Can you feel it?... The nights are longer, the wind is chilly, and the first frosty days are finally here... Winter magic is on its way!It's a sweet time to gather with loved ones and count our blessings, to notice the beauty and magic in our lives. A time for gratitude and speaking our love... or writing it...
Spread some love! Our Kindness Mission
blog circle love-bombs the world
What the world needs now is love, sweet love...
Today, me and my Flying Lessons blog circle girls are on a mission: we're love-bombing the world!!!
Inspired by mixed media artist Kelly Rae Roberts' "Kindness Mission" blog series, 10 of us have decided to start the year by joining forces and spreading LOVE, KINDNESS, BEAUTY and JOY into the world!
And to make this mission even more special, I've been teaming up with my artist friend and creative sister Ginger Deverell (whose awesome guest post you can read HERE!). Ginger lives near Vancouver in Canada, aaaall the way across the planet from me: I think this is pretty cool!!
Since Ginger and I are both artists, we've decided to do some art abandonment (= FUN!). We've each created some little notes with fluttery butterflies and loving hearts. Then we've shared them with each other so that we can use both designs during our mission. Then we've written some inspiring quotes on the notes, in English for Ginger, and in French for me: love knows no frontiers!
We were so excited and having so much fun, plotting and sharing our progress via email, that at the last minute we also decided to make "take what you need" posters, an idea borrowed HERE from Kelly Rae's blog (pssst...you can download them at the end of both our posts and join the mission!)
Once everything was ready, I packed it all in a big envelope... Let's go!
So last Saturday, our little family headed to the city centre of Tours. My 3 accomplices and I walked towards the library, on the banks of the Loire river. Our target? The bicycles parked in front...
We left little notes inside the bicycle baskets! It was pretty windy that day, but thankfully we had some washi tape at hand.
Our next target was the tramway stop nearby, where we left one of our little posters:
A second outing led me to another library (well I love libraries), the one in my own town this time. After leaving some love notes on the benches in the nearby park...
... I started sneeking around the shelves and hiding little bookmarks inside books and magazines. I left quite a few in the self-help section as well as in the art section...
I also left some posters in the entrance hall and in the ladies' bathroom (because putting a smile on a girl's face is better than make-up!). The few notes I had left ended up on the windshields of the cars parked outside (I hope some of them belonged to the library staff!).
That's it, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! And now... your turn! Why not spread a little kindness in your own neighborhoods, or even just your home? Come up with your own missions or feel free to borrow ours, and make sure to read the next posts in our blog circle: they will give you tons of fantastic ideas! Here is the blog circle map (NB: This blog circle is an international group so it’s a bit of a challenge to coordinate the different time zones. If you find that the circle is not yet complete, please check back later today!) :
- Ginger Deverell (CANADA) http://redpearcreative.blogspot.ca/2014/01/kindness-mission.html
- * YOU ARE HERE* Laly Mille (FRANCE) http://www.lalymille.com/2014/01/spread-some-love-kindness-mission-blog-circle.html
- Sandy King - http://sandymairart.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/kindness-mission-01-14/
- Naz Laila (AUSTRALIA) http://www.agentlerebellion.com/kindness-mission/#.UuIpGPbTm2x
- Kristen Fairgrieve - http://bagladylulu.com/2014/01/22/im-on-a-kindness-mission-wanna-come/
- Lulu Bea (Alaina McGinley) - http://lulubeas.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/kindness-mission/
- Karrlin Bain (USA) http://karrlinbain.blogspot.fr/2014/01/thank-you-school-bus-drivers-kindness.html
- Kathie Gadd - http://lavenderchalet.com/2014/01/the-kindness-mission
- Chandra Merod- http://www.junipergoods.blogspot.fr/2014/01/birthday-acts-of-kindness-flying.html
- Lisa Ullrich - http://www.heartsoulcreate.com/kindness-mission/
You can download my little heart poster below (click on the small images to open the high resolution files). You can even add your own favorite words on the blank ones! And grab Ginger's poster on her blog post HERE.
We hope this will inspire you to go an a mission too, and if you do, please let us know in the comments!
Trust your wings and Rise...
There's nothing like a bit of Disney magic... Tonight I watched a little bit of Dumbo with the kids. I hadn't watched it in years and fell in love with this scene at the end where the chubby, clumsy little elephant loses his (fake) magical feather that was supposed to give him the power to fly.
He panicks and falls and falls and falls but at the last second, cheered on by his little friend the mouse, he finally finds the strength and faith to trust his own wings, and gracefully rises. He becomes who he was always meant to be.
Well, that's what this little painting is all about: trust your wings, take off and rise higher than you ever thought you could... (+ an elephant's weight of gratitude to all the little mice... LOVE you guys).
(this painting is dedicated to Yves, his family and all who loved him. Peace and Hope)
Blog circle: 10 things I love
The 3rd Thursday of the month is here and it's blog circle time again! This month's theme, unsurprisingly, is love...
Well, my prince charming and I actually never celebrate Valentine's day. Or you might say we do our best to celebrate it every day, a bit like Alice's "unbirthdays". We do love our anniversary celebrations, but most of the time, love is about every day little things, isn't it? Anyway, I'm not sure I'd be too good at talking about love, I'd rather paint it:
So for this month's blog circle, I have decided to share 10 "favorite things" that I love and that make life that much more beautiful:
1. ... taking a walk in the woods on a slightly windy day and listening to the trees
2. ... getting completely hooked by a new fantasy book series and waiting for the next episode to arrive from the library or amazon (the sense of anticipation feels like Christmas!)
3. ... the smell of a french bakery. You might not have noticed, but they do not all smell the same. And once in a while, I find myself passing one that smells exactly like the one my grandma used to take me to when I was 5 years old, in the little seaside village where my grandparents have a house. The village is now more of a holiday resort and the bakery has long disappeared, but that smell is still here with me.
4. ... Mary Poppins! We've got it last week and the kids are watching it right now as I write. Still as delightful as ever!
5. ... the Museum of fiber arts in Angers. There is something so peaceful about that place and the art is always wonderfully mind-blowing.
6. ... thunderstorms on hot summer days: running outside with my husband, and running inside two minutes later completely soaked and giddy with laughter.
7. ... swimming in the Atlantic, especially in a moderate sea.
8. ... madeleines right out of the oven. The crunchy edges get softer after just a few minutes. And that smell...mmm...
9. ... good hair days (rare enough to be noticed when you have frizzy hair like mine)
10. ... good painting days!
Is that 10 already? So what about you? Tell me what you love!
And then you can hop on to Kathie's blog and find out what she has to say about love HERE. Below are all the links to the other blogs in the circle. Enjoy the fun and inspiration, and feel free to leave you own lovely comment!
PS: I've sprinkled some fun little links throughout this post. Enjoy!
Play for me
Play for me © 2011 Laly Mille 70 x 70 cm - 27,5" x 27,5" Mixed media painting on canvas
The Gift, mixed media painting
Take my heart in the palm of your hand and take it with you wherever you go...