10 Simple Ideas for Summer Entertaining

This is our absolute favorite time of year. The warmer temperatures outside have everyone out of their winter slumber and ready to get social. Whether you want to host a backyard barbecue or a weekend brunch, we have 10 Simple Ideas to make Backyard Entertaining an absolute breeze! 1.Design an easy menu Choose easy dishes…

New for Spring – Florecita Line

Coco Chanel iconisized the Little Black Dress, a simple design that any woman could keep in her closet and dress up or down depending on the occasion. Created to match anything and everything, the versatility of a basic wardrobe piece is the reason that the LBD continues to resonate nearly 100 years later. And our…

Artisan Spotlight: Carmelita Ramos

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re reposting this Artisan Spotlight on one of our favorite leaders: Carmelita Ramos. Enjoy! Sparkling beads dance across her hands as Carmelita Ramos creates earrings and bracelets to sell to customers in the distant land of the United States. Her dreams of earning a living and educating her children…

So easy to get hooked on crochet treasures

It’s not just grannies that are enchanted with the repetitive movement of a crochet hook catching a length of yarn and then slipping over and under and through. Hipster women and men are crafting hats, scarves and their own versions of hacky sacks with brightly colored yarns. Occupational therapists teach patients recovering from strokes and…

The threads that connect us all

No matter where your address falls relative to the equator, there will come a time when an extra layer of warmth is required or appreciated. Winter is also a time when less sunshine can equal a glum mood. Unique Batik has remedies for both winter’s chill and the winter blahs and it all starts with…

Coins that adorn, coins that deliver a message

Thousands of years before Google’s or Facebook’s algorithms, there was the I Ching – a form of divination where coins are tossed like dice and the numbers that are thrown are read. But first, the numbers are organized into one of dozens of formations that, in turn, correspond to a section of the I Ching…

Macramé

It’s the early 1970s and macramé class is officially on the schedule of middle schools across the United States as administrators try introducing trendy arts and crafts courses as a way to boost student engagement. The result was thousands of youngsters spending every cent of their allowances and babysitting salaries on beads and jute. Meanwhile,…

Giving the Gift of Fair Trade

We’re always giving gifts to one another, and often searching for what will be the perfect present for any given occasion. Giving the gift of Fair Trade is a gift that gives twice, because not only are you giving to another person, you’re also providing for those who created that gift by hand. Fair Trade…

All that glitters is often more than gold

What is it about shiny, sparkling things that turn some of us into magpies? We can’t help but reach for the item (or click on it, as the case may be). Some of us go beyond magpie and become like Gollum, the character first introduced in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit that obsessively loved his “precious”…

Keeping elephants close

As elephants’ (and the humans that love them) fight for survival in the wild and struggle against inhumane treatment in captivity gains more attention, it’s not surprising that images of elephants are finding their way on more  and more products. Descendents of the mastodons and wooly mammoths that once roamed almost the entire planet, elephants…