Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Is it as hard for you to get back in the swing of things after an extra-long weekend, as it is for me?
I had a wonderful weekend, enjoying quiet time in the Paper Jungle. While I wish I could say I got more crafting done, I really had to thin the vines a bit, and whack back the weeds in the Jungle. In other words, I'd made it a MESS!!
It's better now, not perfect ... but then again, neither am I.
Today I'm showing one of the (yes!) 24 cards I made in June for my personal challenge as part of the Royal Purple Freedom Blog Hop.
I'll be honest ... not only did I want to make the cards for women who needed extra support in a shelter for those suffering the after-effects of domestic violence, I also had an incentive.
You see, for each card and/or dollar raised and contributed to the cause earns one chance to win a fabulous grand prize of crafting supplies. We can all use them, right?
Well, silly me -- I hadn't paid attention to the rules. I learned just last week that those of us who were "stops" in the blog hop aren't eligible to win the prizes, no matter how many cards or cash we contribute.
I know, I know -- 'tis better to give than receive. I wish I was more godly or altruistic that I didn't need motivation or incentive. Yes, I still play Bingo at the Senior Center, not only to help the seniors with their fund raising, but also hoping I'll occasionally win. Yes, I still buy lottery tickets -- not only to benefit older Pennsylvanians but also hoping I'll win. I wanted (gosh!) at least ONE chance to win those prizes!! Am I nuts?
....and yes, when I play along on Blog Hops, leaving comments along the way, yup, I do hope that I'll occasionally win some "candy." And I LOVE ♥ LOVE ♥ LOVE it when I can award it, too!! In online conversation with a hop organizer about my disqualification, I started to feel ... unchristian? ungodly? greedy? ... and yup, a bit annoyed. A bit judged. Feelings I just didn't like. I felt my nose slip out of joint.
True enough, it's hard to communicate fully via emoticons and flat computer monitors ... perhaps I misunderstood. But still, I felt hurt. I felt I had given my time (a LOT of it, and I have precious little spare time these days) as well as my space here, and yes, I wanted to be loved. Accepted. And a chance to win!
This little place here in the world, the World Wide Web, is mine ... I want this place -- my little world on Blogger -- to be an accepting place, where there's no room for an "UNLIKE" button. I guess I'm just weird, at that.
What do you think?