It’s hard to believe that it has been two years since I sat stunned it front of the TV trying to wrap my mind around the utter devastation in Haiti. Over 300,000 lives were lost. There were stories of sorrow, of pain and loss, but there were also stories of hope. It was like an emotional roller-coaster ride for me and as I tucked Bryson into bed each night, I gave thanks for things I had previously taken for granted- a home, warm beds, food, all of those things that seem to be a part of daily life.
I am so glad to see the Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection come to life. It helps Haitan families rebuild their lives after the 2010 earthquake using some of the most unlikely materials to create metalwork, ceramics, quilts, paintings, jewelry and other home decor items and accessories
From raw materials such as recycled oil drums and wrought iron to papier-mâché and stone, each item is handmade by a Haitian master artisan. By creating art that reflects their rich culture and history, artisans have a sustaining income to provide nutrition, education and health care for their families. The Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.
I received two pieces from the Heart of Haiti collection and the details are amazing. I adore that each piece is handmade, unique, and filled with hope. The Song Bird picture frame resides on top of my desk in the kitchen where I sit to type these posts. It’s simply gorgeous. The heart pendant is beautiful too, a piece that goes with anything and brings a message of hope for Haitans wherever it goes.
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