Surprise Pay It Forward . . . handmade!

My sons & I loved the 2000 movie, Pay It Forward, with favourites Bruce Willis, Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey, & especially, Haley Joel Osment.  And since the book is usually better than the movie, the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde is on my wishlist.

Of course, I thought the pay it forward concept perfect for my sons [and I] to learn & practice.  Usually though, if I see a blog offering an opportunity to join in, I’m much too busy to promise something in the requested deadline.

Yesterday, Julie Christine, at a favourite blog, Crafting Glass, introduced me to a beautiful chain of wonderful ladies who’ve offered Surprise Pay It Forward homemade gifts to 3 others — at a surprise date sometime in the year after their post.

Yup, that’s a full 12 months!  I absolutely adore the surprise component, both as a receiver & a sender — how exciting!  And I can do this!  So, . . .

How It Works:

I will send a surprise gift to each of the first 3 people who comment on this post & then post their own pay it forward commitment.  This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year.  Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise.

In honour of my brother’s 51st birthday today, I am also offering another 3 surprise gifts at my other blog at Dawne Thoughts, AND I will send one to my brother by his birthday next year!  I promise with a Boy Scout vow.  😀

Rules You Agree to:

  1. To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too.  You must have a blog & share the giving love on it by promising to send a handmade goody, within one year [365 days], to the first three people who comment on your blog post & continue the chain of surprises.
  2. After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.  If you haven’t posted in 72 hours [3 days] then the next commenter is eligible to be chosen.
  3. One gift per person per year among all my blogs.  Simply to be fair.

would be nice:

  1. Become a follower of my blog through email or facebook — I’d like to offer 3 surprise gifts at milestones such as 100 followers or 50 facebook page likes.  More surprises.
  2. Please live in North America [not mandatory] as shipping could get expensive mailing gifts overseas.

ensure i can contact you:

When you leave your comment here, ensure I can contact you through email.  Although I will check your blog, it would be great if you’d notify me [with another comment or email] when you’ve posted your Surprise Pay It Forward commitment to ensure your eligibility.

I can’t wait to see how this all goes — have fun!  😎

I can see this becoming an annual event.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle


😉  I’m linking with:

Made in a Day

Thursday Favorite Things


Fridays Unfolded

Rooted In Thyme


4 responses to “Surprise Pay It Forward . . . handmade!

  1. ps I don’t live in North America – But my mother in law does 😉

  2. This is a lovely idea – I found this post through Julie Christines blog – I’m definitely going to do this on my blog!

    • Oh my goodness Bertie — I just realized I never replied to your comment from over a month ago. I’m so very sorry. YOU are my first, & still only, surprise gift winner! I’ll send a separate email for all the pertinent info & we can work out mailing then. I’m so excited with this Surprise Pay It Forward for you. Will email soon – take care & have fun.

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