After 11 episodes, the most wins and being the second most popular all season, Rebecca finally says goodbye to Mission Catwalk. We, at Twocanview, want to congratulate you, Rebecca, for all your hard work and for bringing recognition to Belize. It is just the beginning girl! Congrats to Ryan on his win.
We have 15 hats ordered for the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign! That translates to $150 BZ raised so far for the Belize Cancer Center Dangriga 🙂 Remember, you can custom design your hat, you can purchase hair accessories and you and also make a ca$h donation!!!!!
We have yet to hit or beat the number 317 which was our highest umber of views in a single day for the article on Kim Simplis 02-04-12 and it was a SATURDAY!!!! LOL We have come very close but just can’t beat it! We want to thank everyone who keeps following and spreading the birdflew by sharing our articles on your walls and tagging your friends. We are well on our way to hitting 15,000 hits in the next week and that is all YOU!!!!!
THANK YOU 🙂
We continue to work on spreading awareness about cancer in our country and highlight ways we can all chip in to help. Some articles to check out and pass around: Please contribute to the cancer fund we are collaborating on with Kim Black and support Raquel in getting BEAT Cancer up and running. She has dedicated quite a lot of time and resources to help those in need.
I have known Kimberly or Kimmy, KC (as I used to call her) since she was born. That’s ’cause she is the daughter of one of my favourite boy cousins Charles 🙂 Yes…I crushed haaaaard on him. Her parents, Charles Longsworth and Lisa Williams Longsworth Macias got married in Belize City, late one Friday evening and somewhere in some dusty old file cabinet is my signature as a witness on their marriage certificate. It is no wonder that Kimberly would become artistic when she grew up. Her “home” was Mom’s Triangle Inn on Handyside St., Belize City. Her pets were kitties and snakes (yes, snakes) with names like Whiskey and Brandy. Funny enough, both her grandmothers made their living by owning eateries. Elma’s has been in Belmopan since I could remember traveling on the bus. I couldn’t wait to jump off and grab a meat pie and ice cream from Auntie Elm’s. As a matter of fact, when I went to Belmopan this past March, I went and got my meatpies and the last conch fritter left. (Thanks Melito Zabaneh for letting me have it :))
I used to race home from SJC Sixth Form for lunch at Mom’s. Kimmy loved ice and fries so by the end of lunch, that high chair was a delish sloppy mess of dripping ketchup. Then I would put her in the sink and wash her off and get her ready for her noon nap…everyday like clock work. One of her favourite things to do was put her mouth right over the faucet and drink the water out of the tap 🙂 Well now Kimmy is a wife and mother of two adorable boys. She lives in California and has launched a charming business called KCB Custom Crochet.
Kimberly credits her grandma Elma Onofre for teaching her a basic chain when she was 7. I received a similar lesson from my grandmother Dorothy Longsworth too. But unlike me, Kimmy was very excited by this particular form of making clothes so she persisted and got her grandma to teach her much more than basic techniques. At just 20, she has created her own business making the most adorable hats for babies and adults. I bought quite a few as Christmas gifts last year and everyone loved them. I asked her what inspires her everyday ans she said “My sons.” And I believe it! You should see the cute dragon hats she made for them!
One day I was brainstorming ways of spreading breast cancer awareness in support of our First Lady, Kim Simplis Barrow as well as my friend Raquel Battle, President and Founder of The BlissfulSage Foundation http://www.blissfulsage.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1 when a little ding sounded. Why not ask Kimmy to make some pink hats that people could absolutely love wearing or giving as gifts AND still be promoting awareness at the same time????
SOoooooo, one month later, Twocanview and KCB Custom Crochet are launching an effort to raise funds and turn the spotlight on the fight against the devastation that breast cancer visits upon its victims and their families. https://twocanview.com/2012/05/09/buy-a-beanie-and-support-breast-cancer-awareness-kim-for-kim/ For every hat she sells, she will donate $5 in Kim Simplis Barrow’s name to the Belize Cancer Center Dangriga. We encourage everyone to please join us in this effort and if you just want to donate $$$ without making a purchase, please do! One one okra full up basket!!!!! Here’s an idea: those involved in fundraisers, buy a bunch of these to give away to your supporters!!!!
Please check out her other hats for sale too! They are soooooo kiuuuute! And if you have something specific you want her to design for you, she loves to collaborate with her clients on those kinds of projects. Just a thought: give out some beanies as favours at your toddler’s next birthday party. Can you imagine a bunch of lil dragons running around? or kitty cats? awwwwwwww…..She also makes purses and hair accessories. https://www.facebook.com/pages/KCB-Custom-Crochet/162552987138683
Twocanview, in collaboration with KCB Custom Crochet, would like to enlist your support in helping those
suffering from the devastating effects of breast cancer. Kimberly Christine Black, is one of our own Belizeans living in California. She has agreed to help the cause by designing and lovingly making each one by hand.
Check out Kimmy’s selection at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.355307514529895.79321.162552987138683&type=3. They make Perfect gifts for Baby Showers, Birthday Gifts, Celebration of Life parties, Mother’s Day, and so much more! Should you want to customize your hat, head band, hair bow, she would be happy to accommodate you! She will be coming out with a collection for your guys soon too!
Your $5 donation will be made in the name of Kim Simplis Barrow to the Belize Cancer Center Dangriga in Stann Creek, Belize CA. If you prefer not to make a purchase, please feel free to make a donation of any amount to this worthy cause and thanks!
Check out the dress Rebecca designed for Episode 5
CHECK OUT HER PORTFOLIO!!!!! https://twocanview.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/portfoliors2.pdf
Who is Rebecca Stirm?
Born and raised in Belize, self taught clothing designer, Rebecca Stirm, began sewing her own clothing at the age of 11. “My parents were very supportive, they saw potential in me and managed to get me Brother sewing machine on sale at ‘Courts’. Since I had been sewing by hand for a long time, I was eager to learn to use the machine. I cut apart old clothes to see how they were made, and cut and re-shaped old patterns to make them my size. I basically learnt to make patterns and sew them together through trial and error while sewing for myself as a preteen.”
Sketching designs and sewing were merely a hobby for her until 2009, when she was encouraged by a close friend to hold her first fashion show. In early 2010, she was given the opportunity to show a few dresses in a charity fashion show (Help for Haiti). Inspired by seeing her pieces on the runway for the first time, Rebecca created her first collection of day dresses and cocktail dresses – paying for the fabric and trimmings by working Friday nights playing the acoustic guitar and singing at Perkup Coffee house. Close friends and family pulled in to help Rebecca plan, advertise, and execute her first show. The “August Fashion Show” was a success- and she received her first orders for dresses from her collection.
“After the show, I got my first orders for dresses- it was huge incentive for me- Since now it was more than a hobby, I thought ‘hey, this could be a job’.”
Building on that experience, Rebecca continued on to design a second collection, showing it at her second show (The Sunny Season Fashion Show, May 2011), before re-locating to Vancouver in June for a semester in fashion design and marketing at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Shortly after returning home to Belize, she was accepted to compete in Mission Catwalk (Caribbean designer reality TV show) – against 19 other Caribbean designers – for a chance to “Rule the Catwalk.” The show is currently airing on TVJ and Televisionjamaica.com.