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Thursday, 13 August 2009

Kitty's wishing tree

Well... Being a big Keri Smith fan and constantly wanting new exciting and inspirational adventures I bought the book.. The Guerilla Art Kit..

The Guerilla Art Kit shows how small artistic acts can start a revolution. Keri Smith, noted author of the Living Out Loud and the blog Wish Jar Journal, uses her unique drawing and handwriting style to help anyone find and release their inner artist or activist. This visually exciting activity book—full of step-by-step exercises, cut-out projects, sticker ideas, and more—has both fun assignments and handy tips to help you unleash your creative energy into the streets where you can really make an impact. From the quick exercises—leaving books for strangers to find, chalking quotes on the sidewalk—to the more involved—making a "wish tree," guerilla gardening, or making your own stencils—The Guerilla Art Kit contains everything you need to put your message out into on the world......

Awesome Huh!!? Well having already done knit tagging..sweet messages... little notes and chalk messages I decided to try something new.

A wish tree!!

All I needed was:

An envelope
Paper or fabric


1. Create an envelope or use an existing one.

2. Cut out blank tags and punch a hole near one end of each tag. Tie 5-inch pieces of string to the holes. Place tags in envelope.

3. Affix envelope and pen to a tree or somewhere nearby. Write some of your own wishes on a few tags and hang them there to encourage others. You can do this exercise using a tree you find in public or if you have a tree in your front yardthat passers-by have access to.

Or instead of tags, use coloured ribbons approximately 10 inches long. This makes for a visually beautiful tree when full!

So with all this in mind and being a colourful kind of girl I went for neon card and wool...

I went to the woods and found the most perfect little acorn tree and invited people to put wishes on and wait for them to come true.. Either in person or virtually via the internet!

We started the tree off with a few wishes of our own...

And at first the tree looked like this...

But slowly as the weeks passed.. People actually stopped and started to make wishes..

And not so slowly.. The tree began to fill up!

For more pictures come check out my wish tree set on flickr

And join up to the facebook group Kitty's wishing tree

We now have over 200 wishes! And that makes me very very happy!

Wishes really can come true... I believe it! And if they don't there's no harm in a little hope is there?? Especially if it's neon!!

Make a wish guys... Come and join in the fun!!


mrsb said...

Holy Moly, I wanna copy of that book!

keri smith said...

this is so beautiful! thank you for showing it here.