Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hiking the Wadis of Jordan

If you're looking for something else to do while the weather is still nice, why not consider driving a bit out of town and exploring the beautiful wadis of Jordan? For those who have not been to these beautiful oases, you are truly missing out! Jordan has some of the finest hiking that can be found anywhere, with a wide range of wet and dry hikes, suitable for different skill levels. Not only is it fun, but these hidden gems provide views that are absolutely breathtaking. Here are just a few suggestions:

Wadi Daba
For those who want something leisurely and relatively simple, Wadi Daba is just the thing. Located just minutes from the Dead Sea, this dry hike is short and provides just the right mixture of greenery and water.

Wadi Hamara
This hike is also a dry hike albeit a bit more challenging. When you follow the water, you will be led to two of the highest waterfalls in Jordan. Also minutes from the Dead Sea, the tallest waterfalls in Jordan are really a sight to see! However, it does require some tricky climbing at parts, so good hiking shoes are needed.

Wadi Ibn Hammad
Approximately 2.5 hours from Amman, Wadi Ibn Hammad provides lots of shade and beautiful views. A very simple and leisurely hike, one should hurry to see this one, as the water levels are quickly receding over time. This wadi requires an entrance fee from the Ministry of Tourism - 1 JD for residents, 5 JD for non-residents.

Wadi al Hasa
My personal favourite, and the wettest of them all. This wadi can be done in one day or spanned over a few days, depending on your taste and preference. This hike involves lots of trekking through rushing water, climbing and jumping. Warning - when hiking this wadi, do not bring any electronic devices unless you have sealed them in waterproof boxes.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shop during Ramadan

Even though From The Earth is closed for the rest of Ramadan, that doesn't mean you aren't able to get your hands on our pretty cards and jewelry! Our products are available at a wide variety of stores. Some of our new locations include,

Edible Arrangements
Green Rose
Lake Flowers
Lamar Flowers
Party Wizard
Suzy Q
Zafifi Flowers

and many more! Check out our Google Map for more information.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Closed for Ramadan

We are now closed for Ramadan and will re-open on Monday, September 5.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

SALE - Shop from Europe!

All of our olive wood items and handmade cards are now available on Amazon UK. This means that if you live in the UK or in participating countries in Europe, you will now be able to order our products and have them shipped to your very own home! Click here for more information.

To celebrate our full launch in Europe, From The Earth is offering a 10% sale off all our products. The sale will run from August 15-31, so hurry to take advantage of this great offer!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Edible Arrangements - So Fresh, So Good!

From The Earth is pleased to announce that their cards are now available at Edible Arrangements!

Edible Arrangements is an international franchise that creates delicious fruit baskets which are beautifully arranged to look like a bouquet of garden-fresh flowers. Not only will this gift be pleasing to the eye, but it will also provide a tasty and refreshing treat! Each order is prepared every day, and no preservatives nor additives are added to the fruits, to ensure the highest quality and freshness. Gifts can be ordered in-person at their store or ordered online at their website.

Edible Arrangements first began in 1999 and has since exploded to now boast over 1,050 stores worldwide! Their first store in Jordan opened just this past May, located on Gardens Street, right by Bashiti Hardware.

As this FTE employee can attest, these baskets are the perfect gift! Open every day from 9 am to 10 pm, stop by their new store and while you're at it, add one of our beautiful handmade cards as an extra elegant touch.

Areej Commercial Complex no. 210
Shop no. 13&14
Al-Bashiti traffic light
West Amman
Phone: +962-6-5545216
Fax: +962-6-5545219

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Eid al Fitr

Eid al Fitr is one of the major holidays in Islam. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Fitr at the end of Ramadan, “the fasting month.” This is the first day of Shawal in the lunar calendar and that’s why it is called Eid al Fitr as it means "breakfast holiday."

Muslims have to pay a "Zakah” charity before Eid al Fitr so they can help the poor also enjoy Eid. Before sunrise on the first day of Eid people take showers, do ablutions and take their kids, dressed in new clothes, to the mosque for Eid prayers. At the mosque, there is "takbir," which is collective chanting of "Allah akber" which means "God is the greatest."

After Eid prayers, people celebrate Eid with their friends and relatives. They visit each other during the 3 days and the main treat they have is Mamool, special cookies filled with dates or nuts, made at home at the end of Ramadan. Many feasts are held for the poor and money is given to kids so they can enjoy Eid.

From the Earth shares with you the happiness of Eid and wishes you a happy holiday season.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Online Sale for Arabic Cards!

For all of our American and European friends who aren't able to visit us in Jordan, get 15% off all of our Arabic cards when you purchase on amazon.com or amazon.co.uk.  Just use the code EID15OFF at check out to receive your discount.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Supporting Local Craftswomen

A short drive south of Amman in the town of Iraq Al-Amir, five women spend their days elbow-deep in a vat of slurry. They are part of a women’s cooperative begun in 1995 that creates handmade paper and provides employment to local women. The Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative has around 36 members who make the paper, as well as soap and pottery.

Sharifa Al Muhammad who has been making paper for 15 years explained the long process involved in creating each piece of paper. First the women collect local twigs, leaves, grasses and reeds. Then they soak the plants for 5 days to make a pulp. They adjust the thickness of their mixture of pulp and water based on the size of the paper they want to make. They strain water from the fibers using wooden moulds with screens and press the paper with a board to drain the water. The new paper is then laid in the sun to dry. In the intense Jordanian sun this can take as little as one day in the summer! 

While some people prefer the natural look of paper without dyes, Sharifa said that they also dye the paper to add color for children. For an elegant look they add decorative leaves and flowers that are woven into the paper itself!

We are excited to partner with the women of Iraq Al-Amir by purchasing some of their handmade paper for our new card designs and by selling some of their products in our showroom. It is a small way that we can support the work that they do making beautiful handmade paper.