Category: Home & Crafts

Oh, Oprah, Orange You Glad?

If you've been following along with our adventure to get a small spot in Oprah Magazine then you know that the House of Shine has been sending Oprah and Lucy Kaylin, her Editor in Chief, a package every month since January.

And we won't stop until we ring in a new year, because Oprah named 2014 "Your Year to Shine" and we want her to know how much we agree!

Every month we feature a different program, service, or product coordinated by the House of Shine, in order share with her all the ways we make the world a better and brighter place to live.

In January we introduced ourselves and our concept of #HelloYello. In February we mailed Oprah a vintage yellow phone and an invitation to our Box of Shine party. In March we featured Shineworks and sent a fully stocked toolkit made from old denim jeans.

In April we got even more creative.

In April we wanted to feature our fun orange BE, DO, SHARE tee shirts so we decided to seal them in an orange made out of paper mache. THINK PINATA.

Once the flour and water process was done, we stuffed the piñata with our orange shirts which were neatly wrapped in burlap and white boxes and had fun notecards attached.

Then we sealed the top,

spray painted the whole thing orange,

affixed green leaves and custom made stickers,

and sealed it in a bright orange box that read, "Orange You Glad, Another Box of Shine."

Ninety-eight dollars later, this 30x20x25 box was in the mail and on it's way to Oprah and Lucy!

And while we wait to see if April's box has grabbed their attention, we roll up our sleeves and start making arrangements for May's package.

Orange you excited to see what it'll be?



Posted on 5/7/2014 4:00 AM By Claudia In: [Home & Crafts], [Inspiration]

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Box of Shine: #Helloyello

There are so many things to love about our Annual Box of Shine party, which just happened on Saturday.

Of course there are the endless yellow items, overflowing on the kitchen table and just waiting to be boxed into packages and mailed to people who shine!

Then, for all you stationary lovers, there are all the packaging supplies: clean white boxes, yellow and orange tissue paper, bright colored crinkle, ribbons in all shades of red, yellow, and orange, decorative packaging tape, and all the fixings necessary to write personalized cards.

And of course, the food. Yellow Lemon Poppy Seed muffins, yellow fruit, baked cookies and lemon bars. And, with mimosas to top it all off.


But there are two things probably most responsible for making this event a hit year after year. First is the people.

The people who show up to this event understand the importance of occasionally breaking away from the endless list of responsibilities. They see the value in making time to reconnect with long lost friends, relatives, mentors, neighbors, teachers, and other people who have had an impact on their lives.

Being surrounded by "those kinds of people" for two hours on a Saturday morning is uplifting in and of itself. 

The other thing that makes this event such a hit is the sheer amount of love that gets boxed up and shipped out to unsuspecting people who are living in small tucked away corners of the country.

This year 137 packages traveled to places such as Alabama, Florida, Arizona, Utah, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Anchorage, Alaska, and seventeen other states.

The preparation, the anticipation, the fun of this event makes it among the favorite things we do at the House of Shine each year.

Mark your calendar. T-361 until our next Box of Shine party on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Posted on 4/8/2014 5:17 AM By Claudia In: [Holidays], [Home & Crafts], [Inspiration], [Miscellaneous]

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