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holiday hotpants sale

November 26th, 2008 (09:48 pm)
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current location: miami
current mood: excited

hotpants-sale

yup. you read it right.

in my etsy store now!
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these are made from second generation recycled t-shirts! i use the waste material of a friend who makes recycled clothing. then i save my waste material from making them and pass it along to another friend who uses it to stuff pillows and whatnot.

it's like using the whole buffalo...
except we are vegetarians.

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owls...

February 23rd, 2008 (07:31 am)
current mood: yum yum

are in the house.


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lovelovelove
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Africa Yoga Project Goods.

January 19th, 2008 (02:04 am)
current mood: blissed out

africa yoga project


Today i took pictures of a couple key ring pouches i made to support the Africa Yoga Project. Their vision is to share movement and healing arts to encourage the physical and mental well being in Africa. My friend Paige is over in Kenya right now helping people affected by the rioting in Nairobi. Please visit her site www.AfricaYogaProject.org to learn more. These hand embroidered pouches will be available soon in my shop with all of the profits going towards her work in Kenya.

Please see my flickr for more. (i'll get this one and more in my store within the next couple of days. please be patient.)

Please check my store to donate.

Africa Yoga Project

The Africa Yoga Project aims to provide empowerment to some of the most marginalized people of Nairobi, Kenya. They look towards Kenyan organizations such as Sarakasi Trust and NAFSI acrobats, as models for being platforms of change in communties.

WHEN YOU PRAY YOU MOVE YOUR FEET

I Love Yoga donates 50% of the profits of this shirt to THE AFRICA YOGA PROJECT, turning young lives UPSIDE DOWN and creating sustainable livelihood through the yogic arts. The proceeds go directly to the care and education of the students in the program. more...

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Kenya needs you.

January 7th, 2008 (05:32 pm)
hopeful

current mood: hopeful

I blogged about The Africa Yoga Project in early December in my Holiday Giving Guide. Now they need your help more than ever.
My friend Paige arrived in Nairobi just days before the elections and remains there now.
Here is her letter asking for help. Please share what you can.

Thank you,
--mufyn

Nairobi 4 January 2007
Dear Friends of Africa Yoga Project,

Thank you all so much for all of the well wishes for my own safety and for the safety of the many students of Africa Yoga Project and Sarakasi Trust (our partner for acrobatic, circus and dance training here in Kenya). Is some of you know I am in Nairobi, I am in a safe place, and I am writing now to update you all.

I arrived in Kenya for my fifth time on December 25th, with the intention to teach. Within the last two weeks I have been a student of life in way I did not expect. I feel like I did when I first started to practice yoga, awake to the world in a new way.

Many of you have been following the elections in Kenya and the violence that erupted in the slums of Kenya with great concern. Most (if not all) of the Africa Yoga Project community hail from the areas affected and Sarakasi has been in contact with the students all through. So far there have been a reported 1000 deaths and 200,000 displaced families in the period since December 27th.

The stories we hear are very worrying and disturbing.

- Students in Dandora have gone days without food. The food available is marked up at over 50% for fresh vegetables.
- Students inI Mugumo have been forced to become soldiers and are patrolling their neighborhood. Civilians are openly walking around with fire arms. I have shared stories and time with an acrobat that was forced to be nvolved with violence.
- In Kariobangi, Kibera and Kayole people are forced out of their houses by their landlords, based on their (different) ethnicity.
- In Mathare North and Huruma acrobats want to be evacuated. Groups are hiding their group members of a different ethnicity and live in fear of being caught by their own tribesmen. A group I work with has been hiding one of their members whose house has been burnt down. The rest of the men and boys in the group are being forced from their houses to go around in groups and fight whoever attacks.
- The "downdog girls" cannot go out to buy food in fear of being raped. Sarakasi has been bringing them food and phone credit to use a shared cell phone.

I Press are not allowed into these areas and are kept out by police. The security forces are there but only patrol the main roads and, according to some reports, join in the looting. The situation is extremely tense and people are terrified. For me , I have the means ($) to stay in a safer neighborhood with police. For the acrobats and yogis from Sarakasi, they have been forced to stay in midst of chaos or become refugees in their hometowns.

We are trying to help where we can. Sarakasi has been going around meeting with the group leaders to give moral support and advice. They have given them small amounts of money so they can buy food to share amongst their groups. They are monitoring the groups that are hiding their members and are on stand-by in case they have to be evacuated.

But we need help to keep helping. We need to tackle the immediate problems: the need for food & other essentials, shelter and evacuation.

However, when all this is over and when the situation has been stabilized there will be more work to do: peace and reconciliation. We believe that within Africa Yoga Project we have a unique situation since the yoga - acrobat-, dance- and music groups comprise of different tribes, who up to now have worked,
created and lived together in harmony. We want to keep doing that and use our art and productions as a strong message of unity within the Sarakasi community and beyond. In order to help now and later we need funds. We of course will appeal to our donors for extra funds but that takes time. What we need now is simply money to help our community with the much needed essentials.

This war between the president and the opposition is fought on the streets where it is turning into a very ugly ethnic war and the poor people are the ones who suffer most.

Your donation however small is much appreciated and will be of great help. If you can not afford a donation , please dedicate a breath, a prayer, a yoga practice to Kenya's peace and unity. I want to acknowledge those of you, especially Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein of AcroYoga who have already sponsored a substantial amount of emergency relief.

You can contact me by replying to this email and send the checks payable to Sarakasi Trust and send them to my NY address. Please email me and let me know if you willl be sending a check.

Paige Elenson
20 Renwick Street 5
NY,NY 10013
possible please add memo: Africa Yoga Project: Peace and Unity.

You can also donate through pay pal. PLease click here to donate $100.00



You can also transfer money to Sarakasi via the details below

In case you want to find out more about
Africa Yoga Project : www.africa Yoga Project.org
and Sarakasi: www.sarakasi.org

I can not end this email without acknowledging the great resiliancy and kindness of my Kenyan families. I have recieved more in the past two weeks than I could ever return. Each person I have met who has assited me has redifined to me what it means to be a yogi, in unity with a universal spirit of abundance.

Thank you so much for your love and prayers and I look forward to the future of this project. With great love,

Paige Elenson
Director, Africa Yoga Project

SARAKASII TRUST
Correspondence Address: Sarakasi Trust, P.O. Box 33339, 00600 Ngara, Nairobi, Kenya.
Office and Rehearsal Space Address: The Godown Arts-Center, Dunga Road, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel/Fax: +254-20-559757 and +254-20-555894. Mobile: +254-722-81126 and +254-734-811926
Bank Details: Sarakasi Trust, USD Account (012) 402009840; Euro Account (012) 432000110;
Kenya Commercial Bank, UN Gigiri, P.O. Box 39402, Nairobi, Kenya;
Swift Code KCB LKENX

Africa Yoga Project

The Africa Yoga Project aims to provide empowerment to some of the most marginalized people of Nairobi, Kenya. They look towards Kenyan organizations such as Sarakasi Trust and NAFSI acrobats, as models for being platforms of change in communties.

WHEN YOU PRAY YOU MOVE YOUR FEET

I Love Yoga donates 50% of the profits of this shirt to THE AFRICA YOGA PROJECT, turning young lives UPSIDE DOWN and creating sustainable livelihood through the yogic arts. The proceeds go directly to the care and education of the students in the program. more...

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Holiday Ornament Mayhem

December 27th, 2007 (02:23 pm)
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current mood: happy

I've been in an ornament making mood this year. Here's one that I made with sequins... about 600 of them attached with little sequin pins and silver beads.

The husband thinks it looks like Pinhead.

I had no idea when I started that this little bugger was going to take around 2 hours to do. I started another one but had to run back to the LCS for more sequin pins. The first box of pins only had 800! (only 800?!)

I remember my grandmother always had plenty of sequins and pins around for craft projects as a child. I'll have to get some of her ideas for some future ornament making projects.

I may have repetitive stress disorder when I get done with these.

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Organicalicious!

December 14th, 2007 (10:56 pm)
satisfied

current mood: satisfied

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Ragamufyn's Holiday Giving Guide

December 6th, 2007 (09:42 pm)






Holiday Giving Guide


A few things to make your holiday a little brighter.



One learning child. One connected child. One laptop at a time.

The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we're doing and want to help make education for the world's children a priority, not a privilege.

Since November 12th, OLPC has been offering a limited-time Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During Give One Get One, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution. Thanks to a growing interest in the program, we are extending Give One Get One until the end of the year. You also may donate laptops via our Simply Give and Give Many options. Though the increasing public interest in OLPC, we hope to give many more children the opportunity to grow, explore, learn and express themselves. more...


Africa Yoga Project

The Africa Yoga Project aims to provide empowerment to some of the most marginalized people of Nairobi, Kenya. They look towards Kenyan organizations such as Sarakasi Trust and NAFSI acrobats, as models for being platforms of change in communties.

WHEN YOU PRAY YOU MOVE YOUR FEET

I Love Yoga donates 50% of the profits of this shirt to THE AFRICA YOGA PROJECT, turning young lives UPSIDE DOWN and creating sustainable livelihood through the yogic arts. The proceeds go directly to the care and education of the students in the program. more...



Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving.

The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that can be seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.

The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect. more...





Happy Holidays!


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new goods in my etsy shop!

December 4th, 2007 (03:35 am)
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