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    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!

     

     

     

    Laptop Donation and more!

    Helping students//laptop donation

    Helping students further their studies in Nicaragua is something we’re passionate about and we were so excited to be able to be able to give a laptop to a hardworking university student named Claret. 

    Claret is a straight A student in her first year of university and is studying medicine. She wants to become a pediatrician and help children in Nicaragua. Claret lives in a rural town an hour outside of the capital. Every morning, from Monday-Saturday, she wakes up at 4am to take the bus to school and doesn’t get home until late in the evening.

    Oftentimes, she was staying in the capital so late because she had to use the computers at cyber cafes to be able to do her homework. This is one reason many students from rural communities quit their studies here, the travel time is just too much and they don’t have the resources to complete projects, etc. This laptop will help her be able to do a lot of her assignments and research from home and help her get home at a safer hour (which her parents are very thankful for!) We hope to help many more students like Claret have the tools they need to keep on studying!

    Local clinic donation

    When we became aware that a local clinic in a small community was in need of medical supplies, we used profits from a recent restock to be able to buy and donate boxes full of many basic medications so they can better serve their community!

     

     

     

     

    Fall Donations

    We’re ending off this year so thankful for all that we were able to accomplish with your support! These past few months we’ve had incredible support from our pre-orders and we were able to do three donations in just a few months.

    In November we were able to team up with Nica-Home, a non-profit organization that helps give families the chance to own their own homes. The typical interest rate from a bank loan in Nicaragua is 12%. Not only are most families not approved for these loans because of their low income, but even if they are, the high interests rates and high payment plans make it impossible for most families to successfully pay them off. 

    Nica-Home gifts 50% of the house and loans the other half at 0% interest. Families are able to pay off as much or as little as they can each month and the payments are re-invested into the donation aspect of the program. 

    This November, we were able to team up with them and help cover the gifted portion of a new home for a young family.

     

    We were also able to help another young family set up water and electricity to their home. We’ve mentioned this in the past, but one of our passions is helping young families. We can’t imagine what it must be like to have little ones to care for and not have access to basic needs. When we saw this young family raising their kids in a rural community without access to running water or electricity, we knew we had to help. 

    We were able to install piping and all the electrical components needed to give them easy access to fresh water and power in their home. We hope to continue to help this family build a safe and comfortable home for their little ones. 

     And last but not least, this Christmas Eve my husband and I and our two oldest travelled into a rural community to give our gifts to so many precious kids! So many smiles were spread that day and so many kids who otherwise likely would have received nothing, had something to open on Christmas. While the toys themselves may not last long, the gift of making a child feel loved, thought of and treasured is priceless and we’re so thankful we were able to do that for so many kids that day.  

    Thanks for helping us end this year on such a high note. When we look back on the year, we are thankful for the growth and success we’ve experienced but what really drives us and leaves our hearts full is this: being able to look back and see that this little business has been able to make an impact. We know our thank you’s must sound like a broken record by now, but we’d never be able to do this if you all didn’t team up with us to make a difference. Thank you for supporting our shop- your purchases really do have power!

     

    Allison & Rachel, Xx

     

     

    Hammock Hanging Tips

    Hammock Hanging Tips

    If you’ve recently purchased a hammock or have been eyeing one and have a few questions about them, we've included a detailed guide below that includes tips on hanging your hammock and other important safety information. If you have any questions after reading it over, just let us know and we’d be happy to help! 

    Hammock Hanging Tips:

    Where to hang your hammock 

    Swings can be hung outside or indoors. It is really important your swing is hung securely. If you are hanging it indoors, it needs to be hung on a secure beam or ceiling joist. You can locate a ceiling joist using a stud finder. 

    Purchasing hardware to hang your hammock

    You can go to your local hardware store with a picture of the hammock and they can recommend the supplies, but there are also some great kits available online to make things easy and that can give you an idea of what you need. If you search for example: “hammock chair hanging kit” on Amazon, there are a large variety of kits that come with all the hardware you need. 

    Hanging your hammock at a safe height

    It is also important to hang your hammock swing at a safe height, close to the ground. If you have high ceilings, you’ll need to extend the length of your hammock. You can do this using a securely tied rope or chain which you can purchase at your hardware store. Adjustable, secure ropes that don’t need tying are also available online as an option. 

    Here is an example of one: https://www.amazon.com/Startostar-Adjustable-Extension-Conversion-Suspension/dp/B0739SR8P1/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1506961454&sr=8-5&keywords=tree+swing+extension+rope

    Weight limits for swings:

     Single baby swing (50lbs) 

     Double baby swing (100lbs) 

    Chair swing with wooden seat (180lbs) 

    Other Important safety information:

    These swings are not a safe place for your child to sleep 

    Never leave your child unsupervised in the swing 

    Babies must be able to sit up well and support their own weight in order to use  

    If you notice any damage to your swing, discontinue use. 

    Test that the swing is hung securely before each use.

    Never hang your hammock near a open flame or heat source.

    Use responsibly

    Hammock care:

    Clean stains and spots with a damp cloth and mild detergent

    Store in a cool, dry place when not in use

    If it is hung outside, be sure to bring it in when it rains to protect it's appearance

    Thanks for taking the time to read this over! We hope this guide helps answer some of our most frequently asked questions about our swings, but as always, if you have any other questions that are not answered here, you can contact us at adelisaandco@outlook.com and we'd be happy to help!

     

    Allison & Rachel, Xx

     

    Photo courtesy of: Samantha at hellotinylove.com