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Holiday Extravaganza

Art by Katie Rogers, Paper Fashion

Art by Katie Rogers at PaperFashion.net

Come join us as we kick off this season with a

Holiday Extravaganza

Saturday, November 21, 2015
10:30am – 4:30pm

Our local showroom is located at:
303 Post Avenue in Napa, Ca.

(Silverado Trail and Post St. Napa. across from Big D Burgers)

We have wonderful Holiday Gifts each hand created from alpaca and pima cotton: ponchos, sweaters, hats, scarfs, gloves and jewelry.

Each item is honestly sourced ethical fashion.

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“Give the gift that gives back” this season and empower a women in an

“at-risk” community because,

“The success of every single woman is the inspiration for another”.

Let Our Hands For Hope make your gift giving easy.

We would also like to thank Katie Rogers for her allowing us to use her beautiful artwork and allowing us to add our text. We are a huge fan of her work and her generosity. See more of Katie’s art here.

Good Work…

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Each knit is hand made by women in “at-risk” communities who are redefining their lives.

Every purchase made at

Our Hands For Hope

directly supports independent, entrepreneurial, women artisans.

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Jade Beall and her Beautiful Body Project

By: Michael Garcia Davila, Operations Manager @ Our Hands For Hope
Featuring: Jade Beall’s Beautiful Body Project Volume 1:Mothers

Just because it isn't the 1800's doesn't mean I can't be a bathing beauty

Just because it isn’t the 1800’s doesn’t mean I can’t be a bathing beauty

Growing up I remember watching my sisters fuss with outfits, makeup, hair and more outfits, before leaving the house. It was because of this long production of getting ready to just go to the video rental store to pick a movie to watch at home, that I decided to hang out with the boys, more so than girls.

When I was much younger I loved girlie things; like cutting my hair, painting my face, singing to the flowers, as if my life were a Disney musical.

As I neared sixth grade I began to realize it was ok to have a  bad hair day and wear clothes that I was comfortable in.

I was still self-conscious about my appearance. I had Napoleon Complex and when time came I even lied about my height on my driver’s license to make the 5′ mark. I was well aware of the perception others imposed about wearing certain items for certain body types, but I was rarely one to think that way.

I wasn’t immune to bad wardrobe blunders and hairstyles that were unattractive to my face shape, but I was glad to experiment and made it a rule to not stand in front of a mirror for more than a minute.

As an adult this has not changed. Society, media, and even some people I hung out with were constantly telling me I needed to lose weight, hang out in certain circles or go after certain jobs. Eventually, those people came and went, I stopped listening to the media, and I went after jobs that were interesting to me.

I’ve dealt with severe depression over the years but have used it as my  journey to rediscovering my own self-worth. So whenever I hear women like Jennifer Lawrence telling young girls to love their bodies, or Ellen DeGenres pointing out how photoshoping models has gone too far, I can’t help but smile and feel better about who I am as a woman.

photo: Jade Beall

photo: Jade Beall

When I came across Jade Beall’s work I got goose bumps and couldn’t help but be happy. I felt the same exhilaration when I jumped out a plane for the first time; l felt liberated. It was the approval and appreciation for my own journey as a woman. My genetics were no longer something to be ashamed of, but celebrated. I believe men and women, need to feel that same liberation and know that their journey is worth being acknowledged. Our bodies are not problems to be fixed with diet pills and unrealistic surgeries. It is because of this that I would like to recognize Jade Beall and all of her models as #InspirationalWomen.

Many women from all backgrounds joined Jade Beall’s movement to create a stunning book of photographs and life stories acknowledging and celebrating the journey of: motherhood, aging, cancer, still-births, miscarriages, weight-gain, weight-loss, dysmorphia, and more. Jade hasn’t stopped there; her next project features “Wise Women Over 50”.

You can buy a copy of the Beautiful Body Project, Volume 1: Mothers by clicking here

Please visit her site www.abeautifulbodyproject.com to see what other amazing projects she has planned for subsequent volumes and how you can be a part of her movement.

 

Summer Essential: Lightweight Scarves

 our hands for hope-scarf

The perfect staple for this summer is a lightweight scarf. Whether to simply add a pop of color or for a chilly day/evening out and about, our Lupe or Tia scarf is the perfect addition to any outfit.

Lupe Scarf

Lupe Scarf

Tia Scarf

Tia Scarf

Also check out our Greta scarf that can also double as a shawl!

Greta Scarf

Greta Scarf

Happy Summer!

Huffington Post/Marlo Thomas

We are so excited here at Our Hands For Hope to be featured on Huffington Post Impact page and MarloThomas.com

Here is the quote from Marlo…Yep we’re on first name terms right now…

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don’t have to hang on to an old dream that has stopped nurturing us — that there is always time to start a new dream. This week’s story is about one woman who created a bucket list to fulfill her lifelong dreams and wound up creating jobs for over 60 women in Peru. -– Marlo, MarloThomas.com

The Mustard Seed

The mustard seed.
 
A tiny seed that is only 1-2 mm in diameter.
Photo Credit: Georgetown edu. Artist: Dorothy Woodward
Yet,…“when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree,
so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches”….
Gospel of Matthew
I don’t think it is a coincidence that our first retail store partner is,
Like the tiny mustard seed, the small beginnings of Our Hands For Hope has been planted here, and now we look forward to it’s continued growth so that the birds of the air can come and lodge in it’s branches.
We are so pleased to announce that The Mustard Seed Clothing Co. is now carrying our hand knits.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Napa Valley, California, this boutique has been named
“Best clothing boutique in the Napa Valley”
for sixteen straight years in a row!
Stop by, browse the shop, and tell Barbara Wiggins the owner “thank you ” for offering Her hands to work with Our Hands so that we all can make a difference in the lives of others.
The Mustard Seed Clothing Co. 1301 Napa Town Center, Napa California

Mother’s Day Gift

Celebrate with Mom by sending her a gift that tells a story. A story about other mothers just like her, who dedicate their lives to loving their children.
Mothers, that with your purchase, will be able to feed , clothe, educate and most importantly stay home with their children while they hand knit beautiful creations for you.
Order today and receive a 25% Mother’s Day discount.
Enter product code: MOM

Napa Valley Fall Trunk Show 2012

Join
 Fall Trunk Show
This year it will be held at
The Mustard Seed Clothing Co.
1301 Napa Town Center, Napa California
Saturday, October 22, 2011
 10:00am until 5:00pm
For those of you visiting the beautiful Napa Valley for the grape harvest, this is an opportunity to enhance your visit by shopping for a Christmas gift or two.
Our new fall season alpaca knitwear will be on display as well as Cuddle Grams. Soft, warm alpaca throws ready for all gift giving occasions. Plus, every throw that you purchase Our Hands For Hope donates a warm, cuddly blanket to a child in need.
A great way for you to have your gift, give again.
Your purchases will be giving back to mothers and children living in the barrios of Peru.