bombshells and butterfly wings

Yesterday I helped my friend, Lindsay, sell her jewelry at a holiday boutique. But Lindsay doesn’t sell any old jewelry. She sells jewelry made out of recycled bombshells and butterfly wings.

Each peace dove pendant is made from recycled bombshell scraps leftover from the many wars in Cambodia. Beauty from the ashes.

Yup, that’s a real butterfly wing. They come from the butterfly orchid farms in Northern Thailand.

Here’s two more of my favorites:

The most amazing thing about this jewelry is that it is all handmade by women in Cambodia, Ukraine and Thailand.  The proceeds support the need for skill training and education for at-risk youth and works alongside many fair-trade organizations that keep family and community networks intact–so that the vulnerable women within those communities never have to face the possibility of being trafficked.

Check out her website: http://www.freedbydesign.org/

I am so inspired by my new friend and I love how beauty can come from a bombshell. Just like a pearl is made because a piece of sand irritates the oyster, I am challenged to look for beauty in the midst of suffering and hard times.

Isaiah 61:1-4

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

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