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    6 Perfect Spots to Hang Your Macrame Swing

    6 Perfect Spots to Hang Your Macrame Swing

    One of the things we love about our handmade macrame swings is how versatile they are. Their cream-colored cotton and beautifully crafted wooden bars make them a gorgeous statement piece that looks good in any room. Check out the pictures below to see 6 perfect spots mamas are hanging their swings.

     

    N U R S E R I E S

    One of the most popular places we see our swings hung is in the nursery. They're the perfect, unique piece to compliment any style of decor while also adding functionality to the room. Whether you're gently swaying your babe to wind down before a nap or just spending time together in one of your favorite rooms in the house, you'll love having this cute little swing in there. 

    B E D R O O M S

    What big kid wouldn't love a swing in their room? Adding our macrame swings adds so much fun to a kid's space without sacrificing style. With their large weight capacity, our wood bottom swings are perfect for toddlers to teenagers.  Perfect for reading nooks, snuggles, or just relaxing the day away, you'll find this swing will quickly become the favorite seat in the house. 

    P L A Y R O O M S

    Playrooms are synonymous with fun and we love how these mamas have added an extra dose of it by hanging their swings in their playful spaces. Get ready to add more giggles, memories, and entertainment to an already favorite room in the house. 
    L I V I N G  R O O M S

    Adding your swing to your living room is a great way to add something fun just for the kids in a space made for spending time together as a family. When my kids come home from school, the first thing they do is run for the swing. I think the gentle swaying relaxes them and I love that we can all sit down and catch up on the day together while they swing away.

     O U T D O O R S

    Whether it's in a porch or a tree, hanging your swing up outdoors is the perfect way to enjoy the fresh air together once the sun comes out. Adding a swing to your patio area adds a fun, special seat just for little ones and encourages time spent together outdoors as a family.

    O F F I C E  S P A C E S

    We love how @tomandorrow added their swing to her office space. It's a great way to get some work done while still being able to be close to your baby and spend time together.

    No matter where you choose to hang your macrame swing, you're going to love the fun and detail this piece adds to any room. Where are you hanging your swing? Don't forget to tag us on Instagram so we can see!

    Allison & Rachel, Xx

    Photo Credits: @mrshazeleyandababy, @cav_and_co, @brittneyknudsen, @amylouhawthorne, @my_wildflowers, @jessicaoakes, @tomandorrow

    DIY FARMERS MARKET

    by guest blogger: Kristen Dickson of @tojaneandrose

     

    In my opinion, good grocery store flowers are the easiest way to add joy to your day (along with cheese and chocolate of course). Ranunculuses are my favorite, followed closely by peonies and tulips, but I also adore eucalyptus and lavender -- and those white anemones with the black centers absolutely give me life.

    My point is I could talk about flowers all day, and I seem to have passed this appreciation along to my daughters, Jane (5) and Rose (3), who like to help me pick out bouquets when we’re at the store. A few months ago it occurred to me that they would really enjoy if I put together a pretend flower market stand for them to play with, so I got right to work – and then it only took me another few months to actually pull it off

    I found some fantastic silk flowers at our local craft store, added in some baskets and a few sets of wooden vegetables, and suddenly we had a full blown farmer’s market on our hands. I waited for a sunny Friday afternoon, set everything up while the girls were having quiet time, and surprised them when it was time for the big reveal (pictures and details below).

    They had a blast and afterwards we had some homemade strawberry popsicles and I have to say, it was just a really lovely way to kick off summer.

     

    

    Instagram handles of shops featured:

    Flora sandals @adelisaandco

    Dresses @finandvince

    Small wooden pieces @joguines_grapat via @cloth

    Wooden vegetables @raduga_grez via @mouseinthehouseshop, @wildcreekco and @lindenbee

    Luggy baskets @olliella 

    Basket backpacks @smalllotco via @mouseinthehouseshop

    Recent Donations (December-April)

     

    Christmas Donation

    It’s become a tradition for us to go into the same small community on Christmas Eve to give out toys and spread a little Christmas cheer to families we know are in need. While we know that Christmas isn’t about gifts, and toys come and go pretty quickly, we believe it’s still a donation that has a long-lasting impact. 

    Showing a child love, letting them know you were thinking of them and giving them the simple, childlike joy that comes with opening up a gift that’s just for you is something we hope they’ll always remember! 


     

    Marily

    If you’ve been following along our donations since the beginning you know that one of our first donations was to Jose and Jessica.

    Since then, so much has happened to their family. Their oldest daughter, Marily has continued to struggle with her health and an undiagnosed disability and when the crisis in Nicaragua hit last April, Jose lost his job. 

    Thankfully around that same time, this little business was growing and we were able to hire Jose on to help with a lot of the logistics work here in Nicaragua so he could continue to pay for his daughter’s therapy and medical bills. 

    However, in September Marily took a turn for the worse and what was supposed to be a week’s stay in the hospital turned into a 8-month stay. Two days before Christmas, the doctors told us to go buy a coffin for her because she wasn't going to make it much longer. 

    We’re so thankful to say that this was not the case. Marily’s condition steadily and slowly started to improve and after 8 months in the hospital, last week she was released and returned home. 

    She still has an incredibly long road to recovery, weighing only 22 pounds at 5 years old and she’s not out of danger yet but there’s no doubt that this little girl is a fighter and we’re so happy for her parents and family who are overjoyed she’s back at home with them. 

    Marily is still dependent on a lot of medical equipment. All of the equipment Marily needs to be able to be transferred to home care was not supplied by the hospital and had to be purchased by her parents. With your help, we were able to buy various items she needed, including an oxygen tank, oximeter, feeding tubes, etc to make home care and recovery possible. 

    Under the doctor’s recommendations, we also installed flooring over any parts of their home that were not tiled. Because her immune system has been compromised, this will help make sure her environment is as safe and clean as possible.

    As we know the needs for Marily will continue to change, we will keep donating and helping where we can to help this little girl and her family!

    Building Donation

    If you’ve followed our donations for awhile you know that a lot of them include building projects! This is a cause we love to support because we truly believe that everyone deserves a secure home in every sense of the word and creating this can have such a positive and long term impact on someone's life and well-being. 

    When we think of home, it should be a place we look forward to going. A place where we feel safe and sheltered and anytime it’s possible for us to give this gift to someone, we’ll do our best to make this possible. This month we were able to give this to a young man who was in need of a new space to live.

    We're very grateful that with your help we were able to give the gift of a home to someone and want to thank you all for helping make it possible!

    Special note: Although we typically like to give the background information of the individuals we donate to, we never do so without permission. In this instance, due to certain circumstances, we all decided it was best not to in order to protect their privacy. 

    previously shared living space

    The beginning of a new home.

    Almost finished!

    Thank you guys for helping us make these possible! We have a few other donations currently in the works and we can't wait to share them with you once they're completed!

    Allison & Rachel, Xx 

    Family Day With Our Team

    Last month, we were able to get together with the majority of our team and their families to celebrate the end of the year together. We feel very privileged to work with these talented individuals and it was so humbling to see everyone together and realize how much we've grown in just three years.

    We mostly spent the day enjoying the beautiful lake, but we also took the time to sit down with everyone to express our appreciation for all their hard work and to share some the photos and kind words you have all sent us. Afterwards, one of them remarked how proud it made him feel to think that from one little town in Nicaragua, shoes were being made that are now worn and enjoyed by kids all around the world.

    Although it was a challenging year in Nicaragua, our team managed to thrive and grow and we're so thankful we're able to continue to support this talented group who are so passionate about what they do. Seeing everyone together with their wives and families was super humbling and inspiring. It's proof your purchases make a difference, they really, really do. Every shoe you buy from us, every macrame piece you hang up in your home, directly supports each individual pictured here. 

    Our artisan team, minus a few members who couldn't make it that day. 

     We're all so excited for what 2019 will have in store for us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for choosing to shop with us. We don't take it for granted, and we hope that shows in every interaction you have with us. Seeing all our artisans and their families together didn't just remind us of the impact shopping small has, it humbled us as owners and challenged us to continue to strive make this shop the best it can be. 

    Allison & Rachel, Xx

    Marvin (now our head cobbler) and his wife Ivania were our first and only team members when we opened up shop in 2016

    Jose Alfredo (right), the talent behind our macrame wall hangings

    Tanya (right) and her daughter. Tanya is Jose Alfredo's wife and makes some of our macrame children's swings

    Raquel (left) macrame artisan 

    Sharing pictures and kind words from customers with our group 

     

    Glasses donation

    A few weeks ago we were able to do a very special donation in the community where my husband and I lived for 6 years! It was so special for us to be able to go back and help so many familiar faces. Check out the video and pictures below to see what we were able to do with your help!