Giving back tomorrow!

The Farmers’ Market is tomorrow in 29 Palms!  I would encourage you to go from 8-noon at Bucklin Park.  The farmers that support the market are doing so not only by vending, but by giving back.  Much of the produce that doesn’t sell they are donating to our local food bank.  This week they are asking for the community’s help.  Bring 5 canned items to the table for Feed 29 (29 Palms Food Pantry), please.  Please message or contact me if you donate.  I will have a surprise for you.

Giving back is not always this easy.  Sometimes it is helping a friend move, loving someone that feels unlovable, or simply sharing a smile.  I would encourage you to dig in your pantry and find 5 things to donate.  Throw them in a bag and now you are ready for the market.

Here’s to making some ripples.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Don’t forget to ask about the raffle while you are there.  There are ways to get tickets for the $100 raffle that is drawn once a month.

Mentorship is a huge way to give back.

Have you ever seen someone that is trying so hard but just can’t seem to get it?  Ask yourself if the time is right to mentor someone.

I asked someone “why mentor”?  And their answer was remarkable, yet simple.  “To shape the future.”

If I don’t like how the next generation is thinking, working, whatever maybe it’s my turn to help.  If you don’t teach the next one then I will be doing that job forever.  It won’t be done the “right” way.  Whatever the reason is, we are here to help each other.

I got a good taste of this help from a dear friend of mine this week.  He agreed to take my daughter under his wing for her first job.  He has been training her and showing her the ropes as some would say.  It’s been amazing to see the difference in her.  I just hope it has been beneficial for him too.  Time will tell as it is said.

I have amazing, dynamic, hard-working friends.  I am hoping I live up to this as well.  Remember friendship is a two-way street.  To attract amazing people you have to aspire to be one yourself.

I am humbled by what people are willing to give.  What will you give to create impact today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Self care is a great way to fill up.

Sometimes the best way to give back is to not be negative.  For me the best way to stay positive is to make sure I am re-charging or doing some self care.  You will see me at the gym three mornings a week (usually).  This is my way of getting moving and being able to check out with some great music.  You will also notice that I am closed on Sundays.  I don’t always have plans on Sundays, but I do always plan to be off.

So I will ask you…what is your way to re-charge?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

You’ve got a friend.

Did you sing that a little?  Do you remember that song?  Not the one from Toy Story, but the James Taylor song.  And now you are probably wondering what in the world I am talking about and how does it relate to stamping.  Here’s how this comes together.

Since today is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward I want to remind you how the little touches from a friend or even a stranger can mean so much.  Last night I went to a meeting disguised as a dinner and it was long, hot (no air conditioning, just swamp cooler), and somewhat aggravating.  Just when I started to think that I could seriously just leave early (I had only been there 15 minutes) in walk two good friends.

One friend I was there to congratulate on a job well done and the other was there I am assuming to keep me from running out the door.  So we sat, shared smirks, sweated a bit, and I have to say I got kicked a few times being reminded to behave.  Thank you for keeping me sane last night as this now salty event is behind us.

This is a reminder to all of us, especially me, of what friends mean to us.  Be a friend.  Share a sweaty evening together and make a memory.  Thank you for being a true friend and even showing up with a cold iced tea.  You are amazing and made such a difference at least to me.

Make a difference to someone today.  You never know what will be that moment for someone.  This is why I do what I do.  Make your ripple.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Ideas for giving back.

Today’s Friday again and it’s time to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  I don’t know about you but sometimes I seem to run out of ideas or just feel like it is a routine since I do the same thing.  So I want to give you some ideas and see if it helps.

  1. Donate your time (or money) to a local charity.
  2. Leave a random uplifting note on someone’s windshield.  Here’s a site for ideas on these notes…Link for Positive Notes.
  3. Donate blood.

If anyone has any others please comment and let’s keep this ripple going.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back, host codes, and the contest of the day.

Since today is my daughter’s birthday the contest is centered on a birthday theme.  Anyone ordering any stamp set with a balloon or the phrase “happy birthday” pays only the catalog price.  I will pay the tax and shipping so you can celebrate.  This contest runs through midnight tonight.  Please use host code R69VYW7Y to place your order.

How do you give back or pay it forward?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back!

I am sure you have heard the news of the volcano erupting on the island of Hawaii.  Well, one of the fellow demonstrators lost her house in this natural mess.  She doesn’t need supplies but she would love some happy mail.  I will be mailing over a package mid June.  If you have cards or projects (with only current Stampin’ Up! product) she needs help.  She will be able to get her supplies back but her blog is suffering.  With the new catalog starting she is at a loss for ideas.  Will you send her a card?

Please have all mail for this beautiful and fellow demonstrator to me by Monday, June 11.  Let’s give back to our own family in need.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back to those who give so much.

Did you know our local theatre in 29 Palms is all run by volunteers?  They are trying to update and expand to provide better quality shows for you to enjoy.  So today’s give back is to consider attending this event to help this organization to evolve and stay relevant.  So mark your calendars for June 23 and let me know if you need help getting tickets.

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Here’s an explanation of what will happen…

This gala performance event, including a catered dinner, will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, and will serve as a fundraiser for the Theatre 29 Building Expansion Fund. The City of Twentynine Palms has approved designs for a major expansion, which expands the theater from the current 95 seat capacity to 148. The plans also call for a fly loft and rigging to be able to utilize backdrops and rear projections, expanded Green Room and Dressing Room space, and additional and updated bathroom facilities.

Reserved tickets for the dinner and show are $25.00 each and are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

Consider helping and let me know if you want to sit together.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Take back your life.

Some days I feel like conquering the world and others I could hide under my blanket.  I know you have days like this too.  Right?  I bet you’re thinking…she’s lost it.  Nope, not at all.  Instead of encouraging you to go out today to give back I want to tell you to stay in.  Read a book, craft, cook…whatever re-charges you.  Sometimes you have to take a minute to re-group, re-charge, whatever you want to call it.

Enjoy your time and be present in the moment!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes giving back is close to home.

When I post about giving back on a Friday it’s usually about an organization or someone far away that needs help.  This time it’s right here.  Right in our own crafty family.  One of the girls this week has been through a very painful sinus surgery.  She is recovering slowly but can use a little encouragement.  If you would like to send a card please contact me.  I will be sending out a package to her late next week.

Also this week one of the girls broke her ankle and it will take quite some time to heal.  She is off her feet and out of her craft room for quite a few weeks.  Please contact me to mail a card as well.

Most days we make a difference outside in the big world.  Now it’s time to make a difference with our very own.  Please stamp an extra card.  If I need to pick up just say so.

Here’s to impacting through encouragement right in our own family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂