06/12/14 3:00pm
Lauren Musacchio modeling a rope necklace ($45)

Lauren Musacchio models a rope necklace ($45)

Sometimes, a trip to the mountains and a home-cooked meal are all the inspiration you need to start a big new endeavor. At least that’s how it worked when Lauren Musacchio founded Straw and Gold.

“My partner Jared and I spend a lot of time in the Catskill Mountains,” she recalls. “We are constantly on the road, which leaves plenty of time for day dreaming and lengthy brainstorms. So the idea for Straw and Gold was configured on a drive upstate. That week, we made our famous chili recipe (all of our friends beg for it) and we were going back and forth on names. ‘Straw and Gold’ touched down and that was it. I bought the domain name. The next day, I started designing the website.” (more…)

01/08/14 11:00am

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Wanna learn how to fence? Cook an authentic Indian curry? Throw a pot? Use Photoshop? Build a website? There are classes teaching all these skills, and thousands more, for the taking in New York City. This January, we say ditch the resolutions and instead spend your quiet winter months learning to do something new. To that end, we’ve teamed up with PureWow, Gothamist and CourseHorse to give one lucky reader $1,000 to spend on classes–that could mean one master class or a bunch of cool new experiences for you and a friend. It’s up to you.

The $1,000 is good for any of the 37,000 classes listed on CourseHorse, one of the best resources in the city for people who like to learn new things. There’s such a wide range of classes available, including workouts like spinning and yoga; professional and personal development like storytelling, meditation and public speaking; cooking classes spanning the cuisines of the globe, plus cheese and wine courses; languages classes galore; and art and craft classes ranging from architectural theory to digital design tools to introductory knitting and crocheting. In short, unless you already know how to do everything, there’s a class, or three, for you on CourseHorse.

When you enter to win, you’ll have the chance to sign up for two of our absolute favorite emails. Gothamist sends out a daily rundown of all the top news around New York City, and PureWow is always turning us on to some new service or strategy that makes life better. Pretty much every app we actually use was downloaded at PureWow’s suggestion, and we’re pretty sure that their new weekly money email is going to change our financial lives. So enter now and get ready to add underwater basket weaver to your already impressive resume.

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12/02/13 10:00am
Sat December 7, 2013
Step up your gift game this year by attending Brooklyn Craft Company's DIY Gift Bootcamp on Dec. 7. Photo: Brooklyn Craft Company

Step up your gift game this year by attending Brooklyn Craft Company’s DIY Gift Boot Camp on Dec. 7. Photo: Brooklyn Craft Company

Escape the madness of holiday shopping and get in touch with your creative side at Brooklyn Craft Company’s DIY Gift Boot Camp this Saturday at its new space in Greenpoint we wrote about in September. Sign up for one or several classes designed to help you produce handmade, personalized presents for lucky friends and family members, including leather business card holders, terrariums, charm necklaces and glass etchings. Each class is $45 or $65 and includes all the materials necessary to complete your project, instruction by a qualified teacher, use of Brooklyn Craft Company’s free gift wrap bar, hot cocoa, music and a swag bag full of crafty treats. You can sign up for as many classes as you like—just be sure to register in advance so you are guaranteed a spot.

09/10/13 10:00am

Brooklyn Craft Camp is expanding upon its popular, all-day DIY events by opening a brick-and-mortar crafting space in Greenpoint next month. Photo: BCC

Brooklyn Craft Camp is expanding upon its popular, all-day DIY events by opening a brick-and-mortar crafting space in Greenpoint next month. Photo: BCC

These days Greenpoint seems to have everything going for it–a ton of record stores, new restaurants and pretty soon, Beacon’s Closet. Up until now though, resident crafters have had to trek on over to 3rd Ward in Bushwick, Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg or Brooklyn Brainery in Prospect Heights to master their kitchen skills and perfect their needlepoint technique. That will all change next month when Brooklyn Craft Company opens in a 1,500-square-foot loft in the Pencil Factory (the building not the bar) on Franklin and Greenpoint. The peeps who brought us the all-day Brooklyn Craft Camp, are launching this permanent space, which will host classes on nights and weekends.

“We see Craft Camps as being like a tasting menu experience where you get to try lots of different things, and classes at the Brooklyn Craft Company space are more in-depth and focused,” says Brett Bara, founder and organizer.
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