Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: The Noelle Collection

This is the week of sales upon sales!! So perfect for you…hope you are getting all your Christmas shopping done early!! We are back with a great Thrifty Thursday for you today!



Our Noelle Collection is on sale for just $9.00! These ornaments are handmade in Beijing, and help support Lao Yan and his beautiful family! They are selling fast...make sure you get your order in before the sale ends tonight! If you've purchased a set of Scarlet Threads ornaments already...share a picture of them gracing your tree in the comments! We'd love to see it! Merry Christmas and happy decorating!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday! Target: Sell Out!

We've had a great week of sales. We really have! But, I think this coming week is going to be even better. Cyber Monday has always been boon for our little business and a great boon for our customers, too. At the end of the year, like other businesses do, we look at our inventory and we look at our prices and we think about the reason we are in business.


We are in business for a specific reason: to empower artisans through employment. That employment comes by introducing their products to new markets. We have steadily sought to extend the Scarlet Threads community, to connect you to Lao Yen, Deng Jia, and our Chin Women Next Door. We have brought in new cooking blog partners who believe in our products and our mission behind them. We have partnered with new stores, most notably The Cupboard in Fort Collins, CO.

So, the only way that we get to make new products with Lao Yen and Deng Jia and Dawt and Du is to sell EVERYTHING in our shop. That is the mission. How do we accomplish it? We make prices irresistible. It's as simple as that.

Cyber Monday is YOUR day. It's like customer appreciation day! How can you help?

  1. If you are in the market for one of our Aprons, Bags, Dresses, or Ornaments - place an order! The prices can't (and won't) get any better than this.
  2. Share our posts on Social Media - Tweet, Share on FB, Instagram, Pinterest - it all helps!
Now, down to business... the IRRESISTIBLE prices!


Poppy & Summer Joy - $2.50


Xiao Apron Collection!



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday!

Do you get tired of seeing big name stores no matter where you go? It seems that everywhere we look there's another Walmart, another Target, or even another Gap. One of my favorite things to do, in every new city I visit, is to scope out the local scene. Find the little quaint shops and businesses that give it the charm. Go explore the cute downtown streets with the eclectic little boutiques on every corner! 


If you got worn out this weekend, shopping all the big name brands, take some time this weekend to celebrate the small businesses around you! Scarlet Threads is so thankful for all of you who continually support our small and growing business! Take a minute to check out our website today…we have great deals for you!, While shopping, scroll through the #smallbusinesssaturday hashtag on Instagram and Facebook! You have no idea what treasures you might just stumble upon! Happy shopping! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Sale!!

Happy happy happy Thanksgiving! Oh, how much we have to be thankful for! We are so blessed, and all of us here at Scarlet Threads are so thankful for YOU…how you have partnered with us, supported us, and encouraged us  in the future of Scarlet Threads! We have SO many fun things for you on SUPER SALE this weekend…especially today! Apron bundleswired Christmas ornaments…and "Fierce Tees" galore! 



Go peek around the website today…our products are on incredible sale, up to 60% off!! We are so ready to start decorating for Christmas with the wired art ornaments we have in stock! Aren't they beautiful? They are handmade in China, by the incredible Lao Yan, and are ready to grace your Christmas tree with their beautiful message of hope. We are so thankful for your continued support of Scarlet Threads, and are looking forward celebrating this Christmas season with you all!



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Apron Naming Giveaway: Round Three!!

Remember just a few weeks ago when you all had the chance to name a couple of the beautiful new aprons in the Scarlet Threads' Fall Line? Well, those aprons now have the perfect names to go along with their beautiful colors and styles…the "Evelyn" and the "Jennie Mae"!



In case you missed your chance to enter, or didn't submit the winning name, how about another round? Our friend and affiliate Andrea, over at Mitchael Journey, is hosting a naming giveaway for another one of our new aprons! This one is the perfect size for the little girl in your life, and is full of bright colors and ruffles to match. Will you help us find the perfect name for this cute little apron? Can't wait to see what you come up with…


Head on over to Andrea's post and comment with your favorite name, and you could win this apron for yourself! I mean...for your sweet little one, of course! What do you think?? Is she a classic name? A spunky name? Give it a go! Let's see what she'll be!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Brave Heart

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“Why heart defects? Why orphans?”
Friends and family asked me these questions over and over again as I advocated for children with broken hearts, and tried to raise funds for their surgeries. Even more incredulously, they asked, when I moved from Iraq to China and everywhere in between to help provide heart surgeries for critically ill children. Over and over again I answered:

Because. Of. Brooke.

I met Cai Wei, or “Brooke” (her given English name), while interning for a special-needs orphanage in China. She was 18 months old, and, on my first day of work, I was assigned to work one-on-one with her.

Immediately, I fell head-over-heels in love.

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She, however, was not so quick to love—distrustful and guarded due to emotional trauma in her past. Born with only half a heart—along with four other complicated defects—Brooke arrived at this orphanage, an incredible place called New Day Foster Home, when she was only 10 months old. She was very blue and very sick, desperately needing a surgery to survive. Soon after, she received her first open heart surgery, and this truly saved her life.

People that I will never meet this side of heaven donated funds to give my Brooke a chance to live. They gave her a priceless gift that can never be repaid. She was given a future full of beautiful hope.

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As the summer wore on, she gradually began to trust me, and we eventually became the best of friends. However, I still worried every day about her physical heart, knowing how much she needed another surgery. I left China and “my” Brooke Cai Wei at the end of the summer with my own heart broken, and returned home resolved to find her a family.

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Only God could orchestrate the events that followed in the months after returning home, but 8 months after saying goodbye to Brooke in China, my family was on a plane headed back to bring her home- forever to be ours. Brooke and I were waiting for them to arrive in China...and the moment I placed my baby sister is my mother's arms for the first time is a moment that will   never, ever be forgotten. 

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Life was a whirlwind with our new little one, but 7 weeks later, we placed Brooke Cai Wei into the arms of her capable surgeon, as she went in for yet another lifesaving open-heart surgery. While Brooke’s heart can never be “fixed”, this surgery gave her incredible hope. It gave her a chance for a future.

Because of Brooke, I see hope for children all around the world with heart defects, waiting for their chance at life.

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I remember too vividly the despair that is felt, knowing the child I loved needed a miracle to survive. While in Iraq, I hurt with each family, as they bravely handed their precious children over for surgery, not knowing the outcome. When I hear that a child's repair has been successful, I can almost feel the beat of Brooke’s newly repaired heart under my hand. I know in my soul the relief that is felt when these families see that their children have been given a hope for life.

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YOU can join me. You can bring hope to another little one, desperately needing a chance
This precious one is another sweet boy, needing heart surgery, just as my Brooke waited for hers. This little one's name is Eli, and he lives at New Day Foster Home, outside of Beijing, the same organization that cared for my Brooke and quite literally saved her life. Eli has incredibly complex heart defects, and needs his second open heart surgery that will cost $15,000. Expensive? Yes, incredibly. But his life? Friends, his life is priceless.




For me, heart defects are no longer just a statistic, just another medical condition. Brooke Cai Wei has given them a face, and her heart-story has rewritten my own.
You can make a tax-deductible donation to Eli's surgery by following this link. He is worth it, friends. Please help us make his broken heart whole.


Every child, like Brooke, deserves the gift of hope.
Now that I have seen, I am responsible. Because of Brooke, I am here. Because of Brooke, I will fight for every child with a CHD to have access to hope. Join me in praying for Eli and help us heal his heart!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Apron Giveaway - Name Announcement

The names are in for two of our new aprons. And, contests for the three remaining are soon to begin! Scarlet Threads has become a community socent (social enterprise) and we really enjoy sharing our successes with you. Thanks for taking part in our naming contests, for sharing our button, for buying our products, for commenting on facebook, and everything else. This isn't just a two-person project, this is our mission together.

First off, we are thrilled to announce the name of our gorgeous adult Ruffled Apron - selected by our partner Mommy's Kitchen. Girls grow up, but they don't have to grow out of ruffles.

Meet Jennie Mae!




Based on our popular Priscilla pattern, this ruffled apron for adults is sure to bring some sunshine into your kitchen.  The bodice is made from a delicately embroidered floral fabric in a swirl of colors on a bright pink fabric, while the accent fabrics in a small ocean-blue check fabric and a bold floral print that repeats some of the same patterns and colors as the embroidered fabric make the apron pop.  One of our most beautiful creations yet, this cheerful and elegant apron has fully adjustable waist and neck ties.  Handmade by Deng Jie. - $36

Next up are the results of our own naming contest. Thank you to everyone who participated! We received so many beautiful names, and it was quite a task to narrow it down to please our 3-person selection committee. But in the end, we settled on a classic and elegant name...

Meet Evelyn!



A modern fabric perfect for autumn in shades of brown, tan, gold, and orange... all the beauty of Fall in an apron.  With orange accents and fabric-covered buttons at the neck and pocket, this apron is ready for you to make the season's first pumpkin pie. Handmade by Deng Jie. - $25

Again, a thank you to everyone who supports us! If you are currently sharing our blog button, consider becoming an affiliate and directing traffic to our apron shop instead. We would love to share our success with you with a 5% commission. :)