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!
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
It’s that time again. Everyone’s social media feeds are full of “New year, new me” status updates. Ambitions are high to start the New Year on a great note. I too enjoy setting goals to help myself grow as an individual.
I don’t want to just write about all the new goals you can set for yourself in the New Year. Quite frankly, there are too many to list! Every person is different and wants to better them self in a different way. For the past few months I have been really into reading all the amazing home decor blogs out there. Every one of the blogs that I have come across are inspiring and have made me think about my home in a different way than before. (I know you are wondering why I am blabbing on about myself… don’t worry there is a moral to this story!) Reading blog after blog on home decor, I have developed an interest in it. What better way to start the New Year?! I am challenging myself to re-do a room in my apartment. This is going to be a fun project!
Since football season is just about over, I am going to need a new hobby to take over my Sundays. This is something I have never really done before since this is really my first apartment, I have mostly passed-down items from my older sister, family and friends. I really want to take the time to make my place “my home” and add make some changes that will scream “Briana!” I have chosen the kitchen as the room to start. Here are some inspiration pictures I have:
I am a big fan of HGTV! The two images are very different from each other, but I do really like them both. I am not looking to copy them, but instead have them act as inspiration. I am looking to create something totally different that allows my friends and family to see my personality come alive in this room. I have a decent sized eat in kitchen. We spend hours around the table, sharing lots of laughs and wine! Since this is the most popular room in the house I want to make it warm, inviting, and comfy.
I probably will not be painting since I am a renter, but I believe I can still transform the place. Since this is something I haven’t done before I am super excited. There is a lesson to be learned. Not all new year’s goals have to be about saving or making more money, losing weight to be the better version of you. I challenge you too, to do something you have never done before. At the end of this project I know I am going to be proud of the outcome and to know I can do something I thought I couldn’t do before.
I know things like this will not happen overnight. With that being said I plan to post an update piece and a finished room piece. I will be sure to post all items used in the transformation! I hope this piece inspires you to think outside the box and try your hand at something new. You never know it might be something you love!
When we think of summer decor, usually the first thing that comes to mind is coastal or nautical motifs. Throw in the occasional marine animal print and you have “summer”. This year though, the decor trends have changed slightly. One of the hottest summer decor trends this year is something you have probably seen a million times before and paid it no mind – a cabana stripe. Yup, that’s it. A simple stripe.
Throw pillows, table cloths, placemats, beach towels, tote bags, umbrellas, & so much more. This classic stripe is EVERYWHERE. It’s simple, classic, & timeless. The cabana stripe can be in any color, but most common tends to be a nice black and white or a royal blue and white combo. The stripe can be small or large and it most commonly runs vertically. These stripes can be seen in almost every store you walk into – H & M, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, Target, Walmart, Pier 1, Kohl’s, the list goes on and on and on. It is also featured in more magazines than I can count on my 2 hands. Have you seen the latest issue of HGTV magazine?
I am a lover of stripes in general, but I absolutely love a good cabana stripe. It works year round, not just in the summer, and it can really bring life to a room. I prefer black and white everything, but this year we decided to branch out a bit at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. and offer a very wide variety of cabana stripe linens. Our 3 inch cabana stripe is printed on Milliken Signature Polyester and then in turn made into pillow covers, tablecloths, & table runners. We currently offer 12 colors and are always adding more to the mix!
Available in Black, Navy, Royal, Pale Pink, Fuchsia, Red, Gray, Yellow, Khaki, Orange, Turquoise, & Lime Green.
Below I have included some of the fabulous cabana stripe products I have while shopping the internet! Check them out!
(Please note that all photos & products belong to the rightful owner unless specifically noted as property of Fabric Textile Products, Inc.)
Tell me your thoughts! What do you think of the cabana stripe trend? I want to know!
Summer has officially begun! Enjoy that warm weather, sleep in, and check back here with me on the FTP blog! I have lots more great stuff to share with all of you!
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?!
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! 🙂
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!
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All below photos belong to Joanna Maruca and may not be used or reprinted without my permission. Thank you.
Susan and I officially met in the spring of 2012. She was hired to be the newest Assistant General Manager at my job, which meant she would be my direct supervisor. From day 1, we immediately connected and really hit it off. We both eventually said our goodbyes to the ice rink and embarked on new professional journeys. We have always kept in touch and still remain friends.
In January, Susan decided to open up an Etsy shop, Susan Knittman, and sell handmade knitted goods. While in between jobs, it was a great way for her to keep up with her long-time hobby and also make some extra money in the meantime. From scarves, to headbands, to napkin rings, her shop has it all. With business booming and her shop on the rise, I wanted to share Susan’s shop with all of you.
Susan and I talked over coffee and got to catch up last week. I purchased custom napkin rings from her and I was super excited to see the finished products. They were absolutely adorable and incredibly creative! You don’t see knitted napkin rings every day!
Joanna: “When did you first learn to knit?”
Susan: “I was probably around 12 years old and my mom taught me. First it was needlepoint, then knitting.”
J: “When did you open your Etsy shop? What prompted you to do so?”
S: “January of this year. So 2015. It sounds funny, but every winter I would keep my hands busy by knitting. I would start a new scarf every year. First I started with arm knitting and then needle.”
J: “What types of products do you typically make and sell in the shop?”
S: “Scarves, baby bonnets, blankets, napkin rings, hats, headbands. A little of everything. My best selling items are scarves. I have these really cool asymmetrical scarves that have a few buttons on the side and wraps around. It’s my best seller. “
J: “Have you considered making this a full-time thing (expanding beyond Etsy), or is this just a hobby? Would you eventually like to turn this into a standalone business?”
S: “Personally, I don’t think I have the stamina to do this full time. I did it while I was in between jobs. I am looking to expand and attend craft shows in the fall. There’s some local ones I want to look into. I’ll start small at first. Knitting will stay a side business for now.”
J: “What products are you hoping to add to the store, if any, in the future? Is there something you are hoping to perfect and offer to your customers?”
S: “I want to do a lot more, but I’m not sure of the demand for certain items. I have these antique Parisian buttons that I would like to do more with. They are actually from Paris and they were purchased by a family friend in the 70s. She gave them to me. I would love to do more baby bonnets. I did a custom Batman hat for a friend. It looks like there is a lot of superhero-type items in demand. I’m going to start working on Harley Quinn and the Joker hats too. I am very open to custom orders. It’s just about finding the patterns. My brother wants to add some items to his comic book shop too. I did a Batman baby headband so far. It looks like I’ll be doing a lot of superhero items, but I will do whatever is asked of me, and with little turnaround time of course.”
The possibilities are endless. Susan was kind enough to make our napkin rings as a custom order. I was able to choose the colors, styles, & buttons that I wanted. She is willing to do whatever necessary to meet your specific needs. There is a warm knitted gift for everyone! All items are proudly made by Susan in the USA and can be hand washed. I wish her all the best as her business continues to grow! Susan’s products will soon be available for purchase at her brother’s comic book store, East Side Mags, as well. Be sure to check them out if you’re in the Montclair, NJ neighborhood!
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!
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,
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