Meet the Maker: Craft Boner

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Craft Boner is a happy slice of the internet full of cards and other pretty and hilarious things designed by owner Kiwi Schloffel, to make you laugh big 'ol belly laughs! We're super lucky to have Craft Boner as one of our longtime Flea vendors, but now - you can shop Craft Boner IRL at Yes Please, a new shop in Denver's Clayton neighborhood chock full of Craft Boner and Moore Collection (another Flea maker!)'s stellar stuff. Bonus points: they're neighbors with Winter Session and A Small Print Shop, two other Flea faves. 


WHAT DOES CRAFT BONER MEAN TO YOU?

Basically Craft Boner means that I can fully unleash my potty mouth to the world. Haha, no, really, I love being able to make people laugh - that’s really where the business started and how it continues today. I love being able to dream up something, put it on a card and make someone laugh a big belly laugh then send it to someone who will hopefully chuckle just as much. I like to think that laughter can make just about anything a little bit better and my goal is to spread giggles like wildfire. 

WHAT'S A DAY IN YOUR SHOES LIKE? 

I love the fact that no two days are the same but I usually try to start every morning with a walk and a full breakfast or I wind up pretty grumpy. Then I’ll usually respond to emails in the morning, fulfill orders, photograph and write descriptions for new items, brainstorm some fun stuff for social media and then either have some kind of social outing at night so I don't turn into a hermit or spend the night in watching TV and sketching new ideas. Which sounds pretty boring but unlike a lot of people would have you believe running a business isn’t always too glamorous behind the scenes. 

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I like to think I find inspiration everywhere but I think my biggest inspiration comes from my loved ones and my friends - they’re hilarious and I can’t even tell you how many times they’ve said something and I respond with, “That’s going on a card!” Other than that I find color and pattern inspiration at thrift stores and from terrible movies and TV shows from the 80s, 90s and early 00s. Really though, a lot of my cards come about because I think about the things I’d like to say to someone for whatever specific occasion - my brain is a really weird and fun place. 

WHAT'S YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? 

There are two things that are so crazy good that I sometimes have to pinch myself just to make sure that they happened in real life. The first is that I decided to take a stand back in January for the Women’s March and sell buttons and signs with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Thanks to a tremendous amount of support from the community we’ve raised nearly $5000 so far. The second is that Craft Boner teamed up with Moore Collection to open our very own retail shop, Yes Please, which is something we’ve both dreamed about for years. The shop has an open feel so people can see our production area and see how much time, effort and love goes into each and every product that we make.

WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR START?

I actually started the business as a DIY blog but it has evolved so much since then and I really love how far it has come. I studied journalism and graphic design in college so I really think that Craft Boner melds both my love for words and design into one. Even before that I’ve been crafty as hell for as long as I can remember so even the people who have known me since I was a preschooler aren’t surprised that I’m making things all day every day. 


on the denver flea wish list: 

The "Ordering A Drink with an Umbrella in It" soy candle, because apparently that smells like pink Starbursts and we're very okay with that. 


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QUICK FACT #1

Craft Boner started as a DIY blog but Kiwi couldn’t handle all the hot glue burns. 

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QUICK FACT #2

The name Craft Boner was borne when I was thrifting and shouted, “I have such a boner for that floral armchair!"

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QUICK FACT #3

My dad is too embarrassed to tell my grandparents the name of my business or that I draw curse words and put them on cards.

 
So, I’m, well, basically, if there were a group of grandmas sitting around a quilt circle, I’d be Betty White sitting in the corner making fart noises. And, for fuck’s sake, who wouldn’t like that?
— KIWI SCHLOFFEL