A tale of a school and an {etsy} shop

by Tina on August 24, 2009

in family, Food, Morocco


This is the story of a traveling girl who met a traveling guy.  They got married and had traveling children and together they crafted and photographed their way around the world…


On their most recent adventure this Traveling Tribe found themselves in the beautiful country of Morocco where the mint tea and couscous abound.  They made a happy life together, crafting and photographing their daily life and sharing it with the world.


And then one day the Traveling Mama heard about a government program that was helping repaint all of the public schools in Morocco.  She had visited many schools and was excited to hear that the government was making such a great effort to beautify their schools.  Any aid was welcome when 80% of the women were illiterate.  But the Traveling Mama knew that more help was needed.  So she started planning, searching for the right school that needed more than just paint to ensure the future of it’s students.


She heard about a school not too far from her own home that was in great need.  The children walked miles and miles to attend school, but there was no fresh drinking water for them nor a restroom.  Their school supplies were scarce and they had very few books to read.

She immediately began to brainstorm with the rest of the Traveling Tribe.  How could they help?  And then they realized that though they did not have much to offer themselves, the one thing they did have was lots of her crafty items and his photographs.  If they were to sell their precious belongings then perhaps the money could be used to build a well, a restroom, a reading corner, a library, and even a stock of supplies.


And so they set about researching the little details like shipping and printing companies.  It took months of preparations to finally find the right products to ensure their customers the absolute best quality possible…


Today begins a great celebration of the opening of their very own Etsy shop: Travelingmama.  They hope with the greatest of hopes that you all might honor them by visiting their little shop and purchasing an item or two.  Every penny of the profit will go towards building a better future for the children of Morocco.  In return they promise to post photos of the makeover that will be in the works until mid November.

Now, to get this grand celebration started, it only seemed appropriate to have a little giveaway.  Leave a comment for us here by Sunday, August 31st for an opportunity to win your own post card set!  You can enter again by stopping by Traveling Tribe and leaving a comment there as well!  We would love to get the word out about our project, so if you post a link to our blog and send folks here we will add your name into “the hat” for each commenter who mentions you!

Be sure to stop by each day this week for more prizes and giveaways!!

For my crafty friends there will be another Traveler’s Inspiration Challenge tomorrow with prizes too!

Okay, now scoot on by our etsy shop and shop Travelingmama!  

Photo details: These photos are from a previous school project we did in the Spring!

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie H. August 24, 2009 at 12:12 am

this story gave me the chills! god bless you for making this adventure. i will be sure to check out the shop and let others know about it as well.


Tina August 24, 2009 at 12:56 am

Ah, Tina! I just went through your Etsy! Gorgeous! When we are settled in our new home (the movers come tomorrow) I’ll be buying! 🙂


Nina August 24, 2009 at 12:56 am

Congratulations on your new endeavor and what a worthy cause.


Sam August 24, 2009 at 1:07 am

What a wonderful idea! Best wishes for this venture Tina and family. I’m off to check out your etsy shop now.



Rach August 24, 2009 at 1:10 am

What an absolutly wonderful thing you are doing – to make such a difference to their lives! I have already been shopping! Thankyou also for the comments on my blog – it is always lovely to read them.


Ange Kelly August 24, 2009 at 1:32 am

Hey Tina! What a wonderful project/venture this will be…I would be happy to support you and your traveling tribe…and to spread the word! good luck and best wishes

Ange Kelly 🙂


Beth August 24, 2009 at 1:38 am

Gorgeous products for a wonderful cause!


kelleyn August 24, 2009 at 1:46 am

I can’t wait to see what is in your shop and get ready for Christmas. Perfect time to launch. Everyone buy your Christmas gifts in Tina’s shop. All those gift for teachers , grandparents, etc.


Sarah-Jane Kale' August 24, 2009 at 2:07 am

Tina!!!! You truly are an AMAZING, GENEROUS, WONDERFUL and BEAUTIFUL person. (You’re gorgeous travelling tribe fit into that description too!!!). What a WONDERFUL project. I’m certain that it will be a HUGE success. Thankyou for sharing your passion and plans with us all.

xx Sarah


~amy~ August 24, 2009 at 2:08 am

wow…you never cease to amaze me…what a fabulous cause you and your lovely family are working on!!!! This is absolutely magnificent….off to etsy 🙂


Winter August 24, 2009 at 2:25 am

WOW, this is an amazing cause, that I believe God will Bless so much! I just bought some things at your shop, I can’t wait to get them! Right when I saw the vase with water, I remembered it when you posted it before on you blog! I loved it then and I love it now, I just had to get it! 🙂 I will make a post on my blog to get the word out! I’m so excited for you and your beautiful family! God Bless you all! 🙂


Lisa L August 24, 2009 at 2:48 am

What a FABULOUS concept! It’s so motivating to see how your family is using your artistic abilities to meet a need. It really strikes a chord with me, as this school project is along the line of work my husband and I do in China. I love how personal your project is; it reinforces the idea that each of us CAN make a difference. You’ve pushed me to think beyond the norm -thank you for inspiring me!


Sarah Young August 24, 2009 at 3:25 am

Tina, you are hands down amazing and so is your heart. I would love to give you a shout out on my blog!


Joyce August 24, 2009 at 6:09 am

You and your husband are not only truly amazing, but showing your children by rolling up their sleeves they can make a difference. Many blessing back at you and your wonderful family. xoxo


Jane August 24, 2009 at 6:13 am

I will bog about this and do a little shopping myself!! How uplifting is this story!! It just makes me smile!


Sharnee Torrents August 24, 2009 at 6:43 am

Beautiful Tina,
Your heart is an inspiration to us all!! What a blessing you and your little family will be and already are in your community!!! I’m so excited to see your goodies, the link was down so i’ll try again later! Shopping is always fun especailly when there’s a super great cause!!! :0)
I will too post a blog, so excited for you dear lady!! YAY!!
Smiles and Hugs
Sharnee :0)


Terri E. August 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

Your pictures and heart are amazing! God has blessed you and is using your talents to bless so many others!

It’s a good life!
Terri E.


Juliette R. August 24, 2009 at 11:40 am

had to wait until this afternoon thanks to Etsy maintenance, but it was worth it! Great stuff and great mission! Way to go on the opening, it’s obvious you did your research! =)


my castle in spain August 24, 2009 at 12:28 pm

this is such a fabulous idea and i congratulate you for that and your great endeavor!
i’ll definitely support by buying at your shop soon.
also thank you for your visit so that i could discover your fantastic blog.
i’ll be following.
Have a great week in beautiful Morocco

ps : i’m glad you liked your stay in Spain. i must say i totally fell in love with Andalusia now


Kim J. August 24, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Tina, you and your family are such an inspiration! I’m so proud to be able to call you one of my crafty friends. I’ll certainly be linking your way — and paying many visits to your wonderful shop! {hugs}


Bethany Lear August 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm

yay, yay, YAY!! What a fantastic cause, and engrossing shop! I just browsed the whole list, and was smiling to see that you had given us a few “sneak peeks” of the cards… This just makes me happy, to think about your project, and the happy kids that will benefit. I’ll definitely post your link on my blog, and be back to shop ASAP.


Laura B. August 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Way to go and what a great idea! I can hardly wait to sneak a peak at your shop and add you to my favourites on Etsy. Good luck and I look forward to seeing the results of all your successes.


Tiffany Johnson August 24, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Woo-hoo!!! I’ll definitely be making some purchases in the near future! Congratulations on the Real Simple Magazine feature as well! You are soooo very blessed!


Courtney August 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

You’re fabulous. What a great idea. I love what you are doing. off to look!


Jo August 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Tina, you are amazing! I am blown away by what you are doing. Big congrats to you and your family – this is going to be so great. Being a librarian education and literacy are really close to my heart. Sending the biggest of happy hugs to you, Jo x


Rosemarie Diehl August 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Oh Tina! You and your family are a wonderful tale of contemporary samaritans that have the kindest of hearts and the strongest of spirits. Just amazing. I’ll help spread the word on my blog and will definitely frequent your etsy store 🙂



Cris Siqueira August 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm

this looks an amazing trip!!
i wanna go to morocco somedays!!

congrats for the great travelinglife you guys have!!


Puna August 24, 2009 at 7:05 pm

What a wonderful thing you are doing! I’ll have to check it out.


Kelly Marie August 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Oh my goodness! You are so wonderful for doing this! You and your family are quite the inspiration! Lots of hugs to all of you. I am off to spread the word!


JaneS August 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm

A suggestion: Set up a link on your blog for straight donations.


Melissa August 24, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Congratulations Tina! I am in awe of your gracious and kind spirits and look forward to supporting such a great cause!


Heather M August 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm

You are your family are AMAZING!! I love your kind heart! I love your new shop! What fun!!! 🙂


Yyam August 25, 2009 at 1:29 am

Congrats Tina! You have a good heart! 🙂


Melissa August 25, 2009 at 2:01 am

WOW!!!! YOu are so talented and have such a BIG heart… Congratulations on an ever needed endeavor… I enjoy your blog and everything that you create… WAY TO GO!!!!
Melissa IN WI


naomi chokr August 25, 2009 at 2:23 am

What a cute way to talk about this great cause. This is great you have my support. Whatever you need I’m here!!


Kim L. August 25, 2009 at 3:37 am

What a great inspiration and endeavor! Good luck on you Etsy shop – off to browse!


Kelley Eubanks August 25, 2009 at 4:05 am

This is a great thing that your family is doing! Going to go visit your etsy shop now!


MODsquad August 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Oh!! What an inspiration you are!! Praying God’s blessings on this beautiful venture!


Natasha from Australia August 26, 2009 at 12:54 pm

You are truly inspirational. I’m looking forward to hearing progress reports on your project.


meredith August 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm

This is so great what you are doing! May God bless you and your family! (also I am so happy to see another challenge over here…I really missed them too!)


Laura August 26, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I love that you’re doing this, Tina. God bless you!


Anthonette August 26, 2009 at 11:46 pm

It’s fun to be part of your project. I was happy to buy some great photography yesterday.


Susan August 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I love your blog! Your etsy shop to help the school? Brilliant idea! 🙂 I lived in Spain–in Sevilla for a year in college, and I love all your spanish posts –I must admit, sometimes I do a little vicarious living via the travelinmama blog. 🙂


Sankari Wegman August 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Hey what a totalllllly awesome project that you have picked to bring awareness too!! Simply lovely! Going to scoot over to travellingmama’s etsy shop! big hugs!


ails September 4, 2009 at 2:25 am

Your deed will never be forgotten. It inspires us to do the same in our own little ways of helping those who are in need and sharing our blessings to those who are less fortunate. You’re like my fave celebrity couple. i found your site from Nichole’s blog (http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/). You’re both wonderful people. Thanks for the inspiration! ^_^


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