Gift Ideas: For The Kids

Copyright Sarah Lane Studios 2011Kids are high spirited and love even more than ever to play outside during a time of year when most adults would rather be snuggled up inside.

We make keeping them warm easier with  stylish beanies made from super soft alpaca for that rambunctious bundle of joy.

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Use Code: NEWDAY at check out
and a portion of your purchase will go to New Day For Children,
a safe home and rescue center for young US girls rescued from sex trafficking.

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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.

The Gift That Gives Back

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Our Hands For Hope is built upon empowering women all over the world in at-risk communities.  One cause we are most passionate about is helping the girls and young women who have been rescued from sex trafficking.  One organization we have teamed up with this holiday season is a New Day For Children based in California.

A New Day For Children offers safe houses, education, medical and therapeutic help to American young girls ages 10 and up who have been rescued. They also offer mentorship, job placement, and support to furthering their education.

They are currently working on building two new facilities. One for girls from 10-17 and the other 18 and up who don’t have safe homes to return to after rehabilitation.

So for this holiday season, “Give the gift that gives back”.

A portion of all purchases from Our Hands For Hope now until December 31, 2015 will go to

New Day For Children.

SHOP NOW on line 24/7

Show your support and use the code: NEWDAY when you check out.

Our warehouse location is OPEN UNTIL December 19, 2015:

Fridays 12 – 4:30

Saturdays 10:30 – 2:30

303 Post St. Napa, CA USA 94559

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.

 

DIY Lavender Sachet

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Lavender is ready to harvest and sachets make great gifts.
They are simple to make and have a practical purpose.
What you need:
Computer Printer Fabric. It’s one of the most fun materials to use. You can draw anything and transfer it to fabric instantly.
White cotton, cheese cloth, ribbons and lavender are the basic essentials for this project.
You can use any drawing or design. I sketched out our bird logo in black and white with a sharpie pen, then scanned it into the computer.
My hubbie colored it in with his Bamboo sketching pad, adding color and dimension to the design.
Notice the great ribbon I found AFTER the design was done.
How cool is that?

Print your finished art onto Computer Printer Fabric cotton following manufacturers instructions. There are lots of brands available now.
I choose the June Tailor brand.
The cotton is a great weight and light enough to allow the scent of the lavender to pass through without any of the seeds falling out.
Lay out your printing to maximize your design on the fabric.
I did mine at 16 vignettes per page.
Print and heat set with a hot iron.
Cut out your printed design into squares with pinking sheers 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.
Also cut:
2 Cotton squares 4″ x 4″
1 Cheesecloth square 3″x 3″
1 Open weave ribbon 4″
1 Decorative ribbon 6″
Layer the complete top layer only.
Leaving off one 4″ x 4″ cotton square and the 6″ decorative ribbon.
Stitch around the edge 1/8″ in to hold all layers together. See where the pin is.
Now lay completed sachet top, on top of the back 4″ x 4″.
Stitch around three sides at 1/2″ leaving the top edge undone.Pour in 1 tablespoon of fresh lavender.
Cloves or cinnamon sticks would be a great alternatives.
Tuck the decorative 6″ ribbon into the top leaving a loop to hang.
I allowed the ribbon to just fall to the back to give the back side some interest.
Stitch across the top through all layers.
This is a perfect, inexpensive gift for any occasion.
Wrap three to five together with a beautiful ribbon as a complete presentation.
These would make great gifts for wedding party favors, birthday party’s, house warming, or just plan fun.

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!

Event: Spring Birthday

April showers bring May flowers and that is just what can happen for a late spring birthday.

Create table centerpieces from giant, yellow gerbera daisies and pinwheels suspended in red and white striped popcorn containers.

Add 1″ white stickers to red tablecloths for a fun polka dot effect.

Wrap all gifts is bold, and bright colorful paper.

Tie bold colored balloons to every chair.

Dress in your bright blue dress, accent with those to die for shoes and slip on your alpaca hand-knit sweater.

Now rest assured your gift, the one with the Cuddle Gram logo is going to be the perfect gift!
A snuggly, cuddly, hand knit alpaca throw, that will be a reminder of a big hug from you.
And just think, a child in a barrio tonight is staying warm too.

Every time a Cuddle Gram is sold, Our Hands For Hope, LLC will gift a warm cuddly blanket to a child in need on your behalf.

Event: Graduation

It’s graduation time.
Years of hard work are rewarded with a piece of parchment and a PARTY!
 
 
 
You can order personalized postage from Zazzle.com 
 
Print party invitations from Tip Junkie.
 Find lots of  free printables at Your Life Events.
 
 
Spend some time in the kitchen creating some fun deserts.
 Bakerella is always coming up with brilliant ideas. I love these mortar board candies. 
Plus, they are made from Reese’s…Yum,
 

You can use old books for table centerpieces.
The brown paper bag covers wrapped with a bright grosgrain ribbon reminds me of MY school days! 
There are more centerpiece ideas at  Thoughtfully Simple.
 
 
 Now what is the perfect gift for the graduate?
 
 Something that would be warm, cozy, and a memorable? 
Something to remind them of  home as they begin life away at college?
 
 
Cuddle Gram, of course!
 
Every time a Cuddle Gram is sold, Our Hands For Hope, LLC will gift a warm cuddly blanket to a child in need on your behalf.

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.

Cuddle Gram

Refining the logo. I am loving it!