quilt your day job!

You know you’ve thought about it, about leaving the office for you yarn, your glue gun, your sewing machine. These crafters have made a living for themselves doing just that, and are sharing their stories on Etsy’s Stork in a series called Quilt Your Day Job. Find out how they did it!

fpgirl -Aug 01, 2008, 7:43AM
Hi Sarah! Yes, I meant to write "quilt." That's what their column is actually called, and it is indeed a play on "quit." I guess quilt could mean craft, as in make your own day job!
Sarah -Aug 01, 2008, 3:43AM
Did you mean 'Quit' (not quilt) your day job? Either way, it's a funny play on words.

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balloon graffiti

I’m intrigued by the pictures in D. Billy’s Flickr set, which I found via all the good things. Interesting art graffiti like that shown above, and some crazy cartoons…

stolen jewels

I was checking out Fops and Dandies (which, by the way, is sadly nearing the end of its rope,) saw this jewelry by Mike and Maaike, and flipped! It’s such a cool idea!
Just in case you can’t read the print on the pictures, here’s what it says:
an exploration of tangible vs. virtual in relation to real and perceived value. using google image search, we browsed through some of the most expensive and often famous jewelry in the world, the low-res images we found were stolen, doctored, then transferred to leather, creating a tangible new incarnation. with the expense and intricacy of the jewels stripped away, their essence and visual intensity are extracted.
…and they look really cool too. :) Pixels! So old school. I want one!
Check out Mike and Maaike’s site to see more of their creations!

babelfish -Jul 31, 2008, 7:17PM
This is absolutely fabulous, and so creative.
choubelle -Jul 27, 2008, 10:00PM
wow! Neato peato! The pixelation is such a novel idea to bring to real life. These things must look really cool from far away. www.choubelle.wordpress.com

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Natalie Portman + Devendra Banhart + Indian music video = fantastic

B -Jul 25, 2008, 10:06AM
I am obsessed with this video! Natalie Portman is beautiful.

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This week for our poll, we have a question for you all in regards to a couple of our current trends.
One trend that we are currently featuring in our stores is called “Wild at Heart.” The inspiration for this trend is the outdoors, the beauty of nature, and ourselves within it. Sweaters, cable knits, lots of texture in general, women’s thermals, and a natural color palette dominate this trend. You can also spot plenty of plaid and a long and lean look to this trend.
Here are a couple of items from this trend, to help give an idea of what it is about!

Shown above is the Buckled Up Menswear Dress in blue.
Shown here is the Wildlife Burnout Crew in black.
Another trend that you can currently find permeating our stores right now is called “Girls in Paris.” The girl in Paris is more fashion-forward, and though her silhouettes are similar to those in Wild at Heart, they are edgier and a little flirtier too! This trend is dominated by a drapey, girly feel, with hints of stripes, art deco-type prints, and of course plenty of black!
A couple of examples follow below…
Above is our Parisian Moon Dress, shown here in black combo.
Here we have our Raining Flowers Cami in olive.
See if you can pick out more items from each trend on your own!
But please first, give us your opinion! Which current trend do you like most?

milk crate decor

I’m sure you had some milk crate “furniture” in college, or maybe you even have some right now. A “book shelf” perhaps. Well these designs from MADE and Naty Maskovich will definitely inspire a bit more sophistication. How great are those stools?
Found via Dwell Blog.

...loveMaegan -Jul 25, 2008, 3:42PM
I like the stools.

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Our latest employee profile features one of our favorite models, Jenny! Frequently Jenny is seen gracing the pages of our catalogs, as well as modeling many, many items on our website! She is a total delight, and so charming! Below, find Jenny’s video interview, complete with a quick introduction by Lindsay, one of our photographers, who tells us why she loves working with Jenny!

Vanessa -Jul 27, 2008, 11:19PM
Jenny is my favorite Free People model, I think her look is so natural and beautiful, definitely fitting for the company. She brings such a grace and elegance to the photos. I am so inspired by the fp catalogs that I actually attempted to sort of re-create my own version as a college project last year (the URL posted). I would love to create another one and learned a lot from the creation of the first 'mock magazine.' I love the Free People company and dream of one day working behind the scenes! :)

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handmade nation

Head on over to my love for you for a great interview with Fayth Levine, author of Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design. Learn about the makings of her book, a documentary, and how to help support the projects!

Hey Free People girls!
Show us your style! How do you wear your Free People? Head to toe? Flashes of flair?
We noticed that people would often upload pictures of themselves wearing
their Free People to our Facebook account, and we loved it! That got us thinking… and curious to see more!
Send us your pictures of you and your friends in your Free People
clothing, and we’ll put them all on our Flickr account!
Email your name, age, and current town with your pictures to
blog.freepeople@gmail.com, and we will upload them!
If you can, tell us which FP items you are wearing too!
Eventually, we’ll pick out some of our favorite styles and feature them on
the blog!
To get started, we put up a few pictures of our own employees rocking their
Free People here at the home office! You can check out our Flickr folder for
this event here!

Megan -Aug 03, 2008, 7:03PM
Oh my.. I am so glad I just found this. I saw it on UO but Free People is majority of what I wear! Glad I can flaunt it now. ;)
ParamusFPgirls -Jul 23, 2008, 7:34PM
Nice to see Meg and Sheila on the blog!!! Great picture!!! We love you!

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ruby slippers

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, 19 designers are recreating Dorothy’s famous ruby slippers. The collection will be on tour in Saks Fifth Avenue, Bryant Park during September fashion week, and Art Basel in Miami in December. The shoes will be auctioned off to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Read more on WWD or The New York Times.

pruittfpgirl -Jul 22, 2008, 11:18AM
I want Betsey Johnson ruby slippers! Badly! :)

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Check out one of our newer items, the Lacey Bandeau Cami!
This cami, aside from featuring a lacey bodice, has an awesome acid washed bottom!

We asked our Assistant Design Director, Doub, to tell us a bit about acid washing! Here’s what she had to tell us: “We love acid wash! As we all know, acid wash was a big deal on jeans and heavy metal tees in the 80′s. Those of us who actually did experience this time period maybe either don’t remember it or would rather not admit to owning something acid washed! Haha! We love to bring this 80′s acid wash back but on something unexpected like a sweet cami. Often if there is anything too sweet or too pretty we like to acid wash it, to bring it down a notch and roughen it up around the edges. It also makes our thermals and lightweight jerseys so so soft and antique-looking.”
We also tracked down the designer responsible for this cute cami, Dana! She tells us: “The acid wash is done as a spray over the finished garment, to get a variety of results on the different fabrics and trims. We love the acid wash! We like using it because it adds a rougher boy edge to the more girly feminine styles, and also because it adds a lot to the fabric and the overall look of the style. We’ll be using it again in upcoming seasons, on different kinds of fabric to get different effects!”
We adore this technique, and this cami! Keep an eye out for more acid wash styles coming this fall!

Affiliate Programs -Dec 17, 2009, 11:19AM
Such a good site. I am bookmarking this page.
saeed -Nov 21, 2009, 4:04PM

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The picture above is one of Adrianne Lee’s awesome fashion illustrations! She posted it on Free People’s Facebook profile a while ago, and from there we found her website, NinkyBink Boutique! On her website we found a ton of other cool fashion illustrations, as well as some really cute clothes she has designed! One thing lead to another and we asked Adrianne if she would be willing to do a guest post here on our Free People blog – and she was! So today it is my delight to bring you Adrianne’s awesome post, where she teaches us how to easily make a really cute corset tank! (With a lot of her great illustrations too!) Enjoy!

In less than two hours from now, you can have in your possession a corset worthy of envy from Marie Antoinette herself! This corset will defy the idea that corsets are uncomfortable (it’s made of a t-shirt!), it will be adorned with exquisitely quirky pieces of flare, and it will be made by the finest couturier, you! Don’t have a sewing machine? A needle and thread will be fine! I assure you, even if you have never sewn before, this project will be something you can handle with success!
Furthermore, this project was intentionally created to work as a coordinate with your Free People wardrobe! While it’s hot out you might pair it with a skirt and some fun leg wear and as it gets colder layer it with sweaters, jackets, and other tops! I drew a picture to give you a few ideas but I am sure you can come up with more.
This tutorial video will walk you through the steps! Good luck!

Here’s a little scrapbook to go along with the project!
I love this! I can’t wait to make my very own corset tank! Maybe tomorrow… on a relaxing Sunday? Thank you so much to Adrianne Lee! What an awesome craft project!
Also, if you find yourself wanting a corset tank very badly but not wanting to do the work, you can find other gorgeous tanks at Adrianne’s Etsy Shop!

AstrologyReadings -Nov 08, 2009, 1:16AM
Hey, sweet site. Keep up the good work!
katie -Jul 26, 2008, 3:52PM
ahhh i loved this!!-it will be my weekend project :) more videos like this would be fantastic :D and it would be awesome if one day you made a video showing how you do all the hairstyles that can be seen on the models :D thank you adrianne! (nice music too)

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