Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Swept Away, the Fair Trade Way

One of the many duties of a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages is unpacking merchandise.  If you are particularly lucky, your volunteer day coincides with the shipment of that month's new merchandise.  For me, this event is analogous to opening birthday presents...lots and lots and lots of birthday presents. Each box, packed tightly with shredded paper, contains another surprise. One item is prettier than the next...and this event goes on for hours.  Well, the February New Items arrived recently, and I was immediately swept away to another place...

...a warm, tropical, dreamy place...colors of beach glass and the seaside.  I could not wait to give you a sneak peek at some of these gorgeous pieces.  Three new tablecloths are part of the new collection, and I chose to feature this beautiful Lake Dreams tablecloth.

Handmade in India, the cloth is printed overall in shades of pale lime green, blues and grey.  Also available are matching napkins.  

I've tucked them into these darling mother of pearl napkin rings, an item previously available at Ten Thousand Villages. 

To show these linens off...

...I paired them with some of my own dishes and placemats.  I was very excited to see these new Highlands goblets.

Made in Cochabamba Bolivia from recycled glass, they are the perfect size and shape for water, wine, iced tea or just about any beverage.  

The matching Highlands carafe is equally lovely and very versatile.  Crafting beauty from reused material is again demonstrated in these tiny bud vases.  

Cleverly named Blossom, Posy and Petal, these vases can be used time and time again as recycled glass looks fabulous in so many settings.

I think they would make the perfect party favor for your luncheon guests!  My favorite item in the new collection has to be this Evening Lights candleholder.  

Made in India from shesham wood, it has a charming whitewash finish and holds 5 tea lights...

...a perfect centerpiece that reminds me of driftwood and puts me in a beach mood.  Who wouldn't love these adorable little..., green and aqua ceramic songbirds, carefully made by artisans from Chulucanas, Peru.  I've perched them all around my tablescape.  For a final touch,

I wove this garland of jute dragonflies throughout my setting.  Made in Viet Nam,

I have used them as part of many tables and they are always a charming addition.  Please follow the links that I have provided to find much more information about the products I have featured today and the artisans whose work is supported by Ten Thousand Villages. 

With stores all over the country, you might have a store near you, but if not, every item is available on at the store's website,

I hope this table gave you a chance to dig your toes in the sand and dream of a place far away from Winter's dreary days.  This week, I'll be visiting the following parties.  Why don't you join me!

Centerpiece Wednesday (The Style Sisters)
Tabletop Thursday (Between Naps on the Porch)
Feathered Nest Friday (French Country Cottage)
Home Sweet Home Friday  (The Charm of Home)
Seasonal Sundays (The Tablescaper)
Let's Dish (Cuisine Kathleen)
Open House Party (No Minimalist Here)

Loving the dragonflies???  Take another look...

The Big Comfy Quilt
A Bad Case of Spring Fever


  1. This is just a beautiful table! I especially love the tablecloth and the napkin rings! =D Thanks for sharing this beautiful tablescape!

  2. This is gorgeous. I love the colors!! The tablecloth is so pretty. Makes me think of warmer climats. I love the centerpiece too. I have little vases and you are right sooo versatile.. xo marlis

  3. How cute are those songbirds! Stunning table.

  4. Oh, my, I think it would be DANGEROUS for me to work at that store! So many adorable goodies! That tea light holder is really gorgeous.

  5. I cannot possibly pick one thing that is my favorite on your wonderful table! I do love the tealight holder, but those birds are darling. I am going to the website right now! Thanks for sharing!

  6. That would be fun to unpack, and your table is so pretty!
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

  7. You have a wonderful job, unpacking all these treasures! I love them all. These are my favorite colors and they all say beach and summer to me. I have never heard of this store, but I am going to check out the website. Linda

  8. Love Ten Thousand Villages and love this tablescape. I may have to take a little drive to look at these wares in person...

  9. Love this tablescape - every bit of it! the lines are so comforting, they do feel as if they sweep you away; and the adorable string of fireflies, not to mention those adorable birdies.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. I think I would love your job, but it would be very tempting!
    I loved seeing all the new treasures! Those vases are very sweet!

    Thank you so much for linking to Let's Dish!

  11. Love this, Jill! Just posted your link on the Mishawaka store facebook site. Great job...