Sunday, July 31, 2016

In God I Trust

Found a brand new penny while waiting for my first flight to Nicaragua. It is shinier than the picture shows. A beautiful reminder...

The Penny reads, "In God We Trust".

Whenever I find a penny I have learned to pick it up and say, 'In God I trust'! 

As I begin my journey to a foreign country I am trusting God for safe travel and that His purposes will be accomplished. 

Have you ever travelled to another country?
Enter a comment and tell where and why you went. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Mini Mission Nicaragua

I'm looking forward to leaving on July 31 to see my daughter in Nicaragua.  It will be a short trip, packed with learning, and likely an adventure if Anna has her way :)
Please take a moment and
Click here to read more about it.   (or go to the Mission Trip tab)

Sunshine Handmade Nicaragua

Here are some samples of the canvas and leather creations that will be coming home with me from Nicaragua when I visit the first week of August.  Each one is unique and some are one of a kind.

Leslie purchases remnant fabrics by the pound and hires a local leather worker to add finishing touches. Some fabrics are also purchased by friends in the states and sent to Nicaragua via teams.These artistic, practical, and durable creations will be fun to show and sell.  
This project enables several families to earn a living by producing quality products using available materials.

If you are interested in reserving a one of kind creation call or text Kim soon.  847-691-8005.
Proceeds support the project AND Kim's travels.       Thanks for you support!

Leslie selling at a local market

Soft Canvas-Leather Bottom Bags $35
Matching Wallets sold separately $18

#4 is sold but style can be ordered with available fabrics



 9            Canvas Cosmetic Sets or Pencil Cases with coin purse $20            10

11                                                                     12

13        Leather Bottom Cosmetic Bags $16.50        14

15        Leather Bottom Cosmetic Bags $16.50        16

17        Leather Bottom Cosmetic Bags $16.50        18

Wallets $18

Diaper Bag set $45

Diaper Bag set $45

Diaper Bag set $45


More Colors and styles will be available after August.
The Workshop and the Artisans


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart
as working for the Lord, not for man.
Colossians 3:23

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Batik Scarf Making Process

I love to learn how things are made.  It was fun to take these photos myself when I visited the workshop in Jinja, Uganda.

Designs are first cut out of recycled x-ray films and placed on the fabric.
Hot wax is then applied with a brush. 

When the wax is cool the material is placed in a tub of dye, rinsed and hung to dry.

Wax is boiled away after the fabric is dry then the fabric is thoroughly washed and rinsed.                                                                                            

         The areas where wax was applied remains white.
The fabric is now ready to be sewn into scarves and headbands.
                                                  Thanks, Diana for all your hard work directing this project.

                Existing designs can be purchased for $20
                          by calling Kim 847-691-8005.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Enjoyed a visit from my friend Diana from Jinja, Uganda

Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party
Feb. 2016

Diana and Kim selling Fair Trade Gifts at the event. 

Thank you, Kim Harper, for organizing the event!

Kim and Diana cutting jean material. 
The patterns will be sent to Jinja to make shoes that will be given to children after jigger removal.

My girls enjoyed teaching Diana how to make chocolate chip cookies.
She LOVED them!