Category Archives: HOLIDAYS

An Outdoor Mother’s Day Brunch

Hosting a brunch for Mother’s Day? I have got some ideas for you! If the weather is going to be nice, plan to have your bunch outdoors. I have some great inspiration photos to help you set the perfect outdoor table. You don’t have to use throw away items just because you are outdoors. A simple tale runner or table cloth can be a great add to your outdoor dining table.

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Photo Courtesy of HGTV

Stripes are in right now and those colors are a perfect match for a Mother’s Day celebration. This table setting is very simple. Look at those centerpieces!

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Photo Courtesy of HGTV

Prints and colors set a BOLD table. These bright colors are perfect for an outdoor brunch.

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Photo Courtesy of Design Dinning and Diapers

Simple is the perfect way to go. The runner is the vocal point on this table. I love the way they tied off the ends. A few candle jars make for a pretty centerpiece option.

 

Enjoy!

~ Briana

We ❤ You!

It has been a great start to the new year! We have been hard at work creating new products for our customers. Prints have been so popular lately! We are happy our customers are loving what we are offering them!

Valentine’s day .. a “Hallmark Holiday” as many call it. I actually love Valentine’s day! I love getting a heart-shaped box of chocolate (even if i buy it myself.) Some people like going out to a fancy dinner others take the stay at home route. If you are planning on staying in with your loved one don’t forget about setting your table for that dinner you are cooking.

I have noticed that table runners are a big trend. Many are opting to set their tables without tables cloths. Instead they are using runners, place mats and napkins. Picture some of these prints on your table! I love updating my tables linens for a new holiday or just because!

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The above prints are only a few of the prints that we offer. We have plenty!

Don’t forget when setting your table for that special dinner make sure you fold your napkins into a heart! Follow the step by step instructions below.

Heart Shaped Napkin Fold

Step 1- Fold your napkins in half vertically

Step 2-Fold in half vertically again

Step 3- Vertically fold both ends up from the center

Step 4- Tuck corner flaps underneath

 

 

enjoy

-Briana

 

 

No tricks here…just treats!

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Adorable Halloween graphic courtesy of freepik.com!

Halloween weekend is here! I’m sure the kiddies have their costumes picked out and are all ready for trick-or-treating with their friends! (Get ready for the sugar rush, Mom & Dad!) As teenagers, my brother and I thought we would “maximize” the total amount of candy we could get by using pillowcases as treat bags. My mom always laughed as we ran around our neighborhood in our “cool” costumes paired with our embarrassing Power Rangers or Mickey Mouse pillowcases. (Looking back, I totally see why she thought it was funny at the time. We looked like fools!) At this age, I find myself looking forward to seeing the little kids in my neighborhood going around for candy as opposed to getting dressed up and going out myself. I get excited every time the doorbell rings and I grab the candy bowl with a huge smile on my face. The little babies in costumes are THE BEST! So precious!

If you’re crafty and creative like myself, it might be fun to try your hand at making bags for your little ones to take along for the night! With just your choice of fabric, webbing, scissors, and thread, you can easily put together a one-of-a-kind piece. I promise, it is much easier than you’d think!

I came across this great DIY treat bag project from Daydream Believers! Follow the simple steps provided and get crafting! Click the link for complete instructions and supplies needed!

For the coolest Halloween fabrics, be sure to check out our online store! Below are my favorite prints! They would be AWESOME for this project!

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New from Camelot Fabrics! The Nightmare Before Christmas Collection!

Wishing you all a very Happy Halloween from Fabric Textile Products, Inc.! Have fun and be safe while trick-or-treating!

Americana on my mind!

Hello friends! It has been a while since I wrote to you all, but have no fear. I am back! We have made so many changes around the shop here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. and things are better than ever. We have started introducing new test products and so far our customers are pleased. We love when you guys are happy! Every week I will do my best to update you all on new products and prints we have added to the shop. For now, I just wanted to take a time to highlight one of my absolute favorite items – our American Stars Napkins! This is now the second year that we have offered these patriotic napkins and we cannot keep them on the shelves. I’m serious, ya’ll. These napkins are the real deal!

With Memorial Day and July 4th right around the corner, these napkins are perfect for cookouts, parties, and BBQs with the family. They launder well and will last you for many years to come. The navy and white star design resembles that of our gorgeous nation’s flag. I personally like pairing them with a red and white picnic check tablecloth for a real down home Americana vibe! This year we have also introduced the matching table runner! Those will be available in the shop very soon!

Seriously though. How adorable are these little guys?! 

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I look forward to talking to all of you again soon! As always, thank you for keeping up with my blog! Be sure to check back soon for my next post AND of course, I welcome you to check out the new and improved Fabric Textile Products, Inc. website! 🙂

 

Warm Regards Always,

Joanna

 

Celebrate Independence! July 4th Fun!

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American Flag Stars Napkins by & Red Tavern Check Vinyl Tablecloth by Fabric Textile Products, Inc. (photo is property of Chrissy Fimiani and Fabric Textile Products, Inc.)

July 4th weekend is almost here! BBQ’s, fireworks, beach trips, & family fun have become staples of this American tradition. 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays since  I was a little kid. My family (large Italian-American family to be exact) would have a huge BBQ at our house every year. I was on decorating duty of course and would cover the backyard in red, white, & blue streamers. Mom would make every kind of salad known to man. Dad would grill every kind of meat the butcher could supply. My brother and I would go swimming in the pool for hours and then eat tons of ice cream until we couldn’t stomach anymore. (Yeah, Mom really “loved” that part.) At the end of the night, we would always watch the local fireworks display and go back to our house and make smores. If we were lucky, we would get to play with little sparklers too!

Our family tradition has changed since we are all getting older, but I still really enjoy the holiday. This year I have the opportunity to spend the holiday weekend in our nation’s capital, beautiful Washington, D.C. and I could not be any more thrilled! D.C. has become one of my favorite travel destinations and what better time to go than to celebrate our freedom and independence? It is going to be amazing. I will certainly do a follow up blog about my trip! I am looking forward to the parade and fireworks display. I’m sure the view from my hotel in Capitol Hill will be amazing!

To get in the patriotic spirit, I just wanted to share some pictures from my previous trips to D.C. with all of you. If you have not been there yet, I HIGHLY recommend taking a trip there with friends or family. The monuments are beautiful. The museums are excellent. The local food is delicious. The National Zoo has pandas! You don’t come across them very often! Most importantly, it is our beautiful country’s capital. It is a diverse city rich with culture and history.

I hope you enjoy celebrating 4th of July with your families! I will share photos from my trip with you in a few weeks!

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

All below photos belong to Joanna Maruca and may not be used or reprinted without my permission. Thank you.

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The United States Capitol was particularly gorgeous on that sunny day! We visited Memorial Day weekend in 2013 and left right from my college graduation!
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These cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake were TO DIE FOR! No wonder this place has been on national TV! Yum!
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Georgetown Cupcake can be seen on the hit TLC show, DC Cupcakes!
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One of the giant pandas at the National Zoo! He was chowing down on some bamboo for lunch! He was so cute! Unfortunately the indoor exhibit causes glares on your photos. It was great though!         

20 Awesome Gift Ideas for your Dad this Father’s Day

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                                             photo courtesy of http://www.949powerfm.com

Father’s Day is Sunday June 21st! I like to keep things interesting when it comes to gift giving. I always give the traditional Hallmark card, but I like to give unique gifts to my loved ones. This Father’s Day I bought my Dad a sketched portrait of the old Yankee Stadium. He is a huge baseball fanatic and loves all things NY Yankees! It will make a beautiful addition to the walls in our home. I know he will love it! I have compiled a list of fun gift ideas. There’s something for every kind of Dad in your life.

1. sporting event tickets to see his favorite team (my Dad loves baseball!)

2. Dollar Shave Club subscription service (www.dollarshaveclub.com)

3. brewery visit & tour

4. framed vinyl(s) of music by his favorite band or performer

5. Fitbit wireless performance band (www.fitbit.com)

6. Custom printed beer bottle labels (www.pinholepress.com)

7. portable phone charger station

8. Amazon Fire TV (www.amazon.com)

9. cologne gift set

10. tablet or e-reader

11. BBQ tools set

12. espresso coffee maker (www.bedbathandbeyond.com)

13. a day or weekend trip to his favorite city or travel destination

14. white water rafting or kayaking (the Poconos is an excellent location for this!)

15. painted portrait of his pet(s)

16. home beer brewing starter kit (www.mrbeer.com)

17. his favorite TV show on DVD (Seinfeld still remains the highlight of my Dad’s collection)

18.  custom sports jersey (www.modells.com – you can get any sport, team, and number)

19. Bespoke Post gift box OR gift subscription (www.bespokepost.com/gift)

20. TOMS classic slip-ons (keep dad looking cool AND give back at the same time! http://www.toms.com)

Every Dad is different with his own personality and interests. I hope this list of gift ideas has served as a source of inspiration for you this year. It’s nice to let the important men in our lives feel appreciated and important. Celebrate this Father’s Day with the special men in your life. And as always, be sure to thank them for all they do.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads  out there!

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

Photo disclaimer: Please note that photos credited as property of Joanna Maruca belong to myself and Fabric Textile Products, Inc. All other images and photos used have been acquired through a search of Google images. Those photos belong to their rightful owners and do not belong to myself or Fabric Textile Products, Inc. We claim no ownership of those images. Thank you.

Summertime looks for the home!

Memorial Day weekend is here and the unofficial start to the summer season has begun! This weekend will be filled with trips to the beach, concerts, BBQ’s, holiday shopping sales, and plenty of fun in the sun. Being from New Jersey, my summer season means several trips down the parkway to the beautiful Jersey Shore. (No, you will not find me “fist pumping” with DJ Pauly D or anything that MTV has led you to believe.) Each shore town has its own identity and is full of beautiful little independent shops. My favorite thing to do while at the shore is to shop for new coastal-inspired items to take home with me and decorate my bedroom with. I am a lover of all things summer. Anchors. Mermaids. Sea shells. Boats. Tropical flowers. Bright colors. I am a fan of it all!

I have compiled a list of my top coastal finds to help get your home summer-ready! There’s something to fit every budget and every interest! It will feel like summer all year round!

Maritime Coastal Collection Dinner Napkins
Maritime Coastal Collection Dinner Napkins Available in 5 summer prints. 100% cotton dinner napkins. 18″ x 18″. (Sold in sets of 4, $12.99 at http://www.fabrictextileproducts.com) Photo belongs to Fabric Textile Products, Inc.
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Outdoor Printed Decorative Pillows 100% Polyester. Assorted styles, prints, & sizes available. (Sold invidividually, $25.50 – $49.50 at http://www.potterybarn.com) photo belongs to Pottery Barn
Sonoma Sun Shine Kitchen Towels Cotton towel with embroidered design. (Sold individually, $7.99 at www.kohls.com)
Sonoma Sun Shine Kitchen Towels 100% Cotton with embroidered design. (Sold individually, $7.99 at http://www.kohls.com) photo belongs to Kohls
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Starfish Wind Chimes Beautiful chimes crafted from aluminum, iron, & rope. Made in India. ($34.95, http://www.crateandbarrel.com) photo belongs to Crate and Barrel
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Threshold Anchor Marquee Light – Navy  Wall mount included. Indoor and outdoor use. ($29.99 at http://www.target.com) photo belongs to Target

I hope you all get to enjoy this holiday weekend with family and friends. My family BBQ is already planned for Sunday! Summer 2015 is almost here!  And please, don’t forget your sunblock! Stay safe everyone! 🙂

Warm Regards Always,

Joanna

Photograph disclaimer: Please note photos credited to Fabric Textile Products, Inc. belong to myself and our company. All others images belong to the owners/businesses that have been credited and linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.

20 not-so-traditional Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

momMother’s Day is Sunday May 10th! I firmly believe in recognizing all that my mother does for me every day, but it’s nice to have an extra special day just for her. Mother’s Day is a time for us all to say thank you to the special women in our lives (mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, etc.) and show them how much they are appreciated. I like to change it up a bit each year and treat my mother to something different. Of course there is the traditional sappy Hallmark card and flowers, but I like to keep things interesting.

This year I decided to buy concert tickets to see one of my mom’s favorite country music duos (Florida Georgia Line anyone?). She will be spending the weekend with her best friend at the shore for the concert and enjoying a mini vacation. She works so hard every day to provide for my family and she could use a few days to herself to unwind and have fun. I’m sure we all could say the same the special women in our lives.

For this week’s post, I decided that I wanted to highlight some great Mother’s Day gift ideas. Flowers and greeting cards are sweet, but sometimes it’s fun to go beyond that! Below you will see my list of 20 ideas. Hopefully it serves as a source of creativity and inspiration for you this Mother’s Day!

  1. Concert tickets for her and a friend
  2. Theater tickets for her and a friend
  3. treat her to brunch at her favorite restaurant
  4. Alex and Ani bangle (My mom loves these! http://www.alexandani.com)
  5. Spa day
  6. Mani & pedi
  7. BYOB group painting class (Pinot’s Palette is my favorite! http://www.pinotspalette.com)
  8. Fruit bouquet (www.ediblearrangements.com)
  9. personalized stationary
  10. framed art print(s) of work by her favorite artist
  11. Birchbox subscription (www.birchbox.com)
  12. day or weekend trip to her favorite local travel destination
  13. Winery/Vineyard Tour
  14. Yoga class registration
  15. gardening tools and starter seeds
  16. hand-crafted jewelry (Etsy is the best source)
  17. Custom quilt using old t-shirts (check out kentshirtquilt.com)
  18.  Painted portrait of her pet(s)
  19. Polaroid camera (yes, they still exist!)
  20. last, but certainly not least, a heartfelt “thank you” for everything she does

Every Mother is different. Each has her own personality, style, hobbies, and wit. Giver her a gift that she will enjoy, but most importantly, let her know she is loved and appreciated. A little thank you can make all the difference.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Enjoy your day this weekend!

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

Photograph disclaimer: Please note photos credited to Fabric Textile Products, Inc. belong to myself and our company. All others images belong to the owners/businesses that have been credited and/or directly linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.

Fiesta Fun Facts!

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Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) is just under a week away! Before you know it, the day-long fiesta will be in full swing complete with music, parades, dancing, & tons of delicious Mexican foods. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of information about the holiday with all of you as you prepare for your own celebrations and gatherings!

  • Just in case your Spanish is a little rusty, Cinco de Mayo simply means the 5th of May.
  • Cinco de Mayo does not celebrate Mexican Independence, a very popular misconception. Mexican Independence Day is actually celebrated annually on September 16th. Instead, May 5th recognizes an unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. For this reason, the holiday is primarily observed in the state of Puebla.
  • The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place in….Los Angeles, CA. Yes, that’s correct. Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated in Mexico the way it is celebrated here in the United States. In the U.S. we use the day as an excuse to eat Mexican food and party, but in Mexico the party is much different. There are reenactments of the Battle of Puebla, parades, speeches, and more.
  • Everyone does not eat tacos on Cinco de Mayo. In fact, the traditional dish served on the 5th in Mexico is Mole Pablano. Fun fact: Americans consume roughly 81 million avocados on this day. (That’s a lot of guac!)

I hope you all have learned a little bit more about this fun holiday! I am looking forward to the delicious food and spending a fun evening with friends and family. Although the celebration differs among the 2 countries, I enjoy any day that gives me a reason to enjoy tacos without feeling guilty! Enjoy the day!

Check out this fun Piñata cookie recipe below. The recipe is courtesy of SheKnows.com and I highly recommend giving them a try!

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Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

Photograph disclaimer: Please note photos credited to Fabric Textile Products, Inc. belong to myself and our company. All others images belong to the owners/businesses that have been credited and/or directly linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.

Prepping for an Egg-cellent Easter

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Today’s post is all about our picks and tips for an Eggcellent Easter celebration! (Yes, you read that correctly. I said EGG instead of EX.) With just a few days between you and the spring time holiday, the heat is on. How many guests are coming? Do I have enough desserts? Did the kids dye their eggs yet? Will I need more grass to fill the baskets? How are we on prizes for the egg hunt? The checklist goes on and on.

My favorite part about Easter was always the fun projects with my brother and parents. We both loved to dye a dozen eggs and eat bags upon bags of Cadbury Mini Eggs. Thank goodness my mom was forgiving because after about 20 minutes of “expressing” ourselves through our egg art, the kitchen table was usually a few more colors than she had remembered it to be. Kids will be kids after all.

#1. No-mess Easter eggs. (You will thank me later.) The no-dye trend is the norm this year. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and saying goodbye to those store bought egg dye kits. You’d be surprised to see how many different ways to decorate and color an egg without messy dyes. Below are some of my favorites. Check out the awesome article from Better Homes & Gardens featuring 24 ideas here.

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Temporary Tattoo Eggs, Button Eggs, & Fabric-covered eggs

#2. Ditch the basket. Get the kids egg hunt ready with this adorable DIY tote bag by Martha Stewart. Instead of using your traditional baskets, let the kids gather their eggs and take home their goodies in a fun tote bag this year.  With just a few necessary items, this project could not be easier. Try personalizing the bags with each child’s name for an added touch!

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#3. Keep it simple & keep it subtle. Spring is the season of beautiful pastel colors. Summer is known for the bright bold shades, but spring is on the quieter side. Dress your holiday table with light colors for a refreshing clean look. My favorite colors for my Easter table are lavender, sky blue, and pale yellow. What about you?!

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Milliken Signature Plus Napkins in some of my favorite colors!

#4. A touch of tulips. I love to have fresh flowers on my holiday table. Although the typical Easter flower is the Lily, I think a beautiful bouquet of tulips looks great. Mix a few colors and turn them into a centerpiece!

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#5. Let there be peeps. No explanation needed here, folks. It just wouldn’t be much fun without ’em.

peepsWith Warmest Wishes Always,

Joanna

Photograph disclaimer: Please note photos credited to Fabric Textile Products, Inc. belong to myself and our company. All others images belong to the owners/businesses that have been credited and/or directly linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.