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  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
What’s in a crafter's dream world? Rows and endless bins and hooks filled with all the accessories, chains, beads, and feathers and add ons one could dream up. Vintage and new charms to add character to jewelry that is made in front of your eyes. How about the option to pick up your own supplies for that d.i.y zen-like that comes over a person after the satisfaction of making something by hand? Well ladies, your dreams have come true. Brooklyn Charm has become a much beloved staple in the neighborhood of Williamsburg. Read More
My mom hasn’t passed on any homemade recipes deeply rooted in family history, and my great grandmother’s idea of an important, basic, tried-and-true recipe includes “Velvet Salad,” a product of 1960s cuisine involving lemon jello, mayonnaise and pineapple. Not all of us have been blessed with handwritten heirloom recipes or domestic traditions, and so we must learn the basics from the beginning. Read More
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 viewers how to turn a long secondhand skirt with an elastic waistband into an adorable DIY shift dress. Read More
Have you ever hungered for a pun about beets? If so, look no further than Black Sheep Heap, a small, progressive design house which focuses on projects that promote sustainability, laughter, and social justice. Their hilarious "puns for planet Earth" are hand-printed onto organic apparel and recycled bags using non-toxic inks. You can even buy an "Avant-Gardener" onesie for your eco-friendly baby! Stop by the Black Sheep Heap table at this Saturday's BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair at 82 Mercer St. Read More

Embroidery is a Hoot!

BY Erin Wengrovius in DIY

    I have a mid-week treat for all you crafters out there. Do you like owls? Do you like embroidery? Then you will like this owl embroidery and here is how to make your very own. I first created this craft for my girls at Studio Sweet Studio. If you haven't seen this blog, check it out now. It's addictive! Also, if you like this little guy you can see more of my designs at Read More
Blythe Dolls: much too scary for children, but much more appropriate for high fashion designers and collectors. From Blythe’s 9th Anniversary “Manga Girls Inspiration” collection, Blythe and Manga are hosting a charity auction donating all proceeds to the “Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami” fund through Red Cross Japan. Starting June 1st—Blythe and BUST fanatics will have the opportunity to own the one-of-kind, super exclusive BUST Magazine Blythe doll designed by our very own Callie! Yup, I said it. We’ve designed our very own a Blythe doll. Read More
We're still accepting vendor applications for the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair, but the last day to apply is this Friday, April 15th! Any and all handmade crafts and specialty foods are welcome. Our one-day shopping event will take place on Saturday, May 21st, at 82 Mercer Street in SoHo, NYC.Vendors can apply for a single or shared table. If you're interested in a shared table but need another vendor to share with, we can match you up with someone! Just select the shared table option with "Please match me up with someone to share with. Read More

Eyelashes for your car

BY Laurie in DIY

When I was a kid, I used to assign gender to different car models, (I did this also to numbers. 5 and 7 were girls, don't ask me why).  So of course I fell for this completely ridiculous product, Car Eyelashes, for when you want your car to look especially girlie. They even have glitter eyeliner strips, for when you want your car to look like a drag queen. It's so dumb, yet I must have it. Too bad they don't blink like Herbie the Love Bug! via carlashes. Read More
When I saw these gorgeous, crafty covers, I knew you BUST readers would definitely enjoy them as well. As part of the publishing house’s Fall 2011 collection and as part of their Penguin Threads series, Penguin is planning to release these whimsical book covers for three classics. Artist Jillian Tamaki was commissioned to design hand-sewn covers for Jane Austen's Emma, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, and Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. Read More