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  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
           I’ve always highly disputed model Kate Moss’ infamous quote, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” (especially if you could taste some of the food that comes out of my dad’s kitchen). But for those of you who want to literally feel the delectable-ness of cooking without the food-baby aftermath, an Etsy shop called Soapopotamus sells a line of handmade imitation food soaps that look so real, ... 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
For me and many other creative people I know, crafting has always been a solitary and selfish endeavor. Between the month during 7th grade that I holed myself up in my room every evening to work on a latch-hooked Winnie the Pooh pillow and the hours I currently spend in quirky vintage boutiques looking for trinkets to deconstruct into novelty earrings, I’m embarrassed to admit that most of what I make falls into the ‘look, don’t touch’ (or ... Read More
  By Lisa Butterworth Illustrated by Janice Wu   Sure, Ben & Jerry’s is delicious, but a steady diet of the stuff is ridiculously expensive. And electric ice cream makers are great, but who wants to clog up their countertop with yet another single-tasker gadget? Instead, try whipping up the warm-weather dessert yourself! All you’ll need are a handful of ingredients and a couple of coffee cans—it’s an immensely satisfying and ... Read More