A fresh snowfall has gotten us excited for cozy nights by the fire with our sheepskin slippers, hot chocolate, and the upcoming holidays of course!

We know that the holiday season can be a bit stressful when trying to find that perfect gift. That's why we've created a holiday gift guide! Check back each week to see some of our best pieces for the guy, gal, or little one in your life.

"There's a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with Earth. Our love and admiration for the Earth has the power to unite us and remove all boundaries, separation and discrimination. We need to re-establish true communication–true communion–with ourselves, with the Earth, and with one another as children of the same mother." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2015

By Corey

The Sundance family is committed to doing what we can to help the environment.  We realize that the shoe industry is not the most environmentally friendly industry, but here are a few things that we are doing to help make a difference:   

*We have eliminated the toluene based adhesives from our product lines and have gone to a natural rubber based glue with stitched on techniques. Healthier for us and for the environment.

*We buy only US materials tanned locally, thus eliminating the huge amounts of oil required to ship materials from China and other parts of the world and reducing the “carbon footprint” of producing our products.

*The US tanneries that we use are subject to much higher environmental standards than their foreign competitors.

*We re-use cardboard boxes for all of our shipping and recycle anything we can.

*We ship all orders using UPS Carbon Neutral shipping to offset the environmental impacts of shipping.

 *All of the Sundance Family lives within walking distance of our workshop and/or store!

*Our workshop is a highly efficient, passive solar design with wood heat.

*We are looking into the feasibility of installing an active solar  and wind powered electric system to power our workshop - we’ll keep you posted on the progress.

*Our retail store in Buena Vista is partially powered by a full PV solar array on our roof - taking advantage of the sunny Colorado days!

 *Creating products from sheepskin is using an otherwise wasted byproduct of the wool and lamb industry.  Sheep are not raised solely for their skins.

 *We are always looking for new ways to improve our practices and reduce our impact on our Mother Earth.

So, put on your warm fuzzy Sundance Sheepskin Slippers and turn down the thermostat!

Valentine's Day Chocolates 

Nutritional & Heath Benefits

February 10, 2015

​By Christian 

An Apache Blessing 

January 21, 2015

​By Corey

Corey's Favorite Things 

Day 1 - December 19, 2014

Homemade Chai Tea

​I love brewing up a pot of fresh homemade Chai this time of year!  Delicious and full of health benefits including: powerful antioxidants, improved digestion, anti-inflammatory and immune support.  Here is my favorite recipe - all of the bulk spices are available here in BV at The Lettuce Head.  Head out and get some so you can get started, it is well worth the extra effort...Enjoy!

​Serves 8-10

​8 Cups water

5 Cinnamon Sticks

2 tsp Cardamom Pods

2 tsp Whole Cloves

​1/2 tsp Dried Ginger

6-8 Black Pepper Corns

3 Cups Milk

1/4-1/2 Cup Sugar to Taste

8 Tea Bags - Black or Rooibos

(I use Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla Rooibos)

Christian's Favorite Things 

December 18, 2014

​Here are a few of my favorite holiday gifts for that special man in your life! As a women, we often have trouble finding that "perfect" gift for the men in our world. Look no more, we have many, many unique, hand-crafted items that your man will love and, I bet you, he won't have them already. Find each of these treasures at Sundance and Friends daily from 11-6pm. You only have a week until Santa comes!

Featuring hand-crafted Sundance Sheepskin & Leather Deluxe Colorado Slide Slippers, Good Things Candle Company purple sage candle, Not The Same lavender aromatherapy spray, Not The Same facial spa treatment sampler, Dancing Elk Designs deer antler and mother of pearl gold fill earrings and an assortment of Bolder Band headbands. 

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Know someone who loves wine? Check out this piece which enables you to display wine in a really cool way. Made a Buena Vista local, Ed Eberle, these wooden displays use the weight of the wine--empty or full--to hold itself upright. 

The Colorado Moccasin is our most popular for a reason. Simple, made with only American made materials these slippers are the way to go! Each pair is handcrafted in Guffey, Colorado, which means that no two are the same. She'll appreciate her warm feet and the fact each pair is handmade for sure!   

Shop at Sundance & Friends 

New Years Eve: 11am - 4pm 

New Years Day: 11am - 6pm

​Looking to spend your Christmas money? Keep warm in our Sundance Sheepskin & Leather products and shop unique, hand-crafted items by over 35 artists. Receive 20% off Autumn Teneyl Designs and find the perfect New Years look!

Monarch Mountain 75th Anniversary Party 

New Years Eve: 4pm - 7pm

Join in on the fun and help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Monarch Mountain! Enjoy family-friendly activities in the lodge, a special Sidewinders menu, torchlight parade with fireworks to follow, beginning at 6:15pm. 

1st Annual BV Community Pig Roast & Pot Luck

New Years Day - 2pm 

​Patio at CKS & DeerHammer Distilling

​Free community event made possible by a swine donation from Crowded Acre Farm. Any donations directly benefit the Cortese Family Relief Fund. 

​New Years Day Yoga at Jala Blue 

New Years Day - 10:30am
​Celebrate 2015 with an all levels yoga class with Jenna. Love donation class.  

New Year Celebrations

In & Around Buena Vista!

​December 30, 2014

Wow! It's hard to believe that 2014 is nearing an end while 2015 is upon us. With the hectic holiday season behind us, the big question is...what is there to do for New Years in and around Buena Vista? Our small but mighty mountain town has something for everyone of all ages! We have outlined our favorite things to do on New Years Eve and New Years Day.

To me, my coffee cup embodies the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi - "the art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death.  It's simple, slow, and uncluttered - and it reveres authenticity above all."

This time of year especially - with the passing of the winter solstice, the short days and the coming of the new year, I celebrate the cycles of the earth - the quite dark days of winter, the return of the sun.  I remind myself of the importance of celebrating the darkness before welcoming the light.

Featuring our Sundance Distressed Drift Boots with a flower cut-out and lined with sheepskin which is perfect for the cold and snowy days ahead. Keeping with the sheepskin theme, you must have the Sundance sheepskin mittens available in various sizes to fit your paws just right. From your feet to your hands and now to your head and ears, we have many options to keep you warm! Sundance hats and earmuffs comes in many designs and sizes to fit your style. Earmuffs are adjustable to fit you just right. Shop Sundance Sheepskin & Leather products in-store at Sundance & Friends or online at www.sundanceleather.com

​Christian's Winter Favorites

December 22, 2014

​​Baby it's cold outside and we have what you need at Sundance & Friends! I have hand-selected my favorite winter necessities for you ladies. Each item is hand-crafted with love from the Sundance Sheepskin & Leather family at their workshop in Guffey, Colorado. Look Colorado chic in these unique creations that will last you for many seasons to come. 

Boil water with spices. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 10 minutes.  Add milk & sugar and return to simmer.  Add tea and steep 2-4 minutes covered.  Strain before serving.

Featuring hand-crafted Sundance Sheepskin & Leather Distressed Flurry Boots, Shredder Pottery Mug, Buffalo Billfold two-fold wallet, Dancing Elk Designs elk antler money clip, decorative fish platter and Grateful Dead Dancing Bear by Ed Eberle. Each of these incredible items come in a variety of colors and designs. Treat your hunny to something special this holiday season!

Christian's Favorite Things 

December 16, 2014

​Here are a few of my favorite holiday gifts for that special lady in your life! These items make great gifts for all ages and fabulous stocking stuffers. All products are hand-crafted with love and care in Colorado. Finish your holiday shopping at Sundance and Friends, open daily from 11am-6pm. Check the homepage for special holiday hours. 

Sundance & Friends

​at South Main

Buena Vista, Colorado

        Happy Holidays!

Still have some shopping to do? Don't fret! We've got lots of great gifts ideas. There's a little bit of something for everyone here at Sundance and Friends.

Finding the "right" gift for the lady in your life can be one of the most challenging parts of the season. That's why this week we've selected a few of our favorites for the ladies.

Christmas is almost here! 

Not sure what to get the guy in your life this year? No worries. Be it boyfriends, husbands, fathers, grandfathers, or best friends we've got you covered!

Spring has sprung in Buena Vista, well, at least for now! We have Spring fever and I bet you do to. We are looking forward to switching gears and preparing for outdoor spring activities in Chaffee County. Of course, we can;t wait for Mother Nature to grace us with her magnificent colors but, in the meantime, below we have chosen our top Spring activities to do in our beautiful area. 

1. Whitewater Rafting the Arkansas River 

Now that Brown's Canyon is a National Monument, our area is anticipating a jump in tourism. Our beloved Arkansas River is home to various class rapids and adventurer's alike. We like to stay within our comfort zone so Brown's Canyon is our first choice in whitewater rafting for our area. 

2. Mountain Biking 

When we have mild winters, such as the one we are currently experiencing, mountain biking can typically be done year round in our area. However, we look forward to getting up in the mountains when the snow starts to melt. We have hundreds of trails suitable for different levels. Our favorite trails include the Colorado Trail and Monarch Crest Trail

3. Natural Hot Springs 

Of course, you can frequent hot springs throughout the year but we look forward to making a day of it at Mount Princeton Hot Springs in Nathrop, CO as the weather gets warmer. When the air is a bit crisp and the sun bright, we love soaking in Chalk Creek absorbing the rich minerals our sweet Mother Earth releases to us. 

Feelin' that Spring Fever!

March 8, 2015 
By Christian 

We have the perfect Valentine's Day chocolates and gift sets at Sundance & Friends for that special someone in your life! Everything from dark chocolate to milk chocolate and sea salt savories, we meet all your chocolate needs. The chocolates are hand-crafted by The Chocolate Therapist from Littleton, Colorado. 

Corey's Favorite Things 

Day 2 - December 23 2014

My Coffee Cup 

​  & Organic Papua New Guinea Coffee

​      From the Buena Vista Roastery

​I love everything about my coffee cup - the clean lines, the way it feels in my hand, the imperfection of the earth tone glazes.  I love the chips and cracks.

To me it is more than a coffee cup - it's about taking a moment from my day to pause, to slow down.  It's about ritual.

It holds my morning coffee, but it holds so much more - it holds memories and promise, laughter and tears, perfection & flaws. 

​​2014 Winter Solstice & New Moon

December 21, 2014

Today marks the 2014 WINTER SOLSTICE in conjunction with the last FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN of the year. The winter solstice occurs when the sun enters the sign of the Capricorn and is considered the shortest day of the year. The sun appears at it southernmost point in its path around the sky. At this time the sun has the least amount of distance to travel from horizon to horizon, which is why it's a shorter day.

Now is the time to begin your story and intentions for 2015 by coming together as a community to unite our intentions and create more LIGHT onto Earth. Try not to let false intentions hold you back, stay grounded and follow your heart. 

We are extremely grateful for this community and look forward to working our intentions with you in the new year!

Some of our most manly and utilitarian gifts include the Flurry boot, Buffalo Billfold wallets, and Johnathon Baliey's belt buckles.

The Flurry boot is one of Sundance's best. Easy to slip on and with a sturdy sole these boots are perfect for stepping out for the mail or spending the day outside--just about anything really. Not to mention they're lined with incredibly comfy and warm sheepskin!

Each Buffalo Billfold is handcrafted in Minnesota out of genuine American bison hide. Many years of experience and the best craftsmenship make these wallets a quality gift.

Johnathon Bailey has got something really special going on with these belt buckles. Each one is handcarved then cast in bronze. That's a lot of work! After each piece is cast a stone is inlaid--the two shown here feature botryoidal hematite (grey/black) and carnelian (red).

A girl can never have enough earrings, especially earrings that are incredibly unique. Dancing Elk Designs, out of Crestone, Colorado, know how to do unique earrings. Each pair is made from either elk or dear antlers. 

Julie Pech, owner of The Chocolate Therapist, All-Natural Chocolate and Gourmet Coffee and author of The Chocolate Therapist, A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate, has married her passion of nutrition with her passion for making natural, preservative-free chocolates that have many health benefits. 

Chocolate Health Facts:

  • Chocolate is rich in antioxidants which means they keep healthy cells from breaking down and rid the body of free radicals.
  • Chocolate is so highly rated on the antioxidant chart because it is made from the ground-up seeds of a fruit tree and the finished product in pressed into coca cakes.
  • Dark chocolate contains minerals, vitamins, fiber and protein with it's most prevalent minerals being magnesium, copper, potassium, and calcium.
  • Chocolate does contain large amounts of fats and sugar but with education you can learn to choose healthy forms of chocolate (hint: The Chocolate Therapist, A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate)

In Jule's book, she has a fabulous section on Chocolate Remedies! Simply look for your aliment and then read the recommended chocolate remedy. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Chocolate Remedies:

  • Allergies: Take 2 squares dark or milk chocolate, every 6 hours as needed, while drinking ginger tea. 
  • Food Cravings: Take 1 square milk chocolate, 1 square dark chocolate and 1 cup hot cocoa made with real cocoa until cravings subside, up to a maximum of 1 ounce chocolate per day.
  • Sassy Kids: Give the child 1/2 bar high-quality dark or milk chocolate with or without nuts, as needed, preferably after meals or as an award for improved behavior.
  • Stress: Take 1/2 bar dark chocolate with vanilla essence directly after lunch every Monday, when stress is likely to be at a high point. Repeat as needed on Mondays. 

Hone your chocolate knowledge by purchasing The Chocolate Therapist, A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate at Sundance and Friends and the assortments of her dark and milk chocolates!

​​I have always felt a special connection with the cultures and philosophies of Native Americans. Perhaps it has something to do with the connection with nature, embodied by this beautiful blessing. While the blessing is said to be an ancient Apache blessing, it actually appeared in the 1947 Novel Blood Brothers and later in the movie Broken Arrow. Despite conflicting opinions of the exact origin of the poem, I still think it is beautiful.

Coming up this weekend we will be exhibiting at the Colorado Indian Market in Denver.  The Indian Market is an impressive showcase of art and culture with lots of Native American and western themed artists and vendors, as well as fun activities and fantastic entertainment, including many different traditional dances.  It is fun for the whole family. 

​​As with all of the handcrafted products that we carry at Sundance & Friends, we are extremely conscious about where they are made, how they are made and who is making them. Autumn Teneyl is a fashion designer and artist best known for her feminine, free-flowing designs that are handcrafted from Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 

Her fluid designs were born against the natural backdrop of mountain music festivals, giant Aspen and bustling streams. The mountain chic, homegrown label is owned by the designer, who is committed to an ethical and eco-conscious model in all areas of the business. Autumn is an advocate for the environment and the human condition, and she devotes annual time and revenue to these causes.Autumn utilizes domestically made organic fabrics and re-purposed designer‐end natural & synthetic fabrics to reduce the environmental burden of textile manufacturing. 

ATD offsets 100% of their operational and travel costs by purchasing renewable energy credits (REC’s) and has donated tens of thousands of dollars yearly to organizations such as the AIDS Foundation, Free A Child, public radio stations and environmental groups like Colorado Wild. Every garment is handmade in Colorado, USA.

Autumn Teneyl Designs 

Eco-Chic Fashion for Globally Conscious Women

January 16, 2015

The Season of Giving Back 

December 17, 2014

This time of year is always one of reflection for use, and as we look back to our humble beginnings in 1971, we feel very fortunate to be where we are now. Our success has largely been due to our philosophies and passions. We are very passionate about creating high quality products as well as our commitment to being a socially and environmentally conscious company. From green business practices to our decision to buy all of our materials as locally as we can, we are always looking for ways that we can make a positive impact. It's with that in mind that we begin to look towards the future on how we can give back on a global level. 

Creating Global Change 

We are very excited to be working with 1% For Women, a local organization committed to creating global change by raising awareness about the importance of supporting women in agriculture and providing financial assistance through microcredit loans around the world. 

​In 2015, we are committed to using 1% of our net profits to provide financial assistance, through Kiva.org, funding microcredit loans to women around the world seeking to better their lives, heal their communities and the land, and ensure that their children are well educated, nourished and understand what it means to create a better tomorrow for us all. 

As a small family owned business, we understand the desire to follow your passion but know the importance of having the needed capital to turn your dreams into reality. We hope to be able to help others pursue their dreams as we have been fortunate enough to do. 

​Meet Regina from Kenya - Our First Loan!

Before the New Year, we had the honor of providing a microcredit loan to Regina, a 50-year old dairy farmer from the outskirts of Kapsowar, Kenya.