On January 2nd I saw the following meme posted by one of my Facebook friends, Anita Davies, on the timeline:
And got my five!
I was certainly curious on where this originated so I did a little digging on Facebook and Google.
Here is a version I found in one of the 2013 Pay It Forward Pages . . .
Gina Cox 2013 Creative Play it forward ~ the first 5 people to respond and leave a comment here will receive a special surprise from me sometime in the next year ~ the timing will be a surprise ~ but it could be a gift, cookies, music, or whatever speaks to my heart. ~ The catch? Each person who responds also has to make the same offer on their page (Just be sure to inbox me your address)
2011. . . And this version posted in 2011 (2/11/2011) from Two Peas in a Bucket
So this has been floating around the crafting blogsphere, but somehow I missed it until just yesterday! However, I was lucky enough to get in on Lifeslightlyused's PIF post, and now it's my turn!
Here's the deal. I promise something uniquely handmade to the FIRST 5 people who leave a comment here. However, to be eligible, you must repost this message somewhere (a message board, Facebook, your blog) offering something handmade to 5 other people. The only rules are that it must be handmade by you, and it must be sent to your 5 giftees sometime in 2011.
I'm in a crafty mood, and I want to have some new people to craft for! I love to sew, knit, crochet, and needle felt, among other things, so there's a giant world of possibilities out there!
2010Then this one on Friday, July 16th 2010 from Sand and Starfish
I will make a handmade gift for the first 3 interested
people who comment on this post.
I have 365 days to do it in… (I know that seems crazy but sometimes, life makes us a little behind. But I promise, I will not take the whole 365 days to make something! I’ve been too crafty lately!)
What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise!
The catch is that you must participate as well!
And… you must have a blog. (How else can we keep this thing going?!)
After you leave your comment here, I’ll contact you to get your address and then you must must MUST continue the “pay it forward” swap and post it on your blog. You’ll have 2 days to do this. If you don’t, I’m gonna have to give up your spot. You could even copy and paste this post in your blog!
Doesn’t it sound like fun?! Good luck!
2008And this on 2008 December 28 from Amy's Passions
Three people will be chosen to participate when they leave a comment on this post asking to join. (The first three will be chosen).
You are agreeing to post a similar announcement on your blog, and Pay It Forward to three more people, who will in turn agree to Pay It Forward to three other people, etc.
You will create a hand-made item for your three people sometime over the next 12 months
With the Christmas Cheer still strong in my being, I have decided to join the "Pay It Forward" fun with Carol (at the Cornfield Quilter; and she with Lurline) so if any of you would like to join me, leave a comment to join. There is room for three of you! Come and join the fun!!
2007And this in 2007, July 26, from With Heart & Hands
In our little quilt blogging world, the concept is now being spread by the request that we make a Pay It Forward post, and ask for 3 people to respond to that post. In return we (me in this case) will send those 3 people (that respond) a gift. I consider it unnecessary to qualify whether it can be store bought or handmade...a gift from the heart can be either.
Because many bloggers are not getting responses to their 'Pay It Forward' posts, I have agreed to play and pay, twice. To limit problems with addresses and such, I am offering this:
*To the first 6 people who e-mail me their name and mailing address, using the email address on my profile page, I shall send each of you a gift, as long as you include in the email, your name and mailing address. The gift I mail may be store bought or handmade, and it will be delivered to you as soon as I have it ready and in the mailbox.
Your 'pay it forward' is to do the same in your blog for 3 more people. Link back, post, create the gift and pay it forward! Email me (use my email address on my profile page) if you want a gift and are willing to give 3 gifts to others, in return. Remember to email both your name and mailing address and we shall all play it forward ;)
You may think the Pay if Forward concept originated with Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novel Pay It Forward which was published and adapted into a Warner Brothers film: Pay It Forward in 2000. The films' premise "describes an obligation to do three good deeds for others in repayment of a good deed that one receives: Good deeds should be things that the other person cannot accomplish on their own. In this way, the need to help one another can spread exponentially through society, creating a social movement with the goal of making the world a better place."
The Pay It Forward concept, however, can also be attributed to: Ben Franklin, coach Woody Hayes, Robert A. Heinlein and more
I searched the web for a version of the Creative Pay It Forward as far back as 2000, and though Pay if Forward type activities abounded, this particular Handmade PiF did not seem to be present until mid 2007 within blogs and forums -- a PiF which still rocks the blogosphere, group forums, and now Facebook with the page 2013 Creative Pay It Forward
It is never too late! Visit 2013 Creative Pay It Forward and like the page. Post a call out on your own status!
And, stop by my page on the way...it also likes to be liked. :)