A few months ago, I was moved to commit to doing a “Random Act of Crafty Kindness”. The idea was to make something small but lovely and gift it to a stranger. The results were incredible.
The whole project, from start to finish, took longer than I expected it to. It wasn’t about the size of the gift I was crafting (I chose a light-weight infinity scarf), but more about my reservations. For some reason, putting myself out there in a crafting way felt scary. All sorts of scenarios and what-ifs were running through my head. Things like, “What if the person I give it to doesn’t like hand-made?” and “Should I just walk up to someone on the street? How do I even go about this?”
I let the fear and nerves I was experiencing put me off for a while…..and all the time, my finished random gift was sitting there ready to find a new, random home.
The thing that finally pushed me into motion, amusingly enough, was the big move my family was about to make. We were moving from Colorado to Hawaii. With no fall season in Hawaii, I knew I HAD to find a home for the infinity scarf before I left. So I started to plan.
I decided my best plan of action was to leave a little note, along with the scarf, in a random place. My first thought was to sneak it onto the table at a restaurant after I ate dinner. I planned for this all evening a few nights before my family was set to leave. I even went so far as to take the scarf with me in my purse. Somehow, dinner with friends made me forgetful, though, and I left the restaurant without giving it a single thought.
Luckily, as I was chatting on a park bench with a close friend, I suddenly remembered my mission! I told her all about it, and we decided my best opportunity, at this point in the evening, would be to leave the scarf and note on someone’s car. So when we got back to the restaurant, I picked the little white truck parked next to me in the parking lot, tucked the note under the windshield wiper, and left the scarf.
It was actually harder than I thought it would be. I kept second guessing myself….”What if this truck belongs to a man and he has no one to give it to?” “What if the scarf isn’t as cute as I think it is and the owner of the truck hates it?” “What if my lovingly hand-made scarf ends up in the trash?” This was really the question of the hour. With my commitment to the random act, though, I turned on my car and drove away. I never expected to hear about or see that scarf again.
In a world of social media, though, something incredible happened.
The next morning, I received this text from my friend.
Beautifully enough, a gesture I never expected to hear about, or really even think about again, had turned into something spectacular.
As my friend was scrolling through her Facebook news feed the next day, she had come across this post:
“Last night David and I had an evening out. This is a fairly rare event and it was quite enjoyable. I actually wore a dress with little heels and even make up!
First we attended an art opening of a dear friend and then headed to our favorite Paonia restaurant for dinner. We had a glorious dinner and a nice wine. It was nice to actually be with humans instead of dogs for a while!
After dinner we headed to the car and as I’m getting settled and putting on my seatbelt David says, “What’s that on the windshield?”
I’m like, “What?” That’s when I saw something white on the driver’s side windshield on the outside.
I get out and grab what looks like a crochet neck warmer with a note. As I read the note I was very taken aback at the oddity of it all.
I read it out loud to David and he says, “So what are you going to do?”
I’m looking around as if I’m on candid camera to see who might be lurking in wait and watching my reaction. I looked at the crochet item more closely and said, “It’s very soft and probably will look pretty cute with a jacket in the fall. I’m going to keep it!”
Thank you whoever you are. And I can guarantee this is a once in a lifetime experience.”
The post included a couple photos……
Now isn’t that something!? I didn’t comment on the post or let her know it was me. After all, this was supposed to be Random! I did, however, get a lot of joy knowing that she would use the scarf and was excited to receive it <3
I doubt most people ever hear the outcome of their Random Acts of Crafty Kindness (after all, I did live in a rather small town). I do think that each act is appreciated greatly, just as this one was though.
So what do you think? Are you going to take the challenge and do a Random Act of Crafty Kindness too? Leave a comment on this post letting me know!