Monday, January 10, 2011

Pay It Forward: Crafting style

I noticed my friend Sarah's facebook status the other day (because I spend an embarassing amount of time on facebook some days), and I loved her idea.  The status said something to the effect of: "2011 pay-it-forward challenge: The first 5 people who comment on this status, I will make something handmade for you.  But then you have to turn around and post this status and make something handmade for 5 more people (tricky, right??)  The only rules are that it must be handmade and it must be done before the end of 2011." I, of course, did not hesitate to sign up!!!  Then I posted the status on my own facebook, and am now super excited about this project!!!

I feel like I often make crafts and then don't know what to do with them, or I find something adorably inspiring, and then realize I don't need it in my home.  But now I have an excuse to do more crafting!!! {And Nick is, of course, thrilled!!! haha :)}

I knew exactly what I wanted to make for 1 of my friends, so I finished my first project this weekend for my co-worker, Debbie.  Debbie is in charge of all the food stuff at Woodlands and I love talking to her about delicious new recipes one of us has tried.  She's always giving me great ideas and answering my random questions, since I'm still very much a beginner level cook :)  I had seen this idea a few weeks ago, and I was dying to make one!!  I have one that I'm also making my friend Ashley (so I'm sorry if you're seeing this!) as a super-late Christmas gift, and I thought it would be perfect for Debbie too :)  I'm not sure about anybody else, but I LOVE cute recipe cards.  It bugs me to just yank out a page from a magazine or to have the recipe written on plain index cards or a scrap of paper.  Somehow, it makes it more fun for me to cook when it's on a pretty recipe card :)  However.... I also am a messy cook (seriously), so I almost always end up spilling something on my recipe cards.  I love that this craft solves that problem!!
Here's that blogger's version:

{Love the houndstooth!!}
She gives a great step-by-step tutorial.  But for a quick summary, I Mod Podged some pretty paper over an ugly plaque from Walmart.  Then hot glued the paper clip on, made some fabrice roses and hot glued them on also.  That's it!! 
Here's how mine turned out:

I definitely recommend this for any friends who love cooking!! 

{In unrelated but incredibly important news, Auburn plays for the nation title tonight!!!!!!! I'm so FREAKIN excited!!!!  War Eagle!!!!}


  1. LOVE this JOY! The colors are so you! :)

  2. What a wonderful thing! Love this idea, and love the first craft -- so cute!