Giving back by showing up.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Some days I am talking about sharing your smile or grabbing lunch with a friend. Other times it’s about mailing cards for an 18 year old boy that needs a full mailbox since he has no party or friends. And still at times it is buying the donuts, the pizza, the wrapping paper, and so on.

So for today I am asking you to show up to the many events happening locally. Not only is there Card Class, but there are several other things as well on Saturday.

  • The United Methodist Church in Yucca Valley is holding a craft fair.
  • The United Methodist Church in 29 Palms is holding a parking lot sale.
  • The 29 Palms Elks Lodge is holding their craft fair and car show.
  • The Boys and Girls Club in Yucca Valley is holding a Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser. If you want a dozen please let me know.
  • Farmers Market is happening in Joshua Tree and 29 Palms. (The crepes in 29’s market are so good.)

I am sure there are others, but this is just to get you started. If you don’t show up then there is no reason for the coordinators to keep doing these events. I would encourage you to show up.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Supporting our own.

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

I am so grateful to say that many of you in this crafty family are involved with organizations and people that are committed to making a difference and an impact in our local community.

Last week we talked about birthday cards for Cody’s 18th birthday. So don’t forget to drop off a birthday card or two…or three. 🙂 I will be sending the box on September 23.

But this week we are talking about something a little bit different. One of our very own volunteers with the High Desert Pregnancy Clinic. They are holding their annual fundraiser called “Annual Night for Life” on September 28th at 6:30 pm right here at Hawk’s Landing Golf Course in Yucca Valley. Cost for the ticket is $50 and includes dinner and a guest speaker, Matt Walsh. If you plan to go you will need to get your ticket by September 16 with Brandi at 760-369-8512.

If you volunteer or have something you are involved in and want it to be featured for Friendship Friday please email me at reddoor@stampingwithjoni.com.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Birthday cards are needed!

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

Today’s request comes from one of our own crafters. In a community she is part of, Kabuki Syndrome Parents, there has been a request for cards. Here is what was written:

“Cody is 18 on 9/30 and loves to get mail. So if you can send a card he would love it. He doesn’t have friends to have a party so it would make it special to get a big box of cards from his Kabuki friends.

Cody Chapman

166 Hill Drive

Ronceverte, WV 24970″

And I will add, how about some of his not Kabuki friends? I will be collecting signed birthday cards until September 23 and then sending a box. (If you want to send separately please do.)

Please help to make a milestone birthday special!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Don’t forget to ask for help.

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

When the wave of overwhelm comes over you don’t be afraid to ask for help. And by help I don’t necessarily mean with the workload. Sometimes you need someone to run to the store for you. Sometimes you need a good friend to have a beer or glass of wine with. And sometimes you need to just ask everyone to excuse you for a minute while you re-group.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a minute to catch your breath. This probably won’t work all the time, but on those intense days make sure to grab a second. A good friend will understand, a great friend will buy your favorite bottle of wine, and a best friend will drink it with you.

I am so grateful for my understanding spouse and kid and some great friends and also some best ones.

Remember to take care of yourself. No one else can.

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. 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.

It’s the little nudges.

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

Sometimes it’s the little nudges that keep you going. Yesterday I opened my mailbox to this card.

Good friends know when you are a little weary and need a nudge.

So when you hear that still small voice saying call Jennifer, text John, mail a card…whatever, please answer. Don’t ignore it. There’s a reason you are being nudged. It might just be what someone needs to get over the hump and to not slide back down the hill they just climbed.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Choosing to look at the bright side.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Do you ever look at someone and say “wow, I wish I was their friend”? Some people are truly just the sunshine in the rain. No matter what you throw at them they will find the good in it.

I am not telling you to be fake, but sometimes it truly is at how you look at things and your expectations. Here’s a video on whether it helps you or hurts you.https://www.ted.com/talks/tali_sharot_the_optimism_bias#t-226089.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Hope in a Suitcase.

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

Have you ever thought about fostering a child or teen? Have you thought about how they get moved around a bunch and often are packing everything they have in a trash bag? Hope in a Suitcase is helping to solve this. They give a child going into foster care a suitcase with basic essentials and one or two comfort items (teddy bear).

Would you like to help? Let me know if this is something we should do.

Please check out the website for Hope in a Suitcase at http://www.hopeinasuitcase.org/.

Give me some feedback and tell me if this is something that interests you.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Cardz for Kidz

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. There is an organization that gets cards to kids that are stuck in the hospital. It’s just that simple. If you would like to donate with money or cards here is the website…https://cardzforkidz.org/.

Would you like to collect cards and send to them? Let me know.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Less trash and more color.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. In the last couple of weeks we’ve done some self care and realized how important it is to take care of ourselves. Now I want to get back to helping in the community.

I recently had gone out to eat and the usual box of crayons came out and a coloring sheet for the young child a few booths down. Do you ever wonder what happens to those crayons? They usually get thrown away. So I started looking around to see if there was a way to recycle them. And sure enough there is an organization that does called “The Crayon Initiative” (https://thecrayoninitiative.org/).

The Crayon Initiative’s mission is to keep crayons out of landfills. They get crayons from all over, sort by color, and melt them down to make new crayons. These new crayons get distributed to children’s hospitals across the nation to help support art. Some of you already know that art is therapy. And now kids can too.

If anyone is interested in me collecting crayons for this please let me know by commenting or contacting me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂