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From Dust to Jewelry

Our vision for Cedar and Cypress Designs became clear to us over a year ago. Still living in Haiti, but preparing to leave. I knew I had to do something to stay connected to the tiny island that means so much to me.

Living in Haiti it is easy to see poverty and a reason for God every day. Every where you go and in everything you do. Slums, hungry kids - pain is everywhere.

"You make beautiful things out of the dust." The lyrics of this Gungor song are easy to relate to when walking the dusty streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. There is a place called Papillon Enterprise in Haiti, where these lyrics seem to ring especially true as they unfold right in front of you. A place where beautiful jewelry, pottery, and many other products are made. A place where moms and dads make a decent wage, have healthcare and share lots and lots of laughter. Where beauty is made out of the dust.

Papillon Enterprise was founded by Shelley Clay, a woman who's strength and courage is inspiring. She is a mom of four and employer to over 250 artisans. She runs a boutique, a cafe and of course a major company - oh and that four kid thing again.

Shelley has a heart for moms, moms who have babies and toddlers and 12 year old's. She thinks those mom's should keep their kids and I happen to strongly agree with her. Papillon is a way for families to stay together. By purchasing from them or other companies (like ourselves) who sell their product, you are playing a part in keeping those families together.

We are so excited for our spring line, much of it comes right from Papillon and is full of color! The Papillon slogan, "Beauty is changing lives" is a motto to remember. When you get dressed in the morning and pick out your accessories, your shoes, your purse; think about the story they tell. You have the chance to change lives with the beauty you put on every day.

This jewelry is made out of dust and clay. Like us, it is transformed into something more beautiful.

If you happen to find yourself in Haiti, you must ask to stop by Papillon Enterprise for a tour and some shopping, while you are there get a burger and seasoned fries at the restaurant located above the boutique.

Papillon Enterprise
14 Rue Cassagnol Prolongee
Delmas 75, Port Au Prince, Haiti 6110

Shelley and the rest of the Papillon team, thank you for letting us be a part of your journey - it is an honor.

"Dreams don't work unless you do."

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#apparel

There is no way I could do the last few months justice. The Lord has opened the most amazing doors for me and really rained down some incredible blessings. When I got back from my trip to New York, I went to a shopping party at a boutique in North East Minneapolis called Flaunt Accessories wearing one of my original sweaters in an amazing aztec print. Melissa the shop owner was there (she is always there) and was so excited about the sweaters. She asked me if I would be interested in selling at the shop, many of the items are made by local MN artists. I was over joyed at the opportunity.

Since then I have been busy creating and perfecting new patters and working on finding the right prints for each one. It has been the most incredible opportunity and I am so grateful for Melissa for inviting me to be a part of her fantastic team.

November has been full of shows and deliveries. Coming up this Friday is Flaunt's five year anniversary and you can buy our one of a kind, hand made (by me!) designs there. They are also open Wednesday-Friday. Check out their website for more info and be sure to check out ours for all the great things that are arriving from Haiti for the holiday season!

Bring on Fall

September has been good to us. It has been a whole month that we will have spent visiting friends and family and having some down time in New York. Its' been a great trip, but we are ready to get home to Minnesota and get cracking on developing "Made in America" and working with some new partners.

We have some really amazing pieces to be added to the website when we get back to the "office" in October, but until then check out some of the new products we got in from one of our amazing partners in Haiti!

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We absolutely love these leather clutches and want one in every color!! Get them before they are gone, a perfect new accessory for fall!

Up and Down

Well it has been about three weeks since we opened and we have had our shares of ups and down's. We started out great and it was so exciting to see so many familiar names and people who were shopping and most importantly supporting! "They" say, (whoever "they are) that it can take up to two years to be profitable in small businesses such as this. Although this might sound discouraging, its pretty encouraging! I know I have to keep at it and not give up! With such a fantastic community around me, I know we will get there!

I have felt the love and support and so appreciate every one of you! Keep sharing with your friends, post your pics and find us on Instagram @cedarandcypressdesigns! Be sure to like our Facebook page and keep shopping!