showroom touches

Anna works at the front desk in our wholesale showroom in New York. She takes care of all the details, and likes to add her own special handtouch to everything that she does.
When our wholesale buyers come in, we always offer them a beverage. Anna made these Free People labels to make the water bottles a little more special!

minutestar -Oct 24, 2008, 10:50PM
soooo lovely! that's an amazing idea!
Rebecca D -Oct 02, 2008, 10:32AM
wow free people's the greatest company...i mean who else has personalized beverages on hand?????

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intricate jewelry

These gorgeous rings are by Carla Nuis.
via Thoughtful Day.

Lauren -Oct 02, 2008, 8:04PM delicate

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Knit for Needy Babies!

Need a fun craft project for this month that also helps the needy? Crafty Me Yarns, Elgar Richardson, and the Montgomery Hospital in Norristown, PA have gotten together to create a project called Knitting for Babies, which is working to provide warm winter clothes for underprivileged babies, from newborns to about 4 years old. Want to help? All you have to do is knit or crochet a baby item, such as a little hat, sweater, or booties, and send it to:
Knitting for Babies
Crafty Me Yarns
515 Maple St.
Conshohocken, PA 19428
If you have any questions, feel free to drop Anita at Crafty Me Yarns a line!

Jessica -Sep 30, 2008, 8:27PM
Okay, this is the cutest damn thing I've seen in a while! I just want to pick that lil kitty up and squeeze it =)! What a good cause by the way. If I knew how to knit I would def. help out!
fpgirl -Sep 30, 2008, 4:32PM
Hi Lauren! Checked out your blog. Those hats are great! I love the sweater vest too:)

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This sewn up sewing machine is so incredible! Made by artist Danny Mansmith, who has a history and a personal connection with the sewing machine as a means to make his art.
You have to check out his website and read his thoughts about art, and the inspiration behind creating things with your own hands.
Danny says, “My favorite sweater was one my grandma made out of a towel and embroidered a D. on it.”
Danny also says, “I love bad sewing. When you see something put together really roughly, you see—despite the individual’s apparent lack of skill and perfected technique—creativity.”
found via penguin & fish

computerized sewing & embroidery machine -Nov 17, 2009, 2:10AM
covering a sewing machine with such an incredible design around it can somehow difficult to used when you are sewing a dress. sewing machine
computerized sewing & embroidery machine -Nov 17, 2009, 2:10AM
covering a sewing machine with such an incredible design around it can somehow difficult to used when you are sewing a dress. sewing machine

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Meet our first ever featured blogger, Rubyellen!

Rubyellen writes a wonderful blog called Cakies, which we first stumbled across when she mentioned a Free People–inspired bag that she made! (We get an email showing all the sites that mention us each day.) We went crazy over all the amazing things she makes with her hands and her sewing machine! She is so creative! We knew she was just perfect to be our first featured Blogger!
Aside from agreeing to be interviewed, she also created a wonderful craft project to share with you! Click here to learn how to make an awesome bag inspired by Free People!
Where do you live?
My husband, our two kids, and I live in a suburb of Los Angeles, about one hour from main city of Los Angeles.
Where did you grow up?
I have always lived in southern California.
When did you start sewing and how did you learn?
I started sewing right after I gave birth to my first daughter, True. I wanted something a bit more funky and personal, and since I am a stay-home mom, I couldn’t afford to have a shopping habit, so I turned to sewing.
I learned to sew by taking lessons at a local Joann’s fabric store. It was nice because the teacher let me choose what I wanted to make, then she would show me how to make it! It taught me enough basic skills to figure out the rest of sewing. Then, when I bought my sewing machine, the shop where I bought it offered free sewing classes! That place really helped me learn more tricks of the trade.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never sewn before but would like to start?
Learn how to do a straight stitch and after that you can pretty much learn to do anything!!!

What other crafts do you enjoy?
The first medium of art that I loved was drawing, but I haven’t done that in so long! I also love to crochet, needle felting, and how I wish I could paint! I would also love to learn how to make pottery one day…
What or who inspires you?
My husband, Ben, and my two little girls, Brave and True, are my greatest source of inspiration, but sewing for my little girls is what started all this. Ben is my quality control guy, and he just tells me if something looks cool or not!
Okay, not just because this is Free People, but Free People and Anthropologie catalogs really inspire me too!!! I get so excited and can look at each page over and over again! If you look at my inspiration wall it is nothing but torn pages from the two catalogs.
Also, I have a list of favorite blogs that I often frequent, which include:Black Eiffel, The Black Apple, Sugar City Journal, Soulemama, and so many more! (You can see a link list on the sidebar of my blog.) There is so much talent and creativity out there that I think everyone is learning and growing from one another.
Flea markets are also inspiring. I love that people can take something old and used, but give it new life with a new purpose. It is the same with sewing, taking something outside of the box and making it work. A tablecloth could be used as a dress or bag, doilies could be sewn in for some detail, the possibilities are endless…
What are your favorite projects?
I have to say I enjoy making myself a new bag every season and sewing dresses for my girls (and for me). There are just so many different little things I like to make that it is hard to pick a few!
Where are your favorite places to find hidden treasures for projects?
I love perusing through Etsy because there are so many ideas there that will spark another idea for me.
What are your favorite websites?
I have too many to name! (You’ll see I’m not lying if you look at the favorite websites I list on my blog!)
Where are your favorite places to travel?
I would love to go back to London & Paris, but with two kids, who knows when we will be able to do so!
Being a busy mother, a wife, and working, how do you find the time to balance it all and still make such wonderful, creative stuff?
I have been very blessed that my little girls both still take two 2-hour naps, so that allows me about 4 hours a day of alone time. This is when I try to get as much craft and work time as possible.
Please tell us about your little girls!
My daughter True is 2 years old and is really bashful and playful. She has honestly loved shoes since before she was a year old (scary, I know)… always has been drawn to putting them on. She can sometimes be very opinionated about what she wants to wear.
Brave, my 1 year old little girl, eats anything in sight! She just started walking, so she is keeping me really busy of late.
Their names are very different, but we love them and that is all that matters! When we meet people, I can’t wait for them to ask what our girls’ names are because their reactions make me laugh. You can really tell who likes them and doesn’t by their reaction! True wasn’t named until the day she was born–we fought the whole 9 months! And with Brave, it was worse–she came home from the hospital without a name, and was finally named 4 days later! I am little nervous for when we have more kids because who knows what we will name them!
Tell us about your blog and your Etsy shop.
Cakies is the name of my blog and my Etsy shop because when my girls were each in my belly and nameless, since we couldn’t think a name, we called them both “babycakies” -hence, we have Cakies.
On my blog, I try to document all of the different crafting adventures that go on in our house and other parts of our lives. It is a fun little space and community to learn and grow from one another. In my Etsy shop, I mostly sell hand-crafted hair accessories for babies to adults, though I do plan on adding more items for adults! When True was a baby (I guess she still is), I couldn’t find anything cool to put in her hair, so I experimented and came up with these hair clips. I love them because they had dimension and were different from the bows and flowers you see on all the other little girls, plus they were the only hair accessories that got a thumbs up from Ben to put in their hair, otherwise, he would have them in Mohawks all the time!
Don’t forget to check out the fantastic craft project RubyEllen made for us! You will want to make this bag! And if that isn’t enough, Rubyellen has generously offered to give away the Free People-inspired bag she made! To win her gorgeous bag, (shown here) just go to Cakies and leave Rubyellen a comment on her post about Free People! Be sure to tell her your favorite crafting site, and which items you like best from her Etsy!
Thank you so very much Rubyellen!
Good luck everyone in the give away, and happy crafting!

-Apr 21, 2011, 7:07PM
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Beth Perry -Nov 16, 2009, 5:58PM
Her daughter is the most adorable thing I have ever seen! I love how HARD she smiles! lol B

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laura mccafferty

Laura McCafferty makes me smile. The English artist creates these illustrations with a mix of fabrics and hand-stitching.
She has a great collection of work on her site, divided into catagories like travel, clothes/accessories, and ladies/hairdressing/market. Check out her web site!

-Sep 24, 2009, 1:13PM
I love Laura McCaffertys work, what an inspiration!
pruittfpgirl -Sep 25, 2008, 10:52AM
these are cool. inspiring!

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Under the names Lizette Greco or grecolaborativo, the Greco family of southern California create these awesome stuffed animals! Using the drawings of their son and daughter, Mom and Dad create the plushies, representing the drawings as accurately as possible. It’s a family collaboration! They make up little stories for each of the animals too! You can see everything they have made right here, and if you like something so much you want to have it for yourself, they also have a little shop!


oddglass earrings

I am crazy for these funky glass earrings made by OddGlass! Check out their Etsy shop if you feel so inclined…

You can see a much bigger version here.
This intricate cross stitch was created by RubyKhan, who got her inspiration from Craig Robinson’s Minipop drawings on Flip Flop Flyin’.
Go here for a little guide telling who each person is on the sampler – I found Hugh Hefner and the Royal Tenenbaums on my own, but I needed a little help on some others! She also has a ton more awesome pictures!
So cool!

the world in stitches

I noticed this in one of the glass display cases at our company’s coffee shop. I have been thinking about it and ways for me to make one myself all day! Regular readers won’t be surprised, since they know my affinity for maps and map-inspired things! Still, I am so impressed! Someone put so much work into this – they even stitched in quite a few of the countries! So great…

Sciezka -Oct 09, 2008, 9:46PM
he he, my country looks like a blob. And since when it's is bigger than Fl?
Adele -Sep 25, 2008, 12:13AM
Where is Tasmania??!

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mushroom girls virus

This book looks so beautiful! Deanne Cheuk illustrated this book called Mushroom Virus Girls: A Guide to the Identification and Study of Our Commoner Fungi with Special Emphasis on the Edible Varieties. You can see some of the amazing illustrations on Deanne’s web site. The book is sold out on the site, but you can still buy it on Amazon.
The cover is supposedly the world’s first fully embroidered linen cloth cover. I would probably want to take the book apart and frame all the artwork!
Thanks to design for mankind for the link:)

Design for Mankind -Sep 21, 2008, 11:48PM
Isn't this such a lovely cover??? So glad you're as enamored as I. ;) Love Free People!

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knitted light-bulbs

These knitted light-bulbs are just achingly cute! Created by Disco Smurf, you can find the pattern to make your own here! (It’s a .pdf)
I’m getting my knitting needles ready…

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