MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Pay It Forward

I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the Pay It Forward movement, but I wasn't until I heard about it on Paula's blog. It is an exciting concept so I waved my hand in the air and pledged to do it, in return for a gorgeous stitched paperweight from Paula. It's not here yet, but I know it's gorgeous...sight unseen!

Anyway, I will try to explain Pay It Forward and hope you will want to play too!.....

Once I heard about it, I Googled and discovered the concept started with a book, titled (oddly enough) 'Pay It Forward' by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I got the book from the library and was mesmerized! What an incredible story and it now resides in my Top 10 Favourite Books. If you can find a copy it's well worth reading!!

"Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better - and to put that plan into action. The idea that Trevor comes up with is so simple and naive"....."What is his idea? Trevor chooses three people for whom he will do a favor, and then when those people thank him and ask how they might pay him back, he will tell them that instead of paying him back, they should each 'pay it forward' by choosing three people for whom they can do favors, and in turn telling those people to pay it forward. It's nothing less than a human chain letter of kindness and good will." (Quote is taken from the book jacket).

So, how does this translate to the blogging world you ask? Well, as Paula explained it...you find three people who agree to accept a piece of your art...they each, in turn, find three additional people to send THEIR art to. And so on...around the world!! Great, huh??

Here it is...what I've decided to give to the first three people who either leave a comment on this post OR email me at marmic1954 'at' hotmail 'dot' com. You just have to agree to find three people to 'pay it forward' to. C'mon you know you want to play too!!
On offer is a beaded button similar to this one, in colours you prefer. The size is approx. 2" across and is hand-beaded by moi.
Oh yeah...specs on the book: 'Pay It Forward' by Catherine Ryan Hyde, published by Simon & Schuster, c1999, ISBN 0-684-86271-9

2 comments:

arlee said...

I can attest to the fact that these beaded beauties are fantastic :}

paulahewitt said...

well I'm not joining in the pay it forward again - but i wanted to say how pretty the beaded buttons are. I think your PIF should arrive next week. you explained the concept much better than me - another book to add to my expanding book-list!