Hello and welcome to Cedar and Cypress Designs! My name is Tara Thorn and this is my retail home. I recently uprooted my life in Haiti and moved back to America where I am now putting roots down in Minnesota. Although I am recently from Upstate New York, there is some one whom I love deeply and plan to spend the rest of my life with in Minnesota, thus...here I am.
I came up with the idea for Cedar and Cypress Designs earlier this year. It was a difficult decision to leave my job and my life in Haiti and move back to the states. Haiti has been my home for five years. I learned a great deal there and met some of the most amazing people. (If you would like to read more about that journey, check out the blog I kept while living there here.)
When I made the decision to leave Haiti, I didn't want to just walk away. There was so much I had seen and experienced while I was there, I knew it would stay with me forever. Haiti is full of poverty and heartache, but it is also full of beauty and joy and promise. I believe Haiti has a bright future and although I might only have a small insignificant role to play in that future, I am going to play that part with my whole heart. I believe we are called to do great things in this world. I believe in hope and redemption and love. I don't believe (at this moment in time at least) that I am called to stay in Haiti and employ Haitians like so many people have done and do well. I do however feel called to share some of the beauty that those organizations are creating. That is where the heart of Cedar and Cypress Designs stems from.
The companies we purchase from in Haiti are socially economic fair trade businesses. They have their roots in Haiti, doing great stuff amidst the poverty and difficulty. Cedar and Cypress Designs is a door way for you to help us do our part. Don't underestimate the power you can have on another mother, sister, daughter, or father in another country. Each piece is hand made in a joyful environment, we hope you have that same joy when ordering your favorite piece.
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