Trade As One

 Vintage Faith Church of Santa Cruz, CA will be partnering with Trade As One to host a Fair Trade boutique November 15, 2009. It'll be in the Fireside Room- click on the church link for directions. I for one will enjoy this detour from the normal frenzy of purchasing that Christmas can become. I'm excited to buy gifts that will bring justice to those who need it. So come on out! Tell them rosa sent you.


Blessed said...

this is the perfect pairing to your last posting, Rosa, which made me laugh. (I remember those catalogs too--esp. the glow-in-the-dark crucifix and the Testamints, those little "share a mint, share the faith" mints with a cross imprinted on each one and a pithy piece of Scripture on the package.)

I am all for fair trade gifts, and I love shopping experiences like this. BUT since we are all about the Advent conspiracy now, I am very aware that there is still the danger of overspending when buying such gifts, esp. because now I would feel like the money I am spending is helping make the world a better place. So I am totally going to be there for this event--but will have to be extra careful with our/God's dollars.

Our Christmas stockings, which D and I think are the BEST EVER, are fair trade made in Nepal by a woman;s cooperative. And they are large, and colorful and strong thick chunky knit with just enough stretch to fit in oddly shaped gifts. We liked them so much that every time we found new designs we bought them, (we could usually find only one or two patterns in any given year) even if we did not have *need* for them, and we ended up with exactly the right number for our family! (plus one for hanging to hold Christmas cards--or for the bonus BONUS blessing yet to come!)

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rosa said...

Thanks for this, blessed!

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.