Giving back locally.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  It has been brought to my attention that one of our local places that gives so much back during Christmas (and the rest of the year too) has been hit hard with some changes recently.


Food For Life is accepting donations for toys for the kids.  This year Toys for Tots is NOT donating toys to any local non-profits.  Therefore any donation of toys would be most welcomed.  I am most happy to collect and then deliver so please contact me.


If you know a family that is in need of Christmas toys, please have them call Reach Out Morongo Basin to sign up for one (760-361-1410).  The toy  will be picked up at the Christmas meal.  The first 300 names will be getting toys.


Food For Life will be serving Christmas dinner at Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road from 3-5 on Saturday, December 22.  I am sure they can use all the help you are willing to give so please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Knowledge is power.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  I firmly believe that in order to give back we need to have knowledge which turns to wisdom.  I continuously read to keep myself on top of what is going on.

Recently I came across an interesting article in Success that lists out ways to be extraordinary.  Give it a quick read and maybe you will get some new ideas on how to give back.

https://www.success.com/126-ways-to-be-extraordinary/?fbclid=IwAR23RXBUBIbfsc_imiHyygTsa0RteMq5PBkwIhdhTjqon3r9wOV2145vfyc

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back to our community.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  Today’s post hits a little close to home.  Lori Cosgriff, a good friend of mine, is asking for volunteers.

Lori is President of the 29 Palms Food Pantry and is asking for volunteers to help run the pantry.  You can give as little time as an hour to days.  I know that whatever you say will be honored.  Lori is not only a friend but also a fellow crafter, philanthropist, and mentor.  If you can give some time please contact me so I can get you more details and in touch with Lori.  If you don’t have time but have a few extra dollars I will make sure it goes to the food pantry.

Some days a smile is enough and sometimes the call is to give of your time and/or money.  Please let me know how I can help you get connected with our community.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When your company gives back.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  I don’t know about you but today I feel lucky.  Lucky to be upright and ready to go.  Lucky to be able to do what I do creatively.  And lucky that you are in my life.

Recently I returned from OnStage and I feel lucky to be part of a company that cares.  Yes, cares.  I paid for my ticket, got on a plane, and checked in to my hotel.  I attended the first session, then the next, and finally the last one.  The friendships I have made are invaluable.  But one other thing stands out.  My company cares.

I had multiple employees stop and ask me how I was, how the business was, etc.  The CEO stopped to take pictures.  My coach brought me chocolate as a pick me up for that day that I was struggling with some weariness.  And, last but not least, the giveaways.  I came home with multiple bags, storage organization, stamps, paper, and more.  I feel extremely lucky that a company would take the time to put back in to me so I can be successful.

If you want to be a part of this crazy family please contact me.  It’s a pretty amazing feeling to be loved by your chosen family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Passion helps volunteering to thrive.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  Today hits a little close to home as it is about my husband, Joel.  Joel is a musician through and through and if you don’t know him he is either on or off.  He is either sleeping or going a million miles an hour.  So it is probably no surprise to you when I say that his passion of music is also where he volunteers.

He volunteers at the local high school helping with the marching band.  He teaches music theory, fixes instruments, listens to the kids, and pretty much anything else to keep the band in step.  I am not saying all of this to have someone pat me or him on the back.  What I am saying is that I find it very interesting that if the field where you are asked to volunteer is your passion it is so much easier to be willing to give your time.

So look at what you are passionate about.  If it’s sewing, maybe ask the neighbor kid if she or he would like to learn.  Cooking, then teach someone your favorite recipe.  Figure out what is fun for you and pass it on.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Give Big or Small

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  If you didn’t know we just finished the Give Big campaign with the county.  This program is a focused effort on giving for 24 hours.  Non-profits in the local area sign up to “Give Big”.  There are prizes for how many people you get to give, at what time, certain amounts, etc.  Did you participate?  It’s a great way to make your dollar go further.

If you didn’t participate don’t worry, we can still Give Small.  I would encourage you to think (and act) every day to create impact or a ripple in someone else’s life for the better.  It doesn’t matter if someone is matching your dollar or if it is simply a smile to be shared with a stranger.  I would encourage you to just be present in the moment and be aware of how you are affecting others.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sorting through junk mail.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  Just yesterday I gave a presentation on the power of thank you notes.  One of the illustrations I used was a box full of junk mail.  This box was full of ads, political brochures, and a local newspaper.  There was one handmade card in the bottom in between all of the circulars.  You should have seen the look on the kid’s face when they found the card.

As she sorted through the box…junk, junk, junk, junk, junk, ENVELOPE, junk, junk.  (You get the idea.)  When she got to that card her whole face lit up.  She was special.   Someone had thought of her.  It was more than a coupon for a taco.  For me it was a great reminder of what joy a card can bring.

This is a nudge that what we do is important no matter how small.  So send that card to bring a smile and a reminder to that recipient that they are special.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

There’s a list this week for cards.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  As you know there are so many ways to create a ripple that are only limited by our imaginations.  Well, this week I am asking you for cards.  There are four this week in the crafty family that can use some lifting up.  Four!

  1. Aaron/Brittany
  2. Betty/Cliff
  3. Sandi
  4. Sharon/Mom

If you want to know what kind of card to create and how to get it to them please contact me.  There are often needs in the community, but this time the needs are right here at home with family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Companies give back.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back and paying it forward.  I know everyone shops, so today I am going to encourage you to shop smarter.  Many companies are now giving back and it often impacts right down to where you choose.

For example, Amazon now has Amazon Smile.  A percentage of your order goes back to a non-profit of your choice.  It’s the same shopping experience but with a bigger smile.

Many of our crafters are involved with giving back by serving on non-profit boards or volunteering.  Here are just a few:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Yucca Valley
  • Yucca Valley Music Boosters
  • Theatre 29
  • Hi Desert Cultural Center
  • Tuba Christmas
  • All Things Kabuki
  • 4-H
  • Hearts
  • Morongo Basin Humane Society
  • Twentynine Palms Rotary
  • Copper Mountain College Foundation
  • 29 Palms Food Pantry

So if you haven’t chosen a non-profit to give to when shopping on Amazon you have some choices.  With a little bit of effort we can make those dollars stretch just a bit further.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

Giving Back for World Card Making Day!

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day I encourage you to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  I don’t know if you are aware but the first Saturday in October is known as World Card Making Day.  Since I will be vending at the Gem & Mineral Show at the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree I figured I could give back to you.  Anyone that stops by my booth on Saturday will be able to create a card to send to brighten someone’s day for FREE!  This is my way of celebrating World Card Making Day!  So come on by and share a smile, a stamp, and some ink to create something that will make an impact in someone’s mailbox.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  See you soon!