Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Paying it forward

Many months ago, my friend over here posted a pay-it-forward type of post on her blog. The premise of her post was that the first five people who commented would get something made by her, with the understanding that you would now make something for five people.

I signed up because I love everything she makes. Did I mention that she's super-crafty and I am, well, not? But I signed up anyway, figuring I could figure out later how to do a pay-it-forward myself. And then months went by and I forgot about it. An honest mistake really.

Until last week, when she gave me a handmade bag. One that can be used to tote around kids diapers etc., as well as my personal items, without looking like I'm carrying a diaper bag. She had made herself one awhile back and I had said how much I loved it. I even offered to pay her to make me one. Instead, it was my pay-it-forward gift.So, now it's my turn. I don't have nearly as many followers as she does, but I'm pretty certain there are many of you out there who just haven't signed up as followers.

So here it is (the text in italics is my own commentary):

The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations, so please read carefully:

1) I make no guarantees that you like what you get. Whatcha get is whatcha get.
2) What I create will be just for you, with love.
3) It'll be done this year.
4) I will not give you any clue what it's going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber (although I may use my computer to help make it). It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure.
5) I reserve the right to do something strange.
6) In return, all you need to do is post this text to your blog (or if you don't have a blog, as a note on Facebook) and make five things for the first five people who respond.
7) Send your mailing address -- after I contact you. (Be sure to leave a working e-mail.)

IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I don't see you post your own blog to pay this forward. This text was used from (Well, I got my pay-it-forward gift without ever posting on my blog until now, so if you want me to make you something, I'll trust that you're going to pay it forward and at some point, you'll post this somewhere to pay-it-forward.)

That's it. I promise not to poison anyone with my baking, attempt to sew anything at all or try to pawn off a craft I helped my kids make as something made by me.


Suzanne Gardner said...

I'm in! I'd love something made by my big sis. :) (And I promise to make things back.)

Krista said...

I'm in as well!!

Nancy Downard & Graham Hawksby said...

Make that three of us!!!!

Carole said...

Great idea, Deb! I'm in too!