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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

 

 

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!         

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
starfish wind chime
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.

Bridal showers bring may flowers

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Warm weather has arrived and so has bridal season! Bridal (or wedding) season is typically from May-September and is the most prevalent time of the year for love birds to say “I Do”. The weather is pleasant, which makes it easier on everyone involved. The bride can wear her short or strapless dress. Pictures will have a naturally beautiful backdrop. Ceremonies and receptions can be held outdoors. Who doesn’t enjoy gorgeous weather?!

With every wedding comes a bridal shower (typically 1 – 3 months prior to the ceremony). The bride-to-be is honored with a party to celebrate her upcoming special day. Family, friends, & bridesmaids want her to have a great time and enjoy all they have in store for her. This means a showering of gifts and goodies for both her and her hubby-to-be to enjoy.  In my opinion, bridal showers are right up there with the almighty bachelorette party on my list of fun things to do. I have always enjoyed these celebrations more than the actual wedding day. Girl time is the best time!

Sometimes gift-giving can be more stressful that actually planning a shower. Gift registry lists at high-end stores like Macy’s or Pottery Barn can be pretty intimidating when shopping on a budget. Instead of splurging on the $300 crystal flower vase, try your hand at one of these simple DIY gift ideas! The bride will be appreciative of whatever you may bring to her. When it comes from the heart, it holds a higher value than any price tag.

  • Set of cloth napkins and matching napkin rings (these can be handmade if you’re crafty!)
  • personalized monogrammed linens (the ideas are endless: napkins, table cloths, pillowcases, blankets, etc…)
  • Mr. & Mrs. wine glasses paired with the bride’s wine of choice (custom wine glasses are a really fun DIY paint project!)
  • Certificate for a spa day or trip to the salon for a mani/pedi (this will come in handy as she prepares for the big day)
  • Beach bag for the honeymoon filled with her travel necessities – sunglasses, flip flops, towel, and swimsuit. Have the bag embroidered or printed with her new married name (ie: Mrs._______) Keep in mind her favorite colors and prints!

If you need a little guidance, another great gift giving idea is to get 1 item from the registry and add your own creative flair. This can still be budget-friendly and incredibly thoughtful. Check out this list for some inspiration!

  • Registry gift: mixing bowls, bakeware, pots/pans, etc. – Pair with a hand-made recipe book or recipe cards of some of your favorite dishes & baked goodies. Some simple scrapbooking supplies are all you need and a little Also include blank pages or cards so the couple can add to it!
  • Registry gift: coffee maker, tea kettle, etc. – Pair with His & Hers mugs and gourmet beans or teas. Ceramic mugs can easily be personalized with a little craft paint and imagination.
  • Registry gift: bath towel set – Pair with a basket full of the ultimate bath and body essentials! Put together a bunch of the bride’s favorite lotions, soaps, fragrance mists, bath bombs, & a bottle of bubble bath of course! A trip to your local Bath & Body Works will have all you need to pamper the special lady! A cute pair of terry slippers in her favorite color would be an excellent addition too!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to bridal shower gifts. Don’t let the number on a price tag hold you back. Be thoughtful. Be creative. Keep it personal. Your gal pal is sure to love it!

The absolute best bridal/wedding resource is The Knot. I highly recommend browsing their site for other helpful tips and ideas!

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.

#TransformationTuesday: The Jump from Napkinsonline to Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

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I am obsessed with social media. I love sharing my pictures on Instagram, keeping friends up to date with my Facebook status daily, and tweeting about whatever comes to my mind. Come on, though. What 23 year old isn’t?! My day always begins the same. Turn off the alarm, get my glasses on quickly so I can find my way out of bed without falling, and swipe right to unlock my iPhone. A wave of emails, statuses, photos, tweets, and whatnot floods my brain for a few moments before I start my morning routine. While scrolling along this morning, I noticed the daily hashtag on almost every post I saw- #transformationtuesday. A light went off and the idea for today’s post came about!

“Transformation Tuesday”.

“Yes.”

“That’s it. I got it!”

Fabric Textile Products, Inc. is the place I call home Monday through Friday. I assist with shipping orders, taking care of our customers, managing social media accounts, shopping for new products, sourcing new vendors, and whatever else may come my way, but things weren’t always this way. Believe it or not, up until 2 years ago this company was a just a 1 woman operation.

Flashback to 2007.

We began selling hemstitch napkins as Napkinsonline on the internet. Our products were well-liked and in high-demand by both commercial and home buyers, so we began to offer matching table linens. After a few successful years, we started selling leftover fabric scraps given to us by our sister company, Something Different Linen, Inc. and business really began to boom! From there on out, we sourced our own products and sought out the help of various vendors. Before we knew it, we had outgrown the little space we once occupied and needed more hands on deck.

Flash forward to 2013.

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I joined the Fabric Textile Products, Inc. team fresh out of college as an assistant. The job had become too much for just 1 person and we were planning a move. By this time our product catalog included not only hemstitch table linens and fabrics, but also a wide array of textiles for the home. The keyword here is growth. We officially dropped the name Napkinsonline and became Fabric Textile Products, Inc. – a subsidiary of Something Different Linen, Inc. We launched a fresh website, left our small crammed space and settled quickly into a new larger location on the other end of town. And here we are now!

In just 2 years Fabric Textile Products, Inc. has transformed from a small internet operation into a full-fledged supplier of fabric and textile goods for all. Our inventory grows daily, our customer base reaches farther locations, and our name is recognized by so many. The only place to go from here is up!

Warmest 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/or directly linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.

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.

Trend watch: Ruffled Table Linens

Every year brings about new trends in fashion, color, design, patterns, and whatnot. This is especially true for the table linen and home décor industries. Who remembers the ikat craze? The chevron obsession? The mod phase? The list of memories goes on and on! One thing stays true throughout it all though- trends come and go rather quickly. With that being said, I decided to focus on one of the hottest trends in linens and décor at the moment… Ruffles!

It seems that ruffles have made a comeback. I can vividly remember the throw pillows that used to adorn my living room as a young child in the early 90s. They were bright pink with a large ruffled trim. My Mother had them on every couch in the living room as well as my Father’s favorite chair. Our bed skirts also had large ruffled trims. They were everywhere! I even remember seeing ruffled pillows on an episode of The Golden Girls (I’m showing my age here).

Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Hen House Linens, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. You can find ruffled linens at all the current major retailers now. Napkins have become the frontrunner at the moment. They are simple, yet sophisticated. They look beautiful folded or with a napkin ring. A wide array of colors and materials make these napkins timeless. We are crazy about ’em!

We here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. decided to launch our own line of them and are pleased to share them with you. Introducing The Duchess Collection…

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These beauties are made of 100% pure woven linen. Each measure 17″ x 17″ in size and are sold in sets of 4. We offer them in both white and stone. They are a great lightweight material with a nice feel. The Duchess Collection will make your dinner guests feel like royalty!

Feeling trendy? Shop the collection now at http://www.fabrictextileproducts.com. While you’re there, be sure to check out our other new collections as well. There’s something for everyone!

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– 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.