Monday, April 9, 2012

Paying It Forward

About a year ago now (and I can hardly believe it's been that long already) I participated in a pay-it-forward giveaway with Hollie from The Undercover Crafter. The rules were simple: She had one year to make me a handmade gift. All I had to do was agree to pay-it-forward to someone else within one year myself. Well, I got Hollie's lovely gifts a few weeks ago—that's right, she didn't send just one thing, but three!

Think maybe she's noticed how much I love the x-and-plus block? : ) This fun little potholder (featuring two of my favorite hard-to-find lines, Park Slope by Erin McMorris and Deer Valley by Joel Dewberry) has already gotten lots of use around the kitchen.

 And this dish towel trimmed with Ruby Star Rising is really brightening up the place as well!

And finally, she sent me this gorgeous linen shadow-dot-print cowl! It's incredible—it looks so fabulous with my red peacoat. Sadly, it's been such a warm spring I haven't had much chance to wear it yet, but never fear, it's Wisconsin. There will be plenty of opportunities forthcoming.

Thank you so, so much, Hollie! What a fun surprise to open my mailbox and find your thoughtful, beautiful gifts.

And now of course, this means it's my turn to pay it forward. If you'd like to participate and receive a handmade item from me, just leave a comment on this post. I'll choose two random winners tomorrow morning. The winners only have to agree to pay it forward to someone else in turn. And again, I have one year to make my pay-it-forward items. I can't stress this enough. Expect me to use the full year, because that's just how I roll. LOL.

Have a wonderful week!

39 comments:

tinkingalong said...

I love the idea of paying it forward, and doing it a leisurely pace. I'd like to participate!

Patchwork and Play said...

I vaguely remember agreeing to a 'pay-it-forward' to a blogger some time ago! Your post has just reminded me of it!! It is a lovely idea and I'd love to participate if Mr R.G. picks me!

Debbie said...

The pay it forward thing is fun! Please count me in. Thanks, Lee!

Jess said...

I would love to participate!

Livy said...

Great idea! Please count me in.
Thanks, Livy

Marika said...

I'd also love to pay-it-forward to someone !!

thatmoxiegirl said...

I'd love to participate. :) how fun. Plus, a year is totally my timeframe.

Patti said...

This sound like so much fun, and the timeline is perfect too. Hope the RG picks me!

kari said...

I would love to pay it forward. A year sound great!!!

Needle little Balance said...

I really like this idea (and the timeframe *lol*) so I´d like to participate!

Jeanne said...

Paying it forward sounds like a lot of fun! I'd love it if you pick me.

NW Patchwork said...

That's why I love the blogging community and I'm glad I finally joined in. You could just about pick anyone and know they would absolutly "appreciate" a hand made item. We all know how much time is involved with each project!! Thanks for the opportunity--I would love to pay it forward too.

capitolaquilter said...

I've been reading about Pay It Forward. Quilters are so generous by nature, it's a perfect concept for us all and I'd love to play.

Donna said...

Such a sweet idea. I love your work (which is why I read your blog) and always get so many good ideas, and I would love a reason to bless someone with a gift also!

Heidi Staples said...

Sign me up...I'd love to be a part of this!

Kelsey said...

I'd love to participate!

Unknown said...

Hi there,

We should have more "pay-it-forward" in the world. And I would love to participate! Doing little, nice things for people always has a double-positive affect: for you and the person you do it for! Have to tell a little story about paying-it-forward...I managed to find a bolt of the Green Bandana Katie Jump Rope and knowing that I have a quilter friend who is struggling a bit with he husband out of work, I decided to purchase some for her. Her expression was priceless when I gave it to her. Just a wonderful look on her face!

Thanks for the chance to participate!

Paskiaq said...

I love this! I love making things for other people and the idea of making their day by sending them a surprise on an unexpected day. :)

Taryn said...

You got some great stuff! I really like the potholder. I'd like to participate!

tmcc4 said...

I love the idea of a pay it forward! I want to participate.. :) love what she made you! :)

Amanda said...

Love the idea, I think I'll run one on my blog too just for kicks! Count me in.

Cherie said...

Sounds like a great idea. I'd love to join in =D

audrey said...

What a lovely idea! And what lovely gifts you received! :)

Lisa C said...

Don't count my comment because I'm a better giver than receiver - but I totally get a kick out of seeing what other people do in the paying it forward category. Please make sure you post (in 11 months and 29 days) what you send to your winner! Hopefully they won't move!

Loy said...

What a wonderful idea. I I am not picked here, I am going to pick someone to "pay it forward" to and just start a new round.

Annie said...

I love the absolute randomness of paying it forward with a year to play. National Pay it Forward is everyday! Count me in!

Lynn said...

what a lovely idea, i'm in!

peacedgoods said...

I would love to be in on this. and I am great as a receiver, but also love to give. whenever someone admires an item around my house that I made, I always send them home with it. that way, they get a handmade gift and I don't have to worry about wheather they like it.

Melissa said...

That is such an interesting idea! I would love to participate too! And with a 1 year timeline, is right up my alley!

Bree said...

Having a year to make something sounds like fun -& a random surprise is always good!

Bree said...

Having a year to make something sounds like fun -& a random surprise is always good!

noodledogknits said...

Oh, I really love this! I absolutely love getting handmade goodies in the mail.

Sarah said...

I would love to get in on this!

Jenn said...

I did this a few years ago on Facebook and it was so much fun. I'd love to do it again.

Susan said...

Me me me!

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, please! (gurteens@gmail.com)

wannabequilter.com said...

Wow! That is so awesome! I'd love to participate!
trainerjulie at gmail [dot] com

Richard Healey said...

Sounds fun

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Robin noteverstill said...

It sounds great - especially the long timeframe!

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