Because an entire website dedicated to bedazzling T-shirts wasn’t enough for her legions of fans, America’s next top Girl Scout leader Brit Morin is now officially publishing a book.
Publishers Weekly broke the news, Valleywag reports. The book, HOMEMAKERS, will teach “the new generation of modern ‘homemakers’ how to use technology to enhance creativity,” PW said. But judging by a glance at the book proposal, it looks like “technology” in this case means “fancy colored lightbulbs.”
Like a majestic bald eagle soaring through a church service, the employees of the San Francisco branch of the A.C. Moore Fan Club, also known as Brit + Co., simply can’t stop running into glass doors.
Professional summer camp crafts instructor Brit Morin has put her freshly earned $6.3 million series A to good use, scooping up a new 9,700 square foot office in the heart of downtown San Francisco. According to the San Francisco Business Times, Ms. Morin and team signed a 3-year lease for an office on Sutter Street near Union Square, and will be moving there from their current digs located at aisle 5 of your local A.C. Moore.
Pinterest has long been the domain of overgrown sorority girls, bored Southern belles, and Your Annoying Cousin. It’s tough not to hate on the site’s miles and miles of cutesy recipes, DIY projects and saccharine quotes displayed against generic sunset backgrounds.
But with its new savings alerts feature, we just might have to quit playing the Negative Nancy and sign up for an account.
Rise of the Drones
Ah, the perfect creation for our unmanned-aerial-vehicle-crazed city: a “Drone It Yourself” kit.
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If you don’t have a tricked-out bachelor(ette) pad that reveals a water bed and mood lighting at the flip of a switch, perhaps the “Romance Pants” can interest you. Built by the team at Instructables, the pants are rigged with conductive thread and resisters that allow the zipper to interact with objects around the room.
The holidays are upon us! Time to trim the tree and drink some cocoa. For crafty types, though, this is basically the Olympics. This is the main event, the reason they’ve trained so hard for so long. Pinterest is therefore flooded with impossibly intricate, over-the-top DIY projects.
But other than a few twee over-achievers, no one is actually going to try these. You will be too busy drinking eggnog until you fall over and combing Kmart for last-minute gifts.
Meet Your Maker
“We leveled up to bring you this today,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis told the crowd at the company’s press conference in Brooklyn this afternoon.
The startup responsible for bringing 3D printing to the mainstream–with a nudge from Stephen Colbert, of course–announced a breakthrough: the fourth-generation of MarkerBot’s 3D printing device, dubbed the Replicator 2. You’ll see it soon enough. The gleaming metal rectangle graces the cover of the October issue of Wired.
DIY-ers, you may now begin crocheting celebratory pillows and other yarn finery: E-commerce site Etsy, also known as Amazon for Twee People, announced today that it has raised a $40 million Series F round from investors, including Union Square Ventures and Accel Partners.
In a lengthy blog post, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson strayed from the typical tech funding announcement, instead choosing to first focus on Etsy’s growth and continued commitment to making the world a better place through business. The DUMBO-based startup has scored a B Corporation certification, which “gives [them] a framework to measure Etsy’s success against rigorous values and responsible practices as [they] scale as a company.”
Think of the Children
The last time we checked in on Vimeo cofounder Zach Klein, the self-described “proselytizer of country living“ was adding listings to his upstate New York real estate blog and tending to his Cabin Porn tumblr. The New York native–who also cofounded Svpply and BustedTees, is a partner in Founder Collective, and has invested in Kickstarter–still has East Coast ties in the form of a dreamy cabin called Beaver Brook that he built using a salvaged barn frame.
But yesterday, Mr. Klein finally revealed what he’s been up to since moving to San Francisco last fall: an online community and app for kids called DIY. It’s a zeitgeisty idea that taps into both the Maker movement and the fact that children find themselves immersed in technology at a younger age. (Yes, a rugrat who grew up playing with iPads will soon make you feel obsolete.)