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by ieplexus12posted in Guatemalan Gifts
Now that it is spring, there are many different holidays that are coming up that will require gifts. One of the ones that might be weighing on some people’s minds is Mother’s Day which is on May 8th. It is important to spend a good amount of time deciding on a gift because this will ensure that you have something to give that you actually put a lot of time into.
It might be a good idea to try to find something that is very unique to give to your mother since a gift like this is sure to stand out in her mind for years to come. During the spring it might be best to consider brightly colored items to give to your mother. Unique Guatemalan jewelry is very beautiful and would definitely make my mother smile.
posted in Gifts from Indonesia
Summer seems to be filled with weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations. In my family, we have several anniversaries in August. Just the other day, I saw a beautiful wedding being held at the beach at sunset. Living in Southern California, we have sunny days most of the year but there is something special about summer. Since we have so many anniversaries in the summer we are always trying to find a special and unique gift. This is one reason we were so happy to carry our beautiful wooden sculptures from Indonesia. These fair trade products are all hand-carved with exquisite detail and will be treasured by anyone who receives them as a gift.
My favorite item is a double heart sculpture called “Love Blossoms.” The perfect representation of love, whether it is the joining of two people in marriage or perhaps celebrating a new addition to the family, this sculpture captures the joy beautifully. Hand carved from Indonesia and made out of beautiful Suar wood.
There is something really magical about bright colors put together in intricate patterns and designs. The Hmong people of Thailand are known for their embroidery skills and their flair with patterns and colors. This bag, hand-crafted in Thailand, is an amazing example of traditional Hmong design with a modern twist. This bag is meant to be noticed; with its bright colors, fun patterns and leather fringe. This beautiful bag is also available in a stunning black and white pattern.
Here is a little bit about our artisans: Drawing upon the master craft-making techniques that have been a part of their culture for generations, our artisans skillfully handcraft these beautiful pieces individually, combining contemporary designs with ancient traditions. In Thailand, we work with about 25 artisans, mostly of Hmong heritage located outside Chiang Mai, Thailand. This village industry provides families an opportunity to maintain the tradition of handcrafting while sharing an expression of their indigenous culture with the world. By respecting cultural tradition, creating a cooperative working atmosphere, and paying sustainable wages, these women and their families have become empowered with new skills and have an opportunity for economic stability.
One of the best things about traveling is to immerse yourself in the culture of the place you are visiting. Even when you can not physically visit a location it is fun to learn about places you may want to add to your bucket list. Collecting items that remind you of an experience or are symbols of a location where you would like to visit, is a lot of fun. Building a “wish list” collection of exotic items is an idea that can become a wonderful gift for a wedding, anniversary or other special occasion.
Even though I do travel a lot, I have many places still on my to do list. One of the places I would love to visit is Guatemala! The vibrant colors and patterns of Guatemalan products are simply amazing and each time I see the incredible workmanship in their jewelry and bags, I strengthen my resolve to visit one day.
Last year we were able to take a wonderful trip to the Caribbean. It is amazing to travel and see new places and experience new cultures. There is a quote that I remember hearing, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it is on my list.” This quote rings so true to me and my family. This love of traveling has been the inspiration behind lifehearthome.com. We love finding unique and wonderful items to share with you. One of these items has become a favorite on our trips and we look forward to using it again on our upcoming trip to South America. Our beautiful Guatemalan Huipil Overnight Bag has now been renamed “Our Traveling Bag” and it is simply the perfect carryon. This trip we will also be bringing our Guatemalan Huipil Volcano backpack. Both of these items are available at www.lifehearthome.com and are one of a kind. Check them out – you won’t regret it!