Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Etsy Finds: Adega Creations

One of my absolute favourite stores on Etsy is Adega Creations. They specialize in authentic African artwork, crafts, clothing, batiks, home accessories and jewellery. The store was created by Margaret Ogembo, a nurse, and one of seven sisters from the Lua tribe of Kenya. All items are handmade in Kenya, and profits from the business go towards supporting Margaret's health clinic in western Kenya.
Right now I'm coveting one of their handwoven sisal and suede leather purses, as well as a set of individually hand carved soap stone coasters (pictured above).
They also have these beautiful hand carved ebony wood bookends (top left). The ones pictured are rhinos, but they also have them in elephants, giraffes, panthers and lions.
Pictured at the top right is one of their banana leaf paintings. Banana leaf artwork has been constant in African art for centuries. It's a very time-consuming process and is very hard to accomplish without flaws. The banana leaves are sometimes dyed to create a more dimensional or realistic effect. When the artwork is finished it becomes a gorgeous focal point that has become extremely popular in the last few years.
You can find more of their handmade treasures at

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Rose Perfume

Red Rose of Kush is a new perfume I am finishing up, and hope to have available in late March. It was inspired by the ancient kingdom of Kush, which was located towards the south of Egypt and the south and centre of Sudan. There is so much beauty, mystery and forgotten knowledge to be found in this ancient civilization. Red Rose of Kush will contain notes of citrus, lime blossom, rose and white musk.(Photo copyright Amanda Jones, Barbados.)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Green Remedies

I’ve been trying to track down a copy of Dina Veeris’ Green Remedies and Golden Customs of our Ancestors for a little while now. Veeris, a botanical healer from Curacao, is an expert on the ancient medicinal plant treatments that were first introduced into the Caribbean and practiced by African slaves. She regards these herbal remedies as telling “…the story of our culture." Her mission is to elevate the knowledge of herbal remedies: "I want people to know and understand that the knowledge of our slave elders was not stupid — they knew a lot."
“African slaves had few doctors, but they brought with them the memory of herbal traditions, and in some cases seeds, with which to carry out their healing work. They recognized some of the trees and plants and also began to learn about the plants here.”

Like much valuable information, the book is proving difficult to track down – but I’m determined. I would love to have this rare book in my collection.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bajan Honey & Oatmeal Soap

This is one of my latest soap creations. Made with rare Barbados honey and certified organic oatmeal with a touch of nutmeg and ginger to spice it up a little.
Like all my soaps it is scented and coloured with natural essential oils and botanicals and contains no artificial ingredients.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Perfume - Sanyu

Sanyu is the name of my latest perfume oil. Pronounced sa-niyu, the name originates from the Baganda of Uganda and translates to 'joy or happiness'.

Sanyu is a clean, delicate scent. I also tried to make it lively and uplifting to the spirit in keeping with its name. It has a light floral heart with a slight touch of jasmine and is enhanced by sparkling organic grapefruit, may chang and citrus top notes.

Like all my perfumes, Sanyu contains no alcohol and comes in a base of fractionated coconut oil.
To celebrate the new year, I am offering free shipping in my Etsy store for Sanyu Perfume Oil.