Thursday, September 12, 2013

Noonday Blog Train

CHOO-CHOO! Welcome to the Noonday Blog Train, September 12th Edition! If you're just jumping on the train, you can read more about it HERE. You can also see yesterday's post HERE and tomorrow's post HERE.

So Noonday...what can I say about Noonday? There's too much for one blog post. I guess the thing that I love most that it isn't so much about "selling" as it is giving oppressed people a platform from which to tell their stories. I love speaking out on behalf of our artisans and advocating for their families.

All of our pieces have a story behind them. There are literally hundreds of stories of redemption that I could tell because we have hundreds of gorgeous accessories in our collection. But the one piece that hooked me on Noonday was this sparkling beauty:

THE REWIND CLUTCH
This bag is crazy awesome. It's made from recycled VHS and casette tapes (I know, can you believe it?). It's super luxe and has room inside for all your essentials for a night out. I love the clutch design and the rosettes. It goes with everything from a cocktail dress to jeans and a jacket. All that is fab, right? But here's the best part: the artisans that make this bag are from India and they all have special needs! Noonday partners with a group of Indian artisans who are from the lowest caste system because of their special needs. Noonday provides them with a dignified job, money to take care of their needs, and life skills training to help them live independently or semi-independently.



So now that you've heard the story behind the Rewind Clutch, I know you want one of your very own! I'm giving away a Rewind Clutch to one lucky winner! All you have to do is complete these TWO simple, easy-peasy, goof-proof steps:

1. Click the raffle entry below to enter your name and info.
2. Go to the Noonday Artisan Story page and read about our wonderful artisans. Then, leave a comment below with the story that speaks to you most. (I have comment moderation enabled on my blog, so comments will not appear immediately...unless you get an error message, your comment has been received and will be published after I approve them). :)

You must enter the raffle AND comment to win, as stated above. The giveaway ends on Sunday (9-15-13) at midnight CST, so be sure to share with all of your friends and family until then! I will announce the winner on Monday (9-14-13) morning.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you will make Noonday your stop for buying all of your accessories and gifts. Purchasing Noonday means you're giving twice and that, my friends, is using your purchasing power wisely!

24 comments:

  1. most definitely for me, the stories of redemption in Ethiopia move me. not only the use of artillery for their jewelry, but of the lives changed through the power of work, community and love.

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  2. I love Embemebet's story. The redemption of those like her who are HIV+, who have receive medical care and who are beginning new, purpose-filled lives is inspiring. I love that the material once used to destroy lives now brings hope.

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  3. I also love the rewind clutch...I have a heart for those with special needs, and work with them daily as an occupational therapist. I love that they were taught a functional skill that provides them with a sustainable income rather than being outcast.

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  4. I love the stories from Rwanda! It amazes me how God used the start of this company to bring Jack home to his family, and give hope to women like his biological mother. The story of Astrida and Zed is very eye opening, but also full of hope.

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  5. I love the story about Rwanda. It amazes me that God use the start of this company to not only bring Jack home to his family, but also to provide hope to women in the same situation as his biological mother. I also love the story of Astrida and Zed. It is very eye opening, but also full of hope.

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  6. I like the Peru story. I think it is great making something out of real wool. Someday I want to learn t spin wool and make something fro it.

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  7. Rwanda, because one simple, creative idea to give Jack a forever family is where it all started. To see how far Noonday Collection has come since then, and how many lives are being touched is truly amazing!

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  8. It is so hard to choose a favorite because they are all so awesome!! But the story from Rwanda was my favorite. So inspiring!

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  9. I <3 the Ethiopia story. I love turning violence (bullets) into beauty (jewelry)!

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  10. Astrida's story from Rwanda really speaks to me. We have friends who share a similar story but her husband was not so fortunate to get away and she eventually found work as a nanny for a wealthy family.

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  11. I have some of the jewelry from Ethiopia made from recycled artillery. When people comment on it, I love sharing the story behind it!

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  12. I want to hug Astrida. (I want to hug all of these people really). I have 4 children too, and I cannot imagine the struggles she and her husband must go through (and more of what they have gone through) in order to care for those children.

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  13. I love that the artisans in Ethiopia receive life-giving medicine that wouldn't be available to them otherwise. They get a fresh start and a new, healthier life! I also love the symbolism behind the upcycled artillery jewelry. What was mean for harm is turned into a thing of beauty!

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  14. I love the stories about Ethiopia. Women receiving life-giving HIV medicine, and artillery intended for harm upcycled into something beautiful!!
    Camille Stanberry

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  15. The story of Astrida and Zed from Umucyo in Rwanda both breaks my heart and encourages me at the same time. What an awesome ministry!

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  16. I love the Ecuadoran Artisans -- Ecuador and it's people are dear to my heart. I spent some time working in an orphanage there and the final weeks of my stay were spent in the jungle, where I actually saw and held the tagua pods and the acai as well. I would love to go back, but until then I am thrilled to be able support the Ecuadoran artisans AND carry a piece of the country around with me.

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  17. I love the Ethiopian stories and Embemebet. It is amazing that the artisans are able to transform the remnants of violence and conflict in to a treatment for people suffering from the epidemic of AIDS. It is such and inspiring story of hope and redemption!

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  18. Wow... I have read many of the Artisan backgrounds previously but had missed the refugee groups in the USA. I am beyond excited to know that Noonday is partnering with these small yet so important groups. I am especially touched seeing the incredible fortitude and drive Fara has, and her heart for the family she left in her own safety. Praying for each woman and family in the Tibetan community mention in NY and the Austin Community, how wonderful to find a way to maintain their identity in the midst of new.

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  19. Hey...My ambassador friend just showed me that I won this giveaway. I never knew!! Did I miss out because it has been so long?
    Camille Stanberry

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    1. Hey Camille! I tried to contact you via email a couple of times last year when the giveaway was over! I'm sorry! I went to the next person after I couldn't get in touch with you! :(

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    2. Make sure you enter today's giveaway though! Maybe you will win again! :)

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    3. Bummer, maybe it went to my junk mail folder. Thanks for getting back to me :) I hope the winner loves the clutch :)

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    4. Thanks for getting back to me :) It must have gone to my junk mail folder! I hope the winner loves her clutch :)

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