This chevron necklace from Kenya is one of our favourites. It is made from leftover bones from the butcher - sterilized, shaped, dyed and finished all by hand. It is taking what was once considered worthless and turning it into something valuable. Reclaiming beauty. That's world changing fashion.
Bosco and his family (wife and five children) invited my family into their home in Uganda. A mud hut with a thatched roof. Floor made from hardened cow dung. No electricity. No windows. As we sat down to share a delicious meal together Bosco said of his home: "it is simple. But it is enough." As we returned home I found those words echoing in my mind on repeat. Simple. But enough. I hope to live simply and savour what really matters most in life and let go of the rest. Simple. But enough.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." (Roald Dahl)
We came home from our recent trip with so many beautiful new designs that we will be rolling out soon. Can't wait to share! For now.... we added these amazing earrings to the website. They are designed and handcrafted in kibera slums in Kenya and we just love them. We only have a limited amount of these beauties so get them while you can! Available on our website - link in bio.
Oh. I just love them. The most joyful, sweet, hardworking individuals. It completely baffles me that they were each once child soldiers with Kony's LRA. They have seen the worst of humanity and yet have come out of it as some of the best examples of humanity. I'm honoured to call them each friend.
From old to new. We had collected financial donations for school supplies and books to be purchased in Africa. (Supporting local businesses and buying exactly what was needed). Our school shopping experience is on the blog now! Link in bio.
Today was one of my favourite days. It was so full and so is my heart. We visited a school in an even poorer area of the slums. We visited more homes. We visited a 4 day old baby and his mama. My girls learned how to do laundry by hand, de-feather a chicken and my youngest daughter even helped butcher it. My husband learned to make bone jewelry. We were told we'd have lunch all together today. What we didn't know was they invited all the neighbours too. After hours of cooking and preparations we had a feast with three rounds of food and about 50 people present. I want to blog about it all - and the school supplies and books we bought yesterday - but exhaustion is taking over. Instead I leave you with this photo of beautiful Pauline looking how my soul feels. Full of joy.
Another new blog post is up (link in bio) about visiting the Kenyan artisan in their homes in kibera slums yesterday. Here is a photo of "brown Dan" (as they nicknamed him because there are two Dans and this one is lighter skinned) in his home showing us the photos on his wall which are from our visit last year.