Posts in : Guatemalan Gifts

  • Sep
    21

    Puzzle Boxes from Guatemala


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    Intricately carved wooden boxes with secret panels or special pieces that unlock secret compartments have fascinated and entertained people for centuries. These boxes have been found in most ancient civilizations including Egyptian, Chinese, Mayan, Indian and many others. The idea of a beautifully carved wooden sculpture that can be magically disassembled into a trinket box by taking it apart in a particular order seems to spark the imagination of anyone who sees it. This wooden puzzle gift box is the perfect housewarming or executive gift for those who love something a bit different.

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    Turtle Puzzle Box from Guatemala

    This beautifully carved turtle puzzle box definitely has the “Wow” factor! Upon first glance, it is a stunning wooden sculpture of a majestic turtle atop plants within a pond surrounded by reeds. Upon closer inspection, one notices that it is in actuality an intricately carved puzzle box. The pieces slide together beautifully and reveal hidden compartments – 4 in total, usable to store many small treasures. The workmanship of this incredible piece of art is amazing. It will become a centerpiece in any room. Handmade in Guatemala from mahogany, canxan and cachimbo woods.

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    Beautiful Hummingbird Puzzle Box

    For anyone who loves hummingbirds or simply a beautifully sculpted piece of art, this is an item you should definitely look at! Upon first glance, it is a stunning wooden sculpture of a lovely hummingbird hovering over a beautiful flower. But by sliding the hummingbird forward, the magic happens. The pieces slide apart beautifully and reveal hidden compartments – 4 in total, usable to store many small treasures. Handmade in Guatemala from mahogany, ebony, granadillo and guachipilin woods.

     

     

     

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  • Sep
    04

    The Perfect Pet?


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    Recently, in the small town of Thousand Oaks, California there was a rare albino cobra on the loose. It was assumed that someone in the local area had kept this exotic and dangerous animal as a pet and it was able to escape from its home. The owner has not come forward yet and quite possibly will keep the ownership quiet since the whole town spent several days on edge until they were able to catch it earlier today. This story made me wonder about all the different types of animals that can be classified as pets from common animals like dogs and cats to the more unique like reptiles, birds, rodents and everything in between. What makes a good pet? I guess it depends on what you are looking for. Are you searching for a companion; a cute and cuddly pet that is happy to see you? Or are you searching for something a bit more unusual; a pet that is interesting and unique? But what is there to do if you live in an area where animals are not permitted or you are just too busy to take care of a pet? We have a great solution! Check out our beautiful Guatemalan beaded lizards and turtles.

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    Guatemalan Beaded Lizard

    The perfect pet for a busy person! The beauty of a Guatemalan lizard or turtle without having to feed it or care for it. These full-size beaded lizards and turtles are beautifully embellished with semi-precious stones. Expertly hand woven by our master artisans in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala, these ‘pets’ are covered with a woven beaded “skin” that resembles the actual skin of the real animal. Actual beaded patterns and colors may vary as these are individually created.

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    Guatemalan Beaded Turtle

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  • Aug
    27

    Dream Away Your Worries


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    Stress is one of the major causes of disease in America. According to the American Institute of Stress, more than 44% of Americans feel more stressed than they did 5 years ago and 3 out of 4 doctor’s visits are for stress-related ailments. Stress increases your risk of heart disease by 40%; your risk of heart attack by 25% and your risk of stroke by 50%. Just as there are a multitude of things that cause stress there are also hundreds of ways to help relieve it. Exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep are incredibly important to managing the stress in your life. Meditation, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, vitamins as well as getting time away will also help to keep your stress level down. But what if you cannot sleep? What if the worries of your day keep you awake, tossing and turning, so you wake up more stressed than ever? Sometimes trying something a bit different may just be the trick that helps. Why not try our unique Guatemalan Worry Dolls?

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    Guatemalan Worry Dolls

    According to Guatemalan legend, worry dolls have the ability to take away the worries that might keep you awake.  By telling one worry to each doll and then putting the doll under your pillow, you are actually freeing your mind of that worry.  The legend states that the dolls will take away the worries during sleep and thereby allowing the owner of the dolls not only a good nights sleep but also the ability to wake up worry-free in the morning.  These dolls are handcrafted in Guatemala and are clothed in traditional Mayan costumes.  They typically stand about one-half to one inch tall.  Our Guatemalan Worry Dolls come in sets of four but you may use fewer or more depending on the worries you are experiencing.  Studies have shown that even the act of voicing our concerns and worries will help to relieve the stress and pressure of everyday life.

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  • Aug
    18

    Every Color of the Rainbow – Capullo Bracelets


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    The artisans we work with in Guatemala are simply amazing. Their products are highly valued due to the incredible detail and workmanship they bring to each piece. Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El SalvadorThe 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.

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    One of our beautiful Guatemalan artisans

    One of our most popular items is the Capullo Bracelet made using Guatemalan beadwork techniques. 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. Our Capullo bracelets come in a variety of gorgeous colors to match any wardrobe. This bracelet fits securely with a strong, hidden magnetic clasp. The unique magnetic clasp makes this bracelet easy to put on and off but is strong enough to hold securely when worn. The colors are vibrant and these bracelets will be treasured as true works of art.

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    Handmade Capullo beaded bracelet Guatemala

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  • Jul
    14

    Brought Together by a Little Ball


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    We have all seen them… a small group of kids or young adults standing around in a circle trying to keep a little ball in the air without using their hands. These groups can be seen on college campuses everywhere. Cooperative kicking games have ancient origins in almost every country from China to Native America. Super popular in the 80’s, Hacky Sack or Footbag is a modern American version invented in 1972 by John Stalberger and Mike Marshall of Oregon City, Oregon. Marshall had created a hand-made bean bag, that he was kicking around. Stalberger was recovering from knee surgery and was looking for a fun way to exercise his knees. This is how the traditional American game of Hacky Sack was born. I have been informed that the expert hacky sack player will take some of the filling out of the ball so that the Hacky Sack will actually land on the top of the foot without falling off. There are as many techniques to the game as there are patterns to the balls! The size and vibrant colors and patterns of these balls also make them perfect for hand strengthening exercises and physical therapy. However you choose to use your Hacky Sack ball, you will be delighted by the quality and whimsy of these beautiful Guatemalan creations.

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