Wednesday, July 20, 2011
We are excited to have partered with Charity Gift Market, a marketplace where you can shop for gifts that tell stories. This site, which is growing everyday, offers a variety of products which support a variety of causes. For now, Bead Amigas will be selling our crosses exclusively on this site along with some other select products.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
We began the paper bead project in the early afternoons. The first day a surprisingly large number of women showed up. On the second and remaining days less attended our group. However if they were not making paper beads with us, then most likely they were outside digging trenches for water pipe.
At the end of the last day each women was given a kit that contained everything they would need to make a couple hundred beads. We also presented them with their options of selling the beads. And, should they need additional supplies they can take out a small microloan (less than $5) to purchase more.Before this trip I was experiencing a lot of anxiety about the success of the project. Rosann was sending me down alone to represent and sell it. On each subsequent trip it is revealed to me more and more that the less things are micromanaged, the more smoothly things go....if allowed to flow naturally, it does so beautifully. I have never felt more present than I do when in Nicaragua. When we visited San Pablo in February there was a obvious lack of spirit and we were regarded with a curiosity that bordered on suspicion. After the first day of gringos and Nicaraguans working side by side and after the children had been bathed in glitter and adorned in beads, there was an perceptible shift. It was as if new life had been breathed into the community...JOY and HOPE were present.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Bead Amigas has a very busy weekend ahead with events at three different venues:
1. Sugarloaf United Methodist Church is hosting a three day Hunger to Hope event in which 1,500 members of the community will be packing meals to feed underprivileged children. This event is at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, starting Friday at 4:00 and running through Sunday at noon. Bead Amigas will be there all weekend selling our jewelry.
2. Duncan Creek Elementary is hosting their Spring Fling on Saturday from 11:00 – 3:00.
3. Sugar Hill United Methodist Church is conducting a Missions Market on Sunday morning from 9:00 – noon.
We have some new products debuting this weekend and some of our established lines will be on sale. If you have a chance, stop by one of these venues and check us out.
Coordinator of Estrogen Power
Friday, March 18, 2011
On our recent trip to Nicaragua I had the privilege of seeing color through someone else's eyes. Color has always been my greatest inspiration and I've taken for granted just how much of it I get to experience in my world. The rooms in my home consist of shades of green with pops of coral, Maui ocean blues, and a pinky shade of violet that is reminiscent of an orchid. Needless to say it was a very hard decision to paint the bathrooms the same shade of dull grayish-green, but I was incentivized by the fact that I got to pair that color with the most beautiful handmade tiles in subtle shades of the sea. But, I digress.
As Creative Coordinator for Bead Amigas, one of my jobs is to teach elements of design which, of course, includes color theory. About 9 months ago we had the opportunity to employ another woman, Lorena, in Los Rotarios. Her job would consist of painting drab wallpaper and cutting the paper strips which our beaders would roll into beads.
Teaching day came and we got down to business. The first thing we did was mix pastels using the primary colors Lorena had on hand. She patiently tested stripe after stripe of pink creating tints by adding more white as she went along.
When presented with the idea of taking on another pre-production job, Lorena said, "I never thought that I would be able to paint, but I've learned to do it. So, I know I can learn to do the new job as well."
(set of kids paper bead bracelets - $25)