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Filling Buckets With Handmade Kindness

My daughters are an endless source of inspiration. I wrote this column published in today’s edition of The Grand Rapids Press after witnessing one of their recent backseat conversations in my review mirror. We were on the way home from school and I was very pleased to see my oldest applying the day’s lesson to “fill a bucket” for someone in her life. I was even more pleased to see that the bucket she chose to fill was her little sister’s.

You can read the full story here.

I will be doing a TV segment with a handmade Valentine theme on WZZM Channel 13′s “Take Five” morning show on Tuesday. There’s still time to add some more projects to the mix, so tell me all about your favorite handmade gift ideas. And, yes, I will credit all my sources.

And in semi-related news, I added CraftSanity Magazine bulk packs to the shop last week so you can buy all five issues at once an save money on the magazine and shipping, too. These packs would make great V-day gifts for the crafters. I’d rather have a collection of patterns, stories and recipes than a diamond necklace any day, but maybe that’s just me. :  )

Have a good one. I’m off to test some patterns and edit a podcast.

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Comment from Sara (the Wishful Tinker)
Time: February 5, 2012, 12:09 pm

Any day! What the heck am I supposed to do with diamonds?

Comment from Melissa H
Time: February 5, 2012, 12:14 pm

My daughter is just finishing up her Valentines for class. We collected little, flat river rocks and she painted a heart on each one (pink, red or purple) and then wrote the recipients’ initials on the back with Sharpie. We’re going to put clear spray on them today and then I’ll photograph them for the blog. Not sure what the kids will think but they’re cute :)

Comment from DianeP
Time: February 6, 2012, 9:28 am

Thank you, Jennifer, for the Valentine inspiration. Out of the mouths of babes, how true! Love the idea of filling buckets… hmm… I have a green-glittered bucket that would hold lots of Valentine hearts to cheer my Aunt up a bit.

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