Find some pillow cases with pretty lace borders and make comfy dresses! MayaMade has a tutorial so you can learn how. She made hers for her nieces (who are sooo cute), but you could use a king size case, or just make a tunic to wear with cutoff shorts or jeans.
found via craftzine
As many of you know, our latest catalog came out this week, and so for our weekly poll I was curious about what you all think of our last few catalogs.
Below, to remind you which is which, are the front covers of our last three catalogs.
Which was your favorite catalog this summer?
Now right off the bat, I want to point out that having Al Franken’s video on here is not in any way an endorsement or political statement or anything. I think he is running for Congress, but I couldn’t even tell you which side he’s on. The reason Al Franken makes it on the blog today is because in this video, which you can find below, he draws a near-perfect map of the USA from memory, in about 3 minutes. I had to share it with you!
This seriously blows my mind! Especially because after I watched this video I tried myself, and drew the USA from memory as best I could. Let me tell you that it took me a LOT more than 3 minutes! I had mistakes in mine too, for example my placement of Arkansas. (Whoops!) Below the video, you can find my attempt at drawing the map, which was a mess and ended up needing a second piece of paper cause I drew the eastern half of the country too big… :)
Last night I attended the opening for the collaborative art project of Carrie and Doub!
Carrie happens to be our Assistant Art Director, and Doub, our Art Director, Assistant Design Director, and also my sister! :)
Together they created a gigantic eagle sculpture, made mostly of wood, cardboard, paper-mache. It is incredible!
The eagle will be on display here at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in building 543 for the next six weeks, and I encourage you to come check it out and write your thoughts on the wall beside it!
As you might imagine, it takes a lot of work to get a bird this big suspended in the air! Below is a little video clip showing the work behind getting the bird made, moved, and hung from the ceiling! Underneath that, more pictures!
After the eagle was finally lifted up where it needed to be, they were so glad they thought they’d give him a little kiss! :)
A picture of the artists at the opening, shown here with our buddy Bob!
People enjoyed themselves at the opening…
A little “thank you” from the artists, written on the wall!
If you are in the area at all over the next six weeks, come on down to the Philadelphia Navy Yard (at the south end of Broad Street) and check out this eagle! It’s so incredible!
Check out the video for our newest catalog, which drops today!
This catalog features the trend Proper Nomad, which mixes classic menswear and tailoring with more ethnic influences. The catalog also focuses on showcasing the many faces of the Free People girl! Enjoy!
I found this site while I was searching for some cool bike accessories this weekend. I just got a new bike, but this makes me want another one! Beachbikes has a lot of awesome cruisers, and I love their “history of beach cruisers.”
Does anyone know a great site for bike accessories? I’m talking bags and baskets. I love velo orange, but want to see what else is out there…
For our newest catalog, which will be dropping this week(!) we thought it would be cool to have various volunteers around the office hand-write the catalog copy! Here is a little video showing everyone working on writing the catalog! We are so proud of this catalog and we’re sure you will all just love it! Tune in a little later this week for our catalog video!
He’s one of these as a pup!
Meet Barley! He belongs to Dave. Dave runs our web site.
Nickname: Bud, Buddy, Buddy Boy, Barls, Barls Gnarkley
Breed: Yellow Lab
Dislikes: christmas bells, doorbells (any bells actually), walks in the rain, being yanked away from free food on the sidewalk, the slow drive out to the park (too slow!), any talk of being neutered.
Favorite friends: Sadie (his sister three blocks away in downtown Philly), Maverick (a buddy from the dog park), and any FP office dogs, especially Indie! Also his new cousin Nook, a white retriever puppy (Nook is short for Nanook, which is Inuit for polar bear…he’s Canadian). Also his cousins black lab Banyon and Maple.
He’s also best friends with his sister Adelaide, a six month old human of the feminine variety. Addie’s instinctual response to Barley anytime he gets near is to close her eyes and pull her head back in defense against a big sloppy kiss.
How did you meet: Barley and his Dad met at the breeder’s house, north of Trenton in New Jersey. There were 3 available males in his litter, and he was chosen because he was the biggest and had the most dark yellow in his coat. Barley and his Mom met at the airport later that same day, she was flying home from vacation and was SO surprised to find a scared little puppy waiting for her at the international terminal at PHL.
Anything else you want to share: Barley’s sole purpose in life is to eat. Thankfully, he has never been put in this position, but if he were ever to find himself confronted by an unlimited supply of food, we’re confident he would eat until he could no longer stand up. His most terrifying moment came when his parents thought he swallowed a baby shoe. Turns out he didn’t, but we didn’t realize it until the surgeon didn’t find anything inside. He healed well and was swimming 3 days later, against doctor’s orders. He’s doesn’t care much for authority figures, except his parents when he knows he shouldn’t chew on the rug.
He’s an avid swimmer and has perfected the running leap into swimming pools.
One of our stylists, Mackenzie, took some stunning pictures while she was on the last couple of catalog shoots! Here’s a little note from her:
“We went to Virginia for the last two catalog shoots… and it’s ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL THERE!!!
Here is some proof!!!
We loved it!!!”
These pictures make me really excited to see the catalogs that were shot in Virginia! How beautiful!