Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Inspired Art Giveaway

I love good photography.  And I adore great photography.  You know, the pictures that are candid and capture the true essence of the subject. I have been told this is especially hard to do when photographing people.  But you wouldn't know it when you take a look at Tara's work from Art and Design.

This uber talented photographer and design artist makes me want to pack up the family and take a road trip just to have her photograph us!  And the personalized nest egg prints?  Ah-may-zing.

If you would like the chance to win one for your very own, click here to enter the giveaway at Oh My! Handmade Goodness.

                                                                                                                                 Good luck monkeys!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Sparrow Fund

These past few months have been busy ones as we have been working hard to introduce some amazing new products.  And while we are proud of all of the products we offer, The Sparrow Fund holds a special place in our hearts.

Thousands of U.S. families adopt internationally each year. The Sparrow Fund is an organization committed to encouraging and supporting these families as they prepare for the adventure of adoption. We do this by providing grants to families in financial need to enroll in programs specifically designed to provide counsel and comprehensive medical reviews of their referred child.

Adoptive families can become overwhelmed by the financial costs of adoption. Participating in a program like this is an added expense that is difficult to manage. There are so many unknowns when it comes to adoption, and we believe that preparation plays a significant part in making the unpredictable road of adoption a little more smooth. These programs offer invaluable services to help prepare the adoptive family as well as their child.

The Sparrow Fund was started because we do not want anything to be an obstacle in the adoption process. We are committed to see ONE MORE child with a forever family and ONE LESS orphan in the world.

The Spotted Monkey now offers The Sparrow Fund Bracelets, which are entirely handmade by refugee women currently living in Kenya - women broken from war and HIV, and caring for orphans in their community, but made whole together.  The individual hand-rolled paper beads are made from recycled magazine and calendar pages, and take approximately 15 minutes each to roll and varnish.  

Each bracelet is a one of a kind, so don't hesitate if you see one you like.  Once it's gone, it's gone.  

We will also be offering earrings in support of The Sparrow Fund, so check back in a couple of weeks.

Happy shopping!

Gone Bananas