|Posted by 1FrugalMom on July 6, 2017 at 8:55 PM|
(The above photo is my family's 1st batch of painted rocks sent out into the world.)
Have you stumbled across any painted rocks lately? You may have noticed them popping up all over the United States and beyond. Many towns across America are participating in "The Kindness Rock Project." Painted rocks from the U.S. have been discovered overseas in Buxton, England (<-- click the link, you've got to see it), in Manchester England, Russia (see here & here), Rota, Spain, San Sebastián, Spain, and more! The rocks are painted and "hidden" where others can discover them, in the hopes of bringing happiness & joy to people.
Many of the rocks are decorated with inspirational words, quotes, phrases, and/or pictures. Some are funny. They'll all bring a smile to your face. Many people painting the rocks say that doing so is very therapeutic because it's calming, and relaxing. It's exciting to both hide and discover the painted rocks. When you hide, or re-hide, the rocks, you wonder whom will discover them and how far they will travel, all the while hoping they will brighten many people's days along the way. And finding painted rocks is pretty exciting, too! Kids, teens, adults, and seniors, alike, are all getting involved. It's fun for the whole family!
Local Facebook Rock Group Pages have popped up enabling members to post pics of the rocks and share their last known locations. It's wonderful to see all the posts of all the people's days that were touched by a random act of kindness. In just a couple short months, the #PensacolaRocks Facebook page, located here, has grown to nearly 30K members. The movement has become so popular that even local businesses are participating. Business are setting up rock painting stations, and/or rock trading post/stations, and some are even offering free rocks to the public!
Our local Home Depot is just one of the many businesses participating (Pace & N. Davis); they have tables set up with supplies and free rocks with a sign that asks customers to tag them with their hashtag (see it here). Many smaller mom/pop boutiques and stores are also participating and have even advertised that they have their own painted rocks hidden throughout their stores and towns with discounts and promo codes on the back for customers. Click here for an example from a local photographer.
Even our local law enforcement is participating! You can go to the Pensacola Police department to trade your painted rocks for some painted by law enforcement, in law enforcement themes. How cool is that?! Rock yards, landscaping businesses, arts & craft supply stores, and many more, are also participating, too! "Rock Painting Parties" hosted by local businesses are popping up everywhere, many of them are free! Some local rock swap meets have also been coordinated. Call around and see what's being offered in your area, and check your local Facebook pages for info, too.
If you come across a painted rock, there are many ways to participate. The artists would love if you posted a photo online of the rocks you find, and where you found them, and if you're going to keep or rehide them. Many people either rehide right away, or enjoy for a week or two, then rehide to send it along it's way for others to enjoy. So where do you post the pics of the rocks you've found? Well, look on the back of the rock, and there will likely be a hashtag, or a mention of a place where to post photos of found rocks. I use the hashtags: #1FrugalMomRocks, #1FMR, and #PensacolaRocks, on the rocks I paint. And my local FB groups paint things like the following on the back of their rocks, "Post pic on FB: Pensacola Rocks," "FB: Pace/Milton Rocks," and "KindnessRocks." I warn you though, this hobby is addictive!
Before you know it, you'll be following not only your own rocks, but those rocks you've discovered & re-hidden along the way. Some of the art work is absolutely amazing! And many of the inspirational messages have been reported by finders to come at the right time with just the right message to brighten their day. Another way to participate is if you come across a "quilt rock" which is sectioned off into squares or rectangles. If you discover one of these, decorate one blank square or rectangle and rehide the rock for the next person. Don't forget to take pics and post them if you're able. If you've found one of my family's rocks, we would love to know it! Please comment and/or post a pic here, or post a public pic online w/ the hashtag #1FMR.
(Image Source: Here)
Your local Facebook Groups are also a great place to share information about materials recommended (paints, markers, pens, sealants & etc.), processes & methods used, local deals found on supplies, tips & hints, plus sharing local stories from those participating. It's a great way to meet your neighbors, make new friends, and discover new places and things, within your community.
It's wonderful to see families walking in the parks, observing nature, while playing hide and seek with rocks, instead of chasing digital Pokémon or whatever while staring at their electronic devices. Now kids are looking in planters, next to trees, around parks, churches, buildings, by lamp posts & benches, at the beach, piers, and more, taking in the world around them, instead of escaping into a video game.
**Note: It is not recommend to hide rocks anywhere where a lawn mover, weed eater, or such, could possibly strike a rock, potentially throwing it, and causing damage or injury. It is also suggested that you only hide rocks outside of businesses, unless you've checked first and have permission to hide them inside of the business(es). And never take rocks, painted or otherwise, out of a garden or landscaping, nor off of private property, no matter where the rock is located.
If you're in the Pensacola, Florida, and surrounding areas, here's some places to get free rocks, and awesome deals on rocks & supplies:
Pinelands Nursery - 8365 Hwy 90, Milton, FL, 32583. (850) 632-0602 - Pick your own rocks for $8.50 for a big 50 lb. bag you fill! #PaceMiltonRocks
R & L Rockyard - 9492 Pensacola Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32534. (850) 479-0712 - Bring a painted rock and receive free rocks you pick!
McDirt Industries, Inc. - 5570 Bellview Ave., Pensacola, FL 32526. (850) 944-0112 - Bring a painted rock and receive free rocks you pick!
Local trading posts: The OTHER Place on Dogwood in Milton, S&K Boutique on Hwy 90 in Pace, Pea Ridge Flea market , Aylssa's, Flea Market Antiques, Pace DANCE Studio, Penny Lane Market Place, Home Depot in Pace & on N. Davis, Woerner's Landscape on Creighton, the Pensacola Police Department, A Bead & Crystal House on Garden St., Foosackly's on Mobile Hwy., Home Field Cards & Games on New Warrington, Joanne's Fabrics on Davis Hwy., Newks on Bayou Blvd., Crabs on the beach, Shaela Rae's Vinyl Boutique on Mobile Hwy., Tots, Teens & In-Betweens on Navy, Town & Country Boutique on Gulf Beach Hwy., Time & Time Again on Antiques on 9th Ave., Warrington Jeweler on Barrancas Ave., Penny Lane Marketplace in Milton, McDirt in Pensacola, and Brandi's Cottage on Hwy 90 in Cantonment.
Some popular local places to find painted rocks include: Palafox Pier, Wahoo Stadium, Veteran's Fountain Park, MLK Plaza, Bartram Park, Downtown Pensacola, near & around public places like Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Churches, parks, fast food places, parking lots, & etc.
If you have anything you would like to add to this list, please feel free to contact me, and/or leave a comment below. Also, check out this great news story from one of our local stations, called "...bringing smiles to Pensacola with painted rocks," click HERE for story & video.
(Photo Credit: FB: The Kindness Rocks Project)
"One simple message at just the right moment can change someone's entire day...outlook...life! #bekindtooneanother #thekindnessrocksproject." ~The Kindness Rocks Project
"The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and a moment of kindness for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks dropped along the way...
...Each of us can make a positive difference. Together we can make a positive IMPACT!" ~The Kindness Rocks Project
For more info about The Kindness Rocks Project, and how it began, visit http://thekindnessrocksproject.com/how-it-all-began.
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