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Mama says: Put a Pouch on!

In Latest News,Stories on July 26, 2012 by sioso Tagged: , , , ,

Mama says: Put a Pouch on!

Upcoming STORYTELLING shows:

  • Storytelling July 28th , THIS Saturday, 10:30-11:30am at Collingwood with Families Branching Out; family literacy event
  • Saturday August 18th Marpole Days festival, time TBA

The extended collection–POUCHES!

Who doesn’t need a little bag every now and again?
Whether a quick way to find your cellphone (slim to iPhone size) in the ever expanding backpacks, courier bags and purses that we find ourselves carrying– we all need a little bag every now and again. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

The Akan, then later Asante, people (Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire) created the adinkra symbols which incorporate their philosophies, folk-tales and culture. They represent popular proverbs and maxims, record historical events, express particular attitudes or behaviour related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes.

pouches with raised designs

So… Now you can carry your iTouch and iPod WITH the headphone in one place.

private items pouch

Little private items can go with you anywhere, discretely!

Enviro gift-pouch (reusable)

Stick a few items into one small pouch for a quick get up and get going- like some tissues or your camera and couple extra batteries/memory card OR some cash/lip balm & gum-AND of course they are great Enviro-Friendly reusable gift bags.

–THE BATH Pouch collection

These bath-body pouches come in two main types:

– The 100% unbleached all natural cotton and The Loofah & cotton blend.

Both types of pouch can fit many size of bath product and bar soap. Both types of pouch lather and launder well. Both pouches come on a handy handle for easy hand use in a slippery spot.

Bath Body-Pouch

…..So,

Mama says; Put A Pouch On!

-cause THESE little pouches can carry it all in style and functionality!!

contact me to order and purchase YOUR perfect pouch.

putahaton(at)gmail.com

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Mama says: Put a Pouch on it!

In Latest News,Stories on May 27, 2012 by sioso Tagged: , , , ,

Mama says: Put a Pouch on!

Perfect for any occasion- the extended collection–POUCHES!

Who doesn’t need a little story, or how about a little pouch? Now you get both in the Adinkra story-pouches with an interesting Adinkra symbol as a fascinator for your pouch. So whether it’s a quick way to find your cellphone (slim to iPhone size) in the ever expanding backpacks, courier bags and purses that we find ourselves carrying– we all need a little pouch every now and again. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs for dry-land ‘story pouches’. Their cousins the ‘his/hers Bath-Body pouch’ is for wet-land uses from face to full body contact. They’ll go wherever you need them (sink-side to pool-side in the shower & bath).

Pouches  & wishmark card sets will be available for purchase at the Mama’s June performances:


With Siobhan Barker, Sam Bob, Brian Campbell, Mandy Nahanee, Quelemia Stacey Sparrow, Abegael Fisher-Lang, Jean Pierre Makosso, Veenesh Dubois, Zaccheus Jackson Nyce, Tim Sars, Laura Simms, Bryant Ross and Scruff Mouth.

Mama is accepting “Mad Hatter Party” bookings for July 2012. contact us at putahaton@gmail.com

Adinkra ‘story pouches’ background info–

The Akan, then later Asante, people (Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire) created the adinkra symbols which incorporate their philosophies, folk-tales and culture. They represent popular proverbs and maxims, record historical events, express particular attitudes or behaviour related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes.

pouches with raised designs

So… Now you can carry your iTouch and iPod WITH the headphone in one place.

private items pouch

Little private items can go with you anywhere, discretely!

Enviro gift-pouch (reusable)

Stick a few items into one small pouch for a quick get up and get going- like some tissues or your camera and couple extra batteries/memory card OR some cash/lip balm & gum-AND of course they are great Enviro-Friendly reusable gift bags.

Also –THE BATH-BODY Pouch collection

These bath-body pouches come in two main types:

– The 100% unbleached all natural cotton and The Loofah & 100% cotton blend. Both varieties sell for $10 each with a complementary soap.

These super functional pouches can fit many size of bar soap or bath product.  The pouches lather and launder well and come on a handy handle for easy use  and storage in a slippery spot.

Bath Body-Pouch

…..So,

Mama says; Put A Pouch On!

-cause THESE little pouches can carry it all in style and functionality!!

contact me to order and purchase YOUR perfect pouch. Paypal orders accepted online.

putahaton(at)gmail.com

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Mama says: Put a Pouch on!

In Latest News,Stories on April 19, 2011 by sioso Tagged: , , , ,

Mama says: Put a Pouch on!

Introducing the extended collection–POUCHES!

Accepting “Mad Hatter Party & Bazaar” bookings for the Windsor-Essex area July 15-25, 2011. contact us at putahaton@gmail.com

Who doesn’t need a little bag every now and again?
Whether a quick way to find your cellphone (slim to iPhone size) in the ever expanding backpacks, courier bags and purses that we find ourselves carrying– we all need a little bag every now and again. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

The Akan, then later Asante, people (Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire) created the adinkra symbols which incorporate their philosophies, folk-tales and culture. They represent popular proverbs and maxims, record historical events, express particular attitudes or behaviour related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes.

pouches with raised designs

So… Now you can carry your iTouch and iPod WITH the headphone in one place.

private items pouch

Little private items can go with you anywhere, discretely!

Enviro gift-pouch (reusable)

Stick a few items into one small pouch for a quick get up and get going- like some tissues or your camera and couple extra batteries/memory card OR some cash/lip balm & gum-AND of course they are great Enviro-Friendly reusable gift bags.

Also introducing–THE BATH Pouch collection

These bath-body pouches come in two main types:

– The 100% unbleached all natural cotton and The Loofah & cotton blend.

Both types of pouch can fit many size of bath product and bar soap. Both types of pouch lather and launder well. Both pouches come on a handy handle for easy hand use in a slippery spot.

Bath Body-Pouch

…..So,

Mama says; Put A Pouch On!

-cause THESE little pouches can carry it all in style and functionality!!

contact me to order and purchase YOUR perfect pouch.

putahaton(at)gmail.com

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I swear- I fell down some stairs

In Stories on February 7, 2011 by sioso Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

This is the story of how crochet came back into being a significant part of my life after a lengthy sojourn from that crafty pursuit.

In the winter of 2004 my father had a serious fall then through 2005-07 was very ill. With the fall he had broken his left hip, the side that already had an amputated leg, and while successfully rehabilitating with much physio with walkers and his usual ‘one-crutch’, he then suffered a number of strokes (or T.I.A.s) through the holidays resulting in pronounced Dementia (like Alzheimer memory loss) and paralysis on his left side then making him fully wheelchair bound.

I was spending alot of time in hospital at his bedside and I found myself looking for things, activities, that were portable and worked in those sometimes cramped and sterile environments as pleasant distractions and pastimes. I immediately turned to reading HUGE quantities of fiction. I could easily read 500-700 pages in a day so ‘voracious’ was an applicable term.

I was running out of space to store all my brilliant second-hand book purchases so I needed to once again redirect my energies to something a bit more functional and sustainable.

I had been working closely with a gallery in North Vancouver that featured local artisans and came across a wonderful hand-knit hat. It was kinda funky with splashes of brown and black but it’s best feature was that it totally accommodated my head full of braids (most regular hats were too snug a fit). I snapped up the hat as a nice little ‘me-time-treat’.

When I took it with me later on my daily hospital visit to my father- I was blessed for the curtain of his dementia to have temporarily lifted and my Dad reminded me of a time when I used to ‘crochet like crazy even your doll clothes’. Well, how could I not take up that unspoken challenge and try my hand and crocheting once again.

I actually found that I still had my one and only childhood crochet hook, a metal 5mm, tucked away in my old sewing box. Then a quick trip to the store for a ball of acrylic yarn (moss green) and I was good-to-go.

I stared at the yarn and the hook for about three days trying to remember where to dive in, what to start, how to start what and what stitches to make. Finally I just launched in one night after work  (no-google search to guide me) and started up what I could, how I could and undid and redid and undid and so on. Mostly doing one stitch after another until I was certain I was remembering it right. Those efforts throughout that night created a small purse-like pouch with a lacy motif that I finished off by chaining an adjustable strap.

I was impressed with ME- wow, I totally slew the dragon of uncertainty and had a nice little finished clutch-bag to show for it- Wow, yay me. I had earned a good night’s sleep.

When I woke up the next morning to head into work and get my ‘brag-on’ about my little crochet foray I notice that I wasn’t quite at my usually speed. I figured it was due to burning the late night oils to finish my grand little project but when I tried to get dressed (read -do up my bra) I could NOT flex my wrists. I had no strength in either of my wrists and my forearms THROBBED. I managed to get to the office but was struggling to type or hold a pen- this was insane. I had crocheted me up a little ‘carpal-tunnel‘ to go with my clutch-bag- and I was mortified!

I could not possibly own up to the fact that the deep tissue pain and inability to function normally was due to a CROCHET INJURY.

What kinda of hip lady artisan reject was I?

Who in their right mind got HURT at parlor CROCHET, not to be confused with Croquet which can in fact have very justifiable injuries (just ask the Cheshire cat).  This would just not do.

So once again, Dad to the rescue: ‘ just tell them the same as me…’

– and so…

I swear- I fell down some stairs.

(my father passed away in the spring of 2007 –

– I cherish his creative inspiration that brought me back to crochet… and my mother’s great support in buying/selling from my collection ever since 😉

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