06/09/14 2:54pm
We've got a free pass to giveaway for Brooklyn Craft Company's Summer Craft Camp on June 21. Photo: BCC

We’ve got a free pass to giveaway for Brooklyn Craft Company’s adults-only Summer Craft Camp on June 21. Photo: BCC

Because we’re all way too old to be going away to summer camp, the peeps at Brooklyn Craft Company are doing us a favor. They’ve created a day–for adults only–where you will participate in eight summer camp-inspired DIY projects while listening to tunes, eating snacks and throwing back a few drinks. On June 21, at Brooklyn Craft Company’s space in the Old Pencil Factory, spend the day at Summer Craft Camp. The day will be split into 90-minute workshop sessions, with 15-minute breaks in between, with time to spend at several DIY crafts bars. Make a hand-stitched leather sunglass case, tangle together your very own flower-child floral head wreath, and learn a few new styles of braids to keep you cool this summer. Your Instagram is gonna look awesome. You can buy tickets here, and we’ve got one free camp pass to give away to a BB reader. Enter for a chance to win here between now and June 16, and we’ll inform the winner on June 17.

01/08/14 9:00am

one-pot-is-all-_21043_27046_4Maybe you’re not a devotee of the midwinter ritual we call Sober January–maybe you know what to do with yourself without a wineglass in hand or a bar to meet your friends at. For the rest of us though, filling the cold, dark January hours can be a challenge, especially once you’ve seen every movie in town and watched all the television you can handle. Here are three classes happening this week that might just make you forget how cold it is outside (though it supposed to be in the 50s this weekend). Or browse on the Brooklyn Based page on CourseHorse–there’s bound to be something there to pique your interest.

Beginner’s Sewing Class at Brooklyn Yarn Cafe, Bushwick, $49, multiple dates and times
If you have fantasies about sewing your own clothing, or a sewing machine in your closet that you’ve forgotten how to thread, this three-hour class in Bushwick might be just the thing to kickstart your DIY dreams.

Fencing for Adult Beginners, Brooklyn Fencing Center, Gowanus, $240, Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 26, 7:30-8:30pm; Epee/Foil Beginners Class, New York Fencing Academy, Coney Island, $45, Thursday,  Jan. 9, 6-7:30pm
No one wants to hear about your yoga practice at brunch, or your amazing new boot camp, and especially not your juice cleanse. But fencing? Not only will you get to learn fancy footwork and handle an epee, it’s also a sweet new hobby to brag about, just so long as you don’t go around critiquing sword fights in movies or on Game of Thrones.

One Pot is All You Need, Eataly, Flatiron, $100. Thursday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8pm
Learn how to make root vegetable gratin, tomato and rice soup and chicken with cabbage, mushrooms and pancetta with Eataly’s executive chef and really up your winter comfort food game.



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.

11/01/13 5:06pm
Sun November 10, 2013

ShesCrafty_Logo 2There’s something about fall that brings out the artsy fartsy in all of us. And if you’re itching to get out your glue gun and get down to a little DIY decorating and designing, get your tickets now for She’s Crafty and spend an afternoon with a group of ladies who do more than lunch. Both the wine and the creativity will be flowing at 61 Local in Cobble Hill where the Gowanus Girls, who run Curious Jane craft camps for kids, will be hosting a ladies only arts & crafts session starting at 2pm on Nov. 10. So grab a couple girlfriends and plan to spend the day getting a head start creating your holiday decorations or whatever else strikes your fancy. Tickets are $35 and include a free glass of bubbly, finger foods and all your craft materials.

09/13/13 10:35am

As you may know, an Urban Outfitters is opening in Williamsburg this fall, on N. 6th right next to American Apparel. The store will include a restaurant and bar (The Post referred to it as “Bourbon Outfitters,” of course). According to a press release we got this morning, in addition to overpriced tank tops that fall apart after two wearings, this fall you’ll be able to purchase a Women in Hip Hop Coloring Book at Urban Outfitters. So yes, the idea of the person who would buy their child this coloring book to keep her occupied while lunching at Urban Outfitters is pretty much the worst thing ever. But, the coloring book itself, produced by , from Belly Kids, an small indie press, is pretty sweet.

Most importantly, while perusing the Belly Kids e-commerce site (where you cannot buy the Women in Hip Hop Coloring Book, only prints, tees and totes inspired by it) I discovered that you can in fact purchase from this company, The Thrill Murray Coloring Book (£5). This appears to be old news, and has been around for more than a year, but, since Murray is having such a New York moment right now, cavorting about Bay Ridge, Williamsburg, Sheepshead Bay and Greenpoint, it seems worth bringing to the attention of everyone else who has been living under a rock and is unaware that celebrities other than Ryan Gosling have their own novelty coloring books.