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!

You never know…

It’s Friendship Friday and this is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  I have to say you never know when you will be impacted by someone’s “small” deed.  Between Joel (hubby) and I we had asked for about two weeks to help with the marching band specifically.  Funds were down and it was looking pretty destitute.  Every one of you that helped, THANK YOU!  We raised over $2000 in that short time.  You showed up in a big way and I thank you.  You touched me and my family.

So I will leave you with this video since you never know who you will touch and what impact you may have.  It might be something little to you, but it could change someone’s whole world around.

Ripples Create Waves video (https://www.facebook.com/TheBornsLegend/videos/2005785579741137/)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Call a friend.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  When you have had a hectic week remember to take a minute to re-charge.

This week has been pretty crazy for me.  First my truck stopped working on Wednesday and had to get a tow home.  Then the computer updated yesterday and everything was missing or wrong.  After I got the truck to the shop and the computer back up I stood up and took a deep breath.  As I exhaled I whispered, “not today, I still won”.

For many of you that know me well, you know that I view much of life as a game.  Life is often not fair, but it is a challenge.  Most things I view as hurdles to get over.  And some days there are many hurdles or they are higher than usual and I choose to go around.  Life is almost always entertaining if viewed through the right lens.

I am not writing this for sympathy, but instead so you can have a glimpse of how I re-charge.  After all was accomplished and brought back to square one I sat down and called a dear friend.  I caught up with a dear crafter that has moved that I miss.  I am so grateful for good people in my life.  The stuff will be fixed, replaced, or thrown through an open window but people are something to cherish.  I appreciate the time friends invest in me and I hope I put as much back into them as they do me.

I would encourage you today to reach out to someone that is on your mind.  There is a reason.  That call or letter or message might be just what your friend needs to get back on their feet.  Or better yet it might be just what you need too.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  Today’s blog post hits home to me because it affects my own.  Here is what is going on.  The marching band program up at the high school where my daughter attends is in jeopardy of not being able to compete due to lack of funds.  So here is how I am giving back.  Anyone that donates $20 or more from now until the end of September will come to the next Card Class for FREE!  If you donate $50 or more you will come to the next Card Class FREE and be invited to the host appreciation.

So here is what you have to do.  Go to Band Site (www.yvhsmusic.com) and donate.  When it says confirmed or submitted take a screenshot and send it to me via text, email, or message.  Basically send it to me privately.  This is your “receipt” for Card Class and the Host Appreciation.

Thank you for being part of this crazy crafty family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Knowing your strengths.

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

There are so many ways to give back.  The ways to help stretch as far as your imagination.  But, I will warn you, sometimes you have to know your strengths.  Let me give you an example.

I have an acquaintance that got their car stuck in the sand.  I can help by sharing the message, but I wouldn’t go pull him out myself.  I know I don’t have the right equipment, strength, or knowledge.

Knowing when to help or not to help are valuable insights.  Remember if you can’t help you might be in the way and hinder the progress instead of assist.  Just a thought as we go about this day.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂