rwanda, jen hatmaker & a noonday sample sale

one year ago this very week i boarded a plane heading for africa. i am still humbled every single time i think about that opportunity. every single time.

essentially our team headed over & spent several days with artisans living in rwanda who sew & create several of the pieces Noonday Collection has carried the last couple years. even today i sit here & struggle to write in a blog post what those 10 days did to my heart. ( you can view some of my blog posts & some from the team as well through this link)

i must tell you, not a week goes by where i fail to ponder on that week….the women, their joy despite their circumstances-their bravery-their hospitality-their laughter. the beauty of the country, visiting an orphanage, contemplating the genocide, sharing stories with some amazing women that honestly i’m humbled to call real life friends, rooming with my sweet friend emily, praying together-many times, sharing meals on a front porch…i miss it. i do. i miss that week. and to be even more honest, i’m preparing to send another kiddo to college in 40 days & if i really let my heart go there today combined with that fact i might not recover. so i’m just going to say thoughts about my time in rwanda leave my heart very, very tender.

i remember one day riding the bus listening to jen ( cracking up & trying not to pee in my pants because she’s even funnier live!) share a little about her upcoming book which just so happens to release the same week noonday will launch our new fall line–august 6th! jen is a huge supporter of all things noonday & honestly she does a better job explaining my job as an ambassador better than i do!

so here’s a couple things i wanna share with you guys~

~ yes! noonday collection fall launch is coming your way august 6th!!

~if you’re local i’d love to partner with you and bring noonday to your home. together we can share the heart & stories behind the amazing jewelry! parties are nothing to get all stressed out about and truly so much fun. please reach out & shoot me an email if you’re interested in a trunk show. we’ll be knee deep in the crazy of fall before you know it so let’s get something on the calendar before all the crazy. email me at

~mark your calendars for August 6-13, because anyone who hosts a Noonday Trunk Show during those days gets an advanced copy of For the Love  ( jen’s new book) and exclusive new bracelet! jen asked noonday to design an exclusive piece for her, a beautiful leather wrap bracelet handmade by our artisan partners in Haiti. with the purchase of every bracelet $5 will be donated to Help One Now, an organization committed to empowering local leaders who care for orphans and vulnerable children in Haiti and beyond. sister, this means you help create economic opportunity in vulnerable countries with each noonday purchase as well as supporting Help One Now and their work in Haiti. win. win. win. win. win. win.

~i will post my sample sale later this week right here on the blog. these usually go pretty fast so please check back in early wednesday morning!

samples will be listed here later this week!

a peek at jen’s book & super fun leather wrap bracelet made by artisans in haiti!


July 7, 2015 - 6:17 pm

summer noonday sample sale » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] room for some eagerly anticipated fall pieces…which will launch in less than 30 days!! see previous post for fun […]

October 29, 2015 - 7:06 pm

Shawna - Have I waited too long to order the “for the love” leather wraps? I bought the books for my daughter in law and myself. Can’t find the bracelets anywhere for sell now..:(

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