Less trash and more color.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. In the last couple of weeks we’ve done some self care and realized how important it is to take care of ourselves. Now I want to get back to helping in the community.

I recently had gone out to eat and the usual box of crayons came out and a coloring sheet for the young child a few booths down. Do you ever wonder what happens to those crayons? They usually get thrown away. So I started looking around to see if there was a way to recycle them. And sure enough there is an organization that does called “The Crayon Initiative” (https://thecrayoninitiative.org/).

The Crayon Initiative’s mission is to keep crayons out of landfills. They get crayons from all over, sort by color, and melt them down to make new crayons. These new crayons get distributed to children’s hospitals across the nation to help support art. Some of you already know that art is therapy. And now kids can too.

If anyone is interested in me collecting crayons for this please let me know by commenting or contacting me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂

Take care of yourself.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Most of the time I am talking about what to do for others. But I want to remind you that if you don’t take care of yourself there won’t be the energy needed for others. Don’t go overboard but do make sure to not run yourself ragged.

What is your favorite way of taking care of yourself?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

True friendship.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to give back or pay it forward. Have you ever walked into a room and just wanted to be near a certain person? You may not have even known the person but there was just something about them that made you have to get to know him or her.

I have a couple friends with personalities similar to the above mentioned. I find myself not wanting to go more than a day or two without talking to him or her. For me one friend just makes me feel good and another challenges me to tackle the day. Either way with either person I am motivated to be better.

Do you have someone you couldn’t live without? What makes them so special to you? How do they help you to become a better person.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes the dog is the one who understands the best.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to give back or pay it forward.

The school year has ended and I know that I have some teachers and parents reading this. I know that you are probably breathing a sigh of relief, at least for a minute, that the routine of homework and hurried dinners is no longer. And with this week being the final week I am sure some of you feel that you have earned every drop of this break.

I know exactly how you feel. It’s been a little crazy here as well. And sometimes I don’t have words and don’t want to deal with one more thing. This is when I look at my beloved, mostly black, standard poodle named Shadow. He stares back at me and he knows. He gets up and sits down at my feet with his head in my lap. He knows I need a minute to stop, breathe, and run my fingers through his curly hair. Do you have a pet that brings everything back into focus for you? Share a picture or comment with me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s where you look.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Do you ever wake up and just don’t feel it? The sun is up and the birds are still chirping but you just don’t feel chipper. It’s all about perspective.

I would encourage you to change how you look at things if everything seems negative or dull. It might be you.

I am writing this because this week has been a tough one for me. There’s been lots to do and not a ton of time to do it in. Remember that most of life is how you look at it.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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!

Friends are what makes it.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.

For me the whole reason I am here doing what I do is for the people, not to get more. The more people I help the more I can give back. But do you ever get tired? I do. That’s where friends come in.

I have a few on what I call my inner circle that keep me running. They know me inside and out. Even when I am smiling they know what’s going on. They are the ones that say “text me when you get home so I know you are safe”. They are the ones that say “here’s wine, dinner, whatever”.

If it weren’t for my close friends this whole thing we call life would be meaningless. As I was talking about my inner circle who popped up in your head? Who is your go to person that holds you together like glue?

Send a card to that person, give a call, send a text…whatever you need to do to say thanks for making the difference in my life.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s all about connection.

It’s Friendship Friday! Today is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. I hope you feel the connection. I hope this group is like family to you, a functional one.

I know you can go to a store for your crafting supplies. I know that there are other places and other ways to purchase glitter. So I thank you for coming back to me and continuing to do so.

As I watched this video it brought things back in to perspective for me. It’s not that I am teaching a class on how to glue paper together, it’s how it’s done. It’s the love shown, it’s the connections we make. In a simple way it’s the impact.

Here is the link to the video…https://www.facebook.com/JayShettyIW/videos/592165044594836/.

So let me ask you…how are you serving your coffee today? Remember it’s not necessarily what you do but how you leave someone feeling. It’s all about the connection you create.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back through quilting.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. I get so touched by how such a small gesture can touch so deeply. Recently one of the Red Door Crafters finished some quilts and I made some coordinating cards to be sent to a few of the people who survived the Paradise fires. I was amazed that this information was even out there and that these quilts were going to real people, not an organization.

So the quilts were delivered and it felt so good to help. And then there was a reply. Now it has gone full circle. Here it is…

Dear Malia (and Heidi & Joni),

We received the beautiful quilt and homemade card. What a surprise and we thank you for your thoughtfulness from the bottom of our hearts. Line dancers are the best and we love the line dance community. We lived in Paradise for 49 years and was a part of the line dance community since 1990 and we miss everyone. We loved living in Paradise and we really miss it, but I know it is all different now. I am line dancing here in Colorado now (learning all different dances) all the dancers are friendly here too.


We came here with a suitcase, (living with our son now) everything we had was burnt up. I have never been so scared as that day getting out of Paradise. So I am excited to get your lovely quilt, the colors are so happy, and it will make our new house so comfy. Thank You for doing something so special and loving for us, and you can’t imagine how much we appreciate it.

We are living in a bedroom still and all I have bought for our new home is a tomato slicer and potato peeler. Just thinking about everything we will need is overwhelming, but we will get through it. I know we will be enjoying the quilt for many years and it is a good reminder of the support we received from the line dance community. You looked familiar in your picture and I am sure I have seen you at some of the workshops.

Thank You again, Sylvia

Remember to do the small things because you never know when they will become large things.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂