Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy First, then make it last.

One recent wintery day, this very bubbly customer approached me at Loops. I'd noticed her before, because she just sort of emits this fearless aura that's, well, happy. She was wearing a super-cute hoodie with an illustrated egg on the front.

She introduced herself as Debbie Vineyard, owner of Happy First and a Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor. Long before it was a company, "Happy First" was a simple greeting that Debbie used as a way of celebrating: the first day of every month, the first big milestones in life, the first moments of living each day.

Debbie wanted to do more than just wish people well. She dreamed of creating something that could motivate others to actively identify and pursue personal happiness. And Happy First was born.

I was so taken with Debbie, and her cute designs (I learned the egg appears in some form on almost every shirt she designs - it is a sign of new beginnings), that I purchased a "Tennis Chick" hoodie right out of the back of her car. I've already worn it 5 or 6 times - like her other shirts, it is soooo soft and made from organic fibers. Plus the design is really eye-catching.

Then Debbie showed me her latest design, "Survivor Chick," printed on a hemp-blend t-shirt that is very "un-hemplike" in that is is incredibly soft and drapey. I love the "dirty purple" color. We decided to carry some at Loops, because we have so many customers who are courageous survivors:

Then Debbie agreed to design a special "Knitting Chick" t-shirt for us. Check it out!

I even decided to carry some "Tennis Chick" bamboo t-shirts, because I am not only a yarn addict, but a tennis addict as well:

We have the shirts in a wide range of sizes, from XXS to XXL. We have just one or two of each size, but we can get more quickly as they sell out. We've just added them to our online store, here. And a portion of every sale goes to leukemia and lymphoma research.

How will you put your "happy" first today? Buying yourself a new T and some new yarn would be a great start!

- Shelley
shop online at loopsknitting.com


Blogger Kounting Sheep said...

thank you for supporting leukemia and lymphoma. my sister was diagnosed with both diseases in 2008. she managed to go into remission, but unfortunately a rare side effects of one of the treatments caused lung damage (unbeknownst to us at the time). when she was on her maintenance phase, she contracted pneumonia and eventually died as a result of complications. she survived the cancer but not the treatment.

so i just wanted to say thank you for supporting research for these terrible diseases. just another reason for me to love loops! i just wish you guys were in arizona...

February 23, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Shelley Brander said...

Kouting Sheep, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister.

It's an honor to be involved with this cause and to try to make a difference even in a small way.

February 24, 2010 at 4:30 AM  

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