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.

Jim Gerace

Kye’s Uncle and “Cool Spot” Seeker

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“Kye was a kid who never met a stranger.  He’d go out of his way to help anyone in need–often anonymously–even when he was in need himself.

He passed away at the family fishing camp, another place he loved to go.  At the funeral, his dad (my brother-in-law) dedicated the camp as the new “Cool Spot” to Kye, his brother, Kade and all their friends.  Shortly after that, I decided to create a shirt that could honor him without being a direct memorial–a celebration and recognition of his life rather than his death. That’s why I use the tag line, “Be cool.  Be Together.”  It’s what Kye was all about–being together with good friends and family.

When I found myself wearing it in the middle of that sunflower field in the picture I posted, I realized that I was in yet another ‘cool spot.’  That’s when I decided to find other places I could designate as cool spots in his honor and if possible, take a picture of myself in that shirt, in that place.  Like I mentioned before, this is just the beginning of a work in progress.

Kye and his friends found a clearing in a sugar cane field near the home where he grew up with his parents and brother.  They would gather under a large live oak tree where they hung out in the shade from the hot Louisiana sun.  That was the original “Cool Spot” as they named it.”

Editor’s Note: Thank you, Jim, for sharing such a tender project with us and for allowing Zazzle to play a small part in an outstanding legacy.

If you’re interested in participating in Jim’s “Cool Spot” project, visit Jim’s Zazzle store, snap a photo of yourself wearing it, tag #zazzlemade #coolspot, and we’ll make sure that Jim and Kye’s family receive the photos.

Without further ado, the winner of this week’s #zazzlemade Sweepstakes is:

zazzlemade winner andrea

 

 

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