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Giveaway :: Boutique Textiles

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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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. Comments now closed…good luck!
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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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i have a lovely memorial necklace for my dog that died, and the necklace was made by a very talented friend who makes jewelry. i get compliments on it every time i wear it. 

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    Tiffany says:

    My favorite handmade item is my Wilshire clutch, an art deco inspired clutch I designed over a year ago (and still available in my shop). It takes hours to complete but I get loads of complements on them.

    While playing the video game LA Noire, I became enthralled with everything about the 60s and LA culture during that period. During my research, I was inspired by the architecture around LA and found out most of those buildings still around today were built in the art deco period. I found one building located on Wilshire Boulevard and became obsessed with the iron work on the windows and doors, and the Wilshire clutch was born.

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    Heidi says:

    I love the potholders my grandma crocheted for me- they are the best!

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    jenn says:

    hands down: my dear friends wrote messages on various pieces of cloth that was thin sewn together for my daughter’s baby blanket. it’s everything.

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    nala says:

    I have a rug I bought in Bolivia. The woman had the “loom” strung on her toes and was sitting beside the road weaving when I walked by. I treasured my time in Bolivia and my little road side rug!

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    Susanna B. says:

    I think my favorite handmade item is the first quilt that I made- it reminds me of the time of my life that I made it and I’m pretty proud of it.

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    Kate B says:

    I’m working right now on what I think is going to be my favorite handmade item in my house: a quilt for our baby who is due in 3 weeks! I’ve never quilted before, but have always wanted to try it, especially as a project for my first child. I had a blast picking out fabrics that felt very modern and exciting, and came up with a striped pattern that I think will be forgiving when I sew all of the strips together (staggered brick-seams so if the corners don’t quiiiiite line up, it shouldn’t look funny!). The colors are great and I’ve been having a ball working on it!

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    Valerie C. says:

    I have some Dansk dish towels in my kitchen that were my moms. (She passed quite young). I just love having them in my kitchen :)

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    megan says:

    My family’s dog died recently after being with us for ten years. I had his picture painted in watercolor by an Etsy seller in Italy to send to my father for his birthday. He’s a man of few words but his request for a painting of my childhood dog as well told me he loved it. He just received the second painting and they’re on his mantle, directly across the room from where he spends most of his time. I love handmade and have many items around that I love but these paintings are (by far) my favorite because of what they mean to him!

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    Monica Borge says:

    My favorite handmade gift would be these tiny hoop earrings with puka shells on them. My aunt made them for me so I could have a reminder of home for when I go to college. I suffer from anxiety and depression and she thought it could help. I never take them off.

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    sam says:

    I have a few favorite handmade items but my most favorite would probably have to be the cross-stitch that I did when I was just 7 years old.  My mother drew a simple tree and a few flowers on a piece of linen and taught me how to cross-stitch.  It hangs in my dining room and I get lots of compliments on it because my cross-stitching skills have come a long way in the past 40 years : )  

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    Nikki says:

    Handmade items are the best–especially when given for gifts!  My favorite handmade item was made and given to me by my husband for our anniversary, when he asked me what I’d like to celebrate/commemorate that year I asked for a little jewelry dish that said something special to put my wedding rings and such in at night while lotioning up and sleeping.  He made an oblong hammered copper bowl that rests in a hunk of scrap wood from his workshop that he hollowed out and sanded smooth and torched to raise the grain.  On the bottom he stamped the words “YOU ARE MY FAVORITE EVERYTHING”.  I cried.  I love it and everything that it stands for–something special, made especially for me, by someone who loves me so completely, that he wanted to give me something I wanted, and he took time and care to make it beautiful.  (I gave him something special too–and he loves it just as much!)

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    Valerie says:

    Evidence of my Sweet Auntie’s quilting skills lay all around my home and embrace me when I’m cold and sooth me when I’m lonely. So lucky to have these quilts which I will pass down to my children! Thanks for the give-away! These fabrics are special!

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    Suzanne Rossi says:

    Since Lauren was a young person she has been designing and has been surrounded by fabric.  She is my daughter of course, but the beauty of watching her passion bloom has been a remarkable experience.  Her dedication and constant determination are demonstrated in each pattern and hand printed inch of her work.  My personal love is the hand made apron she made for me.  It contains a patchwork of many of her designs and I feel so close when I wear it.  She and I have spent many hours cooking together so it always brings back the most amazing and fond memories.  Right back to licking the whipped cream off the beater.  So much love goes into each and every piece.  Couldn’t be a more proud mom. 

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    Samantha S says:

    A set of throw pillows on my couch that I designed and my mom and I made. When I moved into my first apartment, my parents bought my furniture as a graduation present–but we were all a bit hard up at the time, so I had strictly functional pieces. But my mom wanted me to have some home-y things, and rather than spend money on pillowcases, we bought basic white slipcovers and I created a two-sided nautical-ish design. Mum and I made them together, and finished the day before we loaded up the car. Whenever I have guests, they admire the pillows, and are all in awe when I say they’re handmade. 

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    Tiffany S. says:

    When we first started dating my husband made me a huge piece of art featuring my favorite Disney character, Alice! I adore it and love that he took the time to make it for me.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I spent hours and hours making my son a busy book. Tons of hand sewn details and activities – I’m very proud of it.

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    Amie A says:

    My sister painted a 30×40 painting of my cat.   It is fabulous!

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    Kim g says:

    I made a homemade quilt from pieces of each of my daughters clothing through the years…I dont know how to sew..and this was a huge struggle…it paid off…its my favorite thing

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    My friend took pieces of my mom’s wedding dress and mother -in -law’s wedding dress and made a handkerchief for me to carry on my wedding day – so sweet and now I keep it with my mementos.

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    Veronica says:

    My favorite homemade item is a dress that my sister made me. It is made with cloth my other sister made, and it is gorgous.

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    Jennifer says:

    A friend gifted me a necklace she made of a birth goddess when I was pregnant with my first child.  It’s beautiful, but it’s so much more.  I was wearing it the day I went into labor, and continued to wear it throughout the labor and birth of my daughter.  Giving birth to my daughter was an empowering, moving experience filled with so much emotion.  The necklace is now my favorite, as every time I put it on, a bit of that energy fills me again – it’s pretty amazing to have something like that to take me back…to reconnect.

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    Sparrow says:

    My grandmother is an obnoxious perfectionist. She does the most beautiful crochet work, but she hides it away because she doesn’t want it displayed with blemishes. Hog wash, I say. So, the last time I was at her house, I cajoled a massive crocheted doily out of her. She was reluctant to let me have it, but I promised (falsely, of course) that I would hide it away in the depths of my drawers. So, now I own a beautiful, hand-made doily that is just breathtaking in it’s complexity and execution. I plan to display it in my entry way. Maybe this seems like I’m a cruel liar, but I love her so much, and having a daily reminder of her beautiful handiwork will be a great blessing to me.

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    Emma L says:

    All the sweaters my mom has knitted for me. They are perfect in their imperfection, a daily memento of the love that exists between the fibres woven so beautifully together.

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    Trisha says:

    My favorite homemade item is a black and gold velvet scarf that was a gift from my mother in law. 

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    chris b says:

    my favorite item is a nice blanket that my friend made for my little guy before he was born. it’s the size of a card table and just works so well. she used the cutest softest fabric she could find. i wish she would be brave enough to sell her stuff. she’d have such a big fan base!