rose leaves

Ok, so it’s not fall, not even close. But if I wait, I’ll forget to share this with you. And I think this is really cool. So just bookmark this and save it for 6 months. Check out for a the step-by-step to making roses out of maple leaves. This could be soooo pretty!

ewa -Jun 26, 2008, 9:04PM
this is so cool. i can't wait to do this!
yasmine Surovec -Mar 17, 2008, 7:09PM
that's absolutely lovely!

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fp bag turban

One of our designers spotted this photo on flickr and then we found the blogfullofjelly! Here is some more Free People recycling in effect. You have to check out her blog. She makes lots and lots of beautiful things…

anna kate -Apr 06, 2008, 9:53AM
this is very cool

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bunny vase

A friend at FP turned me on to some new blogs this week, and I discovered small stump. Check out this crazy cute bunny vase she made from an old doll head. She says she has a few of the heads and has more ideas, so be sure to check her blog and etsy store for other fun crafts.

Lauren -Mar 11, 2008, 12:44PM cute!

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sfgirlbybay got a case of Gocco Mania! I’ve heard the word “gocco” but honestly didn’t really know what the printing process entailed. She posted some great pics of the process. Check out her blog for the account of her illness.

recycled fp catalog

On the back of our last catalog, we challenged you to recycle the paper in a creative way.
We received the most amazing note via email. One customer took our challenge and used the pages of our catalog to create this awesome jewelry. We are so impressed and surprised at how she re-purposed the book. Great job Ashley!!! You can buy these pieces and more at Ashley’s etsy store or befriend her on myspace!
Did anyone else see that challenge on the catalog? Anybody else do something creative?? Leave your email in a comment!

Sarah Svendsen -May 05, 2008, 10:03PM
This challenge inspired me to make a necklace organizer. I was so tired of untangling the mess. I made one from a fp catalog and a few more from some 30s reproduction fabric. They really work great!
Melissa -Mar 12, 2008, 10:56PM
Inspired by the message on your catalog, I decorated the very boring box holding my makeup with the Free People catalog, and some dried flowers :) Recycling is fun! check it out --->

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window art

I spotted these window films by Emma Jeffs on Oh Joy! They are beautiful! I love it on the French doors. They actually remind me of the window that caught my eye at barometer. Theirs is made out of some sort of lace, or a velvet burnout, but from afar it could look like these films.

Design for Mankind -Mar 05, 2008, 10:10PM
Wow-- these ARE beautiful! Thanks for the link!

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Wandering through Chinatown this weekend, I was on the hunt for some craft supplies. As I made my way down Walker Street, my eye was captured by this amazing window on the second floor of an industrial building. The sign read Barometer. I rang the bell and went on up to discover the sweetest little shop full of “attic” objects and handmade jewelry. I met Miss Anna Studebaker, who curates the collection of objects. The jewelry is made by her partner, Jenna Wainwright. The shop is a bit like an attic, a bit museum, and a bit girly studio apartment. Check out their website and pay them a visit next time you’re in NYC.

Niccole -Mar 03, 2008, 9:36PM
thanks for the insight! I am headed to NY this weekend, hopefully I will be able to pay them a visit.
Anna -Mar 03, 2008, 2:25PM
Katie, it was so nice to meet you! Thanks for the shout-out.

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origami flowers

Check out these origami flowers made by artist/crafter/blogger ArguingTheMobius. Check out her blog for some info on works-in-progress and her etsy shop to buy her handcrafted bouquets!

mitra -Jul 13, 2008, 2:04PM
I Like to learn a bout origami

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diy sequined canvas

We first posted photos of the sequined canvases when our NYC store opened. Now they are part of all of the FP stores’ spring display. A reader commented asking how to make these, and one of our talented display girls had some great advice I wanted to share with everyone.
For our proto, our designer actually hand sewed each sequin on by hand, and then left a space for the screen printed flower applique. She does not recommend doing that yourself! Luren suggests going to a fabric store and buying a small amount of sequined fabric, maybe the stretchy variety. This could be a little expensive, so another great alternative would be to find some sequined wonder of a dress at a thrift store for a couple of dollars. That way you would be recycling material and not spending much $$. The fabric can them be fixed onto a frame of canvas stretchers and decorated as you like.
Hope that helps! If you end up making the project, you should send me the photos and I’ll post them on the blog! Just leave your email address in a comment and I will get in touch. Happy crafting!

Kayla -Jun 15, 2009, 3:36AM
Hello. Would you be willing to sell one to me? I'm in love with these art pieces and I'd be so thrilled if I could purchase one? Please let me know. Thanks soooo much! Hello. Would you be willing to sell one to me? I'm in love with these art pieces and I'd be so thrilled if I could purchase one? Please let me know. Thanks soooo much! <3
Corrie Hill -Jun 30, 2008, 4:15PM
I tried to do my own version of these fabulous canvas. Check them out at

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vday craft swap photos

Check out the flickr group featuring the crafts blog readers made for the Free People Valentine’s Craft Swap! (If you sign in to flickr, you will be able to see the full photo pool. If not, you will only see a limited number of photos.)


I spotted these Valentine BigFoot pins on Tokyo Bunnie and had to share. You can buy them on etsy from PearsonMaron. Here’s some of the description from their shop…
Now Bigfoot can be sighted whenever you please.
Inspired by The Patterson/Gimlin Bigfoot sighting film from 1967.
Your monsters will come packaged ready for gift giving.
I love them.

Merna Balasco -May 11, 2011, 8:55PM
Bertrand Russell~ Man needs for his happiness not merely the satisfaction of this or that but hope and enterprise and change.
TokyoBunnie -Jan 26, 2008, 3:12AM
Yay! Thanks for visiting!! Yay! Thanks for visiting!! <3

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It’s the anniversary of our first ever Free People craft swap! Valentine craft swap 2008 starts now.
For those of you who have not swapped before, here’s how it works…
You sign up to swap and are sure to give me you correct mailing address and email. I hook you up with another swapper anywhere in the world (or just in the US if you prefer). I email you all of your partner’s information. You have a few weeks to make your partner absolutely anything you want based on the theme of Valentine’s Day. Then you mail your gift to your partner, and they mail you one in return. And everyone has a happy Valentine’s Day!
Sign up for the swap here. It will be fuuun. Sign up deadline is Wednesday January 30th.
Check out last year’s photos here. You can view all of the photos if you sign in to flickr. Only a handful of them appear if you are not signed in…

skunkboy -Feb 20, 2008, 12:59PM
I haven't really heard anything about the crafts that people received this year... is there a way to post them on fickr yet? Also, my partner was a bum and I never received a craft, only sent one. I was wondering if there was anyone else like me who got stiffed and if there's anything to be done about it?
Sarah -Feb 17, 2008, 5:14PM
did my valentine get lost in air traffic ?

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