I shared onfacebook andinstagram that last weekend, with our anniversary sale, we sold blankets equalling ~2,000 hours of time spent hand-stitching! In traditional work terms (40 hrs/week x 50 weeks/year) that is one *year*'s worth of work! Unbelievable!!
In reality at Basha in Bangladesh, that has meantnew starts andconsistent work anddignity to life and areason for beingfor many more than one woman this year.
We are hoping that this momentum carries throughout the holiday season that we can continue to facilitate this work as well as getting fabulous blankets into the hands of people who will love them.
And on that note...
This may become a bit of a familiar refrain in the coming weeks, but... we have new throws (+ three new minis)!
The reality of this time of year is that a LOT of shopping happens! And, with unique items, it means we have to do a lot of replacement, and have new blankets coming in all the time. Very fun!
Every month, we need to put a category in our personal budget for gifts. There is always an event or occasion that is calling for a gift: Christmas, anniversary, birthdays, retirements, graduation, sympathy, gratitude, and on. And, like most people, we want to make the gifts that we give count! So how do we choose a gift that will be meaningful to the recipient?
Giving a gift is, of course, a subjective exercise; there is no perfect formula that will help you reach the “perfect gift”. However, there are certain questions you can ask that will help you choose a meaningful gift for your gift recipient:
Let’s look at these questions, some common gift-giving mistakes, and, finally, some meaningful gift ideas!
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.