Monday, June 10, 2013

#projectlove Scarf Style




I've mentioned I attended the (in)RL conference back in April. My dear friend, Amy, hosted. I wanted to give her something as a thank you for opening up her home and making this real life opportunity possible. I made her a Bird's Nest Necklace.


Somewhere between leaving for her house and coming home again I knew I needed to make a necklace for all the girls in our book club. And just like that #projectlove was born. 


For months I have looked at photos in my news feed on Instagram of friends sending each other surprise packages in the mail oozing with love and plain old fun. These people are not my friends, not one of them follows me, but I see their beautiful pictures in my feed. That daily beauty brings joy to my life. Yet I had those thoughts of, "Why not me?" or "Nobody loves me like that." But that is not healthy thinking or even truth. I have friends who love me. They care about me. We just love in ways other than surprise care packages. 

I started thinking about what I would want to receive in the mail and decided instead of pouting about it one more day I would just love others. I was going to send my sweet book club girls a necklace. About a week after making this decision I was ordering a scarf for myself and God nudged me, "Buy one for the girls and add it to their boxes." 

Well, you can't just send a necklace and scarf. Maybe that is just me! I wanted them to feel so loved that there couldn't be a doubt anywhere in their mind or heart that God loves them and thinks they are the most beautiful in all creation! So I went hunting on Pinterest to find cute packaging. I fell in love with the ideas from Amy over at Inspiration Ave. The first packaging from her I came across was some sweetly decorated craft boxes, perfect for the scarves!


Supplies needed: 
  • fun paper
  • shape punch
  • sewing machine
  • craft boxes
  • your favorite double sided tape
  • a special gift to spread love 

Punch out your shape from your fun paper. Zip them through your sewing machine with a straight stitch. Then pop them on the top of your craft box with your tape. If you double up your shapes like I did fold the top shape up for this adorable 3-D effect. Add your special gift and brighten someone's day!

If you are like me, I want to encourage you to stop pouting about not receiving anything like this in the mail. Instead start thinking about what you can do to love others. I can not tell you how blessed I am knowing I made these girls feel special and loved! #projectlove isn't over yet. I have already started thinking about what else I can do for other friends. What can you do today to start your own #projectlove?

This is the first installment of my new series #projectlove. Come back to find out what else was in the boxes I sent out and how they were packaged. 

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of #projectlove and I love your heart, Andi. Gifts are my love language so, naturally, I enjoyed mine. BUT...it's the heart behind the gift, the giver of the gift, that I will never forget.
    Love you so!

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