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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pay It Forward - Handmade Gift Exchange

Thanks to the amazing and very sweet jewelry artist Sheela of Eclettica who posted about this in the etsy forums, I have joined in her Pay it Forward (PIF) and now it's my turn to post about this wonderful opportunity to give to others! I'm sure some of you have seen this floating around in blogland, but if not, here's how it works:

I will send a lovely handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment here requesting to join this PIF (pay it forward) exchange. I'm not sure what that gift will be yet- it will be a surprise! The only thing you have to do in return is to pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

Once you sign up, I'll email you to let you know that you are one of the three. Then copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work.
Let's keep this going and share the handmade love and spread some holiday cheer - Pay it Forward!

Oh, and you can of course still comment without volunteering for this :)

I'm feeling the guilt here. I took the handmade pledge and then this weekend bought buttons and some cards that weren't handmade. Bad Bejeweled! Everything else this month has either been crafted by me or a fellow creative indie soul, so it's OK, right? :) I've been looking for vintage style pear cards with a French feel for forever. And the buttons? Well, just look at them - especially those fleur de lis ones that look like hammered pewter.

Still working on writing that tag - I'm up to number 8! Almost done :)

(image from Better Homes and Gardens)

Blogging today has been a bit like surfacing for air. It has been CRAZY busy around here! Orders, post office, client meetings, more post office, a birthday party to plan, yet more post office, crafting, home maintenance issues, and my favorite.....buying our first artificial tree and getting the kids all excited... then dismantling and repacking it 20 minutes later to go back to the store. Because ..... it had lead warnings on it!!

Did you know that almost all artificial trees have toxic lead in them?? That you need to wash your hands after touching them? And that they can shed lead-laced dust, which may cover branches or shower gifts and the floor below the tree??!!? I didn't. How horrible to have such a happy thing for children, the Christmas tree, be contaminated with lead that could give them lead poisoning. Back to the store for our new tree!

**upate** links for more info on lead in artificial trees: here, here and here.


Lady N said...

oh what a good idea! I'm not volunteering to do this, because I'm not as talented with handmade things, I'd feel guilty if I get lovely things and make something not so cute for someone else.

sandra f. said...

I did not know artificial trees have lead!! I am going to go read the boxes on mine!! How awful, so what will you do for a tree? do the silver tinsel trees have lead? I have my grandmothers silver tree and I would hate to think it has lead too!! -Sandra

Natasha Burns said...

Love your birdy! How kind of you to PIF. I would love to but it's crazy here and I am away in January with it being Summer here and school holiday time.
Your buttons look great, maybe someone hand pressed the machine so they are kind of hand made? lol!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Hi, Heather! Long time since I've visited..but trying to catch up with you. I didn't know about the lead! Yikes! What a waste of your precious time and disappointment for the kids! :{ Can't wait to see the real thing once you finally can get to it. I still haven't forgotten our paper dress RR, but in Jan. or so...I'm off to Boston for Christmas with my little granddaughter! Love and hugs, and happy holiday wishes, Your friend, Deb

Mary Timme said...

Hi Heather,
Wow the things you learn at Xmas. Who knew about the trees. I thought the most toxic thing on my table is where the Christmas cards have sprinkled their glitter! I hate glitter on Christmas cards--but then I learned about the tree! Wow!

The buttons and notes are worth buying. Most of the stuff I'm giving is hand made, but I'm realistic too. Some people don't like the things that are homemade--no they want video cameras, MP3 players and the like. So, in my book you are totally forgiven! Have a great Christmas!

Gracie said...

Moh this sounds like such a great concept but I won't be able to participate either. Money is so tight around these times which is a shame as it's such a great idea. Maybe another time =)

Though you should be receiving from me sometime. It will probably be after christmas though.

At least you bought mainly handmade. I sadly didn't but it can be so hard sometimes.

Oh and most people in Australia use artificial trees. I just hope mine doesn't contain lead.


Anonymous said...

Hi Heather, sorry we simply can't participate in a pay it forward right now, we are still unpacking boxes from the move! Had no idea about the lead, thanks for making us aware of it! Its crazy around here too! Jenn and Jacqui

Felicia said...

Eek gads! What a scary thing about Christmas trees.

tongue in cheek said...

What a creative idea.


Hi Heather,

Just wanted to tell you that hey... the buttons .. I am sure you will use them to make something hand made so its have to buy supplies in order to make an item handmade dont you?

They are beautiful by the way




KV said...

Gosh, Heather -- I have three huge boxes of vintage buttons in my sewing closet! My husband bought me a wall of buttons when an old fabric store went out of business over twenty years ago. One of the cards you bought -- I have about twenty sets of them. Hmm -- maybe I ought to think about selling some of this stuff soon . . .

Count me in on the Pay It Forward thing -- will post soon on my blog, too.

Kathy V in NM

AscenderRisesAbove said...

very nice; like your avatar - bejeweled

Simply Me Art said...

lovely Blog...Thank you for sharing...

Anonymous said...

Heather...I love this whole PIF idea. Would love to participate, but I am already doing a "giveaway" on my blog, so I just don't know how much time I would have to make 3 more items. I hope that you find 3 people to take part in this for you.

I am shocked to read about the toxic lead in Christmas trees! Geesh...we've had our tree for YEARS. I guess it's too late to worry about it now. Who would have thought???

Anonymous said...

I have heavy fluer dis brass buttons from Nantucket...I made them into a bracelet.I wish your shop was here!

Monica Yvette said...

Pay it forward, what a good idea! Looks like I'm a little late for sign up:(

Thanks for the heads up on the Christmas trees. I never knew that, but now I have a good reason for getting the real deal next year.


Hi heather.... come by... the giveaway has finally arrived