Giving back locally.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Today’s topic is very close to home. In fact it lives in my home and has since I got married. It’s band life. Jazz, marching, choir, dixie, rock, ska, drum line, swing, metal…you name it I bet it’s been played in this house.

As most of you know I took on president of the Yucca Valley Music Boosters Association on June 1. I knew I could make a difference or an impact not only on my daughter’s senior year, but on 200 other kids as well. No, I wasn’t looking for another project but sometimes you just have to get it done.

I know you’re sitting here reading this thinking where’s the hook? How much will this cost me this time? Yes, it will cost, but only if you choose to participate. I am asking everyone if they would like to give $20 (more or less). I will combine whatever comes in to be given under the name of the “Red Door Crafters”. I will be collecting until September 15.

Here are the sponsorship packages so you know what they look like.

If you want to give on your own you can go to http://www.yvhsmusic.com.

If you can’t give or would simply like to see what happens then come to an expo, game, or event. Tonight is the first one at 6:30 at Yucca Valley High School. Let me know that you are coming since it’s on the back side of the campus.

Thank you for being a part of this crazy, crafty group.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. If you have a cause or organization you are passionate about please email me details at reddoor@stampingwithjoni.com. I would love to feature anything our “family” is giving towards for our give back Fridays.

Breaking up the routine.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today’s your day to break out of your routine. So what are your plans today? For me, I slept in a little and then will be going to Drum Corps International (DCI) this afternoon. I will be watching the professionals with their shows and their drums and…This translates to me getting some great kettle corn and a snow cone. My daughter and hubby (the musicians) will enjoy it and I will enjoy people watching and the snacks.

Do you more times than not have no idea what you want to do? Does the summer seem to slip away? Then have a bucket list. Brainstorm and have a few things you want to do. That way when you don’t have a clue you can pull from the bucket. Time will slip away regardless but it will feel hopeless if you don’t take advantage of it. Don’t let it pass you by.

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!

It’s a super rest day.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is a day of rest for me. What is it for you?

Today I get a day of rest with awesome commercials. Yes, I watch the Super Bowl…for the commercials and the halftime show. Not really for the game.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sale Saturday

It’s Sale Saturday!  The only promotion is from yesterday.  It’s not a corporate promotion but one through me and it was announced yesterday.  It runs through the end of the month.  If you donate to the Yucca Valley Music Boosters $20 or more you will come to Card Class for FREE next month.  If you donate $50 or more you will come to Class for FREE and you will be included in the Host Appreciation Event that is held as a VIP get together for all my hosts.  If you would like to donate simply go to Band Site (www.yvhsmusic.com).  When you have a receipt simply screenshot to me privately to count for your free class.

If you would like to order online please use host code BH6BMG4R to help Jodi.  If you prefer to order in person simply contact me.  This host code will close out on Monday at 9 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by focusing.

As many of you know I am married to a professional musician.  And for those of you that know me even better, you know that my daughter is a budding musician as well.  With that being said I am pulling our segment on rest today straight from the staff lines of a musical score.

Do you know the purpose of a rest in music?  It is to give emphasis on a certain section (brass, woodwinds, percussion, etc.) while other sections are quiet.  It is also used after a difficult section in the music to allow the muscles to regain their composure so tone does not suffer.

So, you are probably asking what this has to do with crafting.  I want to remind you that it is okay to rest, especially after a huge project is finished or if it is just not coming together.  The ability to rest might just give you the edge to regain focus and create a masterpiece.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Thank you for filling me up.

Sometimes you don’t even realize when you fill someone up, give back, or pay it forward.  (It just depends on how you want to say it.)  Well, I was filled to the brim last night.  Tara, my daughter, had her concert last night (and first solo) and I was able to take off at 3:30, pick up a friend of hers, grab a pizza, and enjoy her concert.  There was no guilt of what else I was missing.  No thought that I should be home making calls, finishing paperwork, etc. like with the previous business.  Thank you for your support in this.  Here is a photo from last night.

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Without you coming to class, ordering, and just making my job enjoyable I wouldn’t be able to have moments like this.  Thank you.

Without you knowing it you gave back.  Now I’m not saying you’re completely off the hook but THANK YOU.  If you have a card to mail go do that.  If not, go create one.  Share a smile, a coffee, whatever it takes.  You never know when you will make a difference.

Here’s to creating impact through creativity!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Music helps.

Have you felt that your creative mojo is gone?  Every time you sit down is your scrap mat still blank?  Change your environment.  Come to drop in times.  Change your scent in the warmer.  Turn your music up!  And sometimes, the hardest part, is to just get into your crafty area.  The laundry and the dishes are always calling.

For me the biggest change is to walk away from the chores and turn the music up.  What do you have to do to get your creativity flowing?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂