Clicked onto etsy today and saw this collection of map inspired items. The collection was handpicked by theseawithin. I especially love the origami butterfly. The collection reminded me of our travel theme for the store display and our embellished maps.
The swap has started! Some crafters have even already posted pics in the flickr group and they look completely amazing. I’m sure everyone will be finishing up this weekend and getting their goods in the mail. So check back to see the progress.
If you’re swapping and haven’t joined the flickr group yet, please do! I know there’s still about 100 people that haven’t joined yet.Then everyone can see your swapiness and you can chat with other swappers!
Opening in New York this week (on January 25th) at the Museum of Arts & Design, “Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting” features the work of 27 artists from 7 countries. Check out below quote from the website…
“Radical reformers in the world of knitting and lace making have overthrown the status quo from the inside out. In the space of ten years, knitting has emerged from the “loving hands at home” hobbyist’s den into museums and galleries worldwide. Knitting clubs meet in cities from San Francisco to Stockholm, while interactive knitting “performances” have been held in as seemingly unlikely places as the London Underground.”
Fiber arts, especially knitting, have become so much more visible in the last few years and have really developed into an important symbol for a certain kind of youth culture. From the connection with the past to DIY values, this is sure to be a fascinating show.
These appear to be skulls circling the table…
* Photos from Museum of Arts & Design website.
I was checking out some blogs written by participants in our Valentine Swap when I came across this amazingly creative idea. Amy from inspire co. has made this “eye candy” heart shaped box filled with buttons, trims, charms and embellishments. You can buy one on her site or get inspired and fill your own heart shaped box!
Last chance to participate in the Valentines craft swap! Please comment with your name, address and email. Let me know if you are opposed to shipping internationally and I will pair you with someone in the US. Get to making!
scroll down a few or go here for the details…
Has anyone else noticed fake cakes around? Fred Flare is selling fake cakes hand made by Amy Sedaris as part of their Valentine’s selection. And ReadyMade magazine featured Amy’s instructions for a DIY fake cake in their love issue.
And then I saw this other cake on poppy. A felt cake that comes in a kit with all the embellishments you can arrange as you like. (Actually sold as a toy, but really pretty. Buy it here)
Amy Sedaris suggests making fake cakes and leaving them on your window sill to lure in friends from the street or as Valentine’s gifts. I think they’d be a cool centerpiece to leave on the kitchen table. Anyway, that got me thinking a little more outside the box about what I could make for the Free People Valentine’s Swap. Only one more day to sign up! Scroll down and send me your info!!!!!
Ok, so back to this swap idea…(Scroll down a few entries to see the original post on this) We are sooo excited there are so many people interested in participating. We are definitely gonna get this rolling. I had originally planned on using swap-bot to orchestrate the swap, but it appears you have to participate in a swap and receive a good rating before you can host a swap. So it looks like I’m managing this myself.
Here’s the deal…
Leave a comment on this post and be sure to included your name, address and email. I will not publish the comments, so the world (or fp blog readers to be more precise) will not all know your personal info. I will organize all the partnering and email everyone to let them know who their buddy is and where to send the Valentines loot.
I think we should include international participants. I would be totally stoked to receive a handmade gift from an fp fan in Sweden or where ever. If you are totally against shipping internationally, say so in your comment when you leave your info. I won’t pair you with someone out of the US.
Make anything you want on the theme of Valentines. Handmade cards, gift boxes, accessories, get creative.
You MUST respond to this post with your mailing info by Friday, January 19th. Goodies should be shipped before Wednesday February 7th so your partner receives by Vday.
Did I miss any important details??? Happy making!
And again about the above photo… I was wandering around on flickr and came across this book. I think it’s absolutely incredible and had to post it. Here is the link to the site. I was informed this book was created by a group of artists as part of a “fat book” project. Each artist submitted a set of pages and one person compiled the book. Sounds really fun.
Since you guys are giving such great suggestions abou the blog and website (see post below) I wanted to bounce an idea off of you. What would you think about doing a swap with other Free People blog readers? Like maybe on a Valentine’s theme?
If you are unfamiliar with swapping, here’s how it would go… Any readers interested (and hopefully a bunch of Free People employees too!) would be paired up with another reader. You would hand make something for this person and send it in the mail. And someone else will be making you a suprise and sending it your way. I figure we all share a similar aesthetic, have a passion for the handmade, and who doesn’t like getting mail?
So who’s interested? Anyone have a better idea than handmade Valentines treasures? Let me know and I can start to figure out dates and how to coordinate everything…
About the above photo… I was wandering around on flickr and came across this book. I think it’s absolutely incredible and had to post it. I’m not sure how “right” it is to post images from flickr, but here is the link to the artist.
I am obsessed with this pompom rug! I found it on craftypod, a podcast blog written by Sister Diane of the Church of Craft. She posts weekly audio podcasts with craft tutorials and interviews with crafters, authors and such. Check it out, she features some really awesome projects. I really wish these were videos though! Especially for the tutorials.
Found via love forever.
Check out Susie Bubble’s DIY instructions for creating your own “puff” skirt. You’ll need a full circle skirt and some ribbons! If you do it just so, the skirt might even look cool both ways, with the puffs and untied with the ribbons just hanging. If you don’t know Susie already, check her out. Her blog is definitely one of my favorites for fashion.
This is for any one in the Boston or LA areas… Craft events this weekend! Both LA and Boston fairs happening tomorrow the 16th. Check out details here. Below are some pictures from past events.
I must say, the selection looks super creative, more diverse than some shows I have been to. So, if anyone goes, leave a comment and let us know what you thought! Have fun…
If you are in the NYC area, I highly suggest making the trek to Brooklyn for Bust Magazine’s Holiday Craftacular this Saturday. I found loads of great crafty gifts last year, and it’s totally inspiring to see so many talented people selling their handmades.
Here’s a picture of last year’s crowd. It’s a serious party with with music spun by DJs Dirty Jean, Amylulita, Lady Byrd, Peppermintwist, Ultra V, Mahssa, and Miss Modular plus free drinks and a raffle with great prizes. See you there!