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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
This spring's BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair may be over, but two lucky raffle winners walked away with amazing prizes from our vendors and sponsors. Shannon Teynor from Ohio will receive our accessories package which includes a springtime leather bag from ModCloth, a one-year subscription to the Button Club, books from Chronicle Books, a Jane Austen Collection of scents from Latherati, and jewelry from our vendors. Read More
I don’t know about you, but every time I go to a tea party and a fight breaks out I just find myself totally unprepared. Luckily, one clever Etsy shop owner has created a solution to this age-old problem by creating brass knuckles made out of a recycled piece of Johnson Brothers china. Juliet Ames of Baltimore’s The Broken Plate Pendant Co. has crafted a very pretty china hand-piece that is the standard size of brass knuckles, 4 1/2 ” wide and 2 1/4" tall. Read More