This past weekend, RJ and I attended one of our much awaited summer events: The Mama Makers Collective Summer Bazaar. It was a great day, filled with meeting lots of new mommies, shopping, eating great food, and enjoying some truly awesome vibes with these amazing women. I’m going to dig in more to tell you all about the event, mama makers, and how much I hope founder, Yhanni continues to bring events like these all across LA, but first, I think you should know little more about the MMC.
Motherhood is a reawakening of our sacred feminine. Our Sacral Chakrah- orange with sexuality and creativity has been activated. Although we are newly empowered we are also newly committed to a little one who needs us 24/7. How can there be time in the day to create?
The Mama Makers Collective began as a search for a support system of mother craftswomen. We didn’t find one, so we created it! The goal of this Collective is to celebrate and give platform to women with creative businesses. This space is for all of us in every step of our business journeys.
When I first met Yhanni, which was actually through an Instagram introduction, I instantly fell in love with her vision for the Mama Makers Collective.When she talks about MMC, she oozes with passion and seeing her in action with all the other makers this weekend was pure magic. Yhanni is a doula, designs t-shirts, makes candles, and more, and of course, she brings all these beautiful mamas together to support their craft and give them an outlet for their wares.
The Summer Bazaar took place at Brakemans’s Brewery in the Culver City area. A cute venue, with an underground hip-hop vibe (at least that’s what i gleaned from being their in the daytime and the dope music selections). It was a warehouse type place with plenty of room for all the mamas, papas, and of course, the littles running around and participating in some fun activities. There was story time and yoga to keep them busy while their parental units shopped, as well as games and a craft table.
I’ll get to the shopping in a second, but what was really great was having all these young (ish) moms in the building with their kids enjoying the day. If you are a SAHM or working from home, you know how hard it can be to get out and socialize with adults so this was welcome. And instantly feeling like you have a connection with these other women because of your mutual connection through MMC made it feel like you were in a room full of instant friends. It was breastfeeding safe so I didn’t have to worry about fumbling with a cover. It was uber kid-friendly so you don’t have to apologize for your child just being a kid, and it was inviting, so even if you don’t know anyone personally, by then end of your Summer Bazaar experience, trust me, you would.
Now, on to the shopping because I know that’s what you came here for. I am excited to rave about these women because I love the idea of supporting moms by patronizing their businesses and when you have goods as good as these, you’ll all be jumping at the chance to buy something from them.
So without further ado, here are the mama makers from the event. Check them out on their respective pages, or make your purchases through the Mama Makers website.
By Ms James
Another Instagram friend I finally met in the flesh! Tara, a mother of 1, runs By Ms James, creating greeting cards inspired by and celebrating black culture, family, and our general awesomeness. If you’re looking for cards that feature brown faces, African proverbs, tongue in cheek phrases, hip hop lyrics, or a few slightly naughty messages, By Ms James is for you! Check out her cards for all your holiday needs here, and stay tuned for new cards as they drop each season.
Said the Butterfly Studio
Melissa of Said The Butterfly Studio is a mother of 1 (soon to be 2) and works with mixed media to create beautiful, colorfully inspirational pieces that are then turned into cards, magnets, bookmarks, and journals. In her travels, she collects treasures and trinkets that she uses in her artwork to create truly one of a kind prints. You can purchase items through her website or on her Etsy shop.
I joke that i’m lucky I had a boy instead of a girl because I would be to obsessed with all the cute clothes to buy a little girl. When I saw the Madam Sunday booth at the Summer Bazaar, the cute clothes further reiterated that. Luckily, I had a 1st birthday party to attend so I bought this cute little grey romper to give as the gift. The fabric is light and airy and super stretchy so perfect for a little girl on the go. It’s really cute enough for me to wear, but Jenae’s sizes only go to 4T. *sad face*
Locomoni Fiber Art
If you like unique and quirky gifts, Locomoni Fiber Art will be right up your alley. Monika make all of her wares out of old sweaters! It’s really cool what they become after she gives them little TLC. RJ loved playing with them and putting them in his mouth. They would make great baby/kid’s toys, desk decor, or even holder for your potted plants. Her work is on display at the 10 Women gallery in Santa Monica.
Monika also makes wool dryer balls. If you aren’t familiar, these little doodads are an eco friendly alternative to dryer sheets and can help you cut down on drying time, by absorbing excess water, and bouncing around your dryer and separating the clothes and collecting the static cling. And as a bonus, you can drop about 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil on each one (3-5 dryer balls are a good amount for a typical dryer) and they will freshen your clothes. I have been wanting these for a while now since I did my whole transition to non-chemical so it was great to happen upon them.
There were several other shops that I didn’t get to buy anything from but definitely want to support in the future. I’m sharing their sites below so you can check them out for yourselves, too.
Native Sol is an Earth Friendly lifestyle company that caters to your inner bohemian princess. She makes beautiful hand crafted jewelry and redesigns vintage fabrics into completely new, modern looks. If you’re looking to get me something for my birthday next year, I definitely had my sights set on one of her two-piece halter and skirt sets which are perfect for hot summer days and breezy nights.
Retro Kids Clothing
If you have an eye for vintage styles for your babe, Retro Tot Apparel is for you. The looks are inspired by retro styles and color palettes, but made to fit the modern child. From cute mod-style girly two-pieces, to rompers for boys made with vintage tie fabric and little pants with leather reinforcements on the knees and booty, you’ll be transported to the 70’s in no time.
Heartzee is a brand for the wild child. Clothing that moves with your kid and is as bright as their personality. I absolutely love these designs and can’t wait to buy RJ some items. I think they’ll be great when he’s running around. And some of the brighter colored items would be great when taking your babe into a large crowd so he can be stylin/ and easy to find!
Alright mamas, I hope you enjoyed and I hope I see you at the next Mama Makers event! Until next time, have a great day and buy mama made!!