I’m really excited to share with you the progress on the social enterprise, A Beautiful Refuge, that I’m a partner of. A Beautiful Refuge is an extension of a resource center for women and children in crisis based in the Philippines, The Safe Refuge, and is supported by members of the Ethical Blogger Network. A Beautiful Refuge exists to provide Filipina women with an opportunity for dignified, stable employment creating ethically-made homewares and garments.

The EBN founder and my friend Hannah has just wrapped up six weeks in the Philippines working hard on making our launch a success. Here are some snippets:


A Beautiful Refuge office and workshop / our screenprinted designs drying outside


static1.squarespace.com3 Screenprinting training

Our first line features designs created by myself and each of the other blogger partners Christy, Holly, and Jacqui and tested by a great big survey gathering consumer feedback, with almost 200 respondents! Here are the designs:

ABR design 1 pillows

abr design line 1 2 abr design line 1 shirts ABR design line 1Though it hasn’t been without challenges, we are very happy with the progress so far and can’t wait to share the next steps with you. A big thank you to Hannah for all her hard work on recruiting me as a partner and for working so hard to help get ABR off the ground, and to Nicola Harger for these screenprinting and workshop photos.


Yours Fairly,



1 Comment

  1. June 22, 2016 / 4:26 PM

    Wow, I’m loving the mission of A Beautiful Refuge, and also the products! The status quo text is my favorite :)

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