Isn't it wonderful there are so many chances to win the beautiful elephant friendly tagua beads?  The giveaway last week from Ecuadorian Hands  certainly interested a number of people.  The beads are natural, lightweight and colorful!

One reader asked if the nuts can be colored.  Yes, in their natural state, tagua beads are easily dyed and carved.  But note the beads the winner will be getting have already been cut, dyed and polished up by the folks at Ecuadorian Hands.

Most of us have never been to Ecuador but one reader has!  Wayne Wiley said, "I am a big fan of tagua nuts having collected tagua carvings for many years now. It's a wonderful renewable source of "ivory". We visited a factory in Ecuador recently and got to see them making the carvings and the buttons. We were amazed at the pod that covers the nuts (really ugly)."

I would like to thank all the readers who said how much they liked my tagua pendant. Cath Thomas wrote, "I love this pendant It makes me think of Isis horns with solar disc or the Lunar disc, both ancient Egypt gods attributes. Thank you for sharing the creation process!"

Tagua beads are really lovely to work with and to wear.  So one lucky reader is the lucky recipient of a big batch of them.  I numbered all the eligible entries and headed to  The random number generator picked the number belonging to Jana!  Congratulations!
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