Pinterest Wednesday

Hope you are having a good week, hang in there!!

Quote ~ Let’s do our part to rid this world of hate

NO: Sexism, Racism, Ableism, homophobia, fatphobia, transphobia or general hatefulness allowed. You WILL be asked to leave. (Beside a raised fist on a tattooed arm)
Outfit ~ Springtime!!!!
"Mint & Beige Color Combo" by mswhit62 on Polyvore
Easter ~ Nice centerpiece 
Peeps and #Flower Arrangement| http://flower-arrangement-278.blogspot.com
Handmade ~ Isn’t this just pretty?
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Teach and Love With Truth

 

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I take my role as a mother very seriously as most of you do.  I want them to reach for the stars, try new things and live the best life.  I could handle their activities when they were younger, it was tight but I did it.  As they get older, that price doubles at times triples!  It’s hard telling them at times we can’t afford certain activities but I promised myself I would always tell them the truth.   I don’t go into detail but I explain to them the reason why we can’t do a certain activity.  Do they always understand, no but they are troopers and show me they can handle the truth.  

I was a very active teenager, I wasn’t in everything…let’s just say I did have my picture in the yearbook more than just the class section.  Yes, I went to high school several generations ago, but my parents had to tell me that I couldn’t participate in a certain activity.  The one that comes to mind and will always be the most vivid is missing prom in my senior year.  I went to prom in my sophomore year as an user, twice in my junior year, but I missed my senior year.  All my friends went our senior year, all of them.  They came by my house right before they went to prom and let me see them all dressed up and pretty.  My momma’s thinking was I went twice the year before, this last one wasn’t bad.  I was crushed, but I survived it.  Don’t feel bad, I was able to attend all the other senior activities and eventually got over missing the prom.  

When my mother was my age and going through menopause I didn’t understand a thing about what she was going through.  Momma was the kind of woman that kept personal stuff to herself.  She may have shared it with her friends, and I’m sure my daddy knew but I didn’t.  I was a young adult at the time.  My girls ask me when something isn’t right, they know when I’m out of whack.  I just explain that I’m tired and my youngest always ask me, why are you so tired?  I explained to my daughter that I’m at that age when things start to change and some days are better than others, which includes me being tired all the time.  I told her that all women will go through this at one point in their life.  I always try to keep it light but discuss life with them, it’s so important.

The truth also includes making sure my girls understand how to respect and understand when someone with a certain amount of wisdom speaks to them and at times has a lesson to share.  This is the stage that we are entering now, about being a young woman, what to seek in life and how to recognize the truth in people.  My momma didn’t talk much about life with me, and I understand why.  I talk about life everyday to my girls, I tell them how much I love them and how proud I am of them.  I want them to have confidence and not lack from not understanding that life happens.  That’s the best truth I can share with them.

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Pinterest Wednesday

Hey everyone!  Wishing you all a great mid week.  Enjoy!

Quote ~ Unless you had yourself cloned!

Outfit ~ My daughter likes both of these dresses for prom, which one do you all like?  They are both on sale.

Trixxi Plus Size Strapless Ombre Gown
Easter ~ Aren’t these just pretty?
Easter egg cookie inspiration
Handmade ~ I love handmade wreaths.  Don’t laugh, but I would love to learn how to do this.
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Pinterest Wednesday

My favorite day of the week for my blog is back!  Enjoy!

Quote ~ Let it go….

The Past is Behind You
Outfit ~ This dress has been all over my social media, it’s grown and sexy.  The model looks like KeKe Wyatt. 
Youtheary Khmer Spring 2014 Viva Collection on The Curvy Fashionista
Easter ~ This is a pretty for a simple centerpiece.  
Easter centerpiece ~ Easter egg vase....I can use my real eggs! Love Easter time! Family and friends time! #easter #bunny #moments
Handmade ~ These are just too cute.
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Senior Year Celebration

We are in senior year mode around here.  I’m so excited for my daughter, she is having the time of her life.  We are getting down to the last few months and so much is going on.  We are about to plan for prom, she isn’t hard to please, but trying to stay on budget has been a challenge.

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I know whatever we come up with, it will be pink and glitter.  Those are her favorite colors.  I created this outfit on Polyvore for her last year.  Everything in this picture is possible except for the shoes.  She doesn’t do heels at all.  She won’t even consider it.

"Pretty In Pink Prom Night" by mswhit62 on Polyvore
Prom, Senior Farewell Ceremony (formerly Baccalaureate) and graduation are all around Mother’s Day weekend.  The prom is Saturday, Senior Farewell Ceremony is Monday and graduation is Tuesday.  That’s a lot but I guess it’s good to get it all over with.  We get 7 tickets for the ceremony.  I feel for the families that need more.  My family lives out of town and my husbands family is here, but I’m not sure how many will come.  I’m thinking of having a celebration later on in the month to have fun with family and her friends.
The parents of the seniors are sponsoring a lock in the night of graduation.  She’s not sure if she wants to go, I explained she would have to stay all night and it may be a bit much for her.  That’s when sensory issues will really set in on her.  We’ll see, that’s why a celebration later in the month will probably work.
I remember my senior year like it was yesterday and it was almost 34 years ago.   A friend has my memory book and she has no idea where it is now, sad.  I still have my yearbook though.   We are going to do a senior scrapbook instead of the ones you can buy.    I think it will be a wonderful memory for her for years to come.  
Do you all remember your senior year?  Share please!
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Loving My Crafts!

I’m a crafter. I crochet and make jewelry, but now I also have an interest in paper crafting and making wreaths. I wish I had spare time to take a class for each, but a girl barely has time for what I’m doing now.

I enjoy crocheting so much, I decided to start teaching a class at Hobby Lobby starting April 1st. I am so excited! It took a lot for me to get out of my comfort zone and do something I know I can do. There is also a need for jewelry making at that location. That is also in my list, basic beading/stringing.

Blogging has taken a step back, but I haven’t given up on it. I still want to share my journey including the twists and turns. Hopefully my life and the things I do to survive will encourage someone.

Who would have thought I could take something I love to do and make money while doing it? My Etsy shop is growing, I’m getting good feedback from it and I’m so glad I set up this shop to sell my handmade items? You know another social media I get a great response from? Instagram. My following has been increasing and I’ve met some fellow “hookers” that I’ve connected with. Hookers is the term for crocheters, because we use a crochet hook to create with.  

My plans for this year is to crochet hats, scarves and fingerless gloves for school children locally. I want to have these items ready by the time school starts so I can donate them along with the back packs and school supplies. This is a project that my daughters and I will do together. I’ll probably start around May or June so we’ll have plenty for donation. If I can’t do it for August, I’ll talk to my church and donate them when they do the food drive for Thanksgiving. That may be a better time to do it, the need will be there at that time.

One thing I know, life will take you here when you want to go over there. You can do one of two things, go with the flow or go crazy trying to figure out. I’m going with the flow, continue to pray, keep the faith and craft until it gets better.

Here a few pieces I’ve been working on lately.  The tote bag/purse and earrings are both popular items and I love the personalized afghan.

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Closet Cleaning

It’s time for me to purge my closet again.  This time because I have a lot of clothes that I just don’t wear anymore due to several factors, my style has changed and you can guess the other.    I have a more casual, relaxed way of dressing.  I have business attire and “church clothes”, I never was anywhere near First Lady status.  I’m a classy, stylish woman, my taste has just changed a bit.  With that, I’m gonna gather my clothing and look for a consignment shop for plus size women.  I have some very nice pieces, a suede suit, several pants suits, after five wear and much more.  I just don’t wear them anymore and some are too little.  Okay I got that out.  I have several pairs of shoes that I want to sell as well.   

My rule is if I haven’t worn it in two years, it has to go.  These items are way past that time, I just didn’t want to get rid of them because I wanted to hold on to a certain time in my life and I paid good money for some of the items.  One outfit I wore in a fashion show only, never got a chance to wear it out.  

Here’s part of my dilemma, I would actually prefer donating the clothing, but would like to raise a little money from some of the items.  I know someone would benefit from the suits for job interviews, church or whatever they need them for, but I have to admit I spent a pretty penny on some of the clothing.  I may do just a few items consignment and find a group where I can donate clothing for women in a shelter or a place like that.  I’ll be researching this soon, as I want to have the clothing donated before spring.   The pictures really don’t do the outfits justice, especially the off white one, it’s an after five, has sparkles all on the top.  These are just three of the outfits that I plan to giveaway or put on consignment.   

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Working from home has cause me to reinvent myself.  I have reinvented my style, well sort of.  It has to be functional and comfortable at the same time.  You won’t see me in moo moo’s,  or all polyester pieces.  I’m at the point where I don’t care for wearing jeans anymore.  I have three pair that I love and I’ll keep them.  I don’t wear 4 inch heels anymore, that’s as high as I would go.  I can’t walk in them and I’m not risking twisting my ankles any more for the sake of keeping up with my younger counterparts.  I’ll let you all have them.  I will continue to like them and put them in my Pinterest board, Lover of Shoes.   

So now it’s off to find a consignment shop in my area for some of the higher priced pieces and I’ll donate the work and play pieces.  I think that’s a nice balance.  How often do you all clean out your closets and do you donate, sell or do consignment?

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Pinterest Wednesday

Midweek, hump day or whatever you call it…it’s Pinterest Wednesday!  Enjoy!

Quote ~ We all have a story….

Inspire Others. . .

Outfit ~ I love this dress, gonna find it.
Rachel Pally Long Wrap Dress (Plus size) available at #Nordstrom
St Patricks Day ~ Nice treat to take to work or for the kids.
St. Patrick's Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels #recipe #pretzels
Handmade ~ I think I’m gonna start a board with all wreaths.
Paper Flower Wreath MultiColor by FourthInLineKC on Etsy
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Pinterest Wednesday

This is my Black History edition of Pinterest Wednesday.  Enjoy!

Quote ~ This sums it up, I absolutely love this.

Wise Words & Funky Quotes To Live By - Part 2 - Funk Gumbo Radio: http://www.live365.com/stations/sirhobson and "Like" us at: https://www.facebook.com/FUNKGUMBORADIO
Outfit ~ African inspired print
"African Print~Black History Month" by mswhit62 on Polyvore
Good Eating ~ I couldn’t resist this, gonna have to fix it very soon.
Crispy Cajun Shrimp Fettuccine - Jo Cooks
Handmade ~ Beautiful necklace
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Being An Entrepreneur

Favorite quote our small business owners live by - Wilson, lf Small Business Planning  www.wilsonlf.com

Hi, my name is Whitney and I’m an entrepreneur.  I work hard to run my small business, whether I’m doing independent contractor work, writing or running my Etsy shop.  I read, research, observe and interact with people that have been where I’m going or on the same journey with me.  I learn from the mistakes of others and from my own.  I’m humbled by the opportunity to work for myself and try to keep my focus on the prize, being able to do this until I can’t any longer.
You have good and bad days and make good and bad decisions.  One of the things I had to quickly realize is that this is a means of support for me and I can’t worry about offending you when it comes to business   This has been on my mind for a month.  I had a few customers order items, I’ve made the item and they haven’t paid.  I would have people contact me on my different social media sites and place orders.  This has happened to me three different times.  I was disappointed but not discouraged.  I love what I’m doing, now I have to fine tune it, tweak it until I get it to fit and work for me.   It’s work that I love.  

Do you support small businesses?  When was the last time you visited or had interaction with a small business owner? Was it during the holiday season on the last Saturday in November?  Small business can be that quaint boutique that you frequent, a restaurant that serves the best banana pudding or that guy that comes to clean the carpet in your home.  I have a greater respect for small business owners, how they have to put their heart and soul into making sure their product or service is competitive.  It’s not easy but we keep pushing and make it happen.  

 I want to continue to offer a great product at a fair price.  One of the things I plan on doing is setting up at a farmer’s market or some venue like that.  I plan on putting a placard on my SUV to advertise and always have product with me.   I want to teach crocheting and jewelry making classes.  I’m searching now for a place to teach, or may have to offer that as a one on one service.  I also plan on doing some charity work with crocheting for next fall.  

I now have a Tumblr account where I can display my creations and follow some other interesting blogs.  I really like Tumblr, wished I had set that up sooner.  Thanks Kita for your help on that.  I also changed the name of my Facebook page to Cafe Mocha Creations….Creating, Reflecting and Loving Life.  That’s the same name on my Tumblr blog too.  Life is a process and at times it takes a turn that is so unexpected, but I’m rolling with it…bring it on!

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