I don’t know about you but there is only one record I reach for at this time of year – Phil Spector’s ‘A Christmas Gift for You.' From the ‘ringadingadingdongding’ of Sleigh Ride to the multi layered Frostie the Snowman, it’s the only soundtrack you’ll ever need for wrapping, baking and decorating. Now I don’t want to dwell on the distinctly un-festive things which have happened to Phil since he produced the ... Read More
Ooh! Check out this skirt pattern that Clothkits.co.uk have kindly donated to the Craftacular raffle. So charming. The whimsical fabric pattern is by the super-talented London-based Rob Ryan, who cuts the delicate designs out of paper. Find out more about him at ... Read More

Help Homeless Puppies!

BY debbie in General |

At this year's BUST Holiday Craftacular in NYC, there was more than just lots of crafty shopping to be had. We partnered with a number of charitable organizations to help them out, and on eof them, the Center for Animal Care and Control, brought along homeless puppies and kitties who needed adopting. The CACC is the city's only kill shelter, which is why we felt these animals needed our help more than any other. Luckily, a number of animals did fin their forever ... Read More
You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video We just love, love 13 year old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson, and after watching this video of her introducing the Rodarte sister's line for Target, you'll probably agree that she is the most adorable person on earth.  Her blog, Style Rookie is amazing, and the entire fashion world is bonkers for her, probably since she is the freshest thing to come into it, ever. Unfortunately there are already some ... Read More
It's probably best for my bank account that I can't go to the LA Craftacular on Saturday -- one BUST shopping extravaganza was hard enough on my wallet. But if I could go, and had lots of cash with me, I'd definitely hit up the I Heart Guts table. I'll admit it -- when Craftacular guru Susan said 'You gotta check out this lady's plush uterus,' I was more than a little skeptical. But surprise! These guts are adorable, and I heart them, too.The I Heart Guts website ... Read More
Andrea Garland's beauty products might not do exactly what it says on the tin, pill box or compact for that matter, but they're sure to give the likes of Benefit a run for their money! Tired of boring mass produced packaging, this vintage-loving aromatherapist decided to forgo the norm by choosing to fill all manner of tiny antique receptacles with her products instead.Each one different, the balms and lotions inside are lovingly made from organic and ethically ... Read More
Drop into the Craftacular’s DIY Den this Saturday (easy to find: conveniently located next to the bar!) and you’ll be able to drop spindle and have a whirl at spinning your own yarn. Yes, pick up a copy of BUST when you arrive, wherein you’ll be able to read all about hand spinning, before checking out a live demonstration of this technique. Showing off their spindle skills will be Rachael Matthews and Louise Harries, the yarn-tastic ladies behind Bethnal ... Read More
Indulge your craft addiction in the DIY Den at York Hall this Saturday! Alongside the yarn-based action (from those wool-crazy Prick Your Finger girls and Knit & Destroy’s Kandy Diamond), you'll find a rather nifty drop-in rosette-making workshop hosted by Barley Massey, queen of green crafting and owner of the heavenly Fabrications store in nearby London Fields.  Combining a mix of recycled fabrics, ribbons, buttons, sequins and anything else you ... Read More
Hansel & Gretel is one of those twisted fairytales I personally enjoyed as a kid.  I mean, getting stuffed alive into an oven is scary as all get out, but it wasn't the typical damsel-in-distress story that a lot of the fairytales that we grew up on were. This holiday season, there's a special treat because New York City’s Metropolitan Opera is presenting Hansel & Gretel, the opera: Engelbert Humperdinck’s (not that Humperdinck) take on ... Read More
To all the West Coasters who missed out on this past weekend's amazing BUST Holiday Craftacular -- don't fret! It's almost your turn. This Saturday, December 12, BUST will be rolling into the Echo and the Echoplex for yet another awesome day of crafty goodness at the LA Craftacular. And get this -- LA's own Freshly Baked will be selling a special BUST Cookie Box with peanut butter chocolate pretzel (on view to your left), dark chocolate cherry, root beer float, and ... Read More