a chance to give twice

thank ya’ll for all the love on the holiday housewalk! jen is currently hosting a link party, for even more inspiration, and an opportunity for another reader to win a spot on next years tour!

for those of you that are new to my blog since the tour, i’d love to introduce you to a big part of who i am and how my world view has changed.

I was a pediatric nurse for the last 20 years practicing primarily in pediatric oncology and telephone triage.  I made a big step in the fall of 2011 & began my own photography business. One of the things I really wanted to do was use a portion of each session fee and give back to another organization.  Noonday Collection was one of the companies I chose. I purchased the acai rope necklace and the embira seed bracelet and began wearing these while on location.  I loved wearing these to my sessions & explaining to my client that a portion of their fee would be going back to a company such as Noonday to support another artisan by providing a pathway out of poverty.  Everyone loves to feel that they are doing something good , something good for another person.

Winter of 2011 I began to pray that the Lord would guide me as I chose another vocation to help support our family.  Noonday seemed the perfect fit. I love the mission of Noonday. I quickly fell in love with Jessica, the founder, and her contagious passion and enthusiasm for restoring dignity for people in countries that I couldn’t even find on a map. I wanted to expand my world vision.  I want to do something purposeful and intentional with my gifts and my time.  We are called to love the orphans and the widows.

I was widowed in 1996 when my once very healthy athletic husband died of cancer.  My three daughters were all under the age of three at that time.  While my situation was never one of extreme poverty, I do know how it feels to feel alone and vulnerable.  Working with Noonday allows each of us to rise up and help widows provide for their children.

these artisans that create for noonday are real people. real people longing to have a future and a hope. HIV + single mamas creating jewelry from what was once used as artillery. women who were once homeless now working together as community to create beads made of paper-receiving payment each week for their work. not exploited. not forgotten. not a faceless nameless person.

pathways out of poverty….that is what you are creating when you purchase from them.

helping to restoring their dignity….a priceless gift many of us take for granted.


Noonday is guaranteeing christmas delivery for all orders of instock merchandise for orders placed by december 16th-this sunday!

so i have a few great ideas for you for any last minute christmas gifts….an opportunity for you to give twice!!!!

1.Nahuala Rectangle Trays $36

A set of three trays made by a family operated carpentry shop in Guatemala.

2.Stars Arm Warmer$38

This piece is handknitted of the softest alpaca by women in the Lima area of Peru.

3. Pom Pom arm warmer $45

Our graphite arm warmers are the perfect match with the beret or can stand alone with your winter wardrobe.  Measures 10” in length.

This piece is handknitted of the softest alpaca by women in the Lima area of Peru.

4. zip up wrap $78

a personal favorite of mine!!

The zipper on this scarf adds a sense of urban chic to the hand knitted alpaca. It zips from both ends, can be added to a jacket or worn over a tee.

This piece is handknitted of the softest alpaca by women in the Lima area of Peru.

5. handwoven belts

these handwoven belts are always a huge hit!! we are running a little low on size mediums….see link above for different varieties and size measurements included too!

6. cascading falls in salmon $138

my favorite necklace from noonday. a little more pricey but a statement piece! Cascades of acai and pambil seeds drape around and around to create this 36″ statement necklace. This piece is handcrafted of sustainable seeds by artisans in Ecuador. It takes 3 months for the seed to become a bead.

7. cubist cuff in silver or gold ( please chose your color on website) $26

Handmade by artisan groups in India that help low-income artisans move towards economic self-sufficiency.

8. embira seed bracelet $26

our most popular piece..,A Noonday best seller. This bracelet is one piece but looks like many! Created of natural embira seeds with artfully placed paper beads. Each one is unique, adjusts for size, and measures 2” deep. Handmade by African Style, a group that Noonday Collection helped launch in Uganda.

9. gypsy stack bracelets, multiple colors available $20

10. pelotas seed bracelets, multiple colors available $15

11. tagua seed braclelets, multiple colors available $28

11. cowhorn earrings…various sizes available $28

as modeled by my sweet friend tara.  tara is also modeling the embira seed bracelet too! she & her handsome hubby are the makers of the famous signs

we all love!


these are just a few items i thought you would love to see!

be a voice for the oppressed through purchasing from Noonday Collection ~~~

December 11, 2012 - 9:07 am

Amy Avery - Good Morning Paige!
I have been looking at the Noonday site for a bit of time now contemplating what it is I would like to purchase to add as a gift for some special people in my life. I love the iron bird pictured above and may even purchase one for myself as well as a gift. I want you to know how much I appreciated your voice for Noonday and these women artists. Your ambassadorship does shine a light on women who are trying so hard to better their lives. I love the image of “pathway out of poverty.” When I was a little girl, my mother was a single mom and we lived with my grandmother. She didn’t make much money as a secretary and money was tight. We were not living in squander and we did have a roof over our head, but my mom struggled to make ends meet. One Christmas she crocheted Christmas ornaments and we went door to door selling them in our neighborhood for a dollar. They were beautiful ornaments and we still have many of them. The thing I remember though from that CHristmas is that my mother’s handiwork allowed her the ability to earn some extra money to be able to purchase gifts for others at Christmas. It gave her dignity to be able to give to others. My story is no where near what these women face each day, but it reminds me of how important it is to recognize these women so that their dignity is restored through the talents that they were blessed with by our Father in Heaven. Thanks for sharing this Paige! I know exactly now what I am going to purchase and to whom it will be gifted to, my dear sweet Mother.

December 11, 2012 - 9:16 am

tara - I love you!!!
I wear those earrings about 6 times a week, and I’m not even kidding!!!

You’re a good friend!!

December 11, 2012 - 10:34 am

Sue - Just placed an order…thanks Paige!! Merry Christmas!

December 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Michele - I have a number of Noonday items on my Christmas list – hopefully you’ll be receiving an order (or two!) from my family members!! Hope you’re having a great day! xoxo

December 11, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Kim @ Plumberry Pie - I sent a link of my wish list to my husband! 🙂 I absolutely love this jewelry and love everything behind it!!

December 11, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I love your heart and hearing your story again… you say it in a way that shows how your heart opened up rather than shriveled in the face of great pain and loss. How I long to be a woman that looks at life that way. You always inspire me Paige. Love you!

December 12, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Michelle - I created a wishlist for my hubby to view. Hopefully they’ll show up at our home for Christmas!

I would love to host a trunk show in my home in 2013. Do you know of any ambassadors in CA?

December 13, 2012 - 9:14 am

Mariann - Thank you, Paige, your words inspire me to be a better Christian. I feel blessed being able to give twice. What a wonderful cause!