28 Oct

Crafting Forward

Postcard Stack

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.

20 thoughts on “Crafting Forward

  1. well, i have a blog…so does that count me out? i don’t have to PIF if that’s what your asking….but oh how i would treasure a textile postcard made by you πŸ™‚

  2. K – How very generous of you!! Everyone should be so lucky to have a Kristin LaFlamme original! Just this morning, as I was thinking about getting out of bed, I spent time admiring the beautiful “Abby” quilt you made for me 2 years ago. It hangs on the wall across from my bed so that I can start each day by admiring it. Thanks again!!!

  3. I enjoy reading your blog, and while your blog counter knows I am here daily, you have never heard from me. Now you have lured me out with your offer. I’d love a postcard and wish I had a blog so I could sign up for a cone project. Your tales of German festivals, etc. remind me of when we lived in Germany many moons ago, but I am especially taken with your quilt series on homes and roots. Thank you.

  4. Well, that’s what I get for sleeping in! This PIF is forcing me to rethink not having a blog! Have a great day!

  5. Oooooh. I would also love to get a postcard made by you. I’m in awe of your work – especially the Germany Scent (?) quilt with the buildings and the bridge. Magnificent.

  6. oh dear… i feel pretty much forced to “save the reputation” of blogosphere… count me in, i play along and PIF. i think a year is enough time (even for un-organized me) to make a little something for others.
    in the end it’s just a kind of giving back what you get… (like lovely pinKcushions, wonderful stitch markers, awesome suesse-sack-bags… and everything “topped” with a friend.)

  7. thats for the kudos on PIF! i am so excited to send you a bag. Please email me so that i can find out a little more about you and fit you with the perfect bag.


  8. I Enjoy your blog and other art quilters but have not had the courage to start my own…you know…the I’m not good enough syndrome. I have been in Germany many times, as my husband is German, and from the lovely little town of Hameln….the Piped Piper…remember him. We traveled all over Germany and other countries and I have very fond memories of my time there. Keep up the good work you do…I especially enjoy your houses and the trees with the deep roots…lovely.

  9. Oh! I would be thrilled to have a postcard…and I have no blog.

    But I have plenty of email addresses for “strangers” to whom I could extend the kindness.

  10. I love the post card idea, am blogless, too. check out Lime n Violet’s daily Chum for a knitted octopus scarf pattern that your son might love for christmas.

    Chris in Az

  11. And of course you make this offer when I’m away from my computer and unable to sign up quickly :0). It’s a plot I tell ya! Especially since I could manage something in a year. AND I have a blog and everything — oh well, story of my life :0). Great idea and I envy the lucky ones who will be getting cones or mushrooms :0).

  12. How cool! As one of the blogless ones, I love that you would send it to someone without a blog. I love doing these surpise gifts to people!

  13. Damn…I knew I should read your blog more often. No blog here but have read about the PIF’s on other crafty blogs and think it’s such a great idea. Thank you for thinking of those of us who haven’t made the leap into the blogosphere. On a different subject: do you still have patterns available for your Belgian canal house block? We’re stationed in Belgium and that would be an obvious project for me πŸ™‚

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