Pairing the Dreamers with the Makers: This week in #zazzlemade

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At Zazzle, we pair the Dreamers with the Makers. The result? Products that are as unique as the people who order them.

 

We ship thousands of these unique products on a daily basis and often think to ourselves, “I wonder where this is going?” or, “I would love to see the person’s face as they open this gift!” and even, if we’re being totally honest here, sometimes, “What on Earth? There has to be an epic story behind this one.”

 

All of these wonderings inspired us to start the #zazzlemade campaign and your response has been tremendous! From messenger bags in Mississippi to pillows in Peru, we’re receiving stories from all over the world and absolutely love seeing where Zazzle products find their homes. We will be selecting some of these stories to share with you on a weekly basis and hope that you enjoy them as much as we do.

 

David Curry

Special Education Resource Teacher

Butler Elementary School

Springfield, IL

 

The story behind the picture:

 

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I am a special education resource teacher. My job is to provide support for students with learning difficulties in regular kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. Beyond that role, I am also an educator who is always interested in peace education. For the past ten years I have completed some kind of peace project with my own students, or in collaboration with other teacher’s classrooms.

 

Last year’s project was very exciting, and Zazzle played a role as it always does in helping me create materials that promote peace. Two other teachers and I received a grant to have a first grade classroom write, illustrate and professionally publish their own book!  We decided to have the students write a book based on Todd Parr’s The Peace Book. The process was quite lengthy, but I documented the process on my class website and on our Facebook fan page here:The Bobcat Peace Book Facebook Page.

 

We had a lot of great interaction with Facebook fans including Todd Parr himself, newspaper coverage and people asking about getting their own copies. Honestly, it was one of my top three favorite and most fulfilling peace projects I’ve ever done.

 

Zazzle played a very important part of the book making process. When the book was published, we sent a copy to Todd Parr. I created a special book plate for the inside of his copy and sent it to him that way.

 

I have a store on Zazzle for my colleagues to get Butler School shirts from.  After being asked over and over where I got my shirt, I finally just decided to open a store so my colleagues could order them too.

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Note from the Editor: To view a virtual copy of the Bobcat Peace Book, visit: http://www.flipsnack.com/FA5A8DDBDC9/fuiwza2e.html

With another thank you to David, it’s time to announce this week’s winner! Congratulations to Tuxedotrio, who also has a great #zazzlemade story!

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“I’m what you might call a cat lady. My husband and I don’t have any children, but we have three adorable tuxedo cats that have recently shot to fame on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (check us out @tuxedotrio!). Ben, Jack, and Hugo bring us so much joy each day and it’s so great to be able to share some of that with the world. As our follower counts on social media networks grew, so did the request for TuxedoTrio merchandise! Zazzle provided us with a quick and easy way to use designs we created on our own and sell product to our fans. We offer mugs, buttons, magnets, and stickers, and we’re hoping to branch out to more products soon. We love Zazzle!”

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Congratulations again, TuxedoTrio! What’s your #zazzlemade story?

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