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Even if you're flat broke, you can still get it together to DIY some fab Valentine's gifts for your BF or BFF. Thanks to free or inexpensive stitch patterns, you can embroider a rad '80's cassette image (would make an awesome ipod cozy); stitch up a valentine's card or pillow, or make some cute embroidered stuffies like the whale or elfin couple. Embroidery is such a nice, affordable hobby - embroidery floss usually costs only about twenty cents per color, and one hank will last...

 If you wanna know why Spidey's looking so worried, it's probably because he's been checking out the cake disasters over at the hilarious blog, Cake Wrecks. It's like Cute Overload , but with crappy cakes! ...

Nadia G., my favorite bitch in the kitch has turned her awesome online cooking series (featured in our Feb/Mar issue) into a brand-new cookbook so you can whip up her dishes without the aid of your laptop. With a poptastic design and hilarious tips, Nadia G.'s Bitchin Kitchen Cookbook has all the cheek of her videos. Chapters include One-Night Stand Breakfasts, PMScapades, and Broke-Ass Dishes--this gal is speakin' my language. Get a copy here and as Nadia G. says, rock your kitchen and...

If you're getting married soon, or know someone who is, and you're in or around Philadelphia on January 10, you should check out the Unbridaled Wedding Expo.    Unbridaled focuses on the alternative, the handcrafted, the creative, fun, and offbeat. Cosponsored by the Philly Roller Girls, the expo features local, eco-friendly vendors to make a wedding unique.  Last year's event featured a fashion show with roller girls as models, a pole-dancing demonstration, and free samples of vegan wedding cakes, cupcakes, and beer provided by Philly's Memphis Taproom....

In the slight chance you missed BUST's October/November issue, Lisa B. did a fantastic feature on canning that inspired me to do some canning and preserving of my own! This raspberry, fig and port wine jam was a huge hit at Christmas. Making it was so much easier than I thought it'd be and made great gifts. And although the holiday season is just about over, it's always a sweet idea to have some homemade jam on hand for fresh baked muffins and biscuits. If...

Remember those scary ass puppets Blade, Pinhead and Leech Woman from the cheesy 90's Puppet Master movies? I just found them dates. Sara Lanzillotta of Devout Dolls handcrafts and paints freaky looking two-headed dolls that would give Tim Burton goosebumps! She's also got a whole menagerie of two-headed animals, including monkeys, kitties and bats. Is it totally wrong that I want to mail Ozzy Osbourne one of the two-headed bats?...

SUNDAY DEC 14: It's Craftacular Time! NEW YORK CITY THE METROPOLITAN PAVILION 125 WEST 18TH STREET (BETWEEN 6th and 7th AVE) 10AM - 7:30PM ...

Years ago when I lived in Paris, one of my favorite resto's was this weird Fondue place called  Le Refuge des Fondus in Montmarte. It's dingy and has long communal tables and the only thing on the menu is Fondue, and wine served in baby bottles! Classy. It's a real tourist trap, but loads of fun, and now there is one opening in NYC, right in my neighborhood! I do love cheese, so I'm super excited to try the copy cat Cave des Fondus, located...

Now that LA and London are done, it's time for the big momma that is the NYC Holiday Craftacular. Please come over to the event happening this Sunday Dec. 14th (note the date printed in the current issue of BUST is wrong!!- sorry about that). We will be at the Metropolitan Pavilion, at 18th street between 6th and 7th ave. from 10 am till 7:30. You can take the F, V to 14th and 6th, or any train to Union Square. Aside from all...

I had an action packed whirlwind of a weekend in London, where I attended the first ever London based BUST Craftacular! I arrived Friday and went immediately to Top Shop to scope it out. It was sort of a much bigger and trendier H+M, and not as cheap, but they did have alot of cool stuff. I can't wait for it to come to NYC-hurry up, man! Then I met up with our old pal Sheila B and the two lovely girls who put on...