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Accessoire Blog’s Shop Find



I am once again changing this part of my blog around a little.  Since I am finding it hard to keep up with all my projects, attend physical and cognitive therapy (due to an accident in December), and continue to design and make my own jewelry, I find I must scale my schedule back a little bit to give my brain and body rest.

Rest assured I am striving (key word) to have a post on a artisan/shop find each week.  Thus the new graphic which I made which changed to Accessoire Blog’s Handmade/Artist Shop Find.  As you may also know, I am doing a Local Find Post in which I will be highlighting artists/venues/photographers/handmade artisans/crafters right in my own local area.

Needless to say my plate is full, but not too full to bring you this week’s wonderful and exciting find thanks to the ever wonderful and inspiring IAMTHELAB Blog.  I am inspired by the way that Brett Torrey Haynes does everything on his blog, he is no doubt one of my heros in the area of advocating for handmade goodness.

I am part of the Blog Blitz at IAMTHELAB which allows bloggers to actually use information, photos and actual posts from the LAB’s blog to highlight any handmade goodness we have found while reading their blog.  Thank you a million times over.  I find such wonderful and inspirational artists while there on his blog.

This time around I have discovered the wonderful shop of Wind and Willow Home (  Araya Jensen is the beauty and the brains behind these beautiful creations, which include hand-dipped bowls and a whole line of Dipped housewares. These designs are crafted by Araya in Minneapolis, MN where she lives with her family.

Here is Araya (or as her site says, Araya (like A-Ray-A Sunshine)!   

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project


Araya has added a line of hand-inked soft goods.  To celebrate the launch of her new collection, Araya has started a new initiative (her new Indiegogo campaign) that she appropriately calls BOWL FULL.  This new initiative, Araya’s Wind & Willow Home “will donate a minimum of 1 meal per item sold to feed the hungry near and far, in addition to volunteering our time in pursuit of this cause”.  Her goal with the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $12,200 to help cover the cost of materials, development, production (including a new professional website design to integrate the giving aspect of the BOWL FULL project into her current website) and administrative support to bring the soft goods line to life.

As the IAMTHELAB’s article points out, most Indiegogo campaigns offer incentives and Wind and Willow Home will be giving some lucky someone the opportunity to have an exclusive color added to her fall collection in their name.

I pretty much loved this shop right away.  But then when I found out that Araya had the Indiegogo, Bowl Full, well you could say that it was head over heels from there on in.  Of course, if anyone knows me, you know that I have another blog in which I have talked about giving and supporting causes that give to others.  (DO*CARE*ACT Blog)

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

(photo courtesy of IAMTHELAB) Wind and Willow Home

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

Wind and Willow’s New Indegogo Project (photo courtesy of Wind and Willow Home and IAMTHELAB)

I just love that as I was looking through the handmade goodness at IAMTHELAB, not only did I find a beautiful example of something made by hand at Wind and Willow Home… but also by heart and soul as beautiful as Araya Jensen.

Please visit Wind and Willow Home to get the chance to delight over all her beautiful handmade home goods and then head over to her Indigogo initiative and hopefully help her in this worthy endeavor.

There is a wonderful Vimeo video Wind & Willow Home : Indegogo from Hello Sunshine Films on Vimeo.

Have a great week creating and I wish you much peace!



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This is my other blog and my new spotlight feature which happens to also design these beautiful clothes and accessories.  But they are for a equally beautiful cause.

A group of indigenous women in Panama help Lindsey run the nonprofit organization, Sowing Seeds of Love, which she started and that focused on empowering indigenous women and children through education, creative arts, reading programs, and sports.

Then came her clothing line that empowered the indigenous women through stable employment and pay them fair trade wages. The clothes are designed in the authentic nagua style that signifies their traditional dress by incorporating it onto modern clothes for women. The clothes are designed and marketed to women looking to contribute with their purchase while still getting something beautiful and fashionable.

**Click here to go to the DO*CARE*ACT post.
**more links are available there.

charity: water

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Every year I feel it happening ever so slightly…
It is my disgust with how this time of year has been turned to nothing but gluttonous want!

I am not opposed to gift giving, in fact I really like to give gifts and receive them. But in moderation. This whole thing of writing lists and then rushing around to buy enormously expensive gifts goes against my innate beliefs. Just the other day my son was asking me for these headphones for Christmas and I whirled around and told him to stop! that if he said one more word that we would spend Christmas some other way. That we would not be sitting around gloating over expensive gifts and too much food.

charity: water 160x600 baby bottle web bannerJust what can I do to make a difference this Christmas, that is the question I am asking myself. Better yet I am asking what it is that I can do to help others.

I remember vividly the one year that I just could not stand the thought of sitting around another Thanksgiving table with my stuffed belly and feeling as though something was missing. In my heart I knew exactly what the missing link was… helping others.

So talking to my husband we decided to take our small daughter to the local homeless mission for Thanksgiving day and help serve the men, women, and children there. It gave me so much joy to watch as my small daughter moved among the tables to hand plates filled with food to others who really needed it. They loved our little girl and she loved them back! It is one of my most treasured memories of her childhood.

Just yesterday I was standing in a store and accidentally (honest!) overhead a women tell someone not to bring a particular person to Thanksgiving dinner. She reasoned that it was her day to relax and she didn’t have room for anybody else. How sad that we can’t find time to make room for others at our tables, or in our lives.

So I celebrate Christmas for what it is… the birth of my Savior, Jesus. Not what I can get under the tree. Or how many cookies I can bake and eat, or if I have the best decorated house in my neighborhood. It is time to remember our humanity and use these times to reach out to others.

This year I am supporting charity:, which is an organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world. I will be twittering, blogging, and on my birthday I will be asking for donations from friends and family. I also have some other ideas to help raise monies to donate to this worthy cause. Through donations this organization offers freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters to parts of the developing nations worldwide.

Now this organization and so many others, not mentioned here, are truly giving the gifts of their time, talents, money, and hearts. Reach out this Christmas season… make it count!


Happy Thanksgiving!