Happy Monday! Happy Mojo Monday!!
This week our challenge is to share a little handmade kindness.
Wendy and I have had many conversations over the last couple of years about the meaning behind why we are paper crafting. Yes, we love seeing all the products as they arrive in the store, and we have so much fun hosting & attending classes and learning new techniques from some of the most creative and talented people in this industry. From a business perspective, there’s a lot of “homework” that goes along with being a small business owner. From a personal perspective, the value gained by owning this business has come from far beneath the paper racks and ink displays, far beyond the painting and the spraying – it’s about the feeling you get when you create something with your hands. It’s about the people we have met, who understand the joy brought by sharing what you’ve made. We are so proud to be a part of this wonderful community that we can share creativity and laughs with 🙂
At the beginning of this month, Jennifer McGuire, who many of us know for her incredible cards, enthusiasm for paper crafting, and work with such great companies as Hero Arts, launched a Share Handmade Kindness Challenge on her blog. Both Wendy and I immediately were drawn to this idea because it reinforces exactly what we believe to be true about one of the meanings behind our crafting.
Here’s how Jennifer describes the challenge:
“I think every one of us can agree that we love to create — cards, scrapbook pages, treats, and more. Making things by hand makes us happy. And when we share these creations with others, we also share that happiness. There’s nothing better! It’s a simple act of kindness that can brighten someone’s day and leave a lasting impression… and our world needs more kindness.
So, wouldn’t it be fun to encourage each other to turn the joy of creating into the kindness of giving? I hope you will join me here during the month of November for a “Share Handmade Kindness Challenge.” Each week throughout the month, we’ll challenge each other to share an act of handmade kindness with someone. Any act of kindness made with the hands from the heart counts! We’ll support each other in sharing these acts of handmade kindness with friends and family, children facing challenges, those who work in our communities (nurses, teachers, etc.), and complete strangers who may need a smile.”
Jennifer will post a new Kindness challenge each week. This week is to share kindness with Friends and Family.
“Participating is easy. Simply make and GIVE something to a friend or family member. It can be a card, sweet treat, handwritten note – anything made by the hand, from the heart counts. It is that simple! The more you give, the better. This is all about spreading kindness… especially when it is least expected. That’s it.”
To watch Jennifer’s video to tell you a little more about it, click here.
This weekend, The Paperie hosted it’s 21st Retreat weekend. Again, we were delighted to have spent the entire weekend, relaxing, creating and having fun with our friends. I arrived home last night, had some time to unwind and hang out with my family and then sat down to read my emails. There was the sweetest message there from one of our retreat participants, someone who is no stranger to our local crafting community. Her words of “thank you” are kind and thoughtful, and so very much appreciated xo. We too are thankful for her and her words of kindness.
Coincidentally, at my boys’ school this month they are hosting an “Acts of Kindness” week. My staff at school completes a weekly activity known as “Colleagues thanking Colleagues” where we take a few moments to write down a quick thank you to someone on staff who has done something kind for us that week at work. It’s amazing what a little handwritten note of thanks can do to brighten your day. 🙂
As a personal note of thanks, I would like to thank Wendy and Tina, whom without their time and efforts, our Retreat would not have been possible -or awesome! Special thanks to Tina’s Mom and Dad who helped us pack up the store, and Uhaul it to and from The Paperie. Thank you to my husband and my mom who operated our kid taxi this weekend to and from the rink while I was away. Oh, and thank you to mother-in-laws who make amazing apricot cake!!
So there you have it, you are challenged to take a few moments this week to share kindness with your friends and family. Follow Jennifer’s blog for updates as to what her new kindness challenge will be this week.
We would love for you to share your acts of handmade kindness with us. Kindness can grow when shared…
How do you share your creations with us??
- Upload your creation to the Mojo Monday Gallery on our Facebook page.
- Tweet your creation using our Twitter handle
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org