Helping others earn a fair wage

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Note from shop owner Hi everyone. Due to wedding plans I'll open again in May!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 6, 2018

Hi everyone. Due to wedding plans I'll open again in May!

Jen Mellor

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Crafting Outside of Myself

Once upon a time...When I was a child, I had this vivacious great Aunt that we all called Aunt Tootsie. She used to wear the most lively jewelry and would send me the things that she got tired of. I would take those wild and crazy pieces and craft them into something that I would like to wear.

When I was working at a Bible College, a friend of mine needed one of those necklaces that you hang glasses from. "Jen!" she said "I need one but I don't want to look old. Can you make me something classy?" That led to me selling necklaces, lanyards, and bracelets at our local bookstore for a while.

While I was living in Kosovo (2007-2010), I saw that this beautiful art of hand tatted lace doiles was dying out. I love the needle work but really wanted to wear it instead of admiring it on a table. I gave some ideas to a friend who was running a craft livelihood project in her village with the locals there. I took the hand made lace earrings, chockers, and bracelets and sold them to friends.

Later when I was doing missions work in Davao, Philippines. I was priviledged to get to know the Bajao people and decided to start a project with them in their communities making crystal and shell earrings. Eventually we had to switch areas and started working down the way with some Mom's from a severly malnourished kids project. Those are the women who make the jewelry you see here in the store. I no longer live in the Philippines but send my designs to my project manager Ann. She compiles the kits with supplies for the ladies and meets with them regularly to loan them tools and then pick up the finished product. Anne also has some of the jewelry on consignment at a missions house there.

My heart is to come alongside capable and creative people to help them make a living wage. I pay people per piece a fair trade compliant wage. They work from home so that they can continue to care for their families. I also consult other livelihood projects on product design, marketing and crafting techniques. One day I hope to have things from all over the world for sale in this store or other places online.

Know that you are participating in Abolisionist work by shopping at this store. You are taking a stand that the people who make the product are more important that the price tag on the product itself. Many of the things that we buy in retail stores today are made in less than ideal working conditions and even under exploitation and slavery. There are over 27 million people in slavery today. Buying from people here on Etsy and from brands that have good labor practices means you are taking a stand!

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  • Jen Mellor

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I have had the privilege of making friends all over the world as I travel to share the Love of our Creator with others.I have been crafting since I could hold a crayon and I love to teach others how to create with their hands.

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