fp loves…the macrame bracelet

we love these amber and macramé bracelets because not only are they beautiful but they have an amazing story behind them.

the bracelets are hand made by women in ecuador to raise money for the eden’s rose foundation.   this foundation is working to build job skills and sustainability in the impoverished outpost communities of tosagua, ecuador, and proceeds from the sale of these bracelets go directly towards building a basic needs center in tosagua to help young children in need.


the region of tosagua, ecuador is affected by heavy flooding.


each bracelet varies slightly in the color of the string, and they all feature columbian pre-andean amber. this is a rare and lovely amber that comes in a few different shades. some specimens include the fossil remains of the wood the amber was once attached to, and others have bugs and other creatures from the time period. most of this amber is from before the aquitanian age of the miocene period and some predates the formation of the andes!



by purchasing one of these beauties you are not only getting an extremely unique and special item but you are helping a very worthy cause – what could be better than that?

find them right here.

to learn more about the macrame project, please visit http://www.facebook.com/EdensRose.

top image from sarah lewis jewelry, ecuador images from eden’s rose facebook page (link above).

a take away film: uganda

La Blogotheque / Invisible Children from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

stuff like this gives me chills…

invisible children and la blogotheque are taking the polyphonic spree, yeasayer and lykke li to uganda, where they will document a series of take away shows mixed with interviews and local events.  i love everything la blogotheque does and i especially love seeing musicians use their talent and fame to bring attention to important causes like this.  the documentary will be sold by invisible children to raise money for the cause – if you aren’t familiar with it, check out their website: invisiblechildren.com.

more info on the take away film can be found here: takeawayfilmuganda.com

“musical notes can be more powerful than bullets, and songs more powerful than bombs.”

free people 5th ave clothing drive!

free people 5th ave in new york is teaming up with the salvation army for a clothing drive on saturday – stop by and help them out in their efforts to provide our neighbors in haiti with food and supplies during this difficult time.  stop by the store anytime between 10am – 9pm!

don’t know what to bring? think light jackets, shoes, socks, t-shirts, anything light and packable!

remembering martin luther king, jr.

with martin luther king, jr. day falling in the wake of the tragedy in haiti, the words of dr. king seem especially poignant…and remind us to think about what we can do, not just in a time of need like now, but on a daily basis, to make the world a better place.

music really can change the world.

when edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, who i’ve posted about a couple of times, released their album up from below this year, they held a release party to raise money to help the gulu widows group of uganda so that they could start a farm to sustain their community. this group of incredible women have been widowed, abducted and abused as a result of the continuing warfare in northern uganda, southern sudan and eastern congo.

to thank the band, the women sang part of their song “home” after the first harvest on the farm…watch:

“home” in gulu from Voice Project on Vimeo.

the song is particularly meaningful, as most of these women have lost husbands and children who had to fight in the war.

i posted the band’s version not too long ago, here.

Read more about the voice project, which supports these amazing women in their efforts to reunite families in northern Uganda and live in peace, here.

pass it on.