Sometimes the dog is the one who understands the best.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to give back or pay it forward.

The school year has ended and I know that I have some teachers and parents reading this. I know that you are probably breathing a sigh of relief, at least for a minute, that the routine of homework and hurried dinners is no longer. And with this week being the final week I am sure some of you feel that you have earned every drop of this break.

I know exactly how you feel. It’s been a little crazy here as well. And sometimes I don’t have words and don’t want to deal with one more thing. This is when I look at my beloved, mostly black, standard poodle named Shadow. He stares back at me and he knows. He gets up and sits down at my feet with his head in my lap. He knows I need a minute to stop, breathe, and run my fingers through his curly hair. Do you have a pet that brings everything back into focus for you? Share a picture or comment with me.

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 🙂

Easter Sunday

After finishing a three day show I am tempted to just watch a movie and be done for a bit.  But no…there is a ham to cook.  So while muscles might be stiff from sitting for three days with intermittent spurts of moving tables, etc. there is my other therapy to do.  I love to cook.  Not bake, but cook.  What else do you do to break up the routine?  What do you enjoy?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sundays are for rest. What is your therapy?

Besides papercrafting, can you guess my other kind of therapy?  If you’ve been to many of my classes you can probably guess.  Cooking is another of my therapies.  I don’t bake well (don’t like to measure) but I love to cook.  Not gourmet, just cook.

What do you do to unwind?  Do you hike, just turn off your phone, or take a nap?  Those all sound good for today.  Whatever you do…make sure to unplug so you can come back re-charged.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂