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when i was at a.c. moore the other day getting supplies for my hair wrap, i saw a DIY dream catcher kit and i couldn’t resist. i never realized how easy they are to make! you don’t even need the kit- you can find whatever supplies you want to make your own personalized dream catcher at an arts and crafts store or around the house!

what you need:

– a ring of whatever size you’d like – it could be metal, plastic, wood – whatever :)

– suede lace or thin strips of fabric

– artificial sinew (the yellow thread) – this is what came in the kit, but i feel like regular string would work too.

– feathers, beads and any other little trinkets you want to add!

wind the suede lace around the metal ring.

when you get all the way around, tie the ends together in a knot:

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i left a little bit of extra lace at each end so i could use that to hang it from something.

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take the string and knot it at your starting point, and then start looping it around the metal ring as seen in the photo. when you get all the way around the outside, start looping it around itself, and keep going till you get to the center:

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now start adding your little trinkets! the kit came with the suede piece at the top, but it’s definitely not necessary.  i put a little silver feather on the inside, and used the leftover suede lace to attach beads and feathers at the bottom. i tied the feathers to the lace with the string, but there’s probably a better way to do that :)

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i love the end result! it’s a very nice addition to my workspace.

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and now i’m already thinking about what i want my next dream catcher to look like! i think it would look really cool to make one with thinly cut strips of fabric – maybe from old free people bags!? or an all-natural one, using a stick for the ring, hemp and decorated with leaves, feathers and dried flowers…yep, done.

fp julia -Aug 05, 2010, 5:30PM
lise- i am def going to! and you should send a pic of yours :) mallory- thanks for the tip :) jesse- yours is soo beautiful i love that you used sticks!
Jesse -Aug 05, 2010, 5:15PM
I love this tutorial, especially the turquoise suede! I saw it and felt immediately compelled to post my own dreamcatcher on here which I finished about a month ago! here's the link: http://fallingfeather.tumblr.com/post/909233599

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random things that caught my eye today :)

Lauren -Aug 05, 2010, 7:56PM
i love what you added to the end of the rolling racks! It makes it look less industrial and more vintage... did you guys make those? Or did you buy them somewhere? If you could let me know that would be amazing!!
Ariana -Aug 05, 2010, 11:53AM
You guys have the coolest building decoration. I have been looking at your blog for a couple weeks now. I have never payed attention to blogging before but i have been in love with freepeople since probably 2000 (year). I love how the creativity seems to be so free flowing and open at your workplace and so crafty. It must be a pleasure to work there. I wish you had a freepeople near me i would so work there. But alas no :( the closest one is about 12 hours away from me.

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our sweet and talented creative team intern is leaving us to go off to college. she will be missed – here are some photos from her goodbye party. ice cream sandwiches and root beer floats YUM!

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and in case you missed them, check out the posts mallie did for the blog, here, here and here – they’re beautiful!

Ping -Aug 04, 2010, 3:17PM
aww you guys look like you have so much fun! i'd love to work for you.

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song is “anna laura lee” by yellow taxi.

coming monday august 9th to freepeople.com

Christiana -Dec 22, 2010, 7:31PM
GAWD that girl has the most amazing red hair ever..she should feel so lucky to have it...gorgeous
ANN -Aug 06, 2010, 12:45PM
AHHH i can not even wait for Vintage Loves to come out. this is going to chANGE MY LIFE, NO DOUBT.

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our carlsbad, san diego store is looking for a new store manager! for more info and to apply, click here.

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our august catalog is here! i’ve already told you about two of the models in this book, klara wester and hind sahli, but i failed to mention the other model – the camel!

our team named the beautiful “free people” camel who graces the cover and pages of our catalog janis joplin :)

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i think the name suits her, don’t you?

the reason they thought to call her that is because the other two camels, who our team got to ride, were named jimi hendrix and bob marley!

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i believe that’s jimi on the left and bob on the right :)

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Alyssa -Aug 06, 2010, 4:02AM
Such beautiful camels! I love how often FP catalogs have animals in them :)
fp julia -Aug 04, 2010, 9:48AM
hi yes i believe she has extensions in and that is a fishtail braid :) ping- i will run your suggestion by our design team!

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the urban outfitters interns organized a pop up shop over in building 543 today – they had apparel, accessories and stuff for the home at really low prices, sort of like the sample sales that we have for employees every once and a while. all proceeds are going to bike works. i think they did a great job and i scored some awesome finds! here are a few pics…

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here are the items i picked up:

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they match perfectly! unintentional :) i kindof want to wear the above four items together is that wierd?

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i love the shorts. thanks urban interns!

sample sale siren -Aug 04, 2010, 2:37AM
that jumpsuit is cute!
-Aug 04, 2010, 1:07AM
it looks like that girl is holding the anthro shower curtain, which ive been wanting for forever! or maybe its the quilt?

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lollapalooza is this weekend! this year’s lineup looks phenomenal – will any of you be there?

here’s a playlist of songs by some of the artists who will perform this year!


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Emily -Aug 03, 2010, 5:02PM
I'll be there all three day! Wohoo!!!! Mumford and sons and edward sharpe are my favorites!
Ana -Aug 03, 2010, 3:59PM
I'll be there Saturday!!! The XX and Phoenix (AGAIN) are my choices.

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i saw the black keys this past friday night at great plaza at penn’s landing in philly. i got there right as they went onstage and by then the venue was packed – my one complaint about this venue is that if you get there late, you will not be able to see the stage.  it’s a great spot though, right on the river, and it was a beautiful night! the next show i’m going to at great plaza is my morning jacket and i will be sure to get there early for that one :)

the best part of the show for me was the beginning – they opened with “thickfreakness,” “girl is on my mind” and “10 a.m. automatic,” all awesome songs. they played a lot from their new album too and it sounded great!

this friday is local natives at first unitarian church yay!

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fp julia -Aug 03, 2010, 11:56AM
aw thanks! philly's not so bad...but i am looking forward to visiting austin for the first time this october for ACL!!!
Rachel -Aug 03, 2010, 11:45AM
I thought Austin had amazing shows 24-7 but I think philly is giving us a run for our money! love your music taste and sharing with us all these amazing artists shows!

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Trend Report

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The sales have hit the stores and the Fall collections are slowly creeping in, already?! Yup I know!

It’s rather exciting though, I really like it when the transition time in fashion comes around. You can start fresh and experiment with new looks.

This weekend I fondled the runway shows to see what was cooking on the trends department. There’s a couple of key looks happening for Fall but the two that I’m liking the most are the “man up” look and the “Long View” as categorized by style.com

The sound of light weight, slightly oversized silk, satin and chiffon shirts combined with blazers, cardigans, waisted belts and the MUST HAVE for FALL long mesh or chiffon skirts.

Girls are going crazy over the maxi skirts and I’m one of them. They give a very elegant silhouette that I’m somewhat addicted to.

Below are some of the lovely skirts that are available at Free People and the looks the designers are running down the runway.

 

Carrie -Aug 04, 2010, 3:58AM
Love all the new fall clothing!
-Aug 04, 2010, 3:57AM
I live in Arizona so everyone thinks I'm crazy when I get excited for coats, jackets, and cardis when its still 100+ degrees out! But who can resist all the cute new trends?

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be warned – these photos will make you want to pack your bags and move to tahoe.

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i have already decided i will be going to wanderlust next year :)

-Aug 03, 2010, 11:12PM
amazing. you definitely captured the spirit of wanderlust!! thank you <3
Diana -Aug 03, 2010, 12:46PM
oh my! i really love these pictures the effect is quite stunning!!

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here is some imagery, words and music that inspired our new web theme, “magic carpet ride.”

last night i had the most magical dream.

i laid down my head and my eyes filled with beauty. i felt as if i was spinning in the air and when i looked down i was traveling the sky on my magic carpet…

the sun warmed my face as i swept through the air, my long hair glistened in the sun, trailing behind me. my rug danced around the clouds as i struggled to hold on. i was soaring fast, the wind fleeting past me over the sea and mountains, so fast yet so light. the lights of the cities created circles of lights spinning around in my mind. hanging high the stars created enchanting patterns on the streets below.

so far away, yet i could touch the colors of the world.

i was almost engulfed in the waves of the sea below but i flew so fast the breeze took me in. mist in my hair and eyes all the while spinning lights burned into my eyes creating color on the ocean floor.

i woke with the essence of my dream still in the air around me. when i woke everything came to life. deep passionate colors, exquisite tiles… so inspired i reached for my paintbox drawing from the energy, passion and memories of my magical ride.

i started to paint the patterns of the lights below me. i painted the beauty i saw in the moroccan landscape below, the patterns the tiles made in my eyes. the colors of my dream so bright yet muted by the sea. painting with watercolor my magic carpet patterns, persian rugs and textiles.

my dream is to never be forgotten…i will never let go of this magic carpet ride.

– words written by fp girls here at the home office.

and here is a playlist i put together using some of the songs that inspired our creative team, as well as some that this theme brought to my mind.


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on a cloud of sound i drift in the night
any place it goes is right
goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here
– steppenwolf

go check out the theme on our website!

Morton Hegmann -Jan 24, 2011, 8:32AM
This read was really useful, the article was absolutely marvellous! don't stop writing.
Devin -Aug 02, 2010, 6:08PM
When are you guys going to do another FP changing room? I love those! & Get so much inspiration from them...!

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