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Call for Indie-Craft Artisans! Applications for our Winter Holiday Market, December 9-11th at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art are now available! Deadline to get them in is October 7th.

Organized by two of our favorite repeat vendors, Kirsten Coplans, designer of pearl clothing, Jil Cappuccio, owner of Jil Cappuccio One of a Kinds & Limited Lines, it’s the second Indie Wearable Craft event, showcasing style for the Fall 2011 season!

Indie Wearable Craft urban style mart will be held in a downtown Denver studio, located at 1754 Humboldt Street between 17th and 18th avenue on Friday, October 21st from 5-9 pm, Saturday October 22nd from 10-6 pm, and Sunday, October 23rd from 10-3pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Indie Wearable Craft urban style mart was created to fill a niche of wearable style, clothing for women and men, jewelry, and handbags, made by independent local designers whoʼs style works together to create an entire look. The Fall event will be held in a renovated brick building transformed into a working studio and is perfect as a store like setting. Indie Wearable Craft is for people who love one of a kind, handmade, beautifully crafted, recycled, unique, screen printed style, and want to support local independent designers.

The designers include Swear Jar, Becky’s Buttons & Things, Darling Ruth, Jil Cappuccio, Vital Industries, pearl clothing, Phyrne Metals, Beans & Rice, Dandy Social Club, Lucky Me Beads, and Mona Lucero.

20110917-024638.jpgGreat line to get in this morning! We are stuffing goodie bags again tonight which are going to the first 25 shoppers to come through the firefly gates! Our creative community and giving vendors have contributed great gifts to our handmade hobo bags to show their appreciation for those who come out to support handmade. No two are exactly alike.

Come early-bird style and you could receive a special Firefly goodie bag with something from one of these fantastic folks:

Haute Nature, Poeisis, Spinster Sisters, Bussard Design, BirdDog Press, Helliemae’s Salt Caramels, Vital Industries, Suuthe, Bubba & Bella, Glory Bee Body, Make My Notebook, Jen G Studio, Spruce Jewelry, Rakun, All Things Bean or Tee & Cakes

From left, Kristin FitzGerrell, Allison Bozeman and Holland Seydel, with their RV "Stella Rose." The three artists' organization, Firefly Handmade, is sponsoring a "gypsy farm market" this weekend. (PAUL AIKEN)

We are delighted to be featured in the Daily Camera today!! In the paper, check out a photo of new vendor, By Elke. And mentions of Swear Jar’s Kurt Van Maarth and Fringe’s Carrie McWithey. We are so excited for the market opening day on Saturday!

Also, thanks to the Westword for a mention last week; Plus a vendor feature in the elephant journal the other day on Ash & Ore. Three cheers, Hooray!

It’s hard to say how long Le Hot Club de Rue Pearl has been haunting Pearl Street. Rumors cast the first appearance of Mr. Jeremy Mohney somewhere around 2009 having just returned from France (or was it New Orleans?) barefoot and disshevled and blowing his horn as if swing music might save the world. Word has it Matt Cantor walked a bass line to Pearl Street all the way from Back to the Woods. Greg Corcione drove the beat from the east coast on a hunch, just as Jeremy Ciampa was swinging by, guitar in tow. Other accounts suggest the whole band was stranded in the West years ago when Satchmo’s tour bus broke down just east of town – having maintained youthful appearances on pure syncopation.

Enter the fireflies, who told a friend that we were looking for the PERFECT band for our Gypsy Farm Market, she shot us her “look no further” wink. Upon her suggestion, we sipped a cool SALT cocktail on the patio at 11th and Pearl and the Swing beckoned us straight away to a saltry 1940’s streetcorner and in that slice o’ heaven, we spent the evening. A tin can of zinnias, and a “would you please?” later, we are jumpin’ jivin’ and wailin’ in our gypsy boots to welcome aboard our flat-bed, farmtruck stage… Le Hot Club!

We present gypsy jazz at the Gypsy Farm Market, Saturday night from 6:30-9pm … bring your tip money! Le Hot Club is here and now. Swinging as sure as they’re breathing. And as sure as you’ll be dancing. | The Hot Club de Rue Pearl on Facebook

Now that’s Jazz.

We couldn’t have found a more fitting old-time musical artist for this market celebrating the upcycled, the repurposed and the handmade! Ryan Spearman‘s latest release, Get Along Home, was recorded using instruments from repurposed or recycled items including cigar boxes and wine bottles for an added handmade element woven throughout the album.

Ryan is a singer, song writer, and multi-instrumentalist with impressive skills on the guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica. His repertoire features folk, blues, old time, early jazz, and distinct original songs that tend to magically combine an exceptional command of language with a broad understanding of American musical form.

Once a Nederland, Colorado dweller and founding member/fiddler for the popular old time band, High on the Hog, Spearman is now an instructor at The Folk School of St. Louis in his homestate of Missouri where he has taught classes covering several traditional musical subjects including clawhammer banjo, old time & bluegrass fiddle, guitar, and old time ensemble performance.

Ryan Spearman will perform at our Gypsy Farm Market on Sunday from 12-3pm. Come shop local handmade goods, and then take a little picnic on a haybale and enjoy some Vintage Americana and Post Modern Originals.

Ryan Spearman CD | | |

and on twitter @ryancspearman

By the end of this week, our gypsy caravan will have traveled from near and nearer, pulling off the road in central Boulder, themselves a collection of rare vintage finds, creating their own handmade mini-town community for the weekend …

Rakun, a boutique in the Art District on Santa Fe, is popping up in a darling 1958 camper at the Gypsy Farm Market! Fostering the growth of creative collaboration and local businesses, Rakun is full of cute clothes and fun accessories all made for mischief! Rakun designers work together to promote each other and the handmade treats available at Rakun. Much of the work at Rakun uses recycled or repurposed materials, and everything is unique, adorable, and affordable.

Rakun founder Meghan grew up in a family of brewers, bakers, and makers, thus creative expression has always been a part of her daily life. Before she could drive, she and her sister would beg their dad to take them to the city market before dawn so they could sell jewelry and flower pens in a little booth wedged between Amish pies and produce stands. Meghan continued to explore jewelry making, and tried selling her work through various avenues, from boutiques across the country to online stores. It was on the journey to find a nurturing place to sell her own work that the dream of Rakun began. Rather than find the perfect venue, Meghan created the store she always hoped to find tucked away on a side street. Rakun is a place where designers can try new things, take risks, and have control over decisions about their business.
During the First Friday Art Walk, Rakun stays open late and customers join in the creative fun with collaborative art and make and take projects. Carefully situated in an urban neighborhood in the midst of revitalization, Rakun aims to enrich the unique character of the community. Meghan and her family live just 20 steps (or 13 skips!) from Rakun in a little cottage on the same property where they grow their own food all year and host courtyard music events and craft swaps.
The designers at Rakun all know that with hard work and a lot of faith, you really can do what you dream. Stop by and check out Rakun at the Gypsy Farm Market…because big kids need to daydream and dress up, too!


*for a full listing of our Gypsy Farm Market indie-craft artisans, visit the vendor list on our website.

Helliemae’s Salt Caramels are different. Pushed to the very brink of what sugar + heat can do, these big, deeply-flavored beauties are much more intense than other salted caramels. Dark and rich, they’re made in tiny, four-pound batches with more butter and cream than most: they taste incredibly fresh, not sticky.

There are three main varieties: Classic Salt, Coffee, and Cardamom. They all have Helliemae’s signature intensity, with an addictive salty/sweet combination. Each season, there are limited-edition flavors. This Spring meant Jasmine: lighter caramels infused with the delicate perfume of jasmine tea. Last Fall,  Ellen made apple caramels that are Autumn in a square: they’re like caramel-covered apples, but without the mess. Keep your tongue crossed Ellen will bring these for some Firefly flavor!

This booth is not to be missed, life changing crafty caramels – to be sure.

Ellen Daehnick

Helliemae’s Salt Caramels


“Helliemae’s: turning people into caramel hoarders, one small batch at a time.” – Amanda McKay

Denver Westword just named Helliemae’s one of its 10 favorite Colorado food & drink producers:


*for a full listing of our Gypsy Farm Market indie-craft artisans, visit the vendor list on our website.

Living in the mountains of Colorado,  days are spent being with those and doing that which inspires … time with family, friends, critters, work…

The world of clay and fibers offer a unique medium in which to express all within Candace Newlove’s world. She was taught early on to work with her hands and follow her heart. Candace strives to create that which is important… simplicity and grace… balance and movement… respect and gentle honesty… and most importantly joy and good laughter!

Candace Newlove | Clay & Fiber Arts


*for a full listing of our Gypsy Farm Market indie-craft artisans, visit the vendor list on our website.