In August while at Jo-Ann Fabrics perusing the yarn section I found a few treasures… skeins of discontinued yarn colors with an easy pattern. I was elated to take on the challenge of knitting until I realized I didn’t own the necessary needles and I forgot how to knit.😕 For some reason knitting techniques are taking longer to become second nature yet I am determined to become an avid knitter. So off to YouTube to brush up on casting on, casting off and the direction for knitting vs purling.
Currently, I am knitting during my lengthy commute and creating One Skein Wonders. I want to share this nuance of My Journey with you. So I will blog about the patterns I’m trying and my prospective on crafting through the medium of yarn.
While in-between projects, I have been blessed with movie screening passes, meeting amazing artist, and attending incredible events around the city of Philadelphia. I want to let you in my journey…so here is my take on the Suicide Squad.
Memorable Quote (modified): Desire becomes surrender, surrender becomes power. – Joker
There was a huge turnout for the Suicide Squad Screening on Monday, August 1, 2016. This DC Comic & Warner Brothers movie was worth the crazy line, fans dressed as their favorite comic book character and waiting to the end to see the glimpse of the Justice League movie. The general theme was what would you do for the person you love. Each squad member was a tenderhearted villain… Harley Quinn loves the Joker (aka Puddin), Deadshot loves his daughter and even Captain Boomerang has his Pink Unicorn (his fetish).
It was definitely more of an action movie than a love story yet in the end love was the reason for most of their decisions. So if you are in the mood for an action movie with a compassionate side… go see it starting August 5th! 😊
Our Family Squad
The Newest Babies In Our Brown Girl Collection:
Baby Brown: B. Comfort
Brown Girl Doll: B. Comfort (#0020)
Love Date: May 15, 2016
B. Comfort aka Snuggles is 10 -12” long, has a Dipped in Vanilla complexion and beautiful eyes. She is wearing a Rogue, Perfect, & Pale Pink Baby Bunting and Hat set.
Whether awake or asleep B. Comfort has a happiness about spirit about her.
Baby Brown: B. Cheerful
Brown Girl Doll: B. Cheerful (#0021)
Love Date: May 15, 2016
B. Cheerful aka Sunshine is 10 -12” long, has a Dipped in Vanilla complexion and beautiful eyes. She is wearing a Lemon, Perfect, & Pale Pink Baby Bunting and Hat set.
Whether awake or asleep B. Cheerful has an optimism that radiates to those around her.
These lil ladies hammed it up for their Photo Shoot (below).
Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take a risk. – Yo-Yo Ma
Expect the unexpected, and whenever possible, be the unexpected. – Lynda Barry
It is with nervousness, butterflies and hiccups I am exposing my passion on Etsy. I would love to say that I’m excited yet the truth is I held off listing Petia because of fear. Yes it reared its ugly head again and paralyzed me for a few days when when I glanced back on my past experience. The last time I attempted to sell on Etsy was in 2011 and nothing came off it. So my past and having to learn their formatting via mobile app weighted me down. I dreaded doing the work and experiencing the same outcome.
It was around 2:30 am this morning that I cheered and forced myself into doing the hardwork, shaking of fear and becoming victories. 😊 Some people may wonder why I am exposing my thoughts in this manner. As an entrepreneur you will doubt and second guess yourself yet make a firm decision to do it anyway. Do not allow your trepidation to overshadow your mission.
Now, it is with great excitement I present to you Petia our first Brown Girl Doll listing in the Jimise4u Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/288350025/brown-girl-do
In December 2015, I envisioned a Brown Girl Doll wearing a Kente cloth inspired dress. I knew the primary color was gold and the rest would come over time. Yet, I haven’t had much time to work on my ideas because I was creating on behalf of my clientele.
The end of March yielded an opportunity to create the doll that lingered in my mind. After seeing the movie Miracles from Heaven, the theme stayed the same yet the design and colors changed. The movie had a crocheted mermaid doll which I fell in love with. So I began researching a mermaid dolls which led me to a mermaid dress… Bingo. Now that the doll had a dress it was time to put pencil to graph paper, recreate a traditional kente design for the bodice, and choose the colors.
Utilizing previous research from creating Shaka’s Kente Blanket the colors blue symbolizing love and green symbolizing growth/wealth were chosen.
Shaka’s Kente Inspired Keepsake
I proudly introduce to you… Petia!
Petia meaning “I love you” is the name of the gold ring given to an Ashanti Girl at betrothal and Kente clothe is worn by Ashanti Kingdom royalty. Henceforth, her name and garb.
Brown Girl Doll: Petia
Petia will be the first of many Brown Girl Dolls selling on our Etsy Jimise4u shop. Petia is looking for a loving home and we hope to find her one very soon.