wednes-diy

i saw this on poppytalk today and i couldn’t resist sharing.  did any of you guys ever make “god’s eyes”? i never have but they’re so awesome looking and simple to make. just tie two sticks together and weave the yarn around them, starting at the center – to see a quick tutorial on exactly how to wrap the yarn, click here. plus you can play around with the colors to get some really pretty combinations – they’d make lovely little table decorations or even christmas tree ornaments!

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i also love the pieces of driftwood wrapped in yarn – it reminds me of this photo from our office that i posted not too long ago:

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wednes-diy

you may have noticed these lanterns hanging in our new university village store…they were made by one of our fp girls who works for our west coast display team, and she was kind enough to write up a little tutorial for the blog!

what you need: wire framed lantern, fabric scraps, trims, needle, straight pins, and thread.

lantern: the lantern we use is custom made in india. it is a simple wire frame with a mylar cylinder in the middle for good light diffusion (these lanterns are more about style than a good light source :)). with this raw form, fabric is attached.

i suggest going to a thrift store and looking for lamp shades with a wire frame and taking off the pre-existing fabric – the lamp shades you will find in a thrift store will be a more common kind of shade but the following sewing/ fabric assembling treatment will make it look much more enchanting and wild!

fabric selection: having great fabrics is the key to a great lantern! i had a lot of amazing fabrics and trims to choose from. i choose to mix sheer, vinyl, cotton, and decorative trims. you can find these trims and fabrics from any fabric district or thrift store, but the fancier more elaborate trims we got from India.

i suggest going to a large fabric wholesaler and digging through their bins of scraps. if you happen to be in los angeles, there is only ONE place to find trims: shana-tex!!! they have sooooooo many trims stacked in high piles which you have to dig through…but so worth it because you can get huge spools of lace, sequins, and bright colored trims for pennies.

if you aren’t in los angeles, look up your neighborhood fabric wholesaler or thrift store for great rare finds. i have used thrift store table clothes, eyelet linens, etc.

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sewing/ aesthetic: i just pick out the scraps of fabric and trims that i like and begin placing them on the lantern. i prefer to start in the middle at the widest part and work out from there.

fold the fabric over a part of the wire form and do a whip stitch to hold fabric to frame and itself. from the FIRST piece of fabric, i placed another piece of trim or fabric. to keep it in place I used the straight pins and then sewed the piece of fabric. repeat this process and soon it grows into a solid lantern.

sometimes i worked in different areas of the lan-tern, but always made sure that the composition felt right and was well balanced. the look i was going for was a loose, organic assemblage of fabrics and trims….so, i just mixed sewing and tying ends in knots. the pictures tell this story. you will see sewn edges and knotted pieces. i even left holes in places to maintain the “loose” aesthetic :)

electrical hook-up: this is the easy part! i just bought a cord socket combo from home depot and threaded it through a hole (part of wire frame) and screwed in a light bulb.

so beautiful and creative!

sneak peek – home sweet home

for rumi neely’s shoot in the october catalog, our team went to the home of our senior designer behind our fp one line and store design.  located in mt. airy, philadelphia, her house is everything you would imagine for someone with her creative spirit.  from the outside it looks like villa you’d see in the south of france, and on the inside it is full of treasures she has collected during her travels (she spends six months of each year in india).

a video is coming soon, but here is a special preview of her beautiful home.

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a baby shower, fp style

today our team held a baby shower for our visual display and store design manager – one of the very talented creative ladies behind our incredible stores!  as you can imagine, our visual team went all out for her baby shower.  they even decorated a golf cart that they drove straight up to her desk to pick her up and drive her over to the outdoor location where the shower was set up! here are some photos from the celebration.

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“hamburger” cupcakes!! so cute.

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congrats to the beautiful mom-to-be!

make it perfect and real

i always feel like the best way to get to know someone is to see where they live – a home can tell so much about a person. we’re going to be exploring more homes of fp girls here on the blog and i thought i’d start with my own.

i’ve been living in old city, philadelphia for about a year now since moving back east from san francisco. old city is my favorite part of philly because its rather small and my closest friends live in about a two block radius – as well as my favorite coffee shop, record store and bar. i don’t spend much time at home but i view my place as a safe haven when i need to relax, listen to music and be alone with my thoughts.

this buddha is one of my most treasured possessions – i got it from my dad, who used to collect them.  the beatles white album is my favorite record of all time, and i found this original copy at a thrift store in ocean beach san diego.

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this is actually a lamp that is currently being used as a hat rack :)

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more of my favorite things… jewelry box that holds some rings and trinkets that are very special to me.  i still ask my eight ball for advice when i can’t make decisions.  a lucky candle, favorite photo and drawing i did of jimi hendrix.

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i needed a place to hang my necklaces so i put a few nails in the wall.

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the majority of my closet is free people – not because i work here, it was always that way :)

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i saw someone with this cardboard sign on haight street in san fran and i thought it was awesome.

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photos of places i’ve been and my favorite grateful dead poster.

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the majority of the artwork i have hanging right now is concert-related.

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this little antique mirror table unfortunately does not belong to me, but i love it so much.  i use it to store random little trinkets, photos and concert tickets. and i always have candles burning!

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my fridge – my favorite quote of all time is in the center.

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another quote i love, from a jimi hendrix song.  the postcard at top right was sent to me when i got the job at free people and i thought it was the sweetest thing ever. and fun fact about me – i’m a certified bartender in san francisco :)

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and last but certainly not least – this is my cat, jam <3

boho mom outfit!

remember our boho mom contest? this was the winning photo, submitted by our fan heather.  her prize was a very special one-of-a-kind garment, based on the one above, created by free people.

and here it is!!

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they did such an amazing job! i love this – i would buy that top in a heartbeat! congrats heather, we hope you love it :)

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it’s all in the details

as promised, some more shots of the amazing displays in our new scottsdale, arizona store!

turbans hang in and outside the store :)

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our team found these awesome vintage crates at the rose bowl flea market in california!

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they used them to hold accessories…

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…and as risers for the window forms :)

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they even painted the heads of the pins hot pink!

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isn’t this amazing? our visual display & store design assistant created this using orange plastic netting from home depot woven with turbans!

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they used extra sock hangers to hang bandeaus :)

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fitting room detail.

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i swear they are creative geniuses.  more to come… i haven’t showed you my favorite part yet!

a peek inside our newest store

our newest store opened on friday in scottsdale arizona and our visual manager for the west coast sent along some great photos of the setup! she also got some amazing detail shots of the displays so stay tuned for those :)

welcome to arizona!

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our team gets to work :)

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about to cut a rug into a circle :)

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turbans about to be hung.

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the storefront!

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and they’re open for business!

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it looks amazing! more coming soon…

office space

back in the section of our new building where our visual display team sits, there is a door that is usually partially open, but i’ve never gone in. that is, until the other day… when i slipped in and realized it was their new workspace.  this is where you’re likely to find upcoming store displays that they are working on as well as furniture, fabric and boxes of trinkets that i could dig through for ours. what i would give to be able to decorate my apartment using this stuff…

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