Over the next several months, we found painted rocks all over our neighborhood. We started stopping and taking pictures with them. It was like finding hidden treasure every time we left the house.
We even found a Christmas treasure in December.
As we posted pictures of them, my friends and family started wondering what the story behind them was. I was also curious, but also enjoyed the mystery of the rocks, so I didn't really try to find any answers. A few family members decided to start painting their own in various states because everybody needs a little more joy in their lives and finding treasures is any easy way to do that.
Then last week, we went to agility class and our trainer walked over to get a sip of water and started laughing: "There's a rock over here! It has a note saying to re-hide it!" I was so excited and told the class about the treasures we'd been finding for months. Our trainer said someone should re-hide it, so I picked it up and took it home for our next adventure.
|What was this cat doing in an agility gym?!|
The rock had a little slip of paper sealed onto the back that said "Find us on Facebook at Northeast Ohio Rocks. Post a picture and re-hide me." I visited the Facebook page and was amazed by how many incredible rocks people had painted (seriously--there are full landscapes on rocks. Check out the page and be wowed!) and all of the different stories that were being shared by the people who found them.
|Rye was acting silly right outside the frame--Barley was not happy.|
Once I knew what the story was, I wanted to be a part of it, too, so I ordered all the supplies I needed from Amazon and anxiously awaited for them to get here!
The supplies trickled in all week and last night I sat down and got to work. I knew I wanted a few lines of Emily Dickinson poetry on my rocks. I also wanted a few that felt kind of valentines-y to be a bit seasonal. Some of the rocks also just seemed to be calling for certain designs. I ended up with 10 rocks to hide in our neighborhood or on our adventures.
The group suggested creating a hashtag that ends in rocks to put on your rocks with the instructions on the back so that you can easily track them (with several thousand people in the group, it would be easy to miss your rocks' pictures when they're found!) if people decide to use the hashtag. I decided to go with #MyMuttRocks, so if you want to follow along on my rocks' journey with me, you can search #MyMuttRocks on Facebook (and it looks like some people share the rocks on Instagram, too, with #NortheastOhioRocks)! There's no guarantee that whoever finds the rocks will post the pictures or use the hashtag--and I really just want people to feel the same joy I've felt finding the rocks--but I do hope that I get to see where at least a few of the rocks go on their journeys!
The girls were not happy that we were not playing, but eventually they settled down and let me create. Hopefully, they'll forgive me when I take them on adventures to distribute our treasures.
|Can we please stop crafting now?|
If you want to spread a little joy around your state, too, you don't need much! All you need are rocks (I ordered these because I'm too impatient to wait for them to dry after cleaning mud off ones I find, but any rock will do), paint, paint brushes, modge podge (if you want to attach instructions on the back), and a waterproof sealant to protect your art. I also got some paint pens because I don't have the patience to write full things with a paint brush.
We'll hopefully be heading out on an adventure this weekend to hide a few of these, so stay tuned for more stories!