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May

04

Unique Mother’s Day Gifts : Top 5 Favorites from Avery Street Design

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We’ve invited guest blogger Laura from Avery Street Design who has graciously agreed to share her top 5 Mother’s Day must-haves! Laura is not only a loyal Ellie Fun Day supporter but also a former giveaway winner! If you’re interested in finding out if she loved her Ellie Fun Day blanket check out her blog post!  Not only is she a blogger but she’s also a mom so feel free to head over to her website and show her some love! From the Ellie Fun Day family we would love to send a huge thank you to Laura for inspiring us to add a few more pins our Pinterest wish list! Until then next time, enjoy!

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Truth be told, I never put much thought into Mother’s Day. Last year, all I asked for was a Chipotle Burrito and a nap. (I’m pleased to report that at least one of those wishes was granted). So when Sarah asked me to pick my Top 5 Mother’s Day gifts, it was fun to let my mind wander a bit into a world of little luxuries that I rarely visit.

TOP 5 MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS

1. The Bellfield Tote in Vintage Milled Cocoa has been on my list since I saw it last summer at the Renegade Craft Fair. Handmade in Cleveland by the husband & wife team behind Fount Leather, this bag is heirloom quality that will graduate seamlessly from diaper bag to laptop tote.

2. I fully admit to buying all manner of small accessories for the labels, so it’s no surprise I’m drawn to these deliciously packaged little soaps. Bonus points to Etta + Billie for making theirs look like marble too! Cinnamon Oatmeal Soap by Etta + Billie, and Handmilled Natural Lavender Soap by Raven & Lily.

3. I follow Be Fair & Bloom on Instagram and love their heart for the world. The beautiful Chevron Path Cuff is handmade and fair trade, and I think we can all agree it would look amazing with the Bellfield Tote.

4. Every mom I know could use a cute pair of versatile studs that can’t get yanked on by chubby baby mitts. A blush ring dish to contain them on my nightstand would be icing on the cake. Blush Ring Dish and Aqua Triangle Drusy Quartz Studs by Sister Golden Shop.

5. Want to know a secret? I totally don’t wash my face before bed. By that time of night, I’m lucky to stumble and fall face-first into the pillow with clean teeth and one leg in pajama pants. I’m very intrigued by this Japanese Recycled Rayon Home Cloth from Territory Design though – it just might be the motivation I need to start some better skin-care habits.

So what’s on your wish list?

Here’s to a very Happy Mother’s Day for all the moms out there. May it be filled with snuggles, a few treats, lots of laughs, and at least one extra hour of sleep.

xo,
Laura
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Photo credit: Ellen Swalley
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Apr

01

Buy on Nordstrom.com and get a Free Bunny or Bear Cap

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To celebrate the launch of our new bear and bunny caps and our new partnership with Nordstrom, we’re offering an awesome deal!

  1. Buy a blanket or a swaddle on NORDSTROM.COM
  2. Email us your receipt and choice of cap to hello@elliefunday.com
  3. Receive a free bear or bunny pilot cap!

Offer ends May 1st, 2015. For purchases on Nordstrom.com only. One gift per purchase.

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Feb

10

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Looking for last minute Valentine’s day gifts? Well, we’ve curated something for you with your loves in mind, here are some beautiful gifts from companies that hold true to loving and caring about all those around us and across the world.

Best Gift for Your Girlfriend

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Bloom That, The Haven, $45.

Flowers straight to her door in the cutest burlap wrap & ribbon in under 90 minutes…that’s last minute all-right. Best part is you still win!

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Taza Chocolates, From $5.50

Boston-based Taza Chocolate makes incredible chocolates with subtle but bright flavors using a stone-ground process based on traditional techniques used in Oaxaca, Mexico, where the cacao beans are grown. Not only organic, this chocolate is Direct Trade-certified, which means farmers are paid a premium wage for a premium commodity, even more than a fair-trade price, according to the chocolate-makers. If you have Amazon Prime… you’re in luck! 2-days and it ships to you for free!

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Cuyana, Leather Travel Case, $95.

Help your girlfriend take up less space in your suitcase with this lovely leather travel case set from Cuyana. Hand-crafted in Argentina with premium leather, make it an even more special present by personalizing it with her initials and a love note!

Best Gift for Your BFF

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Shine Project, Bangle, $26.

Bring back those great childhood memories playing dress-up with your BFF with a set of matching, personalized bangles – a present for your besty and yourself! The Shine Project employs inner city youths and empowers them to be self-reliant and provide for a better future.

Best Gift for Your Man

Warby Parker, Murphy Sunglasses, $145.

Your man will absolutely love a pair of Warby Parker sunnies! And what makes this gift all the better? Not only is this a present for your guy, but you are also giving a gift to someone in need of glasses. Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring so that others may have the chance see all the beauty in the world.

Best Gift for Your Longtime Love

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Papir Mass, Affordable Art, $10.

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Everlane, Weekender Bag, $95

The weekender bag from Everlane is the perfect gift for your long-time love. Pair this with a list of places you would love to travel together with and even a travel book to spark some romance and fun! Everlane believes in radical transparency all across their supply chain. They cut out the middle man in the high mark-ups.

Best Gifts for Your Kids

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Design Life Kids, Juki Swing, $25.

Made out of organic cotton, your kids will think you’re the coolest parent in town… and so will the others as well!

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TugTug SF, Aigle Rain Boots, $54.

We finally have some rain in California! Let your kids have a little fun jumping through puddles in these adorable yellow, TugTug rain boots! Hand-crafted and made from natural varnished rubber, this is for sure to last through all of their adventures!

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EllieFunDay, Lovestruck Blanket, $84.

Best snuggling blanket of all. Your little cupids will love you to death for this one!

Best Gift for Your Baby

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Winter Water Factory, Under the Sea Romper, $36.

You won’t be able to get over how cute your baby looks in this Winter Water Factory “Under the Sea” Romper. 100% organic cotton and made in USA, you won’t have anything to worry about when putting this on your little one. Let’s just hope burp time isn’t a mess!

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EllieFunDay, Goddess Swaddle, $52.

Perfect for both mom and baby this gift serves many functions. From a nursing cover, to a swaddle, to a light-weight summer blanket and even into a small table covering. You’ll be sure to love it’s delicate hand-embroidery (which takes 9-hours to make!)

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Jan

29

Story of Hope

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Please read this heartfelt, beautiful story from one of our Ellie Fun Day fans. You’re one of the reasons why we are here!

“I wanted to thank you so much for the personal card you sent with my latest Ellie Fun Day order. I also wanted to share with you the story behind my first order.

I have wanted to be a mother my whole life. I had another birthday in September and the longing for marriage and family was stronger than ever. That ache that people feel, I have experienced it more acutely over the past 5 years than I ever thought possible. But, so far, marriage has not been part of my story. There’s really only so much you can do about finding a husband. And in that sense, I suppose I’ve done it all. In my own mind, I felt like the only way I could ever be a mother was if I got married. I had some really important conversations toward the end of September and really began to question the boxes I group up believing I needed to fit into. The most important realization, for me, was that I am capable of loving a child really well, with or without a husband.

So, in October, I made the decision to adopt. Foster-to-adopt, to be precise. I found an agency who is helping to match me with a daughter between the ages of 8 and 17. When we find a good match, she’ll be placed with me as a foster daughter for a period of time and then we will move into the finalization process, where we will become a family. Though she may not call me mom, I’ll be a mother. For real. And I’ll have a daughter.

So, when this special swaddle set was advertised on Facebook, I bought it. As a symbol of hope and a reminder that I am going to have a “baby” of my very own. She probably won’t have any baby teeth left when she gets to me, and she’ll already have plenty of personality. But she’ll be my daughter. and I couldn’t be more excited, grateful, and honored to be given the chance to love her.”

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Dec

09

Free Watercolor Gift Tags

When it comes to the holidays, one of my favorite parts is wrapping the presents! If that’s the same for you, well, you’re in luck, we have some FREE Watercolor Holiday Gift Tags. All hand-painted by our wonderful intern Melanie! She also sells her other art pieces…currently hanging up at the Googleplex. Yep, she’s talented alright! What’s your favorite way to wrap your presents? We like to make things a little untraditional…burlap, feathers, a bit of twine.

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Download your Watercolor Gift Tags today!

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Dec

08

The Ethically Made Christmas Shopping Guide

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We’ve invited guest blogger Davina Wong from Douceur Vivre to share her list of ethically made gifts. To give you all a little background, last year she committed to not buying ANY clothing for 1 year. Being a fashionista, this was a huge challenge, but she survived and lived to tell it on her blog. She is also momma to little “J” and you’ll be seeing more of her on our blog soon!

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The holidays can be stressful when it comes to Christmas shopping, but it doesn’t have to be that way! If the thought of stepping foot into a mall makes you cringe, there are a plethora of options online, many which happen to be reputable companies that produce products as ethically as possible. ‘Tis the giving season, so why not give a gift that also gives back?

I have created a simple cheat sheet below to help take the load off and give you some ideas for the amazing loved ones in your life!

The Trendster:

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The Flamingo Sweatshirt, Indego Africa- $125

Who wouldn’t love a pink flamingo to brighten their day? This cozy sweatshirt is perfect for the fashionista who has everything. All profits from Indego Africa fund educational training programs for the women who handcraft these products. Now, how cool is that?

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Sole Sister Bangle Set, Sseko Designs – $49.99

This trio of beautiful brass bangles includes one of which displays the name of a Sseko woman. By wearing the name of one these women, the wearer is reminded of their life and story. These bangles represent the global community of strong, loving women that we are all a part of–women who continually inspire one another with courage and with grace.

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Navy Stripe Cosmetic Clutch, Connected Artisans – $36

This chic little cosmetic bag doubles as a mini clutch to hold the basic essentials for a girl’s night out on the town. All of the artisans who meticulously create these goods receive a fair wage for their work. This company also focuses on creating long-lasting relationships with these talented men and women for long-term sustainability.

The Hostess

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Mango + Grapefruit Candle, Raven and Lily- $22

This gold-dipped and hand-poured soy candle has been infused with lush and fresh fruit aromas and is a stunning addition to any decor display. Raven and Lily seeks to empower formerly homeless women in Los Angeles, California.

 

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Pink Pom Basket, Indego Africa- $40

A colorful little basket to hide and store the delicate treasures near and dear to her heart. One of a kind and hand-crafted using needles and fine plant threads, the technique requires much skill and patience. All funds go to provide educational training programs for the women who handcraft these products.

 

Terrarium

Earth Glass Terrarium Kit, Connected Goods – $55

Made proudly in the US of A, this terrarium comes with everything (minus soil) you need to create your own little micro-environment. This glass cube sits on a flattened point, creating an interesting illusion. Terrariums are made with concern for the environment, using eco-friendly techniques, non-toxic flux, and lead-free silver alloy solder.

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Let Hope Rise Tote, EPA Made – $20.00

This is a great tote for a quick trip to the grocery store! We love the metallic-gold screen printed calligraphy as well! EPAMade is a social enterprise centered on creating jobs, building a loving community, and changing the lives of marginalized families in East Palo Alto, California.

 

The Boho Goddess:

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Screw Hoops, Winifred Grace – $88

A twist on the classic hoop, these earrings resemble the tops of screws for a tough yet chic look. Designed in Chicago and made in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where Winifred partners with a workshop that employs poor local women to provide them with income and an opportunity to learn jewelry as a trade.

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Green Turband, Cult Gaia for Indego Africa – $48

Cover up any bad hair day with this stylish Cult Gaia turband that is decked out with fresh, vibrant prints. The wiring inside provides for the perfect fit and hold for any boho goddess (or boho goddess for the day).

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Weleda Skin Food cream, Weleda – $19

Keep rough, dry skin at bay with this ultra-moisturizing hand cream that has been formulated with natural calendula flower and other essential oils. Weleda creates products that nurture and heal. They use biodynamic farming techniques by developing fair-trade trade partnerships for a greater impact on the world.

 

The Savvy Sister

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Goudance Bangle, Indego Africa – $70.00

Made from recycled tin, this sleek and simple bangle will become a staple to any wardrobe. Stack a few bracelets for added drama.

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Royal Blue pencil holder, Everlane - $35

Leather always adds a touch of luxury to any gift, and this lovely pencil holder also brings organization into her life. Can also be used to store make-up brushes or feminine products. The best part is that it comes with an inexpensive price tag!

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Uzma Recycled Cotton Travel Journal, Raven + Lily – $9

A mesmerizing black broken braided print adorns this eco-friendly travel journal, perfect for the lady on the go. This collection seeks to empower marginalized women in Northern India.

For the Mini’s 

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Goose Grease Custom Dolls, $30+

Give a gift that is personal, literally. These customizable wooden dolls are painted by Fair-Trade artisan women in Colombia. Each doll is carefully hand-chiseled on an electric lathe in a small carpentry shop in Bogotá, Colombia, using sustainably forested wood. All paints are non-toxic and suitable for kids and adults of all ages. The dolls also come premade with different characters and personalities.

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White Tooth Fairy Pillow,Oeuf  $36.

This little tooth pillow has a back pocket to hide a little one’s tooth ready for the fairy to take it away! All of Oeuf’s knits are made in Bolivia by a self-managed community of indigenous women. In line with fair trade principles, our artisans are paid a living wage, which enables them to afford healthcare and education for their children.

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Organic Cotton Chubby Robin Rattle, Green Heart Shop – $19.95

Put a mom’s mind at ease with this organic cotton rattle by Hazel Village toys. It doesn’t contain any hard buttons or features and is washable.

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Giraffe & Banana Patch Set, P.S. I Made This x Indego Africa – $45

A result of a collaboration with the innovative lifestyle brand P.S.- I made this…, these adorable iron-on patches make perfect additions to your little one’s backpacks, clothing and more. Hand-embroidered with love by the ladies of IBABA, the package includes DIY ideas from P.S.- I made this…

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Wooden Fire Truck Toy, Green Heart Shop – $24.95

Better than plastic, this fire truck is lead-free and made of sustainably harvested shesham wood and crafted by artisans in India. HSSS is a non-profit organization that works for the uplifting and development of underprivileged artisans. It is composed primarily of male artisans, both Hindu and Muslim, who suffer educational, training and health related issues.

 

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The Panda , Krochet Kids- $19.50

We (SF Giants) just lost the Panda to another team…but that doesn’t meant your little one can’t keep on sporting this adorable hat! Each hat is made in Uganda and signed by the actual artisan. The company, Krochet Kids intl. helps provide employment, training and mentoring for the women of Uganda.

Hand-Embroidered Star Ornament, Ellie Fun Day – $28

How could I leave out this limited edition ornament from Ellie Fun Day? Personalize it for a new baby, significant other or anyone special in your life! The best part is that 100% of the proceeds helps with the development of their sewing unit in India.

 

For the Dudes: 

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Elmfridsson Heavy-Knitted Scarf, Nudie Jeans – $159

This heavy-knitted scarf will keep any man in your life warm and cozy. It is made of a wool and cotton blend. Also check out their denim for men, which is made of 100% recycled organic cotton.

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Denim Necktie, Forage – $78

“Add a little formal to your casual.” Suitable for all occasions: dress up casual or dress down formal. This denim necktie is one of a limited number made. Forage assembles each piece by hand in the USA while being environmentally conscious.

Hightops

Clemente Hi-Top, Fortress of Inca – $179

Treat your Man to something better than a foot massage. These sleek sneakers are made from three types of luxurious premium high-grade leathers – crust, nubuck and suede – giving these shoes both luxury and high comfort. This brand produces handmade shoes in Peru while providing workers with fair wages.

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The Lucas Backpack, Stone & Cloth - $51.80

We love camo especially if it hides dirt when your man takes this for a hike into the mountains. Your purchase of each Stone & Cloth backpack helps provide scholarships for students in need.

Where do you shop for gifts made/sourced ethically?

 

 

 

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May

06

Mother’s Day is Everyday : Freshly Picked Moccasins & EllieFunDay Baby Blanket Giveaway with NaomiPQ!

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We had the honor of meeting amazing mother and Instagramer NaomiPQ  last month through our intern Jenn! She’s a fabulous mother of three charming little boys and has been such an inspiration to so many. We asked her to write a few words about motherhood, balance and life! We are so honored to have her! Please see the giveaway at the end of the post!

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I fumble for my iPhone and check the time. It’s 8:57 am, it’s an hour and a half later than I had planned to wake up. There goes my plan to get up before the kids and make us an elegant breakfast. The baby is stirring, but I might have enough time to check my Instagram. And Facebook. And maybe my Pinterest too while I’m at it. My feet haven’t even touched the floor and I am already head first into social media. I scroll through and find photos of immaculate, clutter free interiors. Already, I am unhappy with the state of my own. Note to self: Purchase that issue of Real Simple I saw at the grocery line, because, gosh darn it, I have to find clever and affordable decluttering solutions if it kills me!

By now, I hear the rumbling of little feet against our creaky wooden floors. I decide I’ll brush my teeth and find proper attire later. I go see what the commotion is all about. My five-year-old is completely naked and has already downloaded a new app on the iPad. I guess finding proper attire wasn’t a priority for him either. My two-year-old, surprisingly fully clothed, looks to have found and consumed half a bag of potato chips. The other half is emptied onto the white couch and adjacent high pile rug. Cross off “clutter-free” from my to do list.

The rest of our day consists of nothing more than laundry and spilled milk. Come to think of it, most days do. I used to take the boys on these spontaneous hikes and felt really good about myself (maybe because being spontaneous and outdoorsy makes me a good mom). That’s what I told myself at least. On one occasion, I even brought an elaborate picnic lunch. It was a picture perfect moment… up until we ditched the picnic and ran back to the car. We heard a wild animal approaching, but it ended up being a warble of harmless geese. I laugh about it now.

Sometimes my expectations of being a good mother can be quite comical, not to mention unrealistic. I begin to realize how accustomed I’ve become to approaching life like a Pinterest board – curating only the lovely, the inspiring, the ideal. Everything else – the mess, the mundane, and the unlovely – therefore became indications of less than adequate parenting, sending me into a downward spiral of frustration and self-doubt.

As I am about to retire for the evening, I hear a faint whimpering coming from the boys’ room. It’s my two-year-old son, Luke, roused by a bad dream. Instinctually, I stroke his warm, rotund cheeks and give them soft kisses. Already his eyebrows begin to unfurl and his disposition softens. I whisper, “It’s okay, baby boy. Mommy’s here”. His fears are quickly abated, and he returns to blissful slumber. I sneak away and close the door to a small victory. In this simple moment, my child felt safe. Not in a high-end toddler bed, but in the crook of my arm.

Maybe one day I’ll have that clutter free home or travel the world and find the cure for an obscure disease. Today? Well, my house is still a mess and nothing particularly captivating is on our agenda. But I get to be a mommy to three of the most amazing little humans. And that’s pretty freakin’ cool.

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We are giving away in celebration of Mother’s Day one EllieFunDay Fox & Forest Blanket and One Freshly Picked Moccasins (6 months : Copper Metallic) Freshly Picked moccs are perfect for our little Abel. Since he started learning to walk, it’s been important for him to wear soft, flexible shoes. It doesn’t hurt. too, that they are beautifully made. I seriously want a pair in my size! There is so much to love about our EllieFunDay blanket. I am always on the lookout for well-crafted, design-friendly kid products. I appreciate the attention to detail and the choice of materials. It’s so velvety! No wonder the boys like to cuddle under it naked! Not to mention, the story behind it is what makes it truly special. It’s thrilling to know that the purchase of each blanket gives dignity to the woman that made it.
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Here’s how to enter!

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Giveaway ends on MONDAY, May 12, at 8pm, PST

Please check back to see if you are the lucky winner!

 

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Apr

29

Who makes EllieFunDay’s Baby Blankets?

Back posting from India! Monday, Feb 10th

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Today I got to meet the ladies that make our blankets. As we sat around in a circle on mats, they told me how hard it was to start making these baby blankets because this was an entirely new project. At many times they were almost ready to give up on the baby blankets, but they persisted. One lady finally shared with us how working at Flowering Desert has given her dignity in society and that she is proud of the work that she gets to do. My heart swelled and I started to feel my eyes well up with tears. After 6 months of R&D and production; our Stitched Wonder blankets has been worth the stress, the sleepless nights and the emotional roller coaster.

I got to sit with them during tea time and shared some goodies we brought. As I observe the bare bones sewing unit I knew that these blankets that they produced are a miracle in itself. These women are not factory workers that have been trained to produce at a high rate. They sit in clusters on the floor hand-stitching each blanket with care and they mingle amongst each other. One might help another out if there is a problem, another might tease her neighbor if she’s made a mistake. I get such a sense of sisterhood and warmth. This is true empowerment at it’s best. Slow fashion is NOT mass produced, it is made with intention and integrity while preserving the maker. This is what handcrafted for life means.

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Apr

08

EllieFunDay Bespoke Custom Quilts

These bespoke quilts have been waiting to be shared but I really didn’t have time till now!  I made a very select few for our Indiegogo funders WAYYYY back. I was commissioned by the grandmother to make a custom quilt for her grand-daughter. She really gave me free reign to design anything that I wanted. The baby comes from a great legacy of strong and vibrant women, so I thought that I would represent the 3 generations of the women through the interlocking circles and the stars. The center circle I filled with hand-painted and embroidered white stars representing baby Katelyn’s new life. The gold circle representing her grandmother and the silver one her mother. (on a crazy side-note her mother gave birth to her accidentally in their NYC apartment. She came so fast, that her momma delivered her all by herself! Hence the hand-embroidered binding detail with her birthday specs.)

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do. As you can see…I’m all about the details…everything is hand-made.

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