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I first found out about Willow Rose one day when I stumbled upon her adorable blog. She posted lots of stuff that inspired me creatively, so I decided to find out more about the woman behind the blog. What I found out – excitingly – is that she’s a beautiful woman living in the UK who creates neat hand-made treasures.

I fell in love with these fabric covered notebooks she custom-makes for people. All of the fabrics she personally sources herself, and she’ll even cover actual books if you’d like! I love the idea of having one of my favorite books made special by covering it in beautiful fabric.

For this week’s DIY, I’ve asked Willow to show us how we can make one of these notebooks at home and she was kind enough to share =)

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To find out more information and see Willow’s other projects check out her boutique website.

Rohit -Jun 27, 2013, 4:19AM
Fabocity.com can be a good source for such fabrics.
ivanna kemp -Apr 07, 2012, 2:04AM
My grandma has a curtain like this, it's now being used as a table cloth - I like what you're using it for!!!

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a fresh batch of facebook fan photos in the spirit of summer :)

Lauren -Jun 03, 2011, 12:39AM
Representing the short curvy girls who rock the crochet bathing suit- Feeling. Fabulous.
Kiera -Jun 01, 2011, 3:54PM
these pictures are so pretty and inspiring. I just love everything about them . keepcalmandlearntofly.tumblr.com

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this weekend was such a beautiful escape from the manic pace of daily life – everything moves slower at the beach, in the best way.  waking up with coffee and a good book on the porch, strolling on the beach with water lapping at your toes, the rays of sun creeping over your skin, cooking on the grill, watching the sun sink into the horizon…there is nothing better, in my mind.

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did you all have a nice weekend? where is your favorite place in the world?

quietcomfort15reviews.blogspot.com -Feb 04, 2014, 10:16PM
I love slow down, you're moving too fast | Free People Blog I have read so many articles or reviews about the blogger lovers however this article is really a good piece of writing, keep it up.
sassy j -Jun 03, 2011, 10:41PM
Ocean City is heaven!!! Love the photos:)

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“our individuality is all, all, that we have.  there are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life’s bittersweet route.”

- tom robbins, jitterbug perfume

louboutin -Jun 01, 2011, 11:11PM
Great post! Love the pictures.http://www.christianlouboutinshoesretail.com
boho diva -May 31, 2011, 12:46PM
Gorgeous! Makes me wish I was on the beach. Reminds me of my wedding in Kauai! xoxo, Boho Diva www.bohodiva.com

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There are two kinds of people in this world: sweet and salty. I unfortunately, am one of those with a huge sweet tooth. I’m always trying to come up with healthy options that can still satisfy my craving. This berry smoothie is one of my favorites. It’s made with almond milk which gives it the perfect creaminess, and I also throw in a few mint leaves to make it refreshing. The best part? Almost anyone can eat it! It is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. =)

Ingredients:

-1 cup frozen strawberries

-1 cup frozen blueberries

-almond milk (approx 1 cup)

-1tbsp mint leaves

You will need either a blender or a hand blender (shown in this example)

Instructions:

Fill measuring cup with berries and mint leaves

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Fill with almond milk until just a few berries are poking out on top

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Hand blend (or blend) ingredients

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Once ingredients have a purplish/pink color you can pour it into a glass or bowl and eat with a spoon.

**now that you’ve made this recipe feel free to experiment with any fruit combination you’d like. I like to stick to frozen fruit because they give it a nice cold iciness!

Robin Robaszkiewicz -Jun 01, 2011, 6:13AM
LOVE the clothes on here!
Meghan -May 31, 2011, 1:26PM
I made one this morning! Delicious, thank you for the tips! Vanilla Almond Milk is the tits!

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one of the blogs i frequent for finding really cool photography and artwork is booooooom – and it was through that site that i heard about “powwow.” what is powwow? i think their description says it best:

The beauty of art is most commonly enjoyed during its final stage. All the blood, sweat and tears happen behind closed doors. However, that is where the real grandeur lies. The process. Imagine for a moment a gathering of internationally renowned artists in one place. A place that will allow them to do what they do best: be creative. We give them the tools, the space and the freedom to paint for one week. We make that process open to the public, allowing them full engagement and interaction between the artists and their audience. They witness the creativity in its entirety and become an essential part of the artists’ process. It’s about the breaking down of those closed doors and making art accessible. Seeing creativity happen from beginning to end and bringing people together through art. A POW WOW.

amazing idea, right? the most recent powwow took place in oahu, hawaii, and i wanted to share some of the inspiring photos that came out of it.

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images via we love campfires.

Jennifer -Jun 05, 2011, 6:04PM
I love wall murals- this looks so similar to street art! I love it!! if you're into that kinda stuff, check out http://theinvisiblethread.com/2011/06/02/west-loop-walls/
jeff -May 30, 2011, 7:04AM
thanks for posting this Julia! you should come to hawaii next february for the next one!

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DO: call an old friend today.

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Sometimes life gets really hectic. We’re focusing on everything we have to do, running around in a whirlwind of the here and what’s next. It’s all too simple to lose yourself and forget about the things that are not right in front of your face. Today, take a moment to stop the mayhem – to sit down and call an old friend, and to laugh at old memories and catch up on what’s new. I recently lost a good friend from high school. I had been meaning to call her that week, but every time I thought of it I was tired or had to run out the door. Lots of people say, “put that past behind you,” but I don’t always agree. Sometimes it’s important to remember the past – where you’ve been and the people who helped shape the person you are now.

If there is somebody you care about – call them. Call them on your way to the grocery store, call them while you’re doing the laundry, call them when you’re sitting on the beach. Fifteen minutes of hearing an old friend’s voice is worth it. Believe me.

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Kiera -Jun 01, 2011, 3:58PM
this is so right, when I was in 1st grade i moved from NJ to IL and i had a great friend named Katie, we were bests. Then i moved back to NJ the following summer. We promised to write but I couldn't keep up. I feel so bad that i didn't keep it touch and wish that i had so badly. I lost a really good friend and cant go back. keepcalmandlearntofly.tumblr.com
hm hippie -May 30, 2011, 2:59PM
I love old phones...I wish people still left messages on land lines and voicemail boxes! I remember how cool it was to come home and have my mom check our messages! Great Post!

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memorial day weekend will always carry with it a sense of freedom and memories of that long weekend when i’d get out early from school and head to the shore with family and friends for beach, barbecues and SUN – the first taste of the languid summer days ahead. it has always been the beach for me, but there are tons of other getaways that would be wonderful this weekend…

camping under the stars…

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a lake hidden by trees, preferably with a rope to swing out on…

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wherever this is, i want to go there.

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a weekend boating excursion would be amazing!

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road trip…

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…or bike trip!

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crash at a friend’s house with a pool :)

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and if you can’t go anywhere at all, build yourself a blanket fort :)

what’s everyone doing this weekend?

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Aylaginger -Jul 14, 2011, 4:31PM
last weekend I went to the Oregon coast and enjoyed the beautiful combination of mountain, forest, and beach.
missseo -Jun 08, 2011, 9:05PM
Well, I wish everyday is the weekend. Whatever I will do!

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in honor of stevie nicks‘ birthday, here is our adorable web studio intern channeling the gold dust woman :)

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happy birthday stevie! you inspire us every day.

xoxo

-May 31, 2011, 1:43AM
The skirt is from Urban Outfitters, by Cheap Monday
Danielle -May 27, 2011, 10:18PM
So lovely!!! is she wearing the Mesh Maxi Half Slip by chance?? If so, how is the fit? i can't quite decide on what size to get and although the reviews were good, they didn't seem to help much. Thanks in advanced! Much love FP <3

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We had some beautiful sunshine today, which made us all poppy and dotty!
Neon pops was a trend that was carried through the office in small dosages.
Retro polka dots were also seen in vintage dresses and vintage skirts. Color pops and polka dots is the style phase today!

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ras -May 30, 2011, 11:31AM
I like the girl's clothes in the last image, thank you)
Joy -May 30, 2011, 2:19AM
I like the phones

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hot pants for hot summer days! we love these little m2f cutoff shorts that come in pretty pastel shades. i definitely want a pair of these but i can’t pick a color! which ones do you guys like best?

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rose:

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anon -May 29, 2011, 4:51PM
Its the same girl in all but one of the pictures
Mei -May 26, 2011, 2:55PM
i'm wondering how the sizing is on these? the FP cutoff distressed denim shorts run large for example. if these fit like those i know exactly what to get. that's the only reason i'm holding off...

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ever since i first heard about the site the burning house i’ve been completely fascinated with it. it’s based on this simple premise: if your house was burning down, what would you take with you? sure, it’s not a pleasant thought but it’s a really interesting way of seeing what possessions are most valuable to people. when i was growing up, this was my biggest fear- i would literally lie in bed thinking up a plan for what i would grab on my way out of the house (usually our cat).

the photos are beautiful and often quite touching.

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to see more and read about the items these people pick, check out the site here.

so i was inspired to pull together my “burning house” items and it was really difficult but here’s what i came up with:

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1. favorite hoodie that was my mom’s from back in the 70s
2. buddha that i inherited from my dad’s collection
3. my huge photo album that encompasses high school through college and is full of amazing memories
4. stack of vintage postcards
5. journal from my road trip a few years ago
6. favorite book
7. photo of my mom and her ring that rarely leaves my finger
8. favorite record of all time- an original copy of the white album that i found at a thrift store in ocean beach san diego
9. vintage film canister and loupe from my dad’s childhood darkroom
10. good luck charms: friendship bracelets, lucky lighter and case, handmade necklace with charms, pocket knife and little stone and turquoise frog that probably has more sentimental value than anything else in this photo.

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what would you guys grab first on the way out of the burning house?

Jenifer -Feb 07, 2013, 9:38PM
I only surround myself with beautiful mementos. My whole entire room is full of treasures that I can't let go of. Things that have no meaning or purpose in my life or left on the curb. Everything that I have is given to me from people I love or things that have symbolism in my life. I think the most valuable of them all would be my pets, my hat box full of memories, my art supplies, jewelry, Photo albums and memory books I've made, a jewelry box my deceased papa made for my mom when she was 2 years old.
the lovely harbour -May 26, 2011, 11:10AM
Thanks for sharing these amazing photos! I love this collection of images - what a novel idea too, how creative! I agree with several of these people on what I would grab if in a burning house.

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