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Three, Two, One…BLASTOFF!!!

 

Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars…”

It’s a big day for Seeds of Happiness; we are LAUNCHING our new website! It is new and improved and we are very excited for everyone to go for a ride. It’s interactive, informational and very easy to use on the go. Check out how the Smiles are made, who makes them and who buys them.

AND, we will be updating it pretty much daily with the creative, and also silly stuff which goes on at the Smile Factory. So climb aboard, you’re in for a very fun ride!

 

 

Keep Smiling Today and EVERYDAY!

October 2, 2015 – World Smile Day

wsd2The original ‘smiley’ was created by commercial artist Harvey Ball in 1963. Concerned about the commercialization of the iconic graphic, Harvey established Smile Day, which encourages you to participate in acts of kindness and to smile and make others smile. Since that first World Smile Day® in 1999, it continues every year in Smiley’s hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.

Continue reading “Keep Smiling Today and EVERYDAY!”

Smiles Made in the U.S.A.!

July 2 is Made in the U.S.A. Day.

To commemorate this special day, we are featuring the Smiles Behind the Smiles,     Part 7. Seeds of Happiness has partnered with Canterbury Enterprises, Inc. to produce the molded balls of clay which are then sculpted at the Seeds of Happiness studio. Canterbury is a sheltered workshop in suburban St. Louis. Their mission is to produce high quality work through a dedicated workforce primarily comprised of people with disabilities. We are fortunate to have a very dedicated, hardworking AND fun couple working on our project.

Larry and Rsemary love to work on SOH!
Larry and Rosemary love working on Seeds of Happiness!

Rosemary & Larry

Uncle Sam wants YOU to SMILE!
Uncle Sam wants YOU to SMILE!

Your job at Canterbury: Rosemary cuts the clay and inserts the pieces into a mold. Larry uses the press to form the little balls of clay. In addition, they work on assembling mailings.

Canterbury Enterprises, Inc.  Creating Opportunities. Delivering results.
Canterbury Enterprises, Inc. Creating Opportunities. Delivering results.

How long have you worked at Canterbury?: Four years. And we like to work TOGETHER!

 

What you like about working on Seeds of Happiness: $$$!!!

How long have you been married: Rosemary and Larry will celebrate their SILVER wedding anniversary this fall. Congratulations on 25 years!

What you like to do on your days off: We like to go to different places around St. Louis. And, Rosemary does the driving; Larry is chauffered!

Favorite ice cream:  Rosemary likes all flavors, but vanilla is her favorite. However Larry is NOT an ice cream lover, but his favorite foods are hamburgers and bratwurst…picnic food!

Dean, the  production manager, keeps our Seeds rolling!
Dean, the production manager, keeps our Seeds rolling!

 

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Rosemary shows off her beautiful smile!
Larry and his press.

 

 

 

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Shout out!

cropped-Proudly-Handmade-in-USA.jpgwww.canterburyinc.org                                                                           www.madeusafdn.org
http://mcg.metrocreativeconnection.com/publish/sections/calendar-details.php?Made-in-the-USA-Day-1679

Administrative Professional’s Week!

Sweets and a Smile!
Sweets and a Smile!

Time for a special “thank you” to the administrative staff who keep all of your workplaces running smoothly. A Seed of Happiness is ALWAYS appreciated and as the Seeds of Happiness Guy says: “You can’t go wrong with a Smile!”

Add a Smile to your favorite beverage. Looks great on a desk!
A Smile plus your favorite beverage looks great on any desk.
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Just add coffee or tea and the workday is off to a perfect start! (Our latest colors are: yellow, blue, red and purple. You can even choose right or left handed versions.)

 

Waffles for Everyone!

March 25 is INTERNATIONAL WAFFLE DAY. Waffle Day began in Sweden as Våffeldagen; this day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles.SOH Waffle 2

This remarkable dough-based gridded cake can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack or dessert.

Take this day to explore the variety that the world of the waffle has to offer you:  topped with fried chicken or stacked and drenched in sugary maple syrup, dusted with confectioner’s sugar or coated in chocolate or cream…yum!

A Few Waffle Fun Facts:

SOH Waffles* The word “waffle” is from the Dutch, meaning “wafer.”

* In the late 1800’s, Thomas Jefferson returned from France with a waffle iron.

* Eggo Waffles were introduced in supermarket freezer sections in 1953.

* Since its founding in 1955, the Waffle House chain has sold more than 500 million waffles.

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/March/waffleday.htm

http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/waffle-day

http://tidbitfun.com/03/25/waffle-trivia/

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Smiles Behind the Smiles, Part 2!

Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me. — “The King & I”

Seeds of Happiness crew having a lunch break...yum!
Seeds of Happiness crew having a lunch break…yum!

At Seeds of Happiness we have gotten to know some of our customers and we would like our customers to know a little bit about us!  So, here are a few fun/funny facts about our second Smile Artist…

JEN

Something people might be surprised to find out about you: After graduating from college and searching for the “perfect” job (loooooooong before Seeds of Happiness!), I accepted a job selling a commercial trash service. I rode a trash truck for 13 hours (beginning at 3 AM) to “learn about the service”. That was my first and last day on the job!

Favorite Smell: With a total throwback to childhood and a nod to current parenthood, Vicks Vaporub. It’s comfort to me.

One word to describe yourself: Dedicated

If you could have one “superpower”, it would be:  Mind reading. My family already thinks I can do it, might as well make it official!

Your biggest fear:  Well, I have been told that it is not wise to let anyone know what your fears are because then they can taunt and torture you with that knowledge. That being said, my worst, most horrible, scariest fear is enormous, giant chunks of…CHOCOLATE!

Favorite things about working at SOH: There’s a tremendous amount of satisfaction with sculpting Seeds, knowing that I’m creating happiness for people to share. Mark (The Seeds of Happiness Guy) has set this wonderful tone for us, including laughter; lots and lots of laughter. It really is good for the soul!  We are the SOH family, in every sense of the word and I love working with these awesome, wonderful, amazing friends! I am honored and humbled to be a part of it. 🙂

Smiling and sculpting!

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Sculpting and smiling, smiling and sculpting.
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Sophie and Jen making magic with the clay.

 

Jen with her miles of Smiles!
Jen with her miles of Smiles. Now, THAT’s dedicated!