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When you were little, did you ever make paper snowflakes in art class? Well, papel picado is kind of like that, only much more elaborate. Originating in Mexico, the folk art involves making cuts in colored tissue paper and then stringing the designs into banners. It sounds simple, but the results are gloriously elaborate. Yreina Flores Ortiz, who owns the Etsy shop Ay Mujer, has put a modern take on her culture’s tradition by making banners you'll want ... Read More
I am often baffled when I am asked, “How is it that you can be a feminist and be interested in fashion?” To that I respond, “How can I not be one?” Many people think of fashion as trivial. At times, I, too, become frustrated when I read magazines telling me how I NEED to dress if I want to be considered stylish--- I find that writing style too narrow. But still, fashion isn’t trivial at all. Fashion isn’t just about the visceral ... Read More
Imagine a 1950s diner on an acid trip and you’ll land at Boopsie Daisy, an Etsy shop by Canadian-based user Missy Munday. Though the shop sells art prints, the prints are truly more like pages torn out of an ongoing creepy-cute fairytale that could easily be turned into a Tim Burton film. All of the colors used are neon and supersaturated but still retain a very vintage glow. By juxtaposing doll heads with different delicious diner foods, there’s ... Read More
  This past weekend, I spent an undisclosed amount of time scouring the internet for the best of the best DIY apartment projects. I found that a lot of blogs were posting the same projects, and upon further sleuthing, my search quickly ended upon discovering dynamic duo Elsie and Emma’s lifestyle blog, A Beautiful Mess, the source behind most of the other blog posts I came across and a haven for all things do-it-yourself. Keeping the beliefs “the ... Read More
  Nothing cements BFF-dom like a friendship bracelet. If you went to camp when you were younger, you probably became quite the expert at making all of those braided string and lanyard-type bracelets, too. I know that in my camp days, girls wore bracelets up to their elbows to show off all off their BFFs. Don't mess with a girl with a lot of friendship bracelets, 'cause she has a lot of friends who can mess you up. According to Jess Katz, they're not just for ... Read More
Pre-Internet, if you wanted to send a love letter to someone, you’d write it down on paper. Maybe you would add a few x's and o's, stickers, a mixtape (in my romantic imagination), a lipstick kiss for good measure, and send it through snail mail. But today, if you want to send a love letter, would you post it on the Internet? Or even address it to the Internet? Now, there’s an entire site called “Dear Internet…” dedicated to ... Read More
If you have ever wanted to know what the brain of a Portland hipster cat lady looks like, well, then Lisa Riddle is your gal. Lisa runs the Etsy shop, “Nowvember” devoted to handmade stationery of the unusual variety. Her moleskine notebooks feature everything from vampire cats, cats beaming laser rainbows, cats vomiting rainbows, and even cats drinking PBR, all which are featured on notebooks sized perfectly for writing prose or poetry about your ... Read More
Moms know best, which means they’re sure to know what your favorite snacks are, and keep them on hand. Imogen Sheeran, mother of British singer-songwriter (and ginger) Ed Sheeran took things one step further, and created a line of wearable faux-candy creations inspired by Ed’s favorite snacks.  Her line of jewelry, called Allsorts Licorice, features a selection of rather yummy imitation sweets made from molding clay. Licorice might not have been ... Read More
  Have you ever read Retromania by Simon Reynolds? It’s this book that traces our society’s fixation on the past, and the concept of "retro." Sometimes, when I’m feeling really deep, I’ll ponder some of these questions for myself. Mostly, I wonder if holding onto nostalgia can ever truly be inhibiting like everybody makes it out to be.  Although I wasn't alive in the 60s, I have an intense emotional attachment to British Invasion ... Read More
Apply now to be a vendor at the BUST Magazine Craftacular at Maker Faire New York! The world's largest DIY festival takes place on September 29th and 30th at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, and over 40,000 attendees are expected over both days of this innovative outdoor event. Last year, BUST featured over 50 awesome indie artisans in the BUST Magazine Craftacular Pavilion at World Maker Faire, and this year's Craftacular will be bigger and even better, ... Read More
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