Where to Find The {NewNew} on October 25 + 26

This weekend is really a doozie for Indie Artists and Crafters around town with specail themed shopping days down in Brooklyn and free crafting workshops at the Etsy labs as well as the Flea, let's start with Saturday Oct 25

From 10am to 3pm, Etsy Labs is sponsoring a FREE - that's right, I said FREE - Sock Monkey making workshop. All Monkeys made will be donated to FreshArtNYC.org to be sold to fund their programs for special needs artists. You can RSVP for this FREE event by emailing RSVP@ETSY.COM. And you can meet some of your local neighborhood street team their crafting it for charity.

And also on Saturday - you can find CollectiveElements and ShutterKate at the Handmade Faire in Medford New Jersey from
10 am to 4pm looks to be great fun - with door prizes for shoppers and goodie bags and oh yeah 100 vendors! Sounds great!

Also on Saturday - from 11am to 7pm the Brooklyn Indie Market has dubbed it - Steam Punk day! Plan to be there for their 2pm fashion show - with a steampunk reading - victorian inspired refreshments (!) and victorian photo sitting. Get that corset out of the closet and slip into that petty coat and come on down.

If you don't already know - the Brooklyn Indie Market is a NYC emerging designer market each Saturday and Sunday at Smith at Union - under a nice bright white and red striped tent. I can't promise a corset - but I'll definitely be there on Saturday.

Well if that isn't enough to make, do, watch an buy there' still Sunday!!

This Sunday at our spot at the Brooklyn Flea - we'll have handmade jewelry from Yaniamor, handmade soap from NordeaSoaperie, monsters and plush toys, tees and buttons from KarensMonsters, sterling silver custom nameplate jewelry from CajaJewelry (*new seller with us!), handmade jewelry using vintage findings from AdornmentsNYC and handmade jewelry using colorful glass and brass from Jantar.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on Oct 18 + 19

Drop by the Brooklyn Indie Market this Saturday and Sunday for decoupaged jewelry by WabisabiBrooklyn and skirts from our very own skirt fairy Fofolle.

Also on SATURDAY see KarenMonsters 9.30am to 4.30pm at 33-01 Greenpoint Ave In Long Island City at Kholer-Kon IV a fundraiser for a boy scout troupe in Queens.

SUNDAY - Drop by our booth at the Brooklyn Flea for jewelry and housewares inspired by the site of New york by CityBitz, hand embellished greeting cards and custom invitations by Fubabee, handmade jewelry by Jantar, silkscreened bags, dresses shirt and skirts by BetterThanJam, silkscreened bags and tees by RedBridge and handmade soaps by NordeaSoaperie.
G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on Oct 4 + 5

Drop by the Brooklyn Indie Market this Saturday for decoupaged jewelry by WabisabiBrooklyn, and - or skirt from our very own skirt fairy Fofolle .

Also on Saurday is the PLG Arts 3rd annual ArtMart where you can find handmade soaps by Dirty Loves Clean, paper goods from CollectiveElements, jewelry from Yaniamor and Silkscreened clothing from BetterThanJam.

Drop by our booth at the Brooklyn Flea for original artwork by AlleneLaSpina, illustrated cards by MShoelace, and beautiful antique inspired jewelry by AdornmentsNYC.

G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.

And also on Sunday - come out and check out our Team presence at the Atantic Antic. we'll be lining Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and handing out these handy maps so you can find US ALL!! Here is our vendor list:
KimmChi, YoursTrulyxoxo, LoveForever, Cakehouse, MayLuk, Fubabee, Yaniamor, NordeaSoaperie, Waisze, BeadScarf, vyphuisdesigns, DewOnAPetal, BeaconBookmarks, BlueStitchBooks, Jantar, KnitKnit, BetterThanJam, KarensMonsters, MetalSugar, WabisabiBrooklyn, Fofolle and TheHandOfFatima.


The {NewNew} on September 20 + 21

The Brooklyn Indie Market is open this weekend - Sat 11 to 7 and Sun 11 to 6.

Drop by to see what the skirt fairy will have for Fall with Fofolle's shop. Also with decoupage jewelry by WabisabiBrooklyn, ceramics by MayLuk and monsters plush toys, cards and pins by KarenMonsters.

Drop by our booth at the Brooklyn Flea for our last flea appearance for a little while by LittleTileGnome (get 'em while you can, this side of the Atlantic!) also with hand decorated tin albums and cards by WaiSze, abstract silkscreened totes and pillows form RedBridge, soy candles from
DewOnAPetalHome, handmade soap and lipbalm from NordeaSoaperie and beautiful handmade jewelry by Jantar.

G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on September 13 + 14

SATURDAY September 13 we are hosting our first event as a Team (look for more on 11.13 and 12.13).

Come out and shop at the Handmade Cavalcade! 20 or so NYC designers descend on Beacon NY for a one day sale from 1pm to 8pm to coincide withe Beacons Second Saturday Art Walks.

Should be great fun - visit www.HandmadeCavalcade.com for a full vendor list, directions and to sign up for the newsletter.

SATURDAY+SUNDAY: The Brooklyn Indie Market is open this weekend - and expanding it's dates to both days on the weekend for the Fall - Sat 11 to 7 and Sun 11 to 6. So drop by and check out Fofolle's skirts and ceramics by MayLuk.

We are back to our full two spots again this week at the Brooklyn Flea. Stop by to shop and chat with BetterThanJam, NordeaSoaperie, Jantar, KnitKnit, KarensMonsters and LuxSugar. Ask to be signed up for our newsletter to be kept up to date on all our craft happenings this fall.

G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.


Organizing, A Crafter's Nightmare

I decided I had too much stuff when even my husband, renowned pack-rat that he is, started to complain about the fabric, boxes, even monsters that were everywhere. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of money for fancy organizing mechanisms or a new house or apartment that comes with rooms of shelves and gigantic closets. We live in Brooklyn, and while it's a bit better than a Manhattan apartment, it's only a small step up on the totem pole.

I had to completely rethink how to organize. Craig's List was the best help, providing me with inexpensive shelves and those big plastic drawers. But wanted something fancy if it was going to be out and about. Something that actually felt like it was a part of the rest of the room, not just something functional.

I had this:

It wasn't pretty and it needed to go.

I found a pretty cube shelving system, not too expensive (especially if you get them on sale), but the price starts to go up if you want the baskets for each cube, or the fancy doors and backs. After a bit of internet searching, I found some GREAT tutorials for fabric baskets. Using a combination of this and this, and a few of my own tweaks (hello pockets!) I made enough fabric baskets in fun colors to store that big pile of junk and could use the tubs in a few more out of the way places.

And now I think maybe running my own crafting business out of my small, Brooklyn apartment might just be possible.

By Karen
of Karen's Monsters

Where to Find The {NewNew} on September 6 + 7

The Brooklyn Indie Market is back open this weekend - and expanding it's dates to both days on the weekend for the Fall - Sat 11 to 7 and Sun 11 to 6. So drop by and check out Fofolle's skirts and WabisabiBrooklyn's jewelry.

And mark your calendars for Saturday October 25 - when the Brooklyn Indie Market hosts a Steampunk day and fashion show! And if YOU like ME is wondering what Steampunk really is, check out some of the Threadbanger DIY projects that might be able to clarify it for you {1} and {2}.

We are back to our full two spots again this week at the Brooklyn Flea. Stop by to shop and chat with BetterThanJam, NordeaSoaperie, Jantar, KnitKnit, KarensMonsters and LuxSugar. Ask to be signed up for our newsletter to be kept up to date on all our craft happenings this fall.

G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on August 23+ 24

Saturday: Shop for your new fall gear at the Brooklyn Indie Market this Saturday - 11am to 7pm - corner of smith and union under the striped tent! Shop through Fofolle's feminine skirts and WabisabiBrooklyn's vintage inspired decoupage jewelry. MayLuk's handmade ceramics will also be under the tent this weekend - dinner plates and bowls in fun colorful designs - a perfect addition to your table.

And Sunday will be a big day for the {NewNew} as we virtually descend on the Brooklyn Flea! We will be busting out of our normal 10x20 foot spot by the fence to include more spots on the side to sell our craft supplies! Cleaning out our clostes, just in time for you to stock up for your Fall projects. We'll have paper, jewelers supplies, craft books, fabric, sewing supplies - you name it, we've got it!

In our regular booth by the fence on we'll have handmade soap by NordeaSoaperie, jewelry by Jantar, knitted jewelry and felted bags by KnitKnit, gemstone jewlry by Yaniamor, colorful tile coasters by LittleTileGnome, and silkscreened dress, tops, bags and other accessories by BetterThanJam.

Also with CharlieAndSarah having their own 10 x 10 right next door!

G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.


Indie*Pendence from Joanns and Michael's!!!

(Claude from KarensMonsters is Red White + Blue! Indie*pendence Day Monster!)

That's right, this Indie*Pendence month, put your money where your mouth is and do your supply shopping at local retailers. Yes, that's right, back away from the internet and go take a look at the wares of some of these New York supply shops:

Brooklyn • Williamsburg
THE YARN TREE, 347 Bedford Avenue, between South 3rd and South 4th St

Brooklyn • Bayridge
BEVERLY TRIMMINGS, 7820 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Karen from KarensMonsters says " They're incredibly knowledgeable, sell a little bit of everything and can always get what I want and their prices are at least comparable, if not cheaper, than some of the larger or discount stores. I also love the fact that I can go in and dig around to see what treasures I can find. It's paradise for a sewer like me."

Brooklyn • Waterfront district
UNION MAX, 110 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
MaryAnne from WabisabiBrooklyn says "An ever-changing collection of vintage glass beads & findings, costume jewelry, clothing, books, toys, linens, housewares & unusual finds at great prices. Open F-Su:1-7 or serendipity."

Manhattan • East Village
DOWNTOWN YARNS, 45 Avenue A, New York City New York 10009, (212) 995-5991

Manhattan • Soho
THE POINT, 37a Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014
A cafe and supply shop where you can buy a yearly membership to get great discounts on supplies!

Tarrytown • New York
FLYING FINGERS YARN SHOP, Flying Fingers is just a short walk up Main Street from the Tarrytown Station, 914-631-4113 - Passed on by Marilyn of PulpSushi.

If you know of any in your neighborhood that I didn't mention - let me know in the comments!

And there is always your local Etsy selling supply shops

Etsy Buy Handmade GlassHouseSupplies

Etsy Buy Handmade MsKittyLeftovers

Etsy Buy Handmade SweetSwoozie


Brooklyn Homeshow May 17

Brooklyn Homeshow to take place May 17, 2008, in Downtown Brooklyn

On May 17th, 2008 a local artisan will open her downtown Brooklyn loft to the public for an intimate shopping event. Thirteen local artists and designers have been invited to showcase their handmade goods and to meet with shoppers for the one-day-only shopping event at 170 Tillary Street #706. The event's website is: http://freewebs.com/bkhomeshow.

The Brooklyn Homeshow will showcase a variety of locally-made goods including home decor, art and prints, toys, bath and beauty products, jewelry, paper goods, and apparel and accessories. A limited number of goody bags with free samples will be made available to shoppers who pre-register to attend. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

First debuted in March 2008, the Brooklyn Homeshow is run by a group of sellers from the Brooklyn-based website Etsy, which is an online marketplace for handmade goods. The Homeshow is a grassroots extension of the online Etsy marketplace. One of the goals of the Homeshow is to support conscious consumerism by encouraging the purchase of locally-made goods. The show on May 17th will be much like the first Brooklyn Homeshow, with some new sellers participating in order to offer a larger variety of items for sale.

Karin Persan, who is hosting the event, says "It's really a pleasure to be hosting our second Brooklyn Homeshow. I have been doing larger craft shows for some time now and it's really nice to be a part of a smaller, more intimate event. It has been a great experience bonding with these extremely talented artists through Etsy. We are all very proud to be working together to create this unique show, where you can personally meet with buyers, and have a really fun time!"

To register for attendance, visit the Brooklyn Homeshow website at http://www.freewebs.com/bkhomeshow. Admission is free of charge. A limited number of goody bags are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at 170 Tillary Street, Suite 706 in downtown Brooklyn.

Etsy Labs has reopened!

Starting tonight Etsy Labs is open again for their weekly craft nights! Etsy Labs was closed for the past few weeks due to a move from the 6th Floor to the 3rd floor of their 325 Gold Street building. The move is complete and the space looks great:

Julie [below] hosted a live chat on Etsy and gave instructions on how to make a pillow.

Danielle [in the photo below] and Christine worked on sewing the pillows. Check out all the Labs' sewing machines and sergers!

If you'd like to visit the Labs, the space is open to visitors every Monday from 4-8:00. The building is at 325 Gold Street in Brooklyn, which is right near Downtown Brooklyn, a close walk to several subway stops.


The {NewNew} At BUST!

YIPPPEEEEEEEE! - well, we've heard and we will be happily sharing a table with Etsy at this year's first ever BUST Spring Craftacular.

Representing our team will be Kimm of KimmChi and Josh of Dripstick who will be selling their items as well as other items by team member shops BeadScarf, JTStitches, MiraArtz, and MTLopez9.

This will be the first year that BUST will have a Spring event, so be sure to come out and say hi.

DATE: Sunday, April 27 from 11 am to 9 pm

LOCATION: The Warsaw in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 261 Driggs Avenue

We'll have tons of Etsy freebies, lip blam, stickers, pins and class schedules for the labs, drop by and say hi


EarthDay Celebration In McCarren park

Hey, i just got back from the Earthday Celebration in McCarren park. It was great, live music, earth friendly vendors and it looked like some of the local school had their science fair projects on display to try and educate.
I finally got a chance to meet Charlie of CharlieAndSarah and Amanda of MamaRobot who are both on our {NewNew} York Street Team.


Pre-Earth Day Team Swap

What is it about spring that inspires one to sort, edit, and organize their belongings? The lengthening days, casting an unforgiving light on the piles of accumulating unused supplies? The extra energy that accompanies the blooming trees and warmer air? No doubt it is something primordial - straighten up the cave before summer arrives!

Whatever the reason, what is one to do with the resulting bags of perfectly wonderful yet no-longer-necessary-to-you stuff?

Last night several members of the {New New} tackled this seasonal dilemma by participating in a swap at the home of jewelry designer and all around crafty chica Joanne Tracy. Needless to say, the attendees brought a fascinating assortment of goods ranging from fabric, beads, and fancy paper to clothing and lamp shades! (And of course wine - everyone brought wine. It is ill-advised - if not impossible - to host a swap without libations of some sort.)

Almost everyone found a treasure to take with them (the most recent issues of the New Yorker - score!), and whatever items did not find a taker will be donated to a local church that does a lot of charity work in the neighborhood.

If you'd like to know how to host your own swap according to Real Simple magazine, be my guest. But it really wasn't that complicated. Put the stuff people bring out on tables to rummage through. Give them wine and delicious homemade cookies. Bask in the warm glow that comes from keeping a whole lotta stuff out of a landfill.

aka WabisabiBrooklyn.etsy.com.Etsy.com

Earth Day Celebrations around Brooklyn

Ah Earthday.... there are so many great celebrations going on around the city where you can learn more about the environment and what you can do. The accompanying photo is an Art Photograph by Ania of Honorata.

If you're in the Greenpoint/ Williamsburg / Bushwick area, head on over to McCarren Park for North Brookyn's first ever Earth Day Celebration, Go Green! Go Greenpoint! on Saturday April 19 from 11 to 4pm. They'll have educational programs, recycling stations, contests, live music, and a market full of eco-friendly products, where our own CharlieAndSarah will be selling their fun line of English inspired gear for adults and children.

If you're in The Park Slope, Red Hook, Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, head on over to the Old Stone House on May 17th for the Park Slope Parents Association Eco Fest at the Old Stone House on 5th Avenue btw 3rd and 4th Streets. Kathy aka Fofolle will be there running a Monster Making workshop with some material donated by fellow {NewNew} members. There will also be 10 Green Designers vending at the event.

Know of any more in your neighborhood?


Coming up this week....

--If you haven't been to a bead show before, check out the Whole Bead Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Excellent selection of beads; just know your budget! The beautiful amethyst briolettes in the photo are from Sweet Swoozie's supply shop, aka EmilyEJewelry.

--To learn a little more about Slow Design, attend a presentation on Thursday, March 27th at Lincoln Center on the 'slow movement' with respect to art and design.

--There are several art fairs going on this weekend, including the SCOPE New York '08 art fair Wednesday through Sunday at 62nd Street and 10th Avenue and the Armory Art Fair on March 27-30 at Pier 94 at 12th Ave. and 55th Street.

--Beer-making is a craft, right....? Check out the Spring Craft Beer Festival at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island on March 29th.

Coming up this week.....

Just a reminder--- I'd love to hear from you about art and crafting events! I'm writing this events column every Wednesday and like to have a broad range of ideas included here. Contact me if you know of a special event taking place in NYC and surrounding areas.
And here's what's going on this week......
--The Institute for Culinary Education always has a full roster of interesting-looking classes. The 'Modern Chocolate Decorating' workshop on Thursday sounds creative and delicious; learn to make marbelized chocolate, 'bubble' chocolate, chocolate cigars, and more.
--Learn to embroider on Sunday afternoon the 16th at the Treehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The class will explore twelve different embroidery stitches and costs $40.
--Registration for the International Center of Photography classes begins March 12. There are lots of upcoming classes, including a variety of Photoshop topics and a course on studio lighting.
--Today's the last day to register for a free stenciling class taking place March 17th at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn. Their next free class, March 19th, is 'Macintosh Tips and Tricks'.
--Today, March 12, from 4:30 to 7:30, the Educational Alliance Art School on the Lower East Side is hosting a pottery sale, with proceeds benefiting their pottery program.


Brooklyn Homeshow Treasury

The fabulously awesome MsKittyFantastico snagged an Etsy Treasury for our Brooklyn Homeshow participants.

You'll find shirts from KimmChi, jewelry from JoanneTracyDesigns, soaps by KreatedByKarina, that great monkey brooch as well as knits and accessories from MsKittyFantastico, botanicals by HamsaCustomCrafts and illustrations by FadingFlowers.

The show itself will take place in Park Slope Brooklyn on March 8 - mark your calendars and check out the Brooklyn Homeshow website for more information and to register for a free gift bag. More to come as the date approaches.

-Kimm aka KimmChi.Etsy.com