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Are you looking for a statement piece of jewelry that is unique and different from anything else?  Look no further!  Wishful Living has amazing jewelry from Turkey, Indonesia, Guatemala, Nepal and beyond!  Come visit our store located in Berthoud, Colorado and you'll be fascinated by our great selection and thrilled with our low prices.

~ Tiffany

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There are few places left in the modern world where ancient traditions of textile art still thrive. Among these are regions within the Far East, central Asia, and South and Central America.

In Central America the legacy of the ancient Mayans lives on among its descendants. Cotton was an important crop among the early Mayans, essential to the weaving process. Colors derived from mineral and vegetable substances were ground in stone mortars and used to dye the fibers prior to weaving. Along with the early methods of spinning and dyeing, the Mayans perfected a simple technique of weaving still used today.

Dress performs a major function in Mayan culture beyond practicality and protection; it serves to immediately identify one as belonging to a specific tribe or community. A certain headdress, for instance, would signify marital status. Decorative colors and details on a traditional huipil (blouse), would identify a specific village. While some designs have disappeared over time, new ones have been added and many of the motifs found today are from pre-Columbian times. Mayan weaving is a celebration shared between an entire group, and although each village has its own colors and patterns, each work also bears the highly personal touch of the weaver who created it. Contemporary Mayans, like their ancestors produce brightly colored designs rich in history and meaning. Often a single garment takes between two and three months to create. Weaving is a great source of pride for the men and women of Guatemala. Unfortunately, many Mayans have had to give up their weaving heritage for survival reasons.

At Wishful Living, we have an outstanding collection of Guatemalan textiles, huipils, cortes, fajas, and other beautiful hand-loomed works of art. These pieces need to be seen to be appreciated. The amount of hand work on a single piece renders it a piece of art to be displayed and admired. The bright colors and ancient motifs will liven any room and make you smile as bright as the Mayan sun.

Read more about Guatemalan textiles at Little Mango Imports.

Stack of Old Mayan Huipiles - Guatemala Textiles

Stack of Old Mayan Huipiles at Wishful Living, Berthoud, Colorado

 

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Sarongs - they are just one practical piece of fabric, beautiful too!

  1. Shawl
  2. Head Wrap
  3. Baby Sling
  4. Dress
  5. Superman Cape
  6. Long Skirt
  7. Head Wrap
  8. Dust Cover for Computer
  9. Doggie Sling
  10. Beach Blanket
  11. Wrap Top
  12. Lamp Shade Dimmer
  13. Tablecloth
  14. Wall Art
  15. Gift Bag
  16. Chair Upholstery
  17. Curtain
  18. Seat Cover
  19. Bedspread
  20. Bandana
  21. Sauna Wrap
  22. Room Divider
  23. Beach Bag
  24. Overnight Bag
  25. Valance
  26. Swimsuit Cover
  27. Head Scarf
  28. Costume
  29. Belt
  30. Picnic Blanket
  31. Mini Skirt
  32. Sash
  33. Beach Towel
  34. Bed Cover
  35. Pillow Cover
  36. Flag
  37. Shower Curtain
  38. Arm Sling
  39. Meditation Rug
  40. Yoga or Stretching Strap

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Working at Wishful Living during this holiday season has been a treat to see what treasures customers find to give to loved ones, family and friends. There are also so many gift giving ideas for teachers, co-workers and neighbors. If you are looking for some fantastic ideas of gifts under $10.00, come to Wishful Living as we have a variety of options! While some items include ornaments that are beaded or made of clove and iron, other gifts are beautiful mercury glass pieces and mosaic platters.

If you are shopping for a creative and artistic person, perhaps the box signs with unique sayings or journals with a variety of journal covers will stand out to you? I love the ebony wood hair sticks, wooden chickens and Lombok pottery from Indonesia. For the person who enjoys locally made products, we carry a variety of lotions, soaps and lip products made nearby Longmont, Colorado. A popular gift giving idea has been the beeswax candles and honey made in our hometown of Berthoud, Colorado.

If you are in search of an item for someone who loves to decorate their home, perhaps unique magnets, hanging signs or blue ceramic pieces will delight them? Jewelry lovers will enjoy the variety of beaded jewelry, bags and sachets available all under $10.00. Are you looking for something that offers fragrance? We have cinnamon bowls, clove boxes and delicious smelling 100% soy candles that can be found as you browse through this fantastic boutique! Dalmatian Jasper eggs, gemstone hearts and fossils are also a great find at under $10.00.

I cannot think of a better place to find a fantastic gift for under $10.00. Stop in and find your own unique treasure at a great price to give to someone special. The holiday season will be over soon, so hurry in for all of your gift giving needs. This store not only offers home décor and furniture, but also folk art, jewelry, candles, primitive art and rugs!

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It is that time of season when a scarf is a treasured accessory to any outfit and helps to keep you both stylish and warm.  As I walk the streets of Berthoud and pass many trendy ladies wearing scarves, I can't help but think how awesome it is to work at Wishful Living where a variety of scarves are sold for amazing prices to meet the stylish needs of women from all walks of life.
Covered in Scarves

For instance, the Pashmina Scarves in our store are a great buy.  These beautiful scarves come from Nepal.  They are so soft, delicate and come in a variety of colors to choose from.  Whether you chose to dress up an outfit with a bold solid print red scarf or perhaps one with intricate designs, you will be certain to fall in love with these scarves!

Beautiful, soft, woven scarves in a variety of colors come from Guatemala and are available as well.  These scarves are great for tying in various ways whether you chose to braid a scarf on one side or simply warp it around your neck.  There are so many fun colors to choose from, I often have a hard time deciding which scarf to wear for the day.  They are so comfortable and warm.

Wishful Living also offers a variety of light weight summer scarves.  I imagine these scarves would be perfect for tying in your hair.  With fun prints such as roses, dragonflies and butterflies that come in many different colors, these scarves are bound to turn some heads and get you a few compliments.  A wonderful woman came into the store the other day, and said she doesn't feel dressed completely unless she is wearing a scarf with her outfit. Scarves dress up any piece of clothing and add the extra pizazz we all adore.

Perhaps you could purchase a scarf to tie to your bag or luggage?  Does your loveable dog need a scarf to strut his/her stuff while going for a walk in the park? Scarves can also adorn our tables and chairs creating a unique décor for any household.  These beautiful scarves could be hung on a rod in a kitchen window to create a beautiful valance look and let just the right amount of light in.  The possibilities are endless as to what you can do with a scarf!

So as the winter months are approaching us, be sure that you have a few great scarves in your house to wear or decorate with. Come visit us at Wishful Living and see the wide variety of scarves offered throughout the store.  There are so many creative uses for scarves!  What is your favorite way to wear or use a scarf?

~ Tiffany

Located at 321 Mountain Ave in historic downtown Berthoud, Colorado, Wishful Living is a very large, unique store which offers an eclectic collection of folk art, jewelry, rugs, furniture, country, masks, candles, textiles, garden, ethnic, cards, baskets and so much more!  We are open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.

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paint-basketThese large baskets were handcrafted in Ghana, Africa and lately they are seen EVERYWHERE, and with a multitude of uses! Some of our favorite uses for these baskets (yes, you can get them at Wishful Living):

1. Load up your basket with your favorite arts and crafts supplies and pick a sunny spot on the porch. These baskets are sturdy and can hold a lot. I thought the addition of a bottle of wine would be wonderful too!

2. When considering new bathroom decor, these baskets are quite attractive for storing extra guest towels.

3. Heading to a party empty-handed? Fill your basket with your favorite local brew and a couple of glasses to bring to the party!

4. If you can’t decide on a piece of pottery to house your plant, you can put the pot inside a basket to add some color to your home.

5. Tote around your vegetables from the market.

6. If you need to organize your winter garments, these baskets make an attractive disguise!

These African baskets can be found at Wishful Living in beautiful, downtown Berthoud, Colorado.  Come and get yours before they’re all gone!