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if you love dreamcatchers as much as i do, you must check out the work of rachael rice. she’s a very talented artist who makes dream catchers that are beyond anything i’ve ever seen. and that’s just one thing she makes – she is extremely creative and was kind enough to share some of her projects and how she makes them for our blog!

once you have the basic steps down for making a dreamcatcher, it becomes much easier to experiment and get a little crazy with them! here, rachael demonstrates how to make small ones using bangles and string – these would be adorable for key chains, bag charms and hanging in your car!

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once this part is complete, attach feathers or any other embellishments using string!

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rachael has also been making more conceptual dream catchers using pieces of cardboard or thick paper, vintage doilies and hand-made paper feathers!

“Doily is a funny word. What I love about them is that they’re like lace mandalas, and whenever I hold one I think that some woman’s hands probably created it. I like collecting them, and you can find them for next to nothing at yard sales and antique shops.

Pieces of cardstock, cardboard, or even stiff paper can be a home for a lost doily reincarnated as a dream catcher.  Paint or collage on your disc (I used silver) and glue your doily on top!”

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“To make the feathers, start with some heavy paper and use crayon or oil pastel to create designs.  Add any collage elements you’d like (you can use FP catalogs!) - be random, don’t think too much.  Paint over those designs with watercolors, or thinned out acrylics or tempera paints. Let dry.  You can also do the back!  Cut feather shapes out of the paper: I made a stencil and just traced it with pencil.  Use markers to make feather designs, or just doodle – you can’t do it wrong  :) Attach the feathers to your dream catcher with some embroidery floss,  simply hang them where you like!”

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amazing! on the right is an example of another one she made called “dark star.”

and last but not least – i think these are my favorite – lace quartz pendants!

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“Vintage lace and doilies find new life when cut up and glued onto the tops of quartz crystals. That way we can wear pretty rocks without having to drill holes in them!  Simply cut a strip of lace or doily and use a glue gun or regular Elmer’s to attach it to the top of a pendant.  A little jump ring or piece of wire run through the holes makes it ready to hang from a piece of leather cord, or a chain.”

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Be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category for more DIY Inspiration!

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New York City is a place that excites me. Here’s some quick inspiration from my recent weekend in New York. I always get so inspired when I go there; everything is so visually pleasing and the energies are sky high.

I visited Brooklyn flea market, which had some great vintage stalls and beautiful terrariums. This idea is a perfect little hobby to do on summer days and to bring the outdoors/indoors.

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I always love the fashion in NYC and how people always hit it right when it comes to looking “cool”

Check out this girl that was hanging outside a bar.

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A little kitten that was adopted looking proud  under a British flag

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An afternoon snack, Nothing beats a New York bagel – tomato, mozzarella and pesto

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And a quick stop into these lovely stores made my inspiration rise to another level.

Darr Williamsburg and creatures of comfort Mulberry St.

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It’s always refreshing going to New York, don’t you think?

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Painting and drawing is the best way for me to tune out the daily stressors of life. And yet even though Harold Mandel, MD has an immigrant wife from Vietnam and their two nice kids to care for in New York state he has been confronted with a cruel blacklist of his professional and vital business interests in association with false allegations of mental illness from this case along with intense electronic surveillance and daily harassment from the government. While you may not be able to complete an entire associate degree in this field online, there are a few schools which offer online options as a part of their program.
free -May 04, 2011, 9:11PM
nice cat

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have you guys seen our new accessories page on our website? our team put together bags for the lou, ginger, sandy and meadow girls and they are so cute! they inspired me to do another edition of the “what’s in your bag” post – here’s a peek inside the bags of some home office gals – and guy :)

store manager/recruiter:

retail operations coordinator:
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new store openings/store coordinator:
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she actually really did have a free people bathing suit in her bag :)

campaign specialist:
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web marketing analyst:
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direct operations coordinator:
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direct operations manager:
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i love seeing how different they all are!

you can view what’s in lou, ginger, sandy and meadow’s bags here.

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ralph lauren polos -May 03, 2011, 10:43PM
The polo shirt can be worn well with a tie and casual sport coat, khakis and casual shoes. The polo shirt also works well with shorts or jeans and a jean belt. Depending on the job and dress code, the polo shirt can be dress casual or dress down practical.

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inspired by an idea from our office coordinator, for today’s tunesday i decided to ask some people around the office what they’re listening to right now and what the last album they purchased was. it was so fun to see what different tastes in music everyone has!

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listening to: foster the people
last purchase: tv on the radio’s new album

senior graphic designer (right)
listening to: crosby, stills, nash and young
last purchase: kurt vile, “smoke ring for my halo”

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listening to: dan black’s “symphonies”
last purchase: the “yes man” soundtrack, because of zoey deschanel!

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graphic designer
listening to: kate bush
last purchase: jonny corndawg, “down on the bikini line”

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listening to: guns n’ roses
last purchase: michael jackson’s greatest hits

knits designer (right)
listening to: girl talk
last purchase: “a whole new world” and other various songs from disney movies!

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graphic design assistant
listening to/last purchase: thao & mirah

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martha, model (left)
current favorite: my friend’s band “zambri”!

stylist (center)
last purchase: lcd soundsystem, “sound of silver”

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last purchase: the love language, “libraries”

all three listening to: yeasayer (what was on in the photo studio!)

Octavia Griffiths -May 05, 2011, 11:14AM
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lex -May 04, 2011, 12:08PM
big ups to the stylist on the right of that last picture who bought the love language!! I know these guys from raleigh and it is so awesomely amazing how well-known they're getting. share that music baby!

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she’s the lovely lady who manages our stylists and works on web and catalog photoshoots, and she wants to talk to you! tomorrow afternoon (5/3) from 3pm – 4pm EST she will be on the free people twitter account to chat, give advice, and answer all your questions. Read more »

Taylor -May 03, 2011, 4:53PM
this is great, because I am in need of some new music! :) www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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With the Free People swim shop re-launching with some amazing new items this week, it got me thinking about the mysteries of water. Mermaids, octopi, treasure … who knows what’s really out there? We may never know.  Yet, however mysterious or scary it may seem, people have always been drawn to the water. We spend our summers gathering at its shores… we run through sprinklers…and we drink it down as the elixir of life. Here’s to the beauty and mystery of water:

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“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein

Check out our swim shop here.

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Rylie -May 21, 2011, 12:37AM
Does anyone know what book is in the photograph? P.S. LOVE the first one! :)
Taylor -May 03, 2011, 4:55PM
love love love this post! ---printing these all out! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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saturday was a beautiful day in philly, the perfect day to take a long walk around the city.  my destination was broad street, for the philadelphia international festival of the arts (PIFA) street fair taking place all day long.  i took the long route from my place in old city and walked through my favorite neighborhood, society hill. it’s such a charming part of the city – full of historic buildings, red brick, adorable town homes with front stoops and the occasional cobble-stoned street.

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passed this adorable little park hidden behind brick walls, that i’d never seen before!

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this guy was going around asking people to wear a mask of his face for a photo, for a school project.  after obliging, i asked him to do the same :)

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i finally made it to broad street where there was a palpable excitement in the air.  two stages with live music, street performers, food vendors, a ferris wheel and more lined the avenue of the arts for the PIFA street fair, with this year’s inspiration coming from paris in the early 20th century.

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this contraption was attached to a giant crane that lifted it in the air for a performance by la compagnie trans express, which, sadly, i did not get to see.

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i noticed a crowd of people gathered around something and went closer to find them taking pictures of…a vine?

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and then the vines started to move.

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they are a part of a performance art group called “the living vines,” and it was probably one of the coolest things i saw at the street fair.

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the way they twisted and contorted themselves was so amazing…i literally couldn’t take my eyes off of them!

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sometimes the most random days end up being the best :)

Javier Miralles -May 05, 2011, 3:42AM
With all the doggone snow we have gotten recently I am stuck indoors, fortunately there is the internet, thanks for giving me something to do. :)
-May 03, 2011, 2:51PM
Terrific photos, Julia!!

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“what is the feeling when you’re driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? -it’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. but we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

- jack kerouac

images by 4th and bleeker.

Aaliyah Benjamin-Stone -May 03, 2011, 5:26AM
thisss colection of picturess is mazingg , it's amde my dayy :)
Tatjana -May 02, 2011, 9:15PM
jack kerouac is a phenomenal writer. on the road is perhaps one of my all time favorite novels. great quote, wonderful photos. http://tatjanaslalaland.blogspot.com/

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This holiday season my grandmother gave me an adorable tea pot, and I’ve been obsessed with tea ever since. Many say that tea offers a range of cleansing effects and health benefits but all I know is that the many comforting cups of tea have definitely been good for my soul. Messing with different blends and experimentations has been a fun and tasty adventure. I began to spice it up recently with the addition of fruit. Here is one of my favorite, antioxidant rich, energizing creations. Drink it hot or stick it in the fridge for a refreshing iced tea – perfect for summertime!

Ingredients:

2 Teaspoons of green tea or two green tea teabags

2 Cups of boiling water

2 Thin slices of ginger

2 Lemon Wedges

¼ Cup of lightly mashed blueberries

2 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey

Preparation:

  1. Prep all ingredients and put water on to boil
  2. Place everything together into a pitcher
  3. Once the tea is fully brewed (about 5 minutes) remove green tea & enjoy!
haydn -May 19, 2011, 5:07AM
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Cynthia -May 02, 2011, 9:20PM
Wow this is such a great idea! Thank so much for sharing your recipe. I always drink plain hot tea, the farthest I go is to add lime, honey and sometimes ginger to my chamomile (when I have a cold haha), or fresh spearmint to my black/green tea (it's so nice and aromatic, I recommend it!). I'm definitely trying this, I love blueberries. And I'll do the cold version also, it would be a delicious accompaniment to my afternoon snack :)

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food art by japanese artist cookieboy. so sweet, literally! the feathers are my fave.

Stacy -May 02, 2011, 1:21PM
These are amazing. So much detail. Very neat!
karacter -May 01, 2011, 6:34PM
wow those are awesome I want to make my own!! http://www.karacterblog.com

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The transparent look is all over the spring 2011 runaway shows – Items that showed off what was being worn underneath, A bit controversial? Yes!

The looks on the runways are not necessarily meant to be worn as-is in everyday life. They’re artistic presentations of a designer’s inspiration, presumably to give you inspiration for ways to wear the pieces yourself. Obviously, the completely sheer ensembles are too extreme for most people’s taste in day wear, but perhaps as inaccessible as this trend may seem, mixing in pieces to suit your personal taste would make it more wearable.

We played around in the studio yesterday to see what works under such sheer items.

We toned down what could be very provocative to the eye by making them a little tomboy; Sheer maxi shirts worn over bootie shorts with a relaxed shirt pattern, bodysuits under sheer tops to add a bit of interest, and lace trimmed bike shirts worn under those adorable chiffon slips.

Would you go sheer?

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Mesh maxi half slip embroidered mesh crop we the free long sleeve burnout baseball tee crossover stripes bandeau skinny stripe bodysuit.

Casey -May 01, 2011, 11:24AM
The look on the left is genius! So cute. I'm so happy maxi skirts are "in" now,they're so adorable but so comfortable!
dragon fruit -May 01, 2011, 7:31AM
i really like sheer - but yes the way it's worn on the runway is nottt in my every day wardrobe. i love a little sheer in a maxi though ;) www.dragonnfruit.com

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It’s truly a beautiful thing when you meet that moment in which you can call a city home, call it yours.  In that instant your movements sink into the pavement and you become cemented in adoration for your concrete jungle. A midnight garden sprinkler in a public park washes over you, setting forth the motions of your heart. City air somehow feels fresh as it affectionately tickles your cheeks like compliments as you begin to blush. Music met the night before still feels electric in your bones, still ravages your ears and heart like wildfire and you can’t help but bring a bounce to your step. House parties and bars bring memories only of smiles and laughter, never the contrary.  By day you remove your sunglasses to feel more connected as familiar faces graduate to friends, you feel stimulated and challenged but strong and wholesome. The gardens in your street grow with your routine and you exchange familiar glances with that sky-high rose and its dusty pink hue. You embrace city walls and galleries in all their impermanence, absorbing it all as you feed off the inspiration. It’s a thrill because you know that tomorrow all of this will adjust and transform, soon to move you in a whole new way. Sometimes I walk too quickly so I can feel everything faster or sometimes a little too slow to make sure I see it all. Melbourne has become a dear friend to me, my affinity with her is growing and flowing. To me, she is home and I am so glad.

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Karla -May 02, 2011, 3:19PM
Beautifully written! :) I hope to go to Melbourne someday. I hear it is an amazing city.

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