Hello, my name is Kojo and I make flower lapel pins, mainly as fashion accessories.
Growing up in Ghana, West Africa I was always fascinated with making creative things on my own. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment every time I played with a toy I made myself or sang a song I wrote. My uncle had a library of all kinds of books. I was drawn mostly to the books about music and arts and crafts. I would spend all of my free time reading them, attempting the creations I saw and adding my own twist to them. This hobby always filled me with joy.
Books weren't the only things I picked up from my uncle. He was an executive for a contracting firm and would always be dressed up in the best suits. He taught me and my cousins the value of what a well dressed person can portray to others. I don't consider myself a fashionista but I did learn at an early age how the right combinations of colors and clothing can enhance a person's outfit or appearance.
I moved to the United States in the year 2000. Though my family valued focusing on obtaining an education more, I never gave up my love for being creative. It did however make it a little difficult to juggle my passion for expressing my creativity, with the stress of school work. I am very grateful for this. From what I figured, If I worked hard enough to obtain a degree and financial security, I could then indulge more in my creative hobbies. I now have a Master's degree in Public Health with a job I'm happy with so needless to say...it's time!
I got into making flower lapel pins from felt a few years ago when my older brother and his then fiance were in the process of planning their wedding. We had several conversations about how expensive a wedding costs and about how others cut down costs. Being the curious person I am, I did a little brief research online and found that there was an actual need out there for inexpensive floral accessories that can last a long while. The idea for 'KojoKreations' was born. Of course there were many styles of boutonnieres and flower lapel pins out there and it took me some time to try my hands at it before I came up with a process and design I can put my own creative twist on.
At first I made them for myself, wearing them to weddings, parties and every chance I got to enhance every suit I wore. I started to get requests from friends and family to make them some and most offered to pay. The most amazing part was seeing the different uses that everyone made of them. Hairbands, hairpins, belt buckles, even earrings, and of course as a boutonniere or lapel pin.
My flower lapel pins are simply handmade with felt, acrylic rhinestones, hot glue and safety pins. They come in two varieties: one type with rhinestones and the second is fuller without the stones. They can be made in any color, solid or combinations. Previous buyers have ordered them in the colors of their sororities, favorite college sports teams, NLF teams, and wedding themes. They are sold for $20 for 3 Flower Pins.$8 individually. I am also always having deals and giveaways on my Facebook page!
If you are interested in making an order here's how you can reach me:
My Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kojokreations
My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kojokreations
My Instagram: https://instagram.com/ghprince12/
My Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you all enjoyed this guest post! I have had the luxury to know him since our high school days! He has always been the life of the party, and always continues to bring his creative flare into life's daily shenanigans! So now that you all know Kojo too, I highly suggest all of you to check out his Etsy page and to follow him on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with all of his giveaways and deals! Have a fabulous week everyone!