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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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Homesickness Cured! I am not going to lie, I get homesick. I think everyone does no matter how close or far you live from home. My family lives in Ohio and I live in Colorado. I love my life in this beautiful state but sometimes I just wish I could hug my mom whenever I want or go out to dinner with my best friends on a...

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Spring Holidays! Yay for almost being actual SPRING!  It’s finally April and once the shenanigans of April Fools Day are over there a so many awesome holidays to celebrate spring and other occasions across the planet.  Looking for a handmade present idea for an April baby?  If the diamond birthstone is a little...

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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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Trash to Treasure Beading Contest

Category : Cool Contests & Events

Create environmental awareness by making jewelry!  RECYCLE, REPURPOSE, RE-BEAD!  Our annual “Trash to Treasure” beading contest is underway.  The grand prize winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to Happy Mango Beads; plus 6 category winners will each will receive a $50 gift certificate.

There are 6 fun categories including:

Trash to Cash – paper, plastic, bottle caps, etc.
Compost Happens! – natural, organic, sustainable
Is that my old windshield? – recycled glass
Scrap Metal – metal, old keys, chain
No Earlybirds! – yard sale/second-hand finds revamped
I’m not a dang hippie, I just want to enter this contest! – trashy elegance

More details about the contest, including the entry form, can be found here: www.happymangobeads.com/trash_to_treasure_beading_contest.aspx

Follow our facebook page to see some of the current entries.

Trash to Treasure Beading Contest : Happy Mango Beads Blog

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Help Fire Victims in Valparaíso, Chile!

Category : Meanderings

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 is full of strong porteños (people who reside in port cities). The city and country will no doubt, come back stronger than ever. Happy Mango Beads is here to help though. Through our website you can purchase a “chanchito” to support fire victims. All proceeds will be given to a dear friend who resides in Valparaíso who will distribute the money directly to the victims.

What is a “chanchito”? Literally translated, it means “little pig”. Each one of these clay pigs is handcrafted and fired in a kiln in the town of Pomaire, Chile. They have 3 legs and are thought to bring good luck and fortune to the person who keeps it. I personally have a chanchito that sits on my nightstand that I appreciate every evening.

Thank you in advance for your help!
Emily and everyone at Happy Mango Beads

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Wampum for Taxes

Category : Meanderings

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.  Knowing that the following years will bring about many changes to these valuations I think I’d better pay up and get it over with!

Click here to learn more about Wampum.

Happy Mango Beads offers other shell beads as well!

ŠShell Beads : Happy Mango Beads Blog

 

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Turtles… Bales… Bails… Say What?

Category : Beads, Beads, Beads

A group of turtles is called a bale. Yup. What’s better news than this? Happy Mango Beads offer a wide selection of turtle shaped beads AND bails!

Turtle Beads : Happy Mango Beads Blog

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