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!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

lena interviewed on the Storque

one of our very own SAPLINGs, the incredibly talented designer lena corwin, was interviewed for the Storque. she also gives the how-to's for one of the gorgeous projects in her book, Printing by Hand: this printed dresser. plus she shares some of her Etsy favorites, and if you know her taste, you'll surely want to inspect. so check it out!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

november classes at Brooklyn General


Don't let the economy get you down... take a class at Brooklyn General in November and have a handmade holiday season! Our beginner knitting or crochet class will have you whipping up fashionable scarves, the results of our project classes are sure to wow your favorite people, and you can adorn anything after our embroidery workshop. We've also added KIDS SEWING to our roster of classes--

+Beginner and Project* Knitting starts WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5th
+Crochet* starts MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
+Knit Toys for your favorite kids (or grown-ups) starting MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
+Sewing 103: Pants starts TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th
+Get fancy with Fair Isle starting TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th
+Spin* some yarn for your favorite fiber freak on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13th
+Start yourself Sewing on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15th
+Embroidery starts WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th
+STARTING SEWING FOR KIDS!* $170 +$10 materials fee.
6 sessions starting Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23
Beginning sewing class for the youngest 'Project Runway' fan! We'll start
with basic hand sewing and progress to easy machine stitching. When learning
to sew on the machine safety, speed, and control will be emphasized as each
child is carefull guided by the instructor. Several small projects will be
accomplished with the importance of completion favored over perfect
stitches! This would be great for a child who is interested in making some
of their own holiday gifts.

The full class schedule is online!!! Please 718.237.7753 with questions or to register.

See you in the shop!

*this is new/change from the published schedule. Please note that although the shop is closed on Mondays, classes still run!
Brooklyn General Store

Store Hours:
closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thursday:12 pm - 7 pm
Friday & Saturday:12 pm - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

news from Flirt Brooklyn

There is still time to sign up!!

Dressmaking Class Starts On Saturday!
Saturdays November 8th, 15th, 22nd and December 6th 2:30-4:30pm
Cal Dress

Depending on the fabric you choose you could make this pattern into anything from an everyday wool jumper to a black sateen cocktail dress perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

We also still have space in our Flirt Skirt Class
which starts Thursday November 6th!
For more details check out

And don't forget to stop by our new shop experience on 3rd Avenue at Home Ec


Unusual and handmade items for gift and home!!

303 3rd Avenue

between Carroll and 1st St.

Brooklyn, NY 11215


attention prairie girls!

If Laura Ingalls of Walnut Grove owned a street-style jewelz mart similar to any one that currently lines Fulton Street in Brooklyn, she'd fer sure sell our two finger gold-tone daisy ring (with blue gemstone centers.) These mini-knucks are ideal fer a double-braids wearing, wagon-wheel racing, Nellie Oleson fighting, half pint of whispering fury. Or fer you!

Daisy Mini-Knucks
1-3/4" long by 1/2" wide.
Two sizes: 7 and 8

If Laura Ingalls of Walnut Grove owned a street-style jewelz mart similar to any one that currently lines Fulton Street in Brooklyn - and opted to include giant hoop earrings in her everyday Prairie Style, our Daisy Door Knockers earrings would be the clear choice. She'd strategically peek them out from under her bonnet on the wagon ride to the Mercantile, letting Nellie and Willie Oleson know that she means business.

Daisy Door Knockers
2 1/2" wide with 1/2" blue gemstone.

oxox the sperber sisters of 31 corn lane