by Cathieposted in Kate Mesta Designs
Happy Labor Day! Show your patriotic side with this beautiful, handcrafted Kate Mesta original necklace. This gorgeous necklace features a beautiful American Flag charm made from sparkling crystals. This flag is highlighted by the brilliant blue background and the engraved word “Freedom.” These dogtag necklaces are very popular and are worn by many celebrities.
Do you like the idea of one of a kind jewelry for any occasion? Are you looking for something different that is on the cutting edge of fashion? Look no further. We are excited to be able to bring to you the amazing jewelry of Kate Mesta! Kate Mesta is famous for creating one of a kind, wearable art. She creates all of her jewelry in her studio in Laguna Beach, California and her work has been featured at many celebrity events. She has even created a special “Dancing with the Stars” line. Her jewelry takes the typical dogtag necklace idea and spins it around to make truly one of a kind artwork that you can wear. Each necklace or cuff bracelet is made one at a time by hand so no two are exactly alike. Her jewelry has been worn by such celebrities as Selena Gomez, Ellen Degeneres, Dick Van Dyke and Sharon Osbourne to name a few. Owning a piece of Kate Mesta jewelry is like owning a piece of art that you can wear!
Stress is one of the major causes of disease in America. According to the American Institute of Stress, more than 44% of Americans feel more stressed than they did 5 years ago and 3 out of 4 doctor’s visits are for stress-related ailments. Stress increases your risk of heart disease by 40%; your risk of heart attack by 25% and your risk of stroke by 50%. Just as there are a multitude of things that cause stress there are also hundreds of ways to help relieve it. Exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep are incredibly important to managing the stress in your life. Meditation, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, vitamins as well as getting time away will also help to keep your stress level down. But what if you cannot sleep? What if the worries of your day keep you awake, tossing and turning, so you wake up more stressed than ever? Sometimes trying something a bit different may just be the trick that helps. Why not try our unique Guatemalan Worry Dolls?
According to Guatemalan legend, worry dolls have the ability to take away the worries that might keep you awake. By telling one worry to each doll and then putting the doll under your pillow, you are actually freeing your mind of that worry. The legend states that the dolls will take away the worries during sleep and thereby allowing the owner of the dolls not only a good nights sleep but also the ability to wake up worry-free in the morning. These dolls are handcrafted in Guatemala and are clothed in traditional Mayan costumes. They typically stand about one-half to one inch tall. Our Guatemalan Worry Dolls come in sets of four but you may use fewer or more depending on the worries you are experiencing. Studies have shown that even the act of voicing our concerns and worries will help to relieve the stress and pressure of everyday life.
What do you look for in a purse? Something unique, something colorful or something useful with lots of pockets? We all have had that one purse that we love; that purse that is more than utilitarian but brings a smile to our face every time we use it. One of the most beautiful purses in our collection comes all the way from Thailand. The traditional Hmong designs used to create this purse are amazing. If you are looking for something that has a “wow” factor you have come to the right place!
The talented Hmong people are known for their embroidery and this large handbag is an excellent example. The intricate gold circular designs make this handbag incredibly impressive. Simply beautiful! This purse measures a generous 19″ x 12″ x 5″ and has two braided 20″ handles with a 10″ drop.
The word Hmong means “Human Being” or “Free People” in the Hmong language. Hmong history is complex. They are reported to originate from Siberia and their emergence dates back thousands of years. Over the centuries they migrated south so that today they are dispersed throughout the highlands of southern China and northern Southeast Asia, including in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. There they live primarily as self-sufficient farmers and gatherers. The Hmong greatly respect their elders and ancestors. Traditional gender roles are common. Large extended families live together. They tell each other ancient stories and poetry. Women create beautiful clothing and quilts and every square is handmade by a Hmong hill tribe woman mainly living in the remote hills of northern Thailand and Laos using the reverse applique quilting method. The designs are traditional symbols for love, longevity, and life. In the majority of cases, the artisans’ incomes are based mainly on agriculture. Income from handicrafts normally provides supplementary income for the artisans and their families.
The artisans we work with in Guatemala are simply amazing. Their products are highly valued due to the incredible detail and workmanship they bring to each piece. Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. The handiwork of the Guatemalan people is world renowned. The intricately designed patterns and the exquisite quality of their jewelry and accessories is highly prized. The women of the highland villages of Guatemala learn the traditional beading techniques which they then pass down to their children. They work to earn extra income for their families and in several cases are the sole providers of the household.
One of our most popular items is the Capullo Bracelet made using Guatemalan beadwork techniques. Truly unique and beautiful, these bracelets feature a hand-woven base of Czech seed beads, richly embellished with an assortment of glass beads and semi-precious stone chips. Our Capullo bracelets come in a variety of gorgeous colors to match any wardrobe. This bracelet fits securely with a strong, hidden magnetic clasp. The unique magnetic clasp makes this bracelet easy to put on and off but is strong enough to hold securely when worn. The colors are vibrant and these bracelets will be treasured as true works of art.
World Elephant Day has arrived! On August 12, 2012 the first World Elephant Day was launched to draw attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures all over the world, yet we are dangerously close to losing this magnificent animal forever. Since 2012, strides have been made to educate people about the escalation of poaching, habitat loss and elephant mistreatment in captivity. On this special day, we need to celebrate the elephant and learn about ways to help protect these beautiful animals. Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair says it well: “We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.” Here are some sobering facts:
- The Asian Elephant is considered endangered with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide
- The African Elephant is considered threatened with less than 400,000 remaining worldwide
- The Asian and African elephant are two different species and while they are similar in physiology, they are too biologically different to interbreed
- 2013 saw the greatest quantity of ivory confiscated in the last 25 years
- The main market for illegal ivory is China, where a single tusk can fetch $100,000-$200,000
- Asian elephants range in 14 countries. In the past 50 years, the Asian elephant range has shrunk by over 70%
- In Asia, there are approximately 70,000 people to 1 elephant across their range
- There were over 100,000 elephants in Thailand at the beginning of last century. There are less than 4000 today.
- One out of every three Asian elephants left in the world is a captive animal
Here are some positive things you can do:
- Support organizations that are working to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products
- Support organizations that are protecting wild elephant habitat
- Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit
- Support healthy, alternative, sustainable livelihoods for people who have traditionally relied on elephants
- Do not buy ivory or other wildlife products
- Be aware of elephant habitat – do not buy coffee that is not fair-trade or shade-grown, nor products with palm oil. These commercial crops are grown in plantations that have decimated elephant habitats.
- Educate people about elephants
- Use your love of elephants and World Elephant Day, August 12, to start a conversation with the next person you meet.
To celebrate the magnificent elephant, lifehearthome.com is proud to spotlight our beautiful collection of elephant themed products featuring our stunning Kate Mesta elephant necklace. You might also enjoy the cute zipper pull from Thailand or the beaded elephant keychain from Guatemala.