earlier this week i received an email about this amazing cause that i wanted to share. off the mat into the world is a non-profit organization that uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change. each year, they sponsor an international service project called the global seva challenge, with a different focus each time. this year’s seva challenge is focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and education in south africa and one of the many events they are attending to raise awareness for this cause is the wanderlust festival! the woman who contacted me, christina, also told me about these amazing wristbands and anklets that you can purchase to support the cause that are handwoven from recycled materials. i love them and i think one would make a beautiful addition to the collection of bracelets piling up on my wrist!
how beautiful are these collages? they are from the etsy shop knitalatte, run by a woman who is a family physician but makes things like these cute little crochet covered rocks, which she arranges into collages and photographs. her blog, resurrection fern, is full of inspiration as well – go check it out, she has tons of lovely photographs of her projects and nature.
one of the coolest things i saw at bonnaroo was the booth where you could build your own drum! i would totally love to try this- it requires a little effort but the end result makes it totally worth it!
unless you have the ability to carve your own drum shell, you’ll probably need to buy a shell and drum head to start out with. some websites sell kits with all the supplies you need – find some here and here.
once you have all the supplies, here’s a step by step tutorial on how to make your drum!
what you need:
djembe drum shell
djembe drum head
1. apply a 1 inch circular strip of glue along the top edge of the drum shell.
2. grasp the drum head on opposite ends and pull with your hands. pull enough to stretch the head out and be careful not to break it. this stretching allows the natural fibers to become acclimated to the tension exerted on them during use on the drum shell.
3. pull the edges of the drum head over the glued rim of the drum. the head sits taut over the drum shell, with about 2 inches of drum head hanging over each side.
4. place the metal ring over the drum head. it stations loosely over the side of the drum, with the edge of the drum head between the ring and the shell.
5. lace djembe rope between the metal ring and the drum head, creating a crisscross pattern from top to bottom of the drum shell. this rope provides additional pressure on the metal ring and drum head, securing both firmly to the drum shell.
6. hammer the metal ring into the drum shell to tighten its grip on the drum head. this ring and the glue on the drum rim insure that your drum head can take the pressure of use when your drum is complete.
you can personalize your drum with hand-painted decorations, and at bonnaroo they were even tie-dyeing the drum head, it looked really cool!
this girl was painting her drum shell wearing one of our dresses!
bonnaroo really threw me off… i’m all discombobulated. but its tunesday so i wanted to post about one of the bands we saw this weekend that really rocked – mumford & sons! a friend actually recommended them to me a little while back, i listened to a couple of their songs, but wasn’t blown away. after seeing them live my opinion totally changed. they were definitely one of the high points of the weekend and they got the crowd really amped up – surprising for a band who’s music is pretty mellow, a mix of folk rock and a little bit of bluegrass. it doesn’t hurt that they’re also adorable :)
here are some photos from their bonnaroo show (not taken by me, from the bonnaroo website):
now listen to a few songs from their album sigh no more – the last song on the playlist, “lover of the light,” is a new song that they played at bonnaroo and i LOVED it. let me know what you think!
we have two new open positions here at the home office!
free people direct is looking for a campaign specialist, who would report to our customer insights manager. the campaign specialist is responsible for executing the outbound campaign strategies of the direct division: developing catalog circulation plans and maintaining associated expenses as they relate to the fiscal budget; executing outbound email campaigns; acting as liaison with all marketing service bureaus; analyzing and reporting on trends and test results as they relate to seasonal campaigns; providing marketing support to other areas of the division as needed.
for the full job description and to apply, please click here.
we are also looking for a stylist assistant intern, who would report to our assistant stylist.
***when applying for the internship please submit a resume and a 1 page free people inspiration board of looks, styles, tears, that show the free people aesthetic.***
he or she should be able to use the internet as a resource and keep an “inspiration book” to present to senior stylist and creative director.
for the full job description and to apply, please click here!
you probably remember these beautiful butterflies and dragonflies that flew into our stores for our spring display – well now that our new summer displays are up, they have gone into hibernation…and we want to give some away!
this giveaway will stay open until friday at midnight – and all you have to do to win is leave a comment below, and make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.
we will select a winner for each day (tuesday,wednesday, thursday, friday) to receive one of these amazing display pieces!
i am so jealous…i loved these displays and they’re even prettier in person because you can see all the details and craftsmanship that went into creating each one :) plus this is the first time we’re giving away some display items so it’s pretty exciting!
**UPDATE Monday June 21 – the four winners have been selected and contacted. Once we hear back from them, we will announce on the blog.**
kick off your summer at our free people portland store this thursday june 17! they’ll be having a party all day long with special discounts, raffles and more! the store looks so lovely, i’ve always wanted to go to portland…
check out their facebook page for more event details.