The last leg of Create Denver Week was by no means an afterthought: Rather, Your Sunday Best, for which Fashion Denver's Sprout spring market and the Denver Handmade Alliance's Crafty Ballyhoo shared quarters at the Grant-Humphreys mansion, was rife with good vibes, in spite of the cloudy weather. And, typically of Create Denver events, there was a lot more going on than a locally focused sale of fashion, jewelry and crafts.
There were yum-delicious food-truck eats from the Deluxe Little Orange Rocket and Pinche Tacos. In an indoor cranny of the mansion, Novo served its rich, deep dark coffee (accommodating barista pictured here), and mocktails were being mixed by our favorite traveling tiki bar, Hula Moon.
Outdoors, there was a Horndribbles puppet show.
The Denver Handmade Homemade Market, which hosts monthly alternative currency and bartering markets at Denver Green Spaces every second Saturday (the next is, ironically, on a Sunday -- June 12) oversaw a hilarious musical-chairs cake walk featuring some of the most scrumptious-looking homemade cakes we'd ever seen. The HaHo representatives all wore attractive aprons and danced a lot, too, to belly-dance and can-can music. Ba-da-boom!
Upstairs, visitors could get crafty themselves, making crochet tags (with help from the notorious knit-bombing Ladies Fancywork Society), children's crowns (presented by Bluebird Arts) and artsy postcards at a station hosted by the Denver Art Museum; the DAM and flobots.org were also recording digital stories for a Create Denver project.
And, of course, there were beautiful things galore to buy! Like these:
From adorable refreshed vintage frocks from Crystal Sharp's She She Boutique at the Holiday Chalet...
To these ultra-cute, cuddly stuffed bunnies by Black Fox Betty.
Jewelry artist Stephanie Davidson displayed her Sweet and Precious line of beaded pretties.
Reversible bags from Gabriela Designs
And nostalgic embroidered tourist pillows from Sassy Spurs
This vendor really had it in the bag...
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Can't wait for the next big sale? See more work by members of the Denver Handmade Alliance on May 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., when downtown Denver's Urban Market at Skyline Park debuts for the season. And see more from Fashion Denver's stable of local designers daily at the boutique, 1070 Bannock Street.