Monday, November 26, 2007

Paying It Forward

A few months ago, I came across the blog of Shannon and Adrienne of the Urban Quilt Company in Toronto, Canada. Shannon and Adrienne are the artists behind the quilt "Toro, Toro" from Red Bull's Art of Can Chicago exhibition. They had posted a "Pay It Forward" (PIF) challenge on their blog. Shannon and Adrienne offered to send a handmade gift to the first three replies who also agreed to offer a blog PIF challenge. I replied. I loved the idea and it actually provided me with incentive to start blogging. A few weeks ago they sent a package in the mail containing an original Urban Quilt Company Qoffee Cuff. A Qoffee Cuff (pictured above) is a reusable, environmentally friendly warmer for take out coffee, tea or any hot beverage. Pretty clever and stylish I'd say. Qoffee Cuffs can be found on the Urban Quilt Company website and would make a great holiday gift paired up with a gift certificate from a favorite coffee shop. Shannon from UQ certainly did not ask for any promo, but in the spirit of paying It forward I could hardly resist. Thanks Shannon!

Tis the season for giving and this idea is really what the holidays are all about. I'm ready to Pay It Forward with three handcrafted gifts of my own to send to the first three comments here or e-mails to I'd ask that you agree to either post your own PIF on your blog--if you have one--or agree to do something for or give something to three unsuspecting people. Paying it forward is even nicer than paying back. Cheers!


Susan Hines-Brigger said...

Thanks for giving me the incentive to finally put into motion what I've been wanting to do for a long time. Since my kids seem to have forgotten how blessed they are and how to get along, I had been mulling over the idea of giving them each some money and telling them to use it to help someone else out this holiday season. Now that I read your challenge, I'm definitely going to do it. Thanks for the needed push.

Shannon - UQ said...

June, you're a sweetie. We're so glad you like your Qoffee Cuff, and even better that PIF is working to do good things out in the world!
Thanks for your Red Bull pics, too. Adrienne flew out there for a day on the final weekend. How great was that whole thing, eh?
And, to go, girl!

Kim said...

Hi June. It's your BFF from ECC. I can't help commenting on your wonderful blog. I love your holiday ideas with the kids and your design ideas all in one convenient place. I'll definitely check this out frequently. Besides I can see what you've been up to - hee hee. I'll have no problem PIF - remember all those wrapped gifts I have for unsuspecting children. The kids and I also donated some toys to their daycare - almost brand-new but rarely played with at our house, are now being enjoyed by all the children at their school. It was a great first step to doing more and best of all they were able to see the joy those toys brought to the other kids. Great idea!!

June said...

Thanks gals! You're all on my "to do for" list. Happy PIF!