Like (almost) everyone else, I’m trying to keep cool. And, while I’m definitely not a Christmas in July type–except for the fact that I’m in the midst of wholesaling Three Stone Steps’ line of recycled ornaments, trees, dreidels, and menorahs now– I thought a photo of a very cool, blue ornament wouldn’t be such a bad idea for a Friday Photo.
And, while global warming is pretty much at the top of a lot of people’s mind, you should know that this papier-mâché ornament is made by hand from recycled cement bags outdoors in Jacmel, Haiti (where it’s actually cooler than it is here in Baltimore) by a mother and daughter team, so besides the shipping, there’s really no carbon footprint. And, should you not care for this cool blue, other colors and styles are available.
Happy (hot) Friday.
Blue and cool.
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it's ok to love love
I don’t usually think about love. It’s not that I’m anti-love or anything like that, it’s just that I have plenty of other things on my mind. And, I do think about stuff, quite a lot in fact, since I’m pretty much in the business of finding and designing great, ethically made stuff and then selling it.
And, just recently, yesterday, in fact, I began thinking about loving stuff. I had a wonderfully high number of great customers–and I do have the best customers–at The Under the JFX Farmers’ Market who were either buying stuff that they loudly exclaimed that they loved, or had come back, after buying something a week or month ago to say that they had a Three Stone Steps bag, or key chain, or bit of recycled metal art from Haiti that they loved.
you can love a key chain made from recycled juice packs.
It made me happy. I told my customers that I loved it that they loved it.
And, I love most of my stuff. Like a parent who doesn’t quite want to admit it, I do have some favorites. I guess it’s only natural.
Ok, I admit it. This recycled metal snake is one of the pieces from Haiti that I have that I love.
Probably if I were to sit down and think about this all in my usually overly analytical way I might think it silly. Really, how do you love an object? But, it’s not really silly at all. I think people are not only loving what they bought (and who could blame them?) but loving how it makes them feel. They love knowing that they got a great product at a fair price, made by real, unexploited workers, without harming the planet. And,the product looked good on them, or fit their needs perfectly, or was an appreciated gift.
I love that.
This fits in both the better late than never and the I didn’t know that, but I lived quite well without knowing that departments, but as of January 2009, we are in the International Year of Natural Fibers, or Fibres, if you prefer.
And, why does this matter? Well, Three Stone Steps is proud to carry three of the fifteen natural fibers/fibres listed. In the silk category, we carry that great silk Angkor shoulder bag, and fantastic silk scarves, and jewelry rolls. We’ll be getting more colors in the shoulder bag along with matching wallets, and great new colors of the silk scarves. And, while we’re at it, we’re also introducing fabulous new cosmetic bags, jewelry pouches, and great little purses made of silk, and a silk/linen blend from Vietnam.
For cotton, we will be getting in more of the popular silk screen on cotton messenger bag, and a new style bag in the same pattern.
But, what’s most exciting about this year is that it’s also the year of abaca. I won’t spill all the beans now, but be prepared for great new messenger bags, and other great things to carry made of this amazing, sustainable fiber. If you want a sneak peek, courtesy of the UN, check this out. Much, much more soon!