Afrobellas are strong, afrobellas are intelligent, afrobellas are stylish and creative. And some of the members of this beautiful community have let me know about the amazingly cool products they’re working on. So lemme tell you what your fellow bellas are up to!

Ceecee is a regular commenter who’s always got insight to share, and she’s also part of an art & graphic design collective called one3snapshot. Her collective makes some super fly tees that celebrate strong messages from artists outside the mainstream. The Frida Khalo tee is beautiful, and I really dig the Fela Kuti Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense tee, of which the tan is my personal favorite. The Speak Your Mother Tongue tee gives props to mama Africa. Most tees are $24.13 for men and women alike, but the one-offs — truly distinctive expressions in garment form can cost as much as $88 for a dress. That Nature Funk scoop neck tee is just my style. And so is that floral tote bag!

Speaking of cool bags, Tina of Laidback Home has some really cool ones! But bags aren’t her main focus. Her company, Laidback Home sells pillows in crazy graphic designs.

She’s got home furnishings that are inspired homages to hip hop culture in the form of breakdancing, boomboxes, tattoos, and vinyl LPs. Her DJ Tote is a funky, denim and vinyl fashion statement. $75 and it can be yours. Love it!

I don’t write nearly enough posts for sisters with locs. I’ve got something pretty to share with you. Thalia’s Creations is a beautiful line of hair jewelry for locs and braids, and they’ve got this wash-n-go girl jealous. I wish I could wear them too!

Thalia’s Creations are delicate and elegant — more refined than many other adornments for locs that I’ve seen. The designs come in a range of colors — seedy wood or copper stone would look gorgeous on blond or honey colored locs, and brighter designs, like turquoise nugget would look lovely on darker hair. And right now, Thalia’s got a special deal — buy five and get your sixth free. They cost $5 a pop.

Thanks for sharing your creative projects with me, bellas!

If you’re a regular visitor to Afrobella and you make something lovely and amazing, holla at me! Let me know what creative endeavors you’re up to, and I hope to make By Bellas, For Bellas a regular feature.

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WARRIOR11209 says:
September 10, 2008, 9:54 am
thanks Bella for the loc jewelry!My kids and I have been looking for something to put in our locs - Thalia's price point is right up my alley. I am at work and will investigate the tee's and bags later.
Storme says:
September 10, 2008, 10:39 am
hey Bella, thanks for the heads up on the funky fly gear and the dreadlock jewelry. one thing though, im sure you know, but not all dreadlock sistas are Rasta, so i dont think that that it'd be proper to refer to us as rastabellas. i just figure if i were Rasta i might have a problem with that. peace and light!
bella says:
September 10, 2008, 10:47 am
Storme, you're right. Just removed the phrase altogether. Where I am from, you pretty much call everyone with locs "ras" or "dread", and I realize here in the US, those terms have different connotations. I honestly don't think about it enough, probs because I don't have locs. But I do get confused -- locs or locks, dreads, or not? I don't know what term to stick to. And I didn't mean "rastabella" to describe a religious affiliation. I'll find a better description.
Ayanna says:
September 10, 2008, 11:35 am
OOOh I love these tees and hair jewelry. Makes me want to start my locks. But I've got serious hair commitment issues. I'll have to forward Thalia's creations to my mom who has locks. Great post!
sdg1844 says:
September 10, 2008, 11:50 am
Squeel! I love Fela and Frida. Frida's exhibit has been here in San Francisco since June. I'm going to catch her before she's gone. Great work CeeCee and crew. Loves it!
ceecee says:
September 10, 2008, 12:11 pm
Thank you Bella! Thanks everyone :)
Mrs.Mckinzie says:
September 10, 2008, 1:28 pm
This is a great post Bella.It takes an unselfish person to help someone else further their business without an ulterior motive .Very creative bella's up on here.
Quel says:
September 10, 2008, 2:53 pm
That hair jewelry is cute. I wear twists, not locs, but what a sweet an unexpected accessory. I'm adding them to my list.
Bronze Trinity says:
September 10, 2008, 3:26 pm
The hair jewels look great!
Leah says:
September 10, 2008, 3:27 pm
Hey Bella! Thanks so much for having a spotlight post on other bella's businesses. I myself am an afrobella doing creative things. I have a handmade design jewelry company called Dushi Trade. All of you please check it out and let me know what you think :). Blessings!
TJ says:
September 10, 2008, 4:20 pm
Neat shirts and braid/loc jewelry!
Crystal G. says:
September 10, 2008, 11:16 pm
Hey Ceecee! I love your shirts, but i must say i couldn't fit into any of them. I was wondering if you could make a plus size line; 2x- 3x. Since you're doing a lot of revolutionary designers, i thought it would be neat if the big girls could take a part of your movement too. Just a suggestion. Stay up- graphic artist- we run it.
ceecee says:
September 10, 2008, 11:28 pm
hi Crystal! We most certainly can and thank you for letting us know, we always appreciate feedback. If it's not too much trouble, could you email us or join the mailing list just so I have a way of keeping in contact with you to let you know when we make our next set of shirts? Thanks so much :)
Dad and Mom says:
September 11, 2008, 12:17 am
There is nothing more rewarding than sharing, helping and encouraging others. We particulaly like this project. Keep it going. M&D
bella says:
September 11, 2008, 12:24 am
I love it most when you comment, Dad and Mom! It always makes me smile. Love you! Leah, your earrings are GORGEOUS!!! I love the hoops with the dangling feathers. Very stylish!
Bombchell says:
September 11, 2008, 3:24 pm
so many links to check out
sunsail says:
September 11, 2008, 10:22 pm
Ooh, I like the idea of hair jewelry. But, I don't know... it would have to be artfully arranged to keep me from feeling like a Christmas tree!
Storme says:
September 11, 2008, 10:58 pm
yea, its cool AfroBella :) i prefer dreadlocks or locks, but clearly there's no universal term. seems like everyone calls them some variation of the term so your guess is just as good as mine! :)
Carmennc says:
September 12, 2008, 4:39 am
You know I love hair accessories. I got Carnelian and Copper Stone. It's something about copper I love. HAHAHA.
Alicia says:
September 12, 2008, 7:41 am
The t- shirts are very cool. I am a wash and go girl also but the loc jewelry is very nice. alicia
sandra says:
September 14, 2008, 12:20 am
Thank you Bella for promoting the small business bellas out there. This is a good feature for your blog.
mccormicky says:
September 16, 2008, 10:25 am
I just wanted to thank you for the multiple mentions of and I are working hard on her website to make it reflect her truly unique style.The website is evolving even more because we are reworking the home page.Thanks for the support!
Mzansi Madame says:
September 18, 2008, 4:43 am
Thanks for that post, esp. about the T-shirts. :)


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