Thursday, September 10, 2009

Operation Beautiful.

I'm about to pour my heart out to you here and you will either think I am a total lunatic or you will go out and copy me.

I came across a website called Operation Beautiful. It encourages women to leave notes in public places with positive messages on them.

The idea is that someone finds one of your messages on a mirror, on their car window, in a book etc and that it brightens their day. People take photos of the notes they leave or find to publish on the website and tell the story behind where they left or found it.

Mostly the messages are written on "Sticky notes" however I live in an immaculately tidy house with no laundry needing doing and no other more essential but boring chores to fill my time so I decided to put my own twist on the idea...

I sat down and drew a scribbled heart and wings with a pen. I scanned and printed sheets of heavy paper so that there were 8 images per sheet (each about the size of a credit card) and then painted each one with some watercolour paints to look pretty.

I carried these blanks in my wallet and when the urge took me I wrote something on one and left it behind.

I have placed them in my local Post Office, on the ward clerks desk in work, stuck in the drivers window on cars in the supermarket, in a pregnancy magazine, slipped into a birthday card I was posting, on the self-help shelf in the local library and every public toilet we have used over the last couple of weeks.

This morning I left the last of my little cards and I face a dilemma. To make more or to hang the laundry out!

I think for today I will have to do a few boring chores. I always know it is time to clean my kitchen floor when the kids feet become stuck to it! It would be lovely to have been a fly on the wall as people discovered them.

Maybe some people will have ignored theirs or put it to one side but hopefully some of the cards will have brightened someones day.

So now that I have confessed, Do you think I am certifiably mad like Mr B? Or are you about to run out and buy your own sticky pad?!
*Clarification* Do you think I am mad like Mr B thinks I am. Not like Mr B is!

P.S. If you, like me, have an immaculate house and nothing to fill your spare hours (?!) then feel free to download my black and white template and use it for yourself! If you do decide to do "Operation Beautiful"I would love to hear how you get on.

9 comments - click here to leave your comment:

  1. WOW. WOW. That is such a neat idea! And how creative to put your own twist on it! VERY neat!

  2. "Do you think I am certifiably mad like Mr B?"

    Hang on, are you calling me certifiably mad, or are you saying I think you're mad?

    Careful Mrs B...

    Mr B.

  3. I've just clarified it Mr B!

    Not that I don't think you are mad occasionally...

    Like when you can't see your wallet that is sitting on the table in front of you, or when you laugh so hard at Billy Connelly's colonoscopy sketch that you have an asthma attack, or when...

    Never mind, that's a whole new blog!

  4. cool.. will keep my eyes open for these little cards. Great idea Gina!

  5. I have read about this but actually forgot about it until your post. I love your twist on it.....and I think it is a wonderful idea. I too would love to be a fly on the wall when someone found your card. I will try it myself. I think it would make my day to find something like this. Thanks for the drawing!

  6. Hello!

    Doing something to make someone else feel good about themselves sounds like a really nice thing to do. You are so thoughtful and artistic too!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry to hear about your loss. I will certainly be happy to hold this you said.

    With love and hope,

  7. My laundry is overflowing, my living room looks like Santa exploded in it, I am exhausted beyond words and staring at yet another potential batch of bottled tomatoes for the winter months.

    Can I do it, anyway?

  8. I'll let you into a secret...

    Byron's flight home from a work conference is just touching down and we have about 59 minutes until he walks in the front door. The grocery shop I did 6 hours ago is still sitting in bags on the kitchen floor waiting to be unpacked, you cannot see the colour of the office carpet because of the layer of "important papers" covering it and I think I have lost one of my children somewhere under the ironing mountain.

    I say forget the house and go have fun doing it!

  9. This is a lovely thing to do. I think that it has made someones day when they found your lovely notes. I don't think your mad at all, fair play to you. Best wishes.