The Women of Buranga

As you may know, part of the joy I get out of making my creations with beads is to know that I’m also helping others. The paper beads I use in my designs are handmade by women in Rwanda, Africa. In 2011, I visited Rwanda and worked with some of the women who made many of the beads I use. I talked about them in a previous blog post. It was an awesome experience to be face to face with them and to see the joy they have.

Some of the newer paper beads I have were made by women in Rwanda who are a part of a cooperative called Buranga. Buranga is the name of the village that they have also adopted for the name of their co-op. The name “Buranga” in Kinyarwanda (Rwanda’s native language) means “beauty” and I find it very fitting. The paper beads they make are beautiful, and each one is unique. The same goes for the women in the co-op – each is beautiful and unique.

There are about 25 to 30 women in the Buranga group at any given time. Many of them are former prostitutes who have turned their lives around and are working to support themselves and their families. Their lives have changed for the better and they are learning to create beautiful products.

Recently I sent a donation to the women of Buranga to be used to further their skills in bead making and artistry. This came from a portion of the sales of items that I’ve sold in person and online through my Etsy shop and Facebook page. If you’ve purchased any of the African bead items from me, this is a thank you to you as well!!

I love having these photos to remind me of the wonderful ladies who made the beads. They are truly appreciative for the continued support of my customers. They are wearing the jewels they’ve made, and holding them in their hands, to show their happiness for the donation that will help them to enrich their skills and their lives.

You can see some of the items I’ve made and have available online in my Etsy shop. If you are interested in making a donation or in making a purchase, just let me know. Thanks for your continued support!

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Women’s Art Festival 2014

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The Women’s Art Festival in Minneapolis has a new home this year. Please check out the details below and come and check it out!

The 22nd Annual
Women’s Art Festival
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Formerly held at the Midtown YWCA, we have a new home this year. Please come join us at:

The Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S, Minneapolis

Free guest parking in the Wells Fargo Ramp at 28th St and 4th Ave.

Same great event! Over 130 women artists. Live music all day by local women performers. Food and drink by Sisters’ Sludge Coffee Cafe & Kabomellete food truck!

http://www.womensartfestival.com

Women’s Art Festival on Facebook

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St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Bazaar 2014

It’s that time of year again! The St. Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Bazaar is this weekend. Looks like it will be nice weather for a change, so hopefully everyone will be out and about and ready to shop. I will be located in the gymnasium again, so please stop by and say hello. I have snowflakes and other Christmas ornaments (including the popular shotgun shell and bullet themed ones, with the addition of some new fishing lure ornaments this year), as well as jewelry, purse hangers, wine glass charms, rosaries and more. I’ve added glass, clay and wood beads from Senegal to my selection of Rwandan paper bead items. More opportunities to help support women in Africa and to get that unique gift for someone special!

Alongside me for the second year will be my Aunt Amy who makes some really wonderful microwave bowl holders in a variety of sizes (use them to nestle your bowl of hot soup in a potholder so you don’t burn your hands, or alternatively a nice big bowl of ice cream without freezing your hands) as well as knit scarves, dish scrubbies and more.

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3 Dimensional snowflake in purples (with handmade Rwandan paper beads)

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Wood bead necklace made with beads from Senegal

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9mm snowflake ornament (available with new, unfired or previously fired casings) – other calibers also available

Red and Green Snowflake (with handmade Rwandan paper beads)

Red and Green Snowflake (with handmade Rwandan paper beads)

The hours are Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mass times are 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The address for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church is 9100-93rd Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN. It’s located just west of Highway 169 at the corner of 93rd Avenue North and Jefferson Highway. Click here for a map. They’ve changed the intersection of 169 and 93rd Avenue North, so be aware that you can only get off of 169 at 93rd when going north, and can only get back on 169 from 93rd to go south.

There will be over 90 crafters selling all homemade items, and a great bakery selling lots of Christmas cookies, breads, pies and more as well as Java Joe’s Coffee Shop serving hot coffee, hot chocolate and other goodies. Santa will be in attendance. There are many raffles and drawings, live musical performances and lunch available.

Thanks for helping to support locally handmade products and the church bake sale! Hope to see you there.

And as always, feel free to check out my Etsy shop if you can’t make it to the sale (or if you do make it but forgot to buy something!).

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Cyber Monday 2014

Looking for Christmas gifts or a little something for yourself? Today only, for CYBER MONDAY – use coupon code CYMON14 at checkout on 12-1-14 for 10% off a purchase of $10 or more at

http://deederthebeader.etsy.com

http://deederthebeader.etsy.com

Thanks for shopping!
Denise

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Epiphany Star Bazaar – November 1-2, 2014

Epiphany Star BazaarI am participating in my first craft show of the season this weekend! Seems like it arrived before I knew it. Please see the info below to find out more. Stop by, say hello, and get a start on that holiday shopping.

Saturday, November 1 / 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 2 / 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Over 70 Crafters

Bake Sale
Raffle
Face Painting
Lefse’
Cafe
Kids Corner

Church of the Epiphany
11001 Hanson Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN

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Paper Bead Earrings – Coming Soon

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I’ve been busy making paper bead earrings and taking pictures but haven’t had time to put them on Etsy yet. In the meantime, thought I’d post some of the pictures here as a preview. If you are interested in any … Continue reading

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St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Bazaar

Just wanted to send out a reminder that the St. Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Bazaar is this weekend. I am also updating some of the info that I posted recently about the show (Sunday’s time and the number of crafters). Hope you’re willing to brave the sub-zero temperatures for a fun and festive holiday shopping experience. Thanks for helping to support locally handmade products and the church bake sale! Hope to see you there.

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Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, 2013 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Brooklyn Park, MN – this will be by 5th year, and it’s a wonderful weekend filled with crafts, baked goods, live Christmas music and more.

The hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mass times are 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The address is 9100-93rd Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN. It’s located just west of Highway 169 at the corner of 93rd Avenue North and Jefferson Highway.

There will be over 80 crafters selling all homemade items, and a great bakery selling lots of Christmas cookies, breads, pies and more as well as Java Joe’s Coffee Shop serving hot coffee, hot chocolate and other goodies. Santa will be in attendance. There are many raffles and drawings, live musical performances and lunch available.

For a link to a map and detailed directions to St. Vincent de Paul, please click here.

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