Sponsor Highlight: Tina Produce

Today we are highlighting A Life Sustained sponsor, Tina Produce!


Kristina screenprints sustainable dishtowels, napkins, and t-shirts that promote the local foods movement, for sale in her Etsy shop, Tina Produce. In her words: 


"My name is Kristina, and I have recently started up my own screenprinting business called Tina Produce. I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for an entire decade now and one of my favorite things here is the abundance of year-round, local produce.

It really is silly for people here to not eat a local diet; it’s just too easy! You may not have a garden, but your local grocer carries a good selection of locally grown or at least California grown produce, and if not, there’s a farmers’ market in your neighborhood or around the corner from your neighborhood at least twice a week. And, farmers’ markets are just happy places. I’m pretty sure I have never seen a sad person at a farmers’ market. So this is how the inspiration for my first line of products began…


Tell me about your journey to becoming an artist/maker of things.
What inspires you?

As a little kid 
I definitely wanted to be an artist, but by the time college came around I was too practical (and wimpy!) to pursue a fine arts degree. Since graduating college and working a 9 to 5, I have taken photography and design classes for fun here and there. Only last summer did I take a screenprinting class. It was the first physical art class besides photography that I had taken since high school ceramics, and it took! Screenprinting has been a great way to integrate my digital design skills to create functional art. I would say as an artist I am inspired most by color and simple design.


Why is it important to you to use sustainable materials in your work?


By nature, I am a conserver of resources, so it is important that my reusable napkins, kitchen towels, and totes encourage sustainable living. When cutting back on waste/disposable products also promotes beauty and charm, it just makes a whole lot of sense. And it’s not as though my kitchen table compares to Buckingham Palace, but I do appreciate both the durable, tactile nature of reusable linens and the small sense of luxury that the textiles bring to an ordinary meal on an ordinary day.


Tell us about your favorite piece in your shop and describe your process in making it.


My favorite design is my blueberries. It has evolved the most of all my designs. It started with a photo I took of the blueberries in their perfect little compostable paper basket. Then I used Adobe Illustrator to digitally draw the image that the photo inspired. The design is so simple, but I almost went mad editing the slight details of the stroke thickness and the background blueberries and then testing and retesting the design to make sure it came through clearly onto my screen and onto the linens.



Kristina is generously offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader their choice of two kitchen towels! The winner may choose from her three designs: the raspberry, blueberry or strawberry. The towels measure 30" x 30" and are 100% cotton and machine washable. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing to win.

Get two additional entries! First, you can Follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect and second, you can add Tina Produce to your favorites on Etsy.

Be sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so that they can be counted. Comments will be closed and a winner will be chosen in the evening of October 22.

And the lucky winner is....Laura!
"I would love to win these for my kitchen!"

Thank you Tina Produce!

108 comments:

  1. What a cute idea! I loves these towels.

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  2. I follow on google friend connect

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  3. I added Tina Produce on my Etsy Favorites

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  4. These are great and I simply adore the
    blueberry towels! xx

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  5. What a clever way to package these adorable towels! Tea towels are planned for Christmas giving, so I'd love to have these to pass along!

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  6. I've also added Tiny Produce to my Etsy favorites :-)

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  7. Truly and magically delightful! : ) Thanks so very much for this truly wonderful giveaway! : )

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  8. I am following your wonderful blog via GFC as Leah! : )

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  9. I "hearted" Tina Produce on Etsy as leahita. Thanks again! : )

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  10. So cool! I love the blueberries! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I added Tina Produce to my favourites on etsy!

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  12. Lovely designs! I really like the blueberry!

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

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  13. I follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

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  14. These are adorable! Thank you for the giveaway :)

    Jenna
    callherhappy.com

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  15. Wow! I love her products! The fruit prints are so cute! LOVE!

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I follow your blog :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I added her to my favorites on etsy (HomespunHandmaiden)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Very cute towels!!!! Love the way she displays them!!! :)

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  19. we follow your blog yippie :)
    Jill&Eric
    w.frozen.sunshine@gmail.com

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  20. Love these towels. New follower!
    Kim
    www.thesasselife.com

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  21. So cute! And the way she displays them is really clever.

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  22. following you via GFC

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  23. Love the towels!
    katelyn.j.stephens at gmail dot com

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  24. I hearted the etsy shop- username bokononist

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  25. I love the raspberry!

    polkaostrich at gmail dot com

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  26. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win such a sweet giveaway. I am completely smitten with the packaging! Such a talented and clever young lady. :)

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I follow you via GFC - Cindy

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. These are fantastic!!!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  29. I added Tina Produce to my Etsy favorites - hellcatvintage

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  30. I follow this blog via GFC!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  31. I hearted her shop on etsy! katy010305

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  32. I love these - they are too cute!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I follow your A Life Sustained blog with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I heart Tina Produce on Etsy - my Etsy name is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Thank you for the giveaway! I love the towels.

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  36. I heart Tiny Produce on etsy as JillHogan.

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  37. I added her Tiny Produce to my favorites on Etsy.

    Modern Buttercup on Etsy

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  38. I love these! My boyfriend is currently pursuing a printmaking studio art degree, he'd love to see these.

    rg86(at)nau(dot)edu

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  39. GFC follower!!

    rg86(at)nau(dot)edu

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  40. I hearted the etsy shop Tina Produce!

    rg86(at)nau(dot)edu

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  41. Just juicy.

    msveronicas at gmail.com

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  42. Following via GFC

    mseronicas at gmail.com

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  43. Faved her Etsy shop - msveronicas

    msveronicas at gmail.com

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  44. Really cute towels. Love the screenprinting. And the packaging is super cute, really drives home the farmers market vibe!
    squareby at gmail dot com

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  45. Really nice. My home deserves some nice light attractive things like this.

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  46. Hearted Etsy shop - Lillea

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  47. Following on GFC as Lillea

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  48. how beautiful.

    eveyinorbit at gmail dot com

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  49. I would love to win these for my kitchen!

    My email is on my blog:
    Born To Be Styled

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  50. I follow you on GFC!

    My email is on my blog:
    Born To Be Styled

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  51. I added the shop to my Etsy favorites as PunkFunky.

    My email is on my blog:
    Born To Be Styled

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  52. so cute and i love the way she packages them! thanks for the chance~ jeanette convo at splendidthings.etsy.com

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  53. So lovely! I love upcycling!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  54. These would be so cute in my kitchen!
    CrystalW07 at aol.com

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  55. Beautiful printing. Love the raspberries.
    wendyhatton(at)yahoo.com.au

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  56. I've added tina produce to my etsy favourites (rosewendy)
    wendyhatton(at)yahoo.com.au

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  57. I LOVE the tea towels. They're so cute.
    mummytocharis at yahoo dot com

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  58. GFC follower (mummytocharis).
    mummytocharis at yahoo dot com

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  59. Favorited Tina Produce's Etsy store (GortreeRoadKnits).

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  60. Favorited the store (kyloincorporated)

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  61. I am a follower through G friend Connect

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  62. Great giveaway!!
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

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  63. i follow on gfc
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

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  64. i heart Tina's produce on etsy.
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

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  65. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    niuniuzheng@gmail.com

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  66. Love her towels! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    christauf4(at)gmail.com

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  67. I follow your blog via Google Friend Connect!

    christauf4(at)gmail.com

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  68. I added Tina Produce to my favorites on Etsy. My username on Etsy is christauf4.

    christauf4(at)gmail.com

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  69. GFC'ed you! :-)

    mimosastars {at} gmail {dot} com

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  70. I love these, heck ya, enter me in! ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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  71. Pretty designs!
    raelena85 at gmail dot com

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  72. These are so neat. My favorite is the "Set of Three Berry Flour Sack Dish Towels". I'm actually decorating my kitchen with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. So, how great is that? :-)

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  73. I added "Tine Produce" to my favorites on Etsy.

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  74. The towels are so cute. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance at them.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  75. I follow with GFC as A. Tolar.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  76. What unique towels! Love em!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  77. I'm a Google Friend (follower): Cori Westphal

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  78. I faved Tina Produce on Etsy: coriwestphal

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  79. So cute! I really love the blueberry towels!

    stormyranew at yahoo dot com

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  80. I am in love with the strawberry pack! I love that they come in the package that the fruit comes in from the store!!


    Cerena-Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  81. I added her shop to my etsy favorites!


    Cerena-Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  82. I'm following you via GFC! :) (same name as email)


    Cerena-Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  83. I love love love these! I love how she packages them to sell too! SO cute and original! I would def pick the strawberry and the raspberry! LOVE THEM! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  84. I follow you via GFC.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  85. I faved/hearted them via Etsy as FotoMacro.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  86. How cute! I love farmers markets too.

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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  87. I'd love to win these, love fresh produce
    armada@armadasartcorner

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  88. following your blog via GFC
    armada@armadasartcorner.com

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  89. hearted etsy shop
    armada@armadasartcorner.com

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  90. The towels are cute!

    krafterskorner21@yahoo.com

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  91. I am following your blog.

    krafterskorner21@yahoo.com

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  92. I hearted your shop.

    krafterskorner21@yahoo.com

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  93. I love, love, love your shop & your idea. {I also love your name, it's the same as mine ;-) } I added you to my favorites on Etsy. I am "The Black Star Boutique" You're story is very inspirational, thanks for sharing.

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  94. cute cute design, and packaging is TOO!

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  95. <3'd her shop. I'm GypsiesJewels there.

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  96. These are sooo adorable!
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

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  97. gfc
    skipthelaundry
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

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  98. added fav on etsy
    skipthelaundry
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

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  99. These are so cute!

    huynh.amy at gmail dot com

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