Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Feeling girly?

Nothing says, "feminine" quite like soft pinks and creams and this trio is easily dressed up or down to accentuate your outfit perfectly.

Feeling blue? Let these beauties cheer you up!

When I wear my grandpa's watch, I always feel a little bit closer to him. It's like a sweet little reminder, right there on my wrist, of all the sweet time we spent together before he passed away in 2010 from lung cancer. I also love this watch because it's a mix of silver and gold. The blue and white polka dotted bracelet on gold wire is paired perfectly with the rough rock on silver, complimenting the contrast of the watch.
These are sure to be a conversation piece, and you'll love feeling "blue" with these on your arm!
The blue rough rock is "nested," meaning it is wrapped in wire, giving a fun, sophisticated feel.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Owl" be a fan of these for a while

These adorable hand-painted owls add the sweetest little touch to any fall outfit! Available in either multicolored (left) or brown (right), there's something for everyone!

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Fall" in love with Renmen Abonde

Are you a big fan of chunky sweaters, leggings, and boots? Do you love pumpkin spice lattes as much as the next typical white girl? Well, if you answered yes to any of those questions, you're just like me and these fall-inspired Renmen Abonde beauties are the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe!

America, the beautiful

What better way to show your patriotism than with the perfect accessories? These Renmen Abonde bracelets are beautiful accents to any outfit!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Almost everyone we know has somehow been affected by breast cancer, whether they themselves were victims, or it was someone they know. These pretty pink bracelets are the perfect way to show your support for Breast Cancer awareness! Wouldn't these make a special gift for a survivor friend?
The beautiful calligraphy featured on this delicate linen bag is a Sarah Morales original! Check out my sweet friend's awesome work here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jewelry with a Story

These Renmen Abonde beauties have quite the story. My great aunt bought me a box of vintage jewelry at an estate sale because she knows that I like to use unusual beads. I cut up the strands, then reworked them into these new creations. Aren't they stunning? The silver-wrapped gold gives them the perfect touch of modern-day-vintage, providing the lucky owners of these bracelets with a conversation piece that they can wear, right there on their arm! Talk about an arm party!
What's even cooler? If you have an old beaded necklace that perhaps belonged to your mother or grandmother, you can send me the beads from it and I can make a fun, new addition to your wardrobe out of them! How special, to have a piece of them wherever you go!

Limited supplies of all bracelets, so get them while they last!

Going to the Chapel?

Renmen Abonde loves making a bride's wedding day extra special. Want bracelets like these to match a special headpiece? You got it.

This bride from South Carolina sent me a picture of her headband, and after I gave her several options, she chose the beads she liked best, resulting in a set that looks like it was made together.

Talk about a match made in Heaven!

Renmen Abonde also specializes in matching sets for your bridesmaids, giftwrapped and made complete with personalized tags! 

Gift a Package!

When I was in college at Appalachian State, my mom and friends from church used to send me packages from time to time and they made my whole day every single time. Actually, most times, they made my whole week! Whether big or small, it felt so nice to know someone was thinking of me and somehow, brought a little piece of home to me while I was away.

One of the many cool things about Renmen Abonde is that they are totally customizable! Gifting a package? Why not let me mail it straight to the recipient, all you have to do is choose the bracelets you want and type up a message.... then let me do the rest!

This wolfpack-inspired combo will reach an NC State student next week and who wouldn't love getting this lovely ensemble in the mail? I know I would!

Gift a package today (giftwrap and message design service at no extra charge).

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How it all Began

As a senior in college (go Mountaineers!) working two jobs, doing more photography on the side than ever before for various magazines, and trying to graduate with honors, my desire to return to the country that had captured my heart two years before was dampened only by one question: how in the world am I going to get there?

The country of Haiti had been tugging at my heartstrings for years before I finally took the plunge in 2012, scared to death but so excited. When I went on that first trip, I had no idea that the people would steal my heart and bless me far more than I could ever bless them.

My junior and senior years of college were spent daydreaming about their smiles, the warm air on my skin, and the forever impressed image of hands raised high in pure surrender and worship of our King, Jesus Christ. It's unlike anything else.

My good friend, Lee, who is a wonderful, Godly wife and mother to two sweet boys, gave me a gift. That's how this whole little business of mine got started. She gave me two bracelets, and I loved them, wore them all the time, but never thought a thing about them as far as making them myself goes.

I worked at a daycare in college where I was surrounded by the most amazing women... each of them was like a mother away from home to me in their own unique and loving way. One chilly day, in February 2014, my boss, Mrs. Peggy, came in to our classroom wearing a beautiful, hand-knitted scarf. I said, "Mrs. Peggy! I love your scarf!" and she proceeded to tell me that she'd bought it from another student who was raising money for a mission trip. My eyes must have become the size of golf balls because I had never thought of selling anything to raise money at school to raise money to go back to Haiti. My church in Charlotte, N.C. has a pine needle fundraiser every year and other than that and the mission letters I sent out, I  didn't have any other way to raise the money for the trip I so desperately wanted to go on. I said, "My church is selling pine needles for our mission trip to Haiti... want to buy some of those?" to which she laughed and replied, "Girlfriend! I can't wear pine needles!"

I laughed, but the more I kept looking down at my wrist, the more I realized I had an opportunity in front of me the that entire time! The bracelets! I am so crafty, always making something (a trait I am proud to say I got honest from my Momma), so why did it never occur to me that I was surrounded by people who would love them just as much as I loved the ones Lee gave me?

As soon as I left work that day, I was on a mission. I headed straight to Michaels craft store, with maybe $50 in my poor, little pitiful college student bank account. I bought $47 worth of beads, wire, and tools.

I had literally no idea what I was doing and although I'm glad I didn't take pictures of the first bracelets I made (they were seriously so ugly), I wish someone knew how far they have come. Wow.

I stayed up all night long, teaching myself how to make these bracelets. I made about 40, took them to work the next day and sold every single one, and with the help and encouragement of the wonderful ladies there, had orders for over 100 more. Everyone wanted one for their sister, their mother, their Bible Study group, their sorority, their friend... WOW.

That's Jesus.

Doesn't He work in the most mysterious ways? He's so good, so faithful.

Since then, I raised enough money to return to Jacmel, Haiti in August 2014 with my fiancé, who is now just as in love with the Haitian people as I am. What a gift.

Where will the Lord take us? What will He do with this little business? I really don't know. But I do know that every time I look down at my wrist, I'm reminded of one thing: God doesn't care if you're able, He just cares if you're willing to make yourself available. Are you?

Let love abound.
Renmen Abonde

Finally... A Website!

Hi friends!

Many of you have asked for a website for months now, so here it finally is! I am completely honored to have had so much love, support, and encouragement for Renmen Abonde! As a new, growing, and changing company, it is your support that has allowed these bracelets to be mailed all over the country! Wow! How sweet is the Lord's provision? I will be sharing all the latest designs, from the girly classics to your favorite collections, so stay tuned and be sure to share with your friends!

Let love abound.
Renmen Abonde