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Reviewed by Julie: a slightly unhinged fabric junkie! She is stitching and crafting obsessed as well as being addicted to tea and cake. She is a work at home Mumma to three energetic little girls and blogs at procrasticraft.

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The Mr of our house recently stated that “we eat too much meat”. I took this a challenge to prepare and eat only vegetarian meals for a whole week (not long really, I know! BUT, I have a house full of meat lovers) and thankfully the very next day, Ross Dobson’s Fired Up Vegetarian arrived in the post for review! I love how serendipitous life can be on occasion.

This is one cracker of a vegetarian cookbook. The recipes really do work as complete meals even for my carnivorous family. The most amazing transformation for us was that it has even inspired the non-cooking Mr of the house to commit to cooking one vego meal each week! The flavours throughout are diverse including Asian, Middle Eastern, European and South American dishes and the book includes useful tips and advice for maximising your barbecue potential.

With Fathers Day coming here in Australia next Sunday, as a gift for Dad the author has kindly provided a recipe for us to share with Whipup readers and the good folks at Murdoch Books have provided us with a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just comment below with your favourite vegetarian meal idea (I love a good recipe tip!).

**Conditions:  Comments must be received by 8am Tuesday 27 August.  The winner will be selected by random number generator and announced on Whipup.net on Tuesday 27 August.  We apologise to our international readers but this giveaway is open to Australian residents only **

Thanks to those who shared their recipes with me, Number 2 was chosen by the random number generator. Congratulations Catherine.

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Ricami e Pizzi is an Italian embroidery shop specializing in the sale of hand-embroidered household linens. For the past 10 years, the on-line sale of hand-embroidered items such as center-pieces, tablecloths,  bedding sets, curtains, Christening gowns, wedding favor bags and wedding sets has linked tradition and modernity; this has been made possible by the professional service and commitment to customers, along with a passion for embroidery and lace, that have always characterized the founder members.

Tell us about your background and how you started your business.

The idea of having  products on the web was born from the need of offering a 24-hour-store where purchases are made by the ease of one click and where even the farthest customers can be reached without stealing from them a most important resource: their time. The Granati family, in the embroidery market since 1922, have thus launched Ricami e Pizzi: a combination of their passion for handwork and the modernity that has been slipping into the company day by day.

The history of Ricami e Pizzi began in 1922, when the grandparents of the current owners started the auction sale of rugs, fabrics and household linen, hand-embroidered and not, in the province of Bergamo. Later on, one generation after the other, the family moved to other areas of Italy and in 1980’s ended up in Treviso; once there, their children and grandchildren opened up a wholesale and retail business of household linen embroidered by hand.

Embroideries for sale are all of Italian design whereas their making is split between Italy and other foreign markets, especially European, South American and Middle Eastern. Our aim is to always offer first quality embroideries, as regards materials and handiwork, too; this requires careful selection along with special attention in terms of origin.

Ricami e Pizzi is also a real life store within the walls of the Historical Center of Treviso – for those customers who still love the city and are driven by the curiosity to find out and touch every single item. In 2006 we opened our online store “Ricami e Pizzi” for online sales: a new chapter of the book of the Granati family.


What are you most excited about in your business right now?

The most sensational aspect of the activity of Ricami e Pizzi is exactly this ability to enter everyone’s home and furnish the space in each room by coupling tradition and modernity, in accordance with customers’ needs. Where love for hand-made items is shared, different personal styles and habits are given the opportunity to relate to each other.

What is your dream for the future of your business?

The art of embroidery is definitely well-known and appreciated all over the world but is also part of a trend not always noticed or deemed of interest. In particular, the new generations, taken by technology and emerging fashions as well, often reject the elegance or value of certain works. The dream for the future business of Pizzi e Ricami is to be able to reach all age groups and turn the art of embroidery into a lifestyle rather than having it represent part of a past destined to be only tradition.

Giveaway prize

Pizzi e Ricami are offering a giveaway prize to one winner: Pure white linen runner edged by a hand-embroidered single knotted cluster valued at € 39.00.

Please leave comment here – the competition will be open for 48 hours – the winner will be notified by email. 

Now closed – the winner is Sonja comment #39 – thanks everyone for entering.

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We would like to welcome advertisers Nikki and Courtney of Mindy’s Minute Market to whipup.net today, to feature their business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers.

We are two gals with a penchant for finding, making and buying amazing things…that is if we get past the buying part. We are addicted to the latest crafting trends but not to the price tags.  Our quest to bring beauty to all brought us to the realization that bulk is cheaper. We can’t buy bulk on our own. (Our husbands will KILL us!) So, we are trying to make new friends that want to endeavor after the same crafts we do (and others- we are open to YOUR ideas, too!) while we spend less, accrue less and create more!

Where to find Mindy’s Minute  Market online: store :: blog :: Facebook

Tell us about your background and how you started your business?

We started as a means of bringing foot traffic through a local builder’s model homes. Our area is full of local artisans and vendors that had very limited opportunity to showcase their work. We united the two concepts and Mindy Mae’s Market came to fruition. We’ve enjoyed getting to know vendors and being a part of the “creative crowd” as a business.

We noticed some trends in this crowd. Trend One: We think we can re-create everything. As folks walked around our boutiques and showcases we would hear, “I can do that,” or “I bet I could do that for less money”. Trend Two: It’s rare that we EVER DO those things. Insert here whatever reason that that is, money, time, talent, ability, patterns, etc.  Trend Three: When we DO DO these things we generally accumulate way more product(s) to justify the expense. We then have to 1)store these items 2)give them to every neighbor we know 3) attempt to sell them in some other way. This is all because we wanted to save a couple of dollars on an item we wanted in the first place. So now, instead of saving a couple bucks you’ve spent more, time, effort and frustration than you ever anticipated –if you even complete the item.  This is how Mindy’s Minute Market was born.

What are you most excited about in your business right now?

We’ve decided to end the madness. We want people to be able to DO things themselves and ONLY as much or as little as they want to.  That’s why it’s Mindy’s MINUTE Market. It can go two ways: minute as in small amounts or minute because that’s how long it takes to make a purchase! We will follow trends on websites and blogs. Then we’ll take those trends and break them down in to affordable, manageable pieces. MMM will sell those pieces at a sane price and post ideas along with them.  We want to quit being craft supply hoarders. We want to actually complete the projects we have committed to and we bet you can relate. Think of us providing a public service to all craft supply junkies. Your husbands will thank us.

What is your dream for the future of your business?

More friends, less clutter and more finished crafts…in a word, success.

How do you balance work and family?

We don’t. It’s mass chaos. It’s fun mass chaos, however.

I think the main components that make this work for us are supportive and helpful husbands and a balanced give-and-take in our business partnership friendship. It always seems to work out…even if it is by the skin-of-our-teeth.

Today Mindy’s Minute Market is offering a prize  to one lucky Whipup.net reader.

For our Giveaway we’d love to offer you a TWO MONTH SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE.  What does this mean to you?  Well, anytime we put up an item and meet our ‘quantity quota’ – you get that item SHIPPED to you free of charge! This means craft supplies in just the right quantity to try something new, find a new fad or design a new décor! This means you get everything our sponsored crafters get – without any commitment, contract or timeline!  PLUS we’ll be sending you any other goodies and jewelry pieces we feature that have overages from orders during that two month period! This means free stuff with the approximated value at $245 at Mindy’s Minute Market – $512 retail! Things like custom stamps, tulle, chicken wire, diy custom chalkboard paint kits, finials, magnets, buttons, ribbon, corks etc, with ideas for how to use them!

So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 48 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck!    Congratulations to Jessica!

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We would like to welcome advertiser Mariska Vos-Bolman of DIY Fluffies to whipup.net today, to feature her business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers.

DIY Fluffies are stuffed toy patterns that look very adorable and are also a lot of fun to make. They make perfect personal gifts. Most of my plushes on the photos are created with fleece. But you can use any fabric to make them. The patterns are suitable for any fabric, cotton, felt etc.  The PDF patterns are downloadable patterns that you can print out yourself. I also have kits available, if you don’t want to search for fabric yourself.  DIY Fluffies products are available from my own shop but also from craft shops all over the world.

Where to find DIY Fluffies online: Shop :: Twitter :: Facebook

Tell us about your background and how you started your business.

I started in 2008. I worked in the video game industry and I really needed a change. So I quit my job and started making soft toys. Which I do part time now, together with being a mom of two boys. The first one was born in 2008 and the other 2010. I started making plushes and jewelry that I sell at www.mariskavos.nl. After that I decided to start selling the patterns and kits of my toy, which I mainly sell at http://diyfluffies.etsy.com This is easier to combine with being a full time mom. I get many emails from people that enjoy working with my patterns and that is very rewarding.

How do you incorporate your kids in your business?
I get a lot of my inspiration from my kids. My son loves lions, rockets, elephants and now they are all patterns in my shop :) They usually don’t care much for plush toys, but they seem to like mommy’s creations! I have some photos on my website with them holding some of the toys. They make great models!
What is next for your business?
More patterns, I’m mainly focusing on getting more patterns in my shop. I would love to create a softie pattern book, but I don’t have enought time for that at the moment.

Today DIY Fluffies  are offering a prize of a Lucky Lion soft toy sewing kit to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 72 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck! Congratulations to Kaden!

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We would like to welcome advertiser Niamh O’Connor of Urban Threads to whipup.net today, to feature her business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers.

Urban Threads was created for those looking for embroidery designs they couldn’t find anywhere else – everything from tattoos and steampunk to pagan designs and all-out geekery. Our goal is to not only reach that audience of stitchers who previously couldn’t find things they wanted, but to introduce it to a whole new audience of people who might not have even looked at machine embroidery before because of their assumptions of what it was, or what it could do. Also, we one day hope to achieve world domination through embroidery. Not sure how yet, but we’re working on it.

Where to find Urban Threads online: Shop :: Stitch Punk Blog

Tell us what led you to the work you do today?

I went to school for illustration, and through college got an internship at a machine embroidery company. I loved drawing stuff every day, but I wasn’t drawing the kind of things I was really in to. I figured there had to be a whole audience of crafters like me who wanted different kinds of designs than those that were typically offered by the industry. As it turns out, there are a whole bunch of embroiderers out there who prefer skulls to floral samplers. It’s been so much fun to discover a whole new audience for the medium.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

Our customers! It’s so great to see what is inspiring them and the DIY community. We get requests all the time for all kinds of crazy cool ideas. It’s a great way to see just what your audience wants. For instance, we started doing steampunk designs once in awhile, and through customer requests and ideas it’s expanded into one of our best selling themes! They always seem to have a new idea of what to add gears to.

 What are you doing to be a more eco friendly business?

The nice thing about being an entirely digital business is that you don’t have any of the waste of printing, storing, packaging, shipping… any of it! Our product is entirley digital and thus doesn’t create any excess material. We stitch each product once for quality and scanning, and after that it just lives in cyberspace! It also means more time for us to draw and design and create when we’re not messing with the physical side of producing and distributing a product.

Also, one of our favorite things to do in tutorials is up-cycling! Embroidery is a great way of bringing new life to an old garment, so we show people how to cut things apart and put them back together as something new and fun.

Today Urban Threads  are offering a prize of a $50 gift certificate to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 72 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck!  Congratulations to Margi!

Urban Threads has just this week released Dark Fairytale embroidery designs, and these will be on sale until the 5th of September.

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