Reflection…

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

Since most of us have some extra time to do some thinking right now, have you? Have you been reading some self help books? Taking some extra time for some self care?

This quote came up when I was googling the term “give back”.

What does this mean to you?

For me it is a simple reminder to treat each day as something special. Each day that I wake up is another someone else may not have gotten. Each day I have a chance to make a difference which is not only a choice, but also my duty as I take up space on this planet. So what impact are you looking for or creating today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Living Water Chapel

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

Today I want to announce to you who will be the recipient of the remnants from the Rummage Sale on March 20 and 21. The youth group called “Refuge” comprised of junior and senior high school students from Living Water Chapel will get what is not purchased or picked up in March. They are an active group and have recently begun crafting as one of their creative outlets.

So we are helping them to keep costs low and still have creative impact.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Time to re-focus.

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

As we just finished celebrating the New Year I am constantly reminded to eat healthier, work out, and make resolutions. And yes, I am doing some of that. I am not to the extreme that some are, but I believe taking some time to re-focus is a good thing.

I am looking at my priorities and shifting my focus. I am living by my word for the year, intentional. I want to be more present with what I am doing. I am hoping this will help me to make more impact by not being distracted.

What are your goals for the year? Do you have a theme for your year, week, day, decade?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pick one or two.

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

Did you help an organization on Giving Tuesday? Did you know there was such a thing? Every Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday there is Giving Tuesday. This doesn’t make me feel any less guilty about what I purchased on sale but it does help ease it a bit.

In 29 Palms alone where I live there are over 200+ non-profit organizations. That may sound like only a little but there are only 27,000 in total for population here. Think about it. Each non-profit has to have a governing board, volunteers, etc. So I would encourage you to find your place to make an impact.

With over 200+ organizations you will not go far before someone asks for help. Do not get over-extended, but find your place that speaks to you and go make a difference. If you don’t where or how to start talk to me. Many of the crafters are involved with organizations already and would love some extra help. You don’t need to do a lot but do something. Making a difference in one life may not make a huge ripple in the world but it will make a huge wave in that one life.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂

Tipping Point

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward! Have you ever read the book The Tipping Point? It talks about how one person doing one small thing can start a trend which changes an entire town. When I read this many years ago I decided to start looking at things with the perspective of making impact. So every decision I make gets run through my mission statement if you want to call it that. Does this make impact? It doesn’t have to be a big impact, but it needs to make one.

Do you have a filter that you run your decisions through?

When I woke up and started to scroll through I found this quote that I will leave you with. It is by Desmond Tutu.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put all together that overwhelm the world.”

Here’s to making this place a better one than the one I found one pebble at a time.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Give Big or Small

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  If you didn’t know we just finished the Give Big campaign with the county.  This program is a focused effort on giving for 24 hours.  Non-profits in the local area sign up to “Give Big”.  There are prizes for how many people you get to give, at what time, certain amounts, etc.  Did you participate?  It’s a great way to make your dollar go further.

If you didn’t participate don’t worry, we can still Give Small.  I would encourage you to think (and act) every day to create impact or a ripple in someone else’s life for the better.  It doesn’t matter if someone is matching your dollar or if it is simply a smile to be shared with a stranger.  I would encourage you to just be present in the moment and be aware of how you are affecting others.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

There’s a list this week for cards.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  As you know there are so many ways to create a ripple that are only limited by our imaginations.  Well, this week I am asking you for cards.  There are four this week in the crafty family that can use some lifting up.  Four!

  1. Aaron/Brittany
  2. Betty/Cliff
  3. Sandi
  4. Sharon/Mom

If you want to know what kind of card to create and how to get it to them please contact me.  There are often needs in the community, but this time the needs are right here at home with family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂