daily affirmations

Who can’t use a little positive encouragement each day? A group of five blogs, Kind Over Matter, Magpie Girl, Joy Rebel, Jamie Ridler, and Mirkwood Designs, got together and created this little set of daily affirmations with a cute box to keep them in! The idea is that you read one each day for a little inspiration! Best of all, they have put the pattern for the box and all the affirmation circles on the web so that we can make our own set! Click here to be taken to where you can download the patterns!

Leah -Jul 22, 2009, 1:20PM
Yay for the affirmation cards! They're lovely!
Jamie -Jul 22, 2009, 11:15AM
How wonderful to see this kindness project spread! Thank you so much for sharing the affirmations and the inspiration. It's a joy to be featured on your site!

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aleks sennwald

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This charming work is by Brooklyn-based illustrator Aleks Sennwald. I stumbled upon her work on Share Some Candy, and now I can’t get enough! I love the way she draws animals- though the woman in the picture at the top is really engaging too! Aside from her website, Aleks also has a blog which showcases her work, and other things.

If you’re looking for something to do in New York City tonight, check out the The Phenomenal Handclap Band at Joe’s Pub! They’re the first band I’ve been tempted to call “funky” or “groovy” in a long time! They’ve got a fun mellow sound with dance-y beats!

9:30pm tonight
Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, New York

lids transform your can

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I love this set of lids! Jack Bresnahan showed these lids at the New Designers graduate show in London recently. There are nine lids in total, and they are made of bio-degradable plastic! I really love that the lids can help you take something that is thrown out all the time and make it into something very useful!
Via Dezeen.

You might remember when I mentioned that there was a really cool event this past weekend in Space 1520 by our Hollywood We The Free store. Lauren Dukoff had a special opening party for her new book Family, and Devendra Banhart played a special set! I missed it, being on the opposite coast, but our Store Manager Carla sent me some wonderful photos taken during the event by Sonny Gerasimowicz.

This is a signed copy of Lauren’s book! It features portraits of many amazing folk and indie musicians, including Devendra, naturally!

Here everyone is waiting around for the show to start!
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Devendra is getting ready to go on… He sure is a cutie!
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Devendra is about to go up and everyone is getting psyched! Also, on the left you can almost see the front of the We The Free store – there’s a guy peeking inside! Hope he likes what he sees!
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The show begins!
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Everyone loves it!
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Our Managers-in-Training, Antonella and Laura, are huge Devendra fans, and they watched the show from the store garage. They look so pretty!
Thank you for the fabulous pictures Carla!

yttr -Jul 21, 2009, 11:33AM
sweet!!! thanks for sharing...

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kareena zerefos

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These fun creations are giving me a little inspiration this morning! They’re by Australian illustrator Kareena Zerefos. The girl at the top is just so beautiful – but I think my favorite might be the owl, because of his wonderful colors!
Via Booooooom.

Side Street, Sydney -Sep 10, 2009, 12:03AM
Hello! We love her too! Check out our interview with her: http://www.sidestreetsydney.com.au/search/label/Side%20Sight xx
The Art Cupboard -Jul 22, 2009, 3:13PM
wonderful! i am now in love kareena zerefos art work. her style is wonderful it feels so effortless yet what she is doing is quite complicated. wonderful find :) xoxo ~bree

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I am amazed at the detail of Amanda Michelle Smith‘s ceramic work. The way she draws is also really appealing! Check out this post on If The Birds Knew and click the pictures to see much bigger photos, and more of Amanda’s work! Seriously, do it! The bigger pictures do more justice to the work – the little intricacies are really great!

luminous & hazy

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Part of what makes these paintings so dreamy and luminous is that they are painted on convex metal rounds. I love the subjects of the paintings, the natural patterns and plants, and I love the colors too! Yvette Molina uses layers and layers of oil paint and many transparent glazes to achieve that certain glow. Check out her site if you want to learn more about her!
Via Happenstand.

laura -Jul 21, 2009, 3:33PM
beautiful work!
Caroline -Jul 20, 2009, 2:15PM
Like she painted on the face of the moon...

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What is your job here at FP?
Store Operations Intern
What is your current state of mind?
happy – motivated
Who are your heroes?
my dad & my mom
If you could choose what to come back to life as, what would you be?
my dog Tess, she is so spoiled :)
What or who is your greatest love?
my family & the beach [both together]
Name one thing necessary to your happiness.
lots of people, being w/ family & friends
What do you hate the most?
Liars & people who chew gum loudly
What would the name of your band be and what genre? What instrument do you play in this band?
Beachybabes – beach music, I’d want to play bongos
What color are you?
Neon Pink
What is your motto?
SMILE

Ashley -Jul 20, 2009, 3:58PM
Hahah what a cute mini interview! I love her ruffly top too!

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waste not

There is an amazing exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City right now by artist Song Dong.
Song Dong’s mother spent her entire life hoarding anything that she got her hands on, and refused to ever throw anything away. All her life she lived in a tiny house packed full with every kind of odd and end you can imagine. Shortly before she died, Song was able to convince her to allow him to clean out the house and use the contents as an exhibition. The exhibition is called Waste Not, and essentially it is all of his mother’s possessions, laid out and organized. The huge mass of stuff makes a really powerful statement. If I can get up to NYC in time, I will definitely be checking out this exhibition in person!

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More info at the Museum of Modern Art website.
Pictures via The New York Times.

Michelle -Jul 21, 2009, 12:07PM
The shoes and paper bags are incredible.
mamie -Jul 21, 2009, 12:06PM
i saw it last week! it was pretty cool, but if you're there you should definitely check out the james ensor paintings because they're gorgeous and trippy!

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paint it black

I was so happy to stumble onto this video today! It’s the Rolling Stones back in 1966 performing Paint It Black. I love finding these old performances, and check out Mick’s jacket! It’s amazing. Plus he’s so cute! He he!

Anna -Jul 20, 2009, 11:18PM
i absolutely love the rolling stones
Ed -Jul 20, 2009, 10:58AM
Awesome! Filming of last 40 secs is great.

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Sometimes when I get bored of a piece of clothing, all it needs to be exciting again is a new fun color! In the past I have been limited to using tea to get a warm brown color, or going and buying some dye at the drug store if I want any different colors – so I am really psyched that recently Pioneer Thinking put together a list of colors you can get from a variety of different plants! Dyes made from red cabbage will turn your clothes blue, and some dandelion roots will turn them red! They have something on the list for almost every color, definitely check it out if you are interested in some home-made dye! Threadbanger also has some great tips on preparing your home dyes!
Picture via Threadbanger.

Funkey Monkey Company on Etsy -Jul 19, 2009, 7:59AM
Great post. I have 3 girls with very unique tastes and they love to alter their clothes. I love dying t-shirts in red wine, chocolate and hibiscus infusions. The t-shirts not only come out dyed but they also smell like the dye.

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