So our travel themed craft swap is coming to a close. These photos are just a few of the amazing crafts the particpants have exchanged. Check out our flickr group to see the rest, and leave these guys some comments! The creativity of all you swappers is seriously incredible. Hope you all had fun!!!!

-Jun 11, 2007, 12:56PM
Hold on! It ain't over 'til it's over. I'm still going to post my swap gift picture and introduction on the flickr page. I think other people's photos and gifts are still trickling in too, so keep checking the swap page. : )
mara -Jun 09, 2007, 3:14AM
Can you organize another swap for the summer?

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My attention has recently been captured by jotterblog, a paper/stationary/craft blog written by one of our avid fp blog fans. As I am new to their site, I went back and checked out the archives, and found a post on these awesome paper dresses.

I’m also loving their love of chickens. Guess what. Chicken Butt. Check out the chicken entries here and here.

Gladys -Jun 06, 2007, 4:37PM
Guess Why? Chicken Thigh. Guess Who? Chicken Poo.
Lauren -Jun 06, 2007, 1:19PM
ha,ha! those are cute..

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renegade craft fair

It’s coming up, so clear your calendars, and make that road trip to NY! The Renegade Craft Fair is sponsored by Bust Magazine and is seriously awesome. This year is their biggest yet, with over 300 artists participating. And I’m sure some of our favorite craft bloggers will be there. Leave a comment with your link if you’re going! It looks like this year there will be vendors set up in the pool instead of the park. I guess that lessens the chance of getting hit with a baseball. See you there!
Oh, and if you live near Chicago, the fair is held there too! Check out their site for more info…

Above are some photos from last year. Check out the rest on the RCF flickr site.

fpgirl -Jul 15, 2007, 11:18AM
Hello, hi. If you go to the Renegade craft fair website, they have a list of vendors. Maybe a name will ring a bell??? Hope you find them!
hi -Jul 14, 2007, 7:15PM
hey, not sure if anyone actually checks this, but i was at the fair and saw these really great ipod cases with plastic cord holders attached..and of course now i can't find them on esty or anywhere.. anyone know what i'm talking about?

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new crafts, new blogs

The first few images for the travel swap are posted! Check out the details on our flickr page.
Also, on the flickr page, I recommend checking out all of the messages left in our “introductions” stream. Find it under “discuss” or “discussions”. Practically all of the swappers participating have listed their blogs, websites, or myspaces. Lots of new blogs and artists out there to be discovered. So get to it!

hyeok Lee -Jun 01, 2007, 11:48AM
what a cute travel crapebook !! hi~ I'm korean. The small paper that written "fravono" on the book is wrapping paper of chewing gum from korea. It's so much fun to me~^^
fpgirl -Jun 01, 2007, 12:40AM
Hey Emily. Hopefully your partner can take pics and post them for you! You should email them and ask...

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travel swap news

This is for anyone signed up to swap… You should have your partners by now. I’m still getting some comments trickling in about not having partner info. If you don’t have a partner, then the message went to your junk box or you gave me the incorrect (or no) email address. So let me know asap and I can fix you up!!
Also, be sure to join our travel swap flickr group so you can share you photos and see everyone else’s. I can’t wait to see all the crafts!

fpgirl -May 21, 2007, 3:21PM
Hey anonymous. Sorry I've been slow getting back to you. I wanted to check in and make sure I could share that info with the public. Free People employees get 40% off all full price clothing and accessories across all three brands, Free People, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie.
-May 21, 2007, 1:16PM
hello??? I'm just curious -- what kind of discount do you get from working at FP?? Thanks :)

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I know this is late notice if you actually live close enough to Philly to go tonight, but I would like to support the artist anyway, so I thought I’d give her a shout out…
May 11th, 7pm-9pm
At Benna’s Cafe’ (which is located on the north-west corner of 8th and wharton st in south philly)
Katie Henry will be having a party and you are all invited.
There will be mint juleps and miniature dinosaur cupcakes and miniature fruit tarts and wine and cheese and balloons and good people.
Oh and there will also be Katie’s beautiful sewn drawings and handbags.
Please come if you can, and tell your friends to come as well.

-May 11, 2007, 5:05PM
That is really cool. The refreshments sound enchanting too. P.S> Have swap partners been assigned yet for the travel swap? I signed up for the swap on time, but have not received an email yet.

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etsy labs

I was browsing through this week’s issue of Time Out New York, when I spotted the word “Etsy” under the “recently opened” section. It seems Etsy, our fav DIY web merchant, has opened up their warehouse, or the Etsy Lab, for…
*Workshops on making things
*Advice & help with your Etsy shop
*Meeting other artists
*Getting out of your house
*Creative projects
*Community events
So if you live anywhere near Brooklyn, I would check it out!

-May 11, 2007, 2:45PM
I'm just curious -- what kind of discount do you get from working at FP?? Thanks :)
Beth -May 11, 2007, 12:40PM
If I only lived in NY! oh well, CA will have to do for now. Love your blog! So inspiring, ecspecially while I am in the process of opening my own store (www.thevintagesociety.blogspot.com)Any advice for a new store owner?

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cloth paper scissors

One of my favorite artist / bloggers, Anahata, is on this month’s cover of Cloth Paper Scissors! I picked up this magazine for the first time a few months ago, and it’s really great for artistic inspiration, especially collage ideas and techniques. I’ll definitely be buying this month’s issue to check out the feature on Anahata

She sent the above F & P tags to Free People as a little present, along with a bunch of other amazing paper goods she designed. Check out her goods and her blog too!

Ijlal -Jun 04, 2007, 7:58PM
hey you guys just brought some of her love letters and postcards and I absolutley love them, the make great gifts
Ijlal -May 07, 2007, 10:39AM
The tags are beautiful!!!

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So there were seriously eight different FP employees in the home office yesterday wearing blue and white stripes. How ridiculous is that? And yes, we have an FP man! He merchandises the stores!
And about the swap…
There are just under 200 people signed up! woohoo! Thanks to all you bloggers that spread the word! So I’m gonna match up partners and email you info. There are about 10 people that didn’t leave me your email address! If your name is listed, (I left out your last name for security or whatever) please comment with your email. I won’t post the comments… This is gonna be fun.
Laura P
Cody F (male swapper! woohoo! he did the vday swap and the poor guy received a necklace, so this time I’ll let his partner know he’s an FP man…)
suzi b
Jessica G
Crystal-Ann K
Rachelle C
Natalie S
Claire B
Patrina F
Reethi J
Helen H
Heather R

Reethi -May 11, 2007, 7:46PM
I forgot to check this... Is it too late to swap?
fpgirl -May 09, 2007, 4:05PM
Hi Sarah & Swappers, I'll be sending your partners to you by Friday. I was trying to give those people that forgot to send their email address some time to respond. Sorry about the wait!!!

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last chance to swap

Today is the last day to sign up for our travel themed craft swap! This is such a fun opportunity to share your creative talents with another crafty free people girl, and all of the blog readers as well. Check out details here and sign up here.
I was walking home from work last week and spotted this amazing trunk in my neighbor’s garbage. It’s made of metal and super heavy, but I dragged it home. All the straps are leather and its marked with all these old labels from its travels. I think I might use it as inspiration for the swap! How perfectly strange is that?


Maija -May 01, 2007, 9:22PM
Ooops...I'm sorry- I didn't realize I was past the cut off date! Maija
fpgirl -May 01, 2007, 4:08PM
Hey Anonymous. I'm not going to use the actual case for the swap. It really really heavy and would cost a fortune to ship. I was thinking of maybe using all the cool labels as inspiration. Judging by the labels, the case travelled on lots of boats, so maybe something inspired by old cruise ships. I don't know really...

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travel swap update!

I want to thank everyone that’s already signed up for the travel swap (probably about 150!) and encourage you to get even more people involved! I love the community the last swap created, and all of the back and forth in the flickr group was such a great chance to share your crafty talents with even more people. So the last day to sign up is Monday. Post the info on your blogs and let’s get some more people involved over the weekend.
After Monday, it’ll take a few days to get all the info together and then I’ll email you with your partner’s info and the link for the travel swap’s flickr group.
globes.jpg I saw these globes and maps over at Terramia and it reminded to get thinking about what I’m gonna make!

Jen Hilliker -Apr 26, 2007, 6:08PM
I was just wondering when the next Free People catalogue is coming out? I have been soo happy that there has been a new wonderfully special edition about every month...will they continue to be released at this pace (I hope so!). ~Jen Hilliker p.s. I hope to one day work for Free People as a buyer because I really adore the Free People brand and what it embodies...I get soo many compliments on my Free People clothing and have introduced many of my friends to the line.
dave -Apr 26, 2007, 5:21PM
wow! 150 signups already...that's amazing

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Rocket St. George posted the above images of tents in the spirit of the upcoming season of music festivals. I thought the whole camping idea could be added onto the list of inspiration for the Free People travel themed craft swap. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check it out!
But the tents also reminded me of this past exhibit called “Shelter” by Saviour Scraps, a Brooklyn arts collective that makes installations re-using scraps of fabric to create their imaginative environments. One of the FP girls emailed me their link a while ago because her sister is one of the artists involved. You’ll wanna check out their site and their current work on view at Monkey Town in Williamsburg.

Julie :) -Apr 26, 2007, 10:07AM
wow, where can i get this amazing cow tent?
Rachelle -Apr 26, 2007, 4:04AM
OMG! That first tent made me laugh so hard I spit out my wine!

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