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Big Birthdays

                                           Birthday shenanigans with some of the best.

                                           Birthday shenanigans with some of the best.

I am a little late on this post. Yesterday I turned 30. Its been pretty great so far, no complaints, not tears.

One of my best friends was planning to visit me to celebrate this milestone birthday. She brought with her a nice surprise-my MOM! We had a wonderful weekend, laughed until we cried and celebrated the last 30 years and toasted to the next 30!

I have been a little slow with the blog, but there certainly is a lot going on. Ill update you all this week, but for now, I want to make sure you all take advantage of my birthday sale! Use code BIG30 at the check out for 30% off your whole order through the end of March!

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."

Anonymous

January blues.

Well looks like we made it through January in Minnesota. The days are starting to get longer, but they still seem to be just as cold as they were a month ago. As a small business owner and some one who is just starting out, I find the cold dreary days-especially the ones lived out with the cold and flu-to be difficult.

I find myself doubting my abilities and goals much more when I look outside and everything is grey.  BUT, I know that I have a great potential and great future. I know Cedar and Cypress Designs can be everything I want it to be and more. I know this is worth sticking out.

Luckily I have met some amazing women and entrepreneurs in my days that are an encouragement and reminder of what it means to not give up. Luckily every time I get down or things don't look so bright outside, I can look up and things turn around. God has really provided for and blessed my little start up and I am so grateful for that.

February is going to be a lovely month and great things are going to happen and I can not wait. So if the winter blues have you down, stop looking outside and start looking up. Something great is just around the corner and you aren't in this alone.

And if none of that works, I decide to put the electric blue clutch on sale for 30$ all month long, because...well it makes me happy.

We got this February!

Is this fair trade?

I am not a member of Fair Trade, I don't exactly know how or what that means. I do know that this week I was able to pay all my debts to the companies I work with in Haiti, totaling over 1,000 (US) which was pretty darn exciting to me. This means I get to buy more things to add to the website for you to come and purchase. That means more people are employed and earning and decent LIVING wage.

A living wage is more than survival, its more that 5$ a day, its more than not knowing where your next meal is from. Christmas is a beautiful time, there are lights and gifts and sometimes even snow. There is a baby in a manger and a reason for this season. A king who came to live and die for our sins.

But Christmas can also be a dark, difficult season. Poverty and desperation can bring out the worst in people. Thank you for supporting us so we are able to support companies in Haiti. Companies that in the the thick of the desperation. Mothers and wife's, husbands and close friends of mine who have made sacrifices of thanksgiving with families and Black Friday shopping in order to provide some one else a job. They gave up comfort to make a difference in the desperation.

But do not think they do this alone, you play a special role in this circle. Through your purchase with us (and possibly other "fair trade" organizations) you are providing a living wage, putting food on a table in a little house of a family down on a little island called Haiti. You could be paying for a school uniform, books or even tuition for a month with your purchase. But hear me, you are playing a part, you are making a difference. If all that isn't fair trade, then I'm not sure what is.

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting us. Know it does not end here, but goes far beyond our doors. Happy shopping...tis the season.

*Pictures courtesy of Papillion Enterprises.