Can you believe Brother’s snazzy new sewing machine? The QuattroT 6000D features a HD screen where a bird’s eye, zoomed-in view of the needle and its surroundings are displayed. It also has a LED light for the sewing platform. They haven’t announced the price yet, (I bet it’s crazy!) but you can check out a little more about the machine here on Brother’s website. I never thought I’d see a personal sewing machine with a screen!

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Believe it or not, these incredible scenes all are within aquariums! Takashi Amano, who many of you may already know of, (though I didn’t!) is the creator of the above aquascapes, as well as countless others. A very well respected photographer and aquarist, Takashi was one of the main people to introduce Japanese gardening styles to the aquarium hobby. His aquarium scenes are always very carefully arranged and yet very natural looking! See more photos of his stunning work (and it is a lot of hard work) here, here, and here.

Ed -Jan 08, 2009, 4:05PM
Really pretty stuff.

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Remember the super pretty hair wraps our stylist Monica did for the December catalog? Well we recently made a little video in which Monica shows us how we can make the hair wraps too!
To my delight, I got to have my hair be the example, so I had awesome wraps in my hair for a while! It was so fun! You guys should definitely try it! Find the tutorial below – enjoy!

Raine -Dec 19, 2013, 1:39PM
Oh I really want to watch this but it says the video is not available? It says it doesn;t exist anymore, and I desperately want to watch this--I love hair wraps. And now the site tells me I am posting comments too quickly, but this is the first comment I have ever posted!
Lizzy Smith -Apr 07, 2011, 9:53AM
Also, do you sell the products to do this or do you just show how to do it, I found this on easy but it doesn't seem to be a shop to buy from.

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Recently it came out that Alfred Shaheen passed away on the 22nd of last month, at 86 years old. Famous for popularizing the Hawaiian shirt, if you know vintage clothes or Hawaiian prints, (or both,) then you know Alfred Shaheen is the label to look for! The Los Angeles Times obituary for him is very interesting, and tells about how he had his garments designed, silk-screened, cut and sewed all in his factory in Honolulu, as well as shipping them from there. In other words, the whole operation was housed under one roof, which is pretty impressive. Below find a couple of related shots I saw floating around the internet, including the picture from Elvis Presley’s album Blue Hawaii on which Elvis sports a shirt designed by Shaheen. Thank you Shaheen, for the funky flavor!

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Richard Hogg

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I am loving these surreal and colorful designs by Richard Hogg. The centaurs totally rock my world, and the seals are so comical! There is a lot more cool art on his site, including, to my delight, a few desktop backgrounds and a (scandalous) screensaver! So right now I have an extra fun and very hirsute Richard Hogg desktop! :)

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So, I wandered over to The Moldy Doily yesterday, and she had these incredible pieces up. Aren’t they just insane? I can’t even think what to say about them, other than that I just like them so much, and even though I bet a lot of you read The Moldy Doily anyway, (as you should,) I had to post these, just in case you didn’t see them! They are the creations of Irregular Expressions, a family operation out of Istanbul! Aside from their Etsy, they have a ton of pictures on Flickr, definitely worth checking out!

Doub and Lauren have fun as they pick models.

Indy + Erin = Love!
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The latest lobby decor.
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Jenna’s awesome birthday treats, yum!
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Kara hard at work on something pretty and arty.
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Bob says, “EAGLES.” (P.S. The bottle is empty- it’s an Eagles decoration!)
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What the Image Team does with their down time.
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Courtney enjoying some work that looks tedious. :)

Lucy -Jan 08, 2009, 3:48PM
Thanks so much! That was very helpful. I replied in an e-mail back to you =)
pruittfpgirl -Jan 07, 2009, 11:48AM
Hey Lucy! I showed your question to Doub, one of our art and design directors, and she wrote this little blurb for you! Usually, the design directors get together and brainstorm. Everyone brings something that is inspirational to them at the moment- it could be a vintage garment, a beautiful dish, a magazine tear, a velvet trim, or a book on Mongolian nomads. Then we decide in which direction to go. Sometimes we imagine this girl that we in a way would like to be and often she is a girl that is in constant motion traveling to exotic places. Once the direction is decided, we start pinning our inspirations on the wall and open it up to the whole design team. We really depend on the youthful eyes to lead us and love to see what they have to show. At times we all can be very inspired by a place like Morocco, or the deep south, or we could love a certain look such as menswear clothing. One of my favorite trends was called "old loves" and this was about menswear. We all brought in any piece of clothing we had from a current lover or an old love. So when we hung up all the clothes we had every kind of guy represented from the sweet farm hand to the rebel without a cause. Another one of my favorites were simply journal entries of a girl leaving La. to journey to "burning man" to find herself and figure out what she really wanted to do with her life. And she ends up in New Orleans and starts painting with watercolor over old floral wallpaper. So, the nice thing is a trend can stem from anywhere- it can be emotional, nostalgic, cultural or simply from a muse that has a "good look" going on! Hope this helps Lucy, and if you have any more questions please feel free to ask! xo p

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Pruitt and I both did posts recently about different clothing label related art projects (here and here), and then I spotted this! These are custom designed Doc Martens by Fake London for the project Original Since1460.

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Doc Martens asked designers across Great Britain and the world to customize boots. Some of them are completely wearable and awesome like the Chrome Hearts ones, and others are more artistic or fun, like the Barbie cars by Jason Kirk.
Found via Bleach Black

clickbank review -Feb 13, 2011, 7:52PM
come to think of that , i never considered it in that way before

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carolyn alexander

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One look at that eating utensil family portrait and I flipped! Carolyn Alexander is an illustrator from the UK, currently living in France. Her site is full of treats for the eye, and she has a cute little blog too, if you feel so inclined!

Christina -Jan 06, 2009, 7:54PM
I love Free People and would love to work there. I love all you post on this blog! Hooray!!
Ashley -Jan 06, 2009, 1:11PM
You guys are always so great at giving us readers the hook up. I love this blog you've posted about!

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This little video just cracks me up! I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. :)

emily -Jan 06, 2009, 12:37PM
o meh gawd that is the cuh-utest little fashion show of meh lliffee this is soo worth watchinngggg!!!!!!!

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Alissa, one of our wovens designers, showed me this cover of the Miley Cyrus song See You Again by The Mae Shi, and I am so addicted now! The Mae Shi‘s version is so catchy! The video is really funny too – enjoy!

heather -Jan 06, 2009, 10:17AM
ACK! I am hooked. I listened to this like 10 times today already!

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super surfer girls


This video makes me want the beach! I loooove all of the vintage footage and beach dancing chicks. Also love the fashion elements, the heels worn in the ocean, the suspenders with the bikini. Plus the hand drawings, this video has it all.
from Chicks on Speed. JC Report did a little analysis of the evolution of the band, if you’re interested…

pruittfpgirl -Jan 05, 2009, 3:01PM
i can't believe those girls who were water skiing on one leg! with the other holding the handles! crazy!
Miguel -Jan 05, 2009, 2:57PM
Fun video, I like the vintage bathing suits!

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