Giving back with the little things.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Have you realized that it’s not the big things that break you? It’s usually the littlest thing that drives you to your knees. And, on the upside, it’s the littlest thing that can bring you up out of your pit.

Lately I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Too much to do and not enough time. You know how this goes, right? One day, especially, I had decided that it was just too much. I was on the verge of giving up.

Just at that moment Joel (hubby) walks in and sees my head on the table. He doesn’t ask what’s wrong. He just asks me to stand up and then he precedes to envelope me with a huge bear hug. When he doesn’t stop after about a minute I ask him what he’s doing. He simply says, “I am holding you until all your pieces are back together again”.

Who is your rock or person that knows you well enough to just hold you? Maybe it’s not a hug, but it’s a note or a clean house or…

We all need someone to put us back together again.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s the small things.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Last week I talked about listening. This week I want to talk about the details.

When you are in a relationship with a spouse, significant other, or friend it is often the little things that will drive you crazy. It’s not the big things that usually break us. It’s that little thing that is done over and over again.

As much as this is about the negative, it can also be about the positive. Remember to pay attention if their hair was cut recently. If there is a new outfit. Or simply if they called you. Say thank you more. Mail the card or note.

The small things add up to make a difference.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s the little things.

It’s Friendship Friday! Today is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Sometimes it’s the little things that really help to keep you going. Usually the big things are great for a picture moment but, at least for me, they don’t seem to last as long. It’s the little details that people catch that are amazing.

For me it’s when I am in the middle of a craft fair (much like I am now) and Joel says “what can I make for you for lunch”. Or “I already packed your truck for you”. It’s not the huge stuff, like planning a vacation, but the little every day things that make life easier for me.

I don’t say this to brag but to illustrate a point. It’s the details that matter. How do you help with the details?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Inlaid detail.

Sometimes the details are what matter.  For this technique you need a framelit (outline die) and a matching detail die.  If you don’t have a matching one you can use a bigger detail one and overlay to get a similar look.

Make sure to cut the framelit out first.  Then lay the cut out down and position the detailed die as desired.  This will result in an inlaid look.

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For complete instructions for this card tune in on Thursday.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pieces to make a whole.

Sometimes pieces can make a great whole.  In this case squares and some gold dots become a great background.  Without these gold dots the background looks fairly plain.

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Remember that the details matter.  Remember that even though you might be thinking you are only making a small impact it is probably bigger than you think.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂