grown up creativity: make it a handmade kwanzaa

Out of the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) and Kuumba (Creativity) are my favorite. One because it emphasizes keeping money within the community and supporting our businesses and the other because it focuses on the creative aspects of the season and ceases upon an opportunity to make something by hand and from the heart.

With Kwanzaa fast approaching (December 26 – January 1), I thought I would share some vintage posts of some of my favorite handmade crafters and artisans that have been previously featured on my blog, in my Black DIY series. I offer this to you as a last minute shopping guide with the hope that you will support these artists in the true spirit of Kwanzaa! And remember to make each gift special!

Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Kwanzaa!
Happy New Year!

druChristine Couture – Fashion Designer

Business Information:  druChristine Couture
Business Name: druChristine Couture
Founder/Creative Director’s Name: Drue Thompson
Location: Cleveland, Ohio (or as I like to say, WORLD WIDE….through the world wide web!!!)
Business Phone (if applicable): 216.533.5195
Website:  Email:

Etsy Page: druChristine


MamaLei Body Essentials – Body & Skincare

Artist/Designer: Ohenewaa White-Ra

Business Name: MamaLei Body Essentials

Location: Philadelphia, PA,

Etsy Shop:

Twitter:  @MamaLeibodyEsse


Ioni’s Creations – Unique Crocheted Gifts

Business Name: Ioni’s Creations
Founder/Creative Director’s Name: Ioni Dodson and Ta Ankh
Location: Queens, New York
Business Phone (if applicable): 917 841-6040
Etsy Page:


Soulburbia – Jewelry

Founder/Creative Director’s Name: Rukiya McNair
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Business Phone (if applicable):
Website/Email:  and
Etsy Page:


Nzingah Designs – Jewelry

Artist/Designer:  Nzingah

Location:  South Florida


Twitter: @sankofaschild


Heaven Must Be Like This – Unique Cakes

Business Name:  Heaven Must Be Like This
Founder/Creative Director’s Name: Monise L. Seward
Location: Snellville, GA (metro-Atlanta)
Business Phone (if applicable): 678-658-0672

Twitter Page: @HvnMstBLikeThis 


Venus Visuals – Jewelry

Business Name: Venus Visuals
Founder/Creative Director’s Name: Imani Bilal (Creative Designer) Imani & Muslimah Bilal (Founders)
Location: Washington DC/VA/MD
Business Phone (if applicable): (202) 704-2658

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