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a lot of people think that when it comes to giving gifts, gift cards are the easy way out.  but that’s not necessarily true…a lot of times if you don’t know exactly what to get someone, it really is the ideal gift…especially if you personalize the gift card by giving it a creative touch.  here are some suggestions for fun ways to wrap a gift card that are so cute, no one can accuse you of copping out…

frame it! frames are great gifts anyway, and you can find a pretty inexpensive one and decorate it or paint it yourself for an added touch.   Tape the gift card to a piece of patterned paper like the one above.

these are some fun things you can do with felt that look very simple to make.  i especially like the mushroom, which is actually meant to be a business card holder.  but on second thought, why not make a holder for your gift card that can be re-used as a business card holder as well?

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put the gift card in a cute little coin purse or pouch like one of these…they’ll think that’s the gift, and when they look inside they’ll find an added surprise! see more of our small bags and purses here.

happy holidays!

Krista Leigh Hurst -Jan 06, 2010, 11:35AM
Lovely Ideas!! I'll have to try some of these for my business cards:)
CARDS & WRAP GIFTS -Dec 24, 2009, 6:10AM
These all are so nice ideas...As they are creative and makes a most beautiful gift to our lovable persons. I will try it to give someone. Thank for ti\his.

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if you’re anything like me, the winter months can be a bit depressing…but did you know that wearing bright colors can actually improve your mood?

studies show that the brightness and purity of certain colors, and personal associations with them, can have specific effects on your mood.  shades of red and purple are said to boost energy levels by causing your body to pump out more adrenaline.  green and yellow are naturally associated with sunshine and the outdoors, and studies show that they can make you feel happy and upbeat.  green also evokes feelings of hope and renewal, like the feeling you get on a sunny spring day.  blue, which brings to mind the sky or the ocean, is a soothing, calming color that can make you feel less anxious.  and if you really want to bring out your fun-loving spirit, wear attention-grabbing neon colors like hot pink and lime green, known for being flirty and fun.

check out more of our bright items in the color boutique!

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the free people portland store is participating in a toy drive and posted this cute pic on their facebook page :)

christy -Dec 14, 2009, 9:17PM
Just took some toys in for the toys for tots in southern oregon...guess there is a pretty big shortage this year...thats great you guys are helping out!!

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i’ve probably mentioned this before but our graphic designers are awesome…i love this artwork!

and since we’re in the holiday spirit, i’ve made it available on our flickr page for you to download! you can use it on your desktop, as a card, or whatever else you may want to do…just click on the image!

happy hanukkah

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and have a wonderful weekend!

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good morning! i have lots of fun photos for you today from last nights 1920s themed holiday party here at the navy yard…it was a blast, and building 543 looked beautiful. here are some photos i got while they were setting up, followed by some taken at the party.

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stay tuned for a 1920s office style post!

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good morning…hope everyone’s day is off to a great start!
for last week’s thursday poll i asked about our touched converse. there were several to choose from, and the most votes went to the hand drawn floral converse!
we’re loving tunics right now and we have quite a few different styles, so this week i thought i’d ask, which tunic is your fave?

the burbank tunic:

the davenport beach tunic:
davenport beach tunic

the pacific surf tunic:
pacific surf tunic

or the sunshine coast tunic:
sunshine coast tunic

now vote!!

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hope everyone’s holiday shopping is going well…i thought i’d share some of our top sellers and top rated items to inspire some gift ideas!

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check out all of our customer favorites here!

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another download for you today! to match the card and desktop wallpaper, here is a lovely image for your iphone, by kris chau.

click on the image to go to our flickr page and download!

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who doesn’t love snow globes? there’s something very nostalgic and whimsical about them.  plus you can bring a pretty little wintry scene into your home and make it snow whenever you want.  i found some instructions on how to make them, and it seems really easy…

these handmade snow globes from martha stewart are simple and sweet.  you can use almost any kind of jar to make them…the instructions suggest painting the lids in seasonal colors.  find the plastic or ceramic figurines at flea markets or hobby and craft shops, and synthetic evergreen tips at floral-supply stores.

next, sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough and use clear-drying epoxy to adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid. let the epoxy dry.

fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water. add a little bit of fake snow or silver or white glitter and a dash (not too much!) of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly.

screw the lid on tightly, turn it over and let it snow!

the top two images are from anthropologie.

casino -Jan 12, 2010, 5:16PM
Great idea, thanks for this tip!
Christina -Dec 10, 2009, 1:00AM
Love this! Apartment Therapy just put up the instructions on how to do the Anthropologie ones too with the products at the top! Yay!

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if i had a christmas tree, these are the kind of ornaments i’d put on it. i saw these on pitchfork and I think they’re so cool – they’re recycled christmas tree ornaments made by the glass casters union in oregon, and proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go towards helping homeless and low-income families in oregon. this year’s designs include modest mouse, blizen trapper and the decemberists (shown above). i also like some of the ones they’ve done in previous years:

forex robot -Dec 21, 2009, 3:52AM
Thank you for the very interesting post !

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some friends of mine are involved in a nonprofit organization called the firefly literacy fund that I think is really cool…it’s all about bridging the opportunity gap in the city of philadelphia by working with families, teachers, schools and shelters.  they have donated hundreds of books to elementary school students and this past october they worked really hard on turning the library at the southwark elementary school into a relaxing and inviting space where kids would want to spend time…and they did a great job, as you can see in the above images. they’re having an event this wednesday to raise money and awareness for this important cause…click here for details, and check out their website fireflyfund.org!

are any of you involved in good causes? what charities are you most passionate about?

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