Wednesday, June 20, 2012

When the stars align

First things first, this is a secret. So, shhhhhhh!

I know, the internet is the very worst place to post a secret... but more on that later.

So I made these collages. They're just small. Around 3". They are made with scraps of paper and words cut out of the most fantastic old trashy book which is crammed with lovely phrases.

BUT... there's more to this story than just 6 little collages. You knew that.

A year or so ago I left some tiny books around my town for strangers to find. A very short while ago, I left some toadstools. Then, on Sunday, one of my favourite arty fellas, Michael DeMeng, started a facebook group for creative folks to post their art abandoning missions and I was inspired to do it all over again.

So those 6 little collages were packaged up, ready to be given up to the fates to find their rightful owners.

This time (unlike the other items which had had no contact information at all) there is a tag on the package which includes an email address that the finder can write to, revealing the fate of the little gifts. There is no name or other telling information... just an email addy and the promise that the message will be passed along.

While placing one of the packages last night a storm was quickly blowing in. There was literally forks of lightning in the sky that stopped me in my tracks, but being totally brave, and not a scaredy cat at all, the package was placed.

It didn't take long before I got a message from the finder of that package! Part of it reads: "I am an artist as well and currently trying to find my way back to my artistic roots. Ironically I was just taking a break from cleaning out my "studio"...and voila! A gift. It couldn't have been timed any better. The element of surprise and the joy of having faith in the universe."

Please consider doing this... just once. Make something and leave it to the fates to find its home. You'll be amazed at how good it is for the soul.

Back to the secret stuff. I know some of you live close by. Please, if you happen to know someone who finds one of these packages, DON'T tell them who it's from. I'd keep it to myself but I'm hoping that sharing these types of posts will inspire others to do the same.

Now, get out there and abandon some art!

In case you're interested, here's a better look at all of the collages....

Hey! You made it all the way to the end! Happy mid-summer to you and yours. I hope you're blessed with the most magical fairy filled night. Check back tomorrow for photos of our celebrations :)


  1. Those are lovely, and I adore the idea of leaving an email for the finders to check in. I am neck deep in wedding right now, but as soon as it's all over I am definitely going to try this.

  2. Great little collage pieces and I love the idea of leaving about little creative surprises for folks to find. I must give it a try too where we live, currently.

  3. This post warmed my heart! I think this is such a wonderful idea :) The collages are lovely... If I had found one, I'd be so thrilled!

  4. What a lovely story! Amazing how a little thing can bring so much hope and inspiration. :0) You are truly a thoughtful soul.

  5. Oh how I wished I lived near you! These collages are stunning! I love the little frames - so cute....

  6. The "anonymous" email address is a great idea. And I especially like the "Pick Me Up and Open Me" label - very Lewis Carroll!

  7. I think this is the most marvelous thing to do! I'd love to find a surprise like this!