Mission Accomplished!!

“Your mission,” she said, “is to go out in the world and spread a little color, connection, poetry, art or magic.”  Easy enough, right?  Well, a little less easy for an introvert like me – I knew right away what I wanted to make; it was deciding how to get my little kisses out into the world that proved more challenging.

Altogether, I made ~52 Fortune Kiss packages (like the one shown below), containing two little paper fortune cookies with inspirational quotes tucked inside (click here to find out how to make your own).  The little tag attached instructed the recipient to keep a kiss for themselves and share the other with someone else; on back, it said “In honor of Plant a Kiss Day – 4/29/2012.”

I started my mission early last week by taking a basketful of Fortune Kiss packages to my good friend Maura at My Heart’s Fancy to hand out as customers stopped by.  Easy for me, fun for Maura and sure to hit a community that would appreciate them.  As an aside, let me just say that this is THE best paper art store in Oklahoma!  If you ever come through Oklahoma City, you won’t want to miss it.  Maura has her finger firmly on the pulse of the mixed media community and is always adjusting and fine-tuning her inventory to make sure her customers have just what they’re looking for (even when they don’t know they’re looking – it’s a little dangerous that way :D).

The rest sat on my workbench and taunted me unmercifully for the rest of the week!!  I could ding-dong ditch them to my neighbors (hang them on the doorknob, ring the bell and run), I considered decorating trees in the park with them, I even thought about tying them to car antennas in the grocery store parking lot.  It was a dilemma until Maura suggested I give them out at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, which just happened to end on Sunday, and I was sold!  What better place to plant a little bit of artsy love and magic than in a place where people are specifically looking for it?  And what more joyful time to do it than on the last day of the festival?!

Who do you suppose I drafted as my accomplice?  Possibly the only other person in the world who is as intimidated by approaching strangers as I am – my daughter Meg (you know that saying about the apple and the tree?).

But she was a trooper and when we discovered empty chairs just before a performance on the Cafe Stage, we knew we were in business…

We boldly placed our little packages then slipped away (shoot and scoot style) to enjoy the art!  And what a wonderful cross-section we found!!  A few artists that especially caught my eye… Kendra Baird had a series of umbrella paintings that made me think of Miss Amy KR’s yellow umbrella; Joy Richardson’s abstract splashes of color took my breath away, and Jennifer Cavan’s oil pastels were another favorite – there was a weathered sort of quality to them that I just adored.

On our way out, we passed back by the Cafe Stage and found Edgar Cruz (a local favorite of mine for MANY years) playing Bohemian Rhapsody to a packed house – now is that synchronistic or what?  We left a little love and got a whole bunch back in the form of a gorgeous (the playing AND the player 😉 ) guitar performance!!

Plus – all of the Fortune Kiss packages were gone; nary a one trampled on the ground as I had feared and, while a part of me wouldn’t have minded catching a reaction or two, I think half the fun turned out to be just putting them out there and not knowing the outcome.  I like to think the people who found our packages multiplied the gift at least by two (by giving a kiss away) and I’m dreaming about the few who were so inspired they went home to think up some wonderful way to plant a kiss of their own!!

“Kind Art” of this sort (art for no other purpose than to delight) is at the very heart of my journey in life.  I adore the idea of brightening the world in small, anonymous ways and Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s work shines the brightest of lights on that idea.  She reminds me over and over that even the simplest acts of kindness and magic can change the world.  Plant a Kiss Day was created to celebrate that message, along with Amy’s whimsical book, “Plant a Kiss,” which is beautifully illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.

“In this gentle tale about hope, kindness, and sharing, see how one small act blooms into something grander than anyone ever could have imagined.”

And Plant a Kiss is not just for kids; it has a message of magic and hope we all need to hear, no matter what our age (click here to order a copy).

In the spirit of Amy’s work, I’m absolutely thrilled to be partnering with 15 other inspiring and creative bloggers to plant kisses all over the country.  Each of my cohorts also went into the world this past Sunday, April 29 to plant kisses in their own creative ways and, today, we’re all posting about the experience.

Not only are there some amazing stories to read, there are prizes too!  Just click here to visit the Plant a Kiss home page, where you’ll find links to all of the participating bloggers and be sure to say hello because, for every blog you comment on, your name will be entered in a drawing for prizes that include online writing, photography, or dream-building classes; coaching sessions; and artwork or jewelry.  My prize contribution (shown at top) is two-part… the winner will receive a box of ~40 Fortune Kisses to give away however you like AND one of my Connections Business Card Boxes.

So… that’s it!  Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to leave me a comment to be entered in the drawing.  If you’ve been out in the world planting kisses, I sure would love to hear about it!  When you’re done here, click on over to read and comment on all of the other wonderful posts to increase your chances to win!

And thank you most kindly for sharing the love with us today – we are all better for it!!


70 Comments on “Mission Accomplished!!

    • There MIGHT be a few more weaving their way into the world (tease – tease), but where they’re headed is my little secret. 😉

  1. Great idea and I think the givers got more than the receivers! Big Kiss to You!

  2. What a wonderful, meaningful and in the moment day! What you have done is made this World a BETTER Place! I love your “synchronistic” comment, how amazing is that!! Peace Friend… and ManyThanks!!

    • Thank you Lisa – I adore synchronicity like that, reassures me that there truly is a loving hand guiding our steps.

  3. There is something so special about putting love out into the world with no expectations, just an open heart. Brava for the kisses full of love and your sweet talents. Love it !!!

    • YOU are such an inspiration to ME in this type of work miss Kim. Your Rock Fairy work inspires me over and over. Big hugs to you sweet girl!!

  4. I am guessing that there were many smiles…..and folks feeling special about their little gift.

  5. I just love this. I am right there with you…It can be so difficult to approach strangers. I just adore the photo of them all on the chairs. What a great surprise.

    • I loved that I caught the gentleman in the bowler hat – he was a happy surprise for ME. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  6. I’m shy too, and giving the way you did leaves that person a way to ” give forward” a much needed kiss! Well done

  7. I love this idea of “art for no other purpose than to delight.” Sounds like you did a fantastic job of getting outside of your comfort zone to spread some real delight that day.

    • You know, I think I’m always a little fearful about stretching outside my comfort zone, but then once I DO it, the stretching feels so good!!

  8. I love how many of the participating bloggers got their children involved, and how enthusiastic those accomplices were. I can not wait for warmer weather to find us and art festivals to begin.
    What a lovely surprise. I am sure you made the day special for many, many people.

    • Wouldn’t that be wonderful if kisses of some sort started appearing at arts festivals all over the country?!

    • It didn’t really take that long once I got into a rhythm and I know I certainly love to be given something handmade!

  9. I can’t believe that you could walk away and not watch! It sort of adds to the wonder and mystery of the project though! Thanks for planting a kiss for me to benefit from by sharing your story.

    • To be honest, I was so scared people would just push them aside or trample over the ones that fell on the ground that I couldn’t bear to look – I got my daughter to peek and report back. 🙂

  10. Love the idea of “Kind art.” That’s art I can definitely get behind. 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness what a delightful little project!!! Kelley I loved your pics from the Arts Festival! What a clever idea to leave your kisses in the empty chairs!! happy times!!!

  12. Oh, you wonderful woman, you!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Love your fortune cookie kisses. Love the story of your day unfolding. Thank you for being such a warm and delightful and kind force in the world. Am so happy our paths crossed AND that you were so willing to be a part of this mission. 🙂

    • Thank YOU miss Sherry!! I’m so grateful to know you and to have had a chance to participate in this project!!

  13. I love this story, and I look forward to making little paper fortune cookies sometime soon. Thank you for sharing the “recipe” with us. My family is in OK (I’m in VT), but I will definitely be sharing your store recommendation too. 🙂 Cheers, Lené

    • If your family is at all artsy, they will LOVE My Heart’s Fancy! Thank YOU so much for helping to make PAK day such a wonderful success (loved your “secret kiss” – so sweet)!!

  14. sounds like a lot of fun sorry, to have missed the cute the little bundle of kisses. 🙂

    • Thank you Andrea! I really loved the spontaneous kiss you told about in your PAK blog post. Thanks so much for being you!!

  15. Love this idea!! Especially love the idea of giving two to the giftee, one to share…it lets the lovin’ spread just a little further….it’s a beautiful concept!!

    • That was my favorite part too – had this notion of the gift somehow going on beyond a single recipient. Thanks for stopping by!!

  16. Kelly Walker is an enchanted and talented artistic Wizardess
    Who rides on the wings of a Magical Turquoise Dragonfly
    Her Bohemian Rhapsody is Planting anonymous Kisses
    Not knowing the outcome of her extraordinary ways
    A Wondrous act of kindness, Hope and Sharing
    Bringing unexpected Joy into my Day!

    Thank you Kelly!

    • WOW – this comment gave me goose bumps (my barometer of divine connection). Thank YOU so much for sharing your sweet words and spirit!!

    • For me too – I’ve had more fun than ought to be lega! Thank you ALL so very much!!!

  17. Pretty much love everything about this. The paper fortune kisses, that there are two, that you snuck them on empty chairs. Wonderful!

  18. I love that you are a part of this project with so many amazing bloggers! ❤ I'm gonna look around at the other blogs and read on!

    Amy 🙂

    • Thank you miss Amy and have fun reading – ALL of the posts are amazing. You might need a tissue – but will totally be happy tears.

  19. I admire how you left your kisses then left. I feel like I would have wanted to see peoples reactions- but anonymous kiss-planting sounds more genuine.

  20. Isn’t it amazing how projects just come together when they’re done with a generous spirit? I love the idea of planting the kisses anonymously.

    • You are so right miss Nancy – from the moment I said “yes” to this project, the stars just seemed to align!

  21. I love your project for plant a kiss! And I love the picture of the unsuspecting public finding a little pop of mysterious joy (the best kind) waiting on their chair. Great idea! ❤

  22. So thrilled to have received your beautiful fortune kisses and business card box in the blog hop contest! And totally content to share the fortune kiss love :). Visit me at thecraftyhomestead.blogspot.com to get a fortune kiss!

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