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All 'dolled' Up
By Elaine Houston
When most of us think of dolls, we imagine a little girl walking down the street with
her parents, doll in hand flopping in the wind. But Albany, New York doll maker, Wanda Brunson makes dolls that are not only admired by children but adults alike.
You’ll find the doll known as the state worker, made for a woman who worked for the state of New York, the glasses clad brother and sister dolls from Jamaica, and other dolls donning braids, dreadlocks or naturally curly and kinky hair.
Her business is called “Love N Every Stitch’’ and she’s loved knitting since she was a little girl growing up in Newburgh, New York. “I was 7 or 8 when I started knitting, she said.” It was her aunt who taught her to knit but it would be years later, when she was pregnant, that she started knitting and crocheting in earnest. She would visit a neighborhood store that sold yarn and it was there that knitters would show her the ropes. “ I would go there all the time and they would show me how to fix my pattern, she said.”
Soon life got in the way of knitting; marriage, children, work, so knitting took a back seat. “I couldn’t stick with it because I got married and responsibility took over and I moved from New York to California, she said.” She would try to return to knitting but like a roller coaster, she would put it down and then pick it up. In 2012, she started up again making blankets.
A year later she went back to making dolls. “I sold them at work, to co-workers, she said.” She said it took over her and this time she wanted to make ethnic dolls. ‘’I wanted them to resemble African Americans, dolls with braids and dreads, she said.’’ She did so because she couldn’t find dolls with the complexion or features or hair resembling the culture that she grew up in.
And, she ‘s found a market for them. Like a baker puts his or her heart into their baked goods, she says she puts her whole heart into the dolls she makes. She says people sense that and years later when she meets someone who’s purchased a doll they tell her they’re taking good care of it. “When I see people who bought them, I say, “how’s those dolls, I put a lot of love in those dolls, she laugh.”
To purchase a doll, you can email Brunson at firstname.lastname@example.org
RENAISSANCE HOTEL-DOWNTOWN ALBANY/APRIL 1, 2017
7:30am -Vendor & Exhibitor setup
8:00 am-Registration/Continental Breakfast of juice, coffee, pastries
8:15am- Welcome from Elaine Houston. What’s in store for the day.
8:30-Invocation-Minister Diane Nobles
8:40- Carolyn McLaughlin introduces THE POWER OF WOMEN-HIGHER HEIGHTS. A think tank group they will provide the audience with stats on the buying power and political power of women.
9:10-10:15am WORKSHOPS 1-2-3-4 (Please choose one)
'Are YOU Ready? ' Workshops
1....Buy a Home & Pay it off-Speakers/Lisa Joy/ Realtor/ Harriet Webster
2...Learn how to maneuver in the real world after college/Speakers-Carmen Duncan, Mission Accomplished
3----Social Media for your business, improving your portfolio, or yourself/Simone Arrington
4---Branding Yourself-Up your game and improve what you bring to the table/ Speaker-Elaine Houston
'Yes, 'SHE' Can, Workshops
10:25-11:30 Workshops, 5,6,7,8 (please choose one)
5...How to Advocate for your children in school/,Dr. Rosalind Wallace
6… Become an Activist—Speaker/Jamaica Miles, activist
7…. Write a Book-Speaker/ Shari Quinn, author
8…. Creating Partnerships-How to get a Big time sponsor to like and partner with you on your big project? / Speaker, Nicole Stein/ SEFCU
Money, Money, Money, MONEY! (Workshops)
11:35-12:30 Workshops, 9, 10, 11, 12 (please choose one)
9…. Want to get out of debt but your nails, extensions, and Jimmy Choos are stealing all your cash? Speaker/ Angela Tatem/Financial advisor
10...Reinvent Yourself-Fine tune your look-Olivia Mullins makeup artist
11..."WE ARE FAMILY" In sickness & health-the company that HELPED her in her time of need Shannon P. AVON Cosmetics
12. He's ''NOT" the boss of me, I'm the boss of me! (Nicole Chandler-Tantrums Spa Boutique)
12:45-1:45pm LUNCH/(Roundtable discussion/How she did it) Panelist,
Zainub Amir-Student, UAlbany, Blogger for Taylor Swift, MTV, Janet Tanguay, Capital Region Chamber, Entrepreneur Boot Camp, Faith Takes, Mildred Elley
African Reflections Gifts
Danielle Colin jewelry
Olivia Mullions Makeup
How to get your GED
Higher Heights Women's Group
2:30-3:30-Keynote Speaker, Teria Cooper
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Read the 4 tips on how to create your zero-based budget:
Most women-leaders already plan and allocate their time each day to be most effective in their roles, whether it be a stay-at-home mom or a CEO. A lot of us have our year planned out because there is so much we want to accomplish and we understand the power of intentionality, goal-setting, and making strategic moves. With cash-flow planning, we transfer those same concepts to money. We prepare in advance how we will spend, give, invest, and save each dollar. It works for our time, and it works for our money. This doesn’t mean all our money problems will magically disappear. But how much smoother does our day flow when we have it planned out in advance and we took the time with a trusted mentor or partner to plan it? Our mentors do not have a perfect marriage, they have struggles just like every other relationship, but the difference is that investing in cash-flow planning provides a deeper level of commitment and transparency to their relationship when it comes to goal setting. Every goal and decision we make has a financial cost associated with it. Either the decision will involve you paying out money, or you saving money.
As women-leaders we often go above and beyond to take care of the companies we work for. Nurture your own personal economy too. Our commitment to cash-flow planning is the foundation of having a wealth-centered financial game plan. There are many more topics that we teach (getting out of debt, saving, establishing a wealthy mindset, and investing) but the foundation is to establish strong budgeting skills. Knowing where all our money will be spent before the month starts brings a sense of relaxation to many women. We have much to concern ourselves about, so being on top of our personal finances, and having a written game plan for our money helps us be more effective with our other roles. It gives us one less thing to worry about. Cash-flow planning is transformative. It helps us clearly see what needs to be done to meet our money goals. Money is interwoven into all aspects of our lives. If you have your money goals in order, it makes your life goals that much more attainable.
Angela Tatem, MBA is a money coach at the Wealth Education Exchange, co-founded in 2015 with her husband Elroy Tatem, Ph.D. The Wealth Education Exchange seeks to empower the community through practical every day financial education. Their classes help people climb out of debt, budget like an expert, save money, invest for the future, and end the cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck to build a stronger and more philanthropic community. Angela would love to connect with you.
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