Gettin’ Crafty: A Record Bowl from The Thing

Outside The Thing

Even if you don’t like secondhand shops, if you’ve lived in Greenpoint long enough, you probably know about The Thing. The Thing is Greenpoint’s premier purveyor of castoff clothing, dated dishware and random tchotchkes. Oh yeah, and a million records, give or take.

The records are housed primarily in the store’s dank basement, where they live crammed into shelves and milk crates in no certain order. Universally priced at $2 a pop, dedicated diggers may find a gem or two worth much more than that.

Inside The Thing. Downstairs, in fact.

I don’t collect records, but I do collect craft projects, so I headed to the Thing this weekend in search of one. Seeing all those records collecting dust inspired me to try my hand at the DIY record bowls I’d seen on Pinterest for ages now.

After the jump, read how to make your own bowl in five easy steps. Continue reading

Category: Style/Shopping | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

Status Update: Suite Pieces to Close


At the end of February, the eclectic and fun reclaimed furniture Huron Street shop, Suite Pieces, will close its doors. Their Long Island locations will remain open and customers can enjoy up to 25% off all home decor.

The store will be open Friday-Sunday until it closes at the end of the month. For more information on the closing, see the store’s blog post.

Suite Pieces
162 Huron Street

Category: Style/Shopping | Tags: , , , | 0 Comments

Thursday Spotlight: Bevon St. Louis-Brewster

Photo source @bevon.stlouis


Designer Bevon St. Louis-Brewster is a master of graphic storytelling that’s striking to the eyes. Oftentimes, his preferred medium of choice is the clothing we wear. “What better way to convey a message than by wearing it?” As he puts it. Between working on production for major events, from Art Basel to the Fabric and Textile Festival, Bevon collaborates with other Brooklyn artists and designers for his clothing line labeled Triste. Continue reading

Category: Art/Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 0 Comments

A Crafty Saturday at The Shanty Over Whiskey & Waffles

Waffles for Days

In the land of pairing food with libations, there are wine pairings and beer pairings but whiskey pairings? Apparently, this is considered “outré by many” but as I learned one late Saturday morning, whiskey not only serves as a pretty effective hair of the dog, but it goes really well with waffles. I’m talking the freshly made, thick, crispy, golden kind that is ready to be topped with piles of toppings like maple syrup, peanut butter, chocolate, whipped cream, and fruit. If you’re not groggy from food coma after this, you’ll ease into your lazy Saturday by sipping on Old Fashioneds. It gets your creative juices flowing before you start getting crafty.

At Pop ProductionsWhiskey Waffles Workshop, I got to see The Shanty (79 Richardson St) in a different light. Continue reading

Category: Art/Music, Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 0 Comments

Holiday Market 2015 Recap + Where to Find Your Favorite Vendors


Sometimes art doesn’t imitate life and it’s too bad because the winter wonderland we brought this year’s Greenpointers Holiday Market was so beautiful! Miss V put down her Mehndi tools for a few hours, picked up a can of blue spray paint, and revived her street art skills to create a dope backdrop decked out with hanging snowflakes, sprites, and a wintery landscape. The weather outside felt more like a brisk spring day but inside the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft, it was bustling with the holiday spirit and the smell of spices from our mulled wine wafted throughout. Continue reading

Category: Eat & Drink, Style/Shopping | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 0 Comments

TICKET GIVEAWAY! Catlady Craft Night at Brooklyn Craft Company (11/21)

Kitten on a white backgroundBrooklyn Craft Company, a DIY class and event space, is hosting a Catlady Craft Night and we have a free ticket to giveaway ($95 value)! Catlady Craft Night is a big crazy cat-themed DIY party for the modern catlady (cat gents are welcome, too)! Attendees can look forward to making several cat-themed craft projects including wire cat rings, painted cat figurines, cat-shaped leather change purses, canvas totes, and needle-felted cats made from wool and — yes, they’re going there — cat fur!

You can also look forward to cocktails, music, a cat meet-and-greet hosted by Brooklyn Animal Action, where attendees can snuggle with actual cats and even adopt them if they make a love match, a raffle to benefit Brooklyn Animal Action (a portion of event proceeds benefit them as well), and the sparkling company of Brooklyn’s raddest catladies!

How to enter: In the comments below, answer the question “True or False: A cat, standing in a still position, can jump more than 3 times its own length.” Continue reading

Category: Art/Music, Events | Tags: , , , , , | 11 Comments

Meowsers! Cat Lady Craft Night Is On! (11/21)

four little persian kittens - grey, white and brown colors
To all the purrrfect cat lovers out there: 11/21 is your power day. Brooklyn Craft Co. is holding a festival of magical cat crafts for you. On November 21st, take part in a glorious pop-up cat cafe (!), snuggle adorable cats and kitten while making something pretty awesome for yourself.
Continue reading

Category: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 0 Comments

TICKET GIVEAWAY!! A Evening of Crafty Fun with Suite Pieces! (8/6)


We are giving away two tickets ($28 each value) to one of our readers to join local paint boutique Suite Pieces for an evening of crafty fun at their Pinterest Live! Event in Krrb‘s HQ. Make Gold-Dipped Painted Pots while sipping on wine and snacking on sweet treats!

Just bring your color inspiration and they’ll provide the rest. This includes three medium sized clay pots, Chalk Paint®, gold metallic foil, and a lesson on how to use and apply it. Plants will be available for purchase by one of Greenpoint’s cafe gems/florists Home Coming.

To enter: In the comments, tell us what color you would paint your pot.

Deadline: Tuesday, August 4th, 11:59pm. Continue reading

Category: Classes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

DIY Flower Crowns: Make Your Own with Alisa Floral Design!


Fairy tale romances, midsummer night’s dreams, summer sprites, and woodland fairies. We are enchanted by Alisa Floral Design‘s flower crowns and are so excited to have them join us this Sunday (7/19) at our Summer Market!

Alisa_Floral_FlowerCrown_275pxAlisa Floral Design will be providing buckets of different fresh flowers and foliage and for $15 you can pick as much as you like to make your own custom crown.

You can make yours as big and bold as you want, or go for a more subtle look. Once you have your materials picked, Alisa will show you how to start your crown and then you finish it yourself by tying it with twine or ribbon. Continue reading

Category: Events, Style/Shopping, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 0 Comments