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Personal Style: My Brother's Jeans

I've been looking for a pair of men's jeans ever since the boyfriend jeans trend started. I didn't want to buy a girl's version so I got my brother's when my boyfriend refused to let me steal his. ^_^ Bandana - Vintage LS Shirt - Joe Fresh Levis Jeans - My brother's gift ^_^ Lace top - Gift Necklace & Bracelets - Mawusi Chunky Socks - Daffy's Converse - Marhsalls

Grad School Diary: Ramble, Ramble, Rambling

I thought about posting an entry yesterday and everything in me said bah! So I went and made myself a huge meal and gorged on berries, then went to the city to returns all the borrowed books which I never read, and which have accumulated fines because I couldn't be bothered to renew them or return them. I am here now because listening to the Beatles is one of my motivational drugs. In case I have forgotten to mention; I am suffering a little. I am in the flapping wings of the mood swings. The arghs roll-out a-plenty when I must get out of bed. Fun equals sitting on the window sill and looking, loving the moon for hours. I can count how many actual words I have said to anyone since Wednesday. It feels like I am at the junction of life sucks and life is awesome. It is mostly that I am having dinner with fear. Let myself be drawn by her seduction. Letting her words feed the goose crawling under my skin, while she pets my head. What if everything I am doing, everything I have been do…

Matter of Advertising

I didn't see any plays last week, and it looks like I won't be doing so this week either. The thing with luck is it goes up and down. However, my copy of Time Out NY just came in, so perhaps I will find something to do for free or for free. :)

On Saturday, I finally caught up with Julia Roberts' Snow White. I wasn't meaning to watch it but my boy friend kept insisting that it really is my kind of movie. Immediately as I started to watch, I realized how important advertising is. Of course I have always had an inkling on the significance of sending the right message to the right people, but it hit home on Saturday because I saw Charlize Theron's version in the theaters. I remember when I saw the commercials, I got the impression that the Roberts' version would lack originality and follow the old dodder road which I've grown tired of. I was wrong in thinking this. I actually prefer the Robert's version as it is so amusing. It felt like a mockery of the fa…

Meet Joana of Trincar Uvas on Etsy

This is one of my favorite Handmade jewelry shops on Etsy! Joana Pedroso is as awesome as her shop! So it is my pleasure to introduce to you the über talented woman behind Trincar Uvas!

Hi there! My name is Joana and I am a 28 year old girl who grew up in a little village on the coast of Portugal. At the moment I am living in the Netherlands, sharing a home and workplace with my lovely boyfriend. Somedays I work as a paper restorer in a big archive and on others days I give room to my creativity with Trincar Uvas - that's the name I chose to give to my jewelry creations - it means 'to bite grapes' in Portuguese, one of my favorite things to do.

I started creating jewelry about three years ago. To be honest I don't really remember why, I just started and it felt great so I never stopped. 

I opened my etsy shop a bit more than a year ago - I've been a client on etsy for a long time and it just felt like the right place to be a part of. It really is more than just a mark…

Etsy Favs: Handmade Shoes!!!

Who doesn't love custom HANDmade shoes!?!!!!  Below are some of my favorite handmade shoe finds on Etsy.

1. Tarmar Shalem 2. Ele Handmade 3. Walk By Anat Dahari 4. Goodbye Folk 5. The Drifter Leather

Opinion: Make a Fool of Yourself Often

This is going to be bumpy because when I thought, a few seconds ago, about what to write, the idea of allowing our foolish actions to not overwhelm us came out of the hat.  What do I mean by being a fool often? Sometime along the lines of tears and laughter it dawned on me that I am only an insignificant little dim wit. This sounds harsh and depressing but weirdly enough it is the pool from which my self-confidence laughs madly, hopping about on one foot in a fuchsia tutu skirt.

You live, you die. That is it. Everything since birth is a process leading to an end. Accept this as soon as you can, it makes things better. I am a fool because I am human. I find certain things that  others think stupid and silly, adorable. I break my heart over things that are not worth hurting over, I panic about things that I have ZERO control over; i.e. everything. I am insignificant because I am as unique as the next human being. We are all very unique and therefore no one is more special. One of the b…

Japanese Inspired Brooch Pin / PillBox Hat in African Print Up for SWAP!!!

Exactly as the title screams!
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New in Mawusi!

Happy, happy Friday! I added a few new things to Mawusi this week! Please click on them to see them in shop. Thank you!!

- Jane

Grad School Diary: The Dream

Is to become a Professor. Not so people can call me Dr. Odartey or anything but for the license to stay in school forever in a way that is not pathetic. If I can, I would spend all my life getting one degree after the other. I wouldn't care about the grades then. As it stands right now, I can't stand anything below an A- or I am sure to break out in anguish, and I start seeing red.

It will be a jolly party to teach creative writing. Classes where people can learn or strengthen their creative writing skills. I am not very kind to writing rules. My theory is that one ought to know them thoroughly, then jilt them at the alter. I love literature but there are often too many rules. And often too much digging. A word is left to tatters, shivering cold and lonely - deprived of all of it's secrets. Now with creative writing, meaning is of course important but if you write like I do, most of the time you find that you have no idea what you are about until the work is completed.  L…

Broadway Play Review - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

This is the funniest of all the plays I have seen this year. Playing at The Golden Theater on 245 West 45th Street is Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Written by Christopher Durang and directed by Nicholas Martin. If you are up on your game with Chekov, this play will be probably funnier to you, but if you are like me, and are yet to begin the famous short stories, there is plenty of pop culture references that you might get; there is some Lindsey Lohan, Disney's Snow White, Angelina Jolie and there is this continuous mockery of Entourage, that HBO series.

The setting is the present time in a stunning farmhouse in Bucks County, Philadelphia with views to die for, or so we are asked to believe. The stage is a masterpiece. I would live there if they would let me. The story is about three siblings: Vanya (David Hyde Pierce), the recent out of the closet brother. Sonia (Kristine Nielson)——Oh she is sooo funny—— the adopted daughter who might be bipolar, and who kept claiming that…

Meet Aga of Aga Farrell on Etsy

Meet Aga, the cool artist behind the stunning photography shop, AgaFarrell!
My name is Aga Farrell.  I run the photography shop AgaFarrell on Etsy. I come from Poland, a beautiful country situated in central Europe that has plenty of inspirational eye-catching subjects. I also spend a lot of time in my husband’s homeland of Scotland, which is equally blessed with incredible landscapes.
I have been running a shop on Etsy for a year.  My work is exclusively available to buy there, as I find it offers the best platform to showcase my art. I do however take part in small local craft fairs which bring in a few sales and I have also been blessed enough to be exhibited in some international galleries. Being creative is a form of meditation for me. Capturing fragments of reality and passing moments makes me aware of the beauty and mystery of everyday life. Another important aspect of my artwork is to try to illustrate the melancholic story behind commonplace. I love the melancholy of rainy days, a…

Etsy Favs:Sweet Home Finds


Opinion: Twirling Around Successful Friends

So you meet your old mate with whom you started things way back in the giggling days of yore not bore. And at one point you secretly believed that you were going to swing the success stick before they do. But then at this meeting, they seem to be on top. They have done some of the big things on your life's to-do list. Things that you are still scratching you head about. Then comes a prick: a bit painful, a bit ugly, and a little whiny song with lyrics like; 'Why hasn't any of these happened for me? Not fair!' 

Mate, it is alright. You are allowed to feel envy every now and then. Here are somethings that I like to think about at this time: 1. Despite the muddles, are you happy? (The answer should be yes. Find ways to be happy. You owe this to yourself. Happiness is not expensive.) 2. Where are you coming from and how far have you come? 3. Do you really want their life. Like really? Do you want to do the things they do? Like wake up at dawn and work in a gray cubicle or…

Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On

This is one of my favorite 'cheer up' songs. I've dance to it through many a tearful, self-pity parties. It has a way of getting me out of those black-clouds. So this is how I wish you a happy weekend! Until Monday then, mates! -J

New in Mawusi!

Here is what is new in Shop this week!
Click on image to be directed to shop! :)

Grad School Diary: On the Matter of Learning

Every time I am on the verge of thinking 'Ah-Ha! That is it! I get it.' It becomes oh, this is a good answer but it could also be.... So down and up we go again and again looking for what is what. That final is of an it.

Sometime in my Mysticism class last week, my Prof. said something along the lines that translate to there being a 'limit to learning.' I kept wondering about it for the rest of the class, and all the way home on the trains from Brooklyn to Queens. But then I think what he means is that there is a limit to the question of what's and how's and who's and why's when it comes to believing in something that one can not put under a microscope ie God and such.

And yet, I wonder if there is a limit to learning in itself; even when it does not 'puff out' into religion. Can one learn something new forever if one should live forever?

Off Broadway Play Review - Luck of the Irish

Written by Kirsten Greenidge and directed by Rebecca Taichman, Luck of the Irish  played at the Lincoln Center Theater. I saw it on the 6th; four days before it ended.  I contemplated reviewing it and here I am with my decision.

The stage was an interesting blue print display with props of a small park which became a backyard and sometimes a different setting all together. What I enjoyed most was the educational aspects of the story. Previous to the play I had not heard of the term ghost buying. A phrase which applied to an indirect form of purchasing homes.  People of color were forced to use this method of acquiring a home because it was illegal for them to buy property.  What transpired was that when a Black American family wanted, and was ready to purchase a home, they would approach a Caucasian American to buy the property and in turn transfer it over to them. Imagine that!

The story is about an American couple of African descent in the 1950's: Lucy and Rex Taylor (Eisa Davi…

Meet Liz of Liz Kapiloto on Etsy

Meet Liz, the outstanding artist behind the beautiful  illustrated art works at Lizkapiloto

Your name and where you live My name is Liz Kapiloto and I live in Tel-Aviv, Israel 

What is your craft story? I create illustrations and jewelries that are based on a unique style I have developed. I Successfully graduated my studies in visual communications and received my degree in 2007. Then, I joined one of the most successful and world well-known brands “Michal Negrin”, where I worked as a senior graphic design manager in the fashion department. After 5 years I decided to achieve my dream and establish my own brand.

How did you come to be on Etsy, do you sell anywhere else or would you like to? Art was always a great passion in my life. As a little girl I was attracted to art, I remember myself having a small notebook with me and drawing anything I could see around me. As I grow, I became “addicted” to visual media, magazines, art books and galleries. While searching for new ideas and insparatio…

Etsy Favs:Vintage Finds


Opinion: Relationships and Facebook

Oh I am sure you have a story, whether or not you are on Facebook. I hear so many stories that are sad and sometimes really funny. I am sharing mine today!

Long before we became lovey-dovey, namrA and I were MySpace buddies. Then he pissed me off and I deleted him from my friends' list, and deactivated my account. We had a dramatic fight and didn't see each other for years. Then we became friends again, and 'naturally' became Facebook friends as well.  Until he pissed me off again, and I deleted him from my Facebook friends' list too. Yes, I am one those people who delete you from their friends' list when  you piss them off.

Somewhere along the line, we started going out, but we never became friends on Facebook again. In our first year, I didn't even have it stated on my page that I was in a relationship. I later did only to discourage certain attention. Though it states now that 'I am in a relationship,' it doesn't state who with, nor links to…

John Lee Hooker - Jealous

This week, I have been hooked on the rhythm of this song. The lyrics make me laugh so hard. Happy Friday and have a blast this weekend! Until next week, mates! ^_^ -J

New In Mawusi

New in Mawusi! ^_^
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Grad School Diary: What I Wanted, What I Got...

If you put numbers in front of me, I blackout.  I start forming words that have no meaning.  I freak out and I get really anxious.  This is funny because back in the days, the primary days, I loved math. Sometime along the way, it started feeling boring.  To do what one finds boring is often tedious. This is the underlining of my inability to think 'Math' without 'Noooo!'

Yet, in college the plan was to get a business degree. Oh how miserable I was. I bite things. I was not very nice, and I day-dreamed in my classes or dozed off.  Eventually, someone talked me into majoring in English. Then I started taking poetry classes, but before the English classes, I was taking photography classes to stay sane. I felt wicked for doing that. Who in their right mind took photography classes in college? Especially when you are coming from nada, and trying not to end up in nada.

After college, I wanted to get into an MFA program. I only wanted to know Poetry. I am in-love with poetr…

Broadway Play Review - Ann

Do you call a play, a Broadway play, when it is not in the theater district? Ann is playing at The Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center, on 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam. Took me some circling around to find: I kept thinking I must have gotten the wrong address. Today is actually the last preview day. It opens tomorrow.

Written by Holland Taylor and Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, Ann (Holland Taylor) is a one character cast play. And you are right, the actor is is also the author! The play is about Governor Ann Richards, the second female governor of Texas. She served only a single term: lost to Gorge W. Bush in her re-election for a second term in office.

Honestly, I am not a big fan of single cast anything, except stand-up comedy. I am also not at all into politics. I was, therefore, very ready to open the yawning gate, curl up as nice as I could, and watch everything through slanted eyes. But Taylor is pretty charming and very funny. As soon as I made this realizati…

Meet Mary of My Hideaway on Etsy

As someone who spends too much time on Etsy, I have come to 'meet' some amazing shop owners.  I thought it would be really cool to get to know them better and find out the stories behind their shops and their creativity. Starting the new series of Meet an Etsy Shop Owner is the awesome Mary, Owner and everything behind the uber cute handmade accessories shop, Myhideaway!
Your name and where you live? My name is Mary, and I live just outside Washington, DC.

How long have you been into crafting? I've been drawing and painting and making things since I was very small. As far as felt crafts go, the first things I can remember making were Christmas ornaments when I was in kindergarten. I loved the bright colors and soft texture of felt then, and I still do.

Why do you do this, and what inspires you? I'm not sure exactly why I feel the need to create things with my hands, but I know the desire to make art has always been there. When I've gone through periods in my life where I …

Etsy Favs: Handmade for Spring


Opinion: Talking About Your New Business with Friends

A tricky thing this is: talking about your craft as a business without coming off as trying to sell to your friends. A few months ago when I started getting serious about Mawusi, I found myself wanting to talk about my new interest. I was very excited to share every little success, and every little worry.

I have always been a bit into body language; perhaps a bit is not the word.  Alert, or obsessed is probably a better adjective. I pay a lot of attention to facial expressions, and body movements, and when I can’t do that, I pay attention to tone, and to choices of words. etc.  I have this bad habit of always trying to hear what’s not actually being said, and read what is not written. It didn’t take long for me to start realizing that only a few of my friends were actually interested in Mawusi, and most of them looked really uncomfortable when I started talking about it.

No surprise then that out of Mawusi’s two hundred Facebook fans, less than ten are friends. And out of the less than …

Personal Style: Add Funk to Gray

Pink Scarf: H&M Gray Dress: Old Navy  Necklace & Bracelets: Mawusi (Necklace - coming soon) Velvet Skirt: Sears Sweater: Daffys Flowery Gray Transparent Tights: Forever 21 Pink Tights: Marshalls Converse: Marshalls

New in Mawusi

Happy 1st Day of March. I smell spring ^_^
It's been a while since I shared what's new in Mawusi. I have added over ten new items since then!