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Essence Festival - Wrapped

We did it again! We were able to SHOWCASE in New Orleans during Essence Festival weekend and promote THE GREY BUTTON....yes, we had a good time! Although we had very long working days, we enjoyed meeting all the beatiful people who were in town for the various festivities. We even had a few people who remembered us from two years ago....WOW! All in all, we had a successful event! I am thoroughly enjoying this growth process. I am learning every day that I have more in me than I ever thought I did before! Sometimes I don't even know how I am able to keep up and for that, I am very thankful. I have been praying for my "team" to be revealed and I am watching God answer my prayers! From family, to clients and friends, everyone is so supportive of the work that I do daily for my business.





the love


One of our "repeat" visitors mentioned to me she notices how much my craft has grown. She STILL has her earrings from two years ago and said that are in fact one of her favorite pair and she frequently wears them! Yay!! She was so excited to see that I have added rings and especially the newer bags! There were even a couple of IG/FB supporters that made sure they came through to show some love!


lightweight leather earrings


What's most important is what I learn from each new experience while on this journey. Don't you know that all I do is think about my next move, and God knows there are still lessons I must embrace first before I move on to the next step. I am learning to welcome them all! I'm not saying I've mastered it, but my faith is way up!


Bigger Marlena



We were busy tending to our booth, so I admit to being negligent with taking pictures. I had every intention but being caught up in the moment distracted me from snapping away at the camera.....sorry. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see us in action working our booth! These are the few I mananged to squeeze in while I had it on my mind.


leather rings







Thank you for all the love and support



host a show

Last year I was blessed to be able to travel with THE GREY BUTTON to several cities and share my work. I enjoyed every bit of it! This year I would love to revisit those same cities as well as visit some new ones. If you would like to host a pop-up shop/bag party in MARYLAND or Southern CALIFORNIA, please let me know! This is the year of expansion and I'm going to need your help!


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We would love it if you would share us with your friends and family! Thank you for all of your love and support!


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All images in this blog post were captured by Ray Howard of

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