Friday, January 14, 2011

Pay It Forward 2011

Well, I'm here to share not only a project but something that a friend of mine passed on to me. My friend Michelle is a very caring and giving person. She always has sweet things to say to everyone and looks for good deeds to do. As a Special Education School Nurse, she does plenty of good deeds but they don't end when she leaves school every day. About a week ago, she posted the following status on Facebook:
"Pay it Forward 2011: I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment. They must in turn post this and send something they made to the first 5 people who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011."
Of course, I commented immediately on her status (I am really hoping for something edible). I then posted the same status on my Facebook page. Michelle was the ONLY person to comment! I couldn't believe it. Either people don't want something handmade from me or they're too lazy to be willing to make 5 handmade things for someone else. Either way, I decided that since Michelle was the only person to comment, she MUST get something extra special.
She was hoping for a card, I figure I'll go through my stash and pick out a selection of notecards and give it to her as a set, still not what I had in mind though....
This brings me to my current project. I made her "roses". This is a very simple project, you take 2 red Hershey Kisses, wrap them in a square of Saran Wrap, stick a wooden skewer in them and wrap the whole thing with floral tape to secure it. I added silk leaves and then some white silk flowers as filler. She got a 1/2 dozen roses because that's how many red Kisses I had left over from Christmas!!
I then added marbles to a beer bottle that I had laying around. Actually, a friend of ours had brought over just one of these beers and drank it here (rather rude if you ask me - nobody did!). He was going to throw away the bottle when my boyfriend rescued it for recycling. I then rescued it from recycling for "re-purposing". I had no idea what I'd use it for but I thought it was a cool little bottle. After the label came off, it had that yucky glue residue left around it. I could have soaked and scrubbed it but that's completely NOT my style! Instead, I wrapped paper around it, added a decorative edge with a punch, stitched a ribbon through it and added a cute little digi from Phindy's Place, "My Love Grows". I decided to keep it rather simple because I didn't want it to all be too busy.
So, here's my extra present for Michelle for being my only commenter on the 2011 Pay It Forward Game....hope you enjoy it and please feel free to "steal" my Facebook status - it's fun and will put a smile on someone's face!
This project works for several challenges:
Phindy's Place Challenge Blog - Valentines or For A Loved One
Scrap Creations - Love Is In The Air
Stamp Something - Anything Goes


  1. Katie, I love this project and your friend is going to love. Great job with the label.

  2. Wow Katie! This is SO wonderful! What a fun and fabulous project - and what a nice lady your friend Michelle is.
    Thanks so much for playing along with your fun idea this week at Phindy's Place!

  3. Such a wonderful bottle and great decorations, also perfect for the challenge! =) Great recycling! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  4. Katie it's perfect and she's going to love it!!
    It's great what you've done with this bottle, and it really makes me wish we had hershey products over here. lo.xx

  5. First of all, I am going to say Thanks so much for joining us this week for Phindy's Place Challenge, because I just need to say that, BUT.... If you give this to Michelle, I'm going to harass her on Facebook... WHAT? Where is my bouquet??? Huh???? You did an awesome job with this. I just LOVE that I got an up close and LIVE view of this awesome gift. =)

  6. What a gorgeous little project :) Just love those roses, so sweet!

    Thanks for joining us this week at Top Tip Tuesday for our 'Anything Goes' challenge :)

    Carol x

  7. Katie what a lovely idea and awesome project too! Michelle sounds like the perfect person for your gift.

    Thank you for joining us and taking the Phindy’s Place Challenge, do hope you’ll join us again this Friday!

    PS Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday too!

  8. Fabulous! Love that sweet image! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles this week!

  9. That is just so gorgeous and very clever,i just love the while idea of recycling to.Thanks so much doe sharing it with us at southern girls

  10. Fabulous! What a great idea, love it! Thanks for joining us at SG!