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19

Dec

10 Spots to Shop in Brooklyn

Small Business wrote up a list of top notch places to shop locally in Brooklyn this holiday season, featuring some of my suggestions from my beloved borough.

For your last-minute gifts, peruse the full list, 10 Great Places in Brooklyn to Shop Local for the Holidays.

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04

Dec

December Workshops

Crafty holidays to you! I’ve got a busy month of DIY classes kicking off this weekend. Check out the line-up below, and I hope to see you at one of my sessions.

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Stamp Carving + Holiday Cards Workshop 

Learn how to carve your own rubber stamps make a set of festive holiday cards.

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Pom Pom Workshop

Join my craft group for a festive pom-pom-a-thon! For this month’s Greenpoint Hand Skills workshop local artist, designer, and author Sarah Goldschadt will teach us how to make pom pom ornaments and pom pom garlands to celebrate the season in cozy style. Be sure to check out her craft new book on the topic, called Pom Poms!

This free all-levels craft workshop is open to all, and donations to support continued programming are welcome. Materials and tools will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack to share, or yarn from your stash.

  • When: Saturday, December 7 from 12-2 p.m.
  • Where: Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • RSVP here.

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No-Sew Felt Chain Garlands Workshop 

Drawing inspiration from the traditional holiday craft, we’ll make cheery and colorful holiday with nice wool felt that can be reused from year to year (or kept up all year round). I’ll teach you a clever and quick way to make these garland using just felt and scissors, no sewing needed! All skill levels are welcome.

  • When: Saturday, December 15 at 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Bust Craftacular, Metropolitan Pavilion
    125 W. 18th Street, New York, NY
  • Sign up here.

17

Sep

Makeshift Society is coming to Brooklyn! I love the concept of their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a creative tool library at their sunny new space.

And, oh hey, can you spot me in the campaign video?

03

Apr

Feeling Rusty?

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You’re invited! For this month’s free Greenpoint Hand Skills workshop, we’re exploring a technique to dye for! Come on by and learn all about rust dye, a natural dye technique that uses metal + moisture + time to transform fabrics with rusty hues. 

Bring along natural fabrics to dye, such as a hanky, fabric scraps, or a garment. White, cream, or light colored material will work best. Got some miscellaneous hardware lying around (nails, screws, steel wool, etc - does not need to be rusty yet), feel free to bring that along too.

  • When: Saturday, April 6 from 12-2 p.m.
  • Where: Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • RSVP, please.

24

Jan

Inventgenuity Festival 2013

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Hello, Brooklyn kids (and their loving parents)! This weekend is the fourth annual Inventgenuity Festival. Try saying that five times fast, and make it your business to be there. This free two-day event is all about empowering kids to make things and make things happen, and the roster of workshops and projects is brimming with possibility around this year’s theme: Digital By Hand. 

Last year I had a ton of fun leading workshops in Brooklyn and Boston on making pouches from recycled bike tubes. This year I’ll be there running workshops on making embroidered emoticon badges, and I hope to see your :) faces!

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> > > Interested? RSVP right here! < < <

01

Nov

Greenpoint Knitting Circle

You’re invited! Cure your cabin fever with me at this month’s Greenpoint Hand Skills workshop on Saturday. We’ll be knittin’ up a storm. Total beginners and seasoned knitters welcome. (It’s free!)

  • When: Saturday, November 3 from 12-2 p.m.
  • Where: Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • RSVP, please.

20

Sep

Two Workshops in Brooklyn


Hello, friends! I am teaching two fun and budget-friendly classes in Brooklyn, NY within the next week, and you’re invited.

 Sew a Merit Badge

 When: Saturday, Sept 22, 12-2 p.m.

 Where: Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Join us for an afternoon of making Girl Scout-inspired merit badges at this month’s Greenpoint Hand Skills meeting at the Greenpoint Library. Free admission includes supplies, CUP coffee, and Peter Pan doughnuts! Sign up here.



 
Bike Tube Projects: The Silver Lining of Flat Tires

When: Monday, September 24, 8:30-10pm Where:  Brooklyn Brainery, 515 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

What: We’ll start with humble, unwanted bike inner  tubes and end the evening with fully customized and  useful accessories. Along the way you’ll learn tips for working with this material, ideas for embellishing, and plant seeds for future creative reuse projects. Ride on! ($14) Sign up here.

I hope you’ll join me!

17

May

Fruit Cats

I realized that the last two photos I took were of cats posing candidly with fruit. Then I realized that the internet could probably use a few more cat pics in the mix. You’re welcome.

06

May

The Great Saunter

Well, we did it! On Saturday, Brian and I circumnavigated the entire 32+ miles of Manhattan island on foot. We laced up our walking shoes bright and early and joined hundreds of others as part of the 27th annual Great Saunter. Last year we made the mistake of meadering at too leisurely of a pace and stopping too much to take photos, and made it about 26 miles. This year we proudly hobbled to the finish point in South Street Seaport to the cheers of a nearby Cinco de Mayo party. (I pretended that all the whoopin’ and hollerin’ was all for us.)

Here are a few photos from our trek:

I posted a few more photos here, if you just can’t get enough.

19

Jan

Listen up parents &amp; kids! This weekend is the Inventgenuity Festival at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, NY.  It will explore the theme DIS/ASSEMBLY with two days of hands-on workshops and on-going collective projects led by expert makers, unmakers and re-makers of sound, electricity, food and objects of all kinds.
I&#8217;ll be there both days leading workshops on how to make handy pouches from busted bike tubes. This is going to be a grand ol&#8217; mad scientist beehive of activity not to be missed. But, don&#8217;t take it from me, take it from the New York Times article all about Inventgentuity!
Interested? Resister here, and come say hi this weekend.

Listen up parents & kids! This weekend is the Inventgenuity Festival at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, NY.  It will explore the theme DIS/ASSEMBLY with two days of hands-on workshops and on-going collective projects led by expert makers, unmakers and re-makers of sound, electricity, food and objects of all kinds.

I’ll be there both days leading workshops on how to make handy pouches from busted bike tubes. This is going to be a grand ol’ mad scientist beehive of activity not to be missed. But, don’t take it from me, take it from the New York Times article all about Inventgentuity!

Interested? Resister here, and come say hi this weekend.