Never a dull moment over here — mostly everyday mamá stuff which is about a million different things. I’m continuing to do freelance writing work, unpack this house and get set up, spend time with my babies and trying to keep it all under control.
I suppose when you want something you just do it, but I have now got to the point where I need childcare and fast! I am looking at different options and hopefully something will come through. This is all part of my very busy mamá life! I don’t want anyone to think it’s easy — because IT’S NOT.
With all that said, you know I like to introduce you to new products and services — especially one like VirtuArte, a site founded by a Washington, D.C. local on the premise that there is a market for unique art, folk art and fine crafts and curios from the developing world in the US, Europe and other high income countries.
Having worked at the World Bank myself on development projects in Latin America and seeing first hand how women in post-apartheid South Africa are becoming self-made entrepreneurs, the mission of VirtuArte of helping artists and artisans (who are mostly women and moms) create a market for their work really spoke to me — especially as a working parent.
The site offers hand crafted items such as handbags, jewelry, home decor and scarves from countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia — including this breathtaking red and white embroidered wallet from Indonesia.
Aside from each item featuring a description of how and when it was made there is also a short bio on the artist who made it which gives customers background and truly drives home the message that the item was handcrafted with love and care.
The wallet is stunning and the embroidery detail is beyond impressive. When I opened the package I felt I was opening a handmade gift from a friend — it’s just that special. Each design is committed to memory and hand guided — no templates or stencils are used which means no two are alike.
Most of the artists are women and moms and I felt compeled as a woman who is working to do good by my family to highlight the work of these brilliant artists doing the same for their families. I hope you will support them in their journey.