Day 23~”31 Days of PINK” Katie from “The Vintage Mother” and “Vintage Rose Wraps”

“Hi there!  I’m Katie from Vintage Rose Wraps.  My sister and I sell fun headbands.  They can be found across the US in various boutiques, salons, and gift shops or online at www.vintagerosewraps.com.  The blog for our product is www.vintagerosewraps.blogspot.com, but we are very excited for our new lifestyle blog {coming soon} The Vintage Mother.   We love Laura and are so happy to be contributing to “31 Days of Pink” at Pink Cake Plate.

 

 
 

“Breast Cancer.”   Those dreaded words.  I didn’t know how much it would affect me until my own mother called me one day to tell me she had it.  I wasn’t prepared for it.  How could you be? Surely this wouldn’t be the first time our family has had to come together in faith, hope, and prayers—but could we withstand such a challenge this time?   This was our Mother.  Our beautiful, amazing Mother. There were so many questions.  So many worries.  And so much concern by loving extended family and friends. 

 

We started a blog and rightly named it “When Life Hands You Cancer—Make {PINK} Lemonade”. www.whenlifehandsyoucancer.blogspot.com .  This would be a place to share important thoughts and insight and a means to help loved ones stay informed while she underwent surgery, chemo, and radiation.  After a few posts, we started to recognize this blog as a really great opportunity to share.  It became a significant part of our experience as a family and for my Mom.

 With the interest of the blog, came the opportunity also for loved ones desiring to DO something.  I happened upon an old metal mailbox at a yard sale one Saturday, and I knew when I saw it that it was going to get a serious makeover.  You should have seen my neighbors when they walked by the evening I was spray painting it.   We have community mailboxes in my neighborhood so naturally they were saying, “What are you doing with that thing?”

 

 

I mailed it to my Mom {she lives a state away}, gave my Dad strict instructions when the mail came and announced on the blog to “send some love” to our Mom’s pink mailbox.  You would not have believed the fun letters that came, the words of encouragement, the kindnesses offered, the photos, the hand-drawn pictures…and on and on they came month after month after month.  One niece mailed her a letter every week.  Another friend brought a treat to the mailbox each day prior to her starting her next chemo treatment.  And you wouldn’t believe the friends of friends who took the opportunity to send some love.

 

This Pink Mailbox became a significant symbol and helped my Mom get through her treatments.  She’d open the mailbox which sat next to her bedroom chair each day and see if there was a new letter for her…and if there wasn’t, she’d read and re-read letters already sent. 

You can’t text, email, or instant message a mailbox.  To take the opportunity to physically send a letter takes so much more love and time and effort.  And that was something she recognized and appreciated so much.

I’m so grateful to say that my Mom is doing well.  There are some things that have changes, but we are grateful she is with us–still being that most amazing and beautiful mother.  And I know we owe that in part to the faith and prayers, and specifically the words of hope and encouragement sent to the Pink Mailbox. “
 
I have to tell you all that I “knew” Katie before I ever met her in person!!  She is friends with my favorite SIL and my nieces!!  I was visiting them when one of my nieces was wearing this adorable head wrap!!  You guess it, the headband was a Vintage Rose Wrap!!  I instantly fell in love with these headbands and asked all kinds of questions about them and where it came from!!  My SIL told me the story of Katie and her sister and their venture with Vintage Rose Wraps!!  I was smitten with Katie and Vintage Rose Wraps from that moment on!!!  It was about a year later I was able to meet sweet Katie IRL at Creative Estates and she is truly a living doll!  I also visited www.whenlifehandsyoucancer.blogspot.com  and followed her mother’s story.  I love the PINK mailbox!!!  Please visit Katie’s new blog The Vintage Mother (I am so excited for this!!) and you need to get your hands on a Vintage Rose Wrap ASAP!!  I  have about 12 now and love them!!  LOVE THEM!!!  You can find Katie on PINTEREST, TWITTER and look for her as katiewilsonhughes on Instagram and please LIKE her FACEBOOK page!!!
 
Thank you so much for being here Katie!!  Love you!!!  Oh yes Vintage Rose Wraps have been spotted on some fun celebrities and are headed to the CMA’s!!!  Oh ya!!  Cant wait to see Carrie Underwood sporting her Vintage Rose Wrap!!!
 
You can grab a PINK Vintage Rose Wrap  on sale for $12 visit the shop today!!  Oh dear there are so many cute ones!!!  How do I pick???

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