Giving back at home.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. And today’s post hits close to home.

Many of you personally know my family…my daughter Tara, dog Shadow, and husband Joel. Well, the ones closest to you often see the best and worst of us.

Recently I signed up to be Yucca Valley High School Music Booster President. If you’ve known me for a while this is no surprise. I often take on challenges that seem insurmountable until they are done. And as always, Joel is supportive of all my crazy adventures even if they add a bit of stress.

But this time he seemed to step up a bit more. I came home to a clean house and questions on how to make dinner yesterday. Not what was for dinner but how to make it. His actions spoke louder than all the words in the dictionary.

So I would encourage you to be that person for who you live with or see often. Don’t let them always see you at your worst. Show them that you are there to be supportive as well as to help where you can.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. And if anyone sees Joel today don’t forget to wish him a happy birthday!

Are you resting?

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Are you resting today or are you doing that on Monday with the holiday and all? I am driving out to see one of my desert kids show her horse with the 4H Club for the first time. And then it’s back home to rest until a dinner party for a special birthday. Do you have plans?

So my plan to rest will happen on Monday. I will not be open on Monday for studio time. But I will be back at it on Tuesday.

Don’t forget to reserve your seat at Carol’s Card Class on Thursday in Yucca Valley. The deadline is Tuesday and this is the very last $10 class I will be teaching. On June 1 classes go up to $15.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Not much rest here.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! There’s not much rest here today since I took yesterday off. It’s the first Saturday I didn’t have a class or fair in as long as I can remember. So yesterday I went to dinner, ran some errands, and finished the night with a movie. It felt good. So today I have projects to finish, classes to prepare for, and much, much more.

What are you working on today or are you?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Taking a break.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! What do you do to take a break? I know many of you that teach are in the middle of grading and report cards. I know some of you are doing inventory and others are working on year end reports. So when everything is done how do you relax? How do you break up the routine?

For me it means going to a good dinner (not fancy but more comfort food). It means going in to the studio and just creating. Or it means having some fun at the mini golf place. And sometimes it means going to see a movie and escaping reality with a bucket of popcorn. I think today my daughter, Tara, has put in the request to see a movie. So it is off to the cinema we go.

Whatever you do I hope it is restful, peaceful, and rejuvenating.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back locally.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  It has been brought to my attention that one of our local places that gives so much back during Christmas (and the rest of the year too) has been hit hard with some changes recently.


Food For Life is accepting donations for toys for the kids.  This year Toys for Tots is NOT donating toys to any local non-profits.  Therefore any donation of toys would be most welcomed.  I am most happy to collect and then deliver so please contact me.


If you know a family that is in need of Christmas toys, please have them call Reach Out Morongo Basin to sign up for one (760-361-1410).  The toy  will be picked up at the Christmas meal.  The first 300 names will be getting toys.


Food For Life will be serving Christmas dinner at Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road from 3-5 on Saturday, December 22.  I am sure they can use all the help you are willing to give so please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Orchid and gem show with dinner.

Is anyone interested in heading out on Sunday for the Orchid Festival, Gem Show, and a bite to eat?  I am thinking of starting late morning (10ish) and finishing with an early dinner.  Let me know if you are interested.

Joni 🙂

Contests, host codes, farmers’ market, and encouragement.

This week is jam packed with all kinds of events.  We will start this week on Thursday evening with the Encouragement Class hosted by Sandy Smith.  If you have not RSVP’d please let me know you are coming.  If you need an invitation please contact me.

I will be at the Farmers’ Market in 29 Palms at Bucklin Park on Saturday from 8-noon.  Come see what crafty goodies there are and grab your door prize.

On Saturday evening will be my 12th Anniversary Party.  Be looking for the invitation coming today as well as contests, games, and a drawing.  Come celebrate with me!

If you would like to order online please use host code UAE4AVTN.  This host will change as one of the contests will be for mystery host.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.  This code will be up until next Monday the 30th.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂