Social media gets a lot of bad press sometimes.
Part of it is that a lot of people still don’t understand it.
A lot of it is that some people use it as a way to attack others.
But there is a lot of good in social media, and I’m thankful for it.
Apart from the obvious opportunities it opens to connect to others, and meet new people (just yesterday The Fridge Door Blog and I had a conversation about the individual low pressure systems sitting over our respective parts of the country), people can be so helpful.
Similar to most families, we have been getting ready for going back to school, and doing the required stationary, uniform, lunchbox shop. Because Taylah is going into year four (help!) she is required to have all her own stationary, and she also needed new uniforms.
Bridie in year One has all her school supplies, supplied, and is wearing Taylah’s hand me downs.
Needless to say, in the back to school shopping, she was feeling a little left out.
The one thing she did need was a library bag.
Now if I had had my way, I would have ordered some from HoneyBee Homemade Designs, another business I’ve found through Social Media. They make gorgeous personalized library bags, (and you can win one in my Blogoversary giveaway.)
Unfortunately, Bridie, being the shopping diva that she is, had her heart set on the act of entering the shops in search of the perfect bag to carry her books, and an Internet order form was not going to be sufficient. So Monday morning I packed all the kids up and headed out to look for library bags.
Would you believe I couldn’t find them anywhere? Even the guy in the back to school section at Kmart had no idea what one was!
After dragging kids from store to store, I was left with two options. Suggest we go home and order one on line, or suggest that I make them instead and the girls could choose their own material.
Option B it is.
Long story short, we went to spotlight and bought material (I had no idea how much to get), then got home and asked on Facebook if anyone knew where I could get a pattern on-line.
Within minutes, I had multiple responses with ideas, instructions, links to websites that sold them, and pinterest pins.
I was completely blown away by the thought other people had put in; the fact that they would search out ideas for me, (and pretty much save me from having to do it myself), and to be so generous with their time, is such a wonderful thing.
Aren’t they cute?
The girls are over the moon at getting such pretty bags, and I had so much fun making them.
So thanks to all the gorgeous people on Facebook who read and comment, and make me feel loved. I honestly appreciate all of you!
Linking with the ever wonderful Kate for Thankful Thursday.