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How to wrap with a furoshiki using an Everyday Dinner Napkin

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Step-by-step guide to wrapping with a furoshiki or Everyday Dinner Napkin

Cloth wrapping has been used for over 1200 years in Japan and the word furoshiki came about during the Edo period (1603-1868) when cloths were often used in bath houses to wrap clothes and also used as a bath mat. The word furoshiki means 'bath spread'. Over time, they were great for a multitude of uses. Today, furoshikis are often used to wrap gifts.

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Our Everyday Dinner Napkins can also be used to wrap small gifts. It's an eco way to wrap small gifts and presents using fabric. This wrapping is paperless and can be reused by the receiver of the gift. And hello, they get an Everyday Napkin too!

There are many easy ways to wrap all size objects with a forushiki. We'll be showing you how to fold "otsukai tsutsumi" (お使い包み), the basic carry wrap using our Blue Yarn-Dyed, Everyday Dinner Napkin. Traditionally, both the color and the printed design on the furoshiki is meaningful—choose a piece of fabric or Everyday Napkin that fits the occasion! 

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STEP 1

Place the gift in the center of furoshiki. You'll want to make sure that the object you are wrapping is one third or less of your furoshikis diagonal length. A box is best for this style of wrapping.

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STEP 2

Pull one corner over the object snuggly with the tail coming around the opposite side of the box. Take the opposite corner and overlap it in the opposite direction. 

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STEP 3

With two opposite corners left, fold the sides of the fabric inward and up towards the top of the box. This takes some practice as you want these two sides as flat as possible. Because the material may bunch, fold the fabric inwards just enough to match the width of the object. Repeat on the opposite side.

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STEP 4

Once both sides are folded up, turn the box so that you can easily pinch a tail in each hand.

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STEP 5

Tie the two tails into a single knot keeping the sides taught and smooth along the box. Pull your knot tightly in a diagonal direction. You may want to clean up any unwanted bumps or folds. You can also gently pull on the second corner you folded over the box in step 2 that is now under your knot.

Small wrapped gifts of gratitude make great party favors. Tuck a note or card under the knot to secure it in place.

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Thin, stiffer fabrics with a little structure work better with this wrapping style than loose or stretchy ones.

Photo Elizabeth LaDuca for Nikko's Baby Shower / Styled by Kathryn Yee

Photo Elizabeth LaDuca for Nikko's Baby Shower / Styled by Kathryn Yee

AS SEEN ON STYLE MY PRETTY LIVING

We wrapped boxes of homemade gluten-free granola for our guests at our baby shower featured on Style Me Pretty Living.

Homemade Masala Chai Recipe by Uncommon Feasts

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Homemade Masala Chai Recipe by Uncommon Feasts

I love a good hot chai, especially on a day like today when it's cool, rainy and raw. By the way, where's Spring?

The spices and flavor of a great chai bring warmth and comfort to any hectic (or rainy!) day. For our son Nikko's Baby Shower (recently featured on Style Me Pretty Living) our caterer Michelle Mulford of Uncommon Feasts served up her delicious homemade chai to our guests. It was the perfect alternative to the expected and blah coffee or tea. We served it up in hand-thrown ceramic mugs by our friend and local potter, Jeremy Ogusky. Needless to say, one of my favorite details of our special day that Michelle and I wanted to share with all of you!

Scroll for her recipe!

What you'll need . . .

6 whole cloves
3/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 bay leaves-preferably fresh
2 tablespoons Assam black tea or better yet if you’re near an Indian store pop in and see if they have Taj Mahal tea (remove tea from bags)
2 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk
2 cups water

How to make it . . .

1. Grind cloves, peppercorns, bay leaves and tea in a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or by hand using a mortar and pestle.

2. Add ground mixture to a medium size pot and add all remaining ingredients

3. Set over medium heat and cook until you start to see wisps of steam

4. Bring to boil while stirring constantly

5. Reduce heat and allow chai to simmer for 10 minutes

6. Remove from heat, cover and, steep for 20 minutes

7. Strain using a fine mesh strainer or pass through a strainer lined with cheese cloth 

8. Sip and enjoy in your favorite mug

 

THE EVERYDAY CO. featured in edible boston magazine spring 2017

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Springtime linens with Edible Boston

We are so thrilled (and lucky!) to be included in two stories of the current Edible Boston Spring issue!

Not too bulky and just the right size, our Everyday Napkins are perfect for day-trips, outings and picnics with friends and family. So, I couldn't be more excited that Edible Boston has chosen to feature our 7" linen napkins in 'Welcome Spring with a Picnic' featuring recipes from Leigh Belanger and a short list of Boston picnic spots to try out!

The second story is Sunday Poaching by our friend, chef Michelle Mulford of Uncommon Feasts. I love that Michelle uses Sundays to regroup with her family and gather over a simple and unfussy meal she's taken only a little time to prep. "Your only task is to assemble ingredients carefully," says Michelle. We're big fans of Michelle's weekend food delivery (yes, a home-cooked meal delivered to your home!) and she's a fan of our dinner napkins for her catered feasts, as well as our hand towels in her kitchen!

Check out these beautiful photos styled by Catrine Kelty and shot by Michael Piazza that included our Everyday Napkins & Hand Towel . . . and of course these delicious recipes too! Grab your issue for the full story or head over to Edible Boston for all the great recipes in these two features and more.

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CASHEW DIP by Leigh Belanger
FEATURING OUR EVERYDAY NAPKINS

Photo: Michael Piazza | Styling: Catrine Kelty

Photo: Michael Piazza | Styling: Catrine Kelty

Barley & Herb Salad by Leigh Belanger
FEATURING OUR EVERYDAY NAPKINS

Photo: Michael Piazza | Styling: Catrine Kelty

Photo: Michael Piazza | Styling: Catrine Kelty

OLIVES POACHED IN WINE AND LEMON BY MICHELLE MULFORD
FEATURING OUR RED CHAMBRAY HAND TOWEL

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All the ways to sip with your Everyday Napkins: cocktail edition

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TOP 10 COCKTAIL RECIPES FEATURING THE EVERYDAY CO. & $5 off our new coaster sets

Happy Thursday! Cocktails will kick off our newest series of our favorite Instagram photos by fans, bloggers and brands. As you day dream about what your weekend will look like, check out our round up of our Everyday Napkins beautifully paired with these delicious cocktails—recipes included!

Pair your drink with our Everyday Coasters (cut from our remnants) and you have a party on your hands! Want them? Enjoy $5 off all of our new coaster sets today thru Saturday (May 20, 2017) using code: SIP5OFF at checkout!

Enjoy & Cheers!

SPICED PINEAPPLE @GABIVALLADARES, BY GABRIELLA

SPICED PINEAPPLE @GABIVALLADARES, BY GABRIELLA

grapefruit, honey & sage margarita @KCHYSMITH, the young austinian

grapefruit, honey & sage margarita @KCHYSMITH, the young austinian

RYE ICED TEA @FEASTANDWELL

RYE ICED TEA @FEASTANDWELL

THE BLUE LADY @FEASTANDDWELL

THE BLUE LADY @FEASTANDDWELL

PASSION FRUIT MEZCAL SLING @BEAUTIFULPAPER & @Liquorary

PASSION FRUIT MEZCAL SLING @BEAUTIFULPAPER & @Liquorary

Want to be featured?

Tag us in your Instagram posts and hashtag #theeverydaynapkin or #theeverydayco.

Nikko's Baby Shower featured on Style Me Pretty Living

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Excited to share that Nikko's Baby Shower was recently featured on one of our favorite blogs, Style Me Pretty Living! With Nikko's shower being inspired by the origin of his name, Japan, we created a casual open house baby shower filled with special details. From the uniquely crafted sweet and savory spread for our guests (by Uncommon Feasts), to the most beautiful two-tier almond and chocolate cake by my friend and baker, Mayflour Confections, the day couldn't have been more perfect for our growing family. We were showered with all the love and support we could have ever imagined from our closest friends and family who got to paint small wood blocks for Nikko's toy box.

Here are some of my favorite shots featuring our cloth goods including custom made Everyday Napkins and our Dinner Napkins used as furoshikis for boxes of homemade, locally-made gluten-free granola by The Yellow Plum—the perfect little favor!

View all my favorite moments and our full story over at Style Me Pretty Living.

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Photography by Elizabeth LaDuca

SWEET & THOUGHTFUL SPRINGTIME GIFTS & EASTER "BASKET" IDEAS

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Spring is here, which means Easter is just around the corner! If there's an Easter Bunny in your family, and you’re hoping to create fun and unique baskets for your family or friends, we’re here to share some inspiration and our take on unique, easy Easter baskets!

We’ve curated a selection of small-batch goods from some of our favorite local and small-batch makers, and paired them with our cloth, linen goods. From wee little ones to your mom to your best friend, we’re sure these delicious and thoughtful gifts will create memorable and inspiring Easter baskets for those you love!

SWEET SPRINGTIME S'MORES

For the gourmand in your life, we think it would be fun to fill one of our signature muslin bags with lots of delicious goodies around a theme. For this example, we decided to package together the ingredients for gourmet s’mores!

Reuse our muslin bag (each order comes in one!) as the "basket"!

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  1. Honey Bunnies by EHChocolatier, six for $15.95

  2. Our Everyday Luxe Gray Dinner Napkins, $16.25 each

  3. Marshmallows by our dear friend, Mayflour Confections

  4. Homemade graham crackers made from Smitten Kitchen’s recipe

HOME & GARDEN MAKER

For that plant-loving maker you know---or even just someone without a sweet tooth---we love the idea of filling a wooden box with a plant, shears, and our heavy-duty, Libeco linen Jill Rosenwald Makers Towel!

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  1. Jill Rosenwald x The Everyday Co. Limited-Edition Makers Towel, $36 each

  2. The Everyday Co. Shears, $8 each

  3. Berry box from WAAM Industries, starting from $32

  4. A rosemary plant from your local nursery (We love doing our plant shopping at Niche!) (Plant image via Daniella Witte)

COOL TREATS FOR KIDS

For the wee little ones in your family with a definite sweet tooth, we’ve pulled together the fixings for a colorful and fun ice cream party! We especially love these natural, real chocolate, plant-dyed sprinkles by Ticings!

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  1. Everyday Signature Napkins with a Citron finish, $8.50 each

  2. A pint of Jeni’s ice cream, $12 (their favorite small pint will do!)

  3. Wooden utensils from meri meri, $12 for a pack of 24

  4. Natural sprinkle assortment from Ticings, $16.95

  5. Silver Dollar Bowls from Haand Ceramics, starting from $17.95

PODCAST WHILE YOU WORK . . . #TRYPOD

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Happy Spring! After a crazy holiday season and back-to-back shows and markets, my team and I took a short break to spent some much-needed time with family and get re-energized for another big year. Despite our lack of presence on our blog, we've been working hard in the studio since the new year and we are now in full swing planning out new product, styles and Spring events. Production is underway for our 2017 Spring Collection (have you checked out our new Spring Signature styles?) and Boston is showing it's warmer side. How is it March already?

When we're in the studio creating, cutting and sewing, Caitlin really enjoys listening to various podcasts and I get to listen along! They range from a wide variety of interesting topics but of course my favorites are around how inspiring companies and brands got started. So I asked Caitlin to share her favorite creative, business-related podcasts with all of you! It also happens to be that throughout the month of March, podcasters are encouraging everyone to “Try a Pod.” So here you go . . .

MY Top 5 Entrepreneurial, Maker-Related Podcasts

by Caitlin Topham

When I sew, whether I’m quilting in my home studio or making napkins here in The Everyday Co. studio, I love to have something playing in the background as I work. Since there are only so many episodes of The Real Housewives of Whatever City to watch, I turn to podcasts to keep me entertained and inspired. My podcast-listening queue (I use the Podcast app on my iPhone) ranges from true-crime stories to local news. Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular topics in my feed is small business and the creative industry, so we thought I would share my top five creative entrepreneurship podcast feeds with you!

1 / How I Built This

This is a relatively new show hosted by Guy Raz (also the host of the TED Radio Hour). Guy interviews the people behind many successful, well-known brands---like Spanx, Crate & Barrel, and Patagonia. It’s so interesting to learn about the evolution of so many big, successful companies---including their missteps and mistakes---and the show itself is beautifully produced.

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Kate Spade: Kate & Andy Spade

2 / Creative Biz Rebellion

Owning my own small business, and working alongside Kathryn to grow The Everyday Co., I love podcasts that provide concrete information (like how to choose a website provider and tips on how to prep for holiday sales), so I was excited to discover this new podcast. The show is hosted by Kelly of Hello World Paper Co. and Caroline of Caroline Creates, and they dig into the nuts and bolts of running successful product-based businesses. Both they and their guests cover a wide range of helpful topics, and discuss what has and hasn’t worked for them over the years.

Stand-Out Episode
#28: All About Wholesale with Katie Hunt

3 / From Scratch

Hosted by Jessica Harris, this podcast features short interviews with a wide range of entrepreneurs. Similar to How I Built This, From Scratch digs into the origin stories of successful brands. It’s obvious that Jessica does extensive research prior to recording, and I enjoy that she asks her interviewees in-depth questions about business, family, and hobbies.

Stand-Out Episode
Essie Weingarten, the founder of Essie nail polish

4 / Young House Love Has a Podcast

I followed John and Sherry Petersik’s blog, Young House Love, for many years, until they decided to step back and take a break from the blogging world back in 2014. So when they launched a podcast last summer, I was excited to hear from them once again (albeit in a different format), and get their take on DIY, interior design, and home renovation. While many of the episodes are geared toward solving listeners’ design conundrums and interviewing stars in the design world, they also have a few episodes that touch on the nuts and bolts of blogging for business, and offer quite a bit of insider information that’s hard to find anywhere else.

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#8: Three Pro Bloggers Get Real About Sponsored Posts

5 / While She Naps with Abby Glassenberg

Abby is a local blogger and podcaster whose focus is the crafting industry. She’s quite an adept interviewer, and her guests range from sewing pattern designers to craft magazine editors to the president of a fabric company---people that you don’t typically hear interviews with elsewhere.

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#78: Annabel Wrigley

Bonus! StartUp

A popular podcast that Kathryn and I have listened to together is StartUp by Gimlet Media founder (and co-host) Alex Blumberg—award-winning radio journalist and former producer for This American Life and the co-founder of NPR's Planet Money. He tells the story of starting up Gimlet Media, convincing his wife of the unknown, going to Silicon Valley to raise money, the awkwardness of finding a co-founder, and the challenging of growing Gimlet. He hosts along side Lisa Chow who was also a reporter at Planet Money.

Now are you wondering how to get started listening to podcasts yourself?
John and Sherry, the couple of Young House Love, show you how to find and subscribe to podcasts in this helpful post.

We’d love to know what creative and inspiring podcasts you’re listening to while in the studio! Comment using the link below this blog post’s title and if you find a podcast you love (whether it’s one of the ones listed here or another), make sure to share it using the hashtag #trypod!

Happy Listening,

Caitlin

 

HOSTESS GIFT IDEA: THE PERFECT PAIRING with The Everyday Co. NAPKINS

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"Never go empty handed!" -mom

This was not just the advice but the requirement whenever I was going to be a guest at anyone's house or party . . . Whether it was a sleepover as a teenager, dinner party or holiday gathering, bringing something was and still is a must.

A hostess gift helps you says many things from "thank you including/inviting me" to "thank you for hosting and putting this party/meal/celebration together". It's a symbol of gratitude and appreciation.

Food is always great and easy (you can pick something up on the way over) but we like being able to add a little something that is reusable, eco-friendly and sustainable . . . Our Signature Napkins, Hand Towels and Cocktail Napkins are perfect hostess gifts that last beyond the holidays!

Also check out Feast & Dwell's Hostess Gift Guide where you'll find our Windowpane Hand Towel on her list!

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We paired a set of 4 Signature Napkins with a bottle of wine and this simple method requires no wine bag or paper wrap. Simply take a piece of twine or ribbon and you're good to go! Our cloth linen napkins accompany any bottle of wine, cheese or baked good perfectly. This hostess gift is easy and great for just about anyone!

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Add a sprig of herbs if you're feeling festive!