Monday, June 27, 2011

Hair Flower Giveaway and an Etsy Treasury


I have a giveaway for this blog! But first, the details.

Several months back I started making hair flower clips. I love flowers (who doesn't?), and so I decided I might as well list them on Etsy.

As I began poking around, I discovered how to make treasuries (a group of listings from different sellers). I searched "biracial," multiracial, interracial... adoption, mixed, diversity, etc and decided to make a treasury for Richard and Mildred Loving of some amazing work from Etsy artists--discover these sellers! You won't regret spending some time viewing their work: Richard and Mildred Loving Treasury on Etsy.


Related, I had also been thinking about making a "multiracial" flower of sorts.

I'm hoping to find a flower that comes in at least three shades of brown that I can reassemble into one flower. And I haven't found that perfect flower yet, but these pictured below are what I have so far in the works.


They are small and versatile and great for those who aren't necessarily comfortable with a large hair flower. What I love about brown flowers too is that they naturally tend to look good in natural hair colors and with many skin tones. These would also make a great gift for someone if you win them but don't want them for yourself.

Wear them separately or together... both are yours if you win!




To enter, simply leave a comment on this post! I do so love giveaways! This giveaway ends on July 10, 2011. If you are an anonymous poster, be sure to leave some contact info or I will have to choose someone else. I will use random.org to determine a winner. Odds of winning should be pretty good.


My Etsy store is www.etsy.com/shop/ishasflowergarden and considering what I just wrote about liking giveaways, you might consider a Facebook "like" as well, www.facebook.com/ishasflowergarden.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Loving Day Knoxville Celebration


Richard and Mildred Loving didn't set out to do anything dramatic--they were merely two humans in love, but the State of Virginia saw it differently. In 1967 on June 12 (Loving vs. Virginia), the Supreme Court ruled anti-miscegenation laws to be unconstitutional. With that decision, the Lovings and interracial couples of all shades were free to love and marry whom they chose. A day worth celebrating!

A location and time have now been set for a Knoxville celebration, June 20, 2011, 6 p.m. at a local, family-friendly restaurant. To RSVP or learn more about this event, contact me.
To keep in touch for next year's event, like "Loving Day Knoxville" on Facebook.

To learn more about the Loving vs. Virginia decision or to see our even listing, visit lovingday.org.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Diverse Reads at Author Cynthia Leitich Smith's Site

Every time I make an Amazon book order, I make sure to get free shipping. I often use the opportunity to add to my collection of children and young adult books with interracial themes since that's the biggest empty spot in my library. What's even better is when I can find lists that include books where the families just happen to be interracial since mine just so happens to be. What's important is for my family members to be exposed to not only stories about some of the challenges they'll face but also where the stories are just that, stories. Naturally occurring interracial stories. So hard to find lists of those, but the below author has some listed.

In my search a couple days ago, I found this link to several good lists of interracial children's and young adult's books at CynthiaLeitichSmith.com. Smith is a New York Times bestselling author and has won awards for her writing. Learn more about her on her Website and check out the "complete site map" and expand to find lists. It'll look something like this:


One of her books:

RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME by Cynthia Leitich Smith (HarperCollins, 2001) (Listening Library, 2001) 
"The story of Cassidy Rain Berghoff, who reconnects to her family and community after the death of her best friend through the lens of a camera. Ages 10-14. For this book, Cynthia was named a 2001 Writer in Children's Prose from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers (among other honors)."