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Are you missing Parks & Recreation? Have no fear—these crafts will help revive your love for one of the best shows to grace our televisions in a long while. Here are some fun crafts that pay homage to both the show and its D.I.Y.-superhero frontrunner, Leslie Knope. 1. This pattern advises to crochet a tiny horse in pink and white... but two shades of brown will better resemble Li’l Sebastian, the miniature horse (don’t call him a pony!) greatly beloved in Pawnee, Indiana.   2. Read More
Ye Olde Beauty Before BB cream and lip balm, women in olden times used some, uh, creative products in their beauty routines, including squashed bugs, lead powder, crocodile dung, and arsenic. The cosmetics industry has come a long way, but there are some ingredients from way-back-when that’ve stood the test of time and are still available to slather all over yourself: Donkey’s Milk: Cleopatra bathed in ass’ milk in an attempt to reduce wrinkles, and it’s contained in creams sold across Europe today. Read More
Fresh linens, minus the chemicals Tips and Recipes For a Cleaner, Greener Wash Walk the laundry aisle of your local supermarket, and you’ll see images of snow-capped mountains, vibrant lavender fields, and serene rivers. That’s way more appealing than what they’re concealing: toxic chemicals and dyed animal fats. Fortunately, we’ve got choices when we wash our clothes, and it’s damn easy to whip up homemade alternatives that clean well, don’t harm the environment (or your skin), and save you money. Read More
This summer, we've been admiring all the bold-and-nutty prints and patterns that the stylish ladies of NYC having been sporting. If you're a fan of the look, and have a plain T-shirt you'd like to spruce up, why not check out this rad tutorial from The Zen of Making? DIY guru Haley Pierson-Cox came up with this genius, simple way of block-printing a tee, and we can't wait to try it out this weekend. We may even try out this method on some pants that need a little something-something--we're crazy like that.     Images from TheZenofMaking. Read More
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 pillow to make over, your local craft store should carry plain, white pillows for all your crafty pursuits. Read More
  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 gift, and an eclectic mix of vendors offered unique options that blew away anything you'd find at Target. Read More
  Any avid beer drinker will tell you that finding the perfect beer for your particular tastes can be hard. Some are dark and heavy, others are flavored, and some are light and mellow. Variety is indeed the spice of life so why should beer be any different? There's a new alcoholic beverage on the market, that is being marketed exclusively to women: Chick Beer. Out beer shopping one day, Maryland resident Shazz Lewis got the idea to develop a female-friendly beer after realizing that none of the choices spoke to her as a woman. Read More
  Though Kat Roberts has worked as a footwear and handbag instructor at FIT and 3rd Ward, what she really loves is “making beautiful new things from the destroyed and discarded.” So this spring she created a blog, We Can Re-Do It, on which she shares some of her creative repurposing ideas. Her projects are all surprisingly easy and cheap, yet the results are stunning. Read More
I’m not sure where this came from in the tumblr universe. I traced it back as far as tumblr blog, kayliafisher, but I thought the creative readers of BUST would enjoy this fun D.I.Y. nail project! One blogger, Lost In Drawers, gave it a try with some really cute results. She also noted what she would do different in her blog post. In an attempt to find the originator of this idea I’m glad I found one more cute blog to add to my blogroll! (A Texas one at that!). Here are the D.I.Y. Nail Directions: cut squares of newsprint larger than nails. apply a base coat of polish. Read More
One of the ways my mom lets me know she loves me is by making soup and canning it so I can preserve it until that fateful day when a cold hits me and all I want is a bowl of mom’s magical brew. When I don’t know what to give someone for the holidays, I rely on my homemade orange marmalade presented in cute jars—it’s a gift everyone appreciates since it’s such a sweet labor of love. Read More