Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day 2015I just want to take today to wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.  I know that Mother’s Day can be an exciting time for some and harder for others who may have loss their mother or their child.  Today is often hard for me because I loss my only son to leukemia so I stand with those mothers and often struggle with wondering if I still am a mom.  BUT today, I celebrate ALL mother’s!  Celebrating those who are here, honoring those who have gone ahead and encouraging those whose children are no longer here.  We are all mother’s!  You deserve to be celebrated.

I hope you enjoy your day!

Take Care,

Erika

 

Erika’s Elegance Custom Journals

When I first moved out to California I was amazed at how many people kept a journal. It was fascinating and yet intriguing. I was impressed to see the many beautiful journals people had that often reflected their personality.

It wasn’t until my dear friend Shamilla reached out to me to create a journal for her that I totally got into the whole journal thing. Shamilla is an author who is an avid writer and is very passionate about journaling. I thank her for helping me to tap into my creativity to create a collection of journals that other’s may be able to enjoy.

Welcome to my collection…

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My Bridal journal, created for the Bride-to-Be.  It was designed for the bride to keep in her purse and have all of her planning information at her fingertips.  This journal has all of the vendor numbers in one place and provides 12, 9, 6, 4, 3, 2,  and 1 month  timeline checklists,

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This is my Breast Cancer journal.  A portion of the proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research.  My inspiration for this was my Auntie Louvenia my mother’s sister who is like a mother and my Aunt Betty who is my dad’s sister, who lost her battle.  I wanted to honor those who have fought so bravely and to help support the cause.  This journal has all of your important doctor and cancer support numbers, cancer resources, and motivational information.

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Sophisticated Lady was inspired by my mother.  My mother is flawlessly beautiful inside and out.  She is truly a woman of God and has always taught us Godly principle growing up.  She is truly a model of a person growing old gracefully.  Her smile illuminates the room and she has style out of this world.  I can’t keep up with her, she is Mrs. Fashionista!

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The Walking into my Destiny journal was inspired by my sissy as I affectionately call her, Shawnte’.  I am so very proud of the woman she has become.  I am the oldest and am very protective over her.  I have watched her grow into a wonderful young woman. She is an awesome wife, mother and mighty  woman of God.  I just love her.  My sister and I love shoes and often try each other’s shoes on.  So what better idea than to create a journal for two of my loves.  This journal is so fun and I would definitely rock all of these shoes.

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Let your Light Shine was inspired by my little sister Lezlie.  I actually did her version with a red dress because she’s a Delta.  Lezlie is such a beautiful young woman and I have watch her grow and she just emits light everywhere she goes.  She exudes elegance, class and lovingness.  Can you tell I love my sisters :).

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The Success journal was inspired by my God sister Kim.  It speaks of stature and position.  Kim is very driven and has become so successful.  I am so proud to see her evolve into the young woman she has become.  She is running the corporate world.  This is for the person who is striving to reach their best potential.

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My Cup Runneth Over was created for the coffee lover and is inspired by one of my favorite passages Psalms 23.

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I Love Bags was designed because of my love for handbags.  It is for the person who has journeyed through life and has a story to tell.  You can go through things in life and still come out beautiful.

This last collection was designed because of my BFF Shondalette who is a die hard Delta.  I wanted to create something cute and sophisticated that she could use at her meetings.  I then expanded it to include other sororities.

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I’ve also had a chance to create a couple of custom journals for clients which is always exciting.

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The Peacock Journal which doubled as a baby book and was created for a Peacock themed baby shower I planned and the Ladybug journal that I created for my Author friend Shamilla.

I realized that in creating the journals, we all have stories that help shape and pattern our lives. Even if you aren’t an author, your story should be passed down to your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. You don’t know how what you’ve experience can help someone else.

My collection can be found on Etsy. This can make a wonderful custom gift for someone, remember Mother’s Day is coming up.  I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Are you journaling your journey?

Take Care,
Erika