Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bola Krafts Cares - 3rd Edition Recap

O My! my last post was well over a year ago,  I apologize!

2014 was a life-changing year for me, I had my first child, my sunshine daughter - Teniola fondly known as TeniB :) Jan 7th and my world as I knew it was never the same in a good way, she is such a joy to our family and we are so blessed to call her our own.

This post is supposed to be about my 3rd project which was an immense success, if you follow me on instagram - BolaKrafts ( where I usually keep things up to date) you would have followed the journey of the project, but in my tradition I felt it was important for me to also update here and write as everything unfolded as I did with my past projects so here goes~

I had been brainstorming for a little while as to what my next project would be, I really enjoyed how with the Take 2 project, I was able to auction off some items and have the funds go towards a project in Nigeria, so I knew I wanted to do something similar this year, I just wasn't sure how to go about it yet. Then shortly before thanksgiving I stumbled upon arm knitting, made a scarf for my husband, shared the picture on instagram and the response to it was really nice. I decided that since the adults are always asking me to consider and make something for them, I could use this as an opportunity to tie it with my project.

One of my passions is Education and I really wanted the project I worked on this go to make an impact in fostering a better learning environment and improving the education of children, so I just had to find the school to assist, which in itself was not hard. God had laid on my heart to work with Whanyinna Nursery and Primary School in Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria. Whanyinna is located in the floating village of structures on stilts in Lagos and can be seen from the 3rd Mainland bridge when driving. Whanyinna, which means love, is the only nursery and prinary school set up by the community and run by Noah Shemede, young hardworking man who has given his heart and soul to ensure that the children of the community have a place to be educated. There are currently 239 children and they attend for free.

The second part of my project was not difficult for me also, I had been wanting for a long time to donate hats to children with cancer going through chemo, and reached out to an organization called Knots of Love that focuses solely on this, so it was all sorted out.

The Project was tagged Bola Krafts Cares 30 for 30 Thanksgiving to Christmas Edition. The deal was to make 20 infinity arm knitted Scarves for 20 adults - sold at $35 each, 100% of the proceeds went to Whanyinna and 10 hats for 10 children donated to Knots of Love.

I usually do a heart check before I embark on any project because at the end of the day, God has to take all the glory, it's a project for His people and with the outcome it was clear that His hand certainly was in and all over it. I started of wanting to raise $,1000, when I created the donations page I upped the fundraiser to $1,500 and by the end of  first day I had raised $1,497, Imagine that!! my heart was bursting with the love and support...this was just day one and I had 20 plus days to go. The donations kept pouring in and I myself got to work, making the scarves one night at a time and working on the hats also. Not too long afterwards I had crossed the $3,000 this is now 3 times what I initially thought I would raised and at the end of the projected $4,061, I was completely BLOWN, God took total control actually He just took over, I was simply a vessel he used to create a link between people who were willing to help and the school.

I also received a beautiful call from Knots of Love letting me know where they sent the hats to, one went to a 4 year old girl in NJ and the other 9 went to Children's Cancer Centers in Los Angeles, CA, Fort Wortg ,TX and Orange, CA. Thank GOD!

Here is the list of items I initially wanted to support Whanyinna with
-Uniform - $5 per child
-Textbooks - $5 per book
-Teachers Salary - $60 per teacher per month

At the end of the project we helped get
-Uniform Material and Tailoring for 100 Students
-Math and English Textbooks for all 239 Students
-1 Computer and Printer Set
-Sand Filling of the School's Premises
-9 Standing Fans and 2 wall fans for all classrooms and the school Library
-3 Months of Salary for 9 Teachers

All  I can say is God is too much, to think just how much can go a very long way. It was a blessing for me to be part of this, I thank every single one of you for your financial and emotional support and encouragement, I got some heavenly helpers along the way, you know yourselves, God bless you abundantly for all that you did to make this a success, Noah, the teachers and students express their heartfelt gratitude and are praying for us all daily.

Most importantly I am looking forward to future projects, partnering with God and you all, best believe I am brainstorming already and I'm excited for what my future holds through Bola Krafts Cares.

20 Scarves for 20 Adults
10 Hats for 10 Kids

1st day of the project and the finish line :)

Noah Shemede - Principal and Director, Whanyinna Nursery and Primary School
Moved me to tears


~Psalm 46 v 5 - God is within her, She will not Fall ~

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bola Krafts Cares ~ Take 2 ONLINE sale

Hi all!
Hope you are preparing nicely for Christmas holidays?! I am looking forward to the break and spending time with family :)

Last week Saturday, Bola Krafts was supposed to be at the Fort Greene Holiday Market to sell hats for our winter monetary donation but unfortunately in the NY/NJ area we had a snow storm that I couldn't drive to the event, I was extremely disappointed but as we all know safety has to come first.

I decided that I would do an online sale, since all the hats are ready, all hats are $25 plus cost of shipping and you can use it to bless a baby in need this Christmas if you choose or just a gift for your loved little ones. ALL proceeds from the sale is going to Givers for God, a charity organization in Lagos, Nigeria. They host a Christmas party every year and will be holding it this Saturday Dec 21st, so I'm hoping to raise enough money to buy books and bibles that will be given out to the children that will attend. How exciting!


All you have to do is send me an email - bolakrafts@icloud.com  letting me know which hat you want to purchase and I'll get it to the post ASAP. Below are the hats and first person to contact gets it! Let's go, support a great cause!

0 - 3 months basket ball hat, 0 - 3 months red velvet cupcake hat

3 - 6 months basket ball hat, 3- 6 months pink cupcake hat

 3 - 6 months green boy owl hat, 3 - 6 months yellow girl owl hat ( boths hats are now SOLD)
0 - 3 months blue boy owl hat, 0 - 3 months pink girl owl hat
3 - 6 months red mickey mouse hat, 3 - 6 months pink minnie mouse hat (Pink minnie is SOLD)
0 - 3 months red mickey mouse hat, 0 - 3 months red minnie mouse hat
0 - 3 months light blue with brown inner ears boy hat, 0 - 3 months grey with pink flower and jewel girl hat
3 - 6 months light blue with blue inner ears boy hat, 3 - 6 months grey with yellow flower and jewel girl hat
0 - 3 months white with red flower and green leaves girl hat, 3 - 6 months striped green and white with red flower girl hat (just perfect for the holidays)
0 - 3 months snow man hat, 3 - 6 months snow man hat
3 - 6 months brown and orange aviator style boy hat, 3 - 6 months brown and orange flower girl hat
0 - 3 months dark grey with green ear boy hat, 0 - 3 months white with ankara fabric bow girl hat

remember to send me an email bolakrafts@icloud.com to purchase!

Thank you soooooo much xx

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bola Krafts Cares is BACK!

Hello all, I have GREAT news!

Bola Krafts Cares Take 2! is about to be in full swing. It was important for me to round this year off with another Donations project and I couldn't be more excited that I get to do this for the second go around.

Bola Krafts was selected to be a vendor at the Fort Green Holiday Market taking place Dec 14th 2013
-this fair goes to supporting the Arts & Letters elementary and middle school in Brooklyn NY, all proceeds raised from the fair ie Booth Rental etc goes towards funding the arts program.

-I will be selling hats there and 100% of the proceeds will go to buying books to donate to a school library in Lagos, Nigeria.

-I will also be suggesting to people who purchase the hats if they don't mind buying it for someone who needs it.

All in all a Win! Win! Win! Situation. As usual I need your help! Any donations to help buy the supplies and pay for the booth rental will be much appreciated and also your cheering on. I plan to make as many hats as possible hahaha between Nov 18th - Dec 14th so help me God, Let's go!

Please send donations to my PayPal account - bbobegbe@gmail.com :D THANK YOU in advance.

Friday, October 4, 2013

It's about that time!

Hi everyone!

So sorry Bola Krafts blog has been super quiet but not too worry we are about to crank things up a notch becauseeeeee fall/ winter is just around the corner, it's time for you to put in your orders, you know you definitely want your little ones in their unique hats come this winter. So email me for inquires and get scheduled in bolakrafts@icloud.com

Also Bola Krafts Cares 2.0 is also just around the corner, I am very much interested in making a donation either to kids that have cancer or kids in a shelter, please please please if you have any contacts feel free to let me know, this would be for the month of December for me to work on, THANK YOU!

a little snippet of recent orders I made to brighten up your already great friday, how cute is this little princess :) and the Red Velvet Cupcake hat?!



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

~Krafty Inspiration for Summer~

Hi guys!

it has been a minute since I updated the blog...I am so sorry, I had a loss in my family in May - my dad passed on to be with God and so I had a hiatus from making items, I really want to thank everyone who has had orders in and have been patient enough to wait till I was doing a bit better. With the break I took it was a bit hard for me to get back into the swing of things but I did notice than when I made stuff I felt a whole lot better, I tell you crocheting and knitting is therapeutic for the soul. I will keep chugging along as I can but still ask for you to be patient with me!

Though May was tough, June was my birthday month, (birthday is June 27th) and I do have a lot to be grateful for, this year has surely been one of signs and wonders, so I had dinner with friends and a mini photoshoot with my personal photog, TemT (my husband) I'll see if I share some pictures ahem..but all in all the love I received that day overwhelmed me and I couldn't ask for a better unit of family and friends, God bless you all

Anywayssss this isn't a personal blog (well I guess its my blog so it can be what I want it to be hahaha) so let me get to the matter at hand - its the summer time and you are wondering how can Bola Krafts make anything for you in this HOT weather, fear not I have complied some pictures of items that you can still get for your little ones and is sure to be a hit with them, enjoy the pictures below for some Krafty Inspiration that I ofcourse got from my best social network - pinterest :), if you would like to order any of these just send me an email bolakrafts@icloud.com

                                                   Cute Sandals - I LOVE these

                                               Hair hands and bows/clips for your girlies

                Real Bola Krafts bands and customers, Elly, Sammie and Rory (2 sisters) look so cute

                                                          Bowties for the Gentleboys

                                                  bowties onesies - are they not adorable!
Birthday girl and her mama, no this wasn't my bday I just love the picture of us, captures our essence :)

                                    Here I am, 3 days after my birthday! 28 and loving it!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Life after Bola Krafts Cares

Hi guys!

So I'm still on the Bola Krafts Cares high o, don't know about you but it was such an amazing experience for me. Fortunately for me I had to switch gears over back to the business side of Bola Krafts as I had/have orders waiting for me, this our God is too good o, in all honesty I thought the orders will slow down as we are entering the summer months but not at all, folks are ordering for the upcoming fall and winter months , also for newborn shoots :D , I'm currently booked till about mid june so if you know you want to order message me now - bolakrafts@icloud.com so I can put you in my orders book o! Anyways wanted to share with you some more of my completed items, some I finished this week even. Enjoy below!

This was a custom order ie BolaKrafts Original for Naeto "Super C" - a Nigerian Celebrity ( see BolaKrafts going big haha!) son, Aunty Zina ordered this for him, I'm hoping we get a picture *cough cough*

Little girls will love this Hello Kitty hat, so Cayute!

Another Bola Krafts Original for my coworker who is a big NY Yankees fan 

I Love this set below so much, already have an order to make this, can't wait 

These cute cute boys refused to remove their hats haha their mum texted their aunt Odi, who ordered for them

Just finished these below this week, bottom left is for a Little Manchester United fan - a play on their nickname "Red Devils" can't wait to see him in it

A favorite amongst my customers of course Minnie and Mickey, a flower hat and big baby bear :)

I Love this right here! How cute are those booties :), the little girl just got her package and her parents loved it, thanks Aunty Deji!

I leave you with this quote below, this is what we aim to do at Bola Krafts!, enjoy your weekend! 

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