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 🙂

Mentoring the next generation.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Today is the day that I say thank you. Thank you for your support and trusting me to lead this crafty group. Thank you for giving not only to me, but also to the community.

I bet you’re wondering what I am talking about. This morning the Rubber Rummage Sale was wrapped up. I collected, sold, and now donated. Thank you to those that brought product to sell and eventually donate. This year’s recipient was the PLUS program at the school district.

The PLUS program helps those students that have learning disabilities and also those that have gone through something traumatic or life-altering. This program allows them to learn in a non-traditional manner. Instead of a classroom setting all day they alternate between classwork and visual therapies. One day they might teach how to paint or another might be sewing. So now they can papercraft as well.

Who knows who next year’s recipient may be. Please keep your ears and eyes open throughout the year. I will ask for suggestions when the 5th Annual Rubber Rummage Sale is announced in February 2020. It will be here before we know it. So, for now, go make an impact no matter how small or big!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s the small things.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Last week I talked about listening. This week I want to talk about the details.

When you are in a relationship with a spouse, significant other, or friend it is often the little things that will drive you crazy. It’s not the big things that usually break us. It’s that little thing that is done over and over again.

As much as this is about the negative, it can also be about the positive. Remember to pay attention if their hair was cut recently. If there is a new outfit. Or simply if they called you. Say thank you more. Mail the card or note.

The small things add up to make a difference.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Just listen.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Instead of thinking about what to do or buy to make someone feel better, loved, or wanted maybe it’s just time to listen. I learned this from my daughter this week. She was on the phone, yes phone, not texting or messaging, and just being a friend. One of her friends had a difficult day and she was laying on her bed with ear buds (headphones) and simply just listening. Not really talking but listening. Not giving advice but just being present for her friend.

This was a great reminder for me to set aside time to just be present for those closest to me. So I will ask you, how often do you truly listen to those around you?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s the little things.

It’s Friendship Friday! Today is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Sometimes it’s the little things that really help to keep you going. Usually the big things are great for a picture moment but, at least for me, they don’t seem to last as long. It’s the little details that people catch that are amazing.

For me it’s when I am in the middle of a craft fair (much like I am now) and Joel says “what can I make for you for lunch”. Or “I already packed your truck for you”. It’s not the huge stuff, like planning a vacation, but the little every day things that make life easier for me.

I don’t say this to brag but to illustrate a point. It’s the details that matter. How do you help with the details?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Tourists…

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Spring is in the air and the flowers are blooming. What does this mean? For some it means allergies. Others it means warmer weather is coming. For many it means it is the beginning of tourist season. With that comes people that are lost, drive too slow, and just generally don’t fit in. Be patient. Smile. Explain with some patience. Show them some kindness. Thank them for visiting.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂