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    Do you love all things vegan? Well, MooShoes, purveyors of snazzy vegan footwear, is hosting an event on Tuesday night! Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Moskowitz & Terry Romero satisfies your sweet tooth while being dairy free.   Terry and Isa will be signing their book of over 100 sweet goodness recipes on November 24th. Oh yeah, and there will be refreshments and beverages!   Here's the down low and we'll see you there Tuesday night:   Tuesday, November 24th, 7 pm at MooShoes 78 Orchard Street (between Broome...

If you live in the New York City area, and are looking for cute, unique gifts for the holiday season, look no further than the third annual Lov-able & Hug-able plush show (sponsored by your favorite magazine, BUST)! Dying for a pocket-sized robot or a hug-sized, eye-patched monster? You're sure to find them here. With a 2009 theme of "Medium and Mini", these adorable little plushes will fit anyone's budget. Over 40 top plush artists from around the world will be featuring their creations, including...

Mustaches are everywhere these days -- on necklaces, on your guy friends, on celebrities, on your the finger you're holding up to your face. And now they're on your wall, too, thanks to illustrators Aya Kakeda and Nina Frenkel, otherwise known as the Mustache Sisters. The Mustache Sisters make adorable, mustache-shaped plush picture frames inspired by their own giant mustache, crafted for the NYC Hungarian Cultural Center's Mustache Contest. These are definitely the cutest mustaches I've seen around lately. You can check out the Mustache...

  The holidays are basically upon us, what with Thanksgiving being next week and all. Doesn't it seem to sneak up on you every year? It feels like just yesterday I was complaining about being too damn hot and sweaty to leave the house, and now I'm pricing frozen turkeys and making Christmas shopping lists for my loved ones. This time of year can be stressful, and sometimes the only way to keep things in check during times of stress is to get nice and shit...

When I was 12 my family took a trip around Italy. Aside from the beautiful sights, it was the Italian cuisine that had the most impact on me. While in Florence, we dined at a quaint, family-owned restaurant called the Scoiattolo. My brother and I had a tasty, fun dessert there that inspired this recipe for frozen lemon cups. These adorable treats can be an easy, inexpensive addition to a dinner party, or a sweet ending to a romantic meal that just might seal the...

Crafty-cool website Cut Out + Keep hit the 30,000 member benchmark today, which is quite the feat. The website, which started out as a personal craft blog for journalist Cat Morley, has expended into a craft mecca, with oh so many craft and other DIY (beauty and food recipes, etc) tutorials posted by members. While browsing the website earlier, I found tutorials for a Spiderman Bento Box, a Strawberry Cheeze Cupcake, and a charming Envelope Bag with many possible uses. I can already see myself searching...

The 4th Detroit Urban Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday on November 21st at the Majestic Theater!  You can also join The Detroit Urban Crafters  the night before, this Friday, in the Cafe for the DUCF Tweetup from 7 to 9 P.M.  Crafters say the trends in Detroit are driven by everything around them, politically and ecologically.  Everything from a slow economy to the desire for community, enjoyment of working with hands, desire to support local businesses, and a...

EEEEEKS! If you're just sitting around and wish you had something to do right now (and are in the NYC area), you can head down to Etsy Open Craft Night at Etsy Labs (55 Washington St., Suite 512, Brooklyn) to sew some reusable bags with Bags for the People and Katherine Bell, author of the new book, Quilting for Peace. If you can't make it to the event, which ends at 8 PM this evening, you can view an online tutorial right now! To take a look-see at the...

Last spring a screening of Handmade Nation made its way to Portland, OR, where I was living at the time. Because I was a little slow on the up-take, the screening at the Museum of Contemporary Craft sold the hell out and I was left a little bummed. Now how was I going to catch this documentary on the DIY craft movement that has made its way into every corner of America?! Well well, just in time for the holidays is the release of Handmade Nation...
Picture this: You're walking alone late at night, minding your own business, when suddenly you realize you're being followed. What do you do? How about turning the corner and  pulling your skirt over your head? That's exactly what an inventor in Japan thinks women should do if they find themselves in these circumstances. Designer Aya Tsukioka's skirt can be worn by day, then turned into a (realistic?) vending-machine disguise when needed, simply by flipping it over one's head. Of course, there are some limitations to this brilliant...