one of the coolest things i saw at bonnaroo was the booth where you could build your own drum! i would totally love to try this- it requires a little effort but the end result makes it totally worth it!
unless you have the ability to carve your own drum shell, you’ll probably need to buy a shell and drum head to start out with. some websites sell kits with all the supplies you need – find some here and here.
once you have all the supplies, here’s a step by step tutorial on how to make your drum!
what you need:
djembe drum shell
djembe drum head
1. apply a 1 inch circular strip of glue along the top edge of the drum shell.
2. grasp the drum head on opposite ends and pull with your hands. pull enough to stretch the head out and be careful not to break it. this stretching allows the natural fibers to become acclimated to the tension exerted on them during use on the drum shell.
3. pull the edges of the drum head over the glued rim of the drum. the head sits taut over the drum shell, with about 2 inches of drum head hanging over each side.
4. place the metal ring over the drum head. it stations loosely over the side of the drum, with the edge of the drum head between the ring and the shell.
5. lace djembe rope between the metal ring and the drum head, creating a crisscross pattern from top to bottom of the drum shell. this rope provides additional pressure on the metal ring and drum head, securing both firmly to the drum shell.
6. hammer the metal ring into the drum shell to tighten its grip on the drum head. this ring and the glue on the drum rim insure that your drum head can take the pressure of use when your drum is complete.
you can personalize your drum with hand-painted decorations, and at bonnaroo they were even tie-dyeing the drum head, it looked really cool!
this girl was painting her drum shell wearing one of our dresses!
bonnaroo really threw me off… i’m all discombobulated. but its tunesday so i wanted to post about one of the bands we saw this weekend that really rocked – mumford & sons! a friend actually recommended them to me a little while back, i listened to a couple of their songs, but wasn’t blown away. after seeing them live my opinion totally changed. they were definitely one of the high points of the weekend and they got the crowd really amped up – surprising for a band who’s music is pretty mellow, a mix of folk rock and a little bit of bluegrass. it doesn’t hurt that they’re also adorable :)
here are some photos from their bonnaroo show (not taken by me, from the bonnaroo website):
now listen to a few songs from their album sigh no more – the last song on the playlist, “lover of the light,” is a new song that they played at bonnaroo and i LOVED it. let me know what you think!
we have two new open positions here at the home office!
free people direct is looking for a campaign specialist, who would report to our customer insights manager. the campaign specialist is responsible for executing the outbound campaign strategies of the direct division: developing catalog circulation plans and maintaining associated expenses as they relate to the fiscal budget; executing outbound email campaigns; acting as liaison with all marketing service bureaus; analyzing and reporting on trends and test results as they relate to seasonal campaigns; providing marketing support to other areas of the division as needed.
for the full job description and to apply, please click here.
we are also looking for a stylist assistant intern, who would report to our assistant stylist.
***when applying for the internship please submit a resume and a 1 page free people inspiration board of looks, styles, tears, that show the free people aesthetic.***
he or she should be able to use the internet as a resource and keep an “inspiration book” to present to senior stylist and creative director.
for the full job description and to apply, please click here!
you probably remember these beautiful butterflies and dragonflies that flew into our stores for our spring display – well now that our new summer displays are up, they have gone into hibernation…and we want to give some away!
this giveaway will stay open until friday at midnight – and all you have to do to win is leave a comment below, and make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.
we will select a winner for each day (tuesday,wednesday, thursday, friday) to receive one of these amazing display pieces!
i am so jealous…i loved these displays and they’re even prettier in person because you can see all the details and craftsmanship that went into creating each one :) plus this is the first time we’re giving away some display items so it’s pretty exciting!
**UPDATE Monday June 21 – the four winners have been selected and contacted. Once we hear back from them, we will announce on the blog.**
kick off your summer at our free people portland store this thursday june 17! they’ll be having a party all day long with special discounts, raffles and more! the store looks so lovely, i’ve always wanted to go to portland…
check out their facebook page for more event details.
we were woken from our dreams early saturday morning – and i mean earlier than i’ve been up in a while on a saturday – because the heat was already making the tents unbearable. the sun was out and we knew it was going to get HOT. we started the day by heading into centeroo, where all the vendors set up shop. they have great vendors at bonnaroo – lots of handmade clothing and accessories, all natural products and surprisingly good food. i picked up a bag that i adore and a beautiful skirt from a shop called the mayan connection – actually all four of us got skirts there :)
as guests we had access to a special area behind one of the stages with a “messy hall” and outdoor seating areas – with hammocks.
right across from the guest area was the artist hospitality area – which looked pretty sweet. we were not allowed in, though…
the first show we went to on saturday was jimmy cliff, who i was really looking forward to seeing. he was awesome - as he was singing “i can see clearly now,” we were told we had to leave the bleachers where we were sitting because a storm was coming in. we were actually kindof excited for rain but the storm never came. umbrellas were everywhere at bonnaroo – not because of rain, but to provide shade from the hot hot sun.
a free people bag in the crowd…
and our new buddy proudly rocks one in the bleachers. i love making friends at bonnaroo :)
next up was mumford & sons who were phenomenal! at one point old crow medecine show came out and played “wagon wheel” with them which was awesome. after that we went over to cafe where? to see angus and julia stone. they were amazing and angus is seriously the cutest thing i’ve ever seen. julia has a gorgeous voice and she can play guitar, keys, the horn and harmonica. she rocks.
and finally, stevie wonder took the stage for his headlining show.
Hey Hey! I’m back giving you the style coverage from the festivals – this time around we’ve hit Bonnaroo in Nashville Tennessee. Mmmmmm or should I say Sweataroo, my is it DAMN hot here. Even Mr Followil of the Kings of Leon thought so ”this is the hottest I’ve ever been… man!” but I didn’t mind seeing Caleb all sweaty. I didn’t mind at all :)
We arrived at the festival at 9 set up camp under the pitch black sky then headed into the drunken humid air. It was very hard at this point to spot people who intrigued me with their style as the majority were crashed out on the floor star gazing/ light headed.
One thing I noticed though tie dye was everywhere. A look I loved was long tie dye skirts (ok not the wacky packy style) the toned down versions worn with cropped lace tops.
The crowd at Bonnaroo is alot dirtier than Coachella, many girls walk around in just two piece string bikinis, but hey I don’t blame them the heat is a killer!
After seeing Kings of Leon ( highlight Caleb singer ‘Where is My Min’d by the Pixies!!!! ) we bumped into Noot Seear who modelled for us in our July catalog. She is such a sweetheart we love her and I loved her pants!
Ok that’s all form the friday night. We have a full day here today so hopefully some exciting coverage will come your way — BYE!
we pulled into bonnaroo as the sun was going down and had just enough time to find the guest camping area and set up our campsite before making our way to the main stage to see the kings of leon. i have never seen them live before and let me tell you they did not disappoint! it was a phenomenal set- the highlights for me were definitely their cover of the pixies song “where is my mind,” and “trani” which i had been hoping to hear!
another benefit of being a guest at bonnaroo? access to the special viewing platform to the side of the stage (and away from the sea of people).
next we headed over to which stage where the flaming lips were about to come on. as usual, they came out with an explosion of lights and color and balloons that was a pretty amazing sight.
the magical mushroom fountain…
it was a very long day and we were exhausted from the heat…we stopped by to see some of the black keys show before heading back to our campsite where we fell asleep listening to the flaming lips play dark side of the moon. not a bad way to end the day!
now we’re off to see what saturday has in store, stay tuned…