Changing with our times.

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

With everything going on do you feel numb? Have you stopped thinking? Have you stopped adapting? Are you just treading until things let up?

Here is why I ask. I was going through and searching for a new way to give back or pay it forward. There were many charts and quotes about get together with friends, pay for a movie, smile at a stranger, and on and on. All of these had one thing in common…people. Connecting with people.

So how in this day in age do you connect with people when you can’t touch, hug, etc.? Have you adapted? I am sending more cards but I often wonder how else to connect when you are commanded to stay at a “safe” distance.

What are your ideas?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Does it matter?

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

I want to remind you to not listen to those voices that say it doesn’t matter if I get the card done. It doesn’t matter if it goes out in the mail. It doesn’t matter if I text that friend. It doesn’t matter if I call my neighbor. It doesn’t matter… It doesn’t matter… Don’t listen to this.

It does matter if you get the card done. It does matter if it goes out in the mail. It does matter if I text that friend. It does matter if I call my neighbor. It does matter… It does matter… Listen to this!

I want to remind you that you may think that the card is insignificant but to the one receiving it might be the thing they need to change their whole day, week, or life. I know for me it was never the big things that made a difference but the little ones. It was the card or the phone call that kept me going.

I know you think it’s just a … fill in the blank. But think about how great this place would be if everyone tried to have an intent for good. If everyone mailed a card of encouragement what kind of impact that would be.

It may not be a lot that we can do but together it might be just enough. And to that one person you are affecting it might just be everything.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back through cards.

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

In the past we, as a group, have given back in so many ways. We have attended galas, bingo nights, mailed cards, bought gift cards, donated turkeys, and more. Well, it’s been a little while since we have given cards so I figured instead of hunting for days for a group to donate to I would ask you.

Who needs a bunch of cards? Is there a church starting up a sunshine ministry? Is there a nursing home in need? Children’s hospital? Veterans’ home? Please comment or contact me to let me know. You are as much a part of this crafty family as I am so please tell me.

I will be taking suggestions throughout August and then putting it up for a vote at the end of the month.

Here’s to thinking bigger.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Donating from your home.

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

Did you know that instead of packing up and hauling your leftovers to a local thrift shop you can do it all from your home? There is a company called Give Back Box that allows you to do just that.

Give Back Box’s mission statement is…The purpose of Give Back Box® is to provide an effortless and convenient method of donating your used household items. Give Back Box not only provides an easy way to be part of a truly good cause, it gives a secondary use to corrugated boxes and guarantees they will be recycled.. So this is an all-round CSR & Sustainability solution.

Take a look and see if you want to donate to Give Back Box. You can find them on Facebook and on their website at http://givebackbox.com.

This is another way to give back from your own home and make a difference.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Supporting from within.

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

I know many of you are feeling the pinch. I know many of you are stressed, mentally exhausted, and ready for the rules to not continue to change from day to day. Me too!

But, for now, we are going to encourage and support each other. For some that means a smile, others some happy mail, and maybe baking your favorite treat for a special someone.

For today I want to do a little something different. I want to recognize you. Yes, you. Many of you volunteer to help with local churches, food banks, and even have a side hustle.

So, please comment if your organization needs volunteers. Speak up if you need help with social media. Say something if you crochet, paint, whatever it is.

Please do not leave your personal information in the comments (like a phone number). Instead please send me an email at reddoor@stampingwithjoni.com and tell me some more details, what needs there are, what is being sold, and how best to contact you. This will give me permission to connect people privately so no personal information is hanging out in cyberspace.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making your ripple.

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

As I have started in person classes again this week I am reminded how short life is. I am reminded how an actual hug can heal many ailments. I am reminded to be grateful and to be present. The one thing we will not get back is time.

One of the crafters was saying to me that she is tired of being overwhelmed. I don’t know if you can relate, but I can. As there is constant news and change I reminded to turn it off every so often. Unplug.

I bet you’re wondering how this relates to giving back. Here’s how.

With the constant bombardment of what seems to be bad news I am reminded to make positive impact where I am able. Since everything seems to be amplified right now I will remind you that the good things are too. That card that you mail just may be cherished or needed more than you think.

I would challenge you to find purpose in the little things. Mail the card, smile, and be kind. Be certain that the little things that create a ripple just might end up becoming a wave.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Picking you up.

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

I don’t know about you but this pandemic I am equating to a grief cycle. One day you are okay and the next you might be a mess. It almost feels like right before Joel (hubby) deployed to Iraq. You are trying to hold it together but some days it is just not possible.

I am not writing this for pity or empathy. I am writing this to say we are all different people in different stages. When I was in my “down in the dumps” stage a little over a month ago I had several crafters that picked me up, dusted me off, and told me I would live another day. And to you, I say thank you.

Thankfully I am in an okay mindset now. The days seem to all run together but at least things are moving. Tara (my daughter) has started college (online) and Joel is somewhat back to work (bagpiping). As for me, I am getting back to working again and living in a schedule.

I know not all of you are in the same place and I want to remind you…it is okay. Process, take your time, but keep moving forward. I am here to listen or whatever else is needed. Check in with your friends and family. Send a card. But definitely show compassion.

So love one another, be human, and most of all, be kind.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sharing your paper.

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

Remember when your mother told you to share. So today I am reminding you to share. Have you noticed in all of our Designer Series Papers that there are at least two of each of the patterns? You could share one of them with a friend. If you don’t want to split the pack then buy two…save one and share one.

If you are into creating and don’t have that many crafty friends, instead of sharing paper share your creations. When you sit down to create a card make two. Mail one to someone that needs some happy mail.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back by being present.

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

Since Father’s Day is Sunday I figured I would do a little tribute to my daughter’s father (and yes, my hubby). As my daughter turned 18 about ten days ago life seems to be flashing before my eyes. I am sure if you have grown kids you understand what I mean.

As an infant he would get up with her other and often fall asleep on the couch with her in her bouncy seat watching little einstein (classical music with animated brightly colored shapes). As she got older he taught her how to mow the lawn with a bubble mower and overalls. Over the years it has been physical things that he has taught (like driving a car) or modeling how a gentleman treats a lady.

I can’t imagine life without him. As life constantly changes he is definitely more flexible than me and has taught me resilience.

Who has helped you raise your kids? The neighborhood kids? Maybe you are the crazy aunt that buys ice cream at 3:00 to spoil their dinner. Whatever and whoever it is, I hope you have someone that supports you in this adventure.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

10 Reasons to Give Back.

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

I thought I’d share 10 reasons of why people give back. I know when I volunteer many of these beliefs are what get me up in the morning.

  1. Make an impact.
  2. To help your community. This is not necessarily the city you live in, but your circle of friends, resources, or trust that you rely on.
  3. Meet others or to be social.
  4. Improve your own health.
  5. Take the lead. By practicing leadership you become better at leading.
  6. Share expertise. By teaching someone else you will become better at what you do.
  7. Improve your skills or learn new ones by offering to help.
  8. Build your resume.
  9. Find new opportunities. When you network with new people you find new things to explore. This could be a new friend, a new skill, or even a new career.
  10. Because it just plain feels good.

If you’ve been around a minute you know how I am always talking about the impact you create, the ripple, how to help others, etc. And now you know why.

I think my number one why I volunteer or give back is to make an impact no matter how small. What’s your reason to volunteer?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. This list was taken and adapted from https://createthegood.aarp.org/volunteer-ideas/reasons-to-give-back.html?site-map=.