Category: Home & Crafts

O…You're Playing Hard To Get!

We've decided Oprah is playing hard to get.

As if the vintage yellow phone, the paper mache orange filled with treats, the custom made Shine Girl Kits, and the four other packages that we shipped off weren't enough, last month we shipped what we thought was our most ingenious package yet.

Seven months into our mission to catch the attention of Oprah and her Executive Editor, Lucy, we thought it was time to get a little clearer about our vision for working together to power the planet with shine.

And to do it, we spared no expense.

We contracted with a local ad agency, to do two things: (1) rework the front cover of January's edition of O Magazine, where Oprah announced 2014 as "Your Year to Shine", and (2) help us create a spread for inside the magazine that was informative and believable. 

We think they were successful.

Then... (because there's more) the ad agency adhered the mocked-up pages to an actual copy of January's magazine in such a way that you would never know the pages were altered.

It looked L-E-G-I-T!

Like the real deal.

And even though it's been in their hot little hands for two weeks, still no word from Oprah and her team. Nothing. Crickets.

So, while we are in no way deterred and are still committed to sending Oprah and Lucy packages through the rest of this year, we are open for suggestions about how next we might try catching the attention of these two women.

Hurry. Our next package is scheduled to go out at the end of August.

Posted on 8/14/2014 4:00 AM By Claudia In: [Home & Crafts], [Miscellaneous]

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Serentripity Giveaway: Win an Adventure for You and Your Friends

We travel light for Serentripity.

And why not, the simplicity of this road trip is part of the reason Heather, Cheryl, and I are still doing it five years later.

We hop in the car early morning and, with no destination in mind, spend the day traveling, meeting people, laughing, taking pictures, doing random acts of kindness, and generally spreading shine.

There are no rules, other than you must stop at precisely 2:18 p.m. and, wherever you are, that is exactly where fate meant for you to be. There is a message of Shine awaiting you there and the job of you and your mates is to figure out what it is.

No supplies required. Except, of course, the official set of oracles.

Yes, oracles.

The first year, our only oracle was the word "shine". It meant that when we needed to decide where to turn, when stop, and what to do after arriving, we looked to the letters S-H-I-N and E for answers. 

The next year, I think we used a set of die. Odd numbers meant turn left, even numbers meant turn right, and the total number of spots is how we determined the number of miles to drive in between.

Last year it was a set of sticks. Green sticks revealed messages such as: "Go west" and "Go wherever the closet yellow car is going". Red sticks told us when to stop: "Stop at a body of water" or "Pass five yellow signs and then stop at the nearest gas station". And the yellow sticks revealed what we should do when we arrived. Tasks included things such as: "Leave a positive message in sidewalk chalk" and "Attach a note to someone's windshield."

The oracles for this year are...

I could tell you, but that would ruin the surprise for this Saturday, August 2. Instead, win this beautiful set of oracles, pictured above, for you and your friends by telling us who you would love to take on a Serentripity. Official guidelines are simple and provided here: GIVEAWAY RULES.

Then, tune into our Facebook page (House of Shine) or our Twitter account (@houseofshine), beginning at 8:00 a.m., so you can follow along with this year's adventures and see what we're using for oracles in 2014. 

See you there!

Posted on 7/31/2014 4:00 AM By Claudia In: [Home & Crafts], [Inspiration]

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