Monday, July 6, 2009

Recent Photography Work

My sister, Ciona, and I are now photographing children, families and special events.
If you'd like more information please contact us at

We look forward to telling your story and capturing moments of beauty through the art of photography.

To see some of our work go to:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Acholi Beads Sale, May 9, 5-7:30 pm

Hello Friends!

Sunshine Papier will be hosting a table display for Acholi Beads this Saturday, May 9, at Belmont UMC in the Community Center for the "Malawi Connection" event.

Join Us For an Evening of Fun and Fund Raising!

Jeff and Kara Oliver and their children will spend a year in Malawi training and empowering the pastors who serve the 16 new churches built through the generosity of the Christmas Miracle Offering. This Belmont UMC sponsored mission needs our help! Funds will go toward a car, travel expenses, etc. to support this mission work of Belmont.

GOAL: $15,000

Festivities include a spaghetti feast, silent and live auctions, words from the Olivers, and musical entertainment by our own Brother Henry.

DON'T MISS this chance to send the Olivers on their way ready and able to serve on behalf of Belmont!

$3 of every bead purchase will be donated to the Malawi Connection goal.

If you are in the Nashville area, do come out!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

For Moms, By Moms... Acholi Beads

Dear Friends and Family,

We wouldn't be here without our Moms. So as Mother's Day sneaks around the corner (May 10th!) it's time to start thinking about how much all those diaper changes were worth.

Of course we can never repay our Moms, but this Mother's Day you can show your Mom the appreciation she deserves by giving her beautiful Acholi Beads jewelry that supports Mothers in need on the far side of the planet. Through the power of Fair Trade and Socially Proactive Business, the sale of Acholi Beads is transforming the lives of 16 mothers in Uganda.

$3 of all Acholi Beads sales from Sunshine Papier, except for May 9 at the Malawi Connection event, will go to support the BUMC youth Southern Africa Mission Pilgrimage (June 9-26).

If you are interested in purchasing Acholi Beads for a mother or special lady during these first days of summer, please contact me at:

I have some beads in stock, and will have more Wednesday of next week.

Mother's Day Video

If you give your Mom the gift of Acholi Beads, be sure to send her a link to our brand new Mother's Day video! We made it specifically to make Moms smile, and show them how significant their new jewelry is:

Other News
Acholi Beads has been accepted into the Fair Trade Federation! This is one of the highest distinctions available to Fair Trade jewelry companies, and we are honored.

And just in case you missed it, be sure to watch our first video, which shows you the story of our Ugandan partners in HD:

Thank you deeply for your loving support of our business and our partners in Uganda. We're excited to continue growing and touching more lives on both sides of the world.

Lanecia A. Rouse of Sunshine Papier & the Acholi Beads Family

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sunshine Papier (Cards & Acholi Beads) at Arts in the Village 2009

Sunshine Papier will be at this event with Acholi Bead Jewelry and Ubuntu Collection (cards and artwork inspired by beautiful people I met on my journey to Uganda)

Arts in the Village 2009

Saturday, April 25
Belmont UMC, Corner of 21st & Acklen Ave

"It takes a village!"
Enjoy terrific live music (Brother Henry, The Early Evening, Danny Salazar, The Lowry Sisters, Amanda Cornett, Buff Jenkins, Blue Cadet Three, John Hoback, Sam Hagler and a Sudanese Dance & Music Troop), tasty treats, and fabulous art during Arts in the Village, the annual arts festival and fundraiser sponsored by Belmont’s youth. Don’t miss the fun activities for children and concerts from some of Music City’s finest. Discover artistic treasures such as arts, crafts, photography, and jewelry to give to friends or buy for yourself.

Money raised will support Belmont Youth mission opportunities in 2009: Heifer Ranch, Southern Africa Mission Pilgrimage, and Mexico VIM.

New this year will be special art offers from neighboring shops in Hillsboro Village throughout the day!

Spread the word!

Friday, January 30, 2009

If you need Valentine cards this year, check out and buy the Save the Children's Hopeful Hearts cards.

Sunshine Papier has a new winter and spring card line available online and special order coming out next week. 25% of proceeds from card and bead sales January - May sales, will be contributed to the education fees of a young boy in Kampala, Uganda.

Check in three weeks for more info.

Wishing you a day bright with sunshine,
Lanecia A. Rouse

Save the Children's Hopeful Hearts Program- Special Valentine's Day Cards

Actress Julianne Moore and her children have turned the Valentine’s Day lead-up into a charity drive with a new initiative called the Hopeful Hearts Program. As part of the program, Valentine’s Day cards featuring children’s artwork can be printed or e-mailed to classmates and sweethearts, in return for donations to Save the Children.

“In a land of such wealth and prosperity, it is shocking to see so many children and their families struggling to get by,” said Moore, after a visit to the Appalachian Mountains to see Save the Children programs in action. “In fact, in rural America, one-in-five children live in poverty. After seeing that kind of devastation firsthand, I couldn’t stand by and do nothing, so I talked to my kids about it. Since Valentine’s Day has always been a time to show you care, we approached Save the Children with this special Valentine’s Day campaign.”

In the US, Save the Children provides programs for physical activity, nutrition, early childhood education and literacy to over 35,000 children in some of the poorest communities. Thirty minutes of daily physical activity is provided in the forms of walking, hiking, yard work, dancing, bicycling, jogging, aerobics, basketball and playing tag, along with nutritional snacks and education to battle the obesity epidemic. The Early Steps to School Success program educates parents and their children up to 5 years old on language, social and emotional development, and, through the Literacy Block program, children receive guided reading practice and in-school support for struggling readers.

“I was particularly moved to see firsthand how these programs are helping to foster children’s love of reading by teaching new moms about early learning activities for their young children and helping struggling students overcome obstacles to reading,” said Moore.

Vice President and Managing Director of the U.S. programs, Mark Shriver, said Save the Children is thrilled to have Ms Moore launch the Hopeful Hearts campaign.

The cards are available at until February 14.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ray of Sunshine on A Gray Day

( From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently.