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May 30, 2012

How I Paid it Forward in May

As promised, I'm here to report some of the ways I found to Pay it Forward this month to sustain the blogs, businesses and artists that make my life better. So excited about this project! First, I was happy to buy this automaticsweetheart purse made by my talented coworker Renée Valenzuela.


As I've mentioned before, Renée makes a beautiful line of handmade leather goods, and I had been eyeing her purses since wearing more pocket-less maternity dresses (I miss you, jeans!). Now I have a way to tote my cell phone and keys through week 40 and beyond.

Next, my sister, mom and I placed an order with Ballyhoo Bath to stock up during its May sale. The woman behind Ballyhoo, Luci, is an old blog friend. With a background in physics and a passion for creating, Luci is celebrating one year of making high quality bath and body products. Go, Luci!

At first I thought we'd save a few bucks by combining our order, but we qualified for free shipping that knocked about $20 off our purchase. Score! I had to laugh a little when all of our shampoo and conditioner choices were the same two fragrances. I guess the apples don't fall far from the tree.

Finally, I bought my mom a lotion she admired when she visited me at Common Thread Studio. I'm more a saver than a spender and generally resist the temptation to buy the many covet-able items at work. It was nice to have an occasion (Mother's Day and a trip up to the NW) to buy a gift for!

If you pay it forward to sustain someone's creative work, leave a comment, email me at giftedmailbox[at]gmail.com, or give me the link to where you've blogged about it. Would love to hear from you!

Pay it Forward Idea #2: Replace just one thing
Supporting creative businesses doesn't mean you have to go and buy artisianally-made everything. Try replacing one mass-produced product you use with something handmade. Then see how it goes! I was thrilled to find that my Ballyhoo Bath shampoo worked better than anything else I'd tried, and in the end I'm happy to be supporting the friend who made it.

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6 comments:

  1. You are so adorable-y pregnant!!! I wish I looked like that during my two pregnancies!

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    1. Thank you, Shelly! Granted, the first picture was taken at work...I'm definitely sporting a much more casual look (maternity sweatpants, anyone?) at home.

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  2. That purse is so cute and reminds me that I could really use a new one. I've had the same black purse for probably 15 years (!!!). It has served me well but boy, I'd love something fun and really cool like gold maybe!

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    1. Good for your black purse...especially if it works for you there's something satisfying about getting A LOT of use out of the things you own.

      I'd usually choose something more conservative, but when I saw Renee's gold purse on sale as a sample I decided to bite the bullet and be flashy!

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  3. You look awesome with that gold purse! And thanks a TON for including me here (DuhBe=Luci=BallyhooBath)

    I love your challenge to replace just ONE thing with handmade. That's how it all starts... baby steps. Great idea! I'm looking forward to more of these posts.

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! A friend asked me about your shampoos and my reply email could as well have been an advertisement.

      If there are ways you've supported a small business, artist, or blogger and want to share, let me know!

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