Friday, November 16, 2012 at 5pm PST. This giveaway is now OVER. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. Please visit the Oh My Maya website and purchase a gift for someone on your list! The winner has been chosen at random and notified via email. Congratulations Audrey B.!
Today I have something really special for you. Three beautiful, handmade beaded star ornaments from Oh My Maya, Inc.
The real story here is about Oh My Maya, Inc. and the lovely, Guatemalan women who make these ornaments. Here is more about Oh My Maya, Inc. and the wonderful work they do:
Oh My Maya, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) non-profit charity organization located in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Oh My Maya raises money for charities serving Guatemala through the sale of beautiful beaded jewelry, fine textiles and clothing handwoven on backstrap looms, and other goods you’ll find in our shop. 100% of profits are donated and 100% of the work of the organization is done by volunteers.
Your purchases benefit those in need two times over.First, the purchase of goods from the artisans in Guatemala provides much needed income for those artisans. And second, purchases by our customers generate monies for charities. While not yet certified as a fair trade organization, for the last few years nearly all our purchases have been from the artisans or through cooperatives. Pictured above are some of the women beaders from Santiago Attitlan, who make all our beaded goods, working under a tarp in the rain. In June 2010, we expanded our inventory to include scarves/shawls purchased from the Asociacion Maya de Desarrollo, a cooperative of weavers in Solola.
We made a tentative start in 2004 as a way to stay in touch with and give back to the country that is the birthplace of our daughter; we sold at house sales, crafts fairs, and out of the trunks of cars, before launching this website in June 2009.
The primary recipient of funds has been Safe Passage, or Camino Seguro, an organization serving hundreds of children and families whose lives center around the Guatemala City dump. We have also supported Transitions Foundation which provides training and wheelchairs to disabled in Guatemala, as well as Guatemala Student Support Group which brings impoverished and promising students to the U.S. to learn English and receive an education with the commitment to return to Guatemala to enrich their communities. In 2011 we added Mayan Families as a recipient. This organization has a wide reach in Panajachel and around Lake Attitlan, feeding the elderly; installing fuel efficient, clean stoves in homes; supporting schools; running an animal shelter; and numerous other projects.
Simply said, when you purchase items from Oh My Maya, Inc., you are helping so many people in need. As was stated above, 100% of the profits are donated and 100% of the work of the organization is done by volunteers.
There are so many beautiful items on the Oh My Maya, Inc. website, that I had a hard time deciding what to buy! There are more beaded ornaments, jewelry, kids jewelry, key chains and wonderful handwoven clothing.
I thought the beaded star ornaments would be nice for the holidays, either to give away as a gift or to keep for our family tree.
They are simply gorgeous! Pictures can’t really show how beautiful they really are. The bead work is so intricate. The beads catch the light so that they look like they are sparkling.
More about these ornaments:
The stars come in sets of three and are done in classic holiday colors. They are two-sides, so they look perfect from any angle. The stars measure approximately 4 inches and they come with a convenient loop for hanging.
NOTE: Each handmade piece is truly unique, but the materials, quality and beautiful results are the same. Each piece of original jewelry, textiles and other handcrafted good is authentically created by Guatemalan artisans for your enjoyment — PHOTOS DEPICT A CLOSE REPRESENTATION OF EACH ITEM, HOWEVER, BECAUSE EACH PIECE IS UNIQUE PLEASE EXPECT SLIGHT VARIATIONS FROM THOSE PICTURED. ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE APPROXIMATE.
Please take a few moments to browse the Oh My Maya, Inc. website to see the items that are for sale there. I’ll bet you can think of several people on your Christmas list who would love a beautiful, handmade present!
Robin Freeman, the Founder of Oh My Maya, Inc. has graciously offered to giveaway one set of Three Holiday Stars Beaded Ornaments to one lucky reader!
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This giveaway will run from today (Monday, November 12, 2012) until Friday, November 16, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.
The winner will be notified via email.
Best of luck!!!