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Giveaway :: Boutique Textiles

Wednesday, April 23, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Recently, while browsing a mass market shop that sells home goods, I found a throw pillow I loved and was so close to purchasing it. Why did I decide against it? Because I realized this pillow was produced in a bold factory with very little human interaction. That’s the problem with mass produced goods; they feel a bit sterile. Rather, I find that I am drawn to objects that have a sense of the person who made them. I find that artistic expression is much more beautiful than an impersonal mass-produced concept. Not to say all of the big box stores are evil or unappealing. But it’s nice to have options.

Lauren Rossi is the brainchild of Boutique Textiles, a print design studio that utilizes “traditional screen printing methods alongside an experimental practice and current digital fabric printing methods.” Rossi offers an array of services from handprinted textile yardage to ready made home goods and custom print development. Boutique Textiles’ online shop is full of wonderfully graphic prints that bring a touch of warmth and connection into your home space. This Teaberry Pillow is a personal favorite. When looking for bespoke goods to bring into your space, you can feel better you now have Boutique Textiles in you arsenal.

Boutique Textiles is giving away one Stripes Table Runner 60″, one set of (2) Navy Dots Dinner Napkins, and one set of (2) Azul Dinner Napkins to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, April 30th.
Please visit Boutique Textiles and tell us: What is your favorite handmade item that you own and what is the story behind it? Did you make it or did someone else?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, May 6th, to see if you’ve won!

 

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Sunshine Post :: Boutique Textiles

Wednesday, April 23, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Lauren from Boutique Textiles.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Boutique Textiles is a print and textile design studio based in Philadelphia, PA. I create fabrics using traditional screen-printing methods alongside an experimental practice and current digital fabric printing methods. Typically a design starts as an idea, roughly sketched in an idea journal. As each design is chosen for production it undergoes a process of scanning and tracing, arranging and rearranging and moving into its final composition. A sample phase follows the design work. A silk-screen is made, inks are mixed and tested, the screen is registered to the print table and I print a strike-off to review. With a successful sample in hand the most rewarding part of the whole process can begin: production printing. It is at this stage that the printed design with all of the lovely fabric texture comes to life and hours of design development and planning comes together. It is a goal and a challenge to develop prints that show “the hand” in the process, to reveal the production method and create a finished product that is individual and unique. By nature the process of hand-printing results in variation, each print is hand pulled with a squeegee, pushing ink through the screen which is registered to fit each stretch of yardage. To further the look and feel of individually made prints the studio uses experimental processes that by nature result in puddling, streaking, speckling and equally unpredictable markings other designs are made to appear intentionally mis-registered by building in print areas that are technically outside of the lines. In the studio I am eager to try new things and as a result experiment with the print process, constantly pushing the boundaries of what I thought was possible.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

“Do what you love, love what you do” defines my life and my career choice. I don’t remember when I heard that saying first but it struck a chord. I realized early that when you choose a career path that is how most hours of the day would be spent. So they better count! I am fortunate to have a great home life with my husband and great dane, and wonderful family and friends. So I love what I do in my free time too.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I often stumble across beautiful things walking my dog or cooking dinner – its usually a happy accidental finding, the small spaces, corners or generally overlooked places.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

I put on a good Pandora mix and pull out the water color set.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I am grateful to be alive, to get to experience all that life offers.

 

 

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Giveaway :: Lilleputt Studio

Tuesday, April 22, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Home is the sanctuary, friends. The refuge from the daily grind. In order to truly nurture the “seeds” we are planting all around, it is imperative we nurture ourselves in our personal spaces. To this end, there is an endless supply of home goods purveyors out there, all promising the ultimate in comfort and style. But we all know that not every promise gets fulfilled. Lucky for you, friends, you have us here at the BSP to find the real deals for you!

Annika Schmidt from Lilleputt Studio is the kind of brand you find yourself going back to over and over when you need the perfect gift for a loved one (or yourself.) Schmidt’s aesthetic is decidedly simple, elegant, thoughtful, smart. The Scandinavian influences shine through and the bold color lends a drift of joy to the line. From throw pillows to baby blankets, mugs to tea towels, there is something for everyone at Lilleputt Studio and you won’t be disappointed when you look around your house and see Lilleputt Studio staring back at you.

Lilleputt Studio is giving away one Birch Pillow to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, April 29th.
Please visit Lilleputt Studio and tell us: What does your home (the aesthetic, the style, the energy) say about you?
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Sunshine Post :: Lilleputt Studio

Tuesday, April 22, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Annika  from Lilleputt Studio.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

My name is Annika Schmidt, and I am the artist and designer behind Lilleputt Studio. Growing up spending summers in Sweden visiting family, I have always been captivated by all things Scandinavian. I am inspired not only by the stark and beautiful simplicity of Scandinavian design, but also by the calm and considered lifestyle. At Lilleputt, a lot of my designs stem from nostalgia or memories of time spent there, and the belief that the playful and whimsical should not only be reserved for children but appreciated by all ages. My emphasis is on simple, thoughtful designs, incorporating bold pattern and cheerful color. ‘Lilleputt’, Swedish for “pee-wee”, was named for the size of the studio, and for the size of some of our intended customers.

All of the patterns and designs are my own. The fabrics are digitally printed by a domestic fabric-printing company, a environmentally-friendly process, using eco-friendly, water-based inks on natural fabrics. All fabrics are then cut and sewn here in the studio. The ceramic and glass items are printed locally in Maine.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

Graduating from art school with a degree in Furniture Design in the middle of the recession, I got swept up in the current to New York City, which seemed to hold the most prospects and opportunity. There I held a variety of positions, often simultaneously; designing, freelancing, serving as an artist’s assistant, and as a waitress as well. While I wasn’t unhappy, I wasn’t doing what I loved. In fact, in the three years I lived there, I barely even picked up a pencil with my own work in mind. It began to feel unproductive, and I began to question the reason for my being there and for working so hard. After a brief stay in Portland, my like-minded boyfriend and I packed up on a whim and left Brooklyn and the life-style behind. With the change of scene, and having more than a few extra feet of space, I was able to set up a little studio and get sewing. It wasn’t long before I was designing my own fabrics, and putting most of my energy into ‘Lilleputt’. While I still wear many hats and love to have my hands in many projects, Lilleputt is the constant thread in my life. It focuses my energy and keeps me on track. I’m never happier than when I’m feeling productive and working towards something, so Lilleputt has become that structured environment I need to just sit down and get to work.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I love watching or overhearing small random moments between people; a parent’s amusement at a curious child’s question, cheerful conversation between strangers, or spontaneous acts of kindness. I think it’s very easy to get caught up in ourselves, our errands and obligations; it’s moments like these that remind me to step back and reflect. I often find it’s the quiet moments in our daily routines that can hold the most joy, but are so often overlooked or taken for granted.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Nothing makes me happier than being holed up in the studio on a dreary day, but if the weather is getting me down, the best thing for me is to grab the dog and head out into it. Living on the peninsula here in Portland, Maine, we are a 5 minute walk to the water in three directions. Regardless of the weather, there is something about that gusty, salty air that always cleanses the soul and rejuvenates me.

And if all else fails, I bake.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

Support. My friends and family have always been supportive and encouraging, and my boyfriend has always believed in me and my work, even when I’ve had my doubts. I’ve always had the drive to be self-sufficient and independent, so it’s never been easy for me to ask for help. Having those constants there has enabled me to feel confident and secure, even when taking risks.

 

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The Lemonade Stand :: Growth

Monday, April 21, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

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This month has been a journey. A journey into seeking patience, watching growth, learning from mistakes. That’s really what the whole idea behind “Planting the Seed” is about. It is about the journey itself and the things we learn about ourselves along the way. In a very literal sense, the little strip of greenery growing in the picture above is a perfect example of what I’m talking about.

I planted sunflower seeds along a fence where there is only dirt. And painted frames. Because, though my landscaping skills are a tad lacking, my spray painting skills are on point. This spot gets full sun all day and there is a small gap between the fence and our raised veggie gardens. I planted the seeds and watered. And waited. And watered. And waited more.  And assumed my (perceived) brown thumb was taking its toll on my dirt. Eventually, though, small green shoots popped up and now, a mere month or so later, these plants are well on their way to lining the fence in our yard with their beautiful flowers. Just when I had pretty much given up hope, there they were. Looking different than I thought they might. (Even more beautiful, to be honest.) While my string beans and peas went the way of the compost bin, these flowers have affirmed a sense of nature in my life that I didn’t think would mean as much as it does. It makes me feel capable, small, humble. Just the lesson I needed this month.

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Weekly Wisdom :: Rainer Maria Rilke

Sunday, April 20, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Feeling the love

Friday, April 18, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy Friday, friends! So, I realize this is a commercial. But, if all commercials were this well made and inspired such good feelings, I would gladly reinstate my cable subscription. Enjoy your weekend. Go out and do something fun.

And Happy Easter!

 

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Giveaway :: Brooklyn Heavy Metal

Thursday, April 17, 2014  ::  Written by:

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When I was young, I traveled with my school class to the beach for a tidepool field trip. One of the women who worked at the ocean center wore a large silver conch shell pendant on a chain and I remember thinking her simple gesture of adornment spoke volumes about how we wear our hearts on our sleeves in a multitude of ways and how beautiful this great world was. (A lofty observation for a grade schooler, to be sure, but I always noticed the details and missed the bigger picture.) I have always been drawn to organic shapes in jewelry, always found myself smitten with raw, natural states. Yet I have never lost my need for a pretty aesthetic.

Brooklyn Heavy Metal by designer Abbi Stern is a treasure chest of elegant, organic jewelry that speaks of Stern’s marriage of her influences of nature and industry. Throw in a little androgyny and you have the recipe for strong, simple shapes that have merit, have weight. The Coyote Necklace is strikingly beautiful and the Small Bark Band is absolutely on the top of my wish list. Celebrating a connection with our natural surroundings is something that is easy to do when you have such a elegant option with Brooklyn Heavy Metal, don’t you think?

Brooklyn Heavy Metal is giving away Tentacle Ring (value: $70.) Cast from squid tentacles this ring is made of solid rhodium plated brass~roughly 3/4″ high. Available in sizes 6, 7, 8.  (Can be adjusted to additional sizes upon request.) To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, April 24th.
Please visit Brooklyn Heavy Metal and tell us: What aspect of nature most heavily influences you? Are you drawn the the shore, the water, the mountains, the wildlife?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, April 29th, to see if you’ve won!
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Sunshine Post :: Brooklyn Heavy Metal

Thursday, April 17, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Abbi from Brooklyn Heavy Metal.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Originally from Vermont I moved to NY 13 years ago to pursue a career in fashion. Brooklyn Heavy Metal began as a creative side project while I was working in fashion, wardrobe and costume design. Eventually, after much encouragement from friends and family, I decided to go out on my own and focus solely on my jewelry. I never saw myself owning my own jewelry business but BHM has turned out to be an amazing way of tying together many of my interests primarily music, art and fashion.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

Life is too short to be stuck doing something that makes you unhappy.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I love finding beauty in the unexpected and sometimes straight up ugly, then finding a way to make them beautiful. Typically I’m drawn toward things that have lived and show it such as crown molding with chipping paint, bark that has fallen off a tree or animal bones found in the woods.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

When it’s gross outside I like to take advantage of being stuck indoors and clean! Which always makes me feel better.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I’m grateful for he ability to do what I love and the amazing people that have come into my life through it.

 

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Giveaway :: Convivial Production

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Life is all about growth, change, maturation. Human connection and the interpersonal relationships we nurture are the impetus for putting in the work. Think about it: nothing helps ease a hard week more than a get together with the people you love most. Whether it be family dinners, intimate gatherings with friends, or grand social events, these shared moments are the ones that shape our happiness and they are the ones worth celebrating. Now that we’ve established the grand picture, let’s talk details.

One of my greatest joys is to share time with loved ones and to honor this time by paying special attention to the parts of the whole. From the menu to table settings to decor, creating a beautiful space begets beautiful space in the bigger sense. Chentell Ariella Stiritz of Convivial Production brings the art of entertaining to a whole new level with her line of gorgeous, hand-crafted goods. This Rustic Structural Hanging Planter just begs for a sun-filled window and these Deep Dish Plates are quite possibly the top of my list for ‘most coveted dishes ever.’ Convivial Production brings attention to the details and leaves us with the opportunity to create something lasting, memorable. Details.

Convivial Production is giving away set of black stackable Hexagon Bowls – 5 total – to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, April 23rd.
Please visit Convivial Production and tell us: What is your idea of a perfect gathering with friends/family?
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