tapping into generosity

Note: I am extending the deadline to enter this generosity meme - see below!

I have swiped this idea from Patti Digh's blog! She posted it a while ago but I was caught up with getting our home ready for sale. Now that the project of "home ready-ing" is done for the most part and our house is actually on the market, I can breathe a little bit and find I'm looking for a few reasons to throw myself back in the studio!

My friend Frieda, who lives in Scotland, turned me onto Patti Digh when she reviewed Patti's book called: 37 Days -Life is a Verb on her own frieda quilter blog -one of my favorites. You can learn about the book on Patti's blog -I have read it myself and really loved it. The idea I am presenting/swiping from Patti is a generosity meme, in which you offer to make stuff for five people. To be one of those five, respond to this post below in the comments section. At the end of the Memorial Day weekend here in the USA ~ On May 29th, I will assign everyone who commented a number and then randomly choose (5) people that will get something made with my own two hands -- that's the generosity part!

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully…
I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. No refunds… and no exchanges!!!! What I create will be just for you, and handmade with love from me. It will be created sometime in this calendar year (2009) and sent to you, and when you receive it, you will need to let me know it has arrived.

I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world that I'll decorate and send to you through the US postal system. It will not be something cyber. It may be strange or it may be beautiful. I may even create something totally unbelievable and really surprise you!! It will be handmade, it could be any size, and it will be created from my heart in any medium I choose. I may take my time or I may make it quickly. I reserve the right to do whatever comes to mind when I create something for you!

The original meme requires you to post this text (or similar) into a note/blog post of your own and then make 5 things for 5 people who to respond to it. I’m not going to require that of you. If you would like to do this generosity meme too, that would be great. I encourage you to participate and generously create, but it is not a requirement in order to enter and win. As Patti pointed out, this isn't just for artists--it's for everyone. She says we are all artists, and we're all able to create something precious for another human being. Patti wrote, "One of the most gorgeous things I've ever received was a small box of precious stones from a child I met once--she made it for me, assembling it, cherishing it, giving it. You can do the same."

So, if you are interested, please leave a comment below and I will publish them as I am able with all our house showing appointments, etc. I'll draw five names from those submitted as a comment to this post by 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 25th (extended to) Friday, May 29th. Whether your name is drawn for this meme or not, I do hope you'll comment and play, participate, make, and give! Post this meme on your own blog, tweak it as you like, or put a sign up in your office and find a way to be involved. What fun!

I'll announce the winners on May 29th -- you'll need to send your mailing address to me if you win: lenna [at] creativelenna [dot] com - in order to receive whatever cool art I will make just for you ... if you don't, I will have to choose someone else ... I am really looking forward to this!!!!!


  1. What a fantastic idea! I know Frieda's work and it is beautiful. I will take a cue from you and do the same. The idea of random gifting is so theraputic :) Many of us worry about big things and sometimes forget how amazing the little things can be.
    Good luck with your house and your move Lenna!

  2. Hi Lenna,

    Thank you for all do for us-keeping our spirits up and encouraging our art. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that your home sells soon so that you and Steve can begin your new adventure.

    I will also follow your lead and post to my blog-not sure if it will be art or a box of treasures that I will share with five others. Thank you for opening my eyes-sometimes I am just too darn busy with my own thoughts to realized the small kindnesses I can offer to others.

  3. Hi there, just now found your blog. Very inspiring! Love it!
    Hope you will sell your house soon!
    Thanks so much for sharing and being that generous!

  4. What a wonderful thing to do, Lenna. I'm so happy you enjoyed the book as I did! It's so inspirational. And you have taken the spirit of it on board in true Lenna fashion!

  5. This came in from Dottie M - thank you for the comment : )
    Hi Lenna,

    I did send you a note via Feedblitz but not sure you will get it so I'm trying to your direct email as well.

    I think your meme is a wonderful idea. I would cherish having anything made by you. I always enjoy your swaps and look forward to the chance of receiving one of your pieces.

    Warmest Regards,

  6. Hi Leena -- Generosity is so contagious and we need more participants throughout the world! May the Universe send closure on your home at the perfect time ... Patti

  7. What a great & generous idea! Sounds so fun. Free expression and creativity reining! I hope your house sells quickly and you find a place to settle into in FL.

  8. Hi Lenna,
    Please add my name to your list I would love to have my name tossed in. I don't have a blog but I thought I could make some art for a few of my neighbors. Vicki Page

  9. Okay! Here it is May 29th and I have had 8 people respond to my "generosity meme" where I offered to make something handmade for five people. I would choose names from those who left a comment to this post by today.

    Congratulations to everyone who responded: Vickie Trancho, Linda Schultz, Andrea, Frieda Oxenham, Dottie Mucha, Patti, Sharon Schutt, and Vickie Page -- you have ALL won!! Everyone will receive something handmade from me by the end of the year (if not sooner).

    I have most everyone's snail mail because of their participation in Creative Swaps, but I do need Andrea and Patti's snail mail addresses. Please email them to me! You can find my email address on my profile pageCongrats!
    : ) lenna

  10. Thank you Lenna. Your art is always a special and inspiring treat.


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