Rabbit! Rabbit! What fun to begin a brand new month just filled with possibilities! Here in the United States, November is the time that our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving. Although we won’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day until November 26th, we have an entire month to celebrate our families, friends, those who help us, and even the kindness of strangers.
Today I can’t wait to introduce you to someone that I have admired for so long! Jennifer McGuire is an amazing mother, talented card maker, respected teacher, and thoughtful friend. Her wonderful blog posts and excellent You Tube videos continually help me to grow as a card maker, by inspiring me to try so many new techniques. Jennifer has become a true leader in the world of paper crafting! (Just feel her warmth in this quick video.) One of the reasons that Jennifer shines so brightly is her kindness. Although we have never met, I always think of Jennifer as one of my best ‘crafty friends.’ She makes everyone feel that way! ♥
Throughout the entire month of of November,
Jennifer McGuire is challenging everyone to
This challenge is most definitely ‘my cup of tea.’
Nothing makes me happier than making cards for family, dear friends,
our honored veterans, and our brave, military servicemen and women.
My happiness is always two-fold…
I just love spending time making a card with one special person in mind.
I think of them the entire time I am designing, die cutting, stamping, and choosing the perfect sentiments.
For me, the happiest part of all has always been slipping each handmade card
into its envelope, writing the address, and choosing the perfect postage stamp!
It just makes my heart happy!!
I imagine how they will feel when they open their mailbox
to find an envelope
filled with love and kindness!
They will know that someone is thinking of them today.
You never know when such a small gesture just might make someone’s day!
(Listen to Jennifer… in her own words, in this short video.)
Anything made with the hands and the heart counts!
A gift from your kitchen always makes someone feel special.
I’m sure you’ll agree that the world could use a little more kindness…
Join the fun this November!
Let’s take on Jennifer’s Share Handmade Kindness Challenge!
I will keep you posted with new details each week…
and you can visit JenniferMcquireInk.com at any time to learn more.
Week 1 (November 2 – 8) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with friends and family.
Week 2 (November 9 – 15) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with anyone who works/serves in our community
Week 3 (November 16-22) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with children.
Week 4 (November 23-29) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with strangers.
Leave a note on someone’s windshield. Send a card to a favorite blogger. (Yes, that isn’t exactly a stranger, but you likely haven’t met!) Drop off a kind note to the mail lady who was nice to you last time you were there. Anyone! Notes or simple cards are best for this challenge.
Who will you share handmade kindness with this week?
Scientific research supports the relaxed, happy feelings that makers always feel as we create.
After reading about the health benefits of crafting
in this recent CNN post, “This is Your Brain on Crafting,”
why not head to your favorite crafty space to
Share Handmade Kindness!
P.S. I’m so happy that you stopped to visit today!
What handmade gifts do you love to share?
What handmade kindness will you share this week?
We can’t wait to hear from you!