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Last Day of July

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The 7th month has come and it is hours away from being done. There will never be a July 2013 again...or perhaps it has always been and remains for eternity? Anyway, if you live in New York and take the subway, you would have noticed the poems on the trains; Poetry in Motion is what they are calling them. Poems are posted for a couple of weeks at a time before they are replaced. The new one is here and Namra saw it before I did so he sent me a copy. I love it so much I am sharing it with you! On the #7 to Flushing on Monday, I saw it for myself and it was just as beautiful as reading it off of my phone. I would like to remember it for August, for September, for December, forever. 

The Good Life
by Tracy K. Smith

When some people talk about money
They speak as if it were a mysterious lover
Who went out to buy milk and never
Came back, and it makes me nostalgic
For the years I lived on coffee and bread,
Hungry all the time, walking to work on payday
Like a woman journeying for water
Fro…

Opinion: A Woman's Hair

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"Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as covering"
1 Corinthians 11: 14-15. NIV.

Is it proven that Jesus had long hair? I will take time to research into this matter on a day when I actually find myself caring about the length of hair on anybody's head.  Growing up, we all got haircuts. Both boys and girls. The "nature" of our hair is such that it cannot grow long without intense care and nobody had time for that. Not even my mother who is very much into the long hair deceit. The hair of a significant amount of people of African origin do not seem to understand that it ought to grow downwards, straighter, and smoother.  This type of hair is not considered beautiful because it is often very thick, coarse, kinky, and needs a great deal of help to lengthen. In Ghana, as was and still is the case for several West African countr…

Mawusi: News and New!

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There is a lot going on behind the scenes of Mawusi at the moment...like loads of crocheting, and designing, and scratching my head. I don't think my sketch book likes me very much right now. I also have tons of stuff to upload but I am just perfectly busy... lazy. It is my least favorite part. I feel pains when I go through the process of listing items, even though I copy and paste almost everything! You can tell sometimes, like when there is a link to the bracelet in the picture when there is no bracelet in any of the pictures... I must correct these things...
Just so you know, I had a WONDERFUL time vending at Radio Lilac the past Sunday. If you were unable to make it this time, you really must come if and when I vend there again. There is so much to do on the piers, sooooo much to do! Oh, see my Facebook page for the little video I took. I will also be posting pictures there sometime today.
The most exciting thing in shop at the moment is that the Dipoyo has been redesigned! …

Summer Diaries: More Galleries!

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At this rate I should just move to Chelsea. All the below images were taken in galleries on west 26th street, between 10th and 11th avenue!

Happy Thursday! -J

Thoughts on Sandra Beasley's essay "Nice Poem -- I'll Take it"

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"Make it new," said Ezra Pound.  It is the answer to the excuse that everything has already been done. One can add to what has been done, or subtract from it, or divide it, or multiply it by something to create another perspective of it, and in so doing create something new.

In everything that I do, it is often my intention to be myself, whatever it is that this self is, I hope to reveal it to me through my actions, through my work. Though I am not always successful, I have known success in this goal and I am addicted to the feel of it.  I have been accused of "trying too hard to be different" when in truth, I only try hard to stay true to this self that I am eager to get to know; and not to sway to whichever way the wind blows. So in my work, I aim for newness. Yes, certain aspects of what I create has been done before, but what it is molded into is often a reflection of my imagination, my interpretation, and therefore, I would like to believe, different from wha…

Meet Gudrun of Goodrun on Etsy!

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A little about yourself

Hello my name is Gudrun – from goodrun design. I’m living in Altenberg  - together with my husband and two sons - a very small town,in Austria/Europe. It is a joy living here – indeed, a great place for the kids to grow up, and the untouched nature around inspires my work and life!
What is your Craft story?

Nearly from the beginning of my life I've been crafting - as a young child I used to sit under the table and crochet clothes for my little dolls. This passion never left me so I studied fashion & design in Munich/Germany – but after finishing I preferred to make it back home. Unfortunately it wasn’t too easy to get a job as fashion designer so I started working as a media-designer; it was a very creative and fun work and I still do it occasionally.
After I gave birth to my first son I tried to go back to my passion: creating with my own hands. So I began making jewelry. My first pieces were made out of polymer clay – a fantastic material which comes in so…

Opinion: The Like Affliction

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One of the things I tell people I am meeting for the first time is that I have a ton of issues. Despite it seeming that I am trying to scare them off, it is not the case. I just want us to start on a good footing. If this declaration is good enough reason for that individual to not want to get to know me any better, then I suppose it saves us both from wasting our time. Or perhaps not.

It seems to me that sooner or later one realizes that one is just really full of oneself. For instance, on what basis do we judge our friends and others? I believe we are ourselves, often, the perfect model by which those who we associate with must reflect.  Some of us do understand that others are good the way they are, despite the fact that they annoy the heck out us with their foolish habits of wearing mismatching socks.  We know that there are people out there who actually love them for the same reason that we want to dig an early grave for them. We tolerate them, nonetheless, because we love their…

Personal Style: Colorful Necklace From Goodrun

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I got this beautiful handmade wire ball necklace from Gudrun of Goodrun on Etsy and I have been really enjoying it. It is light weight, different, and fun! I love to pair  it with something very casual as it holds so much magic on its own! Thank you so much for making this for me, Gudrun!
Necklace - Goodrun on Etsy Scarf - Bought in Ghana Bracelet - Mawusi Tank top - Either from Forever 21 or H&M or Old Navy or JCPenny...perhaps it is JCPenny! :p Skirt - Gift from my mom's friend Sandals - Marshalls

Mawusi: New in Shop and Up Coming Flea Event!

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It is Friday! Bet you are soooo very glad! So am I!
First and foremost, thanks so much to EVERYONE of you who participated in my giveaway hosted on A Stylish Little Lady's Blog! And thanks to EVERYONE of you who helped get the word out there!  It's a beautiful thing you've done for me, and I really appreciate you for it.
As flea markets go, I am participating in Radio Lilac this Sunday from noon - 7pm! It will be on a ship (which is the biggest reason why I am doing it!) at Pier 25. Take the #1 to Franklin Street or the A / C/ E to Canal Street and walk down North Moore Street to Pier 25. Hope to see you there!
On the matter of what's new in shop, I've three newly listed items including the hair piece below! It is my fun Sikili (meaning sugar in the krobo and Ga Ghanaian languages) pompom side hat in pink and orange!
Don't forget that I've items on SALE for 50% off! I've sold a couple already and when they're gone they won't be coming back to t…

Summer Diaries: I'm Freaking out!

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This morning, I got a message from one of my profs about books to start reading for the upcoming semester and I realized that the summer is kind of over and school will be starting soon and I am yet to do anything! Argh! All I have done this summer is Mawusi, recover a little from that then return to it. Worse, my antisocial ways have escalated! My copy of TONY came in yesterday and I looked guiltily at all the park parties, and thought a bit of all the fun I am not having...MoMA PS1 is soooo close I don't even have an excuse not to go! Right. Enough of the whining.
I did do something fun on Monday. Met with Lisa for the first time, and we visited the gallery district in Chelsea. Forgetting that the galleries are often closed on Mondays! However, we found two opened locations  and ended up having shakes and people watching which was fun. I also got a kick out of listening to Lisa talk about all the places she has been and her description of the people and their traditions. Lisa h…

Poetry: The Road Not Taken

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You know this one, but I am sharing it all the same, and perchance reminding you of it as I, too, was reminded.  I stumbled upon a photocopied version while I was trying to get rid of some books for some  much needed space. It was tucked in one of my English notebooks from high school. I hoard books; notebooks included. It is pathetic, really, but it is a habit that I'm rather proud of. To the poem then:

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
I sh…

Opinion: Dreams

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In the middle of something, I would all of a sudden stop, and feel it grow. At first a tiny smile, then a big one, then a little chuckle, then a full fledged laughter. This is me dreaming of something wonderful. Of finally visiting China, or finally getting my own little cell to call the Jane-zone. Where I plan to decorate as best as I can, host little crazy dance parties of one when the wind howls, or when the heavens cry, read poetry to the walls, and hide in lace curtains. Please don't say roommate or I will wail like a banshee.

As a child, most of my time was spent dreaming. For instance, one year, I spent the whole time day dreaming of these two children who came out of nowhere and lived in a huge bubble home right in the middle of the dusty little road that I walked to school. Only I could see them, of course. Their parents were on a different planet and they could do whatever they wanted. I was the only one invited to play with them. That was so much fun. Also, when I star…

Mawusi: Updates and A Giveaway!

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Is it me or is the time going really fast? I know my bullets are suspiciously long. Working on keeping them shorter. + Mawusi has been featured on Our Mom and Pop Shops! Thank you Kara Mia! + Added a couple of new items to the shop! Also named a lot of them. Soon will be adding their meanings.  + Check the sales section. They're all marked down to 50% off. I'll not be making any of them again after they are gone...unless custom ordered. + I'm now part of the Etsy NY Team. Very excited about this! :) + Preparing for Fall/Winter -- as you can see in the picture below of my first work in progress -- happy to be crocheting again. Feels like coming home! + Finally, A Stylish Lady Blog is hosting a Mawusi Giveaway as of today! Please go and enter! Thank you, Chandra! ^_^
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful Friday! -J
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Summer Diaries: Visits to LIC Flea and MoMA

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The past Saturday was exciting. When night came, my feet were so tired they felt useless. It begun early, I had to meet a friend at the Long Island City Flea. I had been wanting to see the market, and my friend wanted to check it out, too, and buy something she was after.  It was hot. We spent most of the time under a tent seeping lemonade, then looked around for a bit and left.  It was hot. Wait, I have already said that!

Later, I found myself at MoMA with another friend. We did not make it to the Rain Room because we put it off until it was too late; we had fun nevertheless. I may go back to see that Rain Room. The coolest thing happened. We got in for free! On the line to buy tickets, the first for both of us since we were only familiar with getting in for free with our CUNY cards, or on "Freeloader's Friday." We were agonizing over the ridiculous prices when this woman asked if we were buying tickets, we nodded and she motioned that we come with her. She had one of …

Made in Brooklyn: Oille Natural Candles

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My foolish bathroom has no windows. When I do get my own place the bathroom must have a window. I did prefer a skylight which can open up, but I am sure I would be happy with a window. Thankfully, because of the lack of natural light, when the artificial lights go off, it gets really dark in there. No matter what time of the day. Sometimes in the afternoon, I like to lit a candle, put off the lights and take a long, long, long shower. I don't know how to do baths, otherwise, I would have one of those. This is what I plan to do with the candles that I got from Kirsten of Oille Naturals. I think they will do perfectly for my little on and off blissful afternoon ritual.
Yes. They do smell wonderful. Have a beautiful Wednesday. -J

Meet Kel of Addicted to Discovery (Blog)

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 A little about yourself My name is Kel. I am a wife, mother, and accessories designer trying to make the world around me a bit more lovely. 
 What is your blog’s story?  I initially began blogging as "scrapbook" to document found images, quotes, and random thoughts in one centralized place. I was also in a long distance  relationship with my husband (then boyfriend) and needed a place to document my swooning.  What inspires you I love refreshing my eyes and my mind, so I spend a lot of undocumented time offline. There is a lot of repetition online, so I need to break away from that environment to find newness and something that makes my want to create. For (r-ki-tekt), my accessories company, I am most inspired by color. I think you are able to see that clearly in the pieces. It tells a story or mood long before words can be spoken. Music is also one of my favorite sources of inspiration. I am very emo, so when I find an artist that speaks to me, I cling to them. 
 What is the asp…

General Update and a Poem!

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I am über late posting today. Blame Mawusi. I have become a slave to what I love. I am working on taming the madness. School will start soon, I really do not want to start a new year all stressed out. I probably will go more into this on another day, but today I will share a good poem that I 'chance' upon yesterday. I wanted to play that game where one opens a book and it falls on a page and lo and behold there is the poem for you! I, of course, had to try a couple of times before I found my poem.

The Old Poets of China
by Mary Oliver
Wherever I am, the world comes after me.  It offers me its busyness.  It does not believe that I do not want it.  Now I understand why the old poets of China went so far and high  into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist. ---
Listen to my reading of "The Old Poets of China" below:




Personal Style: Bug Eyes

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I shot this on the fourth of July. I assumed that most people would have better things to do than frequent that little park. I was right for a few seconds. Things became awkward when this man comes to perch on one of the concrete benches right after the woman he was walking with yells at him and leaves. He then lit a cigarette and watched me shoot. I was disgusted but determined not to stop just because of him.  He was joined by an entire family who squeezed into a bench and focused all their eyes on me. That made him leave, but that also did it for me.
The family was more amusing than annoying but I felt very uncomfortable so I packed up.
It seems that something interesting always happen when I dare to shoot outside.

sunglasses - lala and sasi earrings - Mimok necklace - I made it! bracelets - Mawusi :p tank top - Forever 21(many seasons past) pants - Daffy's >:) bag - Marshalls shoes - TJMaxx

Have a beautiful weekend! -J




Mawusi: Hester Street Fair Pictures!

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How was your July 4th?  I spent my cleaning and trying to stay away from the computer. I really must go see those fireworks sometime.   Anyways, I thought I would finally share some pictures from my last vending event at Hester Street Fair along with those of other vendors that I was able to shoot.  If you follow me on my Fb page, you've already seen the picture of me behind my table and know the little story attach to it! :p The street fair sign through handmade bag straps  Happy behind my little table Gala and Marlowe: they sell funky vintage cloths and handmade accessories. They will be at Artists and Fleas in Chelsea this weekend and next weekend! Marlowe is so cute and sweet! She is doing creative writing in a school in London, she is however from Canada and is only here for the summer. Ichcha meaning a wish is the brand behind this beautiful hand embroided scarves and handmade jewelry Kirsten of Oille Natural is uber cool! We did a trade and I got two of her beautiful great …

Happy Independence Day

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It is a beautiful thing that I too can be American. That I too am American, though I was not born here, though English is my third language. It is a beautiful thing to step out there and notice all the different people from all over the world, united in our love for this country. I am very proud to be Ghanaian American. Grateful for all the opportunities that living in this beautiful country has given me. Hence I appreciate all the work that has been done by its previous and current people so that we have the America that we know today. Happy fourth of July!
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