I’ve noticed a new meme going around the crafty blogs. A Pay it Forward thing. The payer offers a handmade craft to commenters who pledge to do the same on their blog. Of course, I want stuff. I admit — I’m a coveter. But I was wondering about the commitment part. Do I want to commit to make more stuff? When Jude so generously offered a gift to all commenters, not just the first three, I wondered if I wanted to add to someone else’s To-Do list as well. So I waited.
But now, via Heather Smith Jones, I see that Lylou is willing to pay it forward, but was short on takers. That just seems wrong to me, especially when her work is so pretty. Generosity needs to be appreciated. So I signed up.
Here’s my idea. I’ll send a textile postcard right away to anyone who comments but has no blog or no desire to add to their own To-Do list. For those who would like to participate in the original variation on the meme, here’s the “official” invitation:
“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet (but regular readers would probably be right to be thinking in the direction of cone dolls and mushrooms) 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.”
Let’s see how it goes — I have a stack of pretty postcards and a year (probably less since I don’t like the spectre of undone things hovering over me) to make no less than three handmade gifts. I think it could be fun.