Black Girls Craft & Chat : Cocoa Twins

Me’sha Bazemore is the founder of Cocoa Twins which specializes in school supplies, planners and journal that features BROWN women and children!

Tell us about yourself?Hi. I am a mom and wife with over 20 years of experience. I love drawing and have been doing so since I was a kid and professionally since 1994.

How long have you been crafting and what inspired you to get started?I’ve been crafting for over 10 years. My daughters got me started and keep me going.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?Be patient with yourself and your crafting skills. Things will get better with practice.
You’re stranded on a desert island. What three craft supplies couldn’t you live without?IPAD, WIFI and Stylus…I dont even need email or messenger. LOL

Who currently inspires your creativity and why?My daughters inspire my creativity. We love creating and designing together. They are the reason why Cocoa Twins even exists.
What “trendy” supply or craft are you loving right now and why?Oooh. I’m loving an app called #MUGLIFE. It brings my images to life.
What do you love most about Black Girls Craft?OMG! I love the support. I love the acceptance. I love the encouragement. I love the work of others.
When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project? I started crafting and selling my crafts in 2007. I made hair accessories and hair care products.
What craft items/tools could you not live without?I couldnt live without my IPAD, stylus and design apps.
In one word, how would you describe your crafting style?Unique

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?Art is is art if you say it is. Don’t allow anyone to tell you otherwise.
What would you say to anyone looking to start a new craft?Find something that you enjoy doing, because doing something because it’s the thing to do will become boring and tedious at the same time; which will cause you to quit.
What’s your favorite time to craft and why?Don’t tell nobody but during work hours…well during my breaks.
How do you maintain work/ family balance?I ask for a lot of help and I accept it when it is offered. I had to do away with the “I can do it all” mindset, because I can’t.

How did you get your idea or concept for the business?My twins asked for school supplies with images on them that they could relate with. The found a lot of cool notebooks but not a single one had an image of a brown girl on them so they asked me to create one for them.
What is unique about your business?I create all of my own images and they usually start to take on the features of the person I have on my mind while drawing them. This is all done unintentionally.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?I can’t even imagine.
What sets your business apart from others in the same industry.I create my own images and design my own products. I am a one person show.

What has been the biggest challenge in your business and why?The biggest challenge was finding a balance between work, home and Cocoa Twins. Asking for help and accepting it helped out tremendously.
How can our readers follow you on social media? Facebook: Cocoa Twins Instagram and Twitter: Cocoa_Twins