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Cyanotype is an old photographic printing process, also known as “sun printing.” The chemicals ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide are combined—this is where the magic happens—which makes them sensitive to UV-light, turning dark blue when exposed. Cyanotype was often used to make copies (hence the term “blueprint”) but English botanist Anna Atkins was the first to use it to make scientific recordings of plants in her 1843 book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. By treating paper or fabric (like we do here), you...

Post BUST Zero Waste event, I found myself yearning for a new DIY project that would pair well with my skincare addiction. I found a magical little shop tucked away in Brooklyn Heights called Earth Speaks, which is a space covered wall to wall with tiny tinctures, an abundance of crystals, and housemade beauty products as far as the eye can see. Not to mention the best part: they’re female owned and operated! Earth Speaks hosts monthly workshops on DIY skincare and beauty products. I was lucky...

  With summer days in full force, your houseplants are living their best lives, which means it’s time to get propagating (i.e. growing a new plant from part of a “parent” plant). There are many ways to do this—as the owner of Folia Collective, an indoor-plant shop in Los Angeles, I’ve tried them all! But water propagation is easiest. It works for a variety of plants and allows you to see new roots as they develop. You’ll need: plants (some of the easiest to propagate in water...
      Veggie Tales   BE A PRODUCE-STORING PRO WITH THESE TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR MARKET HAUL LAST IF YOU’VE SEEN the stacks of leafy greens and piles of bright berries at the farmers’ market lately, you know we’ve entered the year’s most bountiful produce season. But how annoying is it to buy all those beautiful fruits and veggies, only for them to wither away a day or two later? Learning how to properly store produce is a game-changer: your buys will last longer, and you’ll save money. Follow these...
Case In Point Keep your sunglasses safe from scratches with a DIY case loaded with throwback flair. Stitched in bargello, a style of needlepoint popularized in the ’70s, this method is super easy to learn, fast to do, and it looks aah-mazing. This trippy technique might just be your new crafting obsession, so grab a needle and let’s bargello! MATERIALS-DMC Tapestry Wool, 1 skein each in the following colors: 7600, 7606, 7106, 7851, 7852, 7604, 7912, 7596* -1 sheet 10-count plastic canvas* -Size 18 tapestry needles* -Scissors*Available...

Vietnamese coffee—with its dark, espresso-like brew tempered by sweetened condensed milk—is probably not something you ever thought you could easily make at home, let alone at your office, in a hotel, or while camping. But now, thanks to the woman-owned Copper Cow Coffee, you can. This ain’t your bà nội’s instant-coffee; each five-serving set includes ingenious single-serve pour-over filters filled with sustainably sourced organic coffee, plus packets of sweetened condensed milk. All you need is hot water, a mug, and a spoon to mix it...
Spring is here, which means it’s time to flaunt florals. This detailed, easier-than-it-looks design by nail artist extraordinaire Miss Pop is made using real (!) dried flowers, perfect for sprucing up your hand sitch while keeping a little plant magic at your fingertips. You’ll need a few specialized items, including a bonding top coat, a wax pencil for petal placement, and, of course, teeny-tiny dried flowers specifically purposed for nail art, which can be found on Amazon (just search “nail art dried flowers”) or at...

Punch needling is a textile technique similar to rug hooking, but easier. A special punch needle creates loops of yarn in cloth, which are held in place by the tension of being so densely packed. Make up an abstract design as you go, and display the end result in an embroidery hoop, or sew into a cushion cover, tote bag, an oven mitt, or, on a larger scale, even a rug. The technique takes a little practice, but once you’ve got it down, you’ll be...
  This weekend, artists, healers, and teachers will be heading to the BUST School for Creative Living at the BUST Holiday Craftacular in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to lead workshops and lectures and teach you the basics of everything from reiki to rolling joints. One of these experts will be Shauna Cummins, a hypnotherapist who can help you learn how to manifest your own dreams through hypnosis, and through music. We chatted with Shauna about her inspirations, her goals, and—of course—what she’ll be doing December 8 and 9 at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Check...
The BUST School for Creative Living  is back Dec. 8th and 9th with a roster of mystical, meditative, sex-positive classes. The school will be hosted in tandem with the 12thth annual BUST Holiday Craftacular at the Brooklyn Expo Center in the heart of Greenpoint, featuring over 200 of the best purveyors of handmade goods. There’s a class for everyone: Guests can try their hands at classic crafting skills such as macramé and cross-stitch, dive deep into herbalism, and participate in a variety of exciting educational workshops. We’re...