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By Arwen O’Reilly

Dale Dougherty (the publisher of CRAFT and MAKE), Sherry Huss (our event coordinator), and I stopped by Fred Flare’s Craft Party on Saturday, where they were having a rare real-world retail moment. Fans were laden down with Blythe doll accessories, saying hi to Amy Sedaris, who was there in person to promote her new book, I Like You. The space was pretty tight, but they did a pretty good job of making a Williamsburg warehouse feel like a good place to shop.

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Shoppers concentrate with Chris Uphughes’ hearts smiling in the background.

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Amy Sedaris signed books wearing a re-appropriated hardware store tool apron!

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We also went to the BUST Craftacular a few blocks down. Held in the Warsaw, a Brooklyn music venue, Debbie Stoller herself (in pink cardigan) greeted fans at the door.

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People signed up for the Craftacular raffle as they entered. Who wouldn’t want a hot pink crafting apron?? Clearly a strong feminist vibe infused the crafts here.

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And a DJ evoked the Warsaw’s day (or rather night) job by spinning throughout the event. Cocktails were available in the annex next door. I loved seeing handspun yarn right in front of a DJ!