Friday

Loving Women of A Lifetime Blog Hop {6/23 & 6/24}

Welcome to Loving Women Of A Life Time Blog Hop hosted by the Lovely Melissa Pinter @ http://Pinkpolkadotscrapping.blogspot.com


If  Suzy's Crafts sent you over for a visit then you are exactly where you are meant to be. If you just happen to be visiting then you should head over to http://Pinkpolkadotscrapping.blogspot.com for the beginning of this fabulous hop!

Here is a list of our sponsors!! Don't forget to stop by and see what amazing products they have to offer designers!!

Sarah Hamer, Pink By Design has offered to sponsor our hop with her stamp set 9 months

Kat Shriber has sponsored our Hop with a 30.00 CTMH kit!

Theresa The Scrapbooking Queen is giving away 6 sets of her brand new stamp line and  two 25 packs of wobbles!!

LuAnn Hale  is giving away a $40.00 Gift Certificate to her store!

Christy Kerley: Amuse Studio is giving away a $25 dollar gift certificate to her store!

Cori Wagoner with Ginger Snaps Scraps- is giving away {winners choice of one of these 6x6 paper packs;  Camp A Lot, Little Miss or Hello Sunshine

K Andrews Designs: Getting Cricky, has donated a stamp set to one lucky winner!
To be entered into the drawings for these prizes all you have to do is comment on each of the designers blogs!!   Melissa Pinter will announce the winners on her blog at: http://Pinkpolkadotscrapping.blogspot.com, on Monday. You have until Sunday, June 24th at Midnight to hop to be entered!! You definitely don't want to miss out!!

While becoming a follower of the designers blog is not an entry requirement for the prizes, we sure would LOVE IT!!!

{EASY PEASY}

Melissa has asked that we share our story of the woman in our lives that has touched us deeply. While I have many women in my life that have been there for me while I've hurt, cried, loved and laughed, my post today goes out to a group of women that I have hardly met. They are the Mommies of Sheffield's Place, in Kansas City. These women have had very difficult upbringings, that most of us could never imagine, yet they have fought to have a place in Sheffields Place {by fought, I mean that thye must be clean and sober for at least 30 days for admittance, and also, the waiting list to get into Sheffields Place due to capacity limits, are extraordinarily long!}

Most of these Women lived on the streets, some with their kiddos, some had their children placed in families homes, or in Social Services or Foster care. Their kiddos now reside with them in Sheffields Place. These mom's must be employed, actively seeking employment, or a Full Time student, which some are presently taking RN courses!! They and their chilren are in counseling services at least once a week, and one benefit Sheffields Place gives these Mother's is basically an interaction course with their kids. Think about it, they {the mother's} were raised in homes that were physically, mentally, and sexually abusive homes, not to mention the drug/alcohol use! What Sheffield's Place does to break this cycle is counseling and teaching the Mother's literally how to be Mother's! They have a room for the mother and chil{ren} to go into to play and talk, and the mom's have earpeices in with microphones. They interact with their children behind a two way mirror, and the counselors observe, and provide advice to the Mother's on how to interact with their children. How is THAT for breaking the cycle?!

Once the Mother's have "completed" their stay at Sheffields Place, they move into their own dwelling with the kiddos, and a counselor stops in to check on them every couple of weeks to see how they are doing. I think it is wonderful that they provide continued support to these Mother's! A normal stay at Sheffield Place is usually about 2 years until the Mother is able to leave.

Now, I know that someimes it is difficult to see past the "choices" that some made to put them in the positions which they find themselves, and I have to say, I feel this way at times also. However, after hearing the stories of their upbringings, all of that doubt is LOST. These Women were victims of horrendous circumstances, and are fighting for their lives, and the lives of their children. That is why I chose them to feature for this hop. I hope that you will all take the time out to read or watch some of their stories provided below!!

I have also begun a Back-to-School Back pack drive for the Kiddos residing at Sheffield Place. If you are interested in participating, please join our Crafting for a Cause Facebook Group.

You can send any items directly to Sheffields place, and gift cards to Office Max, Staples, Wal-mart and Office Depot are also most welcome! If you would prefer to do and ship individual items, items needed include: Back-packs, Crayons, Colored Pencils, Pens, Markers, Pencil Cases, Binders, Spiral notepads, Paper, Glue, Kleenex, Rulers, Erasers, Pencil Sharpeners, lunchsacks, etc. Please mail all items to:

Sheffield Place
Attn: David Hanzlick
6604 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64126-2208
Attn: Back To School

Please take the time to learn more about this fabulous organization!! It only takes a few seconds, but will leave an impression on your heart for a lifetime!! http://cdn.trustedpartner.com/docs/library/SheffieldPlace2010/news/Spring_Newsletter_2012.pdf
 

Now, on to my project!


I created a Goody Purse from the Bride's to Be Cricut Event Cartridge - cut at Fit to Page
I Cut a Strip for the handle, and embellished with a beautiful crotcheted Ribbon and a sentiment Ribbon A Mother's Love. I also used flatback pearls on the Ribbon to showcase the sentiment.

On the Flap of the Purse I used Tim Holtz alterations rosettes with a resin


The card is a Beautiful Sizzix tri-fold Die Cut. I found these darling Chipboard birds in the dollar section of Joanns. I used the same Sentiment ribbon and a black ribbon at the top and the same Resin from Zacoo. On the inside, I cut a blue paper with birds for the writing, and I used abother Bird form the dollar bin. I wish I had gotten more of these, as I LOVE them!!





I hope that you like the way that they turned out! I SURE do!!

Now it's time to visit the AMAZING Carla Townsend @ http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/

If you get lost along the hop here is the complete line up:



Melissa Pinter http://pinkpolkadotscrapping.blogspot.com/
Suzy's Crafts http://Suzyssimplecrafts.blogspot.com/
Jessica Kephart http://homespunelegance.blogspot.com/
Carla Townsend http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/
Shawnee Penkacik http://quiverofangels.blogspot.com/
Miranda Enclade http://www.nanasscrapspot.com/
Sylvia Gonazalez Solorio http://bellascrapbookdesigns.blogspot.com/
Cicily http://pinkdalmationscrapper.blogspot.com/
Barbara http://barbarab3.blogspot.com/
Becka http://creationswithbecka.blogspot.com/

29 comments:

Pink Polka Dot Scrapping said...

WOW WHat a Story! story touched my heart! I love your purse and the card is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for telling us your story and I am definately going to help! Thanks again for making this hop special! Means a lot to me!

Barbara B said...

A very touching and inspiring story. I love the purse and card. So very beautiful!


Barbara B.
barbarab3.blogspot.com

Shawnee said...

What an inspiring story. You made a beautiful project. Thanks for sharing it with us.

ParkNSlide said...

This is a very compelling story and I can understand why you chose to tell it. What a worthwhile cause. You project is wonderful---the birds are the perfect choice for an embellishment.

Susan Martin said...

What a fantastic story. I will have to look at some of their stories. I love happy endings. I love to hear people that push through and change things... make them better. That is what it is all about. Sounds like an amazing place. The purse is great.. the card is beautiful! Thanks for telling us about all those women!

Ellen Jarvis said...

What a beautiful story, so kind and respectful toward the Mommies of Sheffield Place. I may not have a lot to give financially, but I will certainly try my best to contribute in someway to give them strength. BEAUTIFUL project, too!!

Fondly,
Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
http://cardmonkeyspaperjungle.com
E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

KAT said...

'YOU' are an inspiration to me. what a wonderful opportunity to do something for someone else. i wish there were more sheffields places around. too many times we get wrapped up in 'judging' people that we forget we should be 'helping' them. i admire you. great story, great project. i'll have to look into that tim holtz die. that's one i don't have.

Laurie said...

Love your purse and the card! I hope all of these women are successful and can show their children a better life. It is an extremely hard cycle to break.

Suzys Crafts said...

What a wonderful tribute Jessica! We have a similar place here in Cincinnati which my daughter worked at during her time in college. She is now a social worker and works daily with substance abuse parents in helping them to get the treatment they need to keep their children. They are not bad people, just people who need help and guidance most times. Awesome post and I love your project! Super cute!

Crafty and Green said...

Amazing Story!! What an amazing organization!! I wish there were more organizations such as this one! Wonderful Projects! I just love them! they are stunning!! Thank you so much for sharing them and your creative talents!

Many Blessings,
Tina

PS New Follower! :)

angel4ever said...

Thank you for sharing the mission and commitment of the staff and the mother's themselves of Sheffield Place. This is truly inspiring!

I LOVE your projects, especially the little purse♥

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Such an inspirational story - and what a fantastic set of projects. Amazing. TFS

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

a wonderful charity promo and wishing you evry success on your own project! TY for letting us know...

LuV your card! gorgeous colours and creative detailing :) mmhmm!

following..

Jacki Randolph said...

Oh Jessica, what a fabulous story to share with all of us. Truly an inspiring story of a wonderful mission to help young women find the right path to a successful life!!
I would love to help with your Backpack drive!!

Gorgeous purse and card!! Beautiful colors and style!

Homespun Elegance said...

Ladies, Thank you all for your wonderful and sweet comments! It is very inspiring to see a group of women come together to love, help, and appreciate one another! All the love in the world,

Jess

Rebecca said...

This sounds like such an amazing place for both the mothers and the children. It is so important to have places like this to help people "learn" what they were not fortunate enough to experience in their own lives when they were young. Thanks for sharing such an inspirational story. Your card and purse are both stunning projects and are sure to be loved and appreciated!!!

Kathy said...

Your story is amazing and what a wonderful place. I am going to help. your purse is awesome, and the colors are beautiful, Love the birds. I joined your site. Hugs Kathy

Sheri R said...

Your story, the organization, and your projects are all amazing!

Miranda said...

What an awesome story! It's so wonderful to know that there are people out there who still help those that need it most! Jess,your projects are beautiful! Thanks for sharing this story with us.
Miranda :)

silvia said...

Jessica~what a touching story. How wonderful of you to organize a backpack drive.
Beautiful card and goody holder!!

Hugs!!
Silvia

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing that special story. Too often we forget people out there need our help. It doesn't matter how they got there just that we need to reach out and help. Love your project and those cute little birds were quite a find.
dmcardmaker at aol dot com

jennyplace2 said...

What a wonderful story and your projects are just as wonderful! TFS!
jennyplace26@gmail.com

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

what a wonderful orgainization!!! I have never heard of such a place, but thank you for enlightening me and bringing to light what others are going through. Your projects are beautiful too, I love the bird on the card! Thank you so much for sharing!
Lisa

Cathy said...

You have to admire those women...a lot of obstacles, and yet the make it. I love your projects, the puse and papers are wonderful.
cathyplus5.blogspot.com

new follower here

Theresa said...

Your card is so pretty, and it was so kind of you to draw attention to these women, and the program that they are involved in.

Anita Braddock said...

Wow what a Beautiful Story. I love Love this Beautiful Purse such a great Idea. love the papers and the colors the added Bling adds such a Special Touch. thanks for sharing.
www.anita-craft-corner.blogspot.com

scrapperbecka said...

gorgeous card and the little purse is adorable!

Candace said...

love hearing about all these great women!! makes me really appreciate the great life I have had!!

your projects are beautiful!!

Candace
scrappin2littleprincesses.blogspot.com

Karen L said...

The stories told in this hop are actually just as wonderful as the projects. Hearing about love, appreciation and support always makes me proud to be a woman! Your little purse project is adorable, and I love the rosette!

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