Monday, April 7, 2014

Unsightly Wrinkles { perfect solution }

I had a huge problem and it was driving me crazy.  I purchase a flat weave rug for our new family room.  The  style, colors, and price were perfect, but without a rug pad it was a disaster.  As soon as I had it all straight and in the right position, my dog would tear through the area and the rug would slide and wrinkle.  The rug is wool but a little thin and light so against the smooth bamboo it would slid all over.  Our dog thought it was great fun, but I didn't.

When Rug Pad USA contact me and asked if I would do a product review, of course, I jump at the chance.  If their rug pad solved my problem, I would be forever grateful.  They sent me the Premium-Lock Felt and Rubber Pad, which they said would solve my problem.  I was very happy that is was also eco-friendly - the top is recycled felt and the back is 100% natural latex rubber.

The pad arrived and I was surprised that it was thick and heavy - not like the usual rug pads.  I moved all my furniture and laid the pad.  I needed to cut it down a little - I just used a regular pair of utility scissors.  Once I rolled the rug on to the pad I could immediately feel the difference.  Not only was the pad gripping the rug, but the rug felt thicker and heavier.

The true test was having our dog run through the area, and sure enough the rug did not budge.  I'm so happy an grateful for the opportunity to review the Premium-Lock Felt and Rubber Pad from Rug Pad USA.  It has REALLY made a huge difference and I will recommend them to everyone!

Thank you Rug Pad USA!

doesn't he look guilty! }

{ every time I turned around this is what I would see }

{ so many wrinkles! }

{ pad is thick with latex backing }

{ the top of the pad is felt, which grips to the rug }

{ rug is staying put! }

{ it is flat, smooth. and cushy }

{ no wrinkles even after the dog runs around! }

{ problem solved }

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

So Floored with FLOR!!!

Our family has moved!!  This also means my home office has moved - I will share more about my office next week.  Our new house is 1000 square feet smaller, but since I did so much planning, we do not miss the extra space at all!  It really helps that our home is uncluttered and filled with sunlight.

One of my favorite products is FLOR.  They design carpet squares that can be arrange in any shape and cut to size if needed.  I have loved them for years - I talk about my fascination here and again here.  Our new house is modern and like I mentioned before small.  Our front entry also acts as a mudroom because it hosts the entrance to the garage, so I took the opportunity to use FLOR Tiles to create a T-shaped entry.  This makes the entry so much larger and easier to keep clean - we have had sooo much snow in Minnesota this year and the idea of everyone trying to stand on a 3x5 rug makes me crazy.  The FLOR tiles give us space and allows us to spread out and keep the floor dry.

We didn't stop there!  We also used FLOR Tiles in our dining area.  Space was tight so we created the perfect size rug and built a plywood table to seat 6 - it had to be narrow to fit the space without crowding the island and pantry cabinet.  I really love the Jitterbug pattern - it is one of FLOR's wool carpets and it is soft and beautiful.

Installing the FLOR tiles was very easy.  They just hook to each other with stickers and the rubber backing keeps them from slipping.  It really could not of been easier!!

Do you have any place in your home that would be perfect for FLOR tiles?  

Floor plan showing the layout of the FLOR tiles

Entry & Mudroom (the glossy white cabinets are our closets)
FLOR:  Crossroads in Dusk

Dining Area with our custom made plywood table
FLOR:  Jitterbug in Taupe

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February Giveaway!

While looking through my inventory of past organic fabrics, I have decided to do a monthly giveaway! Why let all these great organic fabrics go to waste! Our first giveaway is a 15 x 18 pillow cover in our smock pattern (insert not included). It is a soft yellow on natural colored organic canvas and has a hidden bottom zipper. The winner will be notified by email on March 3rd.  Click here to enter our Pillow Giveaway! - Good Luck!!
*Note: Winner must reside in the USA

Enter Our February Giveaway!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What keeps you happy in the dead of winter???

It has been a brutal winter in Minnesota this year, and by brutal I mean COLD and by cold I mean FREEZING!!

I love this photo because it romanticizes winter, but in reality there is nothing romantic about -30 degree wind chills!!
Source: via Swadeshi Club on Pinterest

 To make it through the winter I need several things:
  • Warm tea, coffee, coco...
  • Lots of layers, sweaters, scarfs, thick socks, and throws
  • COLOR!!  Bright happy color!
In the winter everything is gray and color always make me happy.  I look at my fabrics stacked around my office an I smile - they are so happy and bright!!  They brighten up my life during the dreadful, dead of winter.

So how do you get through the winter?!

 PURE Inspired Home Organic Pillows

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Goals { Blogging, Giveaways, and More }

Happy New Year!

I have a lot of goals for this year both personal and professional.  I say "goals" not "resolutions".  Goals seem more permanent and attainable.  Some of my personal goals include giving up gluten and limiting my coffee intake to 1/2 cup a day (can't give coffee up 100%, I tried and failed many times).  I'm off to a great start and feel REALLY GOOD - And I'm not just saying that, I mean it.

Our family is moving to a new home at the end of February.  For those who don't know, I work out of my home office so personal crosses into professional.  Our new home is smaller so there will be challenges, which I share with you along the way.  One of my professional goals is to share more through my blog.  Here is a the mood board for our Family Room.  Everything will be bright, fresh, modern, and uncluttered (I hope)!

A few months back I learned to sew.  I NEVER thought I would enjoy it because it seems so domesticated. I never feel like a great homemaker and I'm not very good at cooking (just ask my family) so who would of thought that I would LOVE sewing.  It is almost like meditation for me - it quiets my mind and I love the results. It gives me the freedom to experiment and make my own products.  Here are the first professional pillows I made and sold!

My new sewing abilities have allowed me to see potential in all my fabric scraps and discontinued fabrics that I have in storage.  I plan to have monthly GIVEAWAYS of "one of a kind" organic pillows covers - Keep your eyes open because this will start soon.

So these are few of my professional goals:  1.) Share more through my blog  2.) Monthly pillow cover giveaways

I have other goals and news,which I will be sharing soon.  I will also be sharing more about my partnership with Mod Mom Furniture and all the new products we will be creating under the name PUREMOD.

It will be an exciting year full of change and progress!!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Announcing a New Addition!
{ PURE "Sol" Beach House }

We have a new beautiful lime green Organic cotton bean bag chair at the PURE "Sol" Beach House!  Ahh! Products sent us this wonderful new addition.  The bean bag chair is top quality and looks great in the kids room - the lime green is perfect!  I love how plump it is and that it has a water-repellent liner, which means the cover can be washed and the bag can easily be refilled when needed.

Thank you Ahh! Products for the perfect bean bag!!

What makes Ahh! Bean Bag Chairs eco-friendly?
  • Top quality (so it will not end up in the landfill any time soon)
  • 100% certified organic cotton twill cover
  • Filled with reground strofoam
  • Made in the USA 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Why made in the USA??!

I know I have not been blogging for a few months ...  Life gets busy and to tell you the truth, I just feel like I have writers block lately.  But today, I was asked this question by Citizen Native:

"Why is it important for you to dedicate your business to be an American manufacturer?"

Why do I work so hard to keep my product made in here USA...  I want to help keep other US based companies alive and thriving – I love supporting and being supported by small businesses in the US! This is my main driving force behind making my product here in the USA.  By buying and selling products made here we are supporting each other.  It seems like a win-win situation, BUT we have one big obstacle - What do people think things should cost?  Since so much of the market is flooded with imports which, are low in priced and quality, people think all products should be priced at this lower price point even if they are made in the USA.  Why can't we compete with import prices?  Well, we have this thing called minimum wage plus US based craftsman will not and should not make a third world wage.  People need to be educated as to why imports are so much less and they need to make the decision to purchase US made products even if this means waiting and saving to make the purchase.  Our society wants stuff now cheap and fast, and it ends up in the landfills – We need to change this.

Here is a scene to illustrate this problem from the movie "Outsourced", which I love by the way.

Let's support each other and buy local and US made products.