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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Pay It Forward

A few days ago, a fellow blogger and new online friend explained a very cool new (to me, anyway) "Pay It Forward" activity for those of us who make things by hand.

This is what she wrote: "I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on this post requesting to join this Pay It Forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog."

I was the 4th in line to respond to the "challenge" and so didn't qualify. But, I said that I'd still like to start the ball rolling on my blog, anyway. But now, as luck would have it, one of the first three participants had to drop out, and so I was bumped up in line! That means that I am going to receive something - 100% handmade - from her! How cool is that?!

What that ALSO means is that the first three of you who respond to me here and vow to Pay It Forward yourselves will get something - 100% handmade - from me! Whadya think of that?!

And, if you want to join but can't think of WHAT you could possibly make, look at it this way: are you a good baker? What about a big batch of your most top-secret-recipe cookies? A loaf or two of rustic, artisan bread? Anything that you can pop in the mail will qualify! Do you knit or crotchet? It's mitten & hat season! Do you paint? A small painting would be . . . unbelievable! Do you write? What about a short, original story? Jewelry, handmade stationery . . . the list goes on and on and on!

So, jump on the bandwagon, and Pay It Forward . . . Handmade-Style!

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