We are so honored to have Amanda's beautiful friend + fellow #plannerbabe, Nita Patterson, wife to 'a whole husband’, creative, child of God, fashionista extradordinare, super-force + modern woman in the world on the podcast today imparting inspiration + strength + life lessons + the most amazing wisdom.
This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Christopher Aiden Patterson.
In this episode, Nita BRINGS IT and her light shines brighter than ever! She talks to A + K about how she's always been crafty, and how she got started in the planner community. Nita also shares her perspective on diversity in the crafting industry, and how being joyful through the tragedy of baby loss a IS A CHOICE.
Also check out the ladies in their Patreon exclusive ‘After Chatter’ show, where you can sign up to watch a video of Amanda, Kristin, and Nita chat it up!
FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //
NITA ON DIVERSITY IN CRAFTING:
OUT OF NECESSITY. "Being on The Happy Planner® Design Team kind of catapulted who I am in this planner community because again...there weren't a lot of women of color on the major design teams...women of color aren't represented...
...how many other amazing, super-creative women of color that I've met in this community that don't have a fraction of my following ...their work is not as recognized & they are amazing illustrators, scrapbookers, women that color with the copics...
...part of that is I fit an image, and I've made it a point more to, like even with my natural hair...it's almost they're afraid if you're too strong, if you're too pro-black... you have to be very cautious of that... especally if you're on a PR team you are speaking on behalf of those brands, and for some of the women of color, they feel like some of the injustices and things that have gone on, they'd like to speak about them on their personal pages...but you risk not being able to represent these brands, or they don't want to be associated with that for FEAR that it's not as marketable, or it might rock the boat, or doesn't fit into this cookie-cut, this pristine brand that they have..."
NITA ON CHOOSING JOY:
"We can have pity parties in life, but again, it always takes me back to my grandmother saying: 'you need to leave your feelings under the pillows when you get up in the morning.' ...IT IS A CHOICE...usually in life, for me, when I've encountered tough situations, it has shaped me, in a way that only through experience you are able to do it. You can't take a shortcut...it's only through endurance you're able to get to the other side...the scripture tells us 'All things work together for good.'...it doesn't feel good to me, but God is still good...IT IS A CHOICE."
SHOW NOTES //
• The Happy Planner™
• Nita's DIY planner paper clips
• Ecclesiastes 9:10 hand verse
• Lisa Frank stickers
• Nita's bright planner pages
• Barbie Rub & Color
• Creative Card Angels
• Black Women Who Plan & Create
• BWWPC website
• Mary Burgess
• @bwwpc on IG
• The Honey B Shop
• @thehoneybshop's Black Live Matter illustration
• Sweet Stamp Shop
• Mommy Lhey Designs
• A's EMPOWERED WOMEN haiku
• Tammis Obsessions
• Pop Art Gal Sticker Kit
• The Happy Planner® SQUAD GOALS
• Capital Chic Designs
• Simply Me, Kish
• Black Women Who Plan & Create National Conference
• Meka @yespleaseplanning
• Heidi Swapp
• Stephanie Fleming
• Michael's Makers Team
• A's Memory Keeping in The Happy Planner® class
• Christopher Aiden Patterson
• @ourcitylights on losing her son, Max, HERE & HERE
• Great Expectations & Miss Havisham
• Grey's Anatomy
• Weep Not by Dr. Michael D. Moore
• Maranda Curtis
AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //
You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode! // Head to our Patreon page to sign up and hang out backstage with the girls + Nita getting real about using affirmations.
PARTNERING w/ SUDIO //
We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far!
Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!
Awesome Ladies Live //
If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! A + K hope to see you there!