Giving back to a business.

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

I know when we say give back or pay it forward you think of people. You think of sharing a smile, mailing a card, or even paying for someone’s coffee. But do you ever think about giving back to a business?

There are several ways you can give back to a business. Here are just a few examples.

  • Go in regularly to shop and purchase items.
  • Tell them thank you.
  • Be nice.
  • Share or like their social media.
  • Tell others about them.
  • Write reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, their website, and more.

I would encourage you to do at least one of these things for a local business that you like and trust. You never know what little thing will keep them going.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s the little things.

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

Recently I have been putting it together that people come in to your life to often finish your puzzle. Some of my best friends and/or mentors do just that for me.

My father was very soft-spoken and my mother made up for dad. I always wish that dad was a bit louder but it wasn’t him. This is probably one of the many reasons one of my closest friends is not afraid to speak up.

With my family dynamic compliments were hard to come by. So I have several mentors that do nothing but encourage me. It’s amazing to me how just a simple touch to my hand, a look in the eyes, a smile, and a sincere compliment can do so much. They did not know this but it is amazing how what is missing or longed for gets filled.

Thank you to my friends that do this for me.

Do you have close friends in your inner circle to encourage you? Does someone come to mind? I sincerely hope you do.

Until next time…I will see you across the creative table.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!

And sometimes they ask.

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

Some days you have to read someone’s mind to find out what they want and some days they come out and tell you. Well, today is your lucky day. I am going to come out and tell you. There is a veteran asking for Valentine’s Day cards and we can do that!

This veteran is 104 years old and survived World War II. He also happens to be a scrapbooker.

If you would like to send a Valentine’s Day card to this gentleman please mail it to:

Operation Valentine

ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)

The Oaks at Inglewood

6725 Inglewood Avenue

Stockton, CA 95207

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When a friend says to text you when you get home.

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

Do you have that one special friend that says “hey, I know you are driving far today…text me when you get home”? Are you lucky enough to have a couple?

I have a couple of those friends that always seem to know when I am going through a rough patch or need an extra check-in. For example, yesterday I was driving a ways to deliver some orders and I had one friend that said “let me know when you get home”. I am usually the one to say something like this.

Do you know how nice it is for someone to ask this from the other side? I had forgotten since it’s been awhile.

Who do you check in on? Who checks in on you?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When all you need is a note.

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

Have you ever opened your mailbox to find nothing but bills and junk mail? As I sulk back to the house and look to see what is on sale at the grocery store I wish there was more. And some days you get just that…more.

So yesterday was that day for me. I opened my mailbox to some junk mail, probably a bill or two, and then a couple of special pieces. There was a big envelope and a smaller one. The smaller one I knew was a handmade card that came just as I needed a pick me up. I love how connected I feel to many crafters. There are a few that are especially close.

And the bigger envelope had about thirty thank you notes from the kids (high schoolers) that I presented to in December. Every single one was special but of course a few stand out.

As I am reminded of the great feeling I have opening my mailbox to something more than the every day routine things I have to tell myself to be better about mailing out “just because” cards.

What do you need to work on?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Fisher House

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

Well, the day finally came this week when I shipped off a little over 50 cards to the Fisher House! Thank you to all that participated. The next batch will go out at the end of March. So get your Easter cards ready.

If you don’t know what the Fisher House does please check it out at https://www.fisherhouseinstl.org/. We have chosen the St. Louis one because they are accepting cards and that is where Carol moved to. She wanted to give back to her new community and I told her we would help.

So get your fingers ready because the next batch will go out at the end of March.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

New Year New Friends.

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

If you haven’t heard it enough…Happy New Year! Do you challenge yourself with resolutions or do you just keep going because life is great already? I have several goals for the new year. Work out, be able to run a 5K, keep growing the business, get Tara into college, and a few more. Another of mine is to meet new people.

I think giving back is to be kind even if it is just crossing someone in a coffee shop. There is always room for another kind person that might become a friend.

How do you make friends?

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 🙂

It’s the little things.

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

For me it’s the little things and the thought that counts. I love the big baskets and the wine and the chocolate, but I also know how important the little things are. I love the gifts with thought.

It’s the bread from Jan who just had back surgery and I know it took a bunch of effort to stand and bake this year.

It’s the cute coffee cup from Cheryl with a gift card for Starbucks that matters. I love that she included a gift card since that is where we meet.

It’s the necklace wired by Linda that just started back in her crafting.

Please remember it’s the little things that make a difference.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

New Year’s Resolutions

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

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Do you not?

As I look at what has been accomplished this year (and what has not) I realize that there is not a spot for how I give back or pay it forward. I tend to always find a way to give back, but I often don’t have a plan. Do you put money or time aside to do good?

So as I start to plan for my resolutions I will add a spot for how much in time or money I want to give at a minimum, not a maximum.

Do you have a plan on how to give back?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂