Last Thursday morning, I woke up to an especially sweet comment from a blog reader.
By the middle of the same day, I was sitting on the hard shoulder of the M25 in scorching, shade-free heat with a steaming car engine, a dying phone battery, a pulled muscle in my back and a £50 parking ticket in my pocket.
On another day, there's every chance we could have added 'throwing an elephant-sized strop', or 'sobbing like an overtired toddler' to that last part, but as it goes, I took this grizzly chain of events more or less in my stride. Yes, you could put it down to brain chemistry, but personally I'm inclined to think it had more to do with starting the day in such a positive way, reading just a handful of kind words from someone I've never even met. And in case you're in any doubt as to how much those kind words buoyed my spirits, this is what I had in my hand when the man from the AA turned up:
The reason I'm sharing such real-life randomness with you is because it provided the inspiration for today's Palette Pingpong project. You can see the picture Gabrielle chose as her challenge over at the green gables (she also has a fun tutorial and shop discount while you're there), and this is how my palette looks:
The project is a mini-print I made as a reminder that even the smallest and simplest bit of kindness can go a long way. Sometimes, it's a concept that gets overlooked or even scoffed at, but I have the ox-eye daisies and sweet blog readers to prove it really does make a difference.
If you'd like your own version of the print, either to keep or give away to someone kind, you can download one of the four palette-inspired colorways by clicking on the links below. Each of them fits a 5x7inch frame or mount, although I've made them JPEG files, rather than PDFs, so the size can easily be adjusted if you prefer.
Here's hoping this Thursday involves much kindness and slightly fewer car-related crises.