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:

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

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  2. 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!

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

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  4. I would love to participate!

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  5. Great idea! Please count me in.
    Thanks, Livy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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!

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

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  16. 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!

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  17. 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. :)

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

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

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

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

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

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  23. 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!

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  24. 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.

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

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  26. what a lovely idea, i'm in!

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  27. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  32. I would love to get in on this!

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

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

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

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  36. It sounds great - especially the long timeframe!

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