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muses: lisa albrecht

By March 14, 2010design, happy, muses, save the world

Way back in 2008 I met someone who changed my life for the better.

Kirtsy was throwing a party with Guy Kawasaki, at his house. We had spent the past 3 days toiling in the sun, stuffing swag bags, arranging tables, organizing shuttles and managing preparations for a party that was as grand as any of our weddings. Finally we all disappeared into the hidden corners of Guy’s house to change into our party clothes. The transformation when we all emerged was glorious. Everyone was sun-kissed, flushed with excitement and beautiful. As we walked around reveling in our creation, I found myself in front of Lisa Albrecht and Adrienne Adair (Laura’s favorite art director), both of whom I had met just that day. When I complimented Lisa on her amazing earrings, I never expected what came next: she took them off and gave them to me.

Turns out her dad makes them. By the hundreds. Gorgeous, hand-blown, colorful glass discs, suspended on long, slender, silver rectangles. They are unlike anything I have ever seen before. Despite Lisa’s pleading with her dad, he won’t sell them. Instead he gives them all to her to wear. Their deal is, whenever someone compliments her on them, she gives the earrings to that person. Have you ever heard of anything that exuded such good karma? I hadn’t either.

I was so shocked that I actually accepted them.

Then, holding my own earrings in my hand, I started feeling bad. Here she is at this huge party with gorgeous earrings and now she has nothing. So I offered her mine. They paled in comparison to the candy-like drops she had given me, but it felt better. Then we went off and partied and didn’t see each other again.

Every time I wore my new earrings, which I did often, I got complimented on them. (But I never give mine away. Sorry.)

Then one day I got a box in the mail. Inside was the entire contents of the picture above, including a letterpressed Thank You note. It was from Lisa (and her father). Thanking me for giving her my earrings. Does that make any sense to you? She gives me gorgeous earrings that cause everyone who sees them to notice them, I give her an old pair of earrings that no-one even notices anymore. And she sends me a thank you present?

To this day, my heart leaps for joy whenever I see her.

And I want you to know her. In addition to giver of beautiful earrings, she is the brains and brawn behind the amazing LaundryTree, purveyor of Soap Nuts. Soap Nuts

Don’t know about SoapNuts? Dude, they are a fruit. That gets your laundry clean. And they totally work. And they’re completely, unadornedly, all natural. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

Mom 2.0 2010
Beautiful Lisa being painted by the lovely Katherine Center.

So go check Lisa out. And if you meet her, be sure to compliment her on her earrings. And tell her how much I adore her.

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • You can’t imagine how fun our little earring project is. Dad enjoys the making, and I enjoy the giving, and then we both enjoy the stories I bring home about who has them now (and how it all happened). My favorite part is meeting kind, amazing people like you. And as the first and only person who has ever given me her earrings in return, you will always have a special place in my heart. I adore you, too — truly and always. =D

  • Laura says:

    What an lovely and heart warming story. It reminds you that there are beautiful, soulful people out there. Thanks for sharing.

  • Helen says:

    What a delight! That’s really so lovely.
    And just last week I saw Soap Nuts at Whole Foods, but I was in a bit of a hurry.
    After reading your story, next time I’ll buy them.

  • What a happy post!

  • traceyclark says:

    I totally remember that moment. I was there!! awesome stuff. she’s sooooo cool, that Lisa!

  • elizabeth says:

    Lisa gave me a pair of earrings, too. I’ve been a friend and fan of hers for years, and she is one of The. Coolest. People. Ever. And the Soap Nuts rock the house. My son’s baseball All Star team considers them a good luck secret weapon.

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