Paying It Forward

Paying It Forward

Paying It Forward

Rochelle, lover of binding, has selected me as one of her “pay it forward recipients.”  Yay! \o/

From her site:

“If you would like to receive a handmade gift from me, and are willing to make and send a handmade gift to three of your blog readers, please let me know in the comments section. Once you accept, you will receive something from me within 365 days. In turn, you will have 365 days to fulfill your end of the pay it forward bargain.”

Do I have three readers?

Tell you what – I’ll pay it forward times three. The first nine responders get something within one year’s time! I can’t promise it’ll be anything spectacular, but it’ll be Something, and hopefully Something That Doesn’t Suck. It’s a little scary for you folks, though, because you don’t have any idea what it might be! A tomato pincushion? A chain made out of construction paper? Fifteen live badgers knitted together with their own tails? Oh, the suspense! 😀

The catch then being, you have to send something along to three of your blog readers, if appropriate. If you don’t have a blog, pick three email correspondents. The only qualifier is it must be hand-made, preferably by you. It can be anything – sewing, jewelry, cookies, woodwork, metalwork, artwork, candy… whatever you can put together and want to send to someone to brighten his or her day.

For my recipients, I’m betting you won’t have to wait a whole year – heck, I’ll probably start making stuff as soon as anyone signs up, even before Rochelle’s item arrives.

If you sign up, what I’d like to hear is this – one color you love, and one color you hate, so I have a baseline to go from and something to avoid. Or, the color of your kitchen. A piece of information I can use to make something you won’t hate.


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8 responses to Paying It Forward

  1. Ginny Cook

    As a long-time Erin Darling fan I would gladly send umpteen handmade somethings (hopefully good somethings) to folks for a chance to get a small handmade anything from the legendary Erin Darling. Colors? Muted earthtones, almond, fern green, autumn leaf colors, looking at an old lathe-turned tall wooden vase filled with dried roadside weeds and prairie grasses.

    I have no blog but now have incentive to search out people that don’t yet know they want my handmade somethings. Thinking of this summer’s herbs now happily infusing some bottles of white wine vinegar with their sun warmed flavors, and of fellow WoW gamer Mark who’s been hinting he missed my oatmeal-raisen cookies…and the other WoW gamers I’ve met. Thanks for the idea Erin. Hope we’re allowed send something back.

  2. Elle Clark

    I definately want to do this! How great it would be to share in our homemade stuff! I am definately in. Just let me know who to send stuff too. And on a personal note some info. on receipient. Have different colors of things, baby blanket, hat, etc. would like to know what type of things the people I am sending to would like! I LOVE This!

  3. Erin

    Ginny – thanks for the colors! I have some stuff I’m looking at I think fits the bill… I just have to figure out what to make out of it. 🙂 I surely won’t argue if you want to send something back and make it a swap!

    Elle – I’d say, to stay in the spirit of the program, pick online acquaintances, maybe from Facebook, blogs you read, or online gaming friends.

    Glad you guys are excited about this, too!

  4. that sounds like fun! i want to make stuff too!

  5. turns out i can’t follow directions because i got excited and didn’t read the whole post. lol the color thing is a good idea, btw. i like pink and i dislike neon colors, eww. 😀

  6. Erin

    Ok, t0ast – lots of electric turquoise coming RIGHT up. 😀

    Ginny, I think I’ve got stuff for you all picked out. Elle, still brainstorming on you. Christina, I’ll see what I’ve got in my stash that’s pink – I’ve been accumulating more lately.

  7. Erin

    Also, I suspect you’ll each get two items, maybe three, because then I have a better chance of you liking it!

  8. Elle Clark

    Oh crap, I didn’t even tell you any colors! Sorry! I like bright colors. I sent my first forward! Jeane from Mason is having a baby girl and I crocheted a baby quilt. She should have it any day now! I would like to send something to you Erin. What colors do you like for your kitchen. Got some neat things! Send me your address if you want something from me. My email is: or you can leave me a message on facebook.

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