Let me see if I can catch you up on a whole month without overwhelming you! From Denver to duvets, there’s been alot going on, so let’s see how this recap goes.

Craft Beers

I went to Denver, CO, for the first time ever! Well, first time out of the airport, lol. It was a planned craft beer weekend – Thomasina’s Testament, a special beer was brewed to pay tribute to an amazing lady, one of my best friend’s aunt. Sister Thomasina was a remarkable woman – born in Germany  in the 1930s, engaged to be married but was called by God instead and became a nun, then moved to the United States, where she eventually earned a PhD and did social work in New Jersey, and around the world. She was an important role model and guiding light – plus, she loved her beer. Hey, she was German, after all! So what better tribute than a special beer?! Burns Family Artisan Ales brewed up a delicious lager and threw an awesome party, and set the standard for the rest of the breweries I visited.

I enjoyed Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Mountain Toad Brewing, New Terrain Brewing Co., and Woods Boss Brewing Co., all for different reasons, and don’t ask me to pick a favorite, because I’d need to go back and study some more! Each one offered something unique and different – despite it’s strip mall location, Cannonball Creek had a fun painted water tower in front and tasty food truck. Mountain Toad Brewing had a fun mural on the side of the building, a lovely backyard courtyard, and bike chain incorporated into its logo, and New Terrain Brewing had me at their stylish flight stand. At Woods Boss Brewing, I bought a “crowler” (can-growler) to bring home their lager, named Saukerkraut in My Lederhosen – it was a whole German beer themed weekend, apparently!

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We also did some touristy things, since it was my first visit. We went to Golden Gate Canyon State Park, walked around but not into the Molly Brown House, toured a bit of the state capitol, checked out the brewery exhibit in the History Colorado Center, enjoyed tacos at Torchy’s Tacos, and explored mid-century design at the Denver Art Museum.

Craft Clothes

From Denver to a Crate and Barrel duvet cover, there has been a bit of craft clothing going on as well.

In Denver, we visited Fancy Tiger Crafts, a locally owned sewing and knitting store that I’ve followed on Instagram for a long time. The store was even better than I anticipated, and I barely looked at the yarn. I focused on finding some fabric to go with my Star Wars fabric. I ended up with a dark purple knit from Alabama Chanin as well as the Hey June Handmade Lane Raglan Tee pattern . Adrianna, the owner/founder of Hey June Handmade, lives in nearby Golden, CO, so this will be a super-Denver tee when it’s done!

Another on my Denver list was a visit to Rockmount Ranch Wear. I’d never heard of this company before, but the embroidery and piping on Western shirts has always called to me, so I made a point to visit this decades-old company (founded in 1946) in it’s century-old historic building in lower downtown Denver (aka LoDo). The company is know for putting the snaps in snap-front shirts. The store was huge, with a tin ceiling, and packed full of memorabilia, including a guitar signed by Paul McCartney. Everyone has worn these shirts, from Elvis to Bob Dylan to Heath Ledger, apparently! Of course I bought a shirt, but now I have to wait until it’s cooled off enough to wear a black, long-sleeved shirt.

In other craft clothing news, I cranked out a blue striped knit dress to take to Denver, along with some other #memades. I wore my IKEA duvet cover dress to the Thomasina’s Testament beer launch, my floral striped tee the day we went to the state park and breweries, and my knit dress for tourist day. I was very happy with all my makes on this trip, yay!

I haven’t had time to sew until this past weekend, when a Crate and Barrel duvet cover on clearance leapt into my hands. It’s now a Liesl and Co. Terrace Dress, with a reflective patch on the center back of the sash. And then I made my friend a skirt with the fabric she purchased in Denver at Fancy Tiger Crafts. I hope to be able to crank out one more project before the end of the month, then I feel like it will be time to focus on fall clothing. But I’ve made plenty of things this year and am happy to wear them all for a few more months.

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