Paying it Forward: A Holiday Giveaway


In the spirit of the season, Mom, over at If Mom Says OK is the hostess with the mostess with this fabulous quasi-giveaway. The Giveaway part actually comes from you, and you, and you.

The Rules, such as they are, are Really. Quite. Simple:

1. Be one of the first three bloggers to leave a comment on this post, where the first word in the comment is "Yes". By saying "Yes" as the first word, you signify you want to participate in this giveaway. Being one of the first three to say "Yes" will then entitle you to a handmade item from ME! In this case, I will create a 6X6 painting, framed, for each of the three winners. (I’m stoked about being one of Mom's first three ~ handmade jewelry will adorn SWMBO's body - suh-weet!!)

2. Winners must post this challenge on your blog, meaning that you then must Pay It Forward, creating a handmade gift for the first three bloggers (or the first three who say "Yes") who leave a comment on YOUR post about this giveaway!

3. The gift that you send to your Three Friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And, remember: It’s the Spirit and the Thought That Count!

4. When you receive your gift, please feel free to blog about it, sharing appropriate Linky Love!

5. If you are not one of the Top Three Commentors on Today’s Post, you’re still a Winner in this Time of Grace and Giving. Please take this Symbol of the Seasonal Spirit and post it on your blog; start your own Pay It Forward Chain, and encourage your Bloggy Friends to do the same!

As you all know, I no longer participate in awards. It's a choice. And I made it. This, however, is not an 'Award'. I thought this idea was interesting. But I had to change it, just a little, to better suit my sensibilities. You see, on Mom's site, the first three commenters won. I have altered this just a bit, because not everyone has the capacity, talent or desire to create a handmade gift and I didn't want to create pressure on ANYBODY to participate should they not feel the urge. So you have to be one of the first three to say you want to. That's all. Just say "Yes". (It seems I've been saying that to women, with varying degrees of success, all my life.)

And now - I ask that we do our traffic building exercise for Zoeyjane - read the next paragraph and click away, my Darlings.

Zoeyjane of Mommy is Moody is DOING something. She is donating all the revenue from her advertisements on her site, for this month, to To Write Love On Her Arms. Go to Zoeyjane's site and read This Post. She gets paid by 'Impressions'. Just going there helps. Click on her ads - and help more. Click through to To Write Love On Her Arms and see what they do. Just doing that will help, too. This paragraph is going to appear at the end of each post, each day until the end of the month. As a reminder. Just click through. And help. Save the women and men and boys and girls that don't need to live without love, that don't need to suffer addiction and depression, that don't need to die.



Suzanne said...

Yes! I wasn't going to agree, until I saw that the person has 365 days to comply.

My talents in the art form are photography, calligraphy and cross stitching. Winners will get something created from those mediums.

Jientje said...

Yes!!! Ohhh this is such a great idea!!
I'll have to see what I can come up with, but my hands itch to create something pretty! It's still very early in the morning, I'm sure I'll think of something!

Shadow said...

yes! i want, i want, i want a picture of yours in my home all the way in sa... me, i'm not a crafty kinda person, i think i'll make up a little sa goodie box... surprise, surprise...

Christy said...

Yes, I want(ed) the gift, but No, nobody would want any handmade gift from me....

Honeybell said...

Snap! Missed it by *that* much! This is a great idea!

Employee No. 3699 said...

Great idea. I hope you'll post pics of the three paintings you do before you send them out.

Hyphen Mama said...

You have to get up PRETTY early in the morning to be the first 3 at Lou's place!!

I do want to see the paintings, though. That reminds me... I have a picture to email you.

And--I click the Mommy is Moody link today and it isn't linking. Maybe it's just me.

Suzanne said...

Hyphen Mama, I go to bed REALLY late. Lou has become the 'bedtime story' for me!

Joyce-Anne said...

Great idea. Have a good day, Lou.

Cat said...

How fun! I would say yes - but I do not have an artistic bone in my body to be able to pay it forward.

Do post what you make though!

Loraine said...

I love making stuff for the holidays, but I SUCK at getting them in the mail on time!

NicoleB said...

What a wonderful idea!

moneythoughts said...

What kind of vitamins do you people take? I get exhausted just reading all this stuff. Good luck finding the time to do all the paintings. Even a 6x6 takes time to paint. Maybe you can do a Ellsworth Kelly style piece. :)

LceeL said...

Suzanne: Congratulations #1. Email your shipping info to lou dot lohman at gmail dot com.

Jientje: Congratulations #2. Email your shipping information to lou dot lohman at gmail dot com.

Shadow: Congratulations #3. Email your shipping info to lou dot lohman at gmail dot com.

Christy: (or is it Christie?) I can think of .. nevermind.

Honeybell: You can start your own, if you like.

Employee: I post pics of everything I finish.

Hyphen Mama: Like I said - I will post the pictures.

Joyce-Anne: Not my original idea - but one I like a lot.

Cat: I will, I promise.

Loraine: This giveaway gives one a whole year to fulfill the obligation.

NicoleB: Again, not my original idea - I'm just jumping on the bandwagon.

Moneythoughts: I've got a year to get them done - but i think they'll be done WAY before that.

Momisodes said...


I'm late :(

Although, I can't think of anything I could make. I lack all crafty genes.

This sounds like a wonderful idea though! I'll have to hop over to If Mom Says Its Ok

Myst_72 said...

Great idea Lou,

I did pop in yesterday and there were only two comments - but thought someone else would like a go,


witchypoo said...

Great idea! I would make candy.
I'm not crafty, but I kin cook.