dusted off my sewing machine

actually, i didn’t.

i was so geeked off of my idea to make a denim clutch that i didn’t even bother to dust the thing off. i was also so geeked that i didn’t bother to use the zipper foot for my sewing machine to put in the zipper.

can i just say here that i hate hate hate sewing in zippers for some reason? they were the most painful thing for me to do in school when i studied fashion design 50 million years ago.

but that wasn’t the end of my geeked-ness. nope, sure wasn’t. i also didn’t realize my interfacing was double-sided adhesive before i ironed the thing down. that meant that my lining was sticking to the inside of the bag, which just wasn’t going to work. i worked around it, but it turned out a little errrrrr…bulkier than i had planned.

see, sometimes i get so stoked about an idea that i just jump right on in.

yes, i goes in, honey.

full throttle all like, “today is clutch day!!!!!”

handmade denim clutch

handmade denim clutch

handmade denim clutch

it’s pretty needless to add here that my clutch had some bumps along the way, but i think it came out rather snazzy for my first go at it.


would my son be my hero?

dutch is 7. at 7 you don’t have very many responsibilities. you clean up after yourself. keep your room clean. do well in school. behave. you know, it just doesn’t get very deep at 7. you basically go to school and look forward to the weekend so you can chill out, watch cartoons, play around. life is easy breezy.

in dutch’s case, the weekend includes video game time. he lives for his video game time and he has quite a collection of games. naturally, there are some games (his dad’s) that are a definite no-no. that includes anything rated “m” for mature. he’s not even allowed to be in the same room when his dad plays these games.

we’re serious.

my child

so last weekend we were hanging around the house. i was watching tv, dutch was playing his games, and i hadn’t fixed anything for lunch just yet so i decided to just order chinese. by the time the food came i was out of my mind hungry and couldn’t wait to dig in. i said to dutch, “i’m going to pass out in here if i don’t eat soon!” which got me to thinking, would my child know what to do if i ever had a medical emergency and really passed out?

so i asked, “dutch, what would you do if i passed out?”

dutch: play call of duty: black ops.

mama: what?!

dutch: and then i’d call an ambulance.

so much for a hero.

kindred & surrender to love’s 10th anniversary

i was speaking with aja of kindred the family soul recently and she mentioned that their debut cd, surrender to love, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. my initial response was a little disbelief, like, wordddddd?? it’s been TEN years?? it seems like just yesterday when i first heard some of my faves from that cd including “far away,” “if i,” “stars,” “rhythm of life”… actually it’s hard for me to even choose a favorite from this project because it was such a solid piece of work.

kindred the family soul

to celebrate the anniversary, kindred is planning to release a live cd and they’re in the studio putting together their next project, which the duo plans to drop later this year. so if you’re fans of the family be on the lookout for some great tunes coming from philly’s finest really soon.

kindred the family soul

in the meantime, check out some of their recent performances with jill scott, robert glasper, questlove & black thought and musiq at the shrine chicago.


Kindred The Family Soul w/ special guest (episode 1) Jill Scott (at The Shrine Chicago) from Jamaar J on Vimeo.

Kindred The Family Soul w/ special guest (episode 2) Robert Glasper, Questlove & Black Thought (@ The Shrine Chicago) from Jamaar J on Vimeo.

Kindred the Family Soul (episode 3) L’Renee, Gary “lil G” Jenkins, Avery Sunshine & Musiq Soulchild at The Shrine from Jamaar J on Vimeo.

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