Sunday, December 14, 2008

cooking classes @ SOY!

one of the things i miss most about the Lower East Side is the adorable restaurant SOY. it is owned and operated by the lovely Etsko, who originally sold her handmade purses out of the shop, and opened the same day i opened my shop around the corner. within a year or two she decided to open a restaurant instead: japanese home cooking based around the many uses of soy (though it's not all vegetarian). i took the 'cooking for clueless' class a couple of years ago and found it very enlightening; check out all of her classes below or just stop in for a scrumptious meal!

***** Cooking Class Schedule at SOY 2009*****

Here’s class schedule for January and February- register for yourself, or you can purchase as a gift. Please check the schedule and description below.

Other unique gift ideas from SOY:
***SOY Money - (Gift Certificate) available in $20s, $50s, or any amount you like. And they don’t have to be used all at once- like a gift card, unused amount can be redeemed at later time. ***Azuki Facial Scrub – Our original 100% natural facial scrub. People who have tried are raving about it. I use it everyday myself. Makes your skin so soft and smooth! ***”SOY or DIE” t-shirt – Must have for die-hard SOY fans. Available in various colors and sizes. Only $25! They’re quality American Apparel shirts.

Cooking class page:

Send email to to check availability of these classes.


***Basic Japanese Home Cooking***
Saturday, January 31, 12pm-2:30pm Fee: $60

Learn basics of Japanese home cooking, such as how to cook rice, making dashi (soup stock) and miso soup, about seasonings and handling of common Japanese food products. We'll prepare a simple but savory traditional style meal with fish and vegetables.

***SOY Cooking for Clueless***
Saturday, February 28, 12pm-2:30pm Fee: $60

Cooking with soy food can be absolutely effortless. We'll teach you basics about all kinds of tofu and other soy food products, and show you tricks & shortcuts for great soy dishes.

***Sushi Master***
Saturday, January 17, 12pm-2:30pm Fee: $60

Learn how to cook sushi rice, prepare ingredients, and make your own sushi rolls. California rolls, tuna rolls, hand rolls, or veggie rolls of your choice.

***Japanese Desserts*** Saturday, February 14, 1 pm - 3:30pm Fee: $50

Traditional Japanese desserts are low in fat, and they are also vegan. You'll be also glad to find out how easy it is to make rice desserts like mochi and dango. I may also reveal secrets of tofu pudding…

Etsko @SOY
102 Suffolk Street New York, NY 10002 212-253-1158

Friday, December 12, 2008

online sample sale

Happy Holidays!

My latest collections, Spring 08 and Fall 08, are up on my website

Also, I'm having an Online Holiday Sample Sale for ONE WEEK ONLY ending December 15th

Please visit to see the goods


lucky fish sale

i heart lucky fish and hope to make it to this sale! jann makes the most beautiful allover screen-printed t-shirts and housewares you ever did see...

eko-lab organic gift sale

We at Eko-Lab, your local sustainable design co-op, would like to invite you to our first ever Holiday gift & sample sale. On Saturday and Sunday, December 13th & 14th, 2008, we will be selling our wearable organic creations for woman and baby as well as our one of a kind stuffed animals. Every item is fair-made and produced following strict, sustainability guidelines.

The co-op designers will also be instructing curious crafty customers on the basics of crochet, with laid back lessons throughout this two day holiday event.

Yummy tea and refreshments will be served to all. Holiday tunes will be played mixed with the laughter and warmth from 6 eko-girls.

We look forward to seeing you!

Holiday wishes,
local + sustainable + design + collaborative

Thursday, December 11, 2008

- - - - - holiday sale weekend round-up!


bell house sale
11am - 5pm
149 7th street
btn 2nd & 3rd ave
gowanus, brooklyn
sellers: lotta jansdotter, deadly squire, hable construction,
sesame letterpress, judy ross textiles, & more.

secret santa project holiday sale
(the gift on grand sale)
11am - 7pm
210 kent ave, at metropolitan
williamsburg, brooklyn
sellers: purldrop, the shiny squirrel, a.s.i.s, bonbon oiseau, m. carter, dear birthday, marcie mcgoldrick, & more.

studio sale
11am - 5pm
109 south 5th
btn bedford & berry
williamsburg, brooklyn
sellers: white bike ceramics, sarah cihat, lorena barrezueta,
todd carr, lisa goldberg, & virginia sin.

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bust holiday craftacular sale
10am - 7:30pm
metropolitan pavilion
125 west 18th street
sellers: hodge podge farm, 31 corn lane, treehouse,
raeburn ink, and many, many more (this one is huge!)

holiday craft sale at divine studio
11am - 6pm
21 east 4th, at lafayette
sellers: wren handmade, perch! & more.
(please leave a comment if you know who else is selling-- i couldn't find a list)

gifted (across from the brooklyn flea)
11am - 6pm
317 clermont ave, at lafayette
fort greene, brooklyn
sellers: green jeans, jezebel stationery, castor & pollux, rick's picks, layla, deadly squire, marcie mcgoldrick, and more.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

it's the BIG ONE!

hi friends!

please join me this sunday at the 2008 BUST Holiday Craftacular! i will be there with my trusty assistant gertie, selling one-of-a-kind handmade clothes, crochet hats, recycled dog sweaters, and we'll see what else! the vendor list (including many dearest SAPLINGs like 31 Corn Lane, Treehouse, Raeburn Ink, Nancy Kraskin, Erika Since 1977) is amazing; you can cross everyone off your list here, while shopping local and supporting independent makers. see below for more details, like Amy Sedaris (she bought one of my dresses last year!) and goodie bags for the first 500 peeps!

oh, and please do spread the word to at least one other who might want to come! this is grassroots marketing; that's why it's green ;n)

xo cal

cal patch
hodge podge farm

visit me!

BUST Holiday Craftacular is Sunday, December 14, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC

make a plush ornament

the lovely and legendary monster-maker jenny harada is teaching a class this saturday at Gallery Hanahou, in conjunction with the Luv-able + Hug-able show, which is a group plush show including jenny's work. check it out; apparently it's almost full but you might get the last spot!

Make an ornament-size plush with the amazing Jenny using hand-sewing techniques!
December 13, 1-4 pm at gallery hanahou
611 Broadway, Suite 730, NYC
Cost: $20 (includes materials)
Space is limited, so sign up ASAP by emailing us here!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

indie designer sale

SAPLINGS lena corwin and caitlin mociun, along with a gaggle of other talented friends, are holding a sale this sunday in fort greene. you can get a lot of shopping done by combining this with a visit to the brooklyn flea and gifted, the indoor holiday offshoot; they're all within a few blocks of the Clinton-Washington subway stop!

Monday, December 01, 2008

craftland begins this weekend

the craft fairs always have such lovely promo artwork, but i think this one for craftland in providence might be one of the sweetest ever! this fair runs every day from december 5-24. wow, that takes stamina! if you're near providence, try to visit and support your local artisans!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hand Born this saturday

Hand Born Modern Craft Bazaar!
Saturday, November 29th, 6-11PM
Indoors at 5 Locations!
1202, 1205, 1211, 1303 and 1526 J Street in Downtown Modesto

Shop for Hip Handmade Clothing, Jewelry, & Accessories from a showcase of artists. There will be over 50 vendors, a fashion parade, live music, DJ's and a raffle to benefit the Modesto Library. All at 5 locations on J Street in downtown Modesto - Deva Cafe (1202 J Street), Concetta (1205 J Street), Bang! Bang! (1526 J Street), Rage Hair Studio (1211 J Street) and Queen Mabs (1303 J Street).
Visit for more information.

Bring CA$H To Purchase Hot Items From Just a few of the Participating Vendors Below! (Click photos to go to websites)

Armour Sans Anguish


Rain's Embellishments

Charming Co.
Mama Cow
Mama Cow


Miss Evil Kitty

Lost and Found

Recover Your Thoughts




Almond Blossom Jewelry

My Relax Pax

Michelle Sandoval

Fine Art - Jim Christiansen

Miss Allphabet

Original Bliss

Oh My Peaches

Orysachi Inc.

Allies Adornments

Uncommon Ephemera

Grouse and Badger

Sew Bitchy

Dancing on the Porch


Villain Accessories

LJ Scooters


My Wood Rose

Velvet & Tweed

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

specimen @ Gifted Market

Hi, Along with the coziness of heated apartments, dinner parties, and mulled wine, the Brooklyn Flea births a new curated collabo with Time Out NY: "Gifted: A Holiday Market" with over 40 vendors! It will be held INDOORS (!) in the majestic Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Vanderbilt, across from the normal Flea location.

There will be 4 Sundays
Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 + 21, from 11am to 6pm. (The "regular" Flea will of course continue on at the schoolyard during this time, with Dec. 21 remaining our last date of the season.) Specimen will be at "Gifted" the following days: THIS SUNDAY, Nov 30 and Dec 14. THERE WILL BE LOTS OF FRESH NEW GOODS.

If you can't make it to the market, specimen is now available on
ETSY. Don't wait until the last minute to get your gift-giving spirit in full swing! Be smart about how you spend your hard earned, and support local artists and small businesses.

Happy Holidays,


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Classes are back at treehouse! And dresses for the Holidaze too!

So we've been caught up on the crazy roller coaster of the world, and
now though we're waiting with baited breath for a brighter
future with a new president, we can at least breathe a
sigh of relief and start getting crafty at treehouse once
again! yay!
Here's the DECEMBER schedule so far:
Fri Dec 5th
6-9 $60 knitting bootcamp w/ keep it moving kim
Sun Dec 7th
5-7 $50 embroidery w/ cal patch (includes materials)
Thur Dec 11th
6-9 $60 crochet bootcamp w/ cal patch of hodgepodge

we'll be updating the treehouse website soon, and making the classes payable by paypal, but if you know you want to sign up, please don't hesitate
to e-mail us so you can be at the top of the list!

Feral Childe, Hana Hattori, Kelly Lane,.. and more!

Just in...... gorgeous new dresses made from luxurious
fabrics, many of them recycled and/ or eco-friendly by
the talented designers Feral Childe, Hana Hattori (new
to treehouse, and to Brooklyn....welcome!), and Kelly
Lane. Perfect for the upcoming Thanxgiving feast with
your new squeezes' folks (you're so brave!) and all the
holiday occasions on the horizon...

we've always got new and exciting goodies in treehouse
for you, yours, and always that last minute birthday/baby
shower/housewarming gift. For example:

* vintage sweaters and jackets and flannels for the lads
and lasses...
* organic denim jeans and jumpsuits from SDN
* Scorpio necklaces and beautiful birthday cards for
those dear Scorpio friends
* original onesies for the new babes in our lives
* beeswax twig and ny buildings candles from upstate

* so much, much more!

So please don't forget to support local!
and dream global....
kisses from the trees,
treehouse* brooklyn

all vintage warm fuzzy gear....just say "cuddle" for the discount!

Offer Expires: 12/25/08!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

holiday gift sale season begins!

Hey friends - As you start thinking about Holiday Gift Shopping - remember to Shop Local!
Perch! can be found at 4 Holiday Sales this season - 3 in Brooklyn and 1 in Manhattan. We'll have tons of new ceramics, samples, prototypes and some sale priced things. Not to mention all the other wonderful vendors that will be with us!
Here's the info (kinda early but come on, I'm excited!)
Sundays, November 30th & December 7th:
Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market
Masonic Temple (Lafayette & Clermont in Fort Greene) located across the street from the Flea's normal location
December 13th
The Bell House
149 7th Street (between 2nd-3rd in Brooklyn)
(see images below of the awesome vendors that are part of this)
December 14th
Divine Studio
Lafayette & East 4th Street in Manhattan
(this one also has tons of amazing vendors!)
see you there!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

88s and good numbers

Cinders Gallery presents
Unsung: new work by George Ferrandi and John Orth
November 14 - December 28, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday November 14, 7-10 pm

We invite you to come see Unsung. This installation is the first official endeavor of the collective known as "88's" – short for "88's and good numbers" which is CB lingo for "Best Wishes and Regards."

The work in Unsung started with conversations concerning the current presidential campaign. Our plea for a massive paradigm shift had 88's collective members George Ferrandi and John Orth contemplating what parts of their own psyches could use some serious shifting. They started with the imagery they associated with grassroots revolution – daggers, dynamite, pistols, the felled heads of toppled statues, and the closed eyes of innocents. Then they created painted, cast plaster and carved wooden forms that relegate the physical violence of uprising safely to the realm of metaphor, but still speak to a simmering volatility and to the potential for cataclysmic change.

Their latest collaboration, the 88's collective, is a celebration of their complimentary sensibilities and shared interest in delicately adorned pathos, B-movie violence, and small, hyper-sexualized animals.

The two met in Gainesville, Florida where George was a professor at the University of Florida. Soon after meeting, they organized an exhibit at an old train depot. This was the beginning of over a decade of collaborations that have included several national shows, a traveling circus (Cloudseeding Circus of the Performative Object), a comic strip, and an unfortunate summer haircut.

Cinders Gallery
103 Havemeyer St. (btwn. Hope and Grand)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
gallery hours: Wed-Sun 1-7 pm

party at Home Ec this saturday!

Don't Forget!!!

Home Ec's
Grand Opening is This Saturday November 15th 12-6pm!!!

Free craft tutorials for kids and adults!!!
Trapeze performance by LolloBirgitta! @ 5:15


Come check out our new and exciting creative space in the up and coming Gowanus area! It's not really that far to walk...

Home Ec
303 3rd Avenue
between Carroll and 1st Streets

Craft Bear and Heart
Bring your kids in to learn some hand stitching while you shop!

We also have lots of crayons,
construction paper, glue and glitter!

Browse the merchandise in the new home shop. We have a lot of great gift ideas for the upcoming season. Check out our fabrics, have some snacks, survey our classroom and our design studio where the Flirt label is created!

15% off all purchases, custom orders and class signups!

Home Ec is Flirt Brooklyn's newest adventure! Being creative can be hard in small spaces as most New Yorkers know. We are trying to develop a space that inspires your creativity and gives you a space to let it out! Please come by this weekend, check it out, and help us celebrate!!!