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I miss my dog. I haven’t seen Itchy, my family’s 14 year-old lhasa-poo, since I left Ontario in April. You know what would be great? If I could carry around a memento of her all of the time that would remind me of her cuddly softness, her twitchy whiskers, her cold wet nose… And finally that day has come. Artist Jackie Kaufman’s custom pet-nose print necklaces allow this kind of pet-to-owner long-distance intimacy that you can carry close to your heart all day long. Read More
We’re real proud to announce that we have a big, fat, new book coming out this fall. It’s called The BUST DIY Guide to Life and will be published by STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (which is a division of Abrams) and it’s kind of a big deal! The book includes a bunch of past articles on crafts, and fun ideas for things to do, (over 250) and also features some brand spankin’ new material. Read More
We're superexcited about the upcoming fourth of July holiday. Okay, we admit that's more because it's a three-day weekend and an excuse for a fun backyard party than because of its origins as an important national holiday. Either way, it's a great way day to celebrate your own independent spirit by crafting or cooking up some fun red white and blue items. Here are some great ideas scavenged from around the interwebs: Free printables make for quick and cute sparkler table decorations, from Twig and Thistle. These Jell-o shots look like loads of fun. Shared on food.com. Read More
  I was at the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair two weeks ago and among the usual abundance of prints, jewelry and t-shirts, I saw something that made me stop in my tracks: Mimi Kirchner’s beautiful tattooed lady dolls.   Styled in the dress of circus performers or flappers, toile-print fabric makes up their arms and legs, marking their cloth bodies with detailed tattoos. Their clothing is carefully detailed, sewn from vintage fabrics and collected notions. One doll wears a red and yellow snake wrapped around her body, a pinstriped corset-style top, black shorts and red boots. Read More
There aren't many things I like better than getting a package in the mail, but getting one from the adorable Gussy Sews as I came into the office was especially exciting.  Her hand-sewn totes, purses, and clutches in cheery colors brightened my morning. Gussy, who has never taken a sewing class in her life, lives in Minneapolis, MN and runs a successful purse business and website.  Her blog is helping to form a community of producers of handmade goods.  Gussy got her nickname from the goose in Charlotte's Web and her bags certainly showcase the downhome whismy of the story. Read More
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