Thursday, April 15, 2010

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

When I was checking out the prize page for the Ultimate Blog Party over at 5 Minutes for Mom last night, I started thinking, what kind of things would I want to offer if I were to submit a prize?
Well here are a few things that I would love to share with you:
(Maybe I'll submit them for next year's prizes, or maybe I'll just do giveaways right here on Of Such is the Kingdom with them.)
1. These necklaces are the greatest! They are created by hand from recycled magazines by women of the Karamojong tribe in Uganda. These girls who are selling the necklaces buy them from the women and also send 20% of the proceeds back to them. Wow!
2. You've heard me talk about these before, I'm sure, but I do love Songs for Saplings! These are scripture memorization songs that are both catchy and well done; and that's hard to find! My kids love the folksy feel of the music (and so do I)!
3. And for my third thing I love, how about a favorite book? This one covers both great stories for your child and a great philosophy of reading: the rationale for the need of all things "faerie" for children. Wonderful!
Linked to Things I Love Thursday.
And did you notice? These fine and beautiful things are quite frugal as well! The necklaces are $18 a piece (a steal!), the cd's are $9 and look at the great price for this book on Amazon! Head over to Frugal Fridays to check out other frugal gifts, prizes, and more!
Also linked to Only the Good on FridayFriday Finding Beauty,Frugal Friday, and Finer Things Friday.


  1. Wow, Olivia! You managed to tie this in to several different memes ... cool! The beads! I have a strand that my stepson gave me and I love them, too! I like the sound of that book, as well. Have a beautiful weekend.

  2. Look at the beautiful colors!

    Thanks so much for joining in with us!


  3. The necklaces are fabulous! I'd love to see a close-up photograph to understand how the beads are made. Is it reduced to pulp and formed into beads or are the shapes cut out and pressed together in layers?

    In any case, this is manufacturing at it's most responsible, combining recycling; hand-crafted goods made by enterprising, talented individuals; low-tech manufacturing using non-toxic substances and generating little carbon footprint (I'm guessing); and empowerment through cottage industries that support local economies. We can learn a lot from such an inspired business model.

    Bless you. The world needs to support more of this kind of industry and innovation.

  4. i found your blog from Six Word Saturday - just wanted to say I was pleased to see someone else had discovered the beads made from paper in Uganda - my grandma went there on a mission trip and brought them back for all of us. They are incredibly detailed and beautiful.