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Haiti Appeals for Help

Haiti Appeals for Help

Haiti Appeals for Help Last year we may recall having heard of the 400 Mawazo gang who abducted 17 missionaries from a tourist bus. Eventually, after about 4 months in captivity, the missionaries were all freed. Although this was a good outco

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#NoBraDay

#NoBraDay

#NoBraDayDid you know October 13th is No Bra Day? I mean there are days for pretty much everything, but one for no bra? Isn’t that just about every day after 5 o’clock?Well, as fun and quirky as it may seem to have a specific day to just let the gi

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Angelica Morales & Her Laud to Purepecha Culture

Angelica Morales & Her Laud to Purepecha Culture

Angelica Morales & Her Laud to Mexican & Purepecha Culture It is not uncommon for artists to take inspiration in every day life. A great example of this is pottery artist Angelica Morales. Morales is from Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan, Mexic

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International Dog Day

International Dog Day

International Dog DayAugust 26th is one of my favorite days in the year, it’s not a birthday or an anniversary, but it is National Dog Day! There’s a reason dogs are man’s (and woman’s) best friend and it’s nice that they get some well-deserved re

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Collaboration

Collaboration

Collaboration About twice a year, we get very excited to introduce new designs for our catalogue and website. It is part of a long process; taking the spark of an idea all the way to making it available on our website for our customers to purchase

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Series: The Menu- Catalogue

Series: The Menu- Catalogue

The Series: The Menu- CatalogueBy now you have probably read all about our two other main categories when it comes to Haitian metal art: one-of-a-kinds and limited editions. (If you haven’t, make sure to read all about them.) The last category we

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Monarch Butterflies- A Beautiful Endangered Species

Monarch Butterflies- A Beautiful Endangered Species

Monarch Butterflies- A Beautiful Endagered Species A good sign that spring and summer have arrived are the arrival of our beautiful butterflies. As soon as the flowers start blooming, the butterflies start showing up. But in recent years you may h

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Series: The Menu- Limited Edition

Series: The Menu- Limited Edition

Series: The Menu- Limited EditionThis week, on the series: Limited Editions. Limited Editions are by no means something new. Art pieces in many forms are sold as limited editions, and in the art world, that refers to identical pieces that are pro

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Series: The Menu- One-of-a-Kind

Series: The Menu- One-of-a-Kind

Series: The MenuOne-of-a-KindWhen we talk about our Haitian metal art sculptures, we can categorize them into three categories: One-of-a-Kind, Limited Edition, and Catalog Items. These three "menu" items on our web catalogue represent some of the bes

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Tips for Sustainable Beach Trip

Tips for Sustainable Beach Trip

Tips For A Sustainable Beach TripAt It’s Cactus, sustainability and eco-friendliness has always been a big part of our mission. All of our Haitian metal art is made from recycled oil barrels, which are turned into art, instead of ending up in a la

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Oaxacan Alebrijes

Oaxacan Alebrijes

Oaxacan AlebrijesAlebrijes: You’ve probably heard about them. They have garnered much attention in recent years, and with a very popular Disney movie mentioning them, it seemed to really bring these creatures to the spotlight. But what are they? W

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Maximón - The Venerated Trickster

Maximón - The Venerated Trickster

Maximón - The Venerated Trickster If you’ve ever perused, gazed, stumbled about different sections in our shop (if you haven’t, we recommend) there’s a chance you might have come across Maximón. Now, if you don’t know much about him

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National Nurses Day

National Nurses Day

National Nurses DayWhat would we do without nurses? Now, more than ever, we have seen firsthand how nurses play such an important and vital part to our healthcare system. I always think about them as the “moms” of healthcare. You know the ones who

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Receiving Shipments from Haiti

Receiving Shipments from Haiti

Receiving Shipments From HaitiPeople that know It’s Cactus might know us from our trade shows with our colorful booth full of sculpture displays and fresh flowers. Or they might know us from our previous retail shop off of Highway 68 in Toro Park

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Madam Sara

Madam Sara

Madam SaraSome of my favorite It's Cactus sculptures are those of market women. The sculptures are based on women we’ve seen in Haiti, women our artists know well. With her basket-laden head, steadily severe gaze, long, even gait, and impossibly

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Traditional Guatemalan Wooden Masks

Traditional Guatemalan Wooden Masks

Traditional Guatemalan Wooden Masks Our Guatemalan masks are fun, vibrant, and handmade! In our shop, you can find masks of jaguars, lions, cats, dogs, birds, saints, devils, and so much more. These are traditional masks still used in Guatema

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Sunflowers & Ukraine

Sunflowers & Ukraine

Sunflowers & Ukraine It’s easy to see where sunflowers got their name. They’re big, beautiful, bright yellow like the sun, and will lighten up any garden or home. They have become popular, not just for their natural beauty, but for what they c

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Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Double TroubleWhen a sculpture is selected to be sold in the It's Cactus catalogue or on our website, we photograph it, give it an inventory number, and a name. This one, for what may be obvious reasons, we chose to name “Double Trouble.” The impish

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Tonola Jalisco, Barro Brunido & Moises Rodriguez

Tonola Jalisco, Barro Brunido & Moises Rodriguez

Tonola Jalisco, Barro Brunido & Moises RodriguezTonolá is a city and municipality within the Guadalajara Metropolitan are in the state of Jalisco in Mexico. Tonolá, which has been a ceramics center since the pre-Hispanic period, is best known for

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Breadfruit & Metal Sculpture in Haiti

Breadfruit & Metal Sculpture in Haiti

Breadfruit & Haitian SculpturesTravel is such a mind-broadening experience. From the monumental to the minute, there are things to be learned and observations to be made. So, sitting on the patio of the hotel on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, sip

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Details, Details

Details, Details

It's All In The DetailsWhat speaks to you when you look at art? Is it the medium? Is it the design? Is it shape or.... Take for example this one-of-a-kind piece. Jean Eugene has whimsically imagined this carriage/bus going to market. Unencumbered

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Soup Joumou- Haiti's Independence Day

Soup Joumou- Haiti's Independence Day

New Year & Independence Day in Haiti- Soup JoumouAround the world, many celebrated New Year on January 1st and Haiti was not the exception! However, in Haiti, it’s a lot more than just New Year, it is also their Independence Day! Yup, on January 1

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Reading T-Shirt

Reading T-Shirt

Reading T-ShirtsWell into our third day in Haiti, while I was supposed to be looking for new product for the winter wholesale and retail show season, I will admit, I got distracted. It’s not that the art wasn’t great or that I wasn’t “into it,” but

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2021 Gift Guide

2021 Gift Guide

2021 GIFT GUIDEWhatever the reason and whichever the season, gifts are always a good idea! They don’t have to be big or extravagant (although they very well can be) as long as they are thoughtful, genuine, and full of love. At the end of the day,

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Season of Giving

Season of Giving

It's The Season of GivingIt is the Season of Giving. What an opportunity to do good! Truly, it is a wonderful opportunity – one that anyone is loathe to squander. But how does one give effectively? Ah, that is the harder question.There are many ways

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That Time We Made It To The Big Screen

That Time We Made It To The Big Screen

As Seen on TVMy husband and I rarely agree on movies. I like dramas, historical films, documentaries, and the occasional rom-com. He on the other hand, favors sci-fi, thrillers, and action-adventure movies. You see the problem, I’m sure. Maybe you ev

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Where To Find Haitian Metal Art

Where To Find Haitian Metal Art

Haitian Metal Art So you want more metal art from Haiti?www.itscactus.comYou will find our recycled metal sculptures along with fabulous folk art from Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, and beyond! Our website gives you the greatest select

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Busting Fair Trade Myths

Busting Fair Trade Myths

Busting Fair Trade MythsIt’s Cactus has been a proud Fair Trade Federation . The Fair Trade Federation requires that participating businesses conform to strict guidelines and verification requires a huge amount of effort annually, including a mountai

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Support Small Businesses & Fair Trade

Support Small Businesses & Fair Trade

Show Support to Small Business & Fair TradeSmall businesses are important, they’re what keep the country moving. Fair trade is important because it helps businesses source products that are ethically and sustainably produced while giving cons

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Casey- Founder of It's Cactus

Casey- Founder of It's Cactus

Meet Casey - Founder of It's Cactus Disclaimer: As much as this is an introduction to Casey, a little bio if I may say, it is (and you will clearly see) also an appreciation post. I mean, why not, it's National Boss Day! Casey is a name you

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Lost In TranslationIt is shameful to me that, with the multitude of opportunities I have had throughout my life to change the fact, I am monolingual. Sad but true. English is the onl

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Beach Home & Coastal Home Decor

Beach Home & Coastal Home Decor

Beach & Coastal Home DecorOne of the most peaceful places you can go is the beach. Now, I know, I may be biased living on the California coast, but it’s not just me! According to some studies, people associate aquatic hues, the ocean, and sea life

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Mermaids - The Mystical Creatures of the Sea

Mermaids - The Mystical Creatures of the Sea

MermaidsMermaids: Mythical creatures that live in the sea, most commonly depicted having a head and body of a human (mainly woman) with a beautiful fish tail below the waist. That is the definition of a mermaid, but it’s almost unnecessary to ment

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Peace & Doves

Peace & Doves

Peace & Doves Peace, by definition, is freedom from disturbance; tranquility. Above all other goals in life, peace seems to be the ultimate goal. Peace within family, within your neighborhood, city, country, and ultimately the world! Ther

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

Doctors Without BordersThe magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the southern region of Haiti on Saturday, August 14th has wreaked havoc in Haiti. As of August 22nd, USA Today is reporting that the death toll has risen to 2,207 with more than

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Helping Haiti NOW

Helping Haiti NOW

Helping Haiti NOWRecently we wrote a blog about Haiti and its struggles. One thing we mentioned is that Haiti had still not rebuilt since its last earthquake of 2010; however, now, Haiti has been hit with another massive 7.2 earthquake and it has

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Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)- The Origin

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)- The Origin

Día de los Muertos Origins When many of us think about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) we think skeletons, altars, food, colorful decor, mariachi, and Hispanic culture. Thanks to the Disney movie "Coco", more and more people have become f

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​Make a Difference While Showing School Spirit

​Make a Difference While Showing School Spirit

Make a Difference While Showing School SpiritSchool spirit: It’s a phrase we hear a lot, but what is it really? It’s the sense of pride, identity, and community that students, teachers, administrators, staff, and parents share. It is more than ju

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Barro Betus- Medrano & Ortega Families

Barro Betus- Medrano & Ortega Families

Barro Betus- Ortega & Medrano Families  (Gerardo Ortega)                                                  &nbs

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Haiti & It's Cactus

Haiti & It's Cactus

Haiti & Us Haiti is a beautiful island with incredible beaches, breathtaking crystal blue waters, gorgeous mountains, and delicious food! Haiti is also a country with a history of freedom as it was the world's first independent black-led rep

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The History of Mexican Talavera

The History of Mexican Talavera

The History of Mexican TalaveraMexico is known for its rich history, rich culture, and beautiful art! Handmade pottery, ceramics, and textiles have become trademarks of the Mexican folk art, but one of the most sought after is the Talavera. This b

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Michoacan, Purepechans, & Ocumicho

Michoacan, Purepechans, & Ocumicho

Michoacan, Purepechans, & OcumichoMichoacan is a state on the west coast of Mexico, with part of it bordering the Pacific Ocean. Unlike a lot of parts of Mexico that have changed over time to bring in more tourism, Michoacan has maintained a l

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Worry Dolls- A Gift from Guatemala

Worry Dolls- A Gift from Guatemala

Worry Dolls- A Gift From GuatemalaWorry dolls are small, handcrafted dolls made in the highlands of Guatemala. In Guatemala they are known as ‘muñeca quitapena’ (doll who takes away worries). Pieces of wood are bound together or twisted tog

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Tree of Life Meaning

Tree of Life Meaning

Tree of Life MeaningIf there is one thing we like more than a beautiful, well-made sculpture, is a beautiful, well-made sculpture full of meaning. The Tree of Life is exactly that. Because of this, it has garnished so much popularity and is a tim

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The Process of Making Haitian Metal Art

The Process of Making Haitian Metal Art

The Process of Making Haitian Metal ArtDuring our trip to Haiti in October 2015, we brought along our favorite filmmaker, Mary Ragsdale, to capture “our Haiti” on video and enable us to share the experience with you. After long hours of shooting

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Decorating Your Garden with Metal Art

Decorating Your Garden with Metal Art

Kick Your Garden Up A Notch With Haitian Metal Garden ArtIf the last year has showed us one thing is that home has to be a place we enjoy being at. At the end of the day, whether we are in quarantine lockdown or back to some sort of normalcy, home

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Tap Tap Bus Through Haiti

Tap Tap Bus Through Haiti

Tap Tap Bus Haiti's Most Distinguishable TransportationThe bright, wildly painted tap-tap buses that fill the roads of Port-au-Prince are a sure bet to be in any photographic record of a trip to Haiti. They are the basic mode of transportation for

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Aguilar Family- Mexican Ceramic Folk Art

Aguilar Family- Mexican Ceramic Folk Art

Aguilar FamilyThe Aguilar family of Ocotlan de Morelos, Mexico is renowned nationally and internationally for their imaginative and innovative ceramic figures. These beautiful, handcrafted pieces are a celebration of indigenous culture depicting ever

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Vintage Andean Treasures

Vintage Andean Treasures

Vintage Andean TreasuresI was talking on the phone with Casey. She was very excited about a few cartons she had opened, containing vintage textiles from Bolivia and Peru. “I bought these for the shop 20-25 years ago. When we decided to close the s

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Pin It!

Pin It!

Have you seen our new Guatemalan beaded accessories? On a recent buying trip to Guatemala, Casey came across some tremendously talented bead artists near the shores of Lake Atitlan, in the central highlands of the country. Women there are undertak

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Just Add Birds

Just Add Birds

Sometimes, when I am helping customers shop our metal sculptures, they comment on how they like the movement of this piece or that. Being a “word person” I always think that sounds funny. In the literal sense it defies logic, yet I know that the

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Rodrigo Canil

Rodrigo Canil

Rodrigo Canil, a humble Father, son and a well-known wood sculpture from Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Rodrigo has six brothers 2 sisters and a 3 year old son. He has a degree in accounting, but is currently focusing on his wood carving profession.&nb

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Detail Details Details!

Detail Details Details!

What speaks to you when you look at art? Is it the medium? Is it the design? Is it shape or color or pattern? All of those elements play their part, to be sure. Still, my guess is that when you look at a piece of art, whether it’s a 17th ce

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Have you seen our new Guatemalan beaded accessories?

Have you seen our new Guatemalan beaded accessories?

Have you seen our new Guatemalan beaded accessories? On a recent buying trip to Guatemala, Casey came across some tremendously talented bead artists near the shores of Lake Atitlan, in the central highlands of the country. Women there are undert

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