I was born on February 3rd, 1980. My great-aunt gave my parents a pink blanket to swaddle me and take me home from the hospital. It is a gift that has never left my side.
Yes, I’m 34. Yes, it still comforts me when I’m sad.
This was my best friend growing up. I took it everywhere. I hid it when my mom came looking to wash it (it smelled “wrong” when it came out of the washing machine). I cried when I thought it was lost. My parents HATED it after a while.
This is me with my pink blanket:
I feel very fortunate to have a “lovie” and a family that loves me in spite of it. And a husband who won’t complain if the rags come out of hiding to give me a boost of love.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have one. Some children who are in shelters are missing this key piece of childhood. We are starting a campaign to help donate new lovies to those who need them. Everyone deserves to have a lovie.
The Lovie Project is for someone like me. And you. And your kids. You probably know exactly which stuffed animal, blanket, toy that fits into this category. I needed my blanket immortalized, and made a 20×24″ canvas for my NYC apartment. It’s the best piece of modern art that I own. A great ice-breaking conversation piece.
We are having a party tomorrow, on Valentine’s Day (of course) to immortalize your lovies. FREE cocoa and cookies to have a fabulously comforting time. Donate a new lovie to The Coalition for the Homeless here in NYC and get your lovie(s) photographed for free!
10% of all print sales all across the country will be donated to The Primo Shelter.
See you tomorrow!
Plus a HUGE thank you to The Chirping Moms, NY Metro Parents, MeMyselfandBabyI, Design For MiniKind and more who helped share this amazing cause!