Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The Seven Virtues Fragrance Collection

Can  perfume be a tool for peace in war torn and strife ridden countries? 
Introducing Noble Rose of Afghanistan

afghanistan orange blossom         

Barb Stegemann was inspired by her best friend who was catastrophically wounded in Afghanistan. She wanted to support his mission of empowering the people of Afghanistan in her own small way. She read about Abdullah Arsala, owner of a distillery in Jalalabad, Afghanistan who was trying to support his tribe by courageously growing legal crops of orange blossom and rose instead of the poppy crop that accounts for 90% of the world’s heroin supply.

"It is my vision to one day produce half of the rose oil supply for all the world. 
This will help farmers in Afghanistan buy shoes and books for their children in a safe environment,
growing a legal crop that does not compromise our lives or dignity". 
Abdullah Arsala, Owner of Gulestan Essential Oils, Afghanistan

Monday, 27 January 2014

Owen and Mzee

"Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together." Anon


In December 2004, a frightened young hippo, separated from his family by a devastating tsunami, bonded with an Aldabra tortoise named Mzee. The 130 year-old tortoise accepted Owen as his own, and an inseparable bond was forged.
Owen and Mzee have become quite famous but did you know they developed a language, neither hippo or tortoise sounds, so they could communicate?

Friday, 24 January 2014


Goodwill: a disposition to kindness and compassion

Today is Grow Your Blog party day. It couldn't have come at a better time. Clink on the image to find out more and meet the lovely Vicki who organised it all.

Welcome to my brand new blog. A little over a year ago, I was learning, like many of you, about the terrible events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I struggled to come to terms with the tragedy. After much thought I decided I would like to promote the idea of goodwill. To encourage people to practice kindness and compassion in the everyday conduct of their lives.

As the subtitle suggests this is a place for people of goodwill to come together. To share ideas, seek advice, show support and promote the idea of goodwill. To find ways of planting seeds of goodwill, i.e. kindness and compassion, wherever they see a need. Seeds are small but can grow and spread over large areas. This blog is my tiny seed. I hope you will join me in planting more,  Susan

P.S.You can help spread the idea of goodwill by displaying my button. The link is lower down on the left hand side of the page.

As part of Vicki's blog party I am giving away three pendants, designed exclusively for Goodwill Seeds. To enter leave a comment and mention which one you prefer. I will post the names of the winners on Feb 15th.


The pendants were made for me by Jana at Modern Artifacts. When I went to pick them up she had made one just for me. What a sweetheart. Please visit her site, click on photos, then albums, to see her beautiful work.

Monday, 20 January 2014


This is the winning sound in BeautifulNow's most beautiful sound in the world competition. Close your eyes, clear your mind, immerse yourselves. If you have headphones I suggest using them to shut out distractions.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Box of Sunshine
Do you have family and friends who are incredibly special to you? How about making up a little box of sunshine for them? My best friend is so easy to buy for, all I need to get is some quilting magazines and her face lights up. If I was going all out I would put in some hand cream for those pricked and sore quilting fingers and a soothing CD to quilt by. What kind of box would you make and for whom?

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Fashionista, Spashionista

Spashionista Report
Alicia Searcy is one smart and savvy dame. Handed out a lemon at birth in the form of Cerebral Palsy this girl is making a lot more than lemonade.  I am so behind her open hearted and witty approach to being a wheelchair riding fashionista. CP can make typing laborious but Alicia steps up anyway in her mission to make all women feel attractive and confident. No matter what your size, shape or ability I think you will find something beautiful on this blog. At this very moment I'm lusting after a sparkly pair of walking shoes she wrote about. So fabulous to wear with jeans when I go into town.  Find Alicia at Spashionista Report.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

American History On Your Table

dinnerware <span>by color</span>

Fiesta china by Homer Laughlin

Since 1936 people have been falling in love with the iconic design of Fiesta china. The Homer Laughlin China Co is proud to say that their Fiesta® Dinnerware is still made in the USA at their plant in Newell, West Virginia where it was originally designed and produced nearly 75 years ago. 700 people are employed at the factory. Keeping jobs at home is a good thing to do.