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 🙂

Relay for Life

Sometimes the way to give back comes to you.  This year Relay for Life is in 29 Palms.  If you feel like donating in cash or greeting cards please drop them off.  I will stop by on Saturday evening to bring any remaining cards to be signed for Girls Love Mail.  I would encourage you to stop by and hear for yourself how this event touches others.

This event brings back perspective on what life is about.  It’s people.  I am planning on going just before dark.  I don’t know if I will walk, but I will help people to sign cards.  And rumor has it that there will also be funnel cakes.  I’m not sure if they will still be there but I sure hope so.  There are also several bands playing that I know personally that I can’t wait to hear in the open (and not in my living room).

Sometimes showing up is more than half of the battle.  I don’t know about you but I intend to show up.

Be present in this life because you never know if that moment will come again.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making a ripple in this big pond.

Did you see it?  Last night there was a ripple made in our big pond called society.  7 of us got together and talked, laughed, and created.  Cards were made to send for happy mail just because.  They were created to get back in touch with someone and remind them that they were not forgotten.  And last, but not least, they were created to send encouragement to girls starting chemotherapy.

Girls Love Mail is an organization started out of a need.  Look at what the founder has to say.

Dear Friend,
Letters are sacred mementos we lovingly save in decorative boxes. Yet the gentle beauty of a hand-written letter seems hidden in our age of text messages and emails. After working for five years on a novel comprised entirely of letters, I felt connected to what I consider the lost art of letter writing. However, not until I was diagnosed with breast cancer did I understand that a few words on paper were more than just a keepsake. A hand-written letter is a gift with the ultimate power to heal.

Having just turned 40 and in the throes of writing my novel, being told I had cancer was a shock. But it wasn’t the day of my diagnosis that changed my life. The true change came a few weeks later when I started receiving well wishes. I received over 200 letters, mostly from friend of friends. The letters said I was already a hero without telling me I needed to try a special diet or exercise plan.

I was touched by the letters and began wondering if other breast cancer patients were receiving this special form of support. After I won my battle with breast cancer, I knew just what I had to do.

Starting Girls Love Mail was one of those AHA moments. Anyone with a desire to encourage a woman can write a letter. Letter writers of all ages and from across the country are joining us. I hope you will too! All it takes is a little of your time and the cost of a stamp. I know what receiving letters meant to me. I encourage you to give it a try and see how much writing one will mean to you.

Best wishes,
Gina L. Mulligan, Founder

So what does this mean for us, the Red Door Crafters?  We can help!  Their goal at Girls Love Mail is 40,000 letters of encouragement this year.  We can create and sign cards and make a difference.  So, if you have a card or cards please sign and drop it off with me.  The next batch going to Girls Love Mail is right after Memorial Day.  You have a few days.  So the next time you sit down to create please stamp an extra card.

If you would like to learn more about this organization please go to Girls Love Mail.  You know how a card or handwritten letter can change your day.  Let’s help to brighten someone’s day.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  If you have a cause that could benefit from handmade cards please contact me.

Don’t forget family when giving back.

Life is all about balance.  As I finish a week of Spring Break I reminded to make time to have fun.  Today is the day I watch a movie, drive go carts, and eat a great dinner (Tara’s choice).  Remember to not only give back to your community and your friends, but also to your family.  Be good to those that you live with directly and probably see you at your best as well as your worst.  So, without much else…go mail a card and share a smile.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes the small things are what matter the most.

I am sure you have heard the saying that it’s not the big things that will break you, but instead all of the little things that add up.  Well, today we are going to look at this from a positive outlook.

What if you smiled more?

What if you mailed the card?

What if you called who was on your mind?

What if you didn’t say something because it wouldn’t help the situation?

What if you said thank you more?

What if you focused on being more grateful?

You get the point, right?

How would your outlook on life change if you simply focused on the positive and being grateful?

This is something I am constantly working on.  And I can tell you I have one specific friend that is the queen of gratefulness.  Just listening and being around her is amazing.  Her attitude is contagious.  Her facebook page is Larissa’s grateful page.  I would encourage you to follow her.  I have served with her and she is real and has been through it, just like you.

So, on this Friday I hope to give back to you with a resource and a way to re-charge.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Re-charge so you can do it again.

Today I am packing up and heading to OnStage!  This is my way of re-charging and getting new ideas for you.

In the meantime I have finished my swaps…

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And I have also finished the card samples for Class next week…

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The invitations are out so let me know when you are coming (and if the invitation is easier to read).

So as I re-charge remember to mail your cards, share your smile, and maybe even grab lunch with that friend of yours you have been meaning to call.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

One little gesture can lead to friendship.

Sometimes it just takes an extra smile or a little bit of effort to make a lasting impression.  This was the case about five years ago.  One of our friend of a friend was having a hard season of life.  We didn’t know her very well but could tell something was going on.  Eventually it came to her birthday and it just seemed to be a horribly bad day for her.  I didn’t know what to do.  It didn’t seem I could help.  But it wasn’t my turn to help.

As I sat and tried to think of how to help my husband was already half dressed and working his way out the door.  He threw his kilt and a shirt on and was working on the seven twists for his laces of those ghillie brogues.  Halfway out the door he blurts out “be back soon”.

On a side note for those of you that know Joel…this is not uncommon.  He will often dart out of the house without me knowing what is going on.  It’s just him and I’ve learned to accept it.

He heads up to the local college and shows up to the library (of all places) with bagpipes.  He proceeds to play happy birthday and give a big squeeze to this girl having a hard time.  Little did I know that she would become a friend for life over that simple gesture.

Here’s the moral of the story.  You never know what kind of impact you will have.  No matter how small but do something.  So, go mail that card, share a smile, or even go play bagpipes (not recommended).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Birthdays, celebrations, and memories.

It’s not about the day especially, but it is about making a memory.  It’s about celebrating with that person and making them feel like they matter.  That’s why we do what we do.  As I sit here with a bucket of cards ready to go out I hope they matter because you do.

This week I was reminded how it feels to receive some happy mail.  It’s a great reminder of why we do what we do when it comes back.  Here’s a glance at the happy mail from this week.

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I will continue to post until I am back to grocery store ads and bills.  Thank you for filling me so I can continue with what I do.

Now go mail a card or share a smile.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂