Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Angels Forever Panel

So I'm on this "team" of Victoria's Secret addicts called the Angels Forever Panel and I did the live chat with some of the big wig's and that's an hour of my life I will never get back.  The cool thing is I got a coupon for a free mega expensive bra of my choice so I went to my parents to print it out because we all know my computer doesn't have a printer hell it doesn't even have speakers and I took it to the store.  I was okay.  I love the new store at Orland mall its much better than the old store but see the trouble is I was shopping for a friend of mine who's serving our country in the desert and some local jerk wad stole her bag with all of her underthings in it so since I had a bunch of coupons burning a hole in my pocket I went to Vickys to help her out.  Sadly they don't carry the majority of the bra's there in an A cup.  I had no idea they were so discriminative twards A cup girls.  It makes me pretty sad especially considering how most of their bra's have like 400 lbs of padding in them why don't they make them in A cups when those girls (not to be rude or anything) need the padding more than anyone else?  I get maybe there's not a whole bunch of women who need those sizes but they still should carry something more than just the very sexy and the bombshell.  Their whole campaign is "A body for every body" but I guess that doesn't include A cups.  Very sad about that.

Their new colors and everything though are pretty fantastic.  I liked the sliver and bling ones but the bling is too big for everyday wear.  Maybe you could wear it with a big bulky Christmas sweater or something of that nature but the bling on them was so big it's like you can't wear it with most shirts.  Maybe it's for strippers only?  No fair.  We can't all be strippers ya know. 

And I learned something today.  Did you know they sell mints for 2 bucks?  So if your a couple bucks below the coupon amount and face it you always are because they price things specifically so you always are all you have to do is pick up a little tin of mints and voila you get your money off.  Or in this case I got my free duffel bag.  Yes I got two of them.  Don't judge. 

The girls that work the store were wonderful until I got to the check out and I handed them the very special email coupon and they all looked at me like I was trying to pull one over on them.  They called the manager and she had to read it and re-read it and then she said to go ahead and put it threw.  There's another 7 minutes of my life I will never get back so word to the wise, if your going to hand out super special coupons to make people feel special and appreciated PRETTY PLEASE let your associates in on it so they don't make your customers feel like they are doing something wrong by using the coupon.  And that's all I have to say about that.  Back to the crochet grind stone. . .

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

He is faithful.

Going along with my theme from my last post- I got my first sale on my shop over this past weekend.  It was a sale I had already lined up but she had backed out of it because of well. . . now that I broke off from that other place she didn't back out now lets just say that much.  I didn't make a ton of money but you know what, she's been a good friend of mine for years and I had the yarn laying around here anyways, and having a sale is better than having a boatload of product sitting in your closet right? 

I have been a busy little bee lately working on the shop it's so fun to have actual "work" to do.  My store claim was just approved on Wanelo and I have a facebook page up, a Rebel Mouse page up and am building followers on all social media sites.  I am LOVING having my own shop.  Nothing holding me back now!  I got a model for a live shoot coming soon and am shopping around for the official CrochetByMel fake person or dress form.  Some wonderful promotion team keeps using me in treasuries and I'm averaging more views per day than the old shop.  Signed up for that google mess today and that should be up and running by tomorrow.  Yay! 

New and very exciting things are coming so keep a eye out!  All things work together for good for those who love the Lord. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Give us this day or daily bread . . .

Finally got into church this week, and forgive me if this post is disjointed I left in the middle to try and give blood but it took too long and I ended up not being able to.  However I did find out my iron levels are back where I can give blood again and I have a rare blood type so they want my blood.  Next time I see a truck on my kid free weekend I will for sure have to stop by. 

Anyways, I have been going threw some trials lately and I have been tested several times in the past week and have become quite frustrated with the world and everything in it.  I've had a sinus infection for over a month and a constant headache and everything I do is just getting constantly crapped upon by people who are supposed to care about me and be my friends and family and people who are supposed to care about me just don't but that's okay.  I know someone who does care.  He doesn't always give me what I want but he always gives me what I need.  I've been up I've been down I've been I been every witch way and in between but one thing I could always count on is I am not alone.  I've never been truly hungry.  I've never had to sleep in my car because I was homeless.  I've never had any form of Cancer.  I got 3 beautiful kids who are all healthy.  My life is pretty good.  He has always taken care of me and I need to remember that when things just aren't going my way like now for instance when I've been arguing with the lovely people at Capital One for three hours just to try and close my account.  Just take a deep breath and remember I am not alone.  God knows my needs and he will provide for them.  Just like he created me to need food and sleep and shelter he will provide those things for me. And he always has.  There's been many a times where he's cut it pretty close but I think he did that to test me.  If you have the faith of a mustard seed you can move mountains and I've seen that play out time and time again.  I haven't moved any mountains just yet but it's coming.  Expect big things from this gal right here, if not from my store than in life.  The big guy has a plan for me and where I don't understand it and sometimes I'm pulling my hair out because things just don't seem to be going the way I want them to in the end it will be worth it.  All things work together for good for those who love the Lord.  Now this isn't just a pep talk for me it's a pep talk for you too and if you don't already believe that Jesus died for your sins because he loves you so much perhaps someday you will.  I don't mean to preach at you but this life is hard, much too hard to do it alone and I don't wish that on anyone so if the good Lord lead you to my webpage I pray he will also lead you to think about it.  I can't even begin to tell you how good he's been to me and all the modern day miracle's I've witnessed in my pretty short life so far.  Patience is a virtue :)  Until next time. . .

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Here we go go go go go!

So now I am here.  Got the shop up and running, I have a grand total of 11 items that are freaking awesome if I do say so myself.  I got a model lined up for whenever she's got some time she will swing buy and help me take pictures of some of the other items that I am adding to the shop.  You know it was fun making blankets and random other items but now I think I will focus mostly on women's clothing and accessories.  I have lowered the prices on most the items in my shop in hopes to clear them out for summer and get ready for fall, I guess we'll see how that goes.  I have an awesome team supporting me and a bunch of friends behind me so at least I didn't have to start totally from scratch. 

I am so pleased to report that after only 2 days of being in business I have had over 300 views and the first day all my shop had in it was one item.  That's not me though folks that's the support and awesomeness of my fellow crafty's boosting me up and helping me out.  You know how the saying goes, don't mix business with pleasure and ya know what?  They are not wrong.  I love my old partner she is/was a really good friend and I hope that one day we can still salvage a friendship out of this so cross your fingers for me.  It's just better to have my own shop.  You know at first I was scared to have one I didn't think my stuff was good enough to be sold on the open market it takes a special kind of person to appreciate hand made goods and my family though I love them dearly most of them- they just are not fan's of handmade goods.  So I didn't much think I was good.  I needed a extra person to tell me if stuff was good enough, and hold my hand and give me helpful hints and suggestions now where helpful hints and suggestions are always good sometimes they can hurt your feelings.  And sometimes they have you galloping off way far in the wrong direction all together.  It's not really their fault that's the thing about doing artsy type stuff what one person likes may not be what someone else likes and vise versa.  It's all a matter of finding your niche and seeing what there's a market for and its a process.  The freedom of having my own shop is amazing.  I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to spoil the friendship but when I brought her something and she didn't like it she'd unravel the whole thing - many many hours of hard work and toil for nothing- and then re-use the material to make something of her own.  It not only bothered me but it made me feel as if I had to produce superior products to keep my work from being destroyed.  But anyways, I should not get this tipsy over one little glass of wine and I hope you come visit my new store Crochet By Mel and please do let me know what you think.  I will always take constructive critique with grace and would love to hear what you have to say.  Hopefully there will be a lot more new items to come.  Take care and God bless. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Welcome to Crochet By Mel!

I'll be your host, Mel.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I love to blog when I get the time and I love to crochet so why not blog about crochet and all the wonderful aspects of being a single stay at home mom to 3 adorable little munchkins.  I'll be back .. .always leave them wanting more. . .