Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yes, It’s Is Time! A Giveaway

Finally, I am getting around to this! 

As we have been sorting through strong conviction that we (Jon and I) need to be doing more on behalf of the orphan, widow and stranger, God has brought to mind some interesting ideas. I lay in bed one night, heavy heart and asking “what should we do?”.

I wish I was crafty, because I could blow you away with my cute crocheted hat, artwork or hair accessories and all proceeds could go to help the oppressed.  But I am not super-crafty.  You wouldn’t want to buy it.

I can make guacamole…and salsa…from there, the ideas flowed.  I have been researching local farmer’s markets and fair trade items since then and want to start selling these products at farmer’s markets in the Summer, but I can’t wait to get started!  So, for the kick-off the first of many products (we hope)  

While in Ethiopia, I was taken with the beauty of the scarves. Scarves are everywhere, on everyone, men, women and children.  They can be worn on your head, around your shoulders, around your waist, carry a baby, make a headband, be a table runner or keep you warm.

 Ethiopia-Canon_Rebel_564

Ethiopia-Canon_Rebel_562

Ethiopia-Canon_Rebel_476

(Me trying to rock the scarf and cover my greasy head while in Ethiopia).

While there, we visited a micro-enterprise that made scarves. The women were previously fuel carriers and had to climb the mountains, bringing down heavy loads, literally back-breaking work, to survive.

 Ethiopia-small camera 011

We met the women who now sit at looms all day, making scarves to provide for their families.

Ethiopia-small camera 004 

Here is the part where we come in.  Friends just returned from Ethiopia and brought me two suitcases full of scarves!  Yeah, it’s a lot of scarves! And they are gorgeous.  We have traditional to contemporary looking scarves.

They are for sale, $10 a piece, with all the proceeds going to AIDS Orphan in Ethiopia/Sexually exploited women in Ethiopia.  Talk about a gift with a cause. 

Ethiopia-Scarves 005

(Not the exact scarves I have, just a fun picture of them)

Interested in purchasing one or ten (for everyone on your list)?  E-mail me at treasuresinjars@gmail.com.

But, you might not have to buy one because we are giving scarves away! 

For every 10 comments on this post, we will give away one scarf.  Even if you don’t want one, comment, because you up the giveaway.  :)

Official rules:

-Each comment before 11-22-10 is an entry to win

-If you facebook or blog about these authentic, Ethiopian scarves for sale, you are entered to win, twice!

-One comment per person

I don’t really have any other avenues of advertising, so if you could spread the word, that would be great!

49 comments:

Carissa J. said...

Amy,
I love your idea of selling these scarves and know that God will bless your desire to minister to those who are close to His heart!!

And I will support your giveaway too. May you be blessed with many more comment-ers! :)

Alison said...

Love the scarves!! Beautiful!!

Mouseymom said...

Amy, it is truly tragic that we lived in Indiana at different times. you are a kindred spirit!

Jamie said...

These are beautiful... I am such a scarf person - I fell in love with so many while in Ethiopia that I couldn't choose! By the way... Your new pic of the girls is priceless! So beautiful!
Blessings,
j
www.beneaththeacaciatree.com

heysoos said...

i love it! so beautiful and such a great idea!

MamaMimi said...

What an awesome idea =)

Kevin and Erica said...

Love it! And love your heart--thanks for doing this!
Erica

The Lehman's said...

Beautiful!!! Sign me up. julie

Mike and Shari said...

Sign me up! I love you, Mom

Carol B said...

Amy, you don't know me, but Jon might remember me as Carol Graf from Altadena. He spent a summer there the summer I got engaged. I am much older than you & he, so he probably remembers me as an older single sister, as I was in my (gasp!) 30s and he was a pipsqueak in college. Anyway, I've been enjoying your blog. We had our third child about the same time you got the girls, and I enjoyed your anticipation as I was anticipating my own "blessed event."
The scarf idea is great!
Carol Blunier

Nathan and Rachel said...

I love the scarves! And what a great idea about the salsa, too--Jenna makes it too, and it is sooooo good!! I'll be excited to buy some of that, too:)

Charisa said...

Love the scarves! Just emailed you to buy one..but I would love to win one too! and I will fb it!

Charisa

pat said...

I usually don't sign up,butI would like one of these! So if I don't win I'll email you!! Pat

Mindy said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!! Awesome idea Ames! I blogged about it and will also be in touch to purchase!

Ashley Baner said...

Love the scarves and love the idea of selling for a good cause! Do you have kids sizes or what are the dementions of these?

David and Larisa said...

I wear scarves all the time, and I love the ones that I bought in Ethiopia! I'll undoubtedly end up buying some from you - do I just e-mail you?
Larisa

miklaudia said...

Great Idea, I have one from a friend from Ethiopia,it is beautiful and I use it as a table runner in the fall.
Claudia

Q said...

Beautiful! The Lord is so faithful to provide, I know He will continue to bless you with ideas. Suzy

Quinn said...

those scarves are BEAUTIFUL! great idea, amy:)
~sarah q

JJ said...

Hey Amy, sign me up!!! I will be buying one soon too. Great Christmas gift ideas. I will post to my blog also.~JJ

emilykate said...

Great idea, especially right before the holidays! Laura brought me back a scarf from Ethiopia when they got Taye and it's one of my favorites!

Sandra said...

How great this is!! Im hoping to win, but I really like sarves so I'll probably buy one too:). How can we see what types you have for purchase??

Todd ~ Teresa said...

I only have a couple of scarves, but I do like them. You were successful in getting your comment amounts boosted up. :) Put me in the drawing!

Miranda said...

Just sent you an email about purchasing some! Awesome idea! :)

Ashley said...

Great idea Amy!!! What a creative way to give back... and spread the word about the ways people can help :) I love it!!

Jen said...

Awesome idea for a great cause! Love it!
Blessings to you!

SCWenninger said...

I love scarves, so I will be emailing you soon!!
This is such a wonderful idea!! and they are beautiful!!

LauraZ said...

Love it! Do the scarves come with a paper or anything that tells the purpose or what the profits go to. Would love to pass that on with the gift!!!

Jill Foley said...

Great idea...love the scarves

Kristi said...

Look at all of these comments! Woot Woot!

Adilynn and I are going to have to come visit! You can give me Momma fashion tips while the littles demonstrate their scarving techniques for Adilynn.

Thank you for bringing this opportunity to us!

sarah said...

Well, I never commented before but for the sake of uping the drawing.....:) Very cool idea!

Michelle said...

Amy, these are beautiful! I posted a link over on our blog as well!

Justin & Sarah said...

Amy - I am so challenged by your desire to serve those in need. Thank you for doing this. I can't wait to see how the farm-market goes. What a GREAT idea!

Linda said...

Beautiful scarves, beautiful people, beautiful idea! :)

Ashton said...

Love the idea! And it sounds like it's going to be a hit.:) Oh, and I posted about this on my blog too.

Ashton

MJgerst said...

Great idea Amy!! Thanks for all you are doing!! I will post this on FB too! Love ya!

chrissy said...

these are beautiful, I would love to win one. What a sweet reminder of our baby girl over there somewhere.

Annie said...

Beautiful idea! Love it!
~Anne
meuslex958(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kristen said...

Great idea Amy! I'm excited to see how this turns out for you!

Sarah said...

These are beautiful! Great giveaway!

~Sarah

Jeff & Janel said...

Those are some gorgeous little girlies you have, Amy!! What a blessing! And a wonderful God-inspired idea... so creative you ARE! I'll pass it along on fb, too! :)

Janel said...

How beautiful!!

Joy said...

Awesome scarves!! I love what you are doing!! Hope I'm not too late in ordering one...that is if I don't win:)

Wendy said...

Amy, That is so great! I am so excited to see how God moves through this and to see what he has in store for the future!

Wendy Walz

Kara said...

Amy, I sat in on your seminar at PCC and found your blog through a friend's. The products are beautiful. I love the idea of shopping for a cause!

bethany said...

I love these scarves!!! What a great give-away idea!!!

J and A said...

What a wonderful idea to support Ethiopia, while also being a great conversation starter to bring awareness!

Christen said...

Good idea-- sign me up! :)

jessie said...

beautiful!