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!

Holiday Housewalk~ ya’ll come on in!

merry christmas!!

ya’ll come on in~~ i’m so tickled you’re here!

 

this is the second year Jen has hosted this wonderful tour and this year the homes are absolutely incredible! i am totally running with the big dogs!  i am so inspired by the homes and the women who have created them!  this year’s tour was even featured on Pottery Barn’s Blog! oh my goodness! thank you so much for including me jen!!!

if you’re dropping by after visiting Kimberly’s beautiful home at serendipity refined, welcome~~ c’mon in!

dan & i and the girls, along with brinkley, thank you for dropping by!

we wish each of you a very merry christmas!!

My soul magnifies the Lord
He has done great things for me!

Unto you a child is born
Unto us a Son is given
Let every heart prepare His throne
In every nation under Heaven

Of His government
There will be no end
He’ll establish it with His righteousness
And He shall reign on David’s throne
And His name shall be from this day on
Wonderful, Counselor, Everlasting Father

~~~~

the next stop on the tour is Laura’s lovely home at finding home–you’re in for a real treat!!

& please drop by Jen’s and start the tour from the very beginning…you won’t want to miss any of it!!

 

December 7, 2012 - 7:09 am

Kris Pare - Love all your beautiful Christmas touches! Adore your signs–but the Narnia one is fantastic. Merry Christmas to you and your family and that sweet pup!

December 7, 2012 - 7:27 am

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living - Love your home and Christmas decor! So far, this is my fave stop on the tour. Your photography is fabulous!

December 7, 2012 - 8:03 am

simone - Perfection Paige….your photographs are wonderful & your house is the perfect Christmas home, it’s stunning. Thank you for sharing it XX

December 7, 2012 - 8:11 am

Traci - ok. i think i have to agree with jennifer at town and country living. yours in my fave home on the tour. can i throw all my stuff away and start new. wow. so beautiful paige. simple, colorful, true!!! love the framed print by the nativity and all your vintage ornaments. i need more!! thanks for sharing. i think boone and brinkley were two of the cutest parts to the tour too.

December 7, 2012 - 8:36 am

dana - Such a lovely visit at your home! And just as special is the fact that you really “live” there…with 4 kids and a dog…you cook, craft, make messes and do life in that beautiful home! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Have a Blessed Christmas!

December 7, 2012 - 8:43 am

Kim @ Plumberry Pie - Paige, everything is just right. So beautifully done. I love it!! So glad to have found you through this tour. I will definitely be checking back in again.

(I love Noonday too!! What they do and the beautiful creations!)

December 7, 2012 - 9:08 am

Laura @ Finding Home - Everything is so lovely, I especially love that Reindeer painting and your porch – but Brinkley (love the name!) is definitely the star – such a sweet face! Thanks for inviting us in!

December 7, 2012 - 9:19 am

Lori H - Paige, as always, your home is so beautiful! I have serious antler envy which has now extended to include reindeer print and bags! I have been following you for a while now and I can tell that you are a kind and humble person too, which shines through in your home and your blog. I know you are excited that your driveway will be full again real soon :)

December 7, 2012 - 9:24 am

Linda Evans - AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 7, 2012 - 9:33 am

Lori H - Just went through your house tour again and realized that the reindeer “bags” were napkins – oops. They are lovely :) (Not sure why I thought they were gift bags)

December 7, 2012 - 9:42 am

Renee Ford - It so pretty, Ms. Paige!!!!! I think I’d like to come live with you. Great pictures, as always. Much love. Merry Christmas!!!
xoxo

December 7, 2012 - 9:42 am

Kimberly - Your home ticks all my boxes. Quite lovely. The center hall staircase with its glorious banister and line of photographs, the industrial touches with early American pieces, the clean white palette all work wonderfully well together. Thank you for sharing your home with us. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

December 7, 2012 - 9:48 am

Jennifer Rizzo - Paige, thank you so much for opening your doors and sharing your home! As usual its lovely!!! Thank you for being a part of the tour!!

December 7, 2012 - 9:55 am

LIsa - Your house looks beautiful! When I saw your first photo of the golden retriever with O Holy Night in the background I knew I would love the rest! Thank you for sharing.

December 7, 2012 - 9:57 am

Kerri - absolutely breathtaking and beautiful my friend! can I come over for a cup of hot cocoa? it looks so inviting! and sweet Brinkley at the door inviting us in and saying goodbye~I love it! I was wondering where you bought your reindeer napkins and cute napkin holders? I took your idea from last years placecard holders from Michaels! XO

December 7, 2012 - 9:58 am

Stacey - Gorgeous! I love all your bottle brush trees. The quotes and inspirational messages that you have around the house are wonderful too. Merry Christmas!

December 7, 2012 - 10:08 am

Amy Avery - Oh Paige, your home, I have seen it before decorated for Christmas, but this year, it just sparkles even more! Mr.Brinkley is such a wonderful host to take us on the tour of y’all’s home. Love his heart! Your captures of your home are amazing! Magazine worthy for sure! I am partial, but your home is my favorite on the tour. It is elegant and stylish, and classic, and calm, and inviting, and really a “Home” of the hearts of each of you and Dan and the girls. You are a blessing Paige! Thank you! I hope that you have a blessed and relaxing weekend!

December 7, 2012 - 10:09 am

tara - PAIGE!!!!!!

I’M SCREAMING OVER HERE!!!!

YOU’VE OUTDONE YOURSELF…I’M NOT JUST SAYING THIS..YOUR HOUSE IS ROCKING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!!!

Okay…I’m done screaming….but seriously, your house wins the trophy. :)

December 7, 2012 - 10:15 am

michele m fry - Love your house and love your trees!! Merry Christmas and a very happy and blessed new year!!

December 7, 2012 - 10:17 am

Sophie - Simply gorgeous!!!

December 7, 2012 - 10:22 am

Anne Marie - Paige! so genuine – and lived in…..clean…..and fresh

just so you and I’m so grateful for all you do for others!
xo

December 7, 2012 - 10:30 am

Jeanne - Hi Paige! I adore your home all decorated for Christmas. Love the bright light throughout your house. Everything looks beautiful…thanks for sharing!
xo
jeanne

December 7, 2012 - 10:31 am

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage - Everything looks so very lovely nd festive! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! I have my tree in a galvanized tub too. It’s a fun look. I really LOVE the red deer pillow. Could you please share where you got it from?

December 7, 2012 - 10:35 am

keri - ah! its beautiful Paige! so clean and crisp, yet warm and inviting! and i LOVE all your christmas decor. thanks for inviting us in! :)

December 7, 2012 - 10:39 am

MorningT - Paige~ you’ve managed to blow me away again this year. Your home AND your photos are just stunning. I’m going to have to go back through and see everything again. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home with us again this year and Merry Christmas!!
xoxo~
Tricia

December 7, 2012 - 10:42 am

susan@avintagefarmwife - Paige-Your home is just lovely! Your little vignettes are gorgeous, and you have me seriously thinking about white paint. Most of all I love that you ended with scripture. What a sweet heart!

December 7, 2012 - 10:59 am

Shannon - You never disappoint!!! I love the calming simple Christmas you have created, the bright vintage ornaments add the perfect amount of fun to your home. Thanks for inviting us all in, Merry Christmas!

December 7, 2012 - 11:01 am

Dee - I LOVE your house. I always do. Everything about it, every detail. It’s one of my favorites. You did a great job. What a wonderful and warm feeling your home must give off to your family and people who visit. I feel it through the computuer so I can’t even imagine being in person.
Happy Holidays to you and your family.

December 7, 2012 - 11:03 am

Amy - I love your home and love your Christmas decorations! Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your daily life with us all.

(ps.. is that wood like tile or real wood on the floors?)

December 7, 2012 - 11:19 am

Anne - Your home is beautiful! I LOVE your simplistic Christmas decor!
xx
Anne

December 7, 2012 - 11:58 am

bethanie - Its beautiful Paige!! So peaceful and homey!!

December 7, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Meg - I have gone through this whole tour and felt compelled to comment on only your home. All the other homes are beautiful and you would expect nothing less but there is something about the freshness with which you have done your Christmas decor. Although we don’t share the same style your home looks amazing and I really enjoyed the chance to see it. Happy Holidays!

December 7, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Cathy - What a lovely home and delightful Holiday decor. You have inspired me to haul out my collection of vintage ornaments..
Happy Holidays to you!
Cathy @ Room Rx

December 7, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Jen O'Brien - Hi Paige, wow! Your photos are just stunning and your home is so quaint & beautiful. There are so many things I love, one being yuor front porch:). Everything is just perfect, Jen

December 7, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Barbara - Beautiful the entire ting, thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas

December 7, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Pam Duffel - I agree with all of the above! I will become a follower today! Thank you so much!

December 7, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Christy - Beautiful home, love the vintage ornament touches

December 7, 2012 - 3:34 pm

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - Your home is so peaceful and I love the splashes of color. I also love your golden retriever! We have a female golden who is almost a year old. Love those dogs!
Cheers! – Shelley

December 7, 2012 - 3:43 pm

linda - So very, very beautiful Paige. I love the calmness and serenity and the so not-in-your-face Christmas touches. So lovely. Your home is filled with love and grace and such thoughtfulness….just as the words that fill your posts each week. And, to end your tour….the baby Christ and the beautiful scripture…..perfection! Blessings to you ~

December 7, 2012 - 4:16 pm

Lucy - It feels like I’m flipping through the pages of a magazine. So many beautiful touches here and there. just beautiful…xo

December 7, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Emily - Your home is absolutely stunning. I love the bottle brush trees and empty frames. I love the vignettes you’ve created all over the house. They’re like little stories. And the photography…breathtaking. Thank you for all of the inspiration!

December 7, 2012 - 7:06 pm

Janie Fox - Gorgeous. I love the Janet Hill print. I sure wish I could take photos like that. Absolutely lovely touches. I am in love with your dog too. I only wish you were in a mag so I could pore over the rooms. I want more! :)

December 7, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Bev - Gorgeous !!!!!!!

December 7, 2012 - 9:31 pm

LLH Designs - Love the simplicity combined with the sparkle and shine. Beautiful, Paige. I bet you had fun decorating, photographing and sharing! xoxo!

December 7, 2012 - 11:50 pm

tb - “You had me at Brinkley”….. But to comment on the rest I will say Its beautiful! U truly have it all. A rescued golden and an eye like no other artist photographer and designer! Love love love!!

December 8, 2012 - 12:38 am

Suzanne - Just finished watching
one of my all-time fave
movies, “You’ve Got Mail.”
I suddenly made the
connection to your own
sweet Brinkley, as it’s
the name of the Tom
Hank’s character’s own
Golden Retriever in the
movie!! So, popped in
to take the tour and to
tell you about my fun
connection : ) Your home
exudes peace, joy and
love and is just lovely.
Thanks for the tour!

xo Suzanne

December 8, 2012 - 11:24 am

Julie Schaal - This all blessed me. Such loveliness!

December 8, 2012 - 12:10 pm

jodi - Paige your home is so lovely, so warm and inviting. Your decor is gorgeous, yet simple…..Perfect!

I wish you and your family from our family a very merry christmas!

Jodi

December 8, 2012 - 8:10 pm

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage - Brinkley is the best decoration in your fabulous home! Love your antlers, giant ornament filled dough bowl and pops of red.
Kelly

December 8, 2012 - 10:21 pm

Janet Lawson - Your home is beautiful and I love your photography..
Have a wonderful Christmas..

December 9, 2012 - 1:34 am

Dear Lillie - Oh my goodness! Every image is so stunning. Your home looks gorgeous. I LOVE your porch!

December 9, 2012 - 12:58 pm

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December 9, 2012 - 2:52 pm

isabella - Beyond lovely. So refreshing and serene. I would love sources for so many of the lovelies pictured. I must have that deer print….too sweet. So happy to have found you.

December 11, 2012 - 10:55 am

amber peters - Your home is so lovely! I love your minimalism – it’s a breath of fresh air. Everything looks so pretty!

December 11, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Flower Patch Farmgirl - So perfectly cozy and bright, pretty lady! I love it. Especially the reindeer print. And the antlers. And that fab nativity!

December 12, 2012 - 4:54 pm

martha - Paige, I am your franklin pearl girl….I just LOVE this Christmas tour, it is my go to pick e up in these hectic Dec days. Thought i’d give you a peek into Franklin at Christmas, keep in mind amateur digital photographer …. 😉
http://magpiestop.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/strolling-the-dtf/

December blessings to you. Thanks too for your Noonday posts, hoping to place an order soon.
hugs from Franklin

December 13, 2012 - 6:14 pm

Dawn @ Inspired Living - This home tour is amazing. I love neutral and have such a hard time adding touches of color. You somehow maintained both in your home. I’m in love with your decor. Pinning.

December 14, 2012 - 11:10 am

Jen@thecottagenest - Gorgeous and festive Paige! I always love seeing your home decked out for the holiday.

December 19, 2012 - 10:16 am

patty - your home is just delightful, but the pictures of your home… wow. love those mercury balls and bottle brush trees…i have small collections of my own, but yours… love.

merry christmas!

December 24, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Anne @ DesignDreamsbyAnne - What beautiful style you have! And such a great eye!

If I could manage to become 1/10th of the photographer you are, I would be thrilled. Thank you for the tour!

Merry Christmas!

December 27, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Jeannine - Just getting around to catching up now! Nov/Dec were crazy! So relaxing to tour your oh-so-beautiful home! Your humility and eye for beauty always lift my soul. He shines through you indeed.

January 4, 2013 - 8:51 am

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December 1, 2013 - 5:53 pm

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December 5, 2013 - 6:51 am

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