Giving back to you!

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward! Since it’s my birthday today I have decided to give back to you. Without you I wouldn’t be here. I am so grateful that you enjoy classes and support my efforts with your orders. Thank you.

For the full details of this personal promotion please have a look at the email that went out this morning at 6 am or here’s the link…https://mailchi.mp/e5767355abce/birthday-promotion.

Happy Shopping and Crafting to You!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward! Have you ever had a week that no matter what you touch it breaks? This is the kind of week (or month) I’ve been having. Cars, heat, my sinuses (allergies, by the way), and I’m not asking what else. And in the midst of that I remember what’s important…health and friends. The rest is just stuff. Now I have quite a bit that I have fixed and still a few things to finish fixing, but it’s stuff.

Here’s my point…keep it in perspective. Good friends are hard to come by. Health is sometimes hard to come by. But stuff can be replaced. Remember when you are giving back what you are investing in.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Look inside too.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. So many times I talk about what to do to volunteer or how to help those outside your home. What about inside? How do you treat those that you live with?

I want to encourage you today to do something special for those closest to you. It doesn’t have to involve spending money. Write a nice note, smile more, have a better attitude…and on and on and on.

For me it is often how I handle things when I am tired and cranky. Do I just say I am tired and need a little space? No. Usually it involves a bit of drama. I want to encourage you to be honest with those you love and not make drama where it doesn’t need to be.

So hug those you love a little longer or a little harder. You never know when you may not be able to any longer.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back to the next generation.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. As you read this I will be standing in front of the students of Yucca Valley High School for a Career Exploration Day. I will be talking to them about how to think outside the box. I will be showing them how to live a great life with a creative career that doesn’t require college or a desk job.

This is one of the many reasons I love Stampin’ Up! It’s independent. I can do what I want (to a point). It doesn’t require a ton of education but just a willingness to learn. And the drive to get things done on your own.

I wanted to give back to the generation coming up. I wanted them to know there were options. I wanted them to be educated from all angles, not just what school was teaching them. So I teach creativity and do fairs like this to show people that it is okay to be different.

What do you do to help the next generation?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Say thank you.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. I don’t know about you but I love when the littlest things get a thank you.

If you didn’t go to Bingo on Friday you missed out. The food was decent, the company was fun and light, and I didn’t win at all. But the 29 Community Food Pantry did and that was the point. And after all was said and done and I was back home I got a text from my beloved friend that was coordinating this event. It was simple yet elegant. “Thank you for coming. I hope you had a good time.” She always remembers.

My point is this, don’t forget the little things. The thank you makes all the difference.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Unless you haven’t heard it from me recently…THANK YOU! Thank you for reading this blog and being an integral part of this crafty family.

Give back to those closest to you.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day we focus on giving back or paying it forward. I want to do a gentle reminder to love on those closest to us. Sometimes we look outward to help and come home to be grumbly, tired, and worn out. Every once in a while make sure you are appreciating those that are closest to you. Here’s my story for that.

Yesterday started out like any other day. I was a little hurried in what I was doing so I was being a bit short with those around me. I got done, packed, and ready with a couple minutes to spare. I apologized to hubby (Joel) for being short and wished I didn’t have a reason to apologize. Just another example of imperfection. I strive for better but sometimes things happen. I went through my day in the rain so I wasn’t myself. (I live in Southern California in the desert so rain is not part of every day life.)

When I get home he decides to cook dinner. We had tomato soup and grilled cheese which was a perfect warm ending to a long day. And the touch that made it just perfect…bacon roses. He had not forgotten Valentine’s Day. He had just made it his own.

I don’t say this for bragging rights, but instead it was a wake-up call for me. Be good to those you live with, love, and call your own.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Be kind.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. I was reminded by a quote that said…”Repetitive complaining will attract things for you to complain about. Repeated gratitude will attract things for you to be thankful about.”

I can bring all these great events and places to volunteer, but if there is not the right attitude in me it is for naught. So for today I will not be talking about Bingo or Quilts or anything else. Today I will remind each of us, including myself, to be kind. To really focus on being kind.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back locally.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Last week I talked about the quilt raffle and bingo on the 15th benefiting the 29 Palms Community Food Pantry. These tickets are still available. Contact me if you want to go or get tickets.

But this week is another opportunity. Today I am bringing you the Parade of Homes coordinated by Reach Out Morongo Basin. It is on Sunday, February 17 of Presidents’ weekend. You will get to walk through 5 eclectic homes starting in Morongo Valley and ending in 29 Palms. One house even has a wall that spins. Your $25 ticket includes the tour of the five homes, lunch at the Park Rock Cafe, and live music. If you have any questions you can contact me or Robin at Reach Out Morongo Basin (760-361-1410).

Remember to look local first before driving down the hill or shopping online.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Two ways to give back!

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. I have been approached by a dear friend, mentor, and fellow crafter. Lori is President of the Board for the 29 Palms Community Food Pantry. Currently the Food Pantry is holding not one, but two, fundraisers. So here are the details for each.

The first fundraiser is a night of Bingo at the Elks Lodge here in 29 Palms on Friday, February 15. Would you like to go with me and have some fun? There will be stamping (hopefully a blackout) and prizes!

The second fundraiser is less expensive and it is not an event. If you would like to purchase tickets for a chance to win this quilt please let me know.

The quilt was handmade by Susan Lunn and donated for this drawing. It is approximately 4’X4′. Tickets are 6 for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Board Meeting on February 25.

All proceeds go to the 29 Palms Community Food Pantry. If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets for either of these fundraisers please contact me.

I love when my fellow crafters make it so easy to give back. If you are a Red Door Crafter and involved with an organization that would like to be featured on Friendship Friday please contact me. I am always looking for new ways to give back and encouraging you to get involved. Our ripples become waves.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Being nice to yourself.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Sometimes it’s the simple things that mean so much. It’s not always about buying a stranger’s cup of coffee. Sometimes it means getting on the floor to play with your kid. It might mean putting your phone away so you can be completely present with the person talking to you. Or you could learn the name of the cashier checking you out or the barista making your coffee. You could cook your spouse’s favorite dinner. There are so many ways to give back. Most of them are small gestures for the giver. But for the one receiving you never know when that is the little help needed that will get them back moving again.

So, for today, try to just smile more. Be conscious of it. Recently the sun has not been out and with the gray skies often come gloomy faces. See how a simple facial change makes the world a better place.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂