It’s a June First Friday! All Sorts of Delights this Weekend…

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It’s a great First Friday in Denver! The weather will be cooler, a nice time to be outside…

My TOP PICK for this weekend is the Art Student’s League exhibit. I go every year. FREE to attend, and pick up some new art from Denver’s up-and-comers. It’s always a good time! http://asld.org

This weekend is also the People’s Fair downtown: http://peoplesfair.com FREE admission

And if the People’s Fair is too big for you, try the smaller and charming Highland’s Street Fair  http://highlands-square.com/StreetFair, also FREE of course.

FREE First Saturday at the Denver Art Museum too!

 

My idea of a perfect weekend? FRIDAY: First Friday on Santa Fe Drive, cocktails at Interstate. SATURDAY: Art Students League festival, Brunch at Lucille’s  SUNDAY: Highland’s Street Festival.

Here is the line-up of great art openings this weekend, courtesy of DenverArts.org:

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It’s a 3-Day Weekend Denver! And there’s loads a great FREE stuff to do…

It’s almost Summer here in Denver! The weather is nice, so break out your skirts, shorts and sandals and go play. There’s loads of fun, free stuff to do this weekend…

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My Top Pick for this weekend…I always go for the strange and unusual…

 

Here are my favorite To-Do Picks for the weekend:

The Downtown Denver Arts Festival is all weekend at the Performing Arts Complex (http://www.downtowndenverartsfestival.com/), and  the ARTSTIR Arts Festival is Saturday & Sunday downtown, between 15-16th on Glenarm. http://www.artstirdenver.com/

the Wash Park Grill is offering up free music over on South Gaylord Saturday from 4-10pm http://www.washparkgrille.com/

One of favorite freaky places to shop, the Burner Bazaar is always great fun, (and supports local artists!) at the Fusion Factory, 3850 Walnut, Sat-Sun Noon-7pm https://www.facebook.com/events/360135230782282/

the Denver Flea kicks off it’s inaugural weekend in the South-West corner of City Park at 2pm http://www.denverflea.com/

Denver Day of Rock offers free concerts on the 16th Street Mall http://denverdayofrock.com/

 

And of course, there is ART! Here are this weekend’s art events, courtesy of DenverArts.org:

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

Find of the (almost every) Week – Carolina Herrara & Jones New York!

It’s time for Find of the Week!

This week’s find is a gorgeous leopard-print wrap dress by Jones New York. I LOVE this dress, it’s very comfortable and flattering. Looks like new. I’ve already worn it 3 times. $8.99 at my favorite Goodwill. Also, a very nice pair of authentic Carolina Herrera sunglasses, in near perfect condition, only $7.99 also at my fav Goodwill. Hooray for the Thrift Store!

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FIRST FRIDAY tomorrow! Plus lots of Free Stuff to do & Cinco de Mayo!

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It’s time again for our Favorite Free Date-Night, First Friday, and the weather is great! No excuses, get out of the house and go see some art…

In addition to the usual Fun First Friday Madness at the usual Arts Districts, (Santa Fe, RINO, Golden Triangle, etc.) There are a heap of openings. (See the list below)

ALSO Saturday is FREE DAY at the Denver At Museum.

The Denver Botanic Gardens is FREE on Cinco De Mayo! (Monday)

Here’s an odd-ball event of note: Remember the Fonz? (Yes I know, I’m showing my age ;-) What teenage girl didn’t have a crush on him? Henry Winkler will be signing his new children’s book & giving autographs at Mile High Comics Mega Store on Sunday. (you do have to have a ticket (they are free, but limited! So contact the store asap) http://www.milehighcomics.com/newsletter/041614email.html For tickets: boyd@milehighcomics.com. AND May 3rd is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

The Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market starts back up for the season on May 3rd, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The produce ain’t free, but the window shopping and entertainment is. (Most of the other Denver Farmer’s Markets start back up in June.)

And of course there is the big Cinco De Mayo Festival in Civic Park both Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am. Free admission.

Ever fantasize about riding the rails? Saturday is FREE DAY at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. Open 9-5.

Here is your listing of Art Openings this weekend and beyond, courtesy of DenverArts.org. Have a Fantastic Weekend Everyone! Happy Cinco De Mayo!

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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Gold & Silver Leaf Fancy Eggs for Easter, a Funky Glam Holiday DIY

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I had some fun getting all glam with my Easter eggs this year. Gold & Silver leaf! It was easy. I dyed the eggs with standard dye, and limited it to two colors (though you can use any colors you like). The tricky part was blowing out the eggs first. (I wanted them to keep long-term, and well, you wouldn’t want to eat them after the leaf is applied).

First Step: Blow Those Eggs! This bit was tricky. I broke 2 eggs. They are very fragile once the holes are in them, so be gentle! I started by poking a hole in either end with a safety pin, then enlarging the hole with an Xacto blade. An awl would have worked much better, but I did’nt have one so I improvised. I used a skewer to gently “scramble” the yokes so they would blow out easily. Save the insides, make some omelets :-) I let them dry thoroughly overnight.

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Time to Dye! I used standard egg dye, $1 at Walgreens.

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The challenging part was getting them in the dye bath. Because I blew out the eggs they had no weight to hold them under the dye, so I used the skewer to gently push them into the dye.

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Once the dye is COMPLETELY dry, you can start leafing. (I let them sit overnight again)

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I always have a bunch of leaf around from various art projects. (It is available at any arts & crafts store, and many hardware stores as well.) I had gold and silver on hand so I decided to use silver on the blue eggs and gold on the red eggs. Use a soft, fine bristle paint brush to apply the adhesive size to the eggs in whatever pattern you like. (The size washes off with warm soapy water.) I chose a variety of large dots, small spots, stripes and half-egg patterns. I put the eggs on skewers to hold them up so the size could dry without sticking to anything else. It dried fast (in about 15-20 minutes.) The leafing is easy but messy! The sticky size grabs the leaf well. Just gently press the leaf onto the eggs, then use a stiff brush to remove the excess.

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That’s it! You can now either coat them with a clear coat or just display them if you’re lazy like me.

I put them in a clear apothecary jar. (I would like to make more eggs and fill the jar.) I also put some metallic plastic eggs I found at the thrift store in a second jar.

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Of course this wasn’t funky enough for me, so I added a couple faux fur scraps under the eggs (You could use fake grass, moss, whatever tickles your fancy.)

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FYI the orchid plant came from Trader Joe’s for $20, and has been going strong for over a month. The white pot and both the apothecary jars were thrift store finds.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, and a Joyous Passover to everyone!

Hey DENVER! Happy April! It’s First-Friday Time…

It’s time for the best Free Date-Night in Denver, First Friday!

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I know, I know. It’s cold out. It snowed today. Well quit your grousing, the snow will melt by tomorrow night. Put on a coat and go see some art!

Friday: All the Art Districts in Denver will be in full First-Friday mode. Santa Fe District, RINO District, Tennyson District…get out and have some fun. AND you’ll definitely want to hit the AFTER-PARTY at Redline from 8-11pm. Great venue, great artists, and they only do this a few times a year.

Saturday: FREE DAY at the Denver Art Museum, AND PENNY SATURDAY at the MCA! While you’re at the MCA, treat yourself to a coffee at the roof-top cafe’. It’s one of my favorite spots in Denver. You’ll thank me.

Have a great weekend everyone!

There are some great-looking openings this week. Here is the line-up, courtesy of Denverarts.org:

 

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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Find of the (Almost Every) Week…GUCCI!

It’s time for Find of the (Almost Every) Week!

This week’s find…Gucci Slides! How cute are these? And perfect for this time of year with Spring just beginning to poke in it’s pretty head. They are in near-new condition, too. Oh Happy Me! Found these at my favorite Goodwill for $12.

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What great finds have you scored lately? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.