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Giveaway :: goodlinens

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Little known fact: I am obsessed with bath towels. Well, this obsession crosses over into bedding and kitchen linens as well, but let’s focus on one thing at a time.) I am a firm believer that the right towel will change your day. Think about it. You use your towels every single day. You start your day with them, end the day with them. So they should make you feel good, right? (Talk about planting the seed for a great day.) Trouble is, most terry towels don’t absorb well and remain damp. Tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

Enter JoAnne Chirico and goodlinens. Struggling with the same issues, Chirico actually did something about it and used her lifelong experience with sewing and her knowledge of textiles to create a linen towel that absorbs easier, dries quicker, takes up less space, and exfoliates your skin gently. As if these reasons alone weren’t enough to sway you, the textiles at goodlinens are gorgeously handcrafted and get better with age. Find the gorgeous texture you like and transform yourself, from the morning on. goodlinens has your back, after all.

goodlinens is giving away one set of black two-ply stripe 100% linen towels including a bath towel, a hand towel, and a wash cloth for one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, April 22nd.
Please visit goodlinens and tell us: What is your requirement for a bath towel? Is it all about softness, color palette, texture?
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Sunshine Post :: goodlinens

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to JoAnne from goodlinens.

 

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

My earliest memories are of sewing with my grandmother. I would sit on the table of her industrial Singer sewing machine, feeling the hum of its motor and watching her run layers of fabric under the machine’s foot to emerge joined. It seemed like magic! Sometimes we would sit together and hand-stitch items. I still have the first pathetic looking hand-stitched doll dress that I made when I was four. After spending most of my adult years as the owner of a custom drapery business, I chose to start goodlinens when an irritation and a passion collided.

Cotton terry towels were always one of my pet peeves. White towels, the only color I was drawn to, would turn grey fairly quickly without using dioxin-laden bleach on them (which my love for the environment wouldn’t allow me to do). They took on a bacterial odor very quickly, especially since both of my children were towel-hook-user-challenged and their damp towels often sat on the bathroom floor for hours. I also noticed that I was spending an inordinate amount of my time washing, drying and folding towels. They took up way too much space in the washing machine. They spent eons in the dryer.

Several years ago, I was contemplating leaving the drapery business for a job with an environmentally-oriented group. At the same time I remembered that as a student in France I had used a linen bath towel that was utter simplicity, absorbing wonderfully, drying quickly and giving just the right amount of exfoliation. This was the “a-ha” moment. Designing a line of linen bath towels was my opportunity to do something positive for the environment. I imagined that each person who became a linen towel convert would cut their water/detergent/electricity consumption significantly. This is the mission that keeps me going.

As a former weaver, I design fabrics with absorption and beauty in mind, as well as considering the environmental impact of the manufacturing process. At least 90% of all yarns used in goodlinens’ towels are unbleached and undyed. The towels are woven in Lithuania, a country long known for its high-quality linen production.

 

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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?

I’ve tried not doing what I love – working for myself and working with textiles –and it doesn’t work because it feels too much like work. I’ve been fortunate to be able to create a livelihood out of what I love to do. And I live in a place that brings me happiness.

 

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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?

All around me. I live near the ocean, whose beauty is a constant source of inspiration. On another level, I draw great inspiration from friends and neighbors who approach life with amazing spirit.

 

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

Call a friend. Have a cup of tea. Cuddle with my dog. Make something.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

Family, friends, and the gift of being continually curious.

 

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The Lemonade Stand :: Watching it Grow

Monday, April 14, 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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Our backyard is both growing and dying. There are metaphors scattered across the lawn. Those big green leaves up there, in the back of the photo? That is our very own pumpkin patch. We planted the seeds from a pumpkin left sitting on the porch long after Halloween passed and it has grown all on its own. The sunflowers on the bottom right of the photo are coming along nicely, too, and will be a treasure this summer. Would you believe me if I told you that my tomato plants have started a zone of their own? And the kale is doing its thing wonderfully. All would seem to be well in the land of novice gardeners. So well that one would think I knew what I was doing.

However, you should see my jasmine plants. Sigh. Some are stagnant. Others are dying. These are supposedly the easiest plants to grow, I’ve heard. And the beans and peas? Forget it. The thyme seems to be doing okay but the basil just keeps giving up hope. There is a level of imperfect balance that feels quite jarring, really. I thought growing some of our own fruits and vegetables would be fulfilling, peaceful, rich. Rather, I’ve learned that taking care of a garden is fraught with disappointment, failure, confusion, frustration. You may see where I’m going here.

Those metaphors scattered across the lawn are turning into mulch and they are feeding everything. My life is a big, beautiful mess most days and sometimes all I can count on my hands are the ways in which I failed. It is tiring to constantly feeling as though your ankles are trapped in weeds. Then, without you even noticing, one day the pumpkin blossoms will show themselves and you will feel yourself smiling with triumph at the small victories. The good and the bad will both bury themselves root deep and some will grow, some will not. Just like they are supposed to.

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Weekly Wisdom :: Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, April 13, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Nan on a Rollercoaster

Friday, April 11, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy Friday, friends! This video by Vodafone Firsts is something I can watch on a running loop for hours. Pure joy.

Hope you have a joyful, adventure filled weekend as well, folks.

 

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Giveaway :: Plantography

Thursday, April 10, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Since we are focusing on “Planting the Seed” this month, it only seems fitting to spend a little time diving into the literal. Bringing plants into your home creates a warm, alive atmosphere and (on a metaphorical level) invites growth and the space to breath into your home. My personal focus as of late has been plant oriented. Granted, it is spring and the vegetables and flowers we planted have started their reach to the sun so it got me thinking about my indoor space and how much I needed that greenery in my rooms, not just in my backyard.

Chelsey Rosetter and Ben Farber created Plantography out of sheer desire. Rosetter and Farber began creating wall garden boxes for friends and family and soon realized that the demand was so high they needed to expand. On a personal level, I’ve been researching indoor planting boxes such as these for awhile now and I must admit that Plantography is the absolute standard in aesthetics and sheer functionality. From garden planters to art planters, your foray into bringing the outdoors in is right in the palm of your hand. And, friends, let’s make a pact: let’s all hang one of these Plantography planters on our wall and call “Planting the Seed” a done deal.

Plantography is giving away one 22″ Garden Planter to one lucky winner AND one 16″ Art Planter to a second winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than
Please visit Plantography and tell us: What is your favorite plant or flower and why?
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Sunshine Post :: Plantography

Thursday, April 10, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Chelsey and Ben from Plantography.

 

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

We are Chelsey Rosetter and Ben Farber and we’ve just gotten into the vertical gardening business with our new shop, Plantography. Ben is very skilled with power tools, and I know a thing or two about websites and multimedia, so we make a good team.

We sell handmade wooden wall planters for indoor and outdoor spaces. Right now, we offer two planter styles: Art Wall Planters (for succulents and grasses) and Garden Wall Planters (for shallow-root herbs and flowers). Living in LA with a small yard, we decided to get creative and go vertical!

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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?

Being able to turn a hobby into business is my idea of “doing what you love” and we certainly are loving doing it!

 

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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 feel so lucky to live in the neighborhood that we do and taking the Venice Walk Streets to the beach is one of my favorite things to do as far as inspiration goes. It’s hard to top the architecture – craftsman meets beach house meets modern – that packs the path to the ocean. And then there’s the ocean.

 

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

Coffee. Lots of coffee. And a great travel magazine.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

One of the things I am most grateful at this point in my life is getting the opportunity to start a business I really care about. It is extremely gratifying and very scary too. To me, the challenge is the best part.

 

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Giveaway :: Rebecca Mir Grady

Wednesday, April 9, 2014  ::  Written by:

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As times passes, I find myself drawn to beautifully simple over intricately ornate. Perhaps this has to do with a desire to manifest a future full of ease and clarity. Whatever the reason, I find myself drawn to clothing, jewelry, and accessories that reflect this. One of the great joys in my life is the platform to share some of these findings with you.

Rebecca Mir Grady and her eponymous jewelry line are a perfect example. With a background in metalsmithing, Rebecca’s handcrafted work is created with reclaimed metals and ethically-sourced stones. These pieces marry form and function with ease and are the type of pieces that you find yourself reaching for as you head out the door for your day. This ring? Perfection. Although, I’ll be honest. There is not one piece in this collection I wouldn’t wear. Rebecca Mir Grady is pure beauty, friends.

Rebecca Mir Grady is giving away one $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, April 16th.

*Also, all BSP readers have been offered a 15% discount! Please email krista(at)thebrightsideproject(dot)com for the coupon code!)*

Please visit Rebecca Mir Grady and tell us: What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you own?
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Sunshine Post :: Rebecca Mir Grady

Wednesday, April 9, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Rebecca Mir Grady.

 

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

I’m Rebecca Mir Grady and I started my eponymous jewelry line last Fall. I worked as a metalsmith for 8 years before I merged my creative interests and skills into this line. I make all of the jewelry by hand in my Chicago studio. The collection of hand forged rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings are all made in recycled Sterling Silver and 14k Gold. I also make some custom pieces and wedding bands for my customers. My new Spring/Summer collection “TRACKS” is inspired by a trip to a remote island in the Michigan Upper Peninsula and a risky journey that Robyn Davidson took in the 70s across the Australian Desert. You can view the lookbook and the new collection online at www.rebeccamirgrady.com

 

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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?

The “Do what you love, love what you do” philosophy is exactly why I started my jewelry line! I love hammering out silver and gold, and turning them into the rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces that now make up my collection.

 

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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 grew up in Maine, near the ocean – so I always go back to the ocean and home for inspiration. I love the rocky Maine coast! Luckily, I live really close to the lakefront in Chicago – and the parks along the lake here are amazing. There’s a bird sanctuary called the “Magic Hedge” at Montrose Harbor – where migratory birds stop along their way south, and it’s wonderful to step inside, and walk around on all the trails. It’s a great place to escape from the city.

 

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

I always like a good book with a cup of tea!

 

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What are you most grateful for?

My friends and family have been so supportive of me this year as I made the big step of launching this jewelry line. I am forever grateful to them!

 

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Giveaway :: Red Earth Trading Co.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy Spring, friends! As we begin our month-long journey into “Planting the Seed” it only seems fitting to introduce you to a brand that embodies the notion that all great things begin with hope and intention. After all, one must plant the seed before we can bear fruit. All gardening metaphors aside, our debut contributor this month is one that brings inspiration to the table in spades.

Travis Gravette created Red Earth Trading Co. in 2010 as  a way to bring fashion to the market while allowing artisans in East Africa to showcase their goods in a broader spectrum. Gravette’s mission is to “create hope and opportunity through commerce” and helping sustain economic growth for the artisans, all while donating a portion of the proceeds to Know Think Act. Not only does Red Earth Trading Co. do good, they also bring good. The Liz Bracelet and the Wanderer’s Wallet are a couple of personal favorites, but don’t let my preferences sway you. Browse through the shop and find your own favorite pieces. With Red Earth Trading Co., you can feel good about looking good.

Red Earth Trading Co. is giving away one Webale Necklace to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, April 15th.
Please visit Red Earth Trading Co. and tell us: What is the last random act of kindness you have witnessed?
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