Check out Philly artist Katie Henry’s opening this Friday of her whimsical stitched drawings. More info on her myspace!

Stacy -Nov 10, 2007, 4:16PM
Your clothes and catalog are beautiful, but you would be hard pressed to insult the Tibetans, and basically entire asian community more, by your choice to place a buddha image on the back of underwear. And to make your choice even more unconscious your designers chose a chinese buddha icon and named the underwear Tibetan boycut undies.
fpgirl -Oct 10, 2007, 8:37AM
Hi Jen, Some thing must have happened with your email address. Either I missed a letter when I copied and pasted or you spelled it wrong in the signup. That's great that your partner contacted you so you can get her info directly from her. Also, Kori will have my email address for you. I'll double check your email because I will be sending out another message to swappers in a week or two. Thanks!

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One of my favorite blogs, Poppytalk, has just launched a new project! Poppytalk Handmade is a monthly online street market to showcase, buy and sell handmade goods of emerging design talent from around the world. Click on a designer and see a selection of products plus links to their blogs, websites and etsy stores. Check it out!

jan -Oct 02, 2007, 10:30PM
Thanks for the mention! So thoughtful of you!

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swapper announcement

Hi Swappers! Just wanted to let you know that sign up time is over for the Dark Fairy craft swap. It is a bit of a process to match up partners and email you, so I will send you a message sometime later this week. Thank you all for participating!!!

Conni -Oct 26, 2007, 6:57PM
hi, I was looking through some of my old 80's favorite videos, and I had to send you guys this link to Caterpillar by the's one of my old favs, and reminded me of a very wacky but free peopleesque, dark fairy themeish type video...
sarah ann -Oct 22, 2007, 1:56AM
Your mailbox may be full again. I completed it right and proper but I never got your 1st email. I had to send my info to your email. Something wacky's going on!

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etsy storque

If you have visited etsy lately, you have seen their new blog/newspaper/ezine called The Storque. It’s really cool, covering topics about etsy crafters and all that surrounds the crafting lifestyle. I like that blogs are morphing into these more magazine-like entities are creating such a tight knit community (no pun intended).

Delilah -Oct 01, 2007, 1:17AM
For the dark fairy entry i was wondering about douglas Foulke's portfolio. First of all i was wondering why in the catalog the pictures didn't have wings and also was wondering where you could find the wings, they were so cool! (Halloween costume) THanks... please reply

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swap sign up

There’s just a few more days to sign up for our Dark Fairy theme craft swap! The more swappers, the more fun. So can you help spread the word? Post about it on your blogs and email all your crafty friends!
Here’s the link to SIGN UP.
And here is the ORIGINAL POST about the swap. Sign up ends Wednesday, but I can extend it to Friday so we get even more swappers.
Thanks everyone!

fpgirl -Sep 26, 2007, 5:17PM
Hi Everyone. The sign up link was broken, but we fixed it. So sign up for the swap!! Last sign up is Friday the 28th!

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The girls at our store in Short Hills NJ wanted to share a project with you. Do you have more Free People cloth shopping bags than you know what to do with? Maybe you should make some headbands!!

First, cut a long strip from your bag, twice as wide as you want your headband.
With a contrasting thread, whip stitch the long edges together, and then turn the tube inside out.
Use some scrap fabrics with a cute print to make patches of color on your headband.
Sew em on there however you’d like.
Cut a triangle in each end to make a cute tail, then whip stitch the edges so the fabric doesn’t fray.
Recycled headband!!!

nat -Oct 07, 2007, 10:32AM
That's so cute! I never thought to do anything like that with the bags except use them as gift bags.
nsolano83 -Sep 21, 2007, 10:05PM

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Fellow FP girl reccomended this event and I thought it highly appropriate now that we have a store in Austin!
Check out Stitch 2007 on November 10th, and get tickets because they sell out! Indie craft fair and fashion show goin on, so go and support the community. The money raised benefits the Stitch Grant awarded for Indie and Craft Upstarts. Woohoo.

I wanted to share this video posted on the Stitch blog. It is a clip from Handmade Nation aka the Indie Craft Documentary

kendall -Sep 19, 2007, 6:39PM
no problem! :]
fpgirl -Sep 19, 2007, 9:07AM
Oopsie. Thanks Kendall! I fixed the link...

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Our next craft swap theme is inspired by this month’s catalog, Dark Fairy. Think about woodland creatures, fairy tales, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and gothic stories (or whatever else you can think up…). Feel free to comment with inspiration ideas!
Sign up will be from now until next Wednesday September 26th. We will have a month to make the crafts and can ship to partners the last weeks of October. Let’s get our gifts swapped so that everyone receives theirs before Halloween!
Sign up here. PLEASE double check your info and make sure your email address is correct. If your partner emails you, please respond so they know you are still swapping. If something happens and your gift will be late, give your partner a heads up. If you decide not to swap after signing up, PLEASE email me so I can match up your partner with a different swapper.
Check out our last two swaps here and here.
Happy swapping!


-Dec 09, 2007, 4:01PM
You can so tell that you aren't in the forest. its just a back ground.
-Dec 09, 2007, 3:59PM
I lust love fairys and the pics that are on this page!!!

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The catalog is dropped and should be in your mailbox! Here’s a little more info about the two trend concepts going on for September…
Nature’s beauty, mystery, magic, and mystical elements are the
inspiration behind dark fairy. Deep, dark forests and whimsical fairy
creatures are manifested into a print driven line that explores nature’s
dark side while still allowing the light to shine through. Colors are
deeper and darker with bright accents. Embellishments like sparkles and
glitter intensify the dark color palette and add unexpected detail.
Inspired by retro athletic apparel and accessories, the sport collection
mixes elements of masculine design with girly accents. Mixing classic
ski and sport fashions with crafty elements create a look that is truly
hand touched by fp. Graphic prints, stripes, and color blocks are seen
throughout the entire collection setting the trend. A mix of black, red,
kelly blue, and green compose the color palette.
It’s about time to get a new craft swap going. What do you say about going with the theme of Dark Fairy. We could expand upon the idea to to reach into fairy tales and gothic stories… Any thoughts? I’ll update you soon on how to sign up for the swap and more details!

Dorela -Feb 14, 2009, 7:09AM
Kelley -Jul 09, 2008, 2:55PM
Do you have a mailing list that I can be added to?

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craft inc.

Thought I’d pass along this recommendation to all of our crafty readers. I spotted this book on Lena Corwin’s blog and it definitely sounds like a must read for all of you small business crafty girls. Check out the website and Lena’s review!

margo slinger

Thank you to Bloesem for intoducing me to the work of Margo Slinger. You have to check out her website of work. It is so clever and funny and beautiful. All of the buttons on her website are little vintage buttons (an one silly rabbit?). The navigation is a little tricky, and it’s easy to get lost in Slingerland, but so much fun…

true nature -Sep 01, 2007, 6:14PM
totally gorgeous!!

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trompe l’oiel

Loveforever posted this photo from our catalog on both her blog and her inspiration board. But, she also questioned, is this lace or lace wallpaper? I had no idea, so I asked the catalog team. They said it was wallpaper, and that it looked so real, it even tricked your eyes when you were standing right in front of it. It was in the bathroom of this amazing house they shot at in London…

fpgirl -Sep 11, 2007, 7:55PM
wow. Thanks Di!
Di Overton -Sep 11, 2007, 5:43PM
This wallpaper is available from Sera London a fabulous boutique also online at

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