Friday, December 3, 2010

Join Us - Guerrilla Holiday


My friend Jen from Gilding Lilies has launched her second annual Guerrilla Holiday.  It is a fantastic idea of spreading the holiday cheer through random acts of kindness.  I'm going to let her explain the concept:

Last year I decided to do a Guerrilla Holiday, and I want to do it again this year, and I'm hoping you will want to join me. Here is the idea. Have you ever heard of Guerrilla Artist's? Basically, they are artists that make art and install, preform, or attach it to public spaces, with the intention of affecting the world in a creative and thought provoking way (to paraphrase Keri Smith). These installations are often anonymous, and very unique. Do a web search for "guerrilla art" and you will see many wonderful examples. My idea is to remove some of the hype from the holiday and remind people of the simple joy of kindness. I think we all get so wrapped up in the stress of the season, we sometimes forget about small ways we can feel, and spread joy. I'm talking about some random acts of giving. Tiny stuff, sweet stuff, unexpected stuff. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Decorate a public and unexpected object. Put a handmade greeting card on a strangers windshield. If your a crafter, make something small, and stick it in a neighbors mailbox.  Go for a walk and stick a single shiny ornament on every tree that you pass. Tie a pretty tag, with a few kind words, on somebodies trash can (won't that just freak them out!). One of my readers tucked handmade beaded bookmarks in library books. There are a million possibilities. Make a sticker or a sign. Do you have something to say about the holiday season? Well, this is your chance! Won't you join me? I am really excited to see what you do. Send me some pictures, or tell me some stories, and I will try to post many of them on my blog at http://gildingliliesjournal.blogspot.com/. Spread the word, and take a Guerrilla Holiday Button. Let's see what we can do. This is going to be fun! 


I can't wait to get started and put the focus on something besides shopping this season and I'm really hoping you'll join in the fun. I want you to participate so badly I'm willing to resort to bribery.  Anyone who takes up the challenge, then emails me (see side bar for email address) with their story will receive my Best of 2010 mix - which is guaranteed to include at least one Ray LaMontagne song:


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13 comments:

the runaway romantique said...

That's such a great idea I would love to do a guerrilla holiday :) I love the thought of putting little notes in library books for people to find!

- the runaway

kspinning said...

Love it! I'm definitely in! Now to think of something fun... thanks for passing on the idea.

Gilding Lilies said...

Thanks Jamie for spreading the word and offering-up a delightful bribe! Who could resist that?!
Thanks kspinning and the runaway, I'm so happy that you want to participate, I can't wait to see what you do.

Erin Wallace said...

This is a great idea and I'm thinking of ways I can participate. If I do, I surely will shar it with you!

xo Erin

blue elephant photography said...

that's actually a cool idea. i've been wanting to do this :) i've heard about this on somebody's blog, i just don't remember now.

blue elephant photography said...

by the way i love your new header and the background =) and i missed you so much! i hope you are having fun with your break :)

Suki said...

Love the idea and love the new look. Especially the snazzy flavicon ;)
Off to listen to your music.

Krystal said...

That is a very cool idea of hers!!

urban muser said...

yes! i saw this on the gilding lilies website the other day. i occasionally tie a little piece of my knitting outdoors. hopefully i'll get a chance to do another one soon.

Anika said...

I love this idea! Thanks for passing it along

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

This is so cool!

P.S. Love the new look.

lisa said...

What a fantastic idea jamie, and it sounds like so much fun!

Gretchen said...

Very cool indeed! I will have to see what I can come up with. Thanks for passing on this wonderful idea, as we truly do need to reach out more to others as a community at whole, and this after all is the reason for the season.
Gretchen

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