them what true Japanese hospitality feels like.”

OsakasRestaurant.com

Boulder Nordic Sport Announces New Boulder Location and Grand Reopening

Boulder-based Nordic Ski Retail Leader Celebrates New Headquarters with the grand reopening after the recent business merger with Boulder Cycle Sport (BCS), an industry-leading bicycle retailer with two locations in Boulder. The exciting merger is part of a shared vision to support and promote year-round outdoor activity by providing exceptional service and products for skiers and cyclists at all levels.
The new location of Boulder Nordic Sport (BNS) is inside the existing Boulder Cycle Sport South Broadway location at 629 S Broadway in Boulder. While under one roof, both retailers will continue to operate as individual entities, providing the same expert advice, equipment, fitting and service for both cycling and Nordic skiing communities. 

“We’re thrilled to have our new store open in the new location with Boulder Cycle Sport,” says Nathan Schultz, BNS founder and CEO of Boulder Sports, LLC. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to combine strengths, mitigate seasonality and share our passion for helping people have fun with two amazing sports.”

BoulderNordic.com

The Zero-Waste “To-Go” Revolution

Seemingly harmless paper coffee cups could be recycled in theory, but there’s a major problem: the plastic lining inside each cup that prevents coffee from leaking out also prevents the cup from being recycled. Thus, more than 58-billion paper cups end up in landfills every year. Boulder-based Vessel Works has a disruptive and bona fide solution, founded by sustainable business entrepreneur Dagny Tucker. Vessel Works takes plastic waste reduction a significant leap forward with its revolutionary “bike-share for cups” concept. Vessel Works has launched at Boxcar Coffee Roasters and Trident Booksellers & Café. 

VesselWorks.org



Corrida Presents: A Night of Darkness

On All Hallows Eve, as the night became even darker, the most magical and ghoulish of Boulder came together for tasty food and drinks, free ink, special artists, costume contests and so much more. 

Photographer: Alexander Beal



Corrida Presents: A Night of Darkness

On All Hallows Eve, as the night became even darker, the most magical and ghoulish of Boulder came together for tasty food and drinks, free ink, special artists, costume contests and so much more. 

Photographer: Alexander Beal



Pom-Poms with Poppy & Co.

Hi! My name is Kelsey, and I am the face behind Poppy & Co. A wedding and family lifestyle photographer and frequent contributor over here at Boulder Lifestyle and Cherry Creek Lifestyle. My photos are accented with lots of excitement, laughs and most importantly, color! I most likely will not show up wearing black to your wedding or photo shoot, but probably will be wearing a pom-pom or two. Especially my pom-pom earrings made by yours truly! Here’s how to use these playful little puffs to add some excitement to your holiday season, decor and dress!  

 

POM-POMS

1. Collect your materials: All you will need is yarn and scissors! Additionally, I used baker’s twine for the gift wrap and the earrings. You will also need super glue or a hot glue gun, pliers, fish hook earring pieces and eye pins.

 

2. To begin making your pom-poms, start by wrapping the yarn. For bigger pom-poms, like for the garland, you will wrap around your knuckles, and for smaller pom-poms used for the earrings, you will wrap around two fingers. So when you choose your desired size, start wrapping! And keep wrapping! 

 

3. When you are finished wrapping the yarn, pull the yarn gently off of your hand and tie another piece of yarn as tight as the string will go around the middle of the yarn ball.

 

4. Now, take the scissors and cut each of the yarn loops.

 

5. When you have all of the loops cut, trim down your pom-pom to your desired length. 

 

 

GARLAND

The garland is the simplest to make from beginning to end and adds a festive touch to your holiday decor.

1. Measure out how long you would like your garland and cut an extra piece of yarn to that length.

2. Take each pom-pom and string the long piece of yarn through the center of the pom-pom or through the remaining loop keeping the pom-pom together. You will need about 15-20, but really it just depends on how long you want your garland.

3. String all the pom-poms onto the long string of yarn until your garland is complete! Find the perfect spot, hang and enjoy!

 

GIFT BOWS 

Another simple pom-pom idea is to make gift decorations for your presents this year!

1. Make however many pom-poms you see fit (I used six varying sizes and colors). 

2. Measure out the size of baker’s twine or another piece of yarn to the length needed to wrap around your gift.

3. String the pom-poms onto the twine or yarn, just like you did for the garland.

4. Tie the twine in a knot securing the pom-poms together on the string. This also allows you to play with how the collection of pom poms sits together.

5. Wrap the twine and pom0poms around the gift to add a little something extra to your gift giving this season!

 

POM-POM EARRINGS

A Poppy & Co. signature is definitely the pom-pom statement earrings!

1. Once you have your smaller pom poms ready, let’s make some earrings!

2. Use your pliers to connect the fish hook earring piece to the eye pin.

3. Now use either super glue or a hot glue gun to attach the pom-pom to the other end of the eye pin. Put a small dot of glue, about the size of the head of a sewing pin, and stick the pin into the center of the pom-pom.

 

 

If you’re not the DIYer, no worries. Garlands and earrings are all available to purchase on my site, PoppyAndCo.Photography



A Change of Scenery

Transforming Homes with Mosaic Architects and Interiors

Mosaic Architects and Interiors is a boutique architecture and interior design firm that specializes in creating and designing custom homes and estates in a way that captures what some people’s dreams are made of. Whether it’s re-imagining an entryway, re-orienting the home to face West instead of North or putting windows into walls, the Boulder firm is up to the task. 

Led by firm partner Jane Snyder, Mosaic worked closely with the Bennett family over the course of 14 months to take their home of 15 years and turn it into exactly what they had always wanted: a comfortable home with a breathtaking view of the Flatirons. 

While getting the Bennett family to buy into transforming their home in the foothills took time, the real challenge facing partner Snyder and the rest of Mosaic was with the form. 

The addition to the home would need to face the Flatirons at an angle that meshed well with other parts of the housethe nearby rooms, the direction of the flooring throughout the house. And there was still a question of what to do with a kitchen that was too small and facing away from one of the most breathtaking views in all of Colorado. 

The Bennetts had already been itching to renovate, and considerable basement flooding forced their hand a bit. But it was still going to be an investment of time and money that would be difficult nonetheless. 

Luckily for the Bennetts, the people they entrusted with their home happen to thrive off walking into a place, imagining what it would look like if the walls were torn down, and then building it all back up to be better than ever. 

Kitchen

The kitchen was in a different place before Snyder and Mosaic got their hands on it, literally: It was facing the driveway in the front of the house, and it was too cramped. 

Mosaic relocated the kitchen, installed walnut cabinets and opened it up to be an ideal space for multiple family members to gather in at once. The only issue now is that the dishes get done a bit slower than they used to, but that’s to blame on the new view. 

 Lounge

The lounge is at the root of the entire remodel, as walls were knocked down in favor of giant windows, a knuckle was added to the foundation of the house to support an angle toward the Flatirons, and a local artisan custom-made fireplace with a rough sandstone base was installed. Which previously did not exist. 

Instead of a breakfast table, Mosaic went with some soft seating that’s perfect for staring out into the nature surrounding the house. The size of the windows and the way the room angles toward the Flatirons creates the illusion of being out in the midst of whatever weather is rolling in from the mountaintops. 

Living Room

Snyder was adamant that the Bennett family didn’t need more square feet, but better square feet. The living room is evidence that she may have been onto something. 

As a result of having so many other windows in other parts of the house to stare through, the living room became more of an intentional seating space. With the walnut frame furniture, no television and LED lights strung across the top and bottom of the rough sandstone wall, making the rock glow at night. The living room is an intimate room that further highlights the synergy and commonalities between the elements used inside of the house and found outside it. 

Exterior Patio

The boulders strategically placed throughout the back patio are true to the elements common in the area, but they also help maintain an element of control: Even if outside among the hills, the patio is still very much a part of the property.

With neighbors on both sides, the patio is small enough to maintain a good sense of privacy, but it’s large enough to comfortably host gatherings, meals and a few drinks with friends.

When evening rolls in and lights inside the house glow, the back patio becomes the very best place to view the home’s radical and astonishing transformation. 

 

“We love everything about this house. They did such a superb job marrying something that was brand new to something that already existed.” 

-Sue Bennett

 

 



A Change of Scenery

Transforming Homes with Mosaic Architects and Interiors

Mosaic Architects and Interiors is a boutique architecture and interior design firm that specializes in creating and designing custom homes and estates in a way that captures what some people’s dreams are made of. Whether it’s re-imagining an entryway, re-orienting the home to face West instead of North or putting windows into walls, the Boulder firm is up to the task. 

Led by firm partner Jane Snyder, Mosaic worked closely with the Bennett family over the course of 14 months to take their home of 15 years and turn it into exactly what they had always wanted: a comfortable home with a breathtaking view of the Flatirons. 

While getting the Bennett family to buy into transforming their home in the foothills took time, the real challenge facing partner Snyder and the rest of Mosaic was with the form. 

The addition to the home would need to face the Flatirons at an angle that meshed well with other parts of the housethe nearby rooms, the direction of the flooring throughout the house. And there was still a question of what to do with a kitchen that was too small and facing away from one of the most breathtaking views in all of Colorado. 

The Bennetts had already been itching to renovate, and considerable basement flooding forced their hand a bit. But it was still going to be an investment of time and money that would be difficult nonetheless. 

Luckily for the Bennetts, the people they entrusted with their home happen to thrive off walking into a place, imagining what it would look like if the walls were torn down, and then building it all back up to be better than ever. 

Kitchen

The kitchen was in a different place before Snyder and Mosaic got their hands on it, literally: It was facing the driveway in the front of the house, and it was too cramped. 

Mosaic relocated the kitchen, installed walnut cabinets and opened it up to be an ideal space for multiple family members to gather in at once. The only issue now is that the dishes get done a bit slower than they used to, but that’s to blame on the new view. 

 Lounge

The lounge is at the root of the entire remodel, as walls were knocked down in favor of giant windows, a knuckle was added to the foundation of the house to support an angle toward the Flatirons, and a local artisan custom-made fireplace with a rough sandstone base was installed. Which previously did not exist. 

Instead of a breakfast table, Mosaic went with some soft seating that’s perfect for staring out into the nature surrounding the house. The size of the windows and the way the room angles toward the Flatirons creates the illusion of being out in the midst of whatever weather is rolling in from the mountaintops. 

Living Room

Snyder was adamant that the Bennett family didn’t need more square feet, but better square feet. The living room is evidence that she may have been onto something. 

As a result of having so many other windows in other parts of the house to stare through, the living room became more of an intentional seating space. With the walnut frame furniture, no television and LED lights strung across the top and bottom of the rough sandstone wall, making the rock glow at night. The living room is an intimate room that further highlights the synergy and commonalities between the elements used inside of the house and found outside it. 

Exterior Patio

The boulders strategically placed throughout the back patio are true to the elements common in the area, but they also help maintain an element of control: Even if outside among the hills, the patio is still very much a part of the property.

With neighbors on both sides, the patio is small enough to maintain a good sense of privacy, but it’s large enough to comfortably host gatherings, meals and a few drinks with friends.

When evening rolls in and lights inside the house glow, the back patio becomes the very best place to view the home’s radical and astonishing transformation. 

 

“We love everything about this house. They did such a superb job marrying something that was brand new to something that already existed.” 

-Sue Bennett

 

 



Pom-Poms with Poppy & Co.

Hi! My name is Kelsey, and I am the face behind Poppy & Co. A wedding and family lifestyle photographer and frequent contributor over here at Boulder Lifestyle and Cherry Creek Lifestyle. My photos are accented with lots of excitement, laughs and most importantly, color! I most likely will not show up wearing black to your wedding or photo shoot, but probably will be wearing a pom-pom or two. Especially my pom-pom earrings made by yours truly! Here’s how to use these playful little puffs to add some excitement to your holiday season, decor and dress!  

 

POM-POMS

1. Collect your materials: All you will need is yarn and scissors! Additionally, I used baker’s twine for the gift wrap and the earrings. You will also need super glue or a hot glue gun, pliers, fish hook earring pieces and eye pins.

 

2. To begin making your pom-poms, start by wrapping the yarn. For bigger pom-poms, like for the garland, you will wrap around your knuckles, and for smaller pom-poms used for the earrings, you will wrap around two fingers. So when you choose your desired size, start wrapping! And keep wrapping! 

 

3. When you are finished wrapping the yarn, pull the yarn gently off of your hand and tie another piece of yarn as tight as the string will go around the middle of the yarn ball.

 

4. Now, take the scissors and cut each of the yarn loops.

 

5. When you have all of the loops cut, trim down your pom-pom to your desired length. 

 

 

GARLAND

The garland is the simplest to make from beginning to end and adds a festive touch to your holiday decor.

1. Measure out how long you would like your garland and cut an extra piece of yarn to that length.

2. Take each pom-pom and string the long piece of yarn through the center of the pom-pom or through the remaining loop keeping the pom-pom together. You will need about 15-20, but really it just depends on how long you want your garland.

3. String all the pom-poms onto the long string of yarn until your garland is complete! Find the perfect spot, hang and enjoy!

 

GIFT BOWS 

Another simple pom-pom idea is to make gift decorations for your presents this year!

1. Make however many pom-poms you see fit (I used six varying sizes and colors). 

2. Measure out the size of baker’s twine or another piece of yarn to the length needed to wrap around your gift.

3. String the pom-poms onto the twine or yarn, just like you did for the garland.

4. Tie the twine in a knot securing the pom-poms together on the string. This also allows you to play with how the collection of pom poms sits together.

5. Wrap the twine and pom0poms around the gift to add a little something extra to your gift giving this season!

 

POM-POM EARRINGS

A Poppy & Co. signature is definitely the pom-pom statement earrings!

1. Once you have your smaller pom poms ready, let’s make some earrings!

2. Use your pliers to connect the fish hook earring piece to the eye pin.

3. Now use either super glue or a hot glue gun to attach the pom-pom to the other end of the eye pin. Put a small dot of glue, about the size of the head of a sewing pin, and stick the pin into the center of the pom-pom.

 

 

If you’re not the DIYer, no worries. Garlands and earrings are all available to purchase on my site, PoppyAndCo.Photography



Kyle Hollingsworth’s Rocktoberfest

Kyle Hollingsworth Band hosted a beer festival on October 13th to benefit Boulder hunger relief, youth empowerment organization, Conscious Alliance. Guests tasted a selection of 60+ craft beers. VIP ticket holders attended a tasting and private brewery tour with Kyle, an acclaimed musician with The String Cheese Incident and Kyle Hollingsworth Band.

Photographer: Kimbo Explores Photography