It’s a big weekend both in the U.S. and in Haiti. Here in the U.S., of course, there’s the Superbowl, sort of an unofficial national holiday. In Haiti–or at least in the southern city of Jacmel–there’s Carnival.
When Three Stone Steps was in Jacmel about two weeks ago, we saw lots of preparations for the big event this weekend. Here are a few photos:
But, let’s swing back to last where when, in a fit of local Baltimore pride, I decided to have a papier-mâché raven made, you know, because that’s the name of our football team that just so happens to to be in this weekend’s big football game. (It’s like the Superbowl of football!) It turns out it’s far too expensive and cumbersome to ship, but I’m sharing it with you here because it’s a special piece for a special game.
Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend and Go Ravens!
Here at Three Stone Steps we’ve been so consumed with wholesaling our great recycled holiday items that we sometimes need to remind ourselves that it’s the middle of the (hot) summer. So, for today’s Friday photo, some summer play. (Ok. This photo is from the archives. It was taken in November. Of 2008. So, definitely not the summer, but we’re talking about the Caribbean.)
Here’s to a fun weekend.
Here at Three Stone Steps we’re about to get an early–and not a tiny– shipment of our famously amazing recycled dreidels to send out some retailers.
I’m told I talk about my dreidels incessantly but I find them sort of amazing. I think it might be because they were the first really different product I worked on before branching out to recycled Judaica made in Haiti. You can see the dreidels below. (I never tire of showing them off. Ever. )
They’re made by a collective of mothers in a very depressed area of a barangay (sort of a neighborhood unit) in Quezon City, which is a part of Metro Manila in the Philippines. Before I worked with this collective of women to make dreidels, they were making great ornaments out of recycled paper. I’ve carried these for a few years, will do so again this holiday season, and they’re wonderful. A sample of our new color combination is right here:
And, here’s a few of the women who made these great holiday creations:
And, finally, this is Venus. I see her all the time since she’s on the hangtags for both the recycled ornaments and the dreidels:
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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