Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ugandan Beads for your Christmas Gifts

Give an unique handcrafted piece of jewelry and Support women in Uganda!

Each bracelet, earring, necklace, and purse is made from hand-rolled paper beads made by the women of the Twembye Women's Group in Uganda, East Africa. This group learned to craft these beads as a way to pay for their children to attend school. Most of these women are the single supporter of their children and many are HIV positive. They meet weekly for craft, fellowship, prayer, and to support one another. Plus, they are really sweet women. 

The proceeds from each piece goes to the Twembye group so that they can continue to provide for their children.

To order, simply email me at with the jewelry type and number you would like. Tally up the amount, add a bit on for shipping, and mail the check (I will email you the address). In good faith, I will mail them to you as soon as you place an order. 

Included are gift bags, tissue paper, and a gift tag that explains who made the beads. I can't make it any easier for you to give, can I?!

We hope you enjoy giving these gifts. We enjoy supporting the Amazing Women of Twembye!

A: long, multicolored single strand $8
B: short, multicolored single strand $5

C: set of medium length, multicolored triple strand with earrings $10

D: short-medium length chunky bead (specify if want single color or multicolored) $10

E: set of short, multicolored single strand with earring and bracelet $8

F: wired multicolored bracelet that wraps 3-4 times around wrist $6

G: zig zag pattern multicolored bracelet $7

H: single multicolor strand bracelet $4
(Pairing this with earrings is a nice set for a simple gift!)

I: clutch (there are 3) $10 or purse (2 with long beaded strap) with black inner material and zipper $15 
J: medium $7 or short single-color, single strand $5  

K: earrings (look at above photos for example), MANY different colors (specify what you want; we probably have it!) $4 per pair

Again, these all come with paper or organza gift bags, tissue paper, and a card. Too easy!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

doorbell angel

At 3am this morning the doorbell rang. Alarmed, I woke up and tried to rouse Travis to come and check to see who was at the door at this unusual hour. He muttered, "It's probably nothing. Just the funny electrical wiring that made the doorbell ring." Since we live in a house that is over 100 years old, it was a reasonable thought that wonky electrical wiring would make a doorbell ring randomly. But since the doorbell is one of those grand ones that chimes a long chorus and it was the middle of the night, I was awake. And he was going to be awake with me!
When we opened the door, no one was there. However, I noticed that my car door was opened. Closing it, I wondered if we would have to call the neighbor to jump start my car (since Travis's 27 year old Land Crusier is currently up on blocks). And then I went back to sleep.
This morning, I checked the car. Battery works! Hooray!
I told the story of the middle-of-the-night-doorbell-which-awoke-me-to-close-that-door-so-that-we-can-now-drive-our-car-to-school story to the kids. Lillian, my tender heart, said, "Mom, I believe that an angel rang to doorbell to wake you so our battery would not be dead. Isn't that awesome?!"
"The  heart that serves, and loves, and clings, hears everywhere the rush of angel wings."
I pray that my heart would first jump to conclusions of God working everywhere and anytime.