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  Mark Frauenfelder of Make magazine gives us five more reasons to DIY. Apparently, making mistakes while DIY-ing is good for you because it gives you more inspiration. Make something crafty this weekend!   Image: bear-centaur from DoobyBrain ...
We’ve all read about or watched a movie about the terrifying processed food industry and its effects on how we live. The blame has reasonably been put on the corporations that somehow manage to produce modified “food” in record time, but the death of the family meal has been blamed for the increased need of (or addiction to) fast food. And who is to blame for the death of the family meal? Women, or specifically second-wave feminists, according to Michael Pollan. Pollan’s recent piece in the...

BUST magazine would like to thank all the vendors and shoppers who came to the 2010 BUST Spring Craftacular yesterday. We hope you had as much fun as we did! The turnout included families, fashionistas, and even some furry friends. It was great to see such a wide variety of people gathered in one place to support our independently owned artisans. (I was especially excited to be able to get a plate of perogies and a gin/tonic at the same place.)   If you entered the raffle,...
It's Here! Don't miss the BUST Spring Craftacular today at 261 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg, NY. Ride your bike, take a hike, ride the bus, take the subway--just make sure you get your ass over here by any means necessary! Get there early to receive one of 250 amazing goodie bags. $2 gets you in the door where you can sign up for our FREE raffle, full of all kinds of wonderful and crafty things. 50 of the hottest handmade vendors, plus free coffee, as well...

Well, it's been a hectic couple of weeks, but the ladies at BUST are now working on the final preparations for the 2010 BUST Spring Craftacular happening this Sunday, May 23. The programs are folded and the gift bags are filling up. We're so excited! The Bust Spring Craftacular is an event in Brooklyn, NY at  that will showcase over 50 independent designers, artists, and craftspeople, carefully selected from a long list of applicants. They are all hugely talented and have amazing and unique items to...
When you hear the phrase 'healing herbs' you probably picture a jungle in the Amazon or a mountainside in China. But did you know that there are beneficial plants growing right here in New York?  Herbalist Irina Adams of Phoenix Botanicals uses locally sourced, wild, and organic herbs in her line of  moisturizing balms. Each balm combines these herbs with a blend of  organic shea nut butter and olive oil to quench thirsty skin.  In addition, the packaging is designed to minimize its impact on the environment! Phoenix...
BUST's Crafty Lady and the Candy Rain staff get crafty (and saucy!) with their fabulous sponsor, Babeland! Don't miss out on the answer to the age-old question: Where do I put my condoms and lube when there is no pocket space on this tea towel I’m calling a dress tonight? Kinky Crafting: Garter Belts with Callie WattsThursday, May 20, 07:30PM, $5 materials fee 43 Mercer StreetNew York, NY 10013 For more info: http://candyrainmagazine.com/candyrainblog/blog/ See you there!    ...
Just last night I was sitting in a friend's living room, flipping through a copy of 'Winnie the Poo' that someone had left on his table. So, it was strange and hilarious happenstance to see the latest print by Mo Moussa & Roni Lagin of Made With Awesome Made with Awesome specializes in printed goods ranging from posters to t shirts that are all funny, quirky, and -well- awesome. Get in on the fun by attending the BUST Spring Craftacular this Sunday, May 23 at the Warsaw...

In case you didn't catch it, here's the segment that ran on NYC's own Eyewitness News show tonite. We shot it a couple of days ago with the adorable Lauren Glassburg, who wathced the making of Meow Meow Tweet soaps, hung out at Katherine Grandy's ceramics studio, and made her own necklace at Brooklyn Charm. (there's kind of a random moment with me in it too). Of course you can meet those vendors at our BUST Craftacular in Williamsburg this Sunday, and you can also...

  Like a band of superheros in bicycle caps, the guys at Kickstand are here to save the day from that murky brown water the bodega calls coffee. Their custom-made, collapsible stand allows them to move freely around New York, serving those in need. Each cup is ground and brewed individually using a hand-mill and altered Chemex drip cones because Kickstand believes in giving the community the freshest, most delicious coffee possible.     Kickstand coffee will make an appearance at the BUST Craftacular this Sunday, May 23 in...