Monday's Feature: Dabanga dos Santos

Meet Dabanaga dos Santos of Dabanga Jewelry.


AE:  Who are you?   
DS:  My name is Dabanga dos Santos. 
AE:  What is it that you do/make? 
DS:  I design and make ethnic fusion jewelry using metals; Copper is my favorite, Pearls, and recycled materials.
AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
DS:  I always had the taste of art  in my system and  so making jewelry is the material manifestation of my mindsong.
AE:  Where can we find your work? 
DS:  You can find my jewelry in various boutiques & galleries throughout the US , but specifically on my website or Etsy shop.

Thank you, Dabanga for a great interview.  Your work is beautiful!

Please give Dabanga your support by visiting any of the following of her websites:
Etsy:  Dabanga Jewelry 
Peace & Love,

The Big Spidey Reveal...

So a little while back I mentioned that the customer who purchased the Kendall blanket, decided to purchase two more for Kendall's brothers.  That would only be fair, right?  Well, I just finished the blanket for the 5-year old who is fascinated by Spiderman, "the black Spiderman" he said, "and my favorite colors are black and gray."  Ok, all this was over the phone and as I learned more about the newer versions of Spiderman I wasn't completely sure if he meant the black Spiderman OR the black and Hispanic Spiderman. 

The blanket is a surprise gift from his grandmother and besides, you know the attention span of a 5-year old so bombarding him with more questions would be futile.  Nevertheless, I crafted the blanket in black and gray and stitched a red spider in the center of the web just in case. 

This one's for you, RJ.  Hope you enjoy it and all of it's spidey goodness!  Now I need to get started on the one for Bryson.  :-)

Happy Crafting,

Patiently Waiting...

Yes, something creepy, crawly is finally on the blocks - inspite of my faulty wrist episode.  Trust me, I've been letting it rest and will continue to do so in order to get a full recovery.  BUT, I could not resist finishing up this piece when I was so close to the finish line.

Now, I just have to patiently wait for the water to dry.

Happy Crafting,

We've Been Featured!

Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth has been featured on the One Brown Crafter's Blog!  Oh, joy. :-)

Please stop by and leave your trail behind.  This is such a great blog and I'm honored to have been selected as one of the featured artists.  Thanks, Tracy!

Clicking on the image will lead you to the blog post, or you can click here.


Wedded Bliss

This past weekend I had the rare pleasure of being able to attend a wedding.  My cousin Charelia got married, and it brought me such joy to be a witness of this ceremony.

I have a few photographs to share with you in the form of a slideshow.

Charelia and Daryl, I wish you both the best!  Congratulations!!!

Life as I Know It - Weekly Update #5

The reality is this:  There are some things that I can control and a whole lot of things that I can't.  I have to learn how to let go of those things that are not in my power and work on those things that I can have some say about.  Easier said than done, but I've still gotta learn my lessons.

Right now I'm thinking on a very regular basis, "What is it that I CAN DO that will make my life much simpler?"

Get a dishwasher.  An electric one.  So, I got a dishwasher.  I've been wanting one; never had one.  It was on sale and then on an additional sale for being an Energy Star appliance and then the store was offering one of those no-interest rate plans.  At that rate I could even get it installed.  So that's what I did.  It was installed today.  Now a friend of mine tells me that his is no more than a "glorified sanitizer," but I pray that mine does the job.

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Do work stuff at work as much as possible, and don't bring it home!  This is very difficult for me because I'm in a new area, but I'm doing better at maximizing my time there so that when I leave, I'm free.  Now, to be able to truly maximize my time there, I have to be "on go" for real and to do that, I must do #3.
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Go to bed.  I am a bonafide night owl.  My body will literally fight to stay up even when I'm dog tired.  (If I could stay up just a little while longer, I could put another row on that crocheted blanket.  See how my mind works?)  I have to force myself to override that urge to hold on to the day and just go to bed.  Only a true nightowl who works a first shift job will really understand this.  Going to bed, I believe, will help me to be more alert and less scatter-brained when it matters most.  Ever get to where you can't remember what you were going to say or can't remember where you laid that pen you were just writing with?  Yeah, I get like that MORE when I'm tired.

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Get rid of the paper clutter that accumulates on my kitchen counter.  So that's my current project.  One night (when I should have been asleep) I read a blog post that led me to this site:  Simplify101.  I requested the free Command Central Binder and received the document in my email.  I have purchased most of the binder supplies and am ready to get organized.  Especially before Thanksgiving.  They're cooking, but I'm hosting.

Hoping for a better sense of reality,

Random Tidbits

This is a crocheter's/knitter's nightmare:

So, apparently I slept on my right hand with it all bent and the result has been none too pleasant.  So what does a right-handed crocheting/knitting girl do?  Dream of sewing projects!  lol


Monday's Feature: Adia Shabazz

Meet Adiz Shabazz of YeYe Means Mama.

AE:  Who are you?   
AS:  My name is Adia Shabazz.  I'm a teacher, minister, singer, poet, wife and mother.  The last two evolutions have allowed growth and synthesis of all of the former titles.  I started sewing after my first daughter was born and it made me feel empowered to be able to create things for myself and my family. 
AE:  What is it that you do/make? 
AS:  I make baby wraps with African print fabric on them, nursing shawls and some maternity wear. 
AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
AS:  Molefi K Asante Jr. Said that when you make an observation [that something needs to be done, or something is missing] it is your obligation [to carry it out or make the difference].  Some years ago I traveled to Ghana and watched Ghanian sisters wrapping their babies.  When I learned of another way to wrap, I was excited and then found myself without fabrics I wanted to use to carry my baby. I initially started creating using scraps of batik left from trips to Kumasi (in Ghana).  

Baby wearing is in our heritage as Afrikans in America, however the amount of Black women born in America who do it is not widespread.  Baby wearing has become so envogue in mainstream culture, that I wanted to do something to encourage sisters, who were not already doing so, to wear their babies. In addition when I was pregnant with my first daughter I wanted clothes I could still wear without them generally being maternity. So I made a few items I couldn't find other places.
AE:  Where can we find your work? 
AS:  My work is also on Etsy and that shop can be reached by visiting
Interested people can visit and I also invite them to read our parenting magazine Yeye at  Yeye is also on Facebook at Yeyemag.

Thanks, Adia for such a great interview.  I've been a fan of parents carrying their children in lovely wraps such as the ones you make.  If I'm ever blessed with children, I plan to do this as well.

Please give Adia your support by visiting any of the following of her websites:
Etsy:  Yeye Means Mama 

Peace & Love,


Pssst, Spread the word! having a SALE! Everything must go. All current items in my shop are on sale. Nothing more than $20. Get it while it lasts!

Happy Shopping and Have a Great Weekend,

Think Pink

It's true that sometimes we don't give much thought to certain illnesses until they reach close to home.  It only takes one family member or friend or even yourself to raise awareness.  October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but in all truth, there should be awareness every month.

Let's do our part in being proactive.  Ladies (and Men), do your home exams.  If something doesn't feel right, get it checked out.  Period.  Let's continue to support those who fight this battle, celebrate with those who are surviving, and remember those who have lost the battle.

I've created my second Etsy Treasury entitled "Think Pink" for this reason.  Many of the featured artists are giving donations from their sales to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

'Think Pink' by ArtisticExpressionsE

Because Awareness is for EVERY Month

Breast Cancer Awareness...

Think Pink - Earrings S...

Breast Cancer Awareness...

Rhodonite Breast Cancer...

Extraordinary Fingerles...

Breast Cancer Awareness...

Breast Cancer Awareness...

For My Sister - Breast ...

Fabulous Breast Cancer ...

Pink Floral 8 x 10 Fine...

Fight Like A Girl Breas...

Find a Cure Pink Breast...


Breast Cancer Awareness...

In Favor of a Cure Pink...

Breast Cancer Awareness...

For the Cause,

Lime and Chocolate

I created my first Etsy Treasury yesterday.  Lime and Chocolate.

'Lime and Chocolate' by ArtisticExpressionsE

Who can resist these colors or flavors!

Lime and Chocolate Bee ...

Scarf -Green Brown and ...

The OVERSIZED Chunky Ca...

Beaded Mix Media Cuff B...

MIR - Peace Symbol Dang...

Errances print (limited...

Green Leaf Brass Ashant...

Knit Chunky Scarf - Cus...

Red Tiger's Eye

Original Mixed Media Fl...

Peace Within - Original...

Tropical Kiwi Mosaic Ti...

March Love and light Sw...

Wood Hair Fork Beaded E...

SALE-Cucumber Melon and...

Earthy Dream - Green Tu...