Not long after deciding to do 52 projects, I came across a friend’s post on facebook promising the first five respondents a hand-made item if they posted the same on their wall… thus joining a ‘Pay-it-forward’ movement of sorts. Since I was going to do a project each week, I thought I might as well give it a go and have five people to give some of my creations to. Responses tumbled in quicker than I expected!
I contacted my first five respondents and asked them to email me snaps of their favourite things: accessories, ornaments, home decor, clothing, hand-me-downs, artwork, fabric, jewelry etc. – anything really! I wanted to get a feel for their taste. I also asked them to tell me about their favourite colour-schemes and if there were any colours, materials, etc that they particularly hate (eg. I hate anything animal print. I have a friend who hates pictures of butterflies).
Over the past year, these are the gifts I created as part of the Pay-It-Forward movement:
1. Mama A described her taste as classic, yet modern … “Audrey Hepburn” … The images she sent were of chandeliers, pearls and big shiny beads around a lamp-base. Since this woman always looks absolutely gorgeous, I decided to make her a piece of Carrie Bradshaw-inspired jewelry.
Of all the crafts and creative projects I attempted during my 52 Creative Projects, this was by far the hardest project I attempted. Little did I realise that merely enjoying wearing jewelry did not make me a jeweler! Making jewelry is so fiddely! It was a good thing I had mum-in-law on hand to help me with this mission!
2. Mama G likes pastel colours, yellow, lace, vintage. Easy! Me too! Since I knew this friend has her hands and heart full with a toddler and a bub, I decided to hand-bind a journal for her – with a vintage dress pattern on the cover – to pour her thoughts, dreams, fears and joys into.
3. Mama N said she like modern things with bright colours. Her house is extremely stylish and classy and I wanted to make something that would go well in her place. I took a while on this one, as our styles are quite different. Then recently I went to a curtain off-cut shop with mum and found the most lovely lush woven fabrics in black, beige and gold and decided to make her a tablecloth for their big diningroom table that features in all their big Jewish celebrations… A perfect house-warming present for her new home!
4. Mama L (yes another mama!) was going through a pretty hectic time after a recent break-up so I decided to spoil her with some home-made soup and a set of stitched stationary to brighten her day.
Unfortunately I never heard back from number 5 as she was busy saving lives (literally!)… One day I’d like to make her something special.
I quite enjoyed doing this pay-it-forward project inside my 52 Creative Projects… I wish I knew what other creative gifts were passed along through this lovely initiative! [If you have been part of a similar movement I’d love to hear your story too!]