Happy Monday! This is Lucy. One of the Ugandan artisans behind our beautiful paper beads. Lucy is so full of joy and life today - it is hard to believe all she has faced in her life. Lucy is proud of the jewelry she makes and being able to support her family with this world changing fashion.
I recently mentioned I also had some personal news I would be sharing. Well... our family of four is now a family of five. After many, many years in the adoption process we are home today from Haiti with our youngest daughter Abigaïlle. We are thrilled to have all three of our daughters - Madi, Eden and Abby - home together under one roof finally! God is good and we are thankful for answered prayers today!
Our popular black and brass earrings (shown in second photo) are now available in grey and silver too! These are handmade by incredible artisans in kibera slums, Kenya. We are so honoured to partner with them to offer world changing fashion.
Remember a while ago I said there was big changes coming for JustOne? Today is the day. I feel like an empty nester. My baby JustOne has grown up and moved out of Home. Until now JustOne has operated out of my house. Today, JustOne moved into its own home. It will be stored at a warehouse facility and orders will be fulfilled by the amazing @textbooks4change ! We are so excited for this change so we can put more time and energy into people and telling the stories of JustOne! Like a mama taking their child to their first home away from home, I'm proud to see my baby grow up and move out and will visit often. Out sourcing this work will also free up time for a big change in my personal life I will share about in the next week or two. Exciting times ahead!
Did you know we have the cutest bow ties ever? These beauties are made in Uganda and make anyone look stylish! Scroll to the next photo to see our cutest (three legged) model ever. Thanks @thegoldenminnie ! And yes, they look cute on humans too! (Oh - and they're on sale for only $12!!!)
Happy Monday! In our house it's our oldest daughters last day of exams and she's done for summer now. My middle daughter has school until Thursday. We are ready to say goodbye to school for a couple months and HELLO SUMMER!! This summer will see big changes for JustOne and me personally so stay tuned!
If you celebrate with red and white on July 1 or with red, white and blue on July 4... this necklace is the perfect addition to your holiday outfit! And while quantities last receive a matching bracelet free! Keep the bracelet or give to a friend! Available online - link in bio to our website.
This fathers day weekend we celebrate the men in our JustOne family who care for and love not only their own children but also the children of their communities and relatives. The saying "it takes a village to raise a child" is so clearly shown by these incredible men. I was thankful my husband and daughters could spend time with them this year - as I told my family, "watch these friends of mine as they are great examples of how to live lives of love." This weekend may you be an example of love to the little ones in your own life!
Love this geometric lariat necklace. It's unique design is a great addition to any summer style. And you can wear it being confident that you are making a difference in the lives of the artists who handcrafted it in kibera slums, Kenya. That's world changing fashion.
Today on #worldenvironmentday we want to feature how are artisan partners use recycled material that would be discarded otherwise to make our beautiful jewelry! Here you can see recycled paper about to be rolled into paper beads. These beautiful creations made in Uganda are so intricate and hard to believe they come from paper! In Kenya our artisan partners use leftover bones from the butcher to make stunning pieces. We are loving this #slowfashion that is making a world of difference.
Earrings that can change the world? Yes please! All these earrings are gorgeous on their own but knowing they make a difference in the lives of the artisans who handcrafted them in kibera slums in Kenya... make them that much better! Which pair is your favourite?
We've had lots of requests for another open house to do some shopping for end of year teachers gifts. And maybe a little for yourself too. If you are in the caledonia area (just outside Hamilton) come on out and shop and chat!
"Let's wander where the wifi is weak." Been thinking about the idea of filling my soul (and my family's!) with less electronics and more Life with a capital L. I find being a first generation social media parent a bit daunting at times. How do you balance it in your own life and family life? (Ironic I suppose to use social media to ask how to use social media less)
Happy Africa day. Five years ago this June, I visited Africa for the first time. People who had been before warned me that once you visit, it gets in you and you're always wanting to go back. My first visit was to Uganda. And I was in love. The beauty mixed with the harsh realities and history of the land... yet the joy and strength of the people shining through everything. My next visit was just a few months later (to set up JustOne) and I saw more of Africa (Kenya and South Africa). I knew I'd never be the same. My African brothers and sisters have taught me so much and inspired me in more ways than I can count. I'm madly in love with my home land of Canada, but Africa (especially east Africa) has a very special real place in my heart. Sharing a few of the thousands of images I've captured from over the years there.... celebrating you today Africa!