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Growing the Nations Therapy Programmes

Now that Josh and I no longer live in Madagascar, Distaff&Spindle has redirected the investment of profits to well organized non-profit organizations that focus their aid on the poorest of the poor. One of these is Growing the Nations Therapy Programmes. Me and Anri-Louise this last October as we gathered the stories for the GNTP + Distaff collab. Anri-Louise is one of my dearest friends. She has done some pretty mind-blowingly amazing things in Madagascar! Years ago she was the only Occupational Therapist on the whole Island. Since then she has worked with the Ministry of Public Health to develop OT programs within the Université d'Ankatso located in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. They recently celebrated the graduation of the first...

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Shopping Trip To Madagascar 2018

I am going back to Madagascar! I returned to the Great Red Island mid-October until the beginning of November for a 3-week stock-shopping and photo/video/story gathering trip. It was my hope to return with as many new pieces as i could cram into my luggage, to offer at the winter markets coming up in November and December including: More heavy hand-woven blankets made from the off-cuts of tshirt making. These beauties are just so wonderful! They are heavy enough that an OT friend of mine in Manitoba suggested they could be used as 'gravity blankets' for those who struggle with sleeping/anxiety. They are wonderful for cozying on the couch in winter months, and pic-nics in the warmer seasons. They are...

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Of Seizures, School fees and Deafness: Beneficiaries Update August 2016

Distaff&Spindle's last sale in 2015 made a lot more money than previous sales. Wow! This has a lot to do with a few important factors: the fact that we brought a lot more stuff in our bags (it's very useful to have a baby every other year who increases our bag allowance by 2 ;-). Sadly, this strategy to continue increasing stock capacity has come to a close. haha.) the length of our stay in Manitoba this last year enabled us to have multiple public sales (2) and also to sell out of the house for a long stretch of time. because it was just before Christmas and that seems to be when people buy the most stuff. because of the highly!...

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Sneak Peak: Distaff Collection 2015

Sisal Stripe It's been hectic this summer with speaking engagements and traveling, yet also blissful as we've done some relaxing at the lake. So glad to be staying around a bit longer to take in Manitoban autumn and winter and host more of a winter/Christmas themed sale this year. I'm leaning towards October 3 for the sale, but please stay tuned here and to the Facebook page for the official date. Location also to be announced. I do have some handmade girls' summer sun dresses in assorted sizes, which i will sell now for summer. If you're interested in these please let me know and swing by to take a look. Limited supply! Here are a few early glimpses of...

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