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31 comments | Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I posted this in the DCR at DST, but thought I'd share it here--if you read it already, move on to the freebie:

Okay, I've been reading all these post and to tell you the truth, I was very disheartened, never wanting to post in this forum or any other forum again. I don't post often and when I do, well so much for me and my little thoughts I want to share an experience that I had yesterday that made me renew my faith in humanity. And that is what I believe we all need right now.I was at the grocery store at the busy time (5:00 pm) and the lines were all packed, everyone was crabby, kids were screaming and I was behind a woman with a HUGE load in her cart. Obviously she had kids, based on what I could see in the cart and what I saw go through the checkout while I waited. She was pregnant. She looked sad. And after all the groceries were bagged and scanned her credit card or debit card was refused and so was her personal check. She just stood there, on the verge of tears. All of us in line of course were like "UGH" how much longer will be standing here now? And of course I went "UGH" along with everyone else. My sitter was on the clock, I had a cold and was just down in the dumps.

Then the most amazing thing happened that I will never forget as long as I live and grocery shop: a woman in the next isle over handed a credit card to the cashier and said to charge it to her. Wow. Wow. Wow. The woman with the groceries just started to bawl at the kindness of strangers. After all our jaws dropped because we witnessed something probably none of us would ever do ourselves (her bill was over $200), clapping began for the woman who paid for her groceries and she was obviously embarrassed at the attention. Then the two women hugged and introduced themeselves. At first we all thought they knew each other because "why would you offer to pay for someone's groceries that cost over $200 if you don't know them." They were strangers. The woman who paid for the groceries didn't want the money back, saying she just wanted to help. This was such a moving experience for me and for others in the store. After they were gone, we could see them hugging in the parking lot and the pregnant woman was still sobbing. We all stood there feeling humbled but I think everyone who witnessed that felt their heart beat faster and their faith in humanity a little more refreshed or restored.

I guess how I relate all this to my experiences as a designer and member of this community is that I want to be the designer that pays for the groceries. I want to believe in the goodness of others. I want to provide high quailty products for those who can afford them and high quality freebies now and again for those who can't afford to shop at my store or other stores. Someday they may be able to afford it. So I'm not giving up. There are good people out there. It is for them that I will continue to srap and design, whilst ignoring all the inner turmoil, backstabbing and witch hunting going on here, there and everywhere.And the next time I am in that situation, and someone can't pay for their groceries, perhaps my designing dollars will enable me to hand over my credit card and lend a hand.

So that is why I'm not giving up.

Thank you and hugs to everyone who left me feedback about my freebies and work. I read every comment and felt restored with the reading of each and every one of them. Thanks so much!

And I can't resist sharing a few more precious faces from my preschool photo shoot--something else in my life that is keeping me inspired with my work:

And if you got this far, you deserve the freebie---a sampler from my upcoming Divine Diva Deal "Celtic Charms." It will be on sale starting March 13th and for one week, until midnight on March 19th, it will be $2. Let me tell you, this kit is huge! Maybe it is the Irish in me that can't stop making things for it....Anyway, this isn't a cutsie kind of St. Patrick's Day kit. Not that I don't like those, I do. I just wanted to do something different to honor this great "green" day. Growing up my mother was our Girl Scout leader and she used to have this pin "I Love Girls in Green." After we were done with scouting that pin became my father's possession and he wears it every St. Patrick's Day. Gets a lot of laughs and it is something I'll always remember on St. Patrick's Day. I should have done a kit called "I Love Girls in Green." Perhaps next year.....

"Celtic Charms" is more of a Celtic art kit----at least I think so. There was a Celtic festival in a nearby town last weekend and some of the stuff from that inspired me to make this kit. I hope you like the sampler today and pick up the kit when it comes out. Click on the image to download and say "hi" if you have a chance when you download. And please don't share the links---send people here.

Don't forget the grab bag sale this weekend. I will have a personal use and commercial use bag in this sale. Here is the first hint for the personal use: the name of the personal use kit that is in the grab bag can be found in the word "Irish." Nothing like a game of boggle!

Have a great day,



Blogger Marianna said...

WOW! Thank you for sharing your experience. It does restore one's faith in humanity.

12:57 PM

Blogger Scrapmuch said...

AWESOME post! I applaud your additude and wililngness to share. Have a great day


ps LOVE the kid photos - precious

1:13 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

What a sweet, sweet story! Thanks for all you share with us!

1:24 PM

Anonymous Sheila (pianomama7) said...

Thank you so much for sharing your experience! Yes, it must have been awesome to witness. It definitely made ME cry!

1:39 PM

Blogger Mary said...

Thank you for sharing that wonderful story. It must have been quite an experience. Can't wait for your Celtic kit to come out. I'm scrapping my Irish genealogy pages, and these will be perfect. It's more subdued and just right for heritage! I'll be waiting for the preview to show up!!

1:58 PM

Anonymous Sandy (g3390sc) said...

Thank you, Cyndi, for your beautiful Celtic freebie! Love these shades of green, and your metal elements are simply wonderful!

2:03 PM

Anonymous Denise said...

I read your and it was very moving. It made me cry. I just wanted to encourage you to keep going and to have faith.

There is plenty of crap in the world, but there is also a lot of good, we just need to seek it out, and be an example of it ourselves.

Thanks again.

2:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it. It was moving. Each of us can reach out to others in some way...maybe not with $200 but with a little of ourselves.

2:25 PM

Blogger Dracowin said...

Thank you very much for this beautiful freebie! Being Irish myself I can't wait to see the full kit. I'll be snapping it up as soon as its out!
Thank you even more for sharing that wonderful story of generosity and caring. I've been having a very difficult week so far and really needed that bit of brightness. That is the sort of thing my former boss would have done. As an unofficial Christmas gift for our team she had each of us pick a book to be donated to a local school in our name then went and bought all the books. Just one example of the nice things I've seen her do for others.

2:30 PM

Blogger Scoobie81 (Lisa) said...

Cyndi! {{{{{HUGS}}}}} What a wonderful story - it so brings hope and joy and love at being alive and being able to help others - even if in little ways! It brought tears to MY eyes! We had a similar experience here in the Seattle area - home of Starbucks! It certainly wasn't on this scale but someone couldn't pay at an espresso stand and the person behind paid for theirs, it continued on for 3 days! Then it hit the news and people started doing it at other stands...just to do something nice and unexpected for others... Do know that we value you! That we love your kits, your freebies...I am so glad you are not "leaving us"!

2:36 PM

Blogger Kim said...

WOW Cyndi! What an experience and thank you so much for sharing it - I cried through the entire post. Thanks for spreading the hope and thanks for your spirit in designing. It really is a blessing to me. Please continue pressing on :)

2:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a touching story. There are really good people. Thank you for sharing and for your talent and hard work

3:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lovely gift...the wonderful story and for staying strong in a world of corruption and hate.
I am a scrapbooking stay at home mom of 4(all under 5)...and can't afford often to buy products...in the rare times I do I try to support those who support my addiction with wonderful freebies and share their lives with me on the internet. Thank you for being one of those wonderful people who I get to "meet" here.

3:55 PM

Blogger Sharon aka Scrapcat4914 said...

TY so very much for sharing your wonderful expericence with us & it just goes to show ou that there is still hope in this world!!!!
TY so ever much for this FANTASTIC goody!!!!!!

4:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing story. Thanks so much for sharing it will all of us. Powerful!

5:01 PM

Anonymous josey said...

Bless you for sharing this. If we all could remember to pay it forward, how much better place the world would be. Thank you for offering your free design items to try & remember that those who have them may not have the money today but they will remember what they like & be back later to buy & will remember you & your kind thoughts.

6:36 PM

Anonymous Patricia said...

Oh Cindi,

This is a most fulfilling story. It gives me some ideas about how I might be able to help others. Thanks for sharing your life with us. The children's portraits are truly beautiful.

I got married at 50 on St. Patrick's Day and will be buying your kit to celebrate our anniversary.

Love knowing YOU, lady.

7:43 PM

Anonymous Liz said...

Thanks for sharing this great story with us. We need more stories like this. I'm glad you go on with your blog; I love your work and your photos!

8:59 PM

Blogger Sweet Pea said...

What an awesome story! Last month, I wrote an article on RAKS for our church newsletter and this is one of the best examples of a RAK I've ever heard! And your freebies are another wonderful example! I have to confess, your parts of the "Happily Ever After" kit are my favorites!

10:41 PM

OpenID Sophia said...

I read this in the DCR and I just wanted to stop by here and thank you again for posting this uplifting story at a time when so many needed to read it. Thank you again. I'm linking your blog post on both of my blogs. Hugs.

12:27 AM

Blogger lovetocraftbetty said...

Cyndi - your story of the lady in the grocery store is very moving - thanks for taking the time to share it.
I just love all the photos of the children - you catch such awesome expressions on their faces!!
Thanks for the "Irish" freebie. I think it is very sweet that your Dad has claimed your pin and wears it for St. Patrick's Day.

2:13 AM

Blogger Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today.

3:28 AM

Blogger Girl said...

Fabulous story. Thank you for retelling it.

9:33 AM

Blogger Photomama said...

I so understand that poor mom. We have all been in situations where we need a hug. Just someone to show us we are worth it, someone who can make a difference.
I had not read this before - thank you for sharing.
She paid it forward to someone who really needed it.

12:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awesome story -- thank you so much for sharing - and restoring my faith in mankind.

10:29 PM

Blogger Angela said...

fabulous sampler Cyindi, and a very touching story - thanks for sharing it with us, my eyes are rather wet from reading it.;

5:17 AM

Blogger DanisDelusions said...

Top O' the mornin' to ya'! I was just whining on a forum the other day about how all the Irish kits that come out are always "cartoony" and I would like a kit that was about actual Irish heritage not just beer and leprechauns *L* This is SO perfect. A million thanks and I can't wait for the full kit!

10:50 AM

Blogger shawnyrvr said...

What an AWESOME experience. I would have been crying right along with them... I'm such a sap for seeing "love" shown in any way. Thanks for sharing such an uplifting experience to encourage and exhort us to where our hearts should be at all times. Blessings!

1:30 PM

Blogger Sheila said...

Thanks so much for this gorgeous little green "freebie"!!! It sure appeals to the Irish in me! Love Celtic art ....
Thanks for sharing that amazing and moving experience you had. It brought tears to my eyes, goosebumps to my arms, and made my heart soar. Yes, there is hope for humanity!!!! I'm so glad that you are willing to keep on keepin' on.

2:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing a very heartening story. This has helped restore my faith in people. I have never posted any of my own designs yet. I have stage fright even here on the web, but I do post my photography on certain sites, and have considered stopping when some of my original work was stolen. Your story and thoughts on the piracy have made me realize I too may be able to help someone else someday. Thank you for the wake-up call.
P.S. I would like to thank you for your wonderful work and freebies. I am sure I have downloaded some in the past, and may or may not have said thanx, but I do love your work.

10:13 AM

Blogger Island Lady said...

Hi Cyndi - I have tears streaming down my cheeks even now. Thank you so much for sharing this story. You see, I am one of those who is having a bit of difficulty now and finding it hard to buy anything that's not absolutely in my budget. A year ago I lost my job at the age of 62 through no fault of my own; the grant that paid my salary ran out and wasn't renewed. So I went from making more than $50K a year to less than $15K. With a rent that runs $450/month, it's not easy living on $1200 a month. It's been even harder finding work at my age and in this economy.

Before this happened, I confess that I bought a lot of scrapbooking and stamping supplies, both digital and "real." Now I simply can't, so I am terribly beholden to all you wonderful designers who provide a host of incredible freebies. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your generosity. And believe me when I say, just as soon as the economy improves and I get a job again, I will remember all the designers I downloaded freebies from, and I will be visiting their stores first!

3:30 AM


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