max‘s mom told me about a colorado-based company, artifact uprising, that takes your instagram photos and turns them into beautiful books. well, actually, it let’s YOU take your photos (instagram or otherwise) and turn them into beautiful books. we all know how much i love instagram (i use it way more than my fancy-schmancy camera) and how much i LOVE local companies, so i went to their website and ordered some books for myself.

i went for the simple softcover, instagram-friendly books. i got a large (8.5×8.5″) one for our family and some other secret, surprise goodies for christmas presents. when the finished products arrived on my doorstep (quickly too!) i was thrilled by how they turned out and told the company so. i now plan to use artifact uprising for all of my photo album needs (i am done with the days of printing and cutting and cropping and double-stick taping!, which is how all my other photo albums are). seriously. have you seen their hardcover books?! swoon.

and look at this colorado beetle kill pine calendar they offer. i think i may have to order one for the new year.

what a surprise, i was delighted to find out that they enjoy reading my blog! they have kindly offered you, dear reader, a chance to win one of their small, instagram-friendly, softcover books. just in time for the holidays! please leave a comment below with a link to your instagram profile so i can check out your photos! if you don’t have an instagram account, just leave a comment. earn extra entries by tweeting this giveaway, following artifact uprising on facebook, or blogging/pinning the giveaway (please leave a post for each additional entry). a winner will be announced monday, december 3!

(this giveaway open to readers located in the usa only).
(bottom four photos courtesy of artifact uprising).

Greetings A Denver Home Companion readers! Amanda here from The Petrichor filling in as “Emily” for the day.

I think it’s safe to say that autumn came and went. Here in Denver, we got to enjoy a little bit of a longer fall. I feel like the leaves were changing for over two months! It’s my favorite time of year, so I won’t complain.

As winter begins to settle in, I thought I would make a promise to myself to enjoy the outdoors more during the cold. The thing about living in Colorado is that we do get all four seasons. I’m originally from California so I need to take advantage of this. Winter is a wonderful time to go outside, sled, visit mountain towns, drink hot cocoa during a snow storm, and just sit and bask in the night glow reflecting off the snow.

To give myself an extra reminder this winter, I made myself a new desktop background to decorate my home and office computers. Hopefully this serves a little reminder to go outside and appreciate the season. You can download the wallpaper by saving the image to your desktop. Hopefully it’ll give you a little extra motivation.

i am not the only one who is busy with small business ventures. lovely readers, click through to see what is keeping amanda so busy these days: The Kin Collective (her design company that redid my blog!) and Our Mutual Friend Malt and Brew (just down the street from The Populist!)

thanks, amanda! that wallpaper is definitely what is on my mac’s background right now.


 c’mon lovely readers, i have something to show you so please click through! trust me on this.

there now. isn’t it nice? a whole new look and i think it suits me and this little interweb space just perfectly. i have amanda from the petrichor and the kin collective to thank. she works some mighty nice magic.

in celebration of the redesign, i’m offering one lucky reader a $30 gift certificate to my etsy store, ollie’s vintage. just leave a comment below about the new look here at a denver home companion. i’m looking forward to hearing your feedback.

this giveaway is open to all readers of a denver home companion. you can gain extra entries by following ollie’s vintage on facebook, sharing this giveaway on twitter, and sharing it on your blog (or if you don’t have a blog, feel free to pin it!). please leave a comment for each instance you share this giveaway. a winner will be chosen at random on friday, november 16.  in the event an international entrant wins, they will be responsible for shipping costs, otherwise for a winner in the USA, shipping is free. excited to read what you have to say!