Brown paper packages . . . (pay it forward)

brown paper package

This has been going around the craft blogs lately. The first three commentors receive a handmade gift from the poster, then they post the offer on their blog and pay it forward to the next three. I don’t usually do these sorts of things but since you can make anything you want and I like presents (giving and receiving) . . .

Here’s the “official” part cobbled from my friend Krista who posted on Facebook:
Do you like getting packages in the mail?
Brown paper packages, tied up with string?

If so, it would be my pleasure to send you something that I’ve made for you and for you alone.

* I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
* What I create will be just for you! New! Not something I made previously and have just laying around.
* It’ll be done this year (2009).
* You have no clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something over the internet.
* It may be jam. It may be a necklace or an original artwork or a cake or a chocolate mousse or knitted goods. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure! (Not me either right now…)

And fromSnippety Gibbet‘s blog: “The first three people to leave a comment will receive a hand made gift from me, the only thing you have to do is participate and carry on the gift giving to three more people . . . as soon as you have left a comment do a “pay it forward post” on your blog and continue the giving.
I will contact the first three commenters to get their addresses.”

MTA: Good question from Amy, no you don’t have to have a blog, you can use some other social networking medium or just send out an e-mail to friends.

Okay, I am e-mailing those who responded for snail addresses, just remember I have all of 2009 to send your package, lol!


  1. Carla’s avatar

    So how do we do this through a note on FB. I don’t have a blog but do use FB. However I have never used notes and don’t know what I should write to play. This sounds like a great idea. I love it!

  2. Peggie’s avatar

    This sounds like so much fun even if I am not in the top 3. Never saw this before, but what a great idea!!

  3. annie’s avatar

    i meant to say… congrats on having a really wonderful post. pay it forward is the best ever..

  4. annie’s avatar

    I have to remove myself from the running.. cuz i’ve been lucky enough to be the recipient of a pay it forward already. a complete and utter stranger knit me a lace wimple.. the softest and most beautiful thing ever… i wore it all last winter and i love it… and now she is a great friend. so that was a total win/win situation.

  5. Jen S.’s avatar

    I’ll bite! I love this idea, it’s been on FB for a while, and I love to spread the blog love too :)

  6. Amy’s avatar

    I don’t have a blog…does that mean I need to start one or I can’t play?? This is a great idea!

    1. Cindy’s avatar

      You most certainly can play, just put a note on Facebook. :)

    2. Frogginette’s avatar

      Hi Cindy! This is such a sweet idea! I love it!

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