Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Unexpected Gifts!

Don't you just love getting something you had no idea was coming your way?

My first teaching job was at Lakenheath Elementary School in England where I taught second grade. This was a school for children of U.S. military families serving overseas. Many students living on the base were able to walk to school which made our community look like a snapshot of what I imagine growing American neighborhoods may have looked in the 50's & 60's. It was great, and I was often the recipient of 'gifts' collected by my students on their way in.

It was a pretty predictable experience of pinecones, seeds and sprigs of mistletoe in the fall and winter months. What I didn't expect in June were bunches of gorgeous, fragrant roses that were clearly snatched from prized vines. Thorny stems didn't stand a chance against the tugs of determined 8 year olds. After a quick reminder that "growing things should be left untouched" I turned and privately smiled as I placed battered stems in cool water. Unexpected gifts are such a treat!

A few weeks ago I received a package that I did not expect and did not order. I immediately knew that it was from Johnny Cupcakes because it was sealed with an over sized sticker bearing his logo: cross bones under a cupcake. I tore into the box quickly, carefully unfolded the designer Johnny Cupcake tissue paper and found the following:

~ 1/2 Dozen stud Johnny Cupcake logo earrings
~ 3 plastic zipped pouches with 1 Johnny Cupcake business card, 1 circa 1991 Teenage Ninja Turtle trading, 1 lapel button and 1 wrapped candy mint
~ (and) 1 sweet note from Johnny
I wrote about Johnny Cupcakes and his amazing entrepreneurial ways on this blog a while back.
As you can see by his note in the photo, he clearly knows how to channel his energy and creative spirit...and promote his business! Be sure to check out his blog, it rocks!
Be sure to check out his 'baked goods' (aka: custom Johnny Cupcakes Tees and other sweet items)
The unexpected can be so much fun!
"Thanks Johnny Cupcakes, wherever you are!" =)


Angela and Janette said...

I honestly don't understand.- Mostly I don't have the time to check out the other blog right now, but is this a real person?

Anonymous said...

There is a Johnny Cupcakes in Boston and when I first stumbled upon it...I thought it was a cupcake shop just like the cupcake cottage. I ran across the street and bebopped inside expecting to find a nice tasty treat, but only found clothes. I was disappointed. On my last trip to Boston, I wore my cupcake cottage shirt (make cupcakes not war) and was asked if it was a Johnny Cupcake shirt, I said "no, it is so much better than Johnny Cupcakes - the Cupcake Cottage in Fort Worth actually has cupcakes..."

Sandra said...'s kinda cool to think that one of our Tees left Texas! Thanks Anonymous.
I know that Johnny Cupcaks had a Make Cupcakes Not War way back. Not sure if it was a limited edition run or they still print it.

Angela and Janette, yes, Johnny Cupcakes is a real guy! =)