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Meet the Smiles Behind the Smiles, Part 4 or “It’s a DOG’S Life”!

 “Happiness is a warm puppy.”
― Charles M. Schulz

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And here are a few more fun “facts” about our fourth Smile Artist, aka Seeds of Happiness Guy’s dog…

Jake

Something people might be surprised to find out about you: I am the model and inspiration for the SOH Happy Dog Big Seed.dog1

Favorite Smell: Hotdogs!

Favorite person to sit next to at lunch: Sophie 🙂

How would you describe yourself: I have a DOGGED determination to play ball all day long.

Your favorite food: Chilidogs

Favorite song: “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?”BgSDVLICcAAmDl9

Your biggest fear is: Being an underdog

Your favorite sport: DogsleddingJake Santa

Favorite things about working at SOH: Lots of neat friends to play ball with me. (And there is no DOGMA except to have fun and create stuff that makes people happy!)1015418_10151664495778641_479488366_o“Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.”  — Corey Ford

http://www.metaphordogs.org/

“We’re all born bald, baby.”—Telly Savalas

Have fun. Raise money. Cure childhood cancer. —St. Baldrick’s Foundation

St. Baldrick's!
St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.

2013 - John Ivanowski and Mark Borella celebrate their newly shaved heads with big SMILES!
2013 – John Ivanowski and Mark Borella celebrate their newly shaved heads with big SMILES!

Why the shaved heads? Volunteers shave because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, and they stand proudly bald beside them. “Shavees” sign up on the website, collect money from friends and family and show up at an event to take their turn in the barber’s chair.

 

2012 - The Seeds of Happiness Crew help to conquer kids' cancer!  (Left-right) Mark Borella, Katy Stevens, Kenny Pollman, Bill Elcan, Lane Elcan.
2012 – The Seeds of Happiness Crew help to conquer kids’ cancer! (Left-right) Mark Borella, Katy Stevens, Kenny Pollman, Bill Elcan, Lane Elcan.

 

It’s fun, it’s emotional, and it’s for a crucially important cause.  Every St. Baldrick’s event needs a strong volunteer committee. Get registered.

Seeds of Happiness offers a special St. Baldrick’s Seed. The cost is $10 of which, we donate $9 to The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. During the past year we have raised almost $600 for childhood cancer research.

St. Baldrick's Seed of Happiness.
St. Baldrick’s Seed of Happiness.

Children with cancer need your help. Join the fight. Donate.

 

http://www.stbaldricks.org/

 

 

Smiles on Display!

Our customers have found lots of creative ways to display their Smiles for decoration and inspiration. Do you have a Smile collection? We would love to see it…please send us your photos!

Brighten up any flower arrangement with Smiles in the vase!
Brighten up any flower arrangement with Smiles in a vase!

 

Ellen's Smiles are very festive at Christmas.
Ellen’s Smiles look great at Christmas.
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Inspiration from Lyn.
Laura's old type case has perfectly sized spaces for Smiles!
Laura’s old type case has perfectly sized spaces for Smiles!
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Files and Smiles in Deb’s office!
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Berta reaches for a Smile to give to friends who need one.
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Debbie’s collection is filled with Hope, Smiles and Love!
Sunflower garden Tina
Tina’s terracotta Sunflower finds a comfy spot in her garden.

 

Smiling and Traveling, Part 1!

 “On the road again, goin’ places that I’ve never been, seein’ things I may never see again, and I can’t wait to get on the road again”.  –Willie Nelson

We have heard from a lot of our friends who take Seeds of Happiness along on trips across the U.S. as well as abroad. So far, the Smiles have been to six of the seven continents. (If you or anyone you know is headed WAY down under to ANTARCTICA, please take a Seed of Happiness, or two, and send us a photo!)

"Welcome".
“Welcome”.

Since Monday is President’s Day, we are again featuring Abraham Lincoln. Our friend Kelly and her daughters took a road trip to Springfield, Illinois, home of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  As you can see, there is a diorama of the Lincoln home. It was a very educational and very fun time for ALL!

State capitol, Springfield, Illinois.
State capitol, Springfield, Illinois.
It's been a long day of sightseeing around the Illinois state capitol; time for a little rest.
It’s been a long day of sightseeing around the Illinois state capitol; time for a little rest.
Smiling with the Lincolns. 🙂

 

We really enjoy seeing our friends’ travels, adventures and Smiles. Please send us photos of your traveling Seeds of Happiness. Bon Voyage!

http://www.illinois.gov/alplm/museum/About/Pages/Museum-History.aspx

http://www.songlyrics.com/willie-nelson/on-the-road-again-lyrics/

 

 

HONESTLY!

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”  — Abraham Lincoln

President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.
President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.

We are featuring Abraham Lincoln in our salute to President’s Day. He is considered by many scholars to have been the best President. He is credited with holding the Union together and leading the North to victory in the Civil War. Further, his actions and beliefs led to emancipation of African-Americans from the bonds of slavery.

In addition, here are few other facts about our favorite President:

* Lincoln was an accomplished WRESTLER and was defeated only once in about 300 matches.

* At 6’4″ he is our TALLEST president.

* Lincoln was the first President to have a BEARD.

"Hairy Abe"!
“Hairy Abe”!
President Lincoln wearing his signature stovepipe hat and looking very TALL!   circa 1862.
President Lincoln wearing his signature stovepipe hat and looking very TALL!
"Abe the Bruiser"!
“Abe the Bruiser”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” — Abraham Lincoln

 

 

Born in the U.S.A.!

Red, white, and blue for YOU!
Red, white, and blue for YOU!

July 2nd is “Made in the USA” Day.  This is a day to encourage U.S. manufacturing and the purchase of made in the USA products.  Here at Seeds of Happiness in Kirkwood, Missouri (suburban St. Louis) EVERY DAY is “Made in the USA Day”!   All of our Smiles are handmade here at our studio and, not only THAT, but we also use materials which are USA made: glazes, Missouri mined clay, as well as packaging materials.

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ALL of our Smiles are made in the U.S.A.

We are very proud to have even a small effect on America’s economy.  Our employees’ income goes back to local local businesses through their purchasing power, as well as through state and city taxes on payroll and property.

We salute you.

We encourage you to buy American…Share the Smiles, Show your patriotism!

Uncle Sam wants YOU to have a Terrific Independence Day!

Uncle Sam shows his COLORS!

During the summer of 1776, some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty. Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets usually accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, beginning immediately after its adoption.

We are INDEPENDENT!

Over the years, Independence Day has remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.

Falling in mid-summer, the Fourth of July has, since the late 19th century, become a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family get-togethers, often involving fireworks and outdoor barbecues.

In addition to bbq, fireworks, and parades, this year we are celebrating and commemorating Independence Day with our very special UNCLE SAM SEED.  Our patriotic Seed is a BURST of red, white, and blue!  This is a limited edition so order before we sell out.

Share the SMILES and show your patriotism!

Red, white, and blue for YOU!