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The West Virginia University has created this awesome online library of vintage Valentines! There are three categories: cards, 3-D cards, and postcards. The postcards are some of my favorite. You can even send one of the vintage Valentines via email from the website.
I love the hot air balloon the best! Do you have a favorite??

g! -Feb 05, 2009, 2:23PM
i love vintage valentines! i have a tiny collection myself (mostly pop-ups)
Nike -Feb 05, 2009, 10:29AM
nice!

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it’s official!

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What do you think of Jessica‘s new ring? I just love it! Pattra made it for her, and they are total buddies, as you can see from the picture!
Pattra tells me the little rhinestone for the ring is a button from a discarded blouse. She really liked the popping color of the elastic string, and she just felt the urge to make them into a ring! So she did! It’s hand-sewn. Cute!

Jen -Feb 04, 2009, 5:34PM
I love this idea! i would totally buy these. You should definitely sell these at free people
Sarah -Feb 04, 2009, 2:18PM
I would like a Pattra ring...

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I know I’ve mentioned the indie craft DIY documentary Handmade Nation. There has been a lot of buzz and some clips released, but the official screenings are finally happening!
In Milwaukee at Oriental Theater 2230 N Farwell Ave. on February 5th!
If you’re near New York, the film debuts on February 12 at the Museum of Arts and Design.
Following the screening, Faythe Levine (the filmmaker!) will be joined in a post-film panel discussion about the indie craft movement by artist Mandy Greer, and Kate Bingaman-Burt, Handmade Nation typographer. The discussion will be moderated by essayist Callie Janoff.
There are some other screenings listed on the blog (including Canada and Spain) so check it out. I can’t wait!

a clever idea

This lamp that doubles as an earring stand is so smart! You can buy one here, (they call it the Sofia Lamp) but I think you could easily make an earring lamp with a little drill or some other hole-poking device, and a lamp shade! I bet it would look so awesome with a ton of earrings on it…
Via CubeMe.

Ayden -Apr 12, 2009, 8:44PM
Nice idea. I decided to do this with my earrings a long time ago. Its neat someone has finally turned it into something profitable too bad I didn't think of marketing it first. XD
Sonya -Apr 08, 2009, 7:11PM
I've been doing this forever with my paper lamp shade. Just use the backs of the earrings to poke holes as needed.

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Wow! Now these are wallets for me! This is exactly what I need. These clever and very useful wallets cane be found at the Etsy store of treeswithknees.
I saw them on Happy Cavalier.

paper hats

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How beautiful are the paper hats from the Chanel Couture show? Designed by Katsuyo Kamo who also did the hair and other flower ornaments. I love how most of them are white and then the black ones look more interesting against all of the white.
I guess these hats are no good for the rain.
photos via style.com

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The talented Portuguese carpenter Carlos Alberto created the awesome wood Mota and wood Vespa shown above. Aren’t they beautiful? I want one! His ‘normal’ carpenter work is also very impressive. See more pictures of all at his site.

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Mariana -Jan 18, 2013, 4:52PM
I've been absorbing you're website for a few days now, from page to page, not wanting to stop until I see everything you've posted. I was truly amazed by all the ideas that you have here and I was planning to send you an e-mail asking when are you going to extend this "diy-philosophy" to Portugal. I would love to have a place like Free People to share this kind of things and even more, to work in a place like that. After 30-something pages I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a post about a Portuguese. I'm so happy that we get some recognition for our artists! Congratulations on all your work. :) Mia

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joetta maue

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Joetta Maue is making beautiful statements with vintage textiles and needlework. She also makes these encouraging banners (ok, some are not so encouraging) that are inspiring me to make a permanent banner to hang in my apartment!
Any suggestions on what my banner should say??
Check out Joetta’s other artwork and her etsy shop. Found via Love Forever.

joetta -Jan 29, 2009, 9:30AM
Thanks for posting about me and your sweet words:) best- Joetta
jill -Jan 29, 2009, 12:25AM
Break all boundries

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Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for our Valentine’s Day Craft Swap! Sign up here and read this for all of the details. Happy crafting!

Amanda -Jan 31, 2009, 6:51PM
Hi there! I signed up a while back and haven't gotten a person yet; when does that happen? Thank you!

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stephanie metz

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I can’t imagine how much time it must take Stephanie Metz to felt wool into these amazing sculptures! The teddy bear skull at the bottom is part of an interesting set she did called Teddy Bear Natural History, which seriously looks like a museum exhibit!

Sara -Jan 27, 2009, 1:47PM
this is so cool! i want the dog in the middle!

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pretty paper creations

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Lately I’ve been feeling really inspired by the work of UK artist Jennifer Collier. Her favorite medium to work with is paper, and she makes all sorts of things with it, as you can see above. I needed the reminder of how many things you can do with paper! I especially love the hair clip at the top- it’s so pretty and unique! I’m wondering where she finds all her neat vintage paper though- like the paper used for the tie – wow! You can see a whole online gallery of her work on her website. Check it out for more paper inspiration!

distress those jeans

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Nikki at our NY showroom got a million compliments on these jeans last week, to which she replied, “Thanks, I made them myself!”
Everyone was was so impressed and needed to know how, and I thought you might like to know too. Nikki used a pair of thrift store $10 jeans, but you can use any old jeans that fit you well. This is what else you need:
A cheese grater
Scissors
Bleach
Scrub brush
It’s so simple here are the steps:
1. Pour some bleach where you desire to have to denim to be washed out looking (you will most likely have to pour it on several times to get the desiered wash and affect) Take the scrub brush and scrub the bleach into the thighs and the knees to make them more worn and lighter.
2. Lay them out in the sun to dry if you can
3. They’ll look a little different once they’re dry, so make sure denim is the desired wash. If not repeat steps 1 and 2
4. On dry denim take cheese grater and run up and down legs of the jeans… this will wear away the denim making them softer and more distressed looking!!
5. Take the scissor and use it to make holes in upper thighs, pockets and knees.
6. Repeat distressing with cheese grater and scissors until desired effect is reached!

Angela Gispert -Jan 28, 2009, 1:05PM
I did this on a pair of old jean shorts and it came out great! Check out my blog for pics.
Catherine -Jan 27, 2009, 5:58PM
So trying out that technique!! Thnx for the idea!

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