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Monday, December 13, 2010

My Dream Sample Box: A Look At The Sample Box

My Dream Sample Box: A Look At The Sample Box: "Hi I wanted to post a picture of the sample box for everyone to see. You can tell that every thing can not fit in the box. It was filled to ..."

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Machel Montano - Soca Santa (Trinidad & Tobago)


Enjoy a taste of Trinidad Christmas music.

Still Standing

Greetings,
I am scarce but I am still standing. I visit facebook and I visit twitter but I feel timid, I must admit, to visit my blog. The reason for this is the fact that my original intention for writing this blog seemed to have been delegated to the back burner. This is disturbing to me. I don`t feel guilt just a `let-down` maybe. You see I thoroughly enjoy my 8a.m.-4p.m. job and this takes a lot of my energy so that I am truly unable to create, at this point in time, sufficient jewelry to supply an online business. This is where I am at right now.
I am disappointed that I am unable to accomplish this dream as I had made an attempted to begin but I deal with an issue at my place of employ that I cannot ignore nor do I want to ignore it.
I manage a centre where persons learn craft skill to help enrichen their financial status and so accommodate a better standard of living. These are persons that are not gainfully employed nor well versed in the education system. The strategy is to give them the craft skills so they can empower themselves and so be productive citizens. We are not all cut from the `same cloth; some are `academically inclined` and some are `handicraft inclined`.
This might seem like a normal task but the area where this centre is situated has spurts of gangwafare  and it is an area shun by the general public. It is an area where you have to show the people how beneficial such an education is to them. Some come willingly and some  have to be wooed. Also it is heart-warming when person learn their craft and they can financially help themselves after training; some have even acquired the status where they are teaching the craft that they have learnt. How can I turn my back?
As the area has a gang problem,craft teachers do not want to come to the area to teach. So it is left to me to source capable persons from the area to teach the various crafts. Please bear in mind that I am not from this area. This task takes a lot of my energy but I am not complaining. If I have to do it over I surely would.
So it is not that I have regaled on my words or intentions but I have an obligation to my people to do a job and I have to do it to the best of my ability.
I am coming with jewelry but I am wiser now and I am not saying a word till it is so.
Goodbye for now.
Makeda.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It`s Coming Together

A designer, who was designing a gown for a queen show here in Trinidad, had commissioned me to make some large leather orchids for the gown. He wanted them natural for he was going to airbrush them. I was amazed for I had never, NEVER, thought of such a thing. The queen came second. I became intent of learning to airbrush. The idea grew in my head till it filled my head and it became one with me. I put it in God`s Hand and I left it there. That was about three years ago. I told myself that this looks like it would happen when I retire.
I now have two crafts at the Centre and airbrushing is one of them. How good that is, for I now have a more inner peace within me to see this unfold. We really seem to have `guardian angels who see to our needs.Sometimes the request may seem to take long but if it is something that would benifit us it would come. Once we ask with a good heart,good things will come. I am now privileged to be in and out of an airbrush class. 
I took a small piece of leather and asked the tutor to airbrush it for me and to tell you the truth, I am not the same anymore. I am not sure that I can simply use a paint brush and paint my flowers again, unless someone specifically ask for it. What I saw on the leather sold me. The paint looked like it became one with the leather and the leather remained pliant. I can create more beautiful and pliant flowers. It is important to me that I produce work that can be unique.I am excited but I have also learnt that  sometimes when you become enarmoured with an idea ,a negative could come and change your plan. So to make sure , I am having plan`a`, plan`b`. So I am forging ahead, but with my mind-eyes on anything negative that may want to show it`s head. I am also blissfully happy. This is a challenge that I have wholehearted accepted. I want to airbrush my flowers . If there is anyone who knows about this I am willing to hear a word or two or some.
Another challenge that I face is the fact that I really do not know the proper workings of Facebook or any of the social networks for that matter, so I have that to conquer. I came online without really doing any research. There are a lot of the terminologies that I do not understand but what is life without challenge.Mr. John Adams has offered his help in allowing me to find my way in Facebook and for that I say `THANKS`. I have met some wonderful, helpful and friendly people online and for that too I say thanks.I have met some skunks too but that`s is by the way.
So I am on the way to closing another day and I am satisfied with the day. We should seek to make each day satisfying. This is a daily goal that I should set. So I say goodbye for now.
Love