COLUMBUS, Ind. — With a little bit of paint and a whole lot of rocks, seven Columbus women are generating smiles throughout the city, and it all starts at one kitchen table.

“Spreading some joy, giving some encouragement and making someone smile” is the motto Julia Federle of Columbus and her friends came up with when they started Columbus IN Rocks earlier this month.

Once a week, the women — friends since 2001 — gather around Federle’s dining room table to laugh, relax, and most importantly, paint. The rocks, which consist of all shapes, sizes and colors, are painted with encouraging messages, colorful designs and even some well-known cartoon characters. They have painted and hid more than 1,000 rocks around the community.

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