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World Fair Trade Day & Mother’s Day – Celebrate Women of the World!

World Fair Trade Day & Mother’s Day – Celebrate Women of the World!
Out of 1.3 billion people living below the poverty line, 70% of the poor are women. The main reason?  Women often lack access to modern technologie...

How re-used teabags can change lives!

How re-used teabags can change lives!
Original T-Bag Designs have invented and perfected the ‘art’ of painting on used teabags!  The bags are dried, split, ironed, and then each artist ...

Hand Painted Linens from Julian's

Hand Painted Linens from Julian's
A splash of color down the middle of your dining table is a great way to change the feel and look of your room.  These hand painted table runners w...

Taper Holders - NEW! - from Decorative Details

Taper Holders - NEW! - from Decorative Details
In 1990, Decorative Details was started in a makeshift garage in the Eastern Cape, and today they work out of their own factory. The company manufa...

Ceramics at Julians

Ceramics at Julians

Fair Trade – a way of life

There is always a ‘feel good’ factor when buying Fair Trade products, but do we really know how companies committed to Fair Trade practices operate? Fair Trade is more a way of life than just a way of trading: It proves that greater justice in world trade is possible It highlights the need for change […]

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Thumbprint Artifacts on TV!

In the big world of news, we were thrilled with the coverage we recently received on ABC Channel 7 WXYZ Detroit! Becky and I were interviewed by JoAnne Purtan for her weekly special feature ‘Mom’s a Genius’.  The section is called, Mom’s a Genius: Lifelong friends support South African artisans to help them fight poverty […]

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Happy 2016!

Happy 2016!

At the start of the New Year we wanted to thank all of you that have supported us on this journey – customers, friends, family, and all of our followers! Thumbprint Artifacts grew at an astounding rate last year, doubling our previous year sales. The journey began three years ago when Kris came up with […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas – say ‘thank you’ AND send an extra special message!

Trying to say thank you for a job well done or to that loyal customer via a thoughtful gift over the holidays?  Why not make someone happy and at the same time – make a difference. You don’t have to be in a big corporate office environment, maybe it is your baby sitter, handy man […]

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Celebrate Fair Trade Month

October is the month to recognize your support for ‘making a difference’ throughout the world by improving working conditions, ensuring adequate levels of pay, and supporting those who depend on every purchase to care for themselves and their families. The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) supports marginalized small producers, whether these are independent family businesses […]

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Would you like to visit South Africa?

  Well here is a chance of a lifetime….. We have a mission – we support artisans in countries where we can have a positive effect on the rate of unemployment. Every purchase of a product from Thumbprint Artifacts impacts these artisan’s lives by helping them to support their family and build self-respect. As these […]

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Life of the Barbecue

Trying to think of a new way to liven up your next BBQ?   You got a great new menu… but that is still not enough?  Here’s a suggestion; Fun, hand painted, colorful, not your ordinary aprons!   These whimsical designs are the creation of artisans at Julian’s, in Bredasdorp, South Africa. The ‘Giraffes go […]

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