fall store displays!

like it or not, fall is just around the corner… which of course means new store displays! here are some shots of the new displays at our king of prussia, PA store. the rich colors and the added texture of the yarn is perfect for fall, bringing to mind a cozy knit sweater you just want to wrap yourself up in.

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i love how the fabric seems to be dripping from the ceiling, like the store is oozing creativity.

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you may recognize the fabric covered vases that have been pictured around our home office and at our costa mesa store.

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i think my favorite part of the display is the yarn.  it is also used as decoration here at the home office – i love it, the colors make me happy :)

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amazing work again, guys!

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i saw this DIY and it immediately reminded me of free people- fabric covered hangers!  i have a bunch of plain old wire hangers in my closet and i think they are in need of a makeover.  all you need is fabric – this would be a great way to reuse old free people bags! – and glue.

start by taping the starting point of the fabric to the hanger, and then proceed to wrap the fabric around the hanger.  when you have covered the hanger, put a dab of glue on the end of the fabric and you’re done!

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tie dye is my bag

how cool are these tie dye bags? we are using these as packaging for the vintage loves collection and i think they are so beautiful –  plus they were made with love by some of our fp girls right here at the home office.

the ingredients:

dye in shades of fuchsia, orange, yellow, purple, turquoise and green!

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bags of various sizes and lots of rubber bands!

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various tying techniques…

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time to dye!

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they let the bags sit overnight so the dye sets in.

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next step – rinsing!

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hang me out to dry…

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and… ta da!

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i love it! i have a plain white free people bag that i think needs to be tie dye :)

wednes-diy: mason jar chandelier

some DIY inspiration from wanderlust- a jar lantern chandelier! so beautiful. i did some hunting online and found some similar ideas that are so lovely…

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i really love the idea of putting some sand in the bottom and dropping in a tea candle. i think that would be the perfect outdoor lighting at my family’s beach house.

Be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category for more DIY Inspiration!

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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.

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so i saw these friendship necklaces on honestly…wtf last week and i’ve been thinking about them ever since.  they definitely bring back memories of grade school – although i actually still wear friendship bracelets that i made back in those days. what excited me about this was the idea of making lots of extra long necklaces to layer… and then i got to thinking… what if i tried it in my hair?

all you need to do this is some string – and if you want to make necklaces like the ones above, rope or hemp cord. if you don’t know how to make these, it’s incredibly simple and you can find an excellent tutorial right here.

during my lunch break i drove over to a.c. moore to pick up some string – so many colors to choose from!

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i got some hemp cord too for when i make the necklaces.

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these are the colors i’m going with for the hair wrap.

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i took a small section of hair, wet it and twisted it up, and then just knotted the three strings around it – warning- it might not be easy to take out :)

now use your hair as if its the rope in the tutorial, and start wrapping! use one color at a time, holding the others in with the section of hair until you want to change them up.

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another cool idea- wear the necklaces as belts:

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last image – fashion gone rogue.

be kind to animals and birds, and read all you can

I love that there are very few things that books cannot do. They can pluck you from under the covers and drop you into the outskirts of your imagination. They can rearrange the chemicals in your brain until you feel happy and uplifted, or wistful and nostalgic. They can with the careful placement of words side by side remind you of places you have seen in the dreams of your childhood that you thought you had long forgotten.

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I would love to make one of these books my own. I feel like their beautiful exterior would inspire me in my quest to make the inside equally as magical.

– stacey, the concept intern :)

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i saw this on black eiffel and i am completely in awe.  a company called front created this “three dimensional wallpaper” at the swedish venue tensta konsthall using silk and plastic flowers.  i want to do this in my apartment so badly! it’s so colorful and i’ve never seen anything like it.

i think it looks really cool how they’re just taped right onto the wall.

another really neat idea- hanging flowers in bottles!

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i think this would look really amazing using different sized and shaped vintage bottles and dried flowers, like these:

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our producer took the above photo at dunton hot springs in colorado, when they were shooting our july catalog.  they also had bottles hanging on the walls of this cabin, which i thought was really cool too although i’m not sure how they’re attached to the wall…

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quilted inspiration

our current creative theme “quilted memories” has had me thinking about my quilt that i started making last year.  i’m ashamed to admit it has been sitting in a box full of fabric for months now waiting for me to return to it, but during sunny spring and summer months i find it hard to spend any time inside working on it.  however, these images are definitely inspiring me to get back to work…


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all of these blow me away. i definitely don’t have the artistic ability to make anything as amazing as these, but they’re giving me some great ideas… have any of you ever tried making a quilt?

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when we posted photos of our new costa mesa, california, store the other day, you may have noticed these beautiful fabric-covered vases sitting on some of the shelves. i loved them so i did a little digging to find out how are display team made them…

our team used large aluminum vases cast in india – but you can pick up some large inexpensive flower pots at your local gardening shop.

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next you need some pretty fabric. our team used antique turbans, bridal blouses and quilts they picked up over in india. check out vintage stores and flea markets for pretty vintage fabrics that work just as well :)

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now all you need is some mod podge, which you can order online or get from an arts & crafts store. use the mod podge to coat the fabric so it stays on the vases.  use the fabric however you want- i think it would look cool if you cut different fabrics into strips and collaged them onto the vase for a quilted effect!