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As much as I love thrifting, some of what you can find in the average consignment store isn’t wearable off the second-hand hanger. I’m not a skilled-enough sewer to be able to take a piece of clothing and reshape it on my own, but given the right instructions I could totally turn awkward vintage finds into something wearable.  Summer Phoenix and Ruby Canner, owners of Some Odd Rubies vintage store, visited the one and only Martha Stewart to teach ... Read More
This past weekend the infamous Bust Craftacular joined forces with the Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, bringing you the ultimate in smart kid fun. We were so delighted to see all walks of life loving up the handmade goodies that our vendors had to offer, while rocking out to the totally sweet tunes provided by our own Busty turntable divas.  Amongst the great shopping supplied by crafty entrepreneurs like Meow Meow Tweet Tweet soap, Tug Boat Print ... Read More
Who thought bouncy balls and black stockings could make an awesome piece of jewelry? Thanks to Erica Domesek of P.S. I made This I am now the proud owner of this little number. Within minutes of stepping out my front door, a girl passing on the street asks where I got it. It's quite the conversation starter, and a colorful change from my usual pearl necklace.       Be sure to check out psimadethis.com for more cool, crafty projects. I might just make ... Read More

A Dress A Day

BY Nissa in Style File

Today marks the 248th day of Marisa Lynch's eco-friendly fashion project New Dress A Day. The goal: renew 365 articles of used clothing in 365 days, for 365 dollars. Transitively, a new dress for just a dollar a day. When Lynch was laid off last November, she channeled the change positively, inspired by the movie Julie & Julia. “[Julie] was finding something to do every day that made her feel great. I was jealous. I thought, I want to find ... Read More
We wait so long for summer.. hot days, warm nights and vacation time. But there is one thing that comes along with that hot weather that sucks, the summertime roach invasion. I live in the charming little city of Richmond, Virginia, where overgrown plants hug the sides of the super old house I live in. And off those plants, giant roaches known sometimes as water bugs trickle into my house at night to eat  coveted floury goods and hide among my also super old ... Read More
Feeling stressed out? Why not grow some Jasmine in your home to help soothe your nerves? This fragrant, easy to grow and easy on the eyes plant has recently been the subject of some extensive research. A study conducted in Germany claims that the scent of the Jasmine plant  promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety. The study was performed on mice, and showed that exposure to the scent of jasmine caused mice to “cease all activity” and “sit ... Read More

Nice Threads

BY Nissa in Style File

Need some new styles for summer? Sick of spending the afternoon looking for new clothes, only to find everything is overpriced and looks the same? While youtubing it today I found an awesome channel called Threadbangers dedicated to helping you get your DIY on, with clothes already in your closet! These ladies and gents teach you how to make a super cute swimsuit out of a men's shirt, a wedding dress for under ten bucks, homemade soap and home decor that costs ... Read More
  Mark Frauenfelder of Make magazine gives us five more reasons to DIY. Apparently, making mistakes while DIY-ing is good for you because it gives you more inspiration. Make something crafty this weekend!   Image: bear-centaur ... Read More
It’s that time of year again folks--the time when we devote numerous pages in celebration of awesome female musicians and songstresses.   This long list of ladies includes Jill Scott, CocoRosie, Kelis, Dum Dum Girls, Karen Elson, and Wanda Jackson.  Gracing our cover are She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward who explain exactly what makes them such a harmonious duo (hint: it's not just Zooey's kitten-like charm and angelic ... Read More
Live in New York and looking for something to do on Valentines Day that doesn't involve cheesy cards and heart shaped boxes?  Belt out all your favorite hits by Stevie Nicks, Bikini Kill, the Muffs, Le Tigre, the Gits, the Breeders, and more at the Anti-Valentines Day Riot Grrl Women Fronted Cover Band Show. It all goes down on February 14 at the Loft, 1087 Broadway.  For the Birds, an awesome New York-based feminist collective, will also be tabling their ... Read More
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