The Creative Call|When Your Dream Job Sneaks Up On You


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Teaching Art Print via Paper Canoe Printables

The other day I ran into an acquaintance and I was telling her about my plans to leave my current job to become a teacher. And she asked me something that no one has when I tell them my plans, she asked me if it was my dream job. I paused for a second before responding “Yes, mentoring and teaching so yes I think it is.”

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Design Challenge|Girl Rising Inspiration Boards

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been going to school to get certified to teach. This week in the USA begins #Teacher Appreciation Week. So in honor of that, all week my posts will be about teachers and the joy of teaching.

A few years back when God started pulling me toward the profession of teaching, I created an afterschool program teaching girls about fashion at a local middle school. I taught the girls a bit about design inspiration, fashion moodboards, sewing, patternmaking and fashion illustration.

One of the projects that I thought up was called Girl Rising Inspiration Boards.

Girl Rising Challenge

From this image alone, I see pattern (orange dots on white), color (brown, red, orange and white) and theme. The challenge was for the girls to find beauty in images from countries that don’t celebrate or uplift young girls in the area of education and opportunities. And then take that and design outfits to represent that country.

Look what my girls came up with!

Girl Rising Inspiration Boards (International Day of the Girl Child)

Part 1: Choose a country

  • Peru
  • Afghanistan
  • Cambodia
  • Egypt
  • Sierra Leone
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Ethiopia
  • Nepal

Part 2: Research and collect images, inspirations on colors, prints, patterns and clothing styles

Part 3: Create a mood/inspiration board for your country

Part 4: Design an outfit inspired by your inspiration board

Part 5: Present and discuss questions

  • What changes when girls are educated?
  • How many girls worldwide are out of school?
  • How many girls are born into extreme poverty?
  • Why aren’t some girls in school?

Here are some great inspirational images I found for each of the countries I listed.

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The Suga’|We Are F.A.S.H.I.O.N Afterschool Program

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As I get closer to finishing my teaching credentials, I’m thinking more and more about the afterschool fashion program I plan to start. I’ve done this on a small scale in middle school and with my church but I’d like to start this program wherever I end up teaching. So I’m thinking about classes, lessons, and even workshops etc. I have a lot of supplies because I don’t want the kids to have to supply anything to participate.

There are still quite a few things that I need to purchase. Dress forms, sewing supplies etc. I’ve snatched up a few used and new sewing machines. I have some of my own that I can use but still need a few more. I only have one professional dressform and it’s vintage (aka yellowed and falling apart).

Purchasing dressforms will take a good portion of my costs.  Then of course computers and regular sewing and patternmaking supplies. I’m going to use everything that I already have and I have accumulated quite a bit of useful supplies. And of course there’s furniture. Again use what I have and Ikea for the rest. This is all still a work in progress but I’m excited about where it could go. This program has the potential of being really big for my organization and others like We Are F.A.S.H.I.O.N.

These are some resources I’ve found in my planning.


Mannequin Madness



Sewing Supplies

Gold Star


J Hittle


Etsy (great for vintage books)


Afterschool Matters (a great chapter about an afterschool fashion program)

Party Supplies

Oriental Trading Company


If you know of any good websites let me know.

The Suga’|The Weekly Roundup|Am I My Sister’s Keeper..

The Weekly Roundup

Yes I am! In honor of Black Girls Rock, today’s roundup features awesome happenings in girls and women of color. For those out there that question BGR or believe that it’s racist in anyway, I say this “Would you rather have young women of color being a detriment to society and themselves or making a contribution and making this world a better place not just for people of color but for everyone”. When we do something to uplift a community, we are uplifting society as a whole. Remember that!

  1. Putting color in kids literature via #1000blackgirlbooks.
  2. Creating eco-friendly fashion accessories via Maya’s Ideas.
  3. Preteen Egypt Ufele combating bullying with creativity and a sewing machine.
  4. Combating obesity in the black community and society at large via BGR  (this black is still working on this).
  5. Giving naturalistas like myself a creative platform via Curly Nikki.
  6. Read about The NOVO Foundation pledging to support for women and girls of color over on Huffington Post.
  7. On White read about the challenges facing women and girls of color and help make a difference!

Stay positive and stay classy!