Sunday, October 5, 2014

Simple Way to tie your Gele (Nigerian Head-tie) with 'Layers'.

(I'll do a video to back this up sometime in the near future. Please let me know if this works for you).

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  1. Fold a section of your gele inwards. (I usually do about one-third).
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Make sure your gele isnt inside out; with respect to the sewn edge or the pattern details, depending on the type of gele it is.
2. Now this is my trick. Fold three layers onto the gele, around the middle, BEFORE putting it on your head. If your gele is short and you have to start tying from behind, do the folds on one edge so that you start tying from that edge.
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3. Tie your gele as usual. The folded part should be in the center of your head.
  • As you bring each 'hand' of the gele forward, be sure to arrange it in such a way that it falls in line behind the three folds you started with.
  • Try as much as possible to maintain an equal distance between the folds
  • You'll easily end up with five layers when you're done.
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4. Tie up firmly at the nape of the neck.
5. Arrange the front of the gele neatly; add in more folds if you like. Take a picture!
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy End-of-the-Month

Hello followers and Customers, thanks for paying attention even though this place is hardly updated. I don't have a lot of gist, just a few photos of designs that have happened in the last few months.

Side Note: My very good friend runs a website: It's a resource sharing tools for all kinds of things. As soon as I have the time, I will post tutorials for simple fascinators, gele-tying and the shirt-apron in the photo below.

Custom Made Hand Fans

I made this for my Auntie, who loved it to pieces because it was different and mature. I love it when customers give me a chance to be creative.
Silver and Peach hand-fan for my darling high school bestie on her traditional wedding day. See how she rocked it below.

This lace hand fan was a first time project for me, so it was so exciting to see (experience) the turn out, and enjoy the look on my friend's face when she use it for her wedding

Fascinators and Amazing Customers

I'm a sucker for beautiful bridesmaids. 
And for beautiful brides

My cousin is a potential customer, but her gele for her introduction was done by 'Mide
 More beautiful Bridesmaids...
Irene's bridesmaids wore fascinator Nikki. I love the yellow.
Spot the designer!

Someone took some time to take this photo to point out how well the colors were matched. Quality and customer satisfaction, all the time. So help me God.
Brides 'n' Babies, Abuja
My dear friend and fellow entrepreneur, the master mind behind the best bridal store in Nigeria, Mrs. Yewande Mijindadi commissioned me to make a few designs for her store. Most of these are available exclusively at Brides n Babies, 130 Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. Phone: 0708 389 6674

Introducing Fascinator Foluso
This only got published last month and has become a fan favorite. It was named after the customer who was the first to order it.

And it's perfect for church

 A few more...
This customer wanted a very bold fan, so this one was made using one of those Chinese fans, as the frame. The turn out was spectacular.

Besides getting paid and having people see my labels on accessories that I've done, there's a special feeling of delight that comes from being featured (through my work) in precious moments like this one.

I'll be expecting your orders!
Thank you.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Thank God for the salvation that we have through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I wish you all a wonderful Easter. May we receive grace to enjoy many more. Amen!

The first wave of the Wedding Season is upon us. It's about to get really busy up in here! Just click on 'See Something You Like' up there and let us know how we may be of service to you.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

HAPPY NEW MONTH!!! (February Deals, December Highlights and More!)


Dear Bride-to-be, thank you for visiting our website.

We will like to introduce our new Wedding Coordination package which includes the following services:

  • First contact: (preferably as soon as the wedding date is known) Wedding Work plan discussion, Introduction to all vendors needed for wedding events, General discussions: colors, asoebi, accessories, etc.
  • Planning: By Mide will provide advice during the planning stages, but will not be involved in the physical work. (Please note that this package is for brides who want to plan their weddings themselves but need someone to coordinate the event(s) on the day(s) in question.
  • Day-Of Coordination: Coordination will resume 2-3 weeks before the actual wedding date. By Mide will (1)Take up all left over tasks to relieve the couple; (2)Meet with the vendors to finalize plans for the event(s); (3)Meet with the bridal party to delegate tasks and make conclusions (4)Coordinate all wedding events as required by the couple. 
*This package comes with free fascinators for event ushers if required.

Welcome to the February, the Love Month.

We know that a lot of weddings will happen in the coming weeks, so we have a great offer for you:

Place an order for 6 or more fascinators THIS MONTH, and get a FREE ENGAGEMENT VEIL and a FREE FASCINATOR for your little bride! 

Fascinators ordered must be at least N2,000 each, to qualify for this deal.

My sister got married in December and I got to work on quite a number of accessories for her wedding. I'm not complaining though, I got paid, in more ways than one. #businessesgrowwhenfamilyandfriendspay. Can I get an 'Amen'?

This was very much a DIY wedding, we did a lot of things ourselves. I think one of the most thrilling was the wedding center pieces. My sister and I got some old wine bottles and employed the entire family; we scrubbed the labels off, sprayed them gold and handed them over to our wedding decorator (Rubies and Emerald - who used them beautifully.

Making this veil was so exciting, that I'm now going to offer it on my catalog. So, call me if you need a Cathedral veil like this one my sister wore. Available in many colors, and in various lengths, at cheaper prices than you will find at your favorite Bridal store.

I just had to throw this in there; I tied a lot of geles those two days.

We used the frame of a Chinese Hand Fan for her engagement fan; it was much larger than the regular ones you get elsewhere. Order one like this from me!

My sister is a #Naturalista, and she wanted to rock her natural hair for her wedding. We had found a Natural Hair stylist, but she gave my sister one of her workers who didn't know the first thing about handling Natural Hair. So, after a failed trial appointment, we decided that her hair would be done by 'Mide.

Her hair rocked!
 I made her bridesmaids fascinators of course. And the Ankara roses they held onto.

We found a tutorial for fabric roses on the internet and used it to make this bouquet from this beautiful red Ankara fabric.

Some other pieces I've worked on recently:

Ankara Pieces:

Let's all have a great week!