As some of you know, we have a tradition where we add names to a bucket every live video on Facebook. The names we add are completely random. We add 2 or 3 names to the bucket every time our viewer number goes up during the live. Typically you will see us say in the comments “Roll Call Y’all” once we see the viewer number go up. That’s just how we let y’all know that we are adding names to the bucket. It is completely random and we just pick the names we see come across the comments as they come in. We can’t help how we see the names come across and we know from experience that it can be different on every device. To the majority of our friends on our page, the bucket is something they look forward to.
When we first started, and we had a whole lot less people watching during our lives, we would manually write the names on paper and put it in a bucket. It’s not possible for us to do it that way anymore, so that’s why one of us does it in the comments so that the other can do the craft with y’all.
Every name we pick during the live goes into the “Big Bucket”. Twice a month we draw a name out of the BIG bucket and send a gift to that person.
We got the idea to add names to our bucket from our friend Melanie with “Lolly and Lu Designs” on Facebook. The more we thought about the bucket, the more we loved it.
There is a REASON for all of it that means a great deal to us!
There is a children’s book called “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. You can find it right here (affiliate link) if you want to read it.
“All day long everyone in the whole wide world walks around carrying an invisible bucket.”
The book goes on to explain how everyone has a bucket that is filled by kindness, good thoughts, positive actions, love, and the respect you have for others. Not only can you fill your own bucket, but you can fill others buckets as well.
“You can also dip into a bucket.”
You can dip into someones bucket with negativity, being mean, unkind thoughts, and negative actions. The book specifically mentions bullying as a way to dip into others buckets.
“When you hurt others you dip into their bucket, you will dip into your bucket too.”
“Many people who dip have an empty bucket. They may think they can fill their own bucket by dipping into others, but that will not work.”
The book explains how no matter your age you should always make the effort to be a “Bucket Filler”. It explains all the ways you can do that by giving specific examples of loving and kind actions.
Y’all fill our bucket every day! Your love, support, and kindness fuels our desire to keep creating and dreaming even bigger. YOU ALL make us feel good about what we are doing! YOU FILL OUR BUCKETS! Doing the “Roll Call” during our lives is a way that we can give back to as many of you as possible. We hope, if even for a second we are able to fill your buckets too!
The message in this children’s book isn’t just for children. I think as adults we need a reminder every once in a while that kindness will always stand out above all else. Negativity and unkind actions will always leave us feeling like our bucket is empty.
We always want to make the choice to be “Bucket Fillers” not “Bucket Dippers”.
And that is the sentiment behind our Bucket Drawings during our Lives!!
With all our Love,
Lizzy and Erin
*All of the quotes in this blog post are directly from the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today” by Carol McCloud. We highly recommend this book. It is a simple yet impactful message of how kindness can alter your reality, a message not just for kiddos, but for us as “Grown Ups” as well.*
Pam Hill says
I absolutely love this idea. I want to be a “drop” in so many buckets starting with my own. You’d be surprised how one act of kindness can make someone’s day ….. a man holding the door open for me at the post office ….. a little old lady at the grocery store telling me I have a pretty blouse on ….. just little things like that can put a bounce in your step. I try to spread the love. I am an artist and I’m painting rocks and leaving them in random places just to put a smile in someone’s face. You girls are awesome and I love watching your videos when I can. Keep spreading your lights and thank you for being a several drops in my bucket.
Thank you so much Pam! And thank you for making intentional efforts to pay for the kindness. You are so right about how one little act of kindness can Change someone’s whole day! ❤️
Melanie Bowman says
Love LOVE LOVEEEEE THIS
I just found y’all today and am already a Fan. No, not from watching your lives because I have only seen one.. the deco pumpkin…not by scrolling.. literally just liked the page 20 minutes ago… This BLOG IS AMAZING 🙌🙌😍❤️
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER.
I WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING AND WATCHING Y’ALL’S LIVES FROM HERE ON OUT ❤️💗 AND I WILL BE BUYING A COPY OF *HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY* FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN 🍊❤️❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸💯
Thank you so much Miss Melanie! We are so glad you found us! We are truly blessed to have such wonderful supper from all of you!!
Lynn Goodrich says
Such inspiring words just as your craft ideas are.How quickly we sometimes forget about filling the bucket when everyday stresses come into our lives. Thank you for reminding us that kindness makes us feel good at the end of the day when sit and reflect. Love coming home and watching the replays at the end of my day!
Thank you so much Lynn!
I just started following you and I just love this idea! I am a Teacher Assistant at a HS and I always say Good morning to every single student that I pass in the hall and throughout the day or tell them that I’m glad to see they are here. I even leave little messages on their computers where they have to erase it to put their username in and have gotten back several messages myself! If I can change one students outlook for the Dayana put a smile on their face I have done my job….have an amazing day and keep doing what you are doing!💕😊
Thank you! You are a beautiful human being, and what your doing is a beautiful. Keep doing what your doing, we love it and thank you for sharing!
Sherri Mertz says
Please do not allow yourselves to be bothered by the very few people who are miserable, Anyone who takes the time to be mean and hurtful has usually been treated the same way at some point and feel the need to bully someone else to make themselves feel better, those few people need prayers to be a better person, not anger comments , which they probably need and want to feel better, With that being said 99.9# of us love and adore the two of you. You have let us in to your lives, create awesome crafts to share and inspire us to try something new, i have never been in the bucket (which is fine) because I just enjoy being here, listening about your day and what new idea you came up with. Just keep doing what your doing, don’t let trolls ruin your day. Craft on!
Gosh. Oh how I love this on so many levels. Being even “a drop” in someone’s bucket can be life changing. Thank you for sharing. Let’s change the world by being drops in others buckets!!!
Yes, it is so important to be a bucket filler! xoxo
Mary DeWolf says
Hi there ladies! I just found one of your lives this past week and did wonder what the “sprinkling” thing was and the name drawings, so thanks for taking the time to explain it to us newbies! I LOVE the crafts ideas you come up with especially because they are so inexpensive to make and turnout looking like a pricey one!! You both really brighten up my day and have given me incentive to get crafting! Take care…
😊Mary DeWolf, Livonia, NY
Thank you so much for your message! We appreciate you being here and can’t wait to craft more for you!
Telida Lovell says
I love this story. Yes we all need to be filling each other’s bucket with kindness. I look forward to your crafts and the funny stories you share. I feel you ladies are a bucket filler. Keep up the good work. Thank you for sharing this post. I hope all who has watched gets a chance to read it.
Sarah Mixson says
I don’t know how to message you!