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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...
My summer goal this year is to learn to can and preserve. I’m all about self-improvement, but I just don’t feel like I’m going to get around to speaking fluent French, keeping bees or sewing my own sundresses in the next couple of months. It’s the right season to preserve produce at it’s peak, so now is the perfect time to start. And doesn’t that lady in the Canadian WWI “Waste Not Want Not” poster look wise? I anticipate that I will look that wise...
The protection of wild and captive elephants isn’t something that comes on my radar very often, but in the documentary One Lucky Elephant that opens tomorrow, it is an issue that is depicted with all of it’s complexities and a heartfelt look at true friendship. David Balding adopted Flora, an orphaned baby African elephant, and started a circus with her as the central performer. After spending 16 years together, David realizes that Flora is no longer enjoying performing; she is restless and in need of interaction...
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. Jaclyn Tokarz from New York won our crafty package including a Cricut Expression, personal electronic paper cutter from ProvoCraft, and...
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. You...

One day talking to her friend via web cam, Hannah Hart opened a bottle of wine and improvised a cooking show. Her friend found it so funny she suggested that Hannah share it with her friends over the Internet. And thus the webseries My Drunk Kitchen was born.  In each episode Hannah cracks open a bottle of wine, or two, and teaches her viewing public how to make tasty dishes such as grilled cheese (but she forgot to check to make sure that she had cheese)...
  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. Follow her instructions to turn a lame logo bag into a lovely summery tote:   Or turn an old belt into a cute headband:   Transform an...

Everybody loves Jamie, Gordon, Emeril and Mario, but food isn’t a boys club by any means. While the cult of the celebrity chef has its fair share of males, the contributions of women to American food are undeniably important in shaping our food culture and community. Last week Gourmet listed their top 50 women in food, from Julia Child leading the list to Julie Powell rounding it off. The list is informed from an American perspective but includes important foreign imports like Clotilde Dusoulier, Madhur...
At the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair, you can do more than just buy awesome clothes and accessories to make your friends jealous, you can also help save the world! This year, Farm Sanctuary has joined us again as a non-profit partner. Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 with the mission of working to protect farm animals and promote a vegan lifestyle with the long-term goal of changing the view farm animals are viewed by society. They combine rescue, education, and advocacy to help meet...
In addition to 100+ craft and food vendors, DJs, goodie bags, raffle prizes, and food trucks (phew!), the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair is thrilled to host book signings by two amazing chef-authors! At 3 PM, Erin McKenna, founder of popular vegan bakery BabyCakes, is signing her cookbook BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles. Get the secret to BabyCakes' perfectly baked donuts in this collection of 50 delicious recipes with a healthy, modern edge. At 5 PM, Gabrielle Hamilton, this year's...