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Attention all crafters, makers, artisans, fine foodists, and stylish rebels! The BUST Craftacular | Spring! edition returns to Brooklyn Saturday, April 23rd, 2016. Are you an indie Craftinista with the goods to prove it? Apply now to join the ranks of the 100+ vendors we will feature at Brooklyn’s original indie craft fair. Come hang with the funny, fierce & feminist ladies of BUST to get pumped & pretty for the return of beautiful weather with a sun-filled shopping days. BUST will host FREE DIY...
Photo by Megan Senior A WOVEN WALL hanging makes for awesome décor, and it’s way easier to create than you think. You can even make your own loom with just a frame and some nails! It’s the perfect meditative craft for when leaving your warm and toasty home is the last thing you want to do. It’s also the best way to use up all that random yarn you’ve accumulated. This weaving is small, but you can scale it to any size you want. Soon, you’ll...
When someone uses the term DIY, what usually comes to mind are handmade crafts, ambitious cooking endeavors, or creative home improvement projects. But for Limor Fried, the 36-year-old owner of Adafruit Industries, DIY is a way to empower people of all ages to take control of their personal technology through educational make-your-own electronics kits. Adafruit sells everything from LED sequins to DIY watch and robot sets. Her most popular, and perhaps least intimidating product, however, is the “MintyBoost Kit,” a build-your-own mobile-device charger the...
Coddle your kisser with DIY peppermint lip scrub and orange-clove balm Harsh winter weather can leave your lips in need of some TLC. Thankfully, it’s a snap to make your own soothing lip scrub and hydrating lip balm to repair and restore your pucker. And make a bunch—they're great holiday gifts! Peppermint Lip Scrub: Makes approximately 12 4-oz jelly jars • 1 cup vanilla bean-infused white sugar (Place a few whole vanilla beans in a jar of white sugar for a few days before use)...

Christine Ferrara and her 1981 vintage Bodensee dollhouse  When I was a little girl, my absolute favorite toy was my Little Orphan Annie Mansion. I distinctly remember the grandeur of the dollhouse’s teeny chandelier, no bigger than a Triscuit. And the yellow striped Victorian-style sofa would have been a perfect make-out couch for a couple of cockroaches. I could lose myself for whole afternoons within its little rooms. Sometimes my younger brother joined me, though to escape slights to his masculinity for “playing with dolls,” he...
Once the domain of amateurs, gutter punks, and, um, prisoners, stick and poke tattoos—created using nothing but a handheld needle and ink—are now a swoon-worthy art form, and ladies are leading the DIY way.  Stick and poker Talia Migliaccio, 20, says the biggest misconception about this style is that hand-poke artists create “shitty, small tattoos.” When in reality, she and other female artists like Tati Compton, McKenzie Porritt aka MKNZ, and Sarah March are inking gorgeous, intricate designs. Migliaccio gained a cult following through her dreamy Instagram page, showcasing her delicate,...
    The fabulous BUST Craftacular Holiday edition returns to the Brooklyn Expo Center this December 19th & 20th!    The event will host over 200 of the choicest handmade vendors selling unique gifts like, jewelry, home goods, clothing (new and vintage), pottery, indie cosmetics, greeting cards, delicious food, and much more. Tickets are $3 at the door or online.   In addition to shopping you can: Learn arm knitting with Stitch 'n Bitch author Debbie Stoller,  and make a scarf! Have the Haiku Guys &...
Whether you're bemoaning a weirdly wet, warm winter or stuck inside due to multiple feet of snow, we know one thing that will make you feel better about sucky December weather: a cocktail. Below, we're featuring three recipes from the new book Cuban Cocktails: 100 Classic And Modern Drinks by Ravi DeRossi, Jane Danger and Alla Lapshuck of Cienfuegos. SWEATER WEATHERThis drink—named for the weather that inspired it—is one part Hot Toddy served cold and one part Dark and Stormy. Try it during the first few weeks of spring, when...
You are invited to join us at the BUST Craftacular in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, this Saturday and Sunday, December 19 & 20th! Wrap up your holiday shopping in a fun and relaxed way, and be assured you can give your family and friends a thoughtful, unique gift they will love.  With over 200 choicest vendors selling handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, beauty products, home goods, greeting cards, pottery, food and drinks come prepared to shop ‘till you drop. Then drop into a FREE arm knitting lesson with Stitch...

How many years has “save more money” been one of your New Year’s resolutions? It’s time to finally make it happen. Here’s how: Pay Yourself First Before you spend a dime of your paycheck—on rent, groceries, nail art, whatever—put 10 percent of it into a savings account. Set up an automatic withdrawal so the money gets diverted without you even realizing it and before long, you’ll have a nice “fuck you” fund to fall back on.  Use Technology Sign up for Digit (digit.co)—the free service links to...
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