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having a real christmas tree is nice, but not everyone has the time or resources to go out and get one and haul it home.   luckily, there are plenty of DIY options out there for alternative “christmas trees” that look just as pretty and would be a really fun craft project that you can still do in time for christmas!

i love the idea of finding branches lying around outside and using them to create a very natural, earthy looking tree like this one, with some paper snowflakes for a delicate touch.

another really cool idea…suspend the branch over a table with some string and hang ornaments from it.

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this awesome tree is a branch from outside, painted white and decorated with garlands and various found items like vintage potholders, crocheted doilies, cotton spools, buttons and thrift store figurines.

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a neat idea, if you’re willing to nail a bunch of branches to your wall…

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…or a bunch of items in the shape of a Christmas tree.

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i think this might be the most creative idea of them all!

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last but not least…a printable tree that you can actually download, here!

custom tshirts -Oct 15, 2010, 11:01AM
cool post. Thanks for the info!
Rouenna -Dec 25, 2009, 12:52AM
The first photo brings a lot of memories to me. Since I live in Southeast Asia, there's no pine trees to be found. Back in my teen years, we can't really buy the ones sold at the mall. So, what we did was cut up a nice looking tree branch at our backyard, wrapped it with a white crepe paper, hang a lot of cute vintage stuff on it, put smooth white stones at the base of the tree and voila, a white Christmas tree. =)

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good morning everyone! if you are participating in our holiday craft swap, it’s about time to get your crafts in the mail if you haven’t already!  the photos are starting to go up on our flickr page, and i’m so impressed with what i’ve seen so far…

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that last picture is adorable! keep an eye on our flickr page as more photos come in!

b -Dec 23, 2009, 4:36PM
All the gifts are so beautiful!

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we had a little surprise party today to celebrate the birthday of the assistant to our president…

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happy birthday to you!

Nasir -Dec 24, 2009, 10:48AM
nice:)thanks for sharing
Nasir -Dec 24, 2009, 10:48AM
awesome :) veru cool cake :) today is also my Birth day :) By http://www.shopinsummer.com

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images from the photo issue of canada’s 01 magazine…awesome.

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1. jennilee marigomen; 2-7. hasisi park; 8. tim barber; 9. frankie nazardo

Ashley -Dec 22, 2009, 4:29PM
Beautiful pics! I love the pictures you post on here! Very inspiring.

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One EskimO is a london band, who have actually been around for a few years, but are just getting noticed here in the US thanks to the single “kandi” off their debut album!  what’s interesting though, is that the band has teamed up with warner premiere to create a “visual album” consisting of ten videos in a series called “the adventures of One eskimO.” they are available for download on itunes.

if the animation looks familiar, its because the videos are produced by passion pictures, which also animated the gorillaz music videos.  each band member in One eskimO takes on a character — the singer is the eskimo, the drummer is a giraffe, the guitar player is a penguin and the bass player is a monkey.  i’m sorry, but that penguin is so cute!  check out a chapter in the animated series below, for the song “kandi.” what do you think about the idea of making “visual albums?”

for more on One eskimO check out their myspace page!

-Dec 22, 2009, 2:24PM
too cute! i love this idea.

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good morning! happy tunesday…just wanted to remind you all to send me your picks for the best albums and songs of the year!  i’m making a list and i’ll share the results with you next week along with a playlist of your choices.

leave your picks in comments section or send them to blog@freepeople.com!

-Dec 23, 2009, 11:28AM
bitte orca- dirty projectors great, great album!
Becca -Dec 23, 2009, 3:41AM
VERA-look them up on ITUNES, their my new favorite ever and i want everyone to know them, or everyone needs to know them! "The Sound"

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kate hudson wearing a free people romper in california over the weekend…while we were getting buried by snow in philly!

Wrecked Stellar -Dec 22, 2009, 3:34PM
Love Kate's style and love the Uggs pairing with the romper- makes it California-winter appropriate (and fun)!
Katie -Dec 22, 2009, 1:50PM
Hi! I'm pretty sure Kelly wore the Dynasty Shift in Emerald to the Survivor Samoa Live Reunion show. No screen grabs, but it looked like it when she first walked on stage at the start of the episode.

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the holidays are approaching but we’re still hard at work in the home office!

some of our designers working on a presentation for upcoming silhouettes…

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…another designer hard at work on a sweater

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and our accessories buyer going through samples for april 2010!

eye lift guide -Feb 12, 2011, 3:50AM
I think she is nt get perfect results. She want perfect. Her preparations is very good.
ellie -Dec 22, 2009, 4:33PM
its a little bit odd how much i enjoy ur home home office pics, i dunno, i guess it makes the clothes i love so much, seem more, human?? something mushy like that! ahahaha! keeep hard at work guys!

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can you believe it’s almost christmas? where did this year go? i have another download for you today created by our graphic designers…it’s so creative and cheerful…i love it!

click on the image to download from our flickr page!

roulette strategi -Jan 17, 2010, 2:22PM
I cannot believe this will work!
Avelina -Dec 23, 2009, 5:54AM
Happy Holidays to all people posting here... Very beautiful image and I love to share this image with other.. Merry Christmas

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as i’m nearing the end of on the road i was inspired to take a look at the fashion of the beat generation.  beatniks were characterized by their rebellious spirit and anti-establishment, anti-materialistic philosophy, and they expressed this through stark and simple fashion.  jack kerouac and his crew wore old, ripped jeans and t-shirts because they didn’t care how they looked, while others wore head-to-toe black with berets or glasses.

what else about the beat generation’s style and culture is still resonant with you today?

share your thoughts in the comments section!  also for those of you reading on the road, try and finish by january 4th if you can, and check the blog for a final post about the book!

import chiny -Oct 17, 2011, 11:14AM
AMazing!
Jennifer -Dec 23, 2009, 9:35PM
i already read it last summer, won't spoil anything, but I'll be honest, I thought it was a great work, but his other book "dharma bums" was actually more beautiful to me. In my opinion, he has more soul in dharma bums, and it really gives you a feel for the time. I totally suggest it for your next read ^_^

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“the woods are lovely, dark and deep, but i have promises to keep, and miles to go before i sleep, and miles to go before i sleep.”
- robert frost

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-Dec 28, 2009, 10:04PM
i love this poem and the picture is absolutely gorgeous:)
katie -Dec 21, 2009, 10:53PM
gorgeous photo plus that is my favorite poem, it's so beautiful

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dallas shaw is a delaware-based artist who’s work ranges from acrylic and watercolor paintings to notecards and tee-shirts. she also happens to be a big fan of free people! dallas was kind enough to answer a couple of questions for me and picked out some illustrations that she feels are representative of free people.

when and why did you decide you wanted to be a professional artist?

oddly enough i knew i wanted to be in art in some way when i was very young. i wrote a letter to the head animator of walt disney world when i was in 6th grade and asked him for a job! i think i was a little too young, but i worked at it since grade school, kept drawing, majored in illustration… as i grew older i really began to love the fashion industry and wanted to work in fashion but the right opportunity hasn’t come up just yet so here i am!

i read that you’re inspired by fashion and music…what designers and musicians are your personal favorites?
i do listen to music when i paint but i am really heavily influenced by the fashion industry. my personal favorites change by season but i am currently crushing on collections by phillip lim, lanvin & peter som.

what do you like to do when you’re not drawing and painting?
i don’t have a lot of free time on my hands this year. if i do end up with a few extra hours during the week i try to make time to spend with my really supportive husband. if I’m not with him during those couple of hours you’ll find me shopping!

to see more of dallas’s awesome work, check out her website!

mackenzie -Jan 13, 2010, 11:04PM
i love dallas' work. and i love free people. how convenient! i love when my favorites meet at the intersection. ;) well done, you two!
dallas -Dec 22, 2009, 10:35AM
oh, thanks for the feature everyone! http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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