January 16, 2012

one basket at a time





I wasn't aware of such project until my husband 
knowing my passion about empowering women in the world 
gifted me for Christmas with a wonderful basket, skillfully woven by a women in Ghana. A tag with the name of the artisan who created my basket was attached to it. I was so impressed and so intrigued that I immediately searched for the project name on Google...
and there it is !

Theresa Wilson, the founder of this non-profit organization states :
"There is no hidden agenda. We simply work to end poverty in the lives of those we serve..."
You and I have heard of that a lot, yet the idea of helping families around the world 
by simply buying a Blessing Basket hand woven by them 
warmed my heart.



Moreover, the story of Theresa Wilson from Kansas is a fascinating story of a woman in despair, but being touched by people's kindness and knowing what it is like to live in poverty, she decided to use her concept of a "blessing basket" and BLESS those less fortunate.
It proves to me once again that often ordinary people do extraordinary things out of sadness and despair. It is the time of darkness that can bring people up to realize abundant blessings and to be a blessing to others.
(Recently heard a comment that Adele should be very grateful to the man who left her, because as a result she wrote and recorded her best album ever and it become the longest running number one album by a female solo artist on the UK albums chart.)

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Please read Theresa's inspiring story  here.



Tags are assembled by adults with disabilities at New Opportunities 
  


Have I told you yet how much I love this basket!
I like it as much as my French one and I can't see a big difference in the appearance.
It is a big, roomy basket, woven from elephant grass with handles wrapped in goat leather, simple designed, a straw color and 100% natural. 



 
I can't wait for it to accompany me on a trip to the Farmer's Market,
but
by the time the market opens again, I can shop at our local store.
What would you find in my basket ?
I think you already know:
 flowers 
wine
bread
 cheese 
 magazines
and 
of course,
macaroons...!

Aren't those the perfect goodies for such a charming bag...









This gift of mine makes also the perfect beach accessory in the summer or it might carry wood inside the house in the winter. 
For now, the basket stores my books and a reading blanket .  




What I really really like and value about this basket, 
it's the love it carries with it :
the love of my thoughtful man,
the love of this beautiful woman Ayine Dominis who I tried to connect with through the official site of the project ,
the love of all the women and men who work honestly to support such a great cause,
the love inside of me that makes me believe 
that by such a simple act we might create an impact on the life of someone far across the world
one basket at a time ...  
( the butterfly effect, right )








Dear Friends , 
have you ever heard of "The Blessing Basket Project "?
You may even have a basket like mine?
I would love to hear from you !




BLESSING (n):
A means of happiness; a beneficent gift ;
that which promotes prosperity and welfare 



I am not connected to the organization and the project by any other means,
I am simply spreading the word.

Thank you ! 



I am joining Suzanne at the water cooler for Monday Moments 
Sherry ~ Home Sweet Home
Courtney ~ Feathered Nest Friday 
Honey ~ Potpourri Friday
Heather & Vanessa ~ Inspiration Friday







22 comments:

  1. What an extraordinary and powerful post this is. And, what an extraordinary man to gift you with something so meaningful...truly a gift with a lot of thought and love. I am so eager to find out more about this organization. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  2. My middle daughter is a missionary to Ghana. I really love and want to get one of these baskets!

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  3. A beautiful post. Your photographs look very professional.

    What a lovely gift from your husband. I have had a look at the site, such a shame that it is only in the US, but I am sure there must be something similar over here.

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  4. Slyvia~ What a wonderful & worthy project, I'm so glad to know about it! I adore your basket and of course it's full of all the things I would want to fill it with too!

    Once again I'm in awe of your beautiful styling & photography~ thanks for sharing the beauty!

    Enjoy reading with your cozy blanket :)

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  5. This is so beautiful
    and inspiring, Sylvia.
    The butterfly effect,
    indeed.....Now I want
    one of these gorgeous
    baskets as will others,
    after reading your
    thoughtful post....and
    friends will see them and
    want them, and who
    knows, from there?
    Now I have to read this
    post again and soak
    in all the yumminess : )

    xx Suzanne

    PS: Thanks for sharing
    this lovely story at MM!

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  6. Hi Sylvia,

    Such a pretty basket and beautiful story behind it!

    The macarons look delicious :-)

    Happy day!

    Madelief x

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  7. Oh my, I'm so glad I linked up to Privet and Holly to find this beautiful post about an even more beautiful basket. I'm going right now to check out that link, and crossing my fingers I can get one too! I just love this....

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  8. Oh my goodness...I love this...I am off right now to visit. Thank you for sharing. xoxo

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  9. Beautiful post, lovely story and what a great-looking basket! (My great-grandmother was born in Ghana.)

    Thank you for your comment over at my blog. I am happily now following yours and am adding you to my blogroll.

    I look forward to becoming better acquainted in 2012!

    Keri

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  10. Hi,Sylvia.
    I'm very impressed by the beautiful story.
    I'll check out the link!
    And what a lovely basket!!

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  11. Precious Sylvia,

    I LOVE THIS BASKET, and what it stands for. In fact, tomorrow I am taking my class to an organization that is called, FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN. We are going to volunteer our time to help pack food for hungry children around the world, especially in Haiti.

    Dear one, thank you for visiting me. I am so behind in visiting people and I just hate that! I so love this blog world and to connect with everyone! I am very honored that you wanted to buy my cards. There are still available. I just forget to renew the item!!! If you wish, you can come and order some if you like. I will renew the item now.

    MANY THANKS DEAR ONE, and your photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Anita

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  12. Darling one,

    THANK YOU FOR THE PURCHASE! I sent you an email via the Etsy notification. AND I have tried AGAIN to put you in my blog roll. In my email I indicated that I have lost TWO blogs from my roll, you being one of them! I hope this takes this time! Thank you so much. MUCH LOVE, Anita

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  13. What a beautiful basket and such a wonderful thing to do. I am heading over to read more about it.
    I love what you have filled it with and your photos are beautiful just like you.
    xoxoxo

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  14. Your basket is a beauty in all possible ways. Your photos are wonderful too!

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  15. Let me just say; a beautiful basket in many ways.
    What an incredible piece of art it is..
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  16. Your basket would be beautiful anyway, but even more special with the story behind it. Sounds like you and your husband are kind people to support such a great cause.

    I'm a new follower of your blog after visiting from Home Sweet Home.

    Every Tuesday, I host a party called Your Cozy Home and would love for you to share this or any other post you'd like about something in your home.

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  17. How lovely and thoughtful! Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

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  18. Sylvia, your blog is always such a joy to visit. Your photos are just delicious and I savor each of them. I could almost taste the blueberries and the blue cheese just by looking your pictures.
    What a lovely gift and considerate husband! I love the shape of the basket and the goat leather handles. I need to check out this site!
    I have a bracelet made by women in Africa; it came with a little tag that describes a program much like this basket making organization.
    My sister-in-law works for {red}, the company founded by Bono & Bobby Shriver that teams with companies....a piece of the sales of {red} products go to benefit the fight against Aids in Africa. Another great organization.

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  19. The project is beautiful, as is the basket. Love grows.

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  20. I love this post. What a sweet, sweet thing for your husband to buy for you - that shows so much thoughtfulness.

    And the bag itself is completely gorgeous - especially when filled with all that yumminess!

    Sarahx

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  21. Oh my!
    I'm scooting off now to explore the 'Blessing Basket Project' thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy day!
    x

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  22. Just beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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