Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Jewelry and Stories and Other Good Stuff

I splurged today. A sweet friend gave me a gift certificate to Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade gift shop that sells beautiful wares made by artisans from villages in 30 countries around the world. I found a cute little necklace (I've been watching for a necklace for a couple of months now!) for $12, and now I have a great story to tell with the jewelry.
It's made by women in the Tara Projects from Delhi, India. According to their website, "TARA Projects defends the rights of the underprivileged, especially women and children, by opposing child labor, exploitation and poverty. They are aggressively lobbying and campaigning, holding rallies, and educating people about fair trade. Their goal is to end injustice and manipulation in the world mass trade system. TARA Projects also funds non-formal and vocational schools as well as literacy centers for adults."
Ten Thousand Villages has 160 stores across the USA and Canada - and they sell goods online. It's a great place to find fairly priced special gifts for loved ones. And it's really fun just to see their stuff!

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Anonymous Shannon said...

I really love this place. We've gotten a few unique gifts for people from there over the years.

8:10 PM  

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