3.14.2012

Noonday Giveaway!!!

I couldn't be more excited to share this special guest post from my sweet friend Wynne Elder! Not only that! She's allowing Specs & Wings to host a Noonday Giveaway!!! Check out the details at the bottom of the post. :) But first, please get a cup of coffee and listen closely to the beautiful stories Wynne has to tell from her experience with Noonday's artisans in Uganda!

Noonday has meant something totally different for me since getting back from Uganda. I “knew” what shopping and selling Noonday products meant for these women (and men) all over the globe but just like anything else – when you actually meet them, the story gets a lot more personal.



I know I have talked about Jalia & Daniel in previous blog post (here) and touched on what they do & how there are making their mark on this world. But I wanted to tell you more about the women & men who work with them.


A typical day of work for the women of African Style:
1 hour walk to Jalia & Daniels house
Sit in the outdoor area of their home and start making jewelry
Talk, talk, talk
Jalia serves them all a hot meal (this is a big deal!)
Work while they chat!
Before they go home every day they get PAID!


This is HUGE. They get paid for the work they do every. Single. Day.
Most women who make items & sell in the market in Uganda would have to wait until their item sold to make money, but these women get it each day.

We heard so many testimonies to what the $ they make helps them do!

Rosette says that her 5 kids (ages 3-17!) go to school with the money she makes.


Bukenya &Coral were able to pay for proper prenatal care during their pregnancy.



Ida, Jalia’s sister, who is a trained nurse started helping during her 1 month off from the hospital, and has decided that “making beads makes me happy” and instead of going back to the death filled hospital, she’s going to continue to work for Noonday! The $ she makes is better with Noonday & it helps her provide for her 2 small children!



My favorite story is of Bukenya (24) and his brother, Caleb (17). I got to chatting with these two young brothers as they speak very good English. I loved hearing their stories, their hearts, and their big god given plans. Having different biological dads, Bukenya spent 7 years of his youth growing up in an orphanage. It was there he learned about Jesus, and now him, his brother Caleb & his wife Coral are all Christ followers. Not only are they Christ followers trying to make it in their world, they want to help others “who really need it”. By my standards & those of the world – these young men are the ones who need the help – but their heart goes out to children living on the street. They work tirelessly making jewelry every day so they can save enough money to start an orphanage. Their goal is in 6-8 years to have their doors open to provide a place to sleep, food, and Christian discipleship for the street children of Kampala.


These boys don’t waver in their dreams & goals.
They aren’t afraid to tell you what the Lord has stirred up in their hearts.
I have no doubt these two, with the Lords help; will make a huge difference in the kingdom.

And the money that will help them get there……they money they get from making the Jalia, Zoe, Kampala with love, ETC necklaces. So when you purchase a necklace from Noonday Collection, made in Uganda, you know where your money is going...

To pay for precious children’s school fees, food on the table, to help babies be born healthy and to eventually get street children into a safe and loving environment.

The Zoe Necklace, named after Jalia & Daniels daughter..... in Coral or Turquoise


this is Caleb making the beads for the necklace!


It doesn’t get much better than that.


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You can win The Zoe Necklace in this Noonday Giveaway right here on the Specs & Wings blog!
Here's a little bit about the necklace:


"We collaborated with our artisans in Uganda to create a lightweight, eye-catching necklace. Each bead is handmade from paper and then strung delicately with gold colored glass beads. Measures 15'' to 18'' in length with an adjustable loop closure.
Handmade by African Style, a group that Noonday Collection helped launch in Uganda."
To enter this giveaway, please visit http://www.wynneelder.noondaycollection.coand tell us your favorite item in the comments of this post! For an extra entry become a follower of my blog (www.specsandwings.blogspot.com) and Wynne's blog (www.elderadventures.blogspot.com)! Leave us a note in the comments if you followed us too!
We'll announce a winner on Monday March 19th! How exciting!!!
happy wednesday!

40 comments:

Danielle Runyan said...

I love love the brown Patchwork Clutch. The colors are so vibrant. I can't wait to go to a Noonday party soon :)

Tara said...

yay! i love noonday [and i love those custom TOMS ... seriously CUTE!]. i love it all but my favorite right now is the daughter's first diamond. love it!

Tara said...

i now follow your blog! :]

Tara said...

and i follow wynne's. :]

Lindsey said...

My favorite is the Rewind Clutch! LOVE!

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Lindsey said...

I follow your blog!

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Lindsey said...

And I follow Wynne's blog, too!

Lindsey :)
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Desiree said...

LOVE her blog :) And my favorite item right now (changes a lot) is the Acai necklace :)

Desiree said...

i follow you :)

Desiree said...

and I follow your lovely guest Wynne :)

StaciZ said...

I love the patchwork clutch! very easy to pair with anything!

Danielle Runyan said...

New follower of you and Wynne! Although I have been a reader for a few weeks now :) Love what you are doing to support our friend Alison Holcomb. You are so talented!

Lauren said...

I love the vacay bags!! SO cute!

Lauren said...

I follow your blog now! :)

Lauren said...

I follow Wynne's blog!

Allison said...

I have been eyeballing the bouquet necklace and midnight rectangular earrings for a while!!

Allison said...

I have been eyeballing the bouquet necklace and midnight rectangular earrings for a while!!

Allison said...

I follow Wynne's blog

Anonymous said...

So many favorites- but I especially love the Zoe necklace after reading the story!
-Renae

Anonymous said...

Following you now!

Anonymous said...

and following wynne, too :-)

Andrea M said...

This is so lovely! My husband and I are adopting from Ethiopia and just received news 1 hour ago that our time frame has beeb extended another 18-24 months :( little treasures like these from there warms my heart :)
My favorites are the organic lace earrings or the safari scarf

Andrea M said...

i am subscribed to Elder :)

Andrea M said...

I am subscribed to you too!

pennythequeen/queeniep said...

I just found you blog... I will follow for sure... I love the dainty necklace.... so wonderful and beautiful!

Taylor B. said...

I love the Inca step necklace! so versatile!

Taylor B. said...

I'm a follower of wynne's blog

Taylor B. said...

I follow your blog :)

Abbey | Chips and Salsa Designs said...

Love the zip up scarf - perfect for the chilly (or not so chilly) Texas winters. Follow both blogs!

Our journey said...

I am following your blog :)

Our journey said...

And I'm following Wynne's blog also! :)

Our journey said...

And I love the Zoe necklace :) in turquoise :)

Colin and Jess said...

I follow Wynne's blog!

Colin and Jess said...

I follow your blog!

Colin and Jess said...

I love the sandals with straps!!!

Bethany said...

wow! I love the patchwork clutch!

Valerie said...

I love the sun disc earrings and the bird cups (my loving husband got me these for Christmas).

Ashley said...

Ya hard to choose ONE FAVE but the Tagua bracelet- Classy, yet funky! (Following both of you for sure now) > Great WORK!

Alaine88 said...

I love the Happy Day necklace
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Jamie R. said...

I love the Zoe necklace! And I'm following you now!