Sunday, January 6, 2019

Painted Rocks and Puppy

Happy New Year!

For my first post of 2019, I decided that I'd feature my two current "projects".  First . . . Painted Rocks.

Have you heard of this? It was new to me until I got involved with a group that is active on the island where we vacation each year.  Let me warn you, it's addicting!

If you just google "painted rocks" you'll find thousands of ideas and lots of information, tutorials, etc.  The original idea is typically credited to a gal named Megan Murphy.  Megan began this project called The Kindness Rocks Project in 2011. From their site you read:

"It all started with a single stone on a beach in Cape Cod and now spans the globe. The Kindness Rocks Project, founded by Megan Murphy, is based on the profound truth that one message at the right moment can change someone’s day, their outlook, and, indeed, their whole life. The messages on these thoughtful pebbles take many forms: gratitude, affirmations, encouragement, and offers of hope—all signposts along the way for someone to find at exactly the right time."

All of my rocks were painted with acrylic paints, some with a white or black base coat and others left natural. You can use Sharpie pens but after a bit of trial and error and some research, I landed on Posca Paint Pens and I got a set of fine and medium tips. Other people just use brushes and paint designs on, many of them gorgeous works of art!

One of my favorites using the words from an old hymn, "My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock".

The idea is they can be as simple or as complex as you like and they are GREAT for kids to do! Like I said, just look on Pinterest or Google and you'll see what a perfect family project this is. Not only is it fun CREATING the rocks, but then you hide them, search for them, take pictures of what you find, post them on Facebook or other social media and see where all of your rocks end up! You are encouraged to re-hide ones you find but if you do decide to keep them, that's okay too.

Mykidlist.com has a great post on Kindness Rocks to help get you started. I'm seriously thinking of starting a group here in my little town!

Julie at Momrewritten also has a great post about rock groups.

NOW for my OTHER current PROJECT . . .

Little Hudson is almost five months old! He's probably only survived this long because he's so cute hahaha! He's been a challenge to train but I think we're starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel!

He's grown from a two-pound "beanie baby" to a 9 pound "toddler".

Here he is with his favorite Christmas gift. He adores his big, fuzzy duck!

After a week+ long bout of the flu which I'm still recovering from, I hope to get to painting some Valentine rocks because one of my Christmas gifts was a long weekend on St. Simon's Island (where the rock group is). I'll be packing my bag with some painted rocks to hide while I'm there!

What about you? What are some of your new projects this year? Looking forward to sharing mine and seeing all of your creativity, recipes and DIY in 2019!


  1. I love your cute puppy...what a bundle of joy! And I'm excited you are going to St. Simons soon....wish I was too! I love the painted rocks and have found a couple on my hikes. I've thought about making some to leave on the trails I hike. It sure made me happy to find one! I'm learning to cross stitch again but while the weather's nice....I'm hiking! Hugs!

  2. Your painted rocks look great, Lauren. Love the bright, cheery designs. I liked the idea of leaving them around for other people to find and get inspired by.

    Little Hudson looks adorable with his Ducky.

  3. Awwwwww - how could one not fall in love with that sweet little fuzzy black face?! As for painted rocks - many years ago our garden was on the local 'tour' and I painted a rock with 'Please turn me over' on one side and 'Thank you' on the other. It was such fun to watch people succumb to curiosity and turn it over and then laugh heartily as they placed it carefully back for the next person to find.

  4. Oh! Your precious puppy! He is adorable! And your rocks are beautiful. The ghost and pumpkin one caught my eye! Have a cozy evening, and a happy new year!

  5. I used to paint rocks all the time. This was the mid-late 1960s. But I haven't heard of the project before. That's new and I love the idea. I may have to do that this summer at the lake!

  6. My one son that lives here with me has done the painted rocks with the grandkids and me. It is a fun project, Lauren. Your rocks look so pretty. Have fun on St. Simon's Island, and sprinkling some rocks on your walks.
    Your Hudson sure is a cutie, and I'm glad that you're seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

  7. The rocks are just beautiful! You are so very talented, and I just loved seeing all of the ideas you came up with. I love the painted rock idea and heard about it a while back. I think it I just so wonderful and so nice to hear of something so encouraging going on. And, that little Hudson! Oh, my word! He is just the cutest, most adorable little thing!!! And growing like a weed. Thank you so much for updating about him here. May the Lord bless you and yours during this new year!

  8. I love your fun...
    Hudson is so youngest great-grandson's name....

  9. Oh...such creativity and what a cool project...these rocks are absolutely adorable and I love the idea of the rock groups. I can see where they could be such blessings to those who find them! And your little Hudson is such a darling little bundle. It does take a while for little puppies to behave. Mine are 9 and 6 years old and they still misbehave! Happy New Year!

  10. I love your cute rocks! It takes patience and time to create such cuties. And speaking of cuties.....oh my, I want to hug Hudson's face!

  11. I read that our National park service hate painted rocks. They also don't like you to stack rocks. Somehow it's bad for the environment. I guess they don't like us displacing rocks. Personally, I've found two, they are both in my garden, along with a bunch of river rock I paid to be put there. Just a little FYI. You keep painting them and I'll keep adding them to my environmentally unfriendly garden. ;-)

    1. Yes, that's true. If you go to the Kindness Rocks site, they give good information about where to NOT place rocks, etc. How fun that you found two and have added them to your environmentally unfriendly garden haha!


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