Random Acts of Kindness

If you’ve read my August blog post about the flower printed paper, you’ll remember that I still have quite a bit left!  I was looking at it the other day and thought it would make some lovely bookmarks.  That got me thinking about all the books I have in the house, and that in turn reminded me of an article I’d just read in Positive News magazine.

Now, I’d never heard of Positive News until my recent Yarndale trip.  While I was busy in my workshops and generally having a wonderful woolly day, Mr HoneyB spent the time exploring the local area, and taking in the odd cafe or two along the way!  When we met up he told me all about this really interesting magazine he’d spotted in one of the cafes.  It calls itself ‘the inspiring current affairs magazine’ and it’s full of well written, thought-provoking articles, with none of the negativity and fear-mongering that seems to pervade most of our mainstream media at the moment.  We’ve taken out a subscription and it really is a breath of fresh air.

 

The cover feature in the current edition is entitled ‘Do Small Acts of Kindness Add Up?’  and it’s something I’m really interested in.  Action for Happiness is another organisation that often post random acts of kindness ideas too (they usually have a great advent calendar packed with lovely, free ways to make a difference so I’ll be keeping an eye out for that appearing shortly :))

Anyway, one of the ideas in the Positive News article was to pass on books.  Rather than actually handing a book to a friend to read though, the article suggests leaving the book somewhere so that a stranger would come across it unexpectedly which I thought was a lovely idea.  With this in mind I set about choosing 2 books and made a couple of bookmarks to go with them.  I kept it nice and simple, and just trimmed the paper to size, made a hole at one end with a hole punch, and threaded through a piece of cream ribbon (this was actually the ribbon hoops that I’d cut off the inside of my wedding dress – you know the ones I mean, clothes always seem to come with a long loop of narrow ribbon sewn on the inside of the shoulder seam to help them hang properly on hangers when they’re displayed in the shop).  I always cut these bits of ribbon off and keep them – you just never know when they might come in handy!

Next I set to work making tags for the books.  A quick Google search came up with lots of lovely book related quotes and I chose these two:

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” (J K Rowling)

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” (Stephen King)

I typed them up on some nice cream paper, added a little note just so folk would realise the books were a  free gift, then put a little gold border around them just to finish them off.

I wondered about actually wrapping the books up, but thought this might put people off opening them, so I just wrapped some twine around them and added the tag.

 

And there you have it!  These 2 parcels of joy are out there now awaiting new homes.  They didn’t cost me a penny, and hopefully they might just put a smile on someone’s face which would be wonderful 🙂