What’s on your Wish List?


Nearing spring time, it’s always a great time to take a step back, take a breath – and try not to sneeze! Ha. But really, take a step back.  Look at your home.  This is your safe place. This is your happy place.  But is your home really making you happy?

So, during this time that you are visiting your home’s needs, I challenge you to grab a piece of paper and go into each room of your house.  With fresh eyes, see your room from the perspective of a guest.  Is your room organized to the fullest?  If yes, then give yourself a pat on the back and put a big smiley face on your paper!  If no, make a list according to each room of what needs organized.

The next part of this is really easy – piece of cake.  Send me your list of home/car/office organizing needs and I will help you tackle it!  I will personally be your organizing consultant, and find you the best products at the best cost – just for you. From there, we can work mind-to-mind on how to make the most of your space.

I can tell you from experience that my life is far from easy with being a full-time mom, full-time wife, and full-time worker.  But I L-O-V-E that Clever Container has given me the opportunity to have more time in my day because I’m not stressed on how unorganized my life is.  And I am sure that you will L-O-V-E your home even more once it has some Clever in it.

Thank you for stopping by, and I will look forward to working with you real soon!

You can check out the Spring/Summer 2017 catalog here: https://cld.bz/bookdata/6Ekezhe/basic-html/page-1.html

Please visit my site: http://www.clevercontainer.com/tonyakay


Peace. Love. Organized Blissful Life.


Why Direct Sales Are So Hard

It seems like all you hear anymore is “Would you like to buy…”.  It’s a tough world.  I don’t really like to get into politics much or economics, but I do know when my dollar doesn’t go far enough.  That’s one reason I  got into the direct sales market.  When it comes to getting your message out on social media, like Facebook, people have been so burned out on sales to the point they don’t even want to see what you have to offer – even if it’s really, really, amazing!

Let me take you back a year. I was living in a 2 bedroom townhouse with my husband and 2 children.  It was cramped… really cramped.  I noticed that my friend was advertising on Facebook these neat products that would help get your whole house in organized bliss.  After an order, I was in total love with Clever Container.  The products are well made and ingenious! I loved them so much that I learned more about the company, about how much I would make in commission, and wanted to share with my friends and family.  I have a good paying job, but I lead a very busy life.  Money can’t come in quick enough – especially with all the medical bills that a normal household incurs. And now, trying to have anything going my way with just using Facebook is like a driving down a dead-end road.

What I didn’t know about the people already in my network, was that they had been worn out on direct sales.  I could really say that 40% of my friends are already in direct sales of their own.  Nobody wants to be hounded by sales all the time, but that’s what is happening.Capture1

Here’s my advice to you: Get away from Facebook!  Yes, you can still post – but limit what you post. It shouldn’t just be about your business life all the time.  Take a walk, and bring a catalog or brochure with you.
Better yet, if you can advertise a product in use (with me, a Clever Shopper works every time!)  Go to social gatherings in your community and meet new people! (Don’t start off with what you want to sell. If anything, sell your personality!) Have fun with it. Get to know your people.  Have positivity. Never stop learning, and never stop growing!


So you may ask, why should I buy from you?

1.) You are supporting more than just the company, but a family that is local and a friend that is genuine.

2.) Because the products are AWESOME!

3.)  You could use some organization in your life.

4.) There are perks with every direct sales company, who take care of loyal customers!


About Clever Container: We’re all about organizing, functionality, ideas, and fun! We have fabulous products to help you organize your life. We’ll provide clever & helpful tips whether you are just getting started on your organizational journey or are already an organizing “junkie.” We offer excellent incentives and free products whether you host a party or join our team. So fulfill your curiosity and contact us for more information.

Top 3 Reasons You Should Be More Organized


So, I’ve been in the organizing business for the last year or so. I have to say that I have not been as proactive about it as I should have started with – both in my own life and in my role with Clever Container.

Here it goes. I don’t like to clean. At all. I’m a slob and a procrastinator and usually don’t do much around the house until I have a guest.  This is not the way that I wanted to raise my children, and I’m sure my husband is past the point of fed up with it even though he just loves me. With Clever Container, I have found the products that I need to be sure that organizing is easy and fun! Don’t make life any harder on yourself!  In this blog, I’ve listed my 5 top reasons to be more organized and I sincerely thank you for reading along.


1.) Balance

Having balance in your every day (like fun minutes versus working hours) will lead to a stessLESS and more blissful life.  Yes – I would rather spend more time crafting than cleaning or working, but I’ve had many experiences where something was misplaced and it made me late, which also made me grump. I despise being grumpy.

According to US News and World Report, the average American spends one year of their life looking for lost or misplaced items. Wait – a whole year??  I believe that nearly everyone is afraid of their lack of longevity. What would you do with an extra year??

2.) Peace

We’ve all been there.  It’s 7:50AM.  You have to be at work at 8:00AM and you have a 9.5 minute commute – on a good day.  But this day is not a good day.  You can’t find your keys. You have searched everywhere: in the couch, on the counter, and your purse.  The keys are nowhere to be found!! Now you find yourself super stressed and cussing yourself all the way to the door because if you’d just put the keys where they belonged, you wouldn’t be late for work.  As you open the door, the memories all come rushing back to you.  The keys are still in the door because you forgot to take them out of the lock.  Because you are now late for work, you hate the world.  Your boss hates you today, too.  You think to yourself, this could have all been avoided if I’d only been more organized.

Now imagine a different scenario.

It’s 7:45AM.  The sun is shining. The birds are singing.  You’re ready to face the day. You grab your purse, a refreshing cup of coffee, and your keys that were hanging on the key rack (in the exact same place you’d find them every day). You make it to work on time.  You love the world and the world loves you. Peace.

Don’t give life another reason to kick you.  You are the owner of your own life!

3.) Be Frugal – Without Trying Too Hard

Go to your pantry.  Are all of your items easy to see?  If so, great job! Visibility is key in organization.  But, if you cannot see everything clearly and some things are covered by others, you will likely spend more money on things that you already have.  This doesn’t just go for food items but also for clothes, books, pens and more!  Being organized saves money!


This is the first of many for my Blah, Blah, Blog.  Thank you so much for staying tuned.  If you would like to be more organized and not sure where to start, comment below! I’d love to hear your story.

Wishing you a blissful and organized life,

Tonya Kay



Evolution of my Owl Hat


I only have one word for my first owl hat creation… SCARY.  It’s hard for me to admit it, but everyone has a starting point.  It’s crazy how much you can improve technique just by doing it over, and over, and over again.

My owl hats started when I was pregnant with my daughter in 2011.  I’d seen a lot of different kinds, which have inspired me.  Since then, I have made 20 and sold 17.

ImageThis owl hat has to be my favorite.  It is one of the latest I’ve made.  Everything has improved, from stitches to sewing.

There are quite a few crafty people out there crocheting up all kinds of owl hats.  I am proud to have made this one my own.

You can find my owl hats for sale here,  completely custom made for $14 + shipping.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Thursday (I think it’s Thursday).  Keep crocheting, world!

Finding Time

Many of my friends and family have the same questions for me: Where do you find the time to do all that stuff?!

“All that stuff” aka my crocheting, is my passion and I aim to fit it in to any time slot that I have available.  Learning to juggle family time, work time, and me time has been the biggest challenge of my life.  The only solution I see available is adding 12 hours to the day, making it 36 hours instead of 24.  What can I say?  I’m a realist (:

My general schedule goes something like this:

6:00AM: Attempt to roll out of bed, and comfort my screaming toddler.  Then retreat to the couch until my alarm goes off at 7:00AM

7:00AM:  Time to get ready for my 8-5 job!  Growl and scowl at the mirror.  Get dressed, get the darling daughter dressed, kiss my wonderful husband, and hope to be out the door by 7:30AM

7:30AM:  Sing toddler tunes on the way to daycare.  (I do love me some Itsy Bitsy Spider in the morning.)  Drop the darling daughter off safely at daycare and rush to work.

8:00AM – 12:00PM:  Work, work, work plus MAJOR coffee consumption.

12:00PM: Lunch Break!  Sad to say, I’d rather crochet instead of eat…

1:00PM – 5:00PM: Work… work… work + MORE coffee!!

5:00PM:  Rush to daycare to pick up my favorite girl, rush home to my favorite man (:

5:30 – 8:00PM:  Supper time, play time, bath time, bed time.

8:30PM:  Breathe in, breathe out.  Now it is mommy’s time.  I crochet my heart away until I literally pass out.

12:00AM:  Midnight is my usual bedtime.

All that I can say is that I am truly addicted to creating, designing, and learning new things.  My husband and daughter come first, although I probably drive them both batty with my compulsive yarn hoarding.  I rarely create things just for myself or family, but have usually one to two orders to fulfill a week.  My worst weakness is pricing.  Even though I put hours and sometimes days or weeks into orders, I still price at very low profit.  It warms my heart to have acknowledgement and a smile on a person’s face.  To me, that is more than money could ever provide.

My dream, although not likely, is to have my own little boutique shop with affordable, handmade and heartfelt items.  Economically, I know I’d never make it, but I’ll never give it up.  Life is too short to give up on what you love to do.  So, until my hands are crippled from years of hooking, I’ll keep creating and hope that whoever receives my items will have as much joy as I did creating them.

Thank you for keep up with me, although I don’t write enough.  Hoping I can find the time for more!




Tonya Kay, Dearly Darling Creations

A Fresh Start

So, I am completely new to blogging…  So I will start with a simple introduction.  My name is Tonya Kay, and I am addicting to crocheting!  I’m still learning the “ins and outs” of starting my business, but for now, I still consider myself a hobbyist.  

I starting out crocheting chains with my mom at age 9,  put the crochet hook away, and didn’t drag it back out until I was 17.  Since then, I have been perfecting my skill and learning what sells and what’s a bust.  When I was on maternity leave in 2011, I learned to make cute animal hats and that’s when I learned there was money to be made.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a little extra cash, but that’s what it is… just a little extra.  I don’t profit hugely from what I do.  I do it more to make people happy and get a little acknowledgement and positive reinforcement. 

I hope to be able to show you in the coming weeks, simple how-to’s and how-not to do’s.  I  also hope you’ll be back to read more blogs!