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3 Dec

Crafts, Cocktails, and Laughs at Industry City Distillery: 12/19!

SMPCraft just got the inside scoop on a Crafternoon event happening on Saturday, December 19, at Industry City Distillery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, complete with drink specials. And it’s followed by a comedy show. And they’re both FREE!

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To join Crafternoon, please RSVP to Nina’s Facebook invite: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1497817047186120/.

Though don’t be deterred by the RSVP. It’s appreciated but not a prerequisite for entry if you’re able to come at the last minute.

WHEN: Saturday, December 19. 4pm – 8:30pm. All drinks are 1/2 off before 6pm. After 6pm, drinks are $1 off. There’s also a tasting menu if you get hungry. Comedy show starts at 9pm.

WHERE: City Industry Distillery’s Tasting Room and Bar, 33 35th Street, Fl 6, Brooklyn, NYC, 11232. (718) 305-6951. http://drinkicd.com

Industry City Distillery, part of the City Foundry Project, is one of the most innovative distilleries in New York. Their vodka, which is distilled from sugar beets, is the result of an onsite laboratory, full machine shop, and letterpress studio–all designed and built in Brooklyn by their collective of self proclaimed nerds!

For Crafternoon, you’re highly encouraged to bring your own materials for your projects. There will be a limited supply of various crafting materials and tools such as origami paper, yarn, a few craft books (origami, macrame, sewing, knitting and crochet). There may be a sewing machine. There’s also a Micro Center around the corner from the space where you can pick up makery/hackery type objects before you come.

While Nina will likely be crocheting or quilting (and playing with the distillery’s resident cat Ambassador Scratchy), Nina’s interpretation of “crafts” is intentionally loose. During Crafternoon, feel free to craft the next chapter of your novel, draw a portrait, even design a game! This is the perfect place and time to let your creative side loose. Finish knitting that neglected scarf! Make holiday presents! One thing, if your project has the potential to get messy, as in needing a tarp messy, contact Nina ahead of time so she can clear it with the distillery.

Ah. And if anyone can make the arduino board for/teach Nina to make this pulsing iNecklace, you’ll probably have a friend for life. Zac Bruner, the machinist at ICD has offered to make the casing, if only we can figure out the insides! For the full how-to, including source code and hardware, click the image (https://github.com/adafruit/iNecklace).

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iNecklace via adafruit

Last, anyone who’s interested in the backend of the distillery can sign up for the Saturday “Hard Hat” Distillery tour at 3pm. It lasts about an hour. Costs $5. Space is limited.

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Sign up for the “Hard Hat” Distillery Tour

For more on Crafternoon, go to the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1497817047186120/

And here’s more about the free Captains of Industry Comedy Show that starts at 9pm: http://heyevent.com/event/cjpoynbawllfia/captains-of-industry-free-comedy-night-at-industry-city-distillery

CHEERS!

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20 Jun

The Secret to Making Your Father’s Day Gift Super Special

This Father’s Day, probably the best gift to show Dad how special and loved he is, is to spend more time with him, participate in his hobbies, and help him with household chores and big projects since what dads really want is time and attention from the people they care most about.

For many of us, we can’t actually be physically present to make this happen. But we can still keep this in mind and show thoughtfulness and care in the gift we give.

Whether you’re donating money under his name to a cause he feels strongly about, or helping him manage that wild beard with a membership to the Dollar Shave Club, ordaining him Top Chef with a new Global or Henckels or Shun Chef Knife, or signing him up for the Custom Golf Clubs he’s been (not-so-secretly) coveting–what will REALLY show Dad how special he is?

What’s the secret?

Finish the gift with a follow-up that shows up a few days or even a week or two later, something personal and handmade that shows him that your appreciation for him goes beyond one national holiday.

This one simple act will bring a smile to his face and resonate long after Father’s Day. Why? He won’t know it’s coming. It’s unexpected. A wonderful surprise.

Admittedly, it’s not a secret really but a reminder to look beyond what’s immediately in front of us and find ways to act meaningfully.

You probably have some ideas of your own as a follow-up to your Father’s Day gift. But if you need a little guidance, we have a few suggestions. Just a few since the point is to really think about YOUR father.

Each of these takes less than an hour to accomplish:

Send him a handmade post card. Even if he lives next door. It can go with the theme of your gift, or be a picture of you and him together, or stenciled with his favorite saying or phrase. Don’t forget to convey the message: Wish you were here!

Here’s the postcard I made to send to my stepdad, a former pilot. He got me into flying and it’s a subject the two of us have killed considerable hours talking about.

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Show ongoing support. Wish him luck on a project–career or personal–that he’s battling. Buy seven or 30 $1 scratch-off lottery tickets. Wrap each in a sticky note labeled for each day of the week. Instruct him to scratch one ticket every day. He’ll have at least one thing to look forward to every day, a fun moment of distraction. If you want, fold an origami crane, a symbol of luck and fortune, and send everything in a cool origami box. Click here for instructions on making the box. And if you’re feeling ambitious, click here for some instruction on making moveable origami.

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Did you know you can make a custom iPhone Case in less than an hour? Acknowledge his hobbies or favorite pastimes or TV show, or use a funny phrase he’d appreciate like: Will Trade Wife for Whiskey to accessorize his phone. The Cheese Thief shows us how.

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Crafty Morning had a terrific idea. Even if your dad doesn’t grill, this spatula with a personalized message using the phrase Flippin’ is simply brilliant as a summertime gift.

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If you still need more ideas, check out our post from last week–10 Beer Bottle Crafts to make with empty beer bottles and caps.

But whatever you decide on, always keep in mind the age-old adage: It’s the thought that counts.

Happy Father’s Day (and after)!

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30 Nov

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY: MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

On Friday, we gave away the Confetti Glitter Cards as our Freebie Friday, and today you can enter our Goodreads Giveaway to win the fantastic Modern Calligraphy. I took lessons in middle school and high school and then as most teenagers are wont to, in college I let it fall to the wayside. I still write in script so sometimes, my handwriting takes on the flair that comes with practicing calligraphy for so long. Bonus, huh?

Modern Calligraphy is the first book to teach this bold new lettering style—all with a modern twist. This book breaks the calligraphy process down into simple steps so anyone can learn to create their own stunning wedding invitations, thank you cards, gift tags, and much more!

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 Starting with an overview of the supplies, you will learn how to form letters, words, and then phrases by following clear step-by-step instructions, and by practicing with the provided templates. After mastering letter forms using a pointed pen and ink you can take it to the next level by learning how to use watercolor and gouache or how to digitize your calligraphy.

Here’s your chance to win a copy of Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe

Modern Calligraphy

by Molly Suber Thorpe

Giveaway ends December 04, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Can’t wait that long? You can buy one here now:

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20 Apr

Goodreads Giveaway: Modern Calligraphy

No time like the present to learn a classic skill—all with a modern twist!

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Calligraphy is about creating something uniquely beautiful, whether to celebrate a special occasion like marriage or to use every day in the form of stationery. In Modern Calligraphy, author Molly Suber Thorpe, an award-winning designer and calligrapher, teaches you how to master this fresh modern lettering style.

The twenty projects in the book provide lots of inspiration and are grouped into three sections: weddings, entertainment, and personal stationery. With loads of ideas, practice exercises, and helpful tips, soon you will be turning out gorgeous script calligraphy pieces like the ones featured in wedding magazines and popular websites like Pinterest!

ACT FAST! Our Goodreads giveaway is over at midnight EST on 4/23.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe

Modern Calligraphy

by Molly Suber Thorpe

Giveaway ends April 23, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Can’t wait? Order today!

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Check out our new April and May titles:

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18 Apr

Freebie Friday: Modern Calligraphy

‘Tis the season for celebrating weddings, graduations, religious holidays—and the end of a VERY long winter! Today we are giving you a little insight into the art of calligraphy. Calligraphy is about creating something uniquely beautiful while adding a handmade, personal touch.

Today’s FREEBIE DOWNLOAD: the fine art of modern calligraphy.

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Modern Calligraphy is the first book to teach this bold new lettering style—all with a modern twist. This book breaks the calligraphy process down into simple steps so anyone can learn to create their own stunning wedding invitations, thank you cards, gift tags, and much more!

9781250016324_FC

 

Starting with an overview of the supplies, you will learn how to form letters, words, and then phrases by following clear step-by-step instructions, and by practicing with the provided templates. After mastering letter forms using a pointed pen and ink you can take it to the next level by learning how to use watercolor and gouache or how to digitize your calligraphy.

 

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-A-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s
Walmart

Check out our new April and May titles:

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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