09/25/14 2:43pm
Clear out the crafts you don't use and make room for some that you will!

Clear out the craft supplies you don’t use and make room for some that you will!

Do you have a box in your room that’s overflowing with craft supplies you’ve never touched, or projects you never found the time to finish, you’re afraid to even open it? Well, it’s not doing you any good sitting there in a tangled heap. You’re never going to string together those sea glass beads, and that periwinkle yarn is not a color that you’d ever wear as a scarf around your neck. What if you could trade in your as of yet un-crafted craft stuffs for supplies that catch your more immediate fancy, relieving your guilt and making some putative lover-of-periwinkle’s day? Well, this Wednesday night you can exchange pins for needles and felt for denim, and the like, at Brooklyn Craft Company’s Craft Supply Swap. (more…)

04/07/14 10:26am
Want this shelf? You'll have it in no time.

Want this shelf? You’ll have it in no time. Photo by Isaac Anderson

Ever find yourself in need of a nook? A bedside platform upon which to stow your book? Brooklyn is known as the land of plenty in many regards: ample jobs, ample pizza, ample hills (also ample Ample Hills), but in the department of its apartments, space is not one of the things Brooklyn possesses in spades.

Okay, so you’re stuck with the hand you’ve been dealt, but when life hands you lemons, you build somethng nice with them. Just because your apartment is tiny doesn’t mean you can’t make it work for you and your stuff: reclaim your vertical space! Work with your walls and turn them into magical mystery floor-above-your-floor, and do it cheap by doing it yourself. Wanna know how? With the magic of the $4 shelf. And we’ll show you how to make it. P.S.: it’s loads sturdier than this shitty particle board-and-plastic IKEA shelf, these garbage Target shelves, and slightly cheaper to boot. Plus, nothing trumps the personal satisfaction resulting from proudly displaying your own handiwork. Nothing. (more…)

02/27/14 11:11am
flat tire bike

Has this happened to you? Yes, of course it has. But you fix it for just fifty cents. via Flickr user 7-how-7

So you’ve got a flat tire? Brooklyn’s streets are mean and full of sharp things like glass, so it’s not your fault. If your knee-jerk reaction is panic immediately followed by frenetic smartphone searching for the nearest bike shop that’s still open at three o’clock in the morning (hint: there aren’t any), bad bicyclist! Very bad bicyclist! What kind of frugal, self-sufficient Brooklynite are you, anyway? Not only is it not not that hard to fix a flat, unless you have one of those silly, ultra-modern, ultra-high pressure tires because you’re some kind of Spandex-clad Lance Armstrong, most holes in bicycle inner tubes can be fixed with a $0.50 patch. Follow our guide and you’ll save yourself money, time, and hassle in the process. (more…)

01/14/14 9:31am
NBD, just  some babes having a ball (of yarn)

You and your babe friends, in stitches.

If ever there were a time to pick up knitting, it would be this winter. But not everybody has a grandma in town, those knitting circles don’t actually exist, classes are expensive and you really have to be in the mood to watch instructional Youtube videos. What if you could just grab a pair of needles and have a go? This weekend’s your chance: Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Craft Company is hosting a free knitting open house this Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. They’ll provide instruction, plus yarn and needles, so all you have to do is show up with your crafty, do it yourself, self. (more…)

01/13/14 9:30am
brokelyn totebag

You’re ready for a night out on the town. Or at least at the wine shop. Photo by Isaac Anderson

We live in an age of plenty—plenty of rich and poor people, plenty of cat videos, and plenty of plastic bags. So many plastic bags, they’re piling up in our landfills, on our barbed wire fences, and in our waterways. There’s nothing worse than strolling down to the NY Harbor during lunch break for some fresh air and scenery only to peer into the murk and see a couple of bagfish washing up on shore. Come on guys, it’s time to clean up our acts! Of course, we’d be happy to buy one of those reusable bags, but it’s hard to justify dropping a buck on a bag too cheap and generic to care about, and we’d probably just lose them anyway and buy fifteen more until we lose track of those, too, give up on the whole thing, and just revert back to our old, guilt-laden, world-killing ways.

But hold on! There’s hope yet! What if we actually made a custom, canvas tote bag of our own that we were super proud of and would love and cherish forever and ever? Sound like a tall task? Nah, it’s not too hard. Just follow our directions below and you’ll be toting around in no time! (more…)