on the outskirts of philadelphia, past manayunk and mount airy, you’ll find the wissahickon valley of fairmount park and a hidden wonderland known as valley green. the sound of traffic and horns are replaced by birds and trickling water and its hard to believe you’re still technically in the city. this scenic little valley is one of my favorite spots to go for a day of hiking, relaxing, and escaping when i’m feeling a little drained by the hustle and bustle of living downtown. sometimes you just need to get back in touch with nature.
ever since i wrote about polaroid film a couple of weeks ago (here) i’ve been wanting to bring my polaroid camera into work to take some photos around the office. well i was finally able to do it!the timing could not be more appropriate, too, as project impossible announced on monday that they have succeeded in re-producing a new analog instant film for traditional polaroid cameras! this is very exciting news, because i no longer have to hoard my polaroid film and save it for very special occasions only :)
here are some test shots of the new film from the project impossible website:
what if the whole world paused to dance?
that is what artist beth fein is asking. today, march 26, at noon in san francisco, 3pm in new york/philadelphia, 6pm in paris, etc…she wants everyone to stop what they’re doing, wherever they are, and start dancing. any form of dance – even if you think you can’t dance at all. her goal is to blur the line that separates art and dance from our daily lives, and bring awareness to this art form that we are all free to express. sounds like a brilliant idea to me…if you think about it, why should the joyous act of dancing be confined to certain spaces and times? i think it would improve your every day to let yourself go and dance no matter who is watching.
if you see anyone participate, or if you yourself choose to, let me know :)
more info here.
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happy happy birthday to our amazing web and graphic designers!! you guys rock.
she loves cats and he loves bunnies, so that explains the awesome decorations on the cake- i especially love the cats climbing up the sides :) here’s a closeup:
her birthday gift was a ring by the amazing eric saeter, who we love. lucky girl!
i just saw these fabric-covered pots on creature comforts today and i thought they would make a perfect follow-up to my post about plants. instead of splurging on nice flower pots, buy a bunch of standard cheap ones and cover them with pretty patterned fabric!
this is one of those projects you can be really creative with- if you have scraps of fabric lying around at home you can combine different colors and textures to make a really unique looking flower pot. or you could take an approach like the tutorial on lavender and limes and use soft vintage looking floral fabrics you can find at an arts & crafts or fabric store. OR this is another great use for old free people shopping bags! either way the results are one-of-a-kind and add a little touch of unexpected cheer to your potted plants.
all you need are some terracotta pots, fabric, mod podge (to coat the fabric with so it stays on the pot), and a brush (for applying the mod podge)! for more detailed instructions check out lavender and limes.
plants are really pretty to look at but they’re also good to have around the home because they improve air quality. they’re literally a breath of fresh air, and a way to bring a little bit of the spring that’s blooming outside into your home.
similar to the paper whites we posted about a little while back, amaryllis flowers are really easy to plant inside. plus they come in bright shades of pink and red that are a welcome burst of spring color after the brutal winter we’ve had!
you can follow the same instructions as the paperwhites to do this yourself (see here) – the only difference is you’ll need a larger vase because these bulbs are much bigger, as you can see! the flowers grow pretty tall too so it’s a good idea to use a stake to keep them standing upright as they grow.
i never would have thought succulents could be so beautiful but they come in a huge variety of colors and textures you can combine to make a really beautiful plant… and you can be creative with the potting and arrangement to create something really unique.
instructions for planting your own succulents can be found here.
and just because… this wall of succulents is amazing:
so tell me…are you having a good tuesday?
music festival season is underway! sxsw was just the beginning…next up is coachella, followed by sasquatch, bonnaroo, lollapalooza, outside lands…phew. that’s a lot of festivals. but i love them, and i try to attend one every year. there is something so freeing about losing yourself to the music and dancing among a sea of people. if i could go back in time i would want to live in the sixties so i could go to woodstock and monterey pop…and there’s a spirit in the air at music festivals that feels so reminiscent of that time.
are you attending any music festivals this year? leave a comment and let me know! we may try to get to that one too…
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wouldn’t you like to own an item hand crafted or signed by one of your favorite musicians?
crafts for a cause is an online charity auction organized by binki shapiro of the band little joy. she gathered together a bunch of fellow musicians to craft items like tshirts, totebags, and artwork, or contribute photos and items – and it’s all up for bidding now here.
they may be a little pricey, but it’s for a good cause — all proceeds go towards relief efforts in haiti.
more info about crafts for a cause can be found on the website here.
zooey deschanel is probably one of the few actresses who has achieved a successful career in the music industry. she has a natural, sweet voice that could easily fool you into thinking you’re listening to an old record from the fifties – and it probably helps that she’s teamed with m. ward, who is insanely talented. i recently saw him with his other band, monsters of folk, and i kept finding myself in awe of his effortless guitar skills and smoky, hushed voice. he and zooey make a good pair…if their music had an aura, it would be golden.
zooey is so cute too… i love her vintage style. she & him’s volume two comes out today – take a listen to some of the songs below and let me know what you think!
the first music festival of the season has come to a close… from what our fpgirls tell me, it’s a five day marathon of hitting as many possible shows as you can and going on very little sleep – but the opportunity to see so many amazing acts, many of them up-and-coming, makes it all worth it.
our free people store in austin had an event on friday featuring bands the boo who’s, jrl and the second grace, along with treats from hey cupcake! and giveaways for customers. luckily they had a camera on hand to capture all the fun!
how adorable is this little girl in the last pic? our youngest fp fan :)
did any of you attend sxsw? what was your favorite moment?