BY Maggie Carr
on Sep 26, 2012
Recent college grad Sami Jo Jensen turned her passion for frugal crafting into a successful business: Poor & Pretty Bath Sweets and Body Treats.
Poor & Pretty’s signature item is Cupcake Soap. Sure, it looks like a delectable treat you’d like to nosh on, but it’s 100% suds-inducing goodness. Sami packages bath “truffles” and whipped soap “frosting” in deliciously appropriate (and environmentally friendly!) ... Read More
BY Brittany Houlihan
on Sep 26, 2012
If you’re a crafty and caring girl, this is a great project for you! Girls Love Mail is a charity that collects crafty, hand-written letters that are distributed to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and those going through treatment. Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly artsy, kind words to these strong ladies are always appreciated. A fun idea is gathering your friends to create cards together!
Gina Mulligan ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Jul 30, 2012
If you’re a crafter who’s dreaming of quitting your day job, this book will provide you with the necessary know-how. Hello Craft is a non-profit trade association dedicated to crafters and the handmade movement, and their insider knowledge of the industry makes them a natural (and adorable) guide to its nuances. Handmade to Sell walks you through the ins and outs of business -launching, covering topics such as registering with the federal ... Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Jul 11, 2012
When you were little, did you ever make paper snowflakes in art class? Well, papel picado is kind of like that, only much more elaborate. Originating in Mexico, the folk art involves making cuts in colored tissue paper and then stringing the designs into banners. It sounds simple, but the results are gloriously elaborate. Yreina Flores Ortiz, who owns the Etsy shop Ay Mujer, has put a modern take on her culture’s tradition by making banners you'll want ... Read More
BY Intern Lauren
on Jun 04, 2012
Are there boring and/or fugly hand-me-down pillows inhabiting your basement and closet that you just can’t seem to find a home for anywhere in your apartment? Don’t toss them out, and don’t submit to the wallet-draining prices at Pier 1 Imports, Target, and Ikea. Thanks to Tip Junkie, even the most revolting looking pillow can be re-vamped without any sewing or measuring, for a fraction of the cost of buying a new one.
If you don’t have a ... Read More
BY Intern Kaisa
on Dec 13, 2011
A resounding thanks to the vendors and BUSTy-attendees who made the BUST Magazine Craftacular & Food Fair a stellar success this past weekend! The event saw approximately 5,000 craft-loving-folk come through Saturday and Sunday to peruse funky handmade goods, nosh on delicious grub, and partake in crafty projects with BUST's founders, Laurie Henzel and Debbie Stoller.
The building was buzzing all weekend with shoppers looking for that special holiday ... Read More
BY Intern Courtnay
on Nov 04, 2011
While it is sad but true that Halloween has passed, we can still get creative with our wardrobes all year long. If you are in on the tights trend that shows no signs of dissipating, you're in luck. Our very own BUST staffer Callie got together with XO Jane staffer Madeline and showed her how to create some bright, fun DIY tie-dye tights from the tutorial included in The BUST DIY Guide to Life. Read all about their crafty meeting--part pizza party, part tie-dye ... Read More
BY shannon carlin
on Oct 21, 2011
Over the last year I’ve become pretty obsessed with yarn bombing so the idea of a hotel room that is made completely out of wool sounds pretty amazing. Call it the “Do Knit Disturb” room (an adorable touch, I might add!) and I’m already packing my bags to get across the pond.
For this particular room at Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco, local artist, Kate Jenkins and her two ... Read More
BY Casey Krosser
on Sep 02, 2011
Get ready for the woman with coolest name ever: Jazz Domino Holly! It gets better though; Holly is an empowered crafter who’s launched a new book called Queen of Crafts. Not to mention she’s also the daughter of punk rock legend Joe Strummer of the Clash. Her new book covers everything from knitting and quilting to baking and preserving, and she insists that all of her crafts are quick, "faddy," and affordable. Holly, the 27-year-old wonder, says ... Read More
BY Ariana Anderson
on May 11, 2011
In her current installation Knitting Is for Pus****, Polish artist Agata Oleksiak, (Olek) has taken craft to a new level. Previously having merely covered people, bikes, and cars, she has now covered an entire apartment with her intricately looped yarn and left no surface untouched by her crocheted creations. Much of the furniture featured is from Olek's own apartment, including her bed, which she apparently misses so much that she occasionally sleeps in ... Read More