Starting the Year with Giving

Do you ever happen upon a blog and something about the writer makes you decide you just have to add it to your daily blog reading? 

That’s what happened with me and Keri who writes Quaint and Quirky.   Three things in her bio caught my attention  – she lives in New England (so she’s not too far from here), she’s an Irish dancer (and I would love to be an Irish dancer!) and she used the words “kindred spirit.”    I have been reading her blog ever since.

She had a great idea she posted on her blog yesterday to start her year with giving, by paying it forward.   I decided it would be a great way to start my year too, and I am excited to pass my giving on to you.

Here is how it works. 

“Pay it forward” is the idea that random acts of kindness are given without expecting anything in return. It’s passing on a kindness hoping that your recipients will do the same, and forming a never-ending chain of goodwill , that’s what this is about. But it isn’t only kindness, it is also a means to connect with our fellow crafters, to network, if you will, and to share our enjoyment of crafting/sewing instead of just keeping it to ourselves or where only friends and family get to see it.
 This is how it works: You’ll have to comment on this post and the first three people who comment will receive a handmade gift from me within the next few months. But those three people will also have to post the idea on their blog (or Facebook for those of you I know who might like to participate but who don’t blog!) and commit to making a gift for the first three people who comment and so on and so forth.
SO, the first three people to comment here will get something handmade by me,  but you have to do this on your blog as well.  I’ll be reading your blog (or checking out your Facebook!) to figure out what to make you and to make sure that you have posted about your Pay it Forward!   

Have fun giving to others!

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13 Responses to Starting the Year with Giving

  1. I would love to do this pay it forward. I hope I am one of the three. When you let us know, can you give more specifics as to what we should make? Blessings, Vic

  2. I’m in on “pay it forward”! Love the concept. ! I just stumbled upon your blog—I was looking for fun quotes about laundry and here you are (I’ll explain the laundry quote when I finish commenting)… I’m an illustrator who tries to post a sketch daily and will definitely create some fun illustration about “paying it forward” and post with your idea of first three to comment. And now to think about what I will do.

    So here’s the laundry thing, I’m participating in the “Sketchbook Project 2011” and my theme is “jackets, Blankets & Sheets” and one of my first illos is line of laundry… So there you have it. I’m off to read more of your blog.
    Thanks!! Penny

  3. This is a great idea. 🙂 I actually posted something similar on my Facebook… but so far only one taker! Haha! It really doesn’t matter much though, I love to sew for others and I am often making gifts for friends “just because”. 🙂 If I make them feel happier, they will likely spread some of that happiness on to someone else.

  4. I know I am not the top 3 but would love to participate anyway. I’ve always believed that you never know how any of your actions throughout the day will chain react, even something as simple as a hello or good morning.
    Happy New Year!

    • Hi Shannon! Anyone can start Pay it Forward on their blog. Just copy and paste the info above into your blog post, grab the graphic if you like, and away you go! Have fun!

  5. A friend of mine posted something similar (5 instead of 3) yesterday on her FB page. I am lucky enough to get something from her, but my friends weren’t biting on my post. Suspecting the issue was mostly that making 5 handmade things was daunting to them, I changed the rules — surprise one person in their life with one handmade thing, food counts. Then (to my relief) I quickly had takers!

    I hope these friends find a way to bring light to someone in their lives when they need it. The best paying it forward of all!

    • I think you’re right Holly U, it’s not really about the quantity, it’s about bringing joy to someone else. Have fun making for your friends!

  6. Andrea – I like this “pay it forward” idea! Giving to friends and family is important. Please take photos and post them on your blog of the gifts that you make for your “three.”

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