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i really want to try and make a rag rug.  i’ve been looking around online for tutorials on how to do it, and i’m so inspired just by pictures of them!  i think they’re so beautiful and a perfect way to use up any fabric you might have lying around.

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these images are from the rag rug flickr group (yes, there is one)…check it out here…believe me, you will be inspired.

apparently there are several ways to make a rag rug…some tutorials involve crocheting, like this one on vintage chica.  but if you don’t know how to crochet (like me) you can still make a rag rug just by braiding the fabric!

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moda bake shop has a really great tutorial showing you step by step how to do it. once you’ve picked out the fabric you want to use, cut it into long strips and just start to braid! start at the center of the rug and work your way outwards, forming a circle with your braid as shown in the images above. once you’ve finished, just sew the rows of braids together! for the full tutorial click here.

i can’t wait to try it!

Laura -Jan 21, 2010, 1:05PM
Hey, I love crocheting scrap fabric. I actually used this as an element in my thesis project and make accessories and clothing!
sarah -Jan 20, 2010, 8:44PM
I still have my grandma's rag rug. I LOVE it! sarah

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i want my bookshelf to look like this…with photos and little trinkets.

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i love this idea…a collage of photos, cards and various keepsakes on a desktop, covered by a sheet of glass.

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and i really want some antlers to hang jewelry from.

keith abrahamsson and kate young’s home photographed by the selby.

NinaElisa -Jan 22, 2010, 11:11PM
they totally were selling antler hooks at urban around the holidays last year!
summerteeth -Jan 20, 2010, 11:59AM
the selby is the absolute BEST for home inspiration. love the postcards/journals beneath glass idea too.

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images 1, 3, 4, 5, 8: freckled cup; 2: cosmic dust; 6: hard to explain; 7: ffffound.

Jay Nima -Jan 20, 2010, 2:35AM
beautiful photos! the saturation of them sets a certain vibe and goes perfectly with the feel of the blog. love them!
unidentified -Jan 19, 2010, 6:53PM
beautiful photos....love them all!!!!!

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in her shoes

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rebecca minkoff wearing our corset heels in black! check them out in nude and gray suede on our website.

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tippy -Jan 20, 2010, 8:43AM
they look fab on her! i'm going to check out the pair in nude, i think those will go great with everything.

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i just posted part two of our new store playlist, which includes the classic INXS song “never tear us apart” …and in an interesting coincidence, the music video for the song was shot in prague! check it out:

Never Tear Us Apart INXS from Miguel Ángel Belenda on Vimeo.

fp julia -Jan 19, 2010, 3:42PM
Hi Brittany - thanks for your comment! so glad you like the blog, and don't worry, philly will still be here when you get back :) have an amazing time in ireland!
Jesse Lu -Jan 19, 2010, 1:17PM
I loooooove this song... I loooooooove INXS. UGh, that hair is to die for. Plus, Prague is nice. ;)

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good morning! for your listening pleasure, here is part two of our new store playlist…enjoy!


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unidentified -Jan 19, 2010, 4:04PM
There are some awesome songs on here!! I can't wait to listen. thanks for sharing this!

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wanna win a $150 gift card to use on our website or in our stores? click on the image to go to our facebook page and enter!

please note that you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the US to enter.

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it’s warm and sunny in philly today…making me wish spring was here already. so does this image for our beach collection. i loved it so much i wanted to share it…just click on the image to go to our flickr page and download!

oh and check out all our cool, comfy beach stuff here.

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well everyone…the time has come for us to choose our next book for the free people book club! this time around we want you to vote…we picked six books from the list of suggestions we got from our readers, a few of which many of you recommended.  check them out, and vote for your top choice!


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szybka pożyczka dla zadłużonych bez bik broda -Feb 02, 2014, 5:56AM
Przypadkiem Pan zastępów Iksinski załatwi zbiórkę gwoli tych dłuzników.?
morgan -Jan 31, 2010, 10:53AM
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was definitely overrated. It shouldn't be on this list.

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with martin luther king, jr. day falling in the wake of the tragedy in haiti, the words of dr. king seem especially poignant…and remind us to think about what we can do, not just in a time of need like now, but on a daily basis, to make the world a better place.

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“some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
- roger miller

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knedliky

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it looks like bread, but its actually knedliky, czech bread dumplings that are one of the country’s most popular side dishes…so to go along with our prague theme, i thought i’d share a recipe for it with you! they’re usually served with pork and sauerkraut, but they’re probably good with just about anything.  wanna make some? here’s how:

ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk, or as needed
4 cups dry white bread cubes

directions:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center, and pour in the eggs and 1 cup of milk. Stir to blend, and add enough additional milk to make a moist battery dough, not like pancake batter. Use a sturdy wooden spoon to beat the dough at least 200 strokes, rolling it over and over in the bowl until smooth and an occasional bubble appears on the surface. Add the dry white bread cubes, and stir into the dough until they disappear.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the dough onto a cheesecloth or white cotton cloth, and form into a loaf shape. Wrap the cloth around the loaf, and tie the ends.
  3. Place the loaf into the boiling water, and cook for 45 minutes, turning the loaf over about half way through. Remove from the water, unwrap, and cover with a tea towel. Let stand for 10 minutes and then slice.
Craig -Feb 12, 2010, 6:39PM
I am going to try this recipe tonight. My grandma and aunt use to make these, but I cannot find the recipe. This looks close. Thanks
inge from Bavaria -Jan 18, 2010, 6:33AM
You should try it with mushroom&cream sauce. Perfect! We had it yesterday!

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