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Hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world watched with anticipation the final match of the FIFA World Cup played today in Brazil. The teams were world class, one from Germany and one from Argentina. Who would be the victor? Even in the United States where interest in soccer is still in its infancy, there were viewing parties and lots of excitement. In the end, it would be Germany that would take home that golden trophy and Argentina would leave the field heartbroken. I think the most meaningful feelings that I took away from this competition was the sportsmanship and kindness shown between teams, fans and even countries. It is nice to know that we are still exciting to see the outcome of a game where we are no longer competing. Just as the Olympics brings out national pride, I feel that the 2014 World Cup brought us all a little closer together.
Because of my son’s interest in the game of soccer, I found myself watching and actually enjoying several matches this year. Back a few days ago during the semi-finals, we have all seen the touching photo of the Brazilian fan who was so sad after their defeat that he cried but even in his despair he offered up his world cup replica trophy to a fan of the winning German team. This kindness is something that we yearn for as humans. A simple act that speaks to us all, no matter our language. I congratulate all of the players from all the teams and especially the champion team from Germany.
During these times when the world seems to come together, it is easy to see what we all have in common instead of our differences. To that end, it is also a time to celebrate ourselves in the universe. Our universe is vast, colorful and dynamic. To celebrate our universe, we are proud to carry the incredibly unique and memorable Mova Globes! These globes are more than just beautiful, they remind us of the magic all around us. We now carry all of the planet globes in the impressive 6 inch size! Check out these amazing globes today!!
Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. The handiwork of the Guatemalan people is world renowned. The intricately designed patterns and the exquisite quality of their jewelry and accessories is highly prized. The women of the highland villages of Guatemala learn the traditional beading techniques which they then pass down to their children. They work to earn extra income for their families and in several cases are the sole providers of the household.
Many designs are created using Czech beads, which are known for being brightly colored and uniform in size. The artisans also use colored glass beads and semi-precious stones to create beautiful jewelry, keychains and realistic animal figurines plus much more. Our stylish Guatemalan beadwork collection is hand woven by artisans from villages in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala.
Our Capullo Collection is truly unique and beautiful. These bracelets feature a hand-woven base of Czech seed beads, richly embellished with an assortment of glass beads and semi-precious stone chips and have a strong, hidden magnetic clasp.
Our Bola Collection feature bracelets and earrings that are made up of several colors of Czech beads in delicate circular designs and feature convenient magnetic closures and hook-type posts.
The latest additions to our Guatemalan Beadwork collection include cute animal keychains and also large beaded turtles and lizards. These items are not only beautiful but definite conversation starters. The intricate pattern of beads amazingly resemble the feathers, fur or scales of the animals it is meant to represent. If you are looking for a unique gift, you owe it to yourself to check these out!
In our busy lives it is sometimes difficult to relax and unwind. Happy are those people who can let their hair down, shake off the stresses of the day and really be present when they are at home with their family. The ability to relax is sometimes elusive but I have found that if I can occupy my mind with something that takes my thoughts away from the stress then I can truly relax. Music can help to relax or possibly doing something active like taking a walk around the neighborhood. People have different ways of relaxing and rejuvenating their minds and bodies.
At lifehearthome.com we encourage everyone to find something that helps to bring a stress-free zone into their lives. To this end, we stock a collection of beautifully hand-carved wooded labyrinth games from India to take your mind off of the tedious happenings during your work day. Even a few minutes of playing with these high quality wooden games allows you to unwind in a very unique way. These games come in a variety of styles to fit anyone’s personality. The classic circular design is perfect for the busy executive looking for a stylish distraction. The owl, snail and turtle games are cute and will be enjoyed by anyone! Go on, take a breath and let these wonderful products help you find your happy place.
Creating beaded jewelry is a tradition that has been passed down for generations in the highlands of Guatemala. Master bead artists work with other artisans so that they can learn the art and, in turn, be able to earn income for themselves and their family.
Our glass bead jewelry is hand woven by over 150 Mayan artisans in the highlands of Guatemala. Our commitment to the principals of Fair Trade creates avenues of employment for economically disadvantaged artisans in these regions. With your help, we will continue to provide an alternative source of income to the indigenous artisans. These glass beaded bracelets are hand woven by Mayan artisans from villages in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala.
These beaded items are some of the most popular items in our Fair Trade collection. The Guatemalan artists we work with are very talented and create some of the most amazing products we have come across.
The word Hmong means “Human being” or “Free People” in the Hmong language. Hmong history is complex. They are reported to originate from Siberia and their emergence dates back thousands of years. Over the centuries they migrated south so that today they are dispersed throughout the highlands of southern China and northern Southeast Asia, including in Laos and Vietnam. There they live primarily as self-sufficient farmers and gatherers. The Hmong greatly respect their elders and ancestors. Traditional gender roles are common. Large extended families live together. They tell each other ancient stories and poetry. Women create beautiful clothing and quilts and every square is handmade by a Hmong hill tribe woman mainly living in the remote hills of northern Thailand and Laos using the reverse applique quilting method. The designs are traditional symbols for love, longevity, and life.
We work with 40 full-time artisans in Thailand. Approximately half live in the highlands in northern Thailand and they make our collection of traditional Hmong purses and pillows. In Chiang Mai, we have a workshop where the remaining artisans work primarily on our jewelry products. Prani is the Hmong workshop leader who sources fabrics and embellishments for purses. Each artisan is skilled in a specific handicraft, jewelry, embroidery, sewing, etc. These women are the main bread winners in their families and because of the income they earn from their handicraft work, they no longer work in the highlands working in agricultural jobs. We are so happy to be working with these groups of artisans who continue to create not only beautiful items but who also carry on the traditions of this rich culture.
Our Thailand gifts include purses, backpacks, scarves and jewelry all of which are richly embellished with the customary pompoms, jingle bells or elaborate embroidery. We hope you love these items as much as we do.