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Working Like a Dog Sarah, the newest Mango at Happy Mango Beads, has already worked here nearly a month and it has been awesome having her!  In addition to Sarah joining the crew, her Borgie pup has also been helping out.  His name is Gary.  Merle, the MIC's Mini Schnauzer, and Gary love to play together and they supervise...

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What do you do with the beads you buy? I work in the Happy Mango Beads warehouse and I prepare orders for customers comprised of beads from all over the world.  Each order has a unique feel to it.  I see various beads being shipped out with beautiful color patterns, intricate details, and many different shapes and sizes.  I often wonder...

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Happy MANGOsteen! Anyone who has eaten a mangosteen knows why it's considered the Queen of Fruit.   Don't mind it's grungy appearance, it's the sweet, juicy insides that matters!  My first mangosteen came to me as a gift from a Javanese man many years ago.  I purchased some giant glass Jatim beads from him, I paid...

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Help Fire Victims in Valparaíso, Chile! The most recent updates claim that over 3,000 homes have burned to the ground, 15 people died and 11,000 people have been displaced in the devastating hill fire in Valparaíso, Chile. Having lived in this city for a nice portion of my life, this breaks my heart. One thing I do know, is that the city...

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Wampum for Taxes The year is 1638, the place, Connecticut.  It's tax time and I have no corn or other commodity with which to pay.  Coins have yet to be invented.  The answer to my dilemma is BEADS, or Wampum as they are commonly called.  With two purple or four white beads being worth a penny this could add up fast. ...

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Working Like a Dog

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Category : Meanderings

Sarah, the newest Mango at Happy Mango Beads, has already worked here nearly a month and it has been awesome having her!  In addition to Sarah joining the crew, her Borgie pup has also been helping out.  His name is Gary.  Merle, the MIC’s Mini Schnauzer, and Gary love to play together and they supervise all the going’s on of the warehouse.  (What is MIC, you ask? It is Emily, the ‘Mango In Charge’.)

Gary & Merle

Because Gary and Merle are rarely heard above all us girls, I wanted to give them a voice.  They sat (and mostly stayed) with me to answer a few questions.

How do you like working for Happy Mango Beads?

Merle: My human is here. I love her. The UPS guy gives me treats. Bark. Bark.

Gary: Woof. I love coming to work with my human. There are lots of smells.

What is the first thing you do when you get to work each day?

Merle: I run laps around the warehouse! I love running! Running is my favorite!

Gary: I sniff Merle! I’m still getting used to him.

Where is your favorite place to nap in the warehouse?

Merle: In Emily’s lap while she is at the computer.

Gary: Under the pewter table.

What is your favorite bead in the warehouse?

Merle: *drool*

Gary: Woof! Bone Beads!

This question is for Merle. Why do you only spin in circles to the left, not the right?

Merle: *pant* *lick* *spin* *head tilt*

I guess we will never know the answer to that last question, but there you have it. Straight from the horses…err…dogs mouth. Stay tuned for my next interview!

-Nikki

Gary & Merle

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My all time favorite blog post!

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Ducks are more polite than Chickens

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Category : Our Adventures

A day of leisure in Bali to most people might mean relaxing at the beach, a spa treatment or even some light shopping along Legian Street, but we look at leisure a bit differently. With bead business out of the way, we woke up earlier than the roosters, drank a pot of Bali-kopi (the darkest, muddiest coffee in the world, with the caffeine content to match), and we waited for our great friend and driver of many years, Wayan, to pick us up because we wanted to be taken to the country for the day. He arrived at our door with a bag of rambutans, honey mangos and salak, all local fruit. This became breakfast.

We first met Wayan when he was a young man of 19 years. He was working on the streets of Kuta yelling, “transport, transport, transport” while turning an imaginary steering wheel, hoping to give us tourists a ride someplace. For more than 20 years now we’ve watched Wayan grow up, learn passable English, marry ‘Wayan’ and soon have their first child, also named ‘Wayan’. One thing you must understand is that in Bali, Wayan’s ‘caste’ only has four names: the first born child, male or female, is always named Wayan. Over the years we watched as Wayan built a small 2 room cement block home, purchase his first mini-van for his transport business, and have 2 more children. Wayan has taken care of our children when they were only toddlers, he has worked very long hours for us helping prepare cargo, and ensured that everything went smoothly for us while we were guests in his country. One trip we brought along my mother and her 2 friends; he treated them as part of his family. As you might suspect, Wayan is a wonderful person and a very dear friend. He is very representative of the Balinese people.

Back to our day of leisure. We drove for about 2 hours into the country, away from the craziness and into the beautiful landscape that is synonymous with Bali. As we passed temples, lotus ponds and rice paddies we came upon a small field with hundreds of young ducks. Wayan commented, “ducks are more polite than chickens.” He always says the funniest things! He went further to explain: “chickens have to attack each other before they eat, but ducks just eat.” Okay, a good point. Wayan sees everything from a very practical point of view. It was really hard once to get him to understand that some dogs in America visit an animal psychologist. He still doesn’t believe it. We laugh with Wayan constantly as our conversations seem to point out the humor in our cultural differences. So far from home it’s always important to have an open mind. A couple funny examples we recently encountered: a sign at a seafood stand, “Seafood – the life be out of it”, surely they just wanted to let you know they are selling dead seafood. Another cute one: “Costumers Parking Only”. Every time we take the ferry to Java we have to laugh when we read the sign which says “encounter with propeller may cause death”. Does this mean they don’t want you swimming near the ferry? Or no diving off the dock?

Seriously, back to our leisurely drive in the country. We drove through our favorite area called Tegallalang, a wood carving area and our old ‘stomping grounds’. At one time 13 families in this area worked for us producing fishing cats, polka dotted pigs, masks, roosters and other very cool carved wood figures. This was before Happy Mango Beads was born. Anyway, we thought we’d stop and visit some of our old friends. Not only was Nyoman (and family) happy to see us, they were delighted to have a little extra muscle, as they were building a new family temple and there were many bricks to haul and even mortar to mix. So in the hot, humid jungle of Bali we found a way to spend the rest of our day of leisure. Of course Wayan worked as hard as anyone. They rewarded us with black rice pudding and ginger/papaya juice. All said and done there couldn’t have been a better way to spend the afternoon. We spent the long drive back to our hotel in Seminyak trying to make Wayan understand exactly what a Chihuahua is and why we find it necessary to put clothes on them in the winter in Colorado. He only laughed.

~ Rudi

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What a wonderful writer you are! Your stories always lead to the commonality of our vast world, and how much we all share. You have a richness of heart and soul that shines thru you via pics or the choice of beads for HMB or your blogs. Thank you for making us all feel like we are ” warm, close personal friends” of you and your families!

I would think clothes on any dog would be a strange thing to describe to anyone who lives in the tropics!

With best regards, joan hewett

Thank you so much, Joan. I ALWAYS appreciate your feedback and support!

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Amber Beads – What are they?

Category : Beads, Beads, Beads, Jewelry Inspiration

These lightweight beads are truly beautiful and are handcrafted of genuine Baltic amber.  We offer a large selection of amber beads and have just recently added a couple of new styles to our webstore!

Here are some fun facts about Amber:

  1. Amber is fossilized tree resin, not sap.
  2. In addition to be used for jewelry, amber is also used as an ingredient in perfumes and has been used as a healing element in non-traditional medicines.
  3. Amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions because it originates as sticky tree resin.
  4. Although the most common colors of amber range from white, to yellow, to brown/black, it has been found in red, green and blue! These colors are very rare and highly sought after.
  5. Amber is the birthstone for the month of November.

Check out these and all of our Natural & Organic beads at Happy Mango!

 Happy Mango Amber

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What do you do with the beads you buy?

Category : Beads, Beads, Beads, Meanderings

I work in the Happy Mango Beads warehouse and I prepare orders for customers comprised of beads from all over the world.  Each order has a unique feel to it.  I see various beads being shipped out with beautiful color patterns, intricate details, and many different shapes and sizes.  I often wonder what will become of these beads?  I realize that not all beaders make jewelry … so tell me, what do you do with the beads you buy?

Beads of the World : Happy Mango Beads Blog

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Happy MANGOsteen!

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Category : Meanderings, Our Adventures

Anyone who has eaten a mangosteen knows why it’s considered the Queen of Fruit.   Don’t mind it’s grungy appearance, it’s the sweet, juicy insides that matters!  My first mangosteen came to me as a gift from a Javanese man many years ago.  I purchased some giant glass Jatim beads from him, I paid with a 100,000 Rupiah note and he owed me back a mere 15,000 Rp (approx $1.60).  He had no change and I told him to forget about it, so instead he gave me a mangosteen.  I smiled and thanked him, so he gave me another one.  I thought, “Hmmm, some sort of beet?”  The 2 mangosteens stayed with me for the remainder of my time in Indonesia and then on to my next destination, Nepal, where I presented them to the lady who cleaned the room at my hotel.  It was a year later that I finally discovered what a mangosteen is and I even tasted one … and OH MY GOSH!!!

Tell me, have you ever eaten a mangosteen?

Mangosteen : Happy Mango Beads Blog

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Thank you for sharing. It is so neat to hear about your experiences abroad! Sadly, I’ve never even heard of a mangosteen. But in a horticulture class I had the chance to eat some exotic fruits. The one I remember most is starfruit because it tasted like the way grass smells after a fresh rain, to me at least.

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