As a kid, I always looked forward to September, since it seemed to be the second new year of the year. I would quietly make September resolutions in the hopes that maybe seventh grade would be better than sixth. (It never was.) Since I’ve tried to erase much of my junior high and high school years from my memory, I don’t remember all these vows, but I do recall something about trying hard to be a bit tidier and definitely more organized.
Here at Three Stone Steps we don’t sell any real back to school items, but we do have fair trade, ethically sourced silks and cottons to keep you organized.
Our fantastic silk wallets and cotton wallets are beautiful, functional, and come with tons of compartments. You could use one compartment for your U.S. greenbacks, and one for your bills in another currency. Or one compartment for your bills and one for your receipts. Or, as one delighted customer exclaimed, “I love these. I can keep the denominations separate!”
The silk screen on silk wallets are luminous and lovely, and fairly handcrafted in Cambodia.
If you’re looking for something equally lovely, but with a bit of more durability, the same wallet comes in a slightly different pattern and in cotton.
Yesterday morning I had a text exchange with Evenson, one of the artisans Three Stone Stepsworks with in Haiti–and the one who makes our recycled and beautiful menorahs and adorable recycled metal earrings among other great products–to see if he would like to start on an order now, or wait until after the storm.
He wanted to start immediately. Which wasn’t at all surprising. Work is important in Haiti, as it is everywhere. And, once products were ordered, I spent the rest of the day trying to figure out the path of Tropical Storm Isaac, fretting, and just generally upset about the damage that a major storm could do in the country. Of course, I thought about the hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents, but I also found myself thinking about the houses the artisans I know live in, wondering how their cinder block and corrugated tin roofs would hold up in a storm.
I also thought that just two weeks ago I was stunned by the horrific flooding in Metro Manila, where our recycled ornaments and dreidels are made. I choose to focus a blog post on my favorite place in the Philippines. And, in response to the storm coming to Haiti, today’s Friday Photo is a serene scene from the beach near Jacmel, Haiti.
Smooth sailing this weekend, everyone!
Winzor, of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, is the creative force behind some of Three Stone Steps’most popular, affordable, and accessible works of recycled metal wall art, including suns and hearts.
He’s also been great to work with on some of Three Stone Steps’ design ideas, including thisrecycled metal adjustable ring (he made the flower one):
At Three Stone Steps most of our weekends are spent outside at markets and festivals. (If we have a home, it’s the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar, in the little west side annex.) We’ve never been big fans of summer in the Baltimore-Washington region. (Well, at least not since the days the sleepaway camp.) We do, however, look for little glimmers of loveliness in the summer, and captured this neighborhood scene on Monday night.
If you’ve shopped Three Stone Steps live, you know that we carry recycled metal trivets from Haiti. And, one day soon/soonish, they’ll even be up on the site. We also have a fantastic, cool rustic candelabra.
In the meantime, for the benefit of those who haven’t seen these live, here are the fantastic trivets, which can also be used as wall art:
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