*UPDATE: we have a winner! this giveaway is now closed.*
time for a giveaway! why? because it’s my birthday! :)
actually, our holiday displays have gone up in our stores and the fall displays have come down so we want to give away one of these pretty fabric covered urns! the vases were cast in india and covered with fabric from antique indian quilts and turbans, and decorated with beaded tassels. we have some in our lobby and they look awesome – this would be a great decorative piece for your home!
all you have to do is leave a comment below and we will select the winner at random on friday morning! be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win. good luck!
*p.s. those of you who missed it, check out our DIY to make something similar to these!
if you’ve been on our website lately you may have noticed these really cute little hand drawn frames that our graphic designers did. i love how they look, and then today i saw this post on design sponge and i was inspired! these hand drawn frames are a cute and cheap alternative to the real thing.
what you need: scissors, a glue stick, a black pen, paper and cardboard or a thicker type of paper (i used a manila folder).
i glued a piece of paper to the manila folder – this will be the frame – so it would be a little sturdier. take another piece of paper and fold it in half, then fold in half again, as pictured on the right. this is what you’ll use to make the frame shape.
the frame can be any shape you want – i wanted it to be round, so i used a paper plate and traced the edges onto the folded paper, about an inch or so apart.
cut along the black lines and unfold the paper to reveal the frame shape. tape it to the manila folder, or whatever you use, and cut around it so you’re left with your frame.
now for the fun part! put on some music and start doodling.
i used it to frame an image from our catalog and i think it looks really cute! i definitely want to experiment with this some more though – i think it would be really fun to do for christmas cards :)
my boss has a sweater with patches on the elbows and i always thought it was the cutest thing. then i saw this photo a couple of weeks ago and a light bulb went on. this is an easy project!
what you need:
a sweatshirt or sweater that you don’t mind experimenting with…
fabric, needle & thread, scissors, safety pins, and something about the size that you want the patches to be. our visual display team let me use this scrap of pretty fabric, and i happened to have this free people sticker at my desk that was just the right size for the patches!
first i used a sharpie to trace around the edges of the sticker on the fabric, and then cut out the patches being careful to cut right inside the marker line.
next i pinned the patches onto the elbows of the sweater and tried it on to make sure they were placed where i wanted them to be. keep the safety pins in as you start sewing so the patches don’t move.
i sewed them on by hand yesterday at work and it only took about an hour – i think sewing while listening to music has got to be one of the most relaxing things ever :)
and voila… cute elbow patches that breathe new life into a plain old sweater!
some DIY inspiration… i saw this on cosmic dust and was just totally blown away by how beautiful it looks. a couple of weeks back i showed you how to make your own dreamcatcher…and here’s a great way to put one to use! use it to hang your earrings :)
by the way that’s a pretty sick earring collection.
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!
back in the section of our new building where our visual display team sits, there is a door that is usually partially open, but i’ve never gone in. that is, until the other day… when i slipped in and realized it was their new workspace. this is where you’re likely to find upcoming store displays that they are working on as well as furniture, fabric and boxes of trinkets that i could dig through for ours. what i would give to be able to decorate my apartment using this stuff…
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:
i left a little bit of extra lace at each end so i could use that to hang it from something.
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:
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 :)
i love the end result! it’s a very nice addition to my workspace.
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.
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!
i got some hemp cord too for when i make the necklaces.
these are the colors i’m going with for the hair wrap.
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.
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.
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.
quirky but incredibly cute! an fp girl who works in one of our stores sent me the following…
“on friday i got promoted from the part-time MIT to full-time MIT and one of the associates said congrats with the cutest little present – an old glass jar filled with pink flowers & broccoli! … so strange but so fitting, i love flowers, and broccoli is my favorite food ever. i thought i’d share these pictures with you because i’ve never seen anyone arrange something like this before, and it made me smile!”
i’ve never seen anything like that either! so original and sweet. thanks for sharing :)