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I love summer outdoor entertaining. However, in my backyard, I don’t have a lot of lighting back there yet. I am working on it, but I just haven’t found anything yet that I have fallen in love with — until now. I recently received a beautiful hand made Jonas Sunflower Metal Lantern from the Heart of Haiti line and I LOVE the way it looks on my outdoor table!
The Heart of Haiti line is near and dear to my heart anyway because our church sponsors an orphanage in Haiti. I have two kids that I personally send things to every month there and anytime I can find a way to give back to this poverty stricken area, I do that.
The Heart of Haiti line is made in the town of Croix des Bouquets by acclaimed metal artisans. The sales of these handcrafted lanterns allow the artisans to send their children to school and better support their families.
Macy’s joined forces with the Clinton Bush Haiti fund shortly after the devastating earthquake in January 2010 and developed a product line for sale at Macy’s which helps support over 550 artisans and their families. The metal art is a beautiful example of this line.
Artisans forge these lanterns out of recycled oil barrels, pounding our intricate designs. Haiti has an estimated 400,000 artisans (out of a 10 million population) who rely solely on their handcrafted goods as a source of income. No other sector of employment even approaches such numbers.
Macy’s Heart of Haiti provides employment to 550 artisans, providing economic support to their 4500 extended family members and others.
3 Ways to Brighten Up Your Summer Entertaining Area
I love creating a space where we can entertain during the summer. I have 3 ways that I make it bright and entertaining. Hopefully these tips will help you too.
Pops of Color
My daughter loves flowers, so she loves to create beautiful flower pot arrangements out back to add in color to our sitting area.
We have also bought gorgeous bright pillows to put on our swing to help bring in color.
Lighting is Always Necessary
Making sure you have lighting is important. You can hang lantern lights to give you a luminous glow, or you can put up a couple of these Jonas Sunflower Metal Lanterns.
A couple of these hanging around would not only make your area brighter, but people just cannot stop talking about how beautiful they are!
Use a Pergola Instead of a Covered Deck
If you want coverage in your back yard entertaining area, but want a covering, go for a pergola instead of a covered deck. This way — you still get light in and it is not so dark underneath. I am in the process of getting a pergola!
Heart of Haiti Artist
Let me introduce you to Pierre Michele Dorestant, who is a metal artisan who works on the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line. He is pictured here with his youngest daughter.
He is able to send all his children to school thanks to the orders he receives from Macy’s. So the purchase of these items provides sustainable income for artists and their families.
While other organizations have come and gone, Macy’s has remained in Haiti since shortly after the earthquake, deepening their commitment to this Trade not Aid initiative.
Where Can I Find These Pieces?
If you are interested in purchasing any of these Heart of Haiti pieces, you can visit these locations to see them up close and personal: Herald Square, Brooklyn Downtown, Metro Center, State Street, Northland Center, Seattle Downtown, Portland Downtown, San Francisco Union Square, Biltmore Fashion Park, South Coast Plaza Home, Mission Valley Home, Dallas Galleria, Lenox Square Mall, and Dadeland
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What are your favorite ways to entertain during the summer?