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Thinking Spring!

I hope you are in the DIY state of mind this weekend, as I have some great projects that will have you ready for spring! The spring weather is not here just yet, so we have more time to spend on indoor projects. I came across a few projects that I think everyone will love. They are a simple way to had touches of spring in your home.

1.  Welcome Spring Dropcloth Sign – Click here for step by step instructions

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Photo Courtesy of Twelve on Main

What a perfect addition to your front door or entrance way. Welcome spring into your home!

2. Burlap Button Carrot Art – Click here for step by step instructions

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Photo Courtesy of Patcatans.com

I love this simple canvas art you can hang it up or just have it stand/ lean on its own. If you are not big into decoration for holidays this is the perfect project. It is an easy project and will not take up a lot of space. This would look great on my small fireplace mantle in my living room!

3. Easter Bunny Vases- Click here for step by step instructions

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Photo Courtesy of Weekendcraft.com

I love this one. What is even better is, these make perfect host gifts! This is so simple and if you want to go with a more spring approach you don’t have to make the bunny. Pick any color or colors you want and you can create your own design for this vase.

4. Umbrella Wreath – Click here for step by step instructions

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Photo Courtesy of Onegoodthingbyjillee.com

Another great idea, and this one can be done in a flash! I am currently looking for an umbrella now. This DIY wreath screams spring! I love everything about this,the best part is when you are done using it… you have an umbrella!

I hope everyone enjoys these lovely projects!

-Briana

Trends that are brightening up 2017

Trend Alert!
What will we be seeing a lot of this spring? Well, we believe that what we have been seeing on the runways is an early indicator of trends from clothing all the way to home decor, bright colors and mix and match patterns are gaining traction! These trends are easy to work with and can turn your home into a beautiful work of art. We see spring in our future and now we want to start to brighten things up in our home!

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Photo Courtesy of elledecor.com

Pantone has released their color of 2017, called Greenery. It is a refreshing color that is easy on the eye and great on the walls. (Like the image above) You can also add smaller amounts of this bright, refreshing green to your home decor items and it would have the same brightening effects. Below you see those kitchen stools are the bright colors that were added to this beautiful white kitchen. Simple yet BOLD. I love seeing different ways you can add color to any room in your home.

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Photo Courtesy of thekitchn.com
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Photo Courtesy of hgtv.com

This colored subway tile back splash is subtle yet eye catching! You can match or accent the tile with other kitchen items. Helpful tip- have your table linens match or complement the back splash.

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Photo Courtesy of MarthStewart.com

Along with the pantone colors of 2017 you will be seeing many other bright colors. Don’t go with the old run of the mill dark colored couch. Make a statement with a brightly colored one. (Like the image above) Adding bright colored furniture is an easy way to bring color into your room. (It doesn’t involve paint!) No mess here! In the above picture you also see that the pillows are all different patterns. Mixing and matching the right patterns together somehow make it look like they belong together. Those pillows, such a simple accent piece that transforms this couch and living room. If you are up for a do it yourself project you can make pillows like the ones in the above picture. Fabric Textile Products Inc. has a wide range of fabrics that could be used for a DIY pillow project.  I have also seen this being done in other rooms too! The options are endless when it comes to these trends. Even if you have a low budget but still want to freshen a room up in your home, you can! I am looking forward to taking these ideas and updating rooms in my home. As a renter I cannot paint the walls so I will be choosing to use smaller accents to help accomplish a bold look.

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Photo Courtesy of fabrictextileproducts.com

Here are those bright colors I was talking about again! The products in the above image are from www.fabrictextileproducts.com. Don’t they just SCREAM Springtime! Polka Dots are a favorite of mine. I love the bright colors of the table runner above. This is the perfect runner to transition into spring.   Not ready for bright colored walls? Linens are the best way to bring in some colors and patterns. What is great about using items such as table linens to add something new to your dining room/ kitchen is they are not permanent. They are easy to switch when you want to go for a new look. I love updating my kitchen linens for each season. Spring I am ready for you! You can shop this print and many others now! Click Here

Enjoy!

Briana

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.
pottery barn pillows
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
anchor marquee light
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

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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.

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Play ball! MLB Opening Day is here!

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Happy Sunday everyone! Today is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day! I am super excited for baseball season to begin and hoping to see my San Francisco Giants win another World Series title this year! (We could have another Orange October!)

Be sure to catch the first game of the regular season tonight when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Chicago Cubs at the recently-renovated Wrigley Field. Since today is the Easter holiday as well, many games are scheduled to be played tomorrow.

opening day teams

We here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. are big sports fans and are happy to add the newest collection of MLB team fabrics by Fabric Traditions to the shop. They arrived on Friday and are selling quickly! The lovely people at Fabric Traditions are also responsible for the NFL team collection and are introducing their MLS team collection as well. All of these great prints are officially licensed products and make the perfect addition to your home fabric stockpile. Prints are 60″ wide and made of 100% cotton broadcloth making the fabric durable enough to meet your quilting and crafting needs! We have all 32 prints in stock and sold by the yard.

baseball prints

You can view the full collection of teams here! Shop today at http://www.fabrictextileproducts.com!

Get your cracker jacks and baseball caps ready! Baseball is here!

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

Easter decoration

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.

 temporary tat eggs  button eggs  fabric eggs

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!

egg hunt tote

#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?!

milliken napkins

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!

easter tulips

#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.