“Every intoxicating delight of early spring was in the air. The breeze that fanned her cheek was laden with subtle perfume and the crisp, fresh odor of unfolding leaves.”
Gene Stratton-Porter (The song of the Cardinal)
“The world is exploding in emerald, sage, and lusty chartreuse – neon green with so much yellow in it. It is an explosive green that, if one could watch it moment by moment throughout the day, would grow in every dimension.”
Amy Seidl (Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World)
“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face.”
Proverbs 15:13 (nasb)
This picture makes me laugh!!
“We have joy, dear Father, because we can take refuge in you.
You provide our safety, our security, our eternal hope.
Because of those loving assurances, enable us to see the joy,
feel the joy and even twirl with joy.
Thank you that you are our reason for joy each day.”
Marilyn Meberg (Joy Breaks, Page 276)
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely,
every hundredth of a second.”
“Photography, as we know it, is not real at all.
It is an illusion of reality with which we get to
create our own private world.”
“My portraits are more about me than they are the people I photograph.”
“To photograph is to hold one’s breath,
when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality.
It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes
a great physical and intellectual JOY!”
Henri Cartier Bresson
Go take some pictures that make your heart HAPPY!!
July’s challenge is to surprise someone with handmade
Pick someone (ANYONE!) from your address book and surprise them with some art that will make them smile! If you can’t think of anyone who would really appreciate a kid-made masterpiece contact a local retirement home and ask who might like to receive a special surprise in the mail. Don’t forget to decorate the OUTSIDE of your envelope!
This SPLAT ART card from the ultra kind and creative kids at FAMILIES ARE FUN made us smile for DAYS!!! Have you ever seen a cuter lion??
If you are new here, 52 Smiles is a year long project were we intentionally do one out-of-the-ordinary act of kindness each week!
Look what the kids and I have been packaging up for all the 52 Smiles folks.
We wanted to send a special THANK YOU gift to all who have been working at spreading kindness!!
Each Mini Kit Contains:
Try a Little Kindness Stickers
If you find this it’s for YOU! Tags
Have a Nice Day Tags
Mini Note Card
I’m a Kind Kid! Stickers
If YOU are a 52 SMILES participant email me your address (katherinesmail1 AT yahoo.com or use the contact button above) before Saturday, June 18th. Please send me your address even if I already have you on file, with KINDESS KIT in the subject line.
I will send off all mini kits on Thursday, June 23rd. So depending on where you live in the world… your kit should arrive shortly thereafter! I have enough kits for EVERYONE who originally signed up in Janurary and I may have some extras— so email me even if you’ve been silently participating!
***A huge and heartfelt thank you to my generous & sensational friend, Christina Williams (her BLOG HERE) who created these for us!***
If you are new here you’ll find more about 52 Smiles Here!
***Edited 6/19: THANK YOU for your interest and participation in 52 SMILES! ALL KITS are gone now! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK GUYS!! :)
Hi 52 Smile Folks!
Let’s spread some smiles with BOOKS!!!
BOOK LOVE IDEAS
1. I love THIS IDEA!!!! via Jodiefied
2. Attach a ribbon and note to an inspirational book. Leave it for a stranger to find and enjoy! We used 365 Ways to Live Happy: Simple Ways to Find Joy in Everyday for our surprise-a-stranger gift.
3. Go through your kid’s library and collect books that they have outgrown. Deliver books to a kids play area, local shelter or children’s hospital.
4. If your children attend public school you are sure to see lots of book orders! Have your child select an extra book or two. Request that your donation be used for a student who needs a pick-me-up.
5. Host your own “book drive” and round up a nice collection of books from family and friends. Deliver books to a retirement community or nursing home.
6. Locate a place in your community where you can volunteer to read to someone! Share your voice.
If you are new here, 52 Smiles is a year long project were we intentionally do one out-of-the-ordinary act of kindness each week.
Read more: HERE We would love to have you join in with us. You can start YOUR 52 at ANYTIME!
Let me know how your BOOK LOVE goes! xoxoxoxox
Cheerful Colors & Mini Envelopes & Tiny Ribbons— OH MY HAPPINESS!
I’m so tickled that the smashingly talented Christina Williams created these little lovelies for me. Aren’t they cheerful? I met Christina via Etsy almost four years ago?! She is a design superstar and all-around amazing person. You should see the Christmas cards she sends out every year. I really think she captured ’my’ style here. THANK you so very much Christina!
Christina’s Blog: You Can Call Me Chris