Recently Chelsea and I went out for one of our many sunset dates – or as we refer to them Chegan Dates – with the lovely items from my GlobeIn box. I chose their Love Box because I wanted to be able to share the love with someone I care about, and who better than my best friend? We went out to one of the beaches by Fort Pickens, brought some white wine and snacks with us and set up to enjoy the break from all of the rain we have been having.
What I love about the GlobeIn boxes is how the truly make an impact on someone’s life. By purchasing one of these boxes an artisan in a remote area is able to make a substantial amount of money to support their life of a technique that is fading from their traditions. GlobeIn’s mission is to deliver joy by empowering and connecting remarkable, remote artisans to mindful consumers. I must say, knowing that my items were handmade with love and that I was able to share that with someone I care for brought me a lot of joy.
Inside your GlobeIn box you receive a booklet that informs you of how and where each item was made. I learned that my beautiful wine glasses were made in the city of Tonala in the Mexican state of Jalisco, from a glass-blowing workshop called Cristaluc. This workshop is comprised of 40 local artisans who receive a steady income and get to work in an inspiring space that supports their art.
I learned that my Soapstone Word Heart is a soft rock that is popular for its ability to be molded into various shapes and was crafted by a wonderful family man, Mogendi Mureithe. Mogendi is of the Shona people, whose traditional sculptures are known worldwide and uses his carving craft to provide for his immediate and extended family. His work has enabled him to provide education, a new home, and a cow for his family. He has worked from his heart which shows in his Soapstone Hearts.
My adorable Elephant Soapstone Dish was carved by Rose, an exceptional lady who is an exception to the male-dominated carving realm of the Shona people. Rose’s husband is paralyzed and unable to work, and she knew that carving was the best way to make the living they needed. Today, Rose makes more than double the minimum wage, has health care, and gets to decide her own hours – who doesn’t want to decide their own work hours?
Other than the wine glasses, the Organic Dark Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt Bar was my favorite item. It was so delicious! My chocolate bar was from the Dominican Republic from a local cacao farmer, Ana Rodriguez. Cacao farming is important to Ana and she is mindful of how she grows, harvests, and ferments her cacao beans. Cacao farming also supports reforestation and contributes to the local economy.
The story behind my Palm Leaf Heart Bowl is truly a love story. This bowl was crafted by Juan and Juana, two weavers from Oaxaca, Mexico. They met as teenagers, and it was love at first sight for Juan, but Juana’s parents sent her off to Mexico City. After two years, Juan heard of her whereabouts and took a bus to close the 10-hour distance. He married her and they have been together for 20 years now. I think this is such a lovely story and it touches my heart that it was made by two people whose love is so strong.
My GlobeIn box was just one of many options and countless stories. If you’re interested in supporting someone’s art and way of life use my code MEGANRAE to take $10 off any new 3-month or longer subscription to their Artisan Boxes. These boxes are curated around a monthly theme and feature exclusive, handcrafted products.
Photography: Love Anneliese Photography