First, she has a very successful, home-based business named Mrs. V. Crochet. I learned about it a few days ago and I wanted to know more.
So, I called and asked if I could go to see her.
I was glad I did. Rhonda, also known as Mrs. V., is a vivacious young lady. I was surprised to learn that she is the mother of three adult children, Pamula, Justin and Josh Wright, and is a grandmother of six.
Crocheting is her love. She even has a crocheting studio she and her husband, Randy Manous, made in their home. She likes having her workplace there and making money on the side.
He completed it when he gave her a sofa for the studio as a Christmas gift. Before that she had yarn all over the living room.
Randy works for the United States Postal Service.
Ruby Weaver’s husband, Lawrence Weaver, was Rhonda’s pastor. Ms. Weaver taught Rhonda to crochet. You might say Rhonda was hooked.
At first she crocheted for her family and for gifts. Encouraged by others, she began selling her work.
She did not have much success at Canton’s Farmers Market, probably because she was selling cold weather wear in the heat of the summer.
Then she began to advertise on the Internet with a Facebook page and a website. That was all it took.
People saw her owl hats, team hats, hats with buttons, sock monkey hats, etc. for children. The phone began ringing with people placing orders.
Then she branched out with crocheted scarves, hats and other items for adults.
If you go to Mrs. V.’s Facebook page or website and see her products, you may find yourself placing orders, too. I confess, I already have. If you are like me, you love to get ahead with your Christmas shopping with January as your starting date.
Rhonda has been getting orders from other states for some time and now has shipped her first order out of the country. A lady’s crocheted hat is on its way to France.
Recently she was approached by a videographer to make instructional videos of her crocheting. Thus far, she has made two and more are planned.
Using Google, I easily found “How to Make a Striped Baby Afghan.” On the video she explains and demonstrates every stitch clearly and makes it look easy to do. Only the fumble-fingered like me would have trouble making that baby afghan.
Rhonda and Randy have a beautiful home. It should not have surprised me when she told me that she has been in the construction business. Her father, Ronald Manous, and other family members are well known for their work at Manous Cabinet Shop, a very successful business in Canton.
Her dad, with partners, began building houses. They developed Oak Ridge Estates, a subdivision in Canton. Rhonda went into the business with them. Although not the original owners, she and Randy live in the first house built there.
Rhonda grew up in Cherokee County. All of her life, she has been a member of Sunnyside Church of God. Her father and her mother, Mildred Manous, saw that she was involved in her church.
Another thing that keeps her so busy is her volunteer position at Sunnyside Church of God where she is the media director. The “Shock and Awe” team makes DVDs and live streams services to the Internet.
With services three times each week, it keeps the members of the team hard at work.
Utilizing her skill and love for crocheting, Rhonda collects used American Girl dolls and others of that size, cleans, restores and crochets clothes for them. In December, the Praise Ministry of the church will take them to children in impoverished areas of Kentucky.
In addition to her booties, hats, mittens, and dozens of other things for children and adults, she is now crocheting stuffed toy animals. They are adorable.
When asked what is the most difficult thing she has crocheted, she answered without hesitation. It is a giraffe. She could not get it to stand up until she put weights in its feet.
There have been times when she did not crochet for a while. But, she said, “Crocheting is like riding a bicycle. You never forget how to do it.”
And on her Mrs. V’s Website she wrote, “Crochet — It’s like an old friend you may not see for a long period of time, you can pick up right where you left off and it’s always there for you.”
Marguerite Cline is the former mayor of Waleska.