Candy Lifshes of Meladora’s Creations: Designer Showcase!

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It’s time for January’s Designer Showcase! I like to wrap up each month by having one of my favorite designers share a bit about themselves, and then I follow it up by sharing my 5 favorite free patterns that they’ve designed! This month I’m excited to share some things from the lovely Candy Lifshes – the blogger and designer behind Meladora’s Creations!

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Candy’s story is fascinating, and her designs are fantastic, and often include video and photo tutorials! Here’s a little about Candy in her own words:

Hi I’m Candy from Meladora’s Creations, I do free crochet patterns and tutorials on YouTube. Allow me to tell you about my beginning story of how my life started and then where I am today. It hasn’t always been roses but I came out smelling much sweeter on the other side.

How life was:

It’s kind of a long story how I got on this road to teach crochet, but I will give you the short version. I grew up in an abusive home. Not as bad as some, but worse than others. Given this past my twin brother has refused to take control of his life, and me too there for awhile. I moved out when I was 17 and I got married at the age of 18 to get away from that house, and my twin brother came over almost everyday. We had many years of abusing drugs and alcohol, trying to forget our past and going no where in the present. In time I started to grow out of that life, and the whole situation of my life and marriage. I wanted to get out. The only shining light in my life was my mother. She’s the one who taught me to crochet when I was 5 years old. She died of breast cancer in 2005 and that sent my life into a tailspin. Before she died, to say I was living to die would have been an understatement. But when she died I hit rock bottom. Coming to the full realization of my life. Unhappy marriage, being sick all the time because of drinking, my abuser being the only parent left.  I decided I needed to change my life. So I started to go out to visit more family and friends, so I wouldn’t be idle and want to drink or do drugs, and one day while visiting my older brother, he showed me this online game he was playing. I thought it would be a great way to get out of the house and keep me busy, so I started going to his house to play this game. And on it I met a man.

We became friends and was soon hanging out all the time online. It wasn’t until much later that I found out he was from Israel! My heart sank, because all hopes of maybe meeting in person was destroyed. I fell into despair feeling that my chance at a better life was vanishing, feeling stupid for letting myself hope at all.  But as time went on, my dad’s leukemia got worse and soon, he too was in the hospital dying of cancer just one year after my Mom’s death. This friend online became the only lifeline to get me through all these conflicting feelings about my father and what I was going through during his death. Even though I felt my Dad didn’t deserve my support or caring because how he treated us kids, but he was my dad and was dying, so I struggled with this.  But my friend was always there and got me through it. Once my father died, I felt an end to my troubled past start to form. I realized the only thing keeping this alive now was me and I needed to get away from everything that made me unhappy and start again. I divorced my husband and moved in with my sister. Me and my friend continued to talk for another 8 months, til I couldn’t imagine living life without him. So he bought me a ticket to Israel, and I stuffed whatever meant the most to me into two suitcases, and got on the first flight to Israel. This was the first time I had ever been on a plane and here I was, flying half way around the world. A little over 18 hours later, we met.

How I came to make Meladora’s Creations:

In a new country where I didn’t speak the language and had only a 3 month visa, I had to leave the country and fly to Turkey for a few days so I could come back to Israel with a new visa. There I was alone in Turkey with 3 different currencies in my pocket and nothing to do but think. Once I got back to him in Israel, at the end of the month we found out I was pregnant! It was a trying time of course, I was only on a 3 month visa, but we worked hard to get me to stay in the country, I did have to go to Turkey again, but he came with me the second time! When we got back I started Hebrew school. I remember walking down the halls of my school thinking to myself. If someone would have told me a few years ago that I would be in Israel learning Hebrew and pregnant, I would have thought they were crazy! Yet here I was. I didn’t learn much Hebrew before my daughter was born and I was a stay at home mom with no visa to work, so it was just me and my baby girl Lilly.

I said I would make this story short, so years later now, we are married (crazy story) and have 2 kids (yet more stories) but all in all my Hebrew is still not good and I needed to find something else to do for a living besides English telemarketing, cause I’m not a pushy person and I hated that job. So doing what I love, crochet, I ran into some crochet tutorials on YouTube. After making a few videos sharing some of the things I made, people were urging me to make a tutorial. So I gave in and tried it and loved it! Now I have many tutorials and even made a website to post the patterns and tutorials, making it as easy as I can. Most of my patterns come with pictures and step by step instructions. Those new to crochet can come and learn how to read patterns and watch me do things step by step. I hope when you find me that maybe you will find a project that you like and can make for someone that you love.

Now the love for my children and crochet  have given me my passion and drive back in life. I can truly say in all honesty, that now I live to live.

My Web Site with Patterns http://www.meladorascreations.com/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MeladorCreations
Twitter https://twitter.com/MeladoraCrochet
Instagram https://instagram.com/meladoras_creations/
Tumblr http://meladorascreations.tumblr.com/
Google+ Crochet Community https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108093840082208351489/communities/112067002126046367005
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/meladora/

Candy has some lovely designs! Here are 5 of my favorite freebies on Meladora’s Creations:Meladora's Creations in the Moogly Designer Showcase! Get 5 FREE crochet patterns!

5 Free Crochet Patterns by Candy Lifshes on Meladora’s Creations!

Click on the names of the patterns you like to go to their pattern pages!

  1. Fans In a Row Lacy Shawl – this is so lovely!
  2. Hexagon Baby Blanket – I love the look of this blanket – and it would be easy to upsize!
  3. Crocodile Stitch Fingerless Gloves – colorful and textural and fun!
  4. Picot Shell Stitch Scarf – this is so fun and feminine!
  5. Crochet Flower Purse – great shape, it would be fun to make one to match every season!

Thank you so much to Candy for being featured in the first Moogly Designer Showcase of 2016! Be sure to check out Meladora’s Creations for more great crochet!

Craftsy

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Comments

  1. 1

    Judy says

    I am a frequent visitor to Meladora’s Creations because her tutorials are so terrific. I’ve learned a lot from her. But I never knew her “story” until today. Not only is she an inspiring crochet teacher, she is an inspiring person to overcome all she has experienced with such courage and, ultimately, love. I will visit her site with an even greater respect now. Thank you, Tamara, for showcasing her talent.

        • 4

          says

          Means a lot. I really have a lot of respect for you. At a time when people were all about promoting their self, not going to name any names, I seemed to be one of the few striving to share others work as well as mine. Until you came a long and started your “Round ups” and really started the movement on sharing others works for a Win Win” situation for us all. I was really happy to see that! And on top of it you’re the nicest lady! You deserve all the success you have, you’ve earned it and it’s an honor to be featured here on you page.

    • 6

      Caz says

      You’ve said all I would have said! Inspirational doesn’t begin to cover Candy’store life. As a fellow survivor, I admire and respect her courage! Much that she’s said resonates within me.

      • 7

        says

        I am proud of you for being a survivor too! We can’t choose our beginnings in life, but we can decide to not let it ruin the rest of our life. It’s made me the person I am today and to be honest it still is a struggle from time to time, when you realize things effected you that you didn’t even realize was the cause. But as long as we are striving to survive it and be happy we’ll get through it. God Bless!

  2. 8

    Donna says

    Candy of Meladoras Creations…I enjoyed reading your story. I learned how to crochet from watching your videos on YouTube! In just over a year because of you and Tamara Kelly I am in the Intermediate and some Advanced patterns! I thank you for being such an inspiration and wish for you and yours Gods many Blessing!! Thx again and prayers for Israel!!!

    • 9

      says

      Wow that’s fantastic! That says a lot about you, that your not afraid to try new things and you’re always pushing yourself to improve, this is the only way a person moves fast in learning something. So I say WTG girl! Keep up the great work!

  3. 10

    Deon Baker says

    I love Candy! She explains things so well. She is an example to all. She is so talented and such a wonderful mother. I wish I could know her personally. She doesn’t realize the impact she has made on others and how much people love her for herself and her talents, but we feel her love. Thank you for spotlighting one of my favorite people.

    • 12

      says

      Hey Deon Baker! Thank you for always being supportive of me and my work these years. You’ve always been there to pick me up with words of encouragement when I needed it. You all may not realize the impact your positive comments mean to us, but given that we work from home and only see a screen to interact to, we are impacted by what you say, this gives us an inside to what it means to you, good or bad, so I thank you so much for that too! I hope I can keep bring your videos and patterns to inspire you and keep you crocheting things you love 😀 *HUGS*

  4. 13

    grams6167 says

    I have had pneumonia this winter and am running behind on reading my emails. I just wanted to say I have been a follower of yours and Meladora’s Creations for years. Her story is such an inspiration and I am so glad to learn more about Candy. I am a great grandma and am still learning new crocheting and easier ways to do the old crocheting. It is all so much fun.

    Thank you Tamara for featuring Candy and her story. And thank you both for your many patterns and techniques.

    • 14

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you so much! And I hope you feel much better very soon – I’ve had pneumonia and I know it’s no fun!

    • 15

      says

      I am just seeing this now, I am hoping you are feeling much better and getting back to your crocheting again. Thank you so much for watching and supporting me over these years. I sure hope I can keep making projects that inspire you to try new things. 😀

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