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« on: February 25, 2012 09:43:39 AM »

For my Random Act of Crafty Kindness, I started out wanting to do something big for someone, but ended up doing something small for many people—hoping that the total impact would be big.

I made these cute pincushions for everyone who signed up for the Fabric Basket Swap that I was coorganizing--I always wish I could send something to everyone who signs up for one of my swaps, so this time I did!   Since this would be a group of sewists, I decided to make each person a heart-shaped, tie-on pincushion based on some that I saw on the Better Homes and Gardens website.
Since I didn’t know how many would sign up, I had to plan to send to as many as 40 people (the maximum our swap would take)!  I cut out the wool felt for 40 pincushions, but in the end I only had to send 17—that is the “random” part, since I didn’t know who or how many people would be involved in my RAK.  Here's an "in progress" shot:

I know it’s fun to receive something that’s a surprise, so I wanted to add to the fun by sending them anonymously.  A few people knew it was me right away, because we have swapped, and they knew my address (I put my return address but not my name on the envelope).  There was only one international swapper, and I did put my name on her envelope to be certain it would reach her.  That was Wendiek, who coorganized a swap with me recently, and she pm’ed me soon after she received.  Her note of happy surprise and thanks really made my day—and she said I made HER day.  That’s the reward of these little acts of kindness, both for the giver and the receiver.

Here are a few of the hearts before they were tucked into envelopes and mailed:

Another aspect of randomness developed on Tuesday, Feb. 21st, the day most of the envelopes were delivered.  StickerChic87 posted a picture of her heart in the challenge thread, and then other people started chiming in that they had received one too!  It was all I could do to keep from posting “you’re welcome!” to the people who said “thank you” there!  That part was the most fun for me, and I kept checking back to see if anyone else had posted about receiving.

This was a great idea for a challenge, and it was so much fun for me, from start to finish!
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012 10:03:12 AM »

Well thank you Leslie!!! Mine has a prominent spot on my sewing machine handle!
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2012 10:23:35 AM »

Thank you! I thought it was you. As I mentioned in the challenge: It arrived just when I needed a pick-me-up! I was feeling all mopey that day, and then I checked my mail box. *BIG HUGS*


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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012 10:45:13 AM »

You are always so generous and I just love seeing what you make and how it touches people. I wasn't in the basket swap but I feel tickled just reading about what you did!

« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012 10:52:15 AM »

How fun to see them there all together, and now they are all around the world!!! I love thinking of that. Smiley Thanks again Leslie!

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2012 11:02:00 AM »

This was a most amazing treat! They are all so beautiful and perfect in their own ways. I got mine on a rainy dreary day in Portland when I was home sick. It defiantly cheered me up. I am going to make mine into a pin so I can wear it all the time. Thank you!

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Thank you so much!

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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2012 12:31:19 PM »

Thank you so much for the Heart!!  Shocked  I knew it was you right away! I new you liked hearts & it looked like your work so tiny & detailed, & your Address I knew! Also I had seen you were making these hearts, but not the heart a day ones, but something about pincushions on one of your Blogs & I put 2+2 together & new it had to be you. Thank so much Leslie the Heart Made My Day!!!!  Kiss

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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2012 12:37:35 PM »

I am so glad that I can say it out loud now: Leslie, you rock!!

It really did make my day! It was unexpected, so beautiful and so thoughtful! And as I said to you, I would have thought of you anyway: a heart?!! Nevertheless, I LOVE it!!

Mine is the heart on the left in the picture of the hearts on their cards. It is too pretty to use, so now I have it pinned above my (cleaned and no longer big messy) craft room, so I can look at it at feel happy and thought of...

And if I wasn't one of the lucky girls to receive one of your great pincushion hearts, this still rocks!! So thoughtful of you Leslie! And you are an amazing Crafstster!
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2012 01:15:01 PM »

And now I am happy to be able to say you're welcome! to everyone who posted, thanking the "mystery sender".  I'm so glad you all enjoyed receiving a surprise, and I want to thank you for all your kind words.

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