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.

07/25/13 2:00pm

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You’ve got to network. We’ve say it over and over again here at The Freelance Life, but that’s because it can make all the difference. Your run-of-the-mill literary networking means going to weird publishing parties in stuffy midtown buildings or attending happy hours while wearing a name tag (only to suffer through a white wine special), or slugging it out in the trenches (read: cramped uninteresting Murray Hill bars) in the name of meeting people. It means $11 for well bourbon. It means going to parties thrown by folks who are not living the freelance life. But it’s all to a great end, right? One great conversation can be all it takes.

Over the years I’ve found myself attending event after event, trying to decipher what makes one lit party more successful than another. Surprisingly, the answer isn’t always a hefty budget.
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