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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...
Among the lovely artists and teachers that will be joining us at this year's BUST Craftacular Holiday and the BUST School for Creative Living (Dec. 8-9 at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) are needlepoint experts Hello Bargello. Hello Bargello is a stitch and craft company with a special focus on the vintage craft of bargello, a type of needlepoint embroidery. Hello Bargello will be selling their signature craft kits, and founder Brett Bara will be teaching bargello workshops. In this spotlight, we asked Bara a few questions about her history...
If you’ve stopped collecting plastic forks and disposable chopsticks, you’re one step closer to greening your kitchen. Some items, however, are harder to let go—like cling wrap. It’s just so easy and convenient! But infusing fabric with beeswax does a similar trick, creating malleable wraps that can cover cut fruit and veggies, hold a snack, or pack your favorite sammie. And the result is way cuter. Beeswax is naturally antibacterial (for a vegan version, you can sub candelilla wax, though the end result is less...

We're excited to announce our dates for this years BUST Craftacular and School for Creative Living, December 8 and 9 at the Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint Brooklyn. We'll have vendors selling the cutest handmade gifts (just in time for the Holidays) and we'll have over 50 classes to choose from to keep you busy learning new skills. The school will feature dozens of local artists and businesses. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn crafts and trades and will take away tangible items made from scratch....
Every Halloween fanatic dreams of creating their own haunted house, but the concept can seem a little overwhelming. Don’t stress yourself to death—we have some simple tricks that will have you murdering the fright game. Getting Started 1. Let everyone know when your haunted house will be open. You may want to put a sign out or set up a Facebook event listing the dates and times, so that ghouls and goblins know when to come by. 2. Decide if you want to charge for entry. This...

Freakebana (a name coined last year by an editor at The Cut and pronounced freak-eh-ba-na) is the mutant stepsister of ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Ikebana dates back to the sixth century and utilizes natural objects that you can find in your vicinity, like rocks, branches, seedpods, and blooms. It’s more about letting the flowers do their thang as opposed to arranging them in a meticulous way like most mainstream Western bouquets. While ikebana highlights minimalism and balance, freakebana’s primary focus is doing whatever the hell you...