we’re going to be moving into a new building down at the navy yard next year, and the other day i decided to walk over and check it out. as you can see, construction is underway, so i wasn’t allowed in without a hardhat…
you can kinda tell from the picture above…our buildings are right on the delaware river, which is awesome. i like the water.
the roof is torn off right now and i thought it looked really cool with the sunlight coming in…
i also saw this sweet van :)
i’ll be sure to keep you all posted on the progress of our new building!
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i first heard about the artist nick cave when i saw a post about him on our brooklyn we the free store’s blog. then a reader on our blog suggested checking him out and i couldn’t put off posting about him anymore. cave is a chicago based artist who is also a trained dancer and former clothing designer…all of which is evident in the creations he makes, called “soundsuits”, because of the noise they make when moved around in. he uses a variety of found materials to create the soundsuits, which can stand on their own as artwork or be worn by dancers as performance art. here are some of them…they’re pretty wild…
i wasn’t able to find a website for nick cave, but you can find more info about him on the website for the jack shainman gallery in new York, where he has recently shown his work.
hope everyone is enjoying their day so far…how about some thursday poll action?
last week i asked about sweaters, and the most votes (28%) went to the voluminous fairisle sweater!
this week i wanted to ask you all about the outfits in our holiday boutique…we have looks for any holiday occasion, and you can check them all out here. so which look do you love the most?
fight off cabin fever with fuzzy hats, feminine tops, distressed denim and tall strappy boots:
sparkle, shine and be the life of the party in these sequin skirts, tops and accessories:
throw on a leather jacket with some lace layers and stylish shoes to go window shopping in the city:
add some sparkle to a simple dress with standout accessories that are the icing on the cake:
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 :)
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.
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
2 6”x10” pieces of cotton fabric
2 pieces of 6”x10” cotton batting
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.