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?
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.
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
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!
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!