grown up creativity: Make it a #BuyHandmadeHoliday

It’s that time of year. Shopping and Gift Giving.  If you are looking for thoughtful, unique gifts for your family and friends, think handmade!  This weekend, peruse  The Handmade Collective group on Facebook for some great one of a kind gifts that are made from the heart:

And for this weekend only, November 29-December 1, use this discount code to make your purchases!

Handmade Postcard

Follow The Handmade Collective on Twitter:  @HandmadeCollect  and use the hashtag #BuyHandmadeHoliday



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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grown up creativity: It’s #HandmadeSunday to #SupportCrafters and #SupportHandmade – #BuyHandmade2012

It’s that time of the year when we eat too much and shop too much. Well, how about this year, you shop too much, on only on purpose and support crafters and designers who put lots of love and sweat equity into their creations to give you one of a kind. quality gifts. We know all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Hopefully you’ve also heard about Small Business Saturday and now introducing, “Handmade Sunday”. Handmade Sunday is a day created by The Handmade Collective, a grassroots group of artisans on Facebook, who all have their own craft businesses and wish to connect with you, the savvy consumer.

Check out the #BuyHandmade2012 Event on Facebook:

The Handmade Collective is Proud to announce our very first ‘BUY HANDMADE SUNDAY’ . This Sunday, November 25th participating members will offer special discounts in their handmade shops online! Take anywhere from 10% to 30% off selected creations and some shops are even offering FREE Shipping! Just ‘JOIN’ this invite and get all the latest information on participating shops! This SUNDAY ONLY!

#BuyHandmade2012 on Sunday, November 25, “Handmade Sunday”, hosted by The Handmade Collective!

Thank you for supporting the Handmade Collective!

Stay tuned for “Handmade Sunday”, this Sunday, November 25th. I will be blogging and tweeting about it all day!

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