Friday, October 30, 2009

Trash into Jewelry!

Trash into Jewelry! Recycled flip flops, now super fun necklaces from an organization that is providing sustainable employment and cleaning up the environment

We've just added them to our website. 

Check out the necklaces.

 We've been mentioned as a shopping resource at the end of a great article about the group on HandEye magazine's website! 

Would you like recycle flip flop animals too?

Friday, October 16, 2009


Inspiration seems to be on our mind lately. Actually for a while.
It sustains us -- to dig deeper, reach higher and do more.

Another woman who inspires us is Analisa Balares. -- Smart, energetic, passionate and creative.

She is the driving force behind Womensphere.  Their mission: Unleashing potential, creating opportunity, inspiring talent, transforming the world. They bring together leaders - women, men, organizations – to collaborate on solving some of the most important global and local issues of our time.

Want more?
Join the Original Women delegation at the Womensphere Global Summit.
Register here:  for a preferred community rate.

Come as part of our delegation and we'll inspire you with a piece of Original Women
artistry. Email us:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The MORE Magazine Reinvention convention was a success by all measures.

The speakers were all so inspiring!

We were fortunate to spend some time with Sheila C. Johnson, one of the speakers and an amazing businesswoman, philanthropist and CARE Ambassador. Here she is, adorned in a Guatemala scarf and necklace from Original Women.

"If we're going to improve the lives of women around the world — and I believe we must — then we have to stretch beyond ourselves. We have to challenge ourselves and we have to challenge others. That's what the 'I Am Powerful' movement is all about. I'm honored to be a part of it."
—Sheila C. Johnson

We couldn't have a more beautiful model to inspire us to reach further and higher.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Our friend Carline Burwell asked us to help raise money for a village in a CARE program funded by General Mills.
This would be great to do with your friends and children:

You sign up, (ok, the most annoying part, but it is only six fields and for a great cause...) answer up to three learning questions and $1 per question is donated to the village.
You can come back every day until the $15,000 for that village is reached ...

Join Caroline and OW in raising money for Kaisi village.
It goes to help keep girls in school by addressing the issues and pressures girl face in their communities.

Three questions a day and a small donation that will be matched - will make a real difference!

For more info:  joinmyvillage

Sunday, October 4, 2009


In honor of our partnering with CARE at the MORE Magazine Reinvention Convention.

Since many of you can't make it to this wonderful event, we have a way for you to participate:

Just for our blog readers, friends and Fans on Facebook,  our 10/10 offer.

Shop online. 

Get a 10% discount off all regularly priced items AND 10% of ALL sales will be donated to CARE!   

Use code: CARE at checkout. Offer expires midnight 10.06.09.

See you in person or online tomorrow. 


Today, we set up for the Reinvention Convention.
The list of speakers is very impressive.
We are excited to meet the 600 women who will be attending.
And of course, our sales help support CARE.
We are featuring products made from recycled, re-purposed and re-imagined materials made by women who are re-inventing their lives by creating their artistry. Here from Kenya, are fun necklaces made from recycled flip flops. These products clean up the environment and sustain families and communities.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Arrive in Guatemala after a completely full, yet remarkably good Continental Airlines flight.

The airport in Guatemala City is beautiful, new and almost completed. Everyone was very, very nice.

I was immediatley struck by the juxtaposition of the traditional and the new. And how the acncient culture is everywhere in daily life.

Even in the faces.

Here is Chris who met me at the airport. He told me his life story on the hour ride to Antigua. As a student, he fled the rampant violence and walked through Mexico to the US, where he was granted asylum. With no money!


Well, you get ready for a trip. You make lists and more lists. You carefully plan and pack and get batteries and cords and wall plugs and all the other things to keep the technology humming.
And then you reach your destination, only to find that your access to the internet is limited to certain hours and those don't match your hectic schedule. Unless you pay the equivalent of the GDP of five countries.

So, we made the decision to unplug and BE in Guatemala and EXPERIENCE the wonderful country.

Now that we are back, we are re-connecting!