Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Watchout Wednesday - LaTisha Yoast...Come on Down!


My DT LOVES LaTisha! Can you see why?

Made with Butterfly Beauty. Splendid!

Made with Tiny Trinity: Amazing & in my booth at CHA

Made with EcoChic: Chic it is!

Due to the fact that we have found someone SO SPLENDID and she was full of AMAZING information: I am pasting it right into my blog. I know she was not sure about sharing so much of herself, but I LOVE that about her. We just never know who we are helping by opening up. I am so impressed with your story and your strength, LaTisha..

So...THANK YOU, LaTisha! I truly admire your work and your amazing battle...you are inspiration through and through!

Here's LaTisha! {read...and appreciate "the little things"}

My full name is Latisha Yoast My husband Jesse is in the US Navy so we move around quite a bit, but I love it. My two cute patooties are my daughter Kendall who is twelve and my son Jacob who is seven.
When I was a little girl our home burned down. I was just a little girl, I remember how devastated my Mother was. I don't have a lot of photos of myself when I was a baby to about 9yrs, but the ones I do have, have been given to me from family members. Pictures mean everything to me, its the one thing that you cannot replace.
When my daughter was a baby I got invited to a Creative Memories show, and I remember being so excited. From that moment on my pictures went into photo safe albums, you never know when something is going to happen, and I want all of my pictures is one place, so that I can grab them and go. This is when I became obsessed with paper and stickers.
I got into stamping when my husband was about to go on his first deployment. I wanted to send him with a bunch of cards, so I went to Hallmark every so often and picked up a few at a time {cards are expensive!} One day one of my girl friends said to stop buying cards and come over to her house and we will stamp. This was the start of a beautiful thing.
Right after 911 is when I started to feel sick. After many many many tests, I now knew a name for what I had, Crohn's Disease, there is no cure for it, they don't know how people get it, they can only treat your symptoms. For some reason my body attacks itself. The Dr.'s could not get my disease into remission, I really really thought I was going to die and my babies who were one and five at the time would never remember me. I was in unimaginable pain, and was so weak but I was determined to fight for my life, this was not going to be the end of my road. This quote really means something to me
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face, you must do the thing which you think you cannot do"
Eleanor Roosevelt

I was in the hospital about an hour away from my husband and children, so I had Jess bring me some of my scrap booking and stamping supplies. I wanted to be able to do something creative when I was feeling better, also do more journaling, I wanted there to be more depth in my pages. Journaling is so much more important than any embellishment.

I would never wish Crohn's Disease onto anyone, but it has been a blessing. It has made me a better mom, wife and friend. When you go through rough things or even like me almost lose your life, it puts everything into perspective and changes your soul. Simply.. I don't take anything for granted.

"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much"
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


I am one of those people who LOVE life, I'm a glass half full type of person. I don't waste time on negative things, there is too much living to be done. So I take inspiration from flowers, music, food, fabric...beautiful things.

How did LaTisha come to LOVE Unity?
I found Unity, when Beate did the card with the dragonfly from Butterfly Beauty, OMG such a beautiful card :) I needed that stamp. I went to the Unity website and they were not yet selling them, or you had to get a catalog or something...I just couldn't get them. Then Unity became a member company I was so happy. How great, stamps that you could scrap book or make cards with...Genius! The perfect combo. Unity stamps are so fun to play with, I just love them. I started out with a "b" handle, Butterfly Beauty and some singles. I now have all of the handles, around 12 kits and 4 singles. They are designed well with lots of variety and the company has really great customer service, My favorite Unity sets are Butterfly Beauty, Eco-Chic, & Tiny Trinity. Giggle Grove is on my must have list! It really easy to create beautiful things using your stamps.
Other than stamping I like to cook, sew, make jewelry, go to the beach and have fun...oh and I like to shop and love coffee. I love life and with all of the ups and downs I have had in my life I am really happy with where my journey has taken me so far.

thanks,
Latisha

Wow. Right?!

{btw, LaTisha...EVERYONE loved your card at CHA!}


Coming Attractions at Unity:


Thursday: More "Behind the Scenes" at Unity - we will announce the


BLOG CANDY WINNER!


{be sure to post a comment below on the post below to qualify!}




See me at SCRAPJAZZ this week! Patter Cross, one of my amazing DT Members interviewed me and published it on their sight! Take a peek!




28 comments:

Stephanie Hargis said...

Wow is right! What a touching story! I just am in awe right now of how much strength Latisha has!

Latisha, your cards are fantastic. You are an amazing woman and have touched me with your story! Thank you!

Angie said...

Latisha's cards are beautiful!

Chris said...

Absolutly gorgeous cards! LOVE em. What an inspiration you are, LaTisha!

Latisha said...

Thank you Angela and AJ for seeing something in my cards that you liked >"<
You girls are very sweet.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Go Latisha, go Latisha, go Latisha! I've been telling Latisha for a long time now that she should be DESIGNING for Unity, because her Unity Stamp cards are AMAZING, and she truly loves your stamps! It's so obvious every time she uses one of your stamps on a gorgeous card! I love Latisha's cards, and she is quite an amazing lady!

Latisha, I am so excited that you are featured! It's so well deserved! Woohoo! You go girl!!

Jessica said...

Wow! Latisha, your projects are beautiful and your story was so touching. Such an amazing example with all you've been through and still you have such a beautiful outlook on life. What a blessing!

..feli.. said...

latisha's cards are indeed beautiful! way to go girl! :)

Michelle (aka mybelle101) said...

Wow! Latisha, such a great story! A dear friend of mine has a daughter who was diagnosed with Chron's at only 7 years old, so I know what a hear disease it is. I'm so glad you find the blessing amidst the hardship, and that you're sharing it with others...it adds a bit more sunshine to the world :) Your cards are STUNNING! I can definitely see why Angela took them to CHA ;) Keep it up!
~Michelle :)

Stacy R said...

Wow your cards are beautiful and your story also shows what a beautiful person you are. I was very touched by your story and it definitely puts ones own troubles into perspective with the obstacles you have faced! I wish you luck and keep making those gorgeous cards!!

Penny said...

What a very beautiful and touching story. Your positive spirit shines through and it shows in your amazingly beautiful cards.

Jen said...

Latisha, thank you for sharing your story! Very touching and uplifting!

Marcia Luisa said...

Beautiful cards LaTisha. You are truly an inspiration. Your cards reflect the beauty within, and that is hard to beat.

Christi Snow said...

Latisha, your cards are absolutely beautiful, but your philosophy about life is even more so. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us...it's incredibly inspirational. And Congrats girl, on getting the feature this week!!! smiles...

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Latisha!
Your work is gorgeous!!!! Wow! I am so glad I actually 'read' today's post.. Normally I just skim through, but I saw the cards and wanted to know who made them....

And, what a story... Thanks for giving me a reality check. Sometimes I spend too much time thinking about what I don't have, instead of being very grateful for the gifts I do have...

You are amazing... and I agree! YOU MUST me a DT member!!!! GREAT work!

Heather H. said...

What a moving story!!!! Thanks for sharing and glad you are here to share it :)

Heather H. said...

What a moving story!!!! Thanks for sharing and glad you are here to share it :)

Heather H. said...

What a moving story!!!! Thanks for sharing and glad you are here to share it :)

ALLY said...

Wow! That's quite a story! The cards are beautiful!!!

Carolyn said...

Latisha thank you for allowing your story to be told, the courage and beautiful soul that you have needs to be share for all of us to remember, that life can be full of lemons, but we can find the lemonade instead. You also have a beautiful creative talent, love seeing these cards.

Christy said...

Absolutely love the cards! A true artist!

marla said...

What an awesome story and how wonderful that crafting helps. She is truly an artist.

mcbetty said...

Wonderful learning about Latisha and her background. What an amazing world we live in, because of people like y'all.

liannallama said...

thanks for sharing your inspirational story! Love the cards!

Maria Levine said...

beautiful work and such inspiration!

Anne House said...

Wow- what an amazing story...

Mandy said...

Great cards!!! I know how tough Crohn's is...my brother and I both have it. It's an awful thing to deal with, but I understand what LaTisha means about the blessing that can come from tough situations! God is good!

Kathy said...

What an incredibly strong woman and lover of life. I wish that I was more that way. I recently found devastating news about my stepdad whom I love dearly and I am starting to understand the live life to the fullest statement.
Beautiful cards from a beautiful woman.
Good luck.
Kathy

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