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

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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.

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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.

We’re getting our Shamrock Shake on!

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Yes, I said it. We are getting our shamrock shake on. It just rolls off the tongue.

Happy March everyone! One of my favorite holidays is just around the corner. What holiday you may ask? St. Patrick’s Day that is! You may also be wondering why I enjoy it so much. Am I Irish? Italian. Do I like the color green? Not a fan. Do I enjoy eating meet & potatoes served with a perfectly chilled beer? Absolutely! Who doesn’t?! I can go on and on about why I love the day so much, but I don’t want to bore you all to death talking about myself. Whether you choose to celebrate St. Patty’s Day or not is all your own. Here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. we are firm believers in the idea that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and we are here to help with your holiday party planning! We are also HUGE fans of the delicious minty-fresh treat that McDonald’s rolls out for just a brief time every year… the legendary Shamrock Shake. Get your green sweaters and bagpipes ready! We’re having a party!

It’s all about the green. Green clothing. Green decorations. Green drinks. Green rivers (If you live in the windy city, that is). Green everything. Instead of going overboard on the festive color this year, why not try a fun pop of color on your dinner table? Instead of bringing out Grandma’s favorite green tablecloth, napkins, and plates this year, try something a bit more subtle. I like the idea of a bold napkin on a traditional white plate. The good people at Better Homes and Gardens featured a how-to video on the four leaf clover napkin fold in 2010. I thought this was perfect!

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How adorable is the clover fold?! I absolutely love it. Click on the photo above to watch the full DIY tutorial video. I would show you myself, but I would probably embarrass myself. You could try this napkin with any one of our beautiful Milliken Signature Dinner Napkins. I suggest Fern or Clover, but you could also use Hunter or Forest too.

If origami or folding intimidates you, a simple alternative works just as well. Try one of these other options for a fun touch of green!

 

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Hemstitch Dinner Napkins in Fern, Artichoke, & Peapod

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If you are feeling crafty and would like to make your own, we have a great selection of cotton prints by Quilting Treasures in stock as well!  All items mentioned can be purchased directly from our shop. Hopefully you have gotten some ideas for your holiday table and are feeling lucky!

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I know I will!

Slainte!

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

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Love is in the Air!

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Ahh yes! Love is in the air! The “most romantic” day of the year is just about here. Cue the last minute trips to the gas station for roses and the 24 hour pharmacy for the anything that resembles a heart-shaped box of sugary treats. Don’t forget the Hallmark card while you’re there! We all kid and joke, but deep down in our hearts we do what we can to appreciate our loved ones. If that entails a $9.95 box of chocolates than so be it. It’s the thought that counts, right? Not everyone will be spending Valentine’s Day with their sweetie at a super fancy restaurant with a name you most likely cannot pronounce, but instead enjoying a quiet night in with friends and family.

Okay, so you’re planning to cook a nice dinner for your family at home. Awesome. The menu is set and the grocery shopping is done. Decorations? A few construction paper hearts made by the kids. Perfect. Now that just leaves the dinner table…

My favorite thing to do for any holiday is exhibiting my origami skills with a festive napkin fold. There are hundreds of ways to fold a napkin and there’s something for everyone, no matter what your skill level is. One of the easiest folds is the classic heart. It’s easy, takes just a few minutes, and will look beautiful on your Valentine’s Day table. No need to spend a ton of money on some new fancy napkins. Use something you already have at home! (You’ll thank me later.)

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I decided to take a few of my favorite hemstitch dinner napkins and try my hand at the heart fold. (For the step-by-step tutorial video, click here.) It was super easy and it looks adorable. I paired them with a few different table linens and placed the utensils in different spots. This is a highly versatile look. Be creative! Here a few different looks I tried. Which is your favorite?

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If you want to take it a step further, why not make individual place cards for your guests? All you need is a few sheets of construction paper, a pen/marker, and a scissor. It’s a great way to get the little ones involved too! Add the place card to the center of the napkin or to the side of the plate and voila! It’s simple. It’s budget-friendly. It’s festive. It’s perfect.

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I wish all of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope it is filled with love, happiness, and good company! Feel free to share your table decorating ideas with me! We would love to see what you have done!

With love always,

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.

A toast to a new year!

With the Christmas holiday in full swing and 2015 right around the corner, we wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for a great year. It has been a very exciting year for Fabric Textile Products, Inc. and we owe it all to you, our customers. We have been able to expand and add some beautiful new items to our inventory.  Our company is rapidly growing and we could not be more excited to end this year on such a high note! We are looking forward to what 2015 has to offer! Happy Holidays and Cheers to a new year!

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Santa is on his way!

This Sunday marks the beginning of Winter! We wanted to highlight some products that will add that special touch to your holiday tables and make great gifts this season!
  • What better way to beat the cold than to cozy up with one of our Threadless fleece throws or duvet covers! They not only make a great last minute gift, but they are an awesome addition to any college dorm room or apartment. They are offered in a variety of prints, and we sell matching decorative pillows and body pillow cases!

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  • We have added some beautiful wool to the shop to be sold by the yard. We have an assortment of styles, colors and feels available! It’s great for scarves and other cold-weather accessories!
  • Fat Quarter Bundles are perfect for the crafter or quilter of the bunch and they fit perfectly in stockings too! We have some cool, new bundles from Camelot Fabrics in stock now and ready to ship!
  • Not sure what to do for your table settings? Want to WOW your guests but stay within budget? It’s a piece of cake! Try the Christmas tree napkin fold. You only need 3 things—a green napkin, a pin or paperclip, and yellow paper. Check out our little tree below!
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**Forest Milliken signature napkin**
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Holiday Shipping Deadlines for 12/24 delivery:
  • FedEx Home Delivery + Ground – Today, Wed 12/17
  • USPS Priority Mail – Fri 12/19
  • FedEx 2 Day – Mon 12/22
  • FedEx Overnight – Tues 12/23
**Due to overwhelming demand and holiday orders, Red Milliken signature napkins are out of stock, but will be replenished before the holiday!**
As always, FREE STANDARD SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $100!!! No code needed!
We ship Mon-Fri only! Orders placed before 1pm EST will ship same day.
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.

Happy Holidays from Fabric Textile Products!

Santa Claus is coming to town!
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 Season’s greetings! With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the office holiday parties, stocking stuffers for the kids, countless hours of wrapping left to do, which ugly sweater to pull out of the closet this year, and finalizing the grocery list for the dinner menu. We here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. like to include one more thing to our holiday prep checklist – holiday decorating. Of course there’s the multi-colored lights on the roof, a giant inflatable Santa Claus front and center for the neighborhood to see, fake snow galore, and a personalized stocking for every member of the family (pets included) hung on the mantle for all to see. What about the table? Shouldn’t the table be decorated for the big day too? Of course! That’s where we come in to help! Check out our simple, yet festive table setting ideas below.
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Try adding sweet treats or a string of lights for a little fun! We used red and white peppermint candies (a holiday staple) and a string of white Christmas lights meant for indoor use to brighten, but not over crowd our table. We also added a simple reindeer vinyl placemat to appeal to the kids. This is great for breakfast with the kids! Pair it with our red cotton hemstitch dinner napkins and forest green Milliken polyester tablecloth and voila! Simple, festive, and quick.

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Looking for something a little different from the norm? Try a new napkin fold, such as the classic bow tie, seen here. Add ribbon, lace, or a strip of your favorite holiday fabric for a fun twist. Your guests will be think it took you hours to put together each individual setting, but in actuality it only took a few minutes and a little creativity. Milliken signature napkins work best for folding and can be pressed with an iron to keep the folds creased and crisp! We added a Christmas plaid to the center to match the tablecloth and centerpiece. Want to learn how to make this bow tie? Click here to view the quick tutorial!
Feeling inspired? Want to create a table scape of your own? Browse our collections of affordable napkins, table runners, and tablecloths at Fabric Textile Products, Inc.. We have beautiful cotton hemstitch napkins, Milliken signature polyester table linens, and our very own Loom State Pure Linen collection. There’s a color to match any table and quality products to fit every budget.
We wish you all a happy holiday season and very Merry Christmas!
Just a friendly reminder to all of our customers…
 
Please make note of the last days to guarantee delivery by December 24th! Be mindful when choosing your shipping service at checkout. We only ship Monday through Friday. All orders placed before 1:00 pm EST will be shipped same day. All others will be shipped the next business day.

USPS Priority Mail – Friday 12/19

FedEx Ground & Home Delivery – Wednesday 12/17

FedEx 2 Day – Monday 12/22

FedEx Overnight – Tuesday 12/23

As always, FREE STANDARD SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $100!!! No code needed!
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.