finding a great vintage item (especially t-shirts for me) is like stumbling upon your own personal treasure. it’s unique and personal and immediately special.
these photographs were brought in by our marketing manager, who recently discovered them at her grandmother’s house. she’s trying to come up with a cool way to display them at home…they’re of her grandparents in their younger years, and not only are they awesome because they’re vintage, but they’re simply great photos too. check ‘em out… as you can see the sizes are different than your typical 3×5 or 5×7. if you have any great ideas, i’m sure she’d love suggestions :)

Caity -Nov 26, 2009, 11:33AM
These are so cool, I love vintage!!!!!
-Nov 20, 2009, 3:44PM
the exhibit looks very cool! thanks!!!

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winston

have you seen our new november gift catalog yet? well then you’ll probably recognize winston…
he has stolen the hearts of many as a result of this catalog…

in fact, the blog oh joy posted about it on monday :)
click through the above image to see the entire catalog.

Amanda -Nov 23, 2009, 9:14PM
i loved this picture so much i ripped it out and put it on my wall
Beth Perry -Nov 19, 2009, 8:40AM
awwwwwwwwwwwwww i love him!!!! And HIS FREAKING NECKLACE!!! LOL

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i’m always inspired by stuff i see over in the space where our print and color team works…for instance, this desk. it’s awesome.

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and this pretty fabric…
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Jessica Marshall -Nov 19, 2009, 12:37AM
hay there hope you will all be good as your post inspired me so much and its really cool one as all the stuff what so ever had been arranged on table and in the room are not much artifical and are all cool stuff
g! -Nov 18, 2009, 3:32PM
love these! it also reminds me of how much i miss the home office posts- employee profiles, desks, what's being worn around the office! :)

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wednes-diy

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one of our call center reps shared this awesome DIY tutorial for the adorable sleep masks that she makes …these would be such a great gift for friends or an awesome stocking stuffer for the holidays.

quilted sleep mask
supplies:
2 6”x10” pieces of cotton fabric
2 pieces of 6”x10” cotton batting
matching thread
matching ribbon for ties (36” total)
sewing machine is helpful but project could be done by hand
start by picking out a fat quarter of your favorite cotton fabric, you can use a scrap you have laying around as long as it is at least 6” by 10”.
from your 6”x10” fabrics cut out the shape of a sleep mask. I made my own pattern for it, its not too hard. Practice on a piece of paper and once you get a good size and shape use that for you pattern. **remember to allow 1/4 “ seam allowance all the way around.**
place the front fabric right side up on the 2 pieces of cotton batting, pin and quilt whatever pattern you like. i used diagonal lines to create a box pattern but anything will work! use your imagination!
now cut your ribbon in half to make two 18” ties and position them on the front of the mask with the long part facing in leaving 1 ” overhang over the outside side edges of the mask. i roll and pin mine so as not to sew more then just the one end to the edge.
now place the back piece on the quilted front piece right sides facing, stitch around the edge with a ¼ inch seam allowance leaving 4 inches at the top of the sleep mask open so that you can pull it right side out.
once you are done sewing cut around the stitching to remove the excess batting and then pull the mask right side out making sure all your edges are pushed out completely and flat. ironing at this point does help but not required. now pin your opening closed with the unsewn seam allowance tucked in. sew 1/8” from the edge all the way around the mask. once you trim off your extra threads you will have an adorable, comfy sleep mask!!! :)

not so crafty? you can find these for sale on her etsy site.

take a hike

did you know today is take a hike day? It’s a great day in philly to get outdoors… if you can’t actually take a hike, just go do something outside!

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images: summer teeth, summer teeth, amalia chimera

cardy ugg boots -Nov 30, 2009, 7:40PM
Thanks for your sharing,It's wonderful
Jennifer -Nov 18, 2009, 10:39PM
free people, i love this blog so much, which is why i just don't feel right until you feature the artist nick cave and his amazingly inventive, colorful and insane costumes from the "meet me at the center of the earth" exhibit. if you google images him you will not be disappointed

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where is she off to with all those shoes?

maybe it had something to do with this…

fpjulia -Nov 18, 2009, 2:27PM
gfs- she got the hat at the soho "in god we trust" store :)
gfs -Nov 17, 2009, 7:30PM
I love her hat!! where is it from?

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tunesday

people have been buzzing about jersey-based indie/pop band real estate since the summer, but they’re just releasing their debut self-titled album today. while the songs might seem more summer-appropriate (just look at titles like “beach comber” “pool swimmers” “atlantic city” “lets rock the beach”), it’s a great listen at this time of year, especially if you’re missing warm weather and the shore (like me). the album does have an underlying moodiness that darkens it a little bit, but for the most part it’s simple, light and breezy…great for a lazy sunday. i especially like “suburban beverage” and “black lake”. the band, made up of martin courtney, matthew mondanile, etienne pierre duguay and alex bleeker, list paul mccartney, the doobie brothers, kokomo, the boss and new jersey among their influences. also, they’re touring right now so check out their myspace page for dates and to listen to some tunes!

something neat…


how cool is this new image on our website? what’s even cooler is that it moves…click through to see.
by one of our awesome graphic designers :)

sonia Arshad -Nov 16, 2009, 4:05PM
I love the new website layout. Simply beautiful :))

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exciting news! we are doing a holiday craft swap! spread a little holiday cheer with a hand-crafted gift from the heart…it can be anything you want, and it doesn’t have to be specific to any holiday. you can make something with a wintery theme, cold weather accessories, something decorative for the home, or just something to make someone smile.
if you haven’t participated in one of our craft swaps before, here’s how it works:
sign up by friday november 27. to sign up, fill out the simple form here with your name, email, and mailing address. people outside the united states are welcome to join, but if you live in the u.s., you can indicate if you do not want to ship internationally. i will match you up with a partner and send you their email and shipping address.
you have until friday december 25 to make a gift and mail it to your partner. we have set up a group on flickr here where you can discuss your ideas and inspiration as you’re crafting, and upload pictures of your crafts when you make/receive them.
if you need some help getting started, check out some of the crafts people made for swaps in the past: 2009 valentine swap, 2008 valentine swap, 2008/2009 winter swap.
so sign up and start crafting! can’t wait to see what people make!

Celia -Sep 20, 2012, 6:24PM
This looks like such a great idea! Will you be doing it this year? I would love to participate! :)
julielani chang -Dec 16, 2009, 12:42AM
I signed up to the winter gift swap and a matching contact was sent to me. Unfortunately my hard drive failed and I lost all of my data. Could you please resend the person's name, address and email to me. I finished my gift and would like to send it out. Thanks

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monday quote

“all i can do is be me, whoever that is.”
- bob dylan

Jessica -Nov 18, 2009, 10:54PM
Ahhh Bob Dillan, a staple in my time even in 2009 at age sixteen. An icon of the time when chaos was a gift of music and flamboyance, a time i wished i lived but simply settle to love. Think me naive in todays day and age but life rolls on and i roll with. Bob Dylan will live on with the decades yet refuse to change for he already left his mark. I will make my mark in the future though it may be small. Change the world one song and soul at a time. This qoute brightened my night ;)
alexxandra -Nov 16, 2009, 12:51PM
today i am to present a proposal for a rhetorical presentation i am to present to my popular culture class as my final. i narrowed down my topics to two: the beatles and their drastic change of sound throughout the 60s or bob dylan and his protesting lyrics during the vietnam war. i take this quote as a sign! thank you kindly!

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another employee here at the home office shared this recipe – her all time favorite, which is her mom’s banana bread recipe. it is affectionately titled “meeshie’s banana bread” (her name is michele, nicknamed meeshie).

meeshie’s banana bread
1/2 cup soft butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 or 4 medium bananas)
1 tbsp milk
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
in a large bowl cream butter, vanilla, and sugar until light and fluffy. beat in eggs. in a separate bowl mash together bananas and milk. in yet another bowl combine remaining dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda). blend dry ingredients into creamed mixture alternately with the bananas.
for bread fill greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. bake on 350 for 1 hr 10 mins.
for muffins fill cupcake wrappers 2/3rds to 3/4ths the way up. bake on 350 for 18-22 mins. (makes about 24 muffins)
let cool ten minutes then turn out of pans and let cool completely.
enjoy!

RunningChocolatier -Apr 23, 2013, 8:08PM
I just made these for my track team and they taste AMAZING!!!! They are super moist and smell amazing- my whole house smells like banana bread! Instead of bread, I did as suggested and made muffins and added chocolate chips in the batter. Soooo good!!!
fp julia -Sep 22, 2010, 1:20PM
no, its just a picture from google image search :)

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one of our employees shared this with me and i think its so cute…
“i love to cook and i love little details that make people smile… for example: i made this brunch a few weekends ago for my boyfriend.”

it’s a pancake with eggs for hair, bacon for a smile and blueberries for eyes :)

-Nov 16, 2009, 3:07PM
i think the bacon needs to be positioned a bit lower can't i keep thinking its a mustache ;) but its still cute!
laura bianchi -Nov 16, 2009, 11:08AM
aw! I'm stealing this for my boyfriend!

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