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I am heading back to Haiti!

Well, the time has finally come. After being away from Haiti for two years, I am able to take a short trip there at the end of this month. This trip is long over due and I am excited that everything aligned.

I will be traveling to Haiti to work with our horn and bone artisans to ensure continued quality products. As we turn a new chapter in Cedar and Cypress Designs and continue to grow we need to be producing top items as well as keep up with the new demand.

If you would like to partner with me in this journey, there are materials I will be buying over the next two weeks and bringing in with me as well as expenses on the ground in Haiti such as transportation and food.

I will also be planning out future trips that will include having others join me and learn about Haiti’s rich culture and history as well as visit our artisan partners. I am honored to be able to this work in Haiti and feel very blessed by those who help make it possible!

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Posted on May 16, 2018 and filed under Haiti, Cedar and Cypress.

Exciting things ahead, its been a busy few months...

There has been so much going on, exciting big things. We have a new store, Gathered Goods Company and it is doing so well, you can read about that in this post

As a result, Cedar and Cypress Designs as a company has taken a bit of a back seat, at least with our online presence. It is on my heart to figure out the future of this company, not that I am going to give it up, but the style and niche is changing and growing. 

This year we went to El Salvador and it is just occurring to me that I never got around to blogging about that experience....coming soon. We have decided to expand our product line to include this new country! We are all about supporting artisans and I can't wait to share with you all about our new country and ladies!!!

Thank you to those of you who have been following along on this journey and for the continued support Cedar and Cypress Designs has received. There is a trip to Haiti in the future and so many amazing products coming soon to the site!

Stay tuned...here is a new product teaser from Haiti. Chunky Wood Necklace, made from Mahogany wood! Coming SOON!

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Posted on October 24, 2017 and filed under Cedar and Cypress.

Thats a wrap.

Congratulations! We made it through 2016. It has been quite a year here for us at Cedar and Cypress Designs, our first full year as a business. In 2017 we have some really exciting things coming.  Although I can't give away all of the news yet, I can say, we are going to change up our blog!

That's right, in 2017 we are expanding our blog. Everything from recipes to work outs, DIY projects, encouragement, and of course our regular updates. We are really excited for this change. Make sure you stay tuned and check in to see our changes!!!

That's a wrap for this year! See you in 2017!!!

Posted on December 31, 2016 and filed under Cedar and Cypress.

Woven Together with THREAD

I love when things are woven together, when they come full circle. I recently found a new company to partner with and have found myself in complete awe of what they are doing in Haiti. They are a continued thread in our tapestry.

Thread International is taking recycled plastic bottles from the streets of Haiti (and Honduras) and making fabric. If you have ever visited Haiti or any third world country then you know the amount of littler that adorns every street corner, every drain every where. Haiti doesn't have the basic infrastructure and systems in place to provide clean water to it's residents, needless to say they aren't providing waste removal (of any kind) either.

That's where you come in. That's where normal every day people step up. Haiti has some really great organizations filled with people that have stepped up to the plate, people that have seen the need and done something. People that are making a difference, impacting lives.

Thread is providing jobs. They work with recycling companies in Haiti. Here's how it works: people see plastic, they pick it up, turn it it, get paid. People all over Haiti are able to collect large bags of plastic and turn them in to collection centers that then pay them by the pound. No resume, no language skills needed; just a drive to want to change your situation.

Not only that, but Thread has partnered with numerous other companies in Haiti to increase their impact. Their threads are very intricately and meaningfully woven.

We have some great products in the work using our new cotton/polyester blend indigo fabric that we recently received from Thread. It will be released this Friday with the rest of our line. If you are looking for a fashionable and sustainable way to make an impact, look no further!!!

Thanks for all you do Thread!!! We are looking forward to many more yards of fabric and many more jobs created.

*Many thanks to the Thread International team for use of their pictures.

Foundations of Cedar and Cypress Wood

In the old testament we read in 1 Kings that when the temple was constructed Solomon used Cedar and Cypress wood. That is where our name comes from. We want to be the foundation and the support for others like Cedar and Cypress was for the temple.  Weather that is companies or artisans in Haiti, individual people, missionaries or families. Our goal is to support others though job creation.

Being a support is the core reason we are in Haiti this week. It has been a true transformation for us as we partner along side Sa Voix. We have been able to build relationships that are solid foundations with the girls and are so grateful for the opportunity. We believe the Lord has great things ahead for Sa Voix as they embark on their journey and we are excited to see what unfolds.

The Lord has been good to us indeed. He has shone brightly on this trip and we see His hand of grace everywhere. Thank you for ever one who has come along side us and followed along on this journey. Our week is coming to just about half way, but it is far from over.

Stay safe wherever you might be and remember to love others well.

Meanwhile, back in Haiti...

If you haven't checked in for a while or are new to us, then it might be news to you that we have been planning another trip to Haiti. We started a Fundly campaign to raise funds to cover some of the costs associated (something I am not used to) and came so close to our goal-God is so good!

I am so grateful and honored to know so many amazing people with such generous hearts. Thank you thank you thank you to ever one who donated or shared our post. It means so much!

We are back in Haiti this time to work with and collaborate a little with a newer company called Sa Voix. Sa Voix means Her Voice in French and they are a collective of women working together. A group of women who's spirits are weaving a beautiful tapestry as they are given the chance to have a job and provide for their lives. Currently they are four Haitian women and Jessica, the founder from Chicago. They have a beautiful spirit to their work place and each one has a bright light.

It has been a pleasure to learn about Sa Voix, the goals and dreams of the organization, and the hearts of the girls. I look forward to what will unfold over the next week and what God has in store. As always in Haiti, I am sure I will walk away having learned much more from them than vice versa.

Stay tuned, there is going to be a great foundation laid and I am exited to share it with you.

 Working on perfecting some things...

Working on perfecting some things...

Photographer-ish

I get asked a lot what I take my website pictures with. People will remark how nice my pictures are on my website. If that has been you, first I want to say thank you! Some times it's nice to feel like you're doing something right.

So my big secret is that I use my...

phone. That's right, my phone, even for this awesome picture of Rachel in our new Minnesota LOVE T shirts.

My little Samsung S 5 or something like that, I am not even sure what it is to be honest, but it does the job and it does it well. I think a lot of the time taking pictures comes down to the person, not the device. Some days I am more "on" than others.

I made my own light box after watching part of a UTube video. It was super easy and has made a huge difference. I still need to work on getting the right lighting, but like everything else, it's a process and little by little I am figuring things out.

I am not a web developer, but I do my own website. I am not a photographer (although admittingly I have done a few weddings in my past and would say I do know some-what what I am doing-ish), but I take my own pics.

I think like anything in life, if you work hard at it, sometimes do a little research, a lot of practice and good old fashion grit, you can figure it out. And if you can't, then ask for help.

This is a learning process. I don't have a degree in business, yet here I am. I didn't go to design, fashion or art school either, but I think I do ok. Whatever your heart is set on, let me be one of the many to tell you, go for it. Whatever your dreams are, pursue them. We are all in this together.

Good luck and God bless.