spring is in the air today in philly! warmer weather is on its way, i can feel it in my bones, and i’m so excited to wear lighter clothes and brighter colors and prints. like maybe…floral shoes and socks? it’s such a sweet look and literally puts some spring in your step. which of these floral shoes would you wear?
good morning! today’s DIY is once again inspired by our spring store displays – specifically, the colorful silk scarves floating around the ceiling. our team dyed and hand-painted each one of these scarves themselves! i think they’re beautiful and such a great way to add some color to a space for spring.
what you need:
for our displays, our team used silk scarves from dharma trading co. and dye-na-flow silk dye.
the dye can be applied to the fabric by simply dipping it in the dye or by using a brush, squirt bottle or sponge to create different patterns on the scarf. once dry, iron the fabric for a few minutes to fix the dye, then wash in cool water with synthrapol and rinse.
i love the mixture of printed and solid scarves our team used!
if you check out the instructions for the silk dye here, there are a number of other cool dying methods you can try, such as sun printing:
i never heard of this method before but what you do is arrange cutouts or found objects like leaves and flowers on the fabric while the dye is still wet, and lay out in the sun for a couple of hours. when you remove the objects you’re left with ghosts of the shapes that look really beautiful.
i love the idea of sewing a bunch of scarves together like our display team did…they look like prayer flags. i am definitely going to try this and string them up in my apartment!
guys…i am so stoked about this year’s bonnaroo lineup!!!
they seem to be going back to their roots, which makes me very happy. there are some big bands that have had amazing years – arcade fire, black keys, mumford and sons, florence and the machine, there are the jam bands and bonnaroo staples – widespread panic, robert plant & band of joy, my morning jacket, string cheese incident, primus, gregg allman, warren haynes, bela fleck, railroad earth…and then there are the surprises – like buffalo springfield featuring richie furay, stephen stills, neil young, rick rosas & joe vitale, and superjam featuring dan auerbach (of the black keys) and dr. john. check out the full lineup on the website.
here’s a little playlist of some of the bands playing this year! man, listening to widespread takes me back…love those guys. so who’s going with me?
“say anything,” he said. “you can’t make a mistake when you improvise.”
“what if i mess it up? what if i screw up the rhythm?”
“you can’t,” he said. “it’s like drumming. if you miss a beat, you create another.”
in this simple exchange, sam taught me the secret of improvisation, one that i have accessed my whole life.
he looked at me, my cowboy with indian ways. “you know, the dreams you had for me weren’t my dreams,” he said. “maybe those dreams are meant for you.”
“i believed he would once again embrace the knowledge that there is no pure evil, nor pure good, only purity.”
he always returned to his muse. i no longer felt that i was the right model for him, but he would wave my objections away. he saw in me more than i could see in myself. whenever he peeled the image from the polaroid negative, he would say, “with you i can’t miss.”
we were leaving the swirl of our post-brooklyn existence, which had been dominated by the vibrating arena of the chelsea hotel. the merry-go-round was slowing down. as i packed even the most insignificant of things accumulated in the past few years, they were accompanied by a slide show of faces, some of which i would never see again…
many would not make it…taken down, the stardom they so desired just out of reach, tarnished stars falling from the sky.
i feel no sense of vindication as one of the handfuls of survivors. i would rather have seen them all succeed, catch the brass ring. as it turned out, it was i who got one of the best horses.
just returned from a weekend in san francisco and i think my head is still somewhere up in those clouds… it was my first time back since moving back to philly two years ago and i feel like i slipped back into a different time for a few days. there’s magic in the air out there.
our vintage buyer found a stack of adorable vintage valentines at a flea market recently, and our graphic designers made them into little valentines that you can print out and use! she told me that vintage valentine cards are difficult to find and very expensive- and it is not known who many of them are designed by.
valentine’s day was not always a loving and romantic day, and early valentines were actually intended to be mean and insulting – called “penny meanies” – and were sent unsigned. by the early 19th century the practice of sending more sentimental valentines grew in popularity, and the ones above are from the early 20th century. i think its so interesting to see how valentines have evolved…the vintage ones are so sweet and innocent compared to some of the racier ones we see today!
click on each image to go to our flickr page and download the large size!
have you guys ever seen rainbow roses? i never have and i couldn’t believe they’re actually real – albeit man-made. they were first created by two dutch companies who found that by splitting the stem and dipping each part in water colored with dye they could achieve this effect. the colors are drawn into the petals as the rose blooms, resulting in the rainbow of colors. i love how it almost looks like tie dye!
i mentioned artist sylvia marius the other day…we were particularly inspired by her deconstructed umbrella for our store displays, but as i was looking through her website i found myself completely in awe of all of her beautiful work. this quote helps give you an idea of where she’s coming from:
“I am an inexhaustible collector of fragments of life.
With these roots as my own vocabulary, I create fragile and
delicate objects with a more-than-uncertain use; scarified
sculptures put-back together by a hazy hand.
They are: Aerial objects, a sum of fragments put together from
end to end…
Often, in my world, things seem to hold each other together by
one thread. However, in reality, they are connected by several
her home looks incredibly inspiring as well:
“There is the first sight… Casting itself onto various objects.
Then… A gathering of objects: Building blocks fashioned from
a collection of testimonies:
Fragments of history, gathered during the constant
movement of life…
Fragments placed together for a purpose:
Observe… But particularly… Repair.”