Our shelves are full of new mini kantha blankets!
If you've never felt one of our blankets, I would describe them as very, very soft. Imagine a lightweight, muslin fabric, scarf, or swaddle cloth: our blankets are six layers of that soft, thin cloth stitched together. They make a perfectly cuddly "blankie", a lap blanket, or a pop of color for a room. If you have felt one, write a review and share what you think with the rest of us!
We've also added 20 new silk blend / "luxe" throw blankets. They are made with reclaimed sari cloth that has been discarded by the producers for flaws, color variation, outdated patterns, or as a remnant. The specific composition is unknown, and each unique blanket varies in feel.
Generally speaking, they are more structured and thick than the cotton throws. Some have cloth that is more slippery, some are more stiff. These ones are less cozy and more like stunning statements for the end of a bed or over a chair. It is difficult to capture the richness of the jewel colors, the iridescence, or the brilliance of the embroidered borders in photographs, but every time I shoot them, I am in awe of their beauty.
Pssst... our newwhite kantha are comingvery soon in bedding & throw sizes...
Our production partner, Basha, began in one little office in Dhaka, Bangladesh — the most densely populated city in the world. Over the many years they have been in business, creating kantha textiles & jewelry, they have expanded: both in number of staff, and also locations.
It was helpful for some women to leave the norm of their old life environment, to get away, to start fresh in a new city. So, Basha created different offices in varied locations. They established a girls' home to safely house daughters & other vulnerable young women as they come of age.
As Basha has continued to identify the great need of women in Bangladesh, there is another area they have expanded: actively seeking women in brothels & whispering the potential of a new life.
As I was packing for our first family international flight (to London UK), I wanted to make sure that we had everything we needed to make our overnight journey the most comfortable. As you know, those flights can be a little chilly - so I wanted to bring blankets for all of us. Naturally, I wondered...
Can I bring a blanket onto a plane?
In short: YES! According to the TSA you are allowed to both check a blanket in your luggage and to bring a blanket on a plane within a carry-on (and this also includes electric blankets). You can even bring your own blanket in your arms as you would a jacket or hat, without it counting towards your carry-on or personal item limits or paying any extra fees.
When I got married as a baby (4 days over 21), I was still a student. Then, we both worked for a bit, then we had babies, and then my husband was a student. For almost all of those years, our "budget" was: try to not spend money.
This head-in-the-sand tactic has served us... ok... BUT, now that I'm pretending to be a real grownup (at age 35 — youngest children tend to be late to the responsibility party), I'm taking a new approach!
After Christmas, I started using You Need a Budget (YNAB) to track every expense & plan for future spending. Two months in, here’s what I think.
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