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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Pinterest Wednesday

I’m so excited today!  I have a new attitude!  More to come, enjoy Pinterest picks for the week.

Quote ~ Don’t give up, keep pushing.

Just what is needed during the holidays when ghosts from the past emerge.  People who seek out to harm others need to stay in the past.
Outfit ~ This is how I feel right now….F I E R C E!!!!  My style…
Plus Size Clothing For Women | Five Tips on Building Up your Plus Size Fashion Wardrobe | Fierce
St Patrick’s Day ~ Interesting story on the history of St Patrick
History of St. Patrick's Day
Handmade ~ I’ve been wanting to learn to do this for a few years.  Gonna teach myself.  I know another craft….
Stampin' Up Handmade Greeting Card Butterfly by ConroysCorner
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Pinterest Wednesday

Hi, I’m here super busy, changes coming or shall I say additions.  Here’s my Valentine’s Day Pinterest finds for the week.  Enjoy!

Quote ~ It’s all about love this week.

Valentine's Day Quotes--Become a Love Magnet with "52 Romantic Things To Do" LOVE & LIGHT 2 YOUR SOULS
Outfit ~ Lupita is beautiful, it’s all about fantasy on outfit this week.
Bold & Beautiful: Actress Lupita Nyong'o wearing Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes.
Valentine’s Day Treats ~ For the DIY’ers, I prefer a good meal.
50+ Delicious Valentine's Day Treats at http://therecipecritic.com
Etsy Shop ~ last minute diamonds always work!  This ring is pretty and simple, I love it.
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Pinterest Wednesday

Enjoy!

Quote ~ If we could only be more conscience of this.

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Outfit ~ I love this classic dress.  
Claire McCardell  (American, 1905–1958)

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Valentine’s Day ~ I’m not the kind of woman that will die if I don’t get a gift.  We got bigger dreams to work on right now, but I’ll take a treat!

Homemade Valentine's Day Chocolate Pretzels Recipe
Handmade ~ Beautiful beadwork

 

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Listening To What’s Inside

That inner voice you hear when you are still and listen….it will communicate so many things to you.  Women have a strong sense of intuition, we just don’t tap into it like we should or listen to what’s being fed to our spirit.  I’m a christian, so I believe that God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit and when we sit, be still and listen.   Our lives are so busy that it’s easy to feel like you are unraveling and running in circles.  I can tell you 100% without a doubt that when I feel like I’m about to lose my mind, I have to stop, drop and pray if it’s only to say “God help me”.  

Our brains are just programmed that way, intuition.  It’s stronger in some than others, but I believe we all have it.   It’s how we handle it and use it in our lives.  I’m in touch with my emotions (a nice way to say I’m emotional), so I know when it’s time to sit still and listen.  As I’ve matured, it saves a lot of unnecessary stress and helps a lot with confrontations.  Since listening to my inner thoughts, desires and prayers, I’ve been able to rid myself of fear of…..

  • making mistakes
  • rejection
  • disappointment
  • success

When you are still and allow things to  progress instead of rushing or using emotion, you make sound decisions.  Should of, could of, would of doesn’t matter anymore.  It keeps you stifled anyway and we want to listen when necessary and soar.  This is what we need to teach our daughters and young women we mentor to or anyone that needs a little inspiration.   I know I have the ability to inspire women.  Starting with my daughters is very important, I use moments throughout our evenings and weekends to teach them about living their life like it’s golden, education and keeping God first in their lives.  That’s my job and I take it very seriously.  

The winding road in life takes you on many journeys.  Taking a wrong turn is expected in that journey, accept it, learn from it and listen to that voice inside of you that encourages you.  I haven’t shared a video in a very long time, but I love this song by Yolanda Adams.  

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