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Ten Thousand Villages

*as taken directly from Ten Thousand Villages website www.

Ten Thousand Villages began in 1946 when Edna Ruth Byler, a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) worker, visited volunteers in Puerto Rico who were teaching sewing classes in an effort to help improve the lives of women living in poverty.

From this trip, Edna brought several pieces of embroidery home to sell to friends and neighbours. The pieces became quite popular and she soon added cross-stitch needlework from Palestinian refugees and hand-carved Haitian woodenware to her inventory.

In the early 1970s, the flourishing project moved out of Byler’s basement and became SELFHELP CRAFTS, an official MCC program. Thousands of loyal customers and volunteers have helped to build this program into the strong alternative trading organization that, in 1996, became known as Ten Thousand Villages.

Commerce with a Conscience

Men and women around the world have a simple dream – to earn an honest living, provide a home,…


Painting & Music Pairings

Ernst: Europe After the Rain II (1942) - Sumner Collection, Hartford
Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, organ

Bosch: The Last Judgement (1505) - Gemaldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Wien
Mozart - Requiem

Klimt: The Kiss (1908) - Belvedere, Wien
with  Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 - Andante

Botticelli: Allegoria della Primavera (1478) - Uffizi, Firenze
Mozart,Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, 2nd Movement

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays Everyone!

BTC's Pondering

Does a Revolution change an economy...            The Clash of civilizations...
Difficulties we inherit by humancondition(by default)...
LivingOff the Grid...

Christmas Ideas

Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Joseph Hayden. Ludwig van Beethoven. Antonio Lucio Vivaldi


Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Jamie's Best Christmas Ever (Jamie Oliver/Food Network)

BTC's Christmas & Seasonal Scents

Bavarian Chocolate. CandyCane. Coffee.Anise. Eucalyptus, Soya Cinnamon, Orange Citrus, Cranberry Clove,
Pure Peppermint

Lip Balms *Body Scrubs *Linen & Room Sprays *Bath Salts

Quick Country Profile

Officially: the Republic of the Union of Myanmar- Burma
Major City: Yangon (Rangoon)
Population: 60 million, 90% literacy rate according to UNESCO

Bordered by Bangladesh on the west, Laos to the east, China on it's northeast, Thailand and the Bay of Bengal

Think: Buddhism and economic sanctions, tropical fruits, rice and jungles

Very Brief Overview:  Evidence shows life as early as 2500BC in Burma. In the 18th century it was colonized by Britain. In 1988 due to civil unrest with the government, thousands of demonstrators were killed and the General staged a coup d’├ętat, where the State Law Order Restoration Council (SLORC) was formed, who then declared marshal law (and changed the official country name). The military continued to rule until March 2011.  Burma is part of the Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Climate: Situated within monsoon region of Asia. Usually 21-32*C

Today their health is ranked among the poorest in the worl…

Great Market!

Today BTC attended it's first Peterborough LETS Exchange market at the Public Library. It was a great success! Lots of talented vendors and the opportunity to swap, sell, and exchange ideas. Members and non members alike are always welcome. Stay tuned for the next one that will be just before Valentine's Day!

Almond Oil
We here at BTC love almond oil! It's moisturizing and soothing, and loaded with beneficial nutrients. We use it to treat dry skin, and aid in youthful looking skin! It's great in massage and for severe skin rashes and burns. Almond oil absorbs easily into the skin and isn't greasy like other oils.

Try our Healing Balms for skin abrasions, rash, excessive dry skin including psoriasas and eczema.

Huge Difference!

CHARACTER vs. Charisma

BTC's Delicious Scents

Lip Balms

Bavarian Chocolate, Original Unscented, Pure Peppermint, Anise, Cinnamon, Coffee, Candy Cane, Coconut

Bath Salts & Fizzies

Lemongrass, Pure Peppermint, Muskoka Buttermilk, Soya Cinnamon, Lovely Lavender, Eucalyptus, Bavarian Chocolate, Autumn Spice, Cranberry Clove, Vanilla Chai Tea, Black Cherry, Vanilla Rrose, Candy Cane
Bath & Body Oils (including massage oils)

Coconut, Pure Peppermint, Lovely Lavender, Cinnamon, Vanilla Rose, Lemon, Bavarian Chocolate, Original Unscented, Eucalyptus, Autumn Spice, Lemongrass
Body Scrubs

Cranberry Sugar, Chocolate Sugar, Vanilla Rose Sugar, Lemongrass

Omega Moisturizer Lotions

Original Unscented, Lovely Lavender, Lemongrass, Vanilla Rose

Our Mission, Vision & Values

Mission To provide simply superior natural bath & body products to our discerning clients.

Vision By 2025 have a recognizable name nationwide, with further exploration into markets including the Caribbean & Asia including the Middle East. Through blogging and a heightened online presence, attract and entertain current and potential clients.
Using only the finest ingredients, operate the most ethically viable business we can by purchasing all materials within Canada, using only recyclable packaging, and by providing a voice on worldly issues that affect us all.

Welcome Winter 2011

The first real snow of the season today!
Cozy & Warm makin' product!

What's On Lately

From Sydney to Tokyo
by any means
 ...from 2008/2009... ...discovery channel
Chef Michaels Kitchen ...Food Network

House Hunters International

Upcoming Craft Show

IN THE “NICK” OF TIME –November 26th & 27th
A Christmas Marketplace at the Buckhorn Community Centre
Just in time for Christmas shopping, you can find that unique gift for even the most difficult person on your list at this festive craft show.

In addition to the sales of hand-crafted items, there is a children’s workshop, snack bar, and tips on decorating your home for the holidays.

Admission is $2.

Autumn Veggies
mmm...delicious crunchy sweet carrots...cauliflower...squash...pumpkin...garlic

Women We Admire

Just Thinkin

It's almost too easy: Simply by taking your attention off thoughts of scarcity and persistently focusing on observations of abundance, you can replace the nervous, just-in-case mindset that kept our ancient forebears alive but is killing many of us.
-written by Martha Beck
Forgiveness is healing and freeing. It is a choice and it isn't easy. Make the choice and let go of ifs. Get over the past, you can't move forward in neutral. You are not controlled by those that have wronged you, get on with your own life and do good things with it. Forgiveness is not forgetting or pretending it didn't happen. Choose peace!
-inspired by the Salvation Army Magazine article written by Bob Armstrong
Find greater joy! Everyone wants to enjoy their life. We need to pay attention to what we think and how we think. Try and choose positive thoughts on purpose. What you think is often what you become. Control your mouth and always think before you speak, control your emotions, and …

Local Events for October 22nd

Buckhorn Observatory Presents
Autumn Star-Scape
Show starts at 8:30 p.m on clear nights

Keene Pumpkinfest & Car Show

Peterborough Photo Walk Starts at Natas Cafe at 8:45am

McLean Berry Farm Annual Pumpkin Festival

Check out for a great daily event guide!

Our Space

This is where we create!

Lip Balms

Bavarian Chocolate - Pure Peppermint - Original - Cinnamon - Coffee - Anise

De Stress & Sleep Tight!

With Our Wonderful Temple Balms

Lovely Lavender- Stress Relief, Relaxation, Bed Time Pure Peppermint- Headache Relief, Relaxation, Respertory

Boost Your Memory!

There are natural supplements (readily available) to help memory. A few are listed below.

Vitamin B12 - After the age of about 50, this vitamin is not easily absorbed. Deficiencies are connected to problems with concentration, mood, and confusion.

Ginko Biloba - Oxygenates the blood, said to improve memory function.

DHA - An omega 3 fatty acid already found in the brain.

Curcumin - Found in tumeric it gives the spice it's colour. Anti inflammatory linked to improving cell damage in the brain.


Pumpkin is full of vitamins and minerals including antioxidants and fibre. Think orange, think vitamin A. It's got vitamins C & E, and iron too.

When choosing a festive pumpkin ask if it's the edible kind, an average pumpkin would be enough pumpkin for 15 pies!

Some Fresh Stock!

Fall & Winter Menu '11 & '12

Babar Too Co.
Lip Balms Bavarian Chocolate*Original Unscented*Pure Peppermint*Anise*Cinnamon*Coffee*Candy Cane

Bath Salts & Fizzies Orange*Muskoka Buttermilk*Soya Cinnamon*Lovely  Lavender*Eucalyptus*Bavarian Chocolate*Autumn Spice*Cranberry Clove*Vanilla Chai Tea*Black Cherry*Vanilla Rose*Candy Cane

Bath & Body Oils Vitality*Coconut*Pure Peppermint*Cinnamon*Lovely Lavender*Vanilla Rose*Lemon*Bavarian Chocolate*Original Unscented*Eucalyptus*Autumn Spice*Candy Cane

Body Scrubs *Cranberry Sugar*Chocolate Sugar*Vanilla Sugar

Omega Lotions Original Unscented*Lovely Lavender*Vanilla Rose

CandyCane Bath Salts

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