Noonday Loves Teachers {and teaching}

Saturday, May 25, 2013

One of the things I love about Noonday is it's love for teaching. There is a huge circular wealth of knowledge that is always evolving. Artisans are teaching us about their needs, their cultures, their talents and we are teaching them how their talents can create for them a viable income. So many more lessons, so many more beautiful stories, but I love how through Noonday so many are being better educated, on life, love, social justice and on simply living out our faith.

I am blessed. And you are too.

If you are reading this, your child is living in a free country, is offered a free education and a free chance to better themselves.

Teachers are invaluable. irreplaceable. unfathomably without a shadow of a doubt priceless!

As the end of the year dwindles down and chases towards the finish line honor them with a gift that educates, inspires and empowers many through it's simple, purposeful purchase!

Every item you purchase celebrates the recipient, the creator, the designer, the ambassador... all learners & all brought together through a lovely, unique handmade {with love} item!

Here are my top ten!  I will be placing an order THIS SUNDAY @ 6pm! If you would like to purchase one of the items below, simply comment below with your email address and I will send you a paypal invoice for the amount of your chosen item. I will order them all together and then notify you when they arrive! No tax and no shipping if you order by SUNDAY @ 6PM

Great for all you room mom's out there who need to get a group gift!
And, all that purchase will be entered to win a $25 Noonday voucher for yourself or to gift to someone you love :)

Let's celebrate some teachers and keep the circle of knowledge and inspiration flowing!

#1- Bethe Rope Necklace $38
My personal Favorite!
A bold statement that will sure to have you wearing and sharing our story.
This piece is handmade in Ethiopia using recycled nickel, copper, and bronze melted down from previous war weapons. Most of the artisans who created the pieces are HIV positive and receive healthcare and literacy training in addition to job training.
76"-80" Long. Composed of upcycled metal and artillery. Metal will antique with wear and time. Handle with care.

#2 Esperanaza Make Up Bag $28
This sweet, colorful bag is the perfect size for storing all your essentials at home or on the go. Our Noonday customers put a group of women through sewing school in Rwanda and this is part of their first collection. Thanks to their new skills and work opportunity, these women are able to create a more stabilized income for themselves and their families.

#3 Crescent Moon Earrings $34
Silver threads wrap around a brass crescent moon. 2" wide by 2-1/4" high. Brass will oxidize over time. Handmade by artisan groups in India that help low-income artisans move towards economic self-sufficiency. The group is certified fair trade and promotes sustainability on all levels and creates opportunities to alleviate poverty. Artisans receive fair wages, education, financial and technical assistance, and have safe working conditions.

#4 Jones Design Journal #22
One of our favorite bloggers, Jones Design Company, collaborated with us to bring you an inspiring spot to record your dreams. These journals are made from handmade cotton paper by one of 6 women who reside in a northern Indian slum. The income they earn from this has been a game changer for them. They contain 48 sheets, for 96 pages of writing space. Each journal is 5" x 7". Paper is made from recycled cotton. Each journal has a photo and the story of an artisan who made it on the inside back cover, along with Jones Design for Noonday Collection. LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE
#5 Funky Paper Bead Bracelets $12
Each bead is handcrafted from recycled paper and then strung to create a fun bracelet that can mixed, matched, and stacked with virtually any bracelet. Measuring 3'' on an elastic band, they stretch for size. Handmade by African Style, a group Noonday helped to launch in Uganda. Assorted beads and colors make each bracelet unique.
Funky Paper Bead Bracelet
#6 Minted Paper Bead Necklace $28
The rave color for this season comes to you in a simple necklace that can be worn long or doubled. This piece is handmade by African Style, a group that Noonday Collection helped launch in Uganda. Approximately 38 inches long.

#7 Tauga Seed Bracelets $28
Handmade from tagua trees in Ecuador, it takes 3 months for each seed to be made into a bead. These bracelets look great mixed with the Funky Paper Bead Bracelet and the Tagua Seed Bracelet. 3'' wide and stretches to size. This piece is handcrafted of sustainable seeds by artisans in Ecuador who provide employment opportunities for their community. The artisans are also shareholders in the company.
#8 Bengali Sunset Earrings $34
A drop of vivid beading in kaleidoscopic color bands will brighten any outfit and draw attention for a fun and edgy choice. Handmade by a fair trade artisan group in India that creates avenues of employment for the economically disadvantaged. 3.5" long. Composed of glass beads. Brass will oxidize over time and tarnish with wear. Handle with care.

#9 Patchwork Clutch $34
This hard shell clutch is covered in assorted colorful fabrics with a floral design. It features a Kantha style stitching detail across the clutch, and has a zipper closure and inside zipper pocket. Measures 10"x 5". Fine stitching is the specialty of these artisans, many who are tailors by profession. The products are made from locally sourced cotton fabrics, many times created by our other artisan groups (e.g. wood block printed fabrics). Many of the artisans start working when they are young and full of energy. The organization aims to guide them and help them achieve a better future. They are given training on stitching, the specific art that allows them to work with the group for a long time.
#10 trio of bangles $34
My personal favorite!
This piece was handcrafted by artisans supported by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which helped to re-establish the broad network of skilled artisans following the earthquake of 2010. Andre, the group leader, expressed his excitement and the group's eagerness to create new bonds with the global market through Noonday Collection.
2.5" Diameter. Composed of: Hand Carved Horn.
Trio of Bangles

And a crowd favorite! Just for good measure!
Circles Forever Bracelet {silver or brass} $25
Hammered and welded circles made of brass wrap into an elegant, modern cuff and measure 2.5'' wide and 2.25'' deep. The Ana art Group is a family owned artisan business that receives a living wage for their work and is certified Fair Trade. "I had been working in this art for 10 years before I learned about fair trade. I now work only with fair trade buyers, I charge more for my products, and I finally can enjoy my work," says Naseem, on the artisans based in Delhi.
Circles Forever Bracelet (Silver)Circles Forever Bracelet (Brass)

To see the full catalog of beautifully, ethically hand made items or to see the above items styled and in more detail, visit
If you are an out of towner and want to order a teacher gift no problem! Comment below and I will have your order shipped to you for a flat rate of $6
Now get to shopping and bless your teacher in a way that she will always remember! Give her a gift that shines as brightly as she does!

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