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!