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One Week Stories

The One Week Story consists of three hand-drawn greeting card-sized illustrations sent by snail mail every other day over one week. Create your own story or reminisce a memory from your past. Make your own story as unique and as creative as you desire. The following are examples of stories written by previous customers:

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Customer Description: This is to commemorate a love story for Tim and Sarah, who are welcoming their first child, Dylan in February. How they met: They met through their mutual friend Courtney. Courtney was hanging out at Sarah's house and Sarah and Courtney were bored, so they called Tim to pick them up and take them to movies at the Marquis, i10 and Silber. Tim and Sarah exchanged phone numbers. How Tim asked Sarah to marry him: Tim asked Sarah to marry him.

Customer Description: Joseph is a chef who's preparing produce and pastries for the farmer's market just like any other day. Suddenly the food comes to life in a desperate attempt to disrupt his work and attacks him. Joe turns into an anime-style protagonist and defends himself against the food. In the end, he ends up with a perfect food display to take to market. NOTES: It'd be cool for his mo-hawk to go super saiyan and his chef's knife or whatever tool changes into an over-sized style anime weapon.

Customer Description: Could you put my sister and me in the Netflix show called Stranger Things. Make sure that she is the lead character because this is for her birthday!

Customer Description: My Wife's name is Mariana and my name is Marcio. We have two stray dogs and I want the stories to be about when we found them. History 1: Adopting Cappu Scene 1: Baby Cappu (pictures 1 and 2) was inside a fence (fence picture) with a few other dogs and 1 other large blind dog, who was playing with a water bowl and had spilled water on Baby Cappu. Would like the drawing to show only the dogs inside the fence for this scene. Scene 2: Me and my wife (picture 3 and 4) standing outside the fence, she is pointing to a soaked baby cappu and saying: "I want to hold that little soaked one" Scene 3: My Wife holding a wet baby cappu on her arms and saying with tears on her eyes: "We are taking him home" Picture 5 for reference. *The pictures can be used as a reference so you can make the characters reassemble us in real life, but feel free to make the drawings different than the pictures. History 2 - Finding Tite: Scene 1: Me and my wife walking down a crowded street and I point to Baby Tite (pictures 6 and 7) by several big trash cans playing with trash on the floor and say: "Look at that cute puppy all by himself". Scene 2: Mariana holding baby Tite in the street and saying: "He looks sick, we have to take him to the vet" Scene 3: Baby Tite inside a Cardboard box in the backseat of a car in the middle of me and Mariana. History 3: Thank you, Mom! Scene 1: Adult Tite and Adult Cappu playing together (adult tite and cappu). Scene 2: Mariana holding Tite and Cappu in her arms and both of them with the same "Thought balloon" out of their head, seeing her dressed as a superwoman or angel. I am in the back looking at them with a smile.

Customer Description: I want my wife to have an amazing time in Chicago this weekend while I’m in Las Vegas. She is going on a Sailboat Tour of Lake Michigan Friday. I don’t really know what else lol.

Customer Description: Tuko the dog protects the yard from his nemesis the squirrels even into his old age. The yard has three tall palm trees where the squirrels hide & taunt him.

Customer Description: Bentley gets a new baby sister, Elliana. He is so excited and loves caring for her. Bentley is such a great Big Brother. He always loves playing with his Sissy, as well as feeding her! He is such a BIG help!

Customer Description: *** Special Napier Rice Launch Challenge Judge Gift *** Yan-David Erlich, Partner, Coatue Management • Profile: http://csprofiles.rice.edu/2018/04/02/yanda/https://www.linkedin.com/in/yanda/ • Rice BS Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering then Stanford MBA • Currently based in Menlo Park • He left Google about a week before the Fortune article came out saying Google was the very best place to work. “I’d grown up in France with parents in traditional roles: an attorney and an engineer for a global oil and gas company. Entrepreneurship was not in my bloodline, and most of the people we knew in France would never think of starting up their own business,” he said. “I knew I had to burn all the bridges, so I could focus on nothing else.” • Founded and sold Parsable. Parsable helps the world’s largest industrial firms get jobs are done right — every time. Parsable's Connected Worker platform enables employees to collaboratively execute their work using paperless, modern, and digital work instructions on modern mobile devices. In addition to measuring every step and action, employees can raise issues and provide feedback so that every process is quickly analyzed and improved. With Parsable, teams of Connected Workers know what they need to do and how to do it. • Venture Partner at Mucker Labs • Founding Manager Partner of Outlier Ventures – VC fund that focuses on the future of work. • Currently a partner at Coatue Management where he focuses on Enterprise Software and Crypto.

Customer Description: Hello my name is Ciara. My husband Josh and I are celebrating our anniversary of 11 years. He is a big Star Trek fan and particularly likes the “Next Generation” series. Can you make him the captain of the series and make it where he runs through obstacles in his journey before he can celebrate our anniversary in the bridge?

Customer Description: Heidi, Becky, and Libby went on a working retreat together. They stayed 4 nights in a lovely Marriott in Kansas City. They also stayed one night in a cabin in Iowa, that wasn't so lovely and turned out to not be a cabin at all. A wonderful day was spent brainstorming at the Nearwood Winery, in Knoxville, IA. Their host and hostess, Mike and Joann, gave them a brief lesson on the process of winemaking, took them on a tour of the winery & vineyards, and treated them to lunch. Heidi and Becky enjoyed a bit of Vino, while Libby drank copious cups of hot herbal tea. Over their five days together, Becky, Libby, and Heidi worked, learned from one another, ate loads of great food, and laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed. They are Three Amigos - Three Peas in a Pod - Three Wise Woman - and sometimes when they are together it can be a bit of a Three Ring Circus!

Customer Description: I’m using Tellinga for an anniversary gift. My boyfriend Casey and I are celebrating one year together. He works in video games so I’d love a story that incorporates something pertaining to games. One of my favorite memories was taking a camping trip with our friends and learning about spiders with our park ranger at lake mineral wells state park. He was so excited while I was intrigued but afraid. We’re moving to California this summer for his new job and he’s assured me he will protect me from all of the spiders!

Customer Description: My husband Chuck is a very fit soon to be 61 years old. He is an avid helicopter pilot, private airplane pilot, scuba diver, hiker, photographer, and engineer. His favorite character is Dirk Pitt from the Clive Cussler novels. While reading one of the novels, he finds himself in various adventures along side Dirk Pitt.

Customer Description: Two high school seniors flirt with each other during a play about Christopher Columbus. *He is Columbus, she is double cast as an asylum inmate and a mermaid). Later that night they share their first kiss sitting on a dock overlooking Clear Lake (Houston) after seeing a magical shooting star. 5 years later, they are married. 25 years later, married for 20+ years with two awesome children, they celebrate the 25th anniversary of that first kiss - December 3, 1994.

Customer Description: Heidi, Becky, and Libby went on a working retreat together. They stayed 4 nights in a lovely Marriott in Kansas City. They also stayed one night in a cabin in Iowa, that wasn't so lovely and turned out to not be a cabin at all. A wonderful day was spent brainstorming at the Nearwood Winery, in Knoxville, IA. Their host and hostess, Mike and Joann, gave them a brief lesson on the process of winemaking, took them on a tour of the winery & vineyards, and treated them to lunch. Heidi and Becky enjoyed a bit of Vino, while Libby drank copious cups of hot herbal tea. Over their five days together, Becky, Libby, and Heidi worked, learned from one another, ate loads of great food, and laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed. They are Three Amigos - Three Peas in a Pod - Three Wise Woman - and sometimes when they are together it can be a bit of a Three Ring Circus!

Customer Description: Me and my boyfriend were together for 5 years and living together. Then we moved apart with the hopes of being able to save for our own home, however, the distance ended up breaking us apart. We've recently started being in contact again via letters and are hopeful of reuniting again in the future and growing old together. This will be for his birthday and thought it'll be a fitting thoughtful gift and to keep in line with our old school way of communicating via letters. He loves anime, his name's Ralston and mine's Hilary if it will help the story be more personalized. I would like some narration to the story so that the recipient can understand the story better.

Customer Description: My Wife's name is Mariana and my name is Marcio. We have two stray dogs and I want the stories to be about when we found them. History 1: Adopting Cappu Scene 1: Baby Cappu (pictures 1 and 2) was inside a fence (fence picture) with a few other dogs and 1 other large blind dog, who was playing with a water bowl and had spilled water on Baby Cappu. I would like the drawing to show only the dogs inside the fence for this scene. Scene 2: Me and my wife (picture 3 and 4) standing outside the fence, she is pointing to a soaked baby cappu and saying: "I want to hold that little soaked one" Scene 3: My Wife holding a wet baby cappu on her arms and saying with tears on her eyes: "We are taking him home" Picture 5 for reference. *The pictures can be used as a reference so you can make the characters reassemble us in real life, but feel free to make the drawings different than the pictures. History 2 - Finding Tite: Scene 1: Me and my wife walking down a crowded street and I point to Baby Tite (pictures 6 and 7) by several big trash cans playing with trash on the floor and say: "Look at that cute puppy all by himself". Scene 2: Mariana holding baby Tite in the street and saying: "He looks sick, we have to take him to the vet" Scene 3: Baby Tite inside a Cardboard box in the backseat of a car in the middle of me and Mariana. History 3: Thank you, Mom! Scene 1: Adult Tite and Adult Cappu playing together (adult tite and cappu). Scene 2: Mariana holding Tite and Cappu in her arms and both of them with the same "Thought balloon" out of their head, seeing her dressed as a superwoman or angel. I am in the back looking at them with a smile.

Customer Description: One time, mom and daughter one time go on vacations.

Customer Description: Two brothers, ages 11 and 9, names Alex and Anthony. They’re both pretty good in math, but they have some deficiencies. Alex is a little lazy (makes sloppy mistakes), and Anthony likes to use his fingers when counting/multiplying (even though he makes A’s in math) - but I tell him to stop (he should know the answer without using his fingers).

I playfully told Alex he can slay math, he can be the Zoro of math. He then elaborated and excitedly said, “I’d have a sword with a pen at the base of the handle!” So maybe the following scenes for 3 different cards.

Title - The Math Heroes 

Card One:  A scene where Alex (in his normal face) and Anthony both encounter a robotic monster trying to enter a vault, and they both have to save the day. Anthony has to use his hands to hold back the monster (thus not able to use his hands, please flatter him with some biceps) while Alex reemerges as Zoro. Anthony estimates the monster weighs 315 pounds plus 37 pounds for the sword he’s yielding. Alex (Zoro) asks Anthony what’s the monsters total weight (which he has to decipher in his head = 352). Alex then chops up the monster in four pieces, and proudly says, “There are four pieces each weighing 88 pounds.” The stand-in victory over the chopped monster.

You can modify if need be, but something along those lines.


Card Two: Alex and Anthony walking by a burning building. An old lady and her dog need to jump. The lady yells/asks Anthony how much weight he can catch, and he says 150 pounds, and she says “I’m 115 and my dog is 34 pounds” … before he can count on his fingers, they both jump! He catches them (with big biceps of course) and says, “You were 1-pound within my range - whew!” She replies, “Thank goodness you did the math in your head, and not with your fingers, or you would have dropped us!” Alex (Zoro) is then seen holding a sword in one hand and a firetruck water hose in the other hand and says, “Considering the size of this building, we have less than 5-minutes to prevent it from spreading to other buildings! Increase water pressure!” The final scene, happy lady and happy dog, with surrounding buildings saved - and Alex and Anthony in victory smile. 


Card Three: Alex and Anthony are surfing. A big whale appears and says, “I like meat on my bones, but you’ll be my appetizer.” (they’re both skinny). Alex says to Anthony, “Hold his mouth open.” Then Alex jumps into the whale's mouth and reemerges as Zoro. Alex asks Anthony, “How many teeth does the whale have?” Anthony replies, “I see about 40 in the upper quadrant, so probably 160!” Alex/Zoro replies, “At two seconds per slice, I need about 5 minutes - keep his mouth open, Anthony!!” The final scene - standing on the toothless whale with boys wrapping their arms around each other in victory! Please emphasize their wavy/curly hair when in normal face. 

Customer Description: I met my husband 19 years ago, and it was love at first sight. We went from homeless to a hotel, to an apartment, then to a house. Brought 4 beautiful children into this world, and there is no end in sight. Life has been an adventure, and we can't wait to see what new adventures await our entire family!

Customer Description: Devyn and I (Austin) have been dating for 10 months now (friends for much longer), but the last few months have been long distance due to my new job as a Middle School teacher in California. Before moving out here, we road-tripped together all the way from my hometown of Cincinnati, OH to Santa Ana, CA. On the way we stopped in Kansas City to eat BBQ together, Denver for a night out on the town, Arches National Park for scenic hikes (pictured), and Las Vegas for some high stakes fun (pictured). It was an amazing and intimate experience before having to start our long-distance relationship (we'll be separated for about 2 years). There were over 30 hours spent holding hands and listening to music in the car while taking in the sites as well. We laughed, cried, sang, and cuddled a lot on that trip.

Customer Description: There was a girl who knew she needed a life change. As a lover of nature, she decided to quit her job and get on a flight to New Zealand. She walked through mountains, explored glowworm caves, found a home in Hobbiton, and drew sketches in lupine fields. She worked as a coffee runner and dishwasher in a cafe in a little town next to the sea and spent her days off climbing the mountain for a view of her new home and the bright blue water surrounding it. Then, she fulfilled a dream by moving to an animal sanctuary, spending her days in the company of goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, dogs, and cats. She met interesting people who expanded her view of the world. There were hard times too, which helped her grow and learn what an independent badass she is. And by the time she was boarding her flight back, she knew she would never be the same again.

Customer Description: Me and my husband on our vacation trips.

Customer Description: Desiree is a very smart and artistic 15 year old. We (memaw & papa) adopted her when she was about 3. We have taken many vacations across the country for her to have new experiences and learn more. She sometimes struggles with her self- esteem. She loves to have fun. Her favorite activities are on the computer and anything artistic. She draws very well for her age. She also loves to watercolor paint. She learned a lot in Spanish and cannot wait to learn more. We live in a small town that limits what is available, but she loves school receiving 1 B and the rest A's last year. We recently took her to Universal Studios so she could visit the Harry Potter section, and she loved it plus has her own wand now. She likes anime.

Customer Description: My name is Iris and my girlfriend's name is Jaymee. I met Jaymee in a psychology class and I was always enamored by her and would always want to talk to her but was too shy. I would look at her during class when she wasn’t looking and I would always be excited to go to the class just to see her. The class ended and I never did get a chance to talk to her because I was too intimidated to talk to her. Until one day, I saw her at school and I always dreamed of taking to her so I went up to her and talked about the class and she was so beautiful just like I remembered. I asked my friends if they knew her and one of them had her Instagram so I messaged her and we started talking. We messaged every day and I would always get so excited when she texted. She asked me out with a handwritten letter and I was so happy. Then we went on dates and the more I got to know her the deeper I fell for her. It’s her birthday so maybe the end can say happy birthday Jaymee, I love you.

Customer Description: One day, we were on a trip to visit a beautiful waterfall, when suddenly an evil monkey tried to attack me to steal something (my phone probably)! Luckily my boyfriend and superhero Lim was there to protect me from that monkey, he gives him a bottle of cold tea to drink. Suddenly the monkey didn't want to attack us anymore and started drinking from the bottle. My boyfriend saved me and we were both happy :D - I'm having a long-distance relationship with him (Lim lives in Indonesia, I (Paulien) live in Belgium), we love to call each other by each others name or we call each other 'sweetheart'. I'm adding some photos of the day this happened.

Customer Description: I like the one about Ema the Princess you have for your one week example. I met a woman, Moon who is very independent, and smart, intelligent, a real rennasance woman making her way through life. We met and clicked. I am Jim.

Customer Description: Please tell the story of how Mrs. Charis and Elliot became BFFs. Learning is a life long process and we should invite learners of all ages to participate in learning activities. Elliot is a 2nd grader and is 8 years old. Mrs. Charis has been a teacher for over 50 years. The seed of their friendship started when Mrs. Charis taught Elliot Sunday School at church. On Thursday mornings Elliot goes Mrs. Charis' house where Mrs. Charis helps Elliot with math, reading, and science. The activities planned are nowhere near as important as the love and bond between the two. The bond they share is a gift. Older individual imprinting on a younger person and a younger person providing comfort to an older person. Some activities they do together after schoolwork are gardening, cooking and going on adventures like out for a burger and shake. They are simply precious together. Attached is a photo of Elliot age 8 and Mrs. Charis age 83 and a photo of the sweet drawing by Elliot expressing her love of Charis

Customer Description: Hello, my name is Yoon and this story is for a girl I'm seeing (Jiheh). It's not fora any special occasion - I just think it would be a cute and unique gift :) I was referred to by my friend Alex Lee (Rice MBA). I would like the story to be in a B&W manga style. She's really into Asian historical/magical drama (strange, I know). She can be the heroine going on an ancient quest to save a prince (me). She would go on this quest with her magical beast that looks like a Jindo dog named Bella. Her ultimate challenge is to magically and miraculously eat 10,000 dishes of jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles), which happens to be her favorite, yet it still presents a challenge. In the end, she prevails. Upon succeeding, she receives a potion. Then she travels back to the prince to feed him the potion. The key is that once the prince (I) recover, my hair is slicked back with short sides, rather than down (see picture). Kinda like how Dragon Ball Z changes hair when they transform... She then falls in love with me. Happy ending! The ending is super weird, but she really wanted my hair to be up with my forehead showing since we met. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks.

Customer Description: This is for a project on Tellinga. We don't need the story sent every other day. can be sent all at once. The sooner the better. Thanks!**** Four Rice Business students were placed in a group together and tasked with creating a marketing plan for a company already in business. While searching for a gift for his girlfriend, Ayo found and recommended we reach out to Tellinga. They spent the semester reading up on marketing frameworks and completing cases to develop their skills. At the end of the semester, they handed in their project to Professor Nell Putnam-Farr. She loved loved the project and all the work they put into it.

Customer Description: My name is Chloe, and my little sister, Jessica enjoys coming to visit me in Seattle during her Christmas break. She lives in Hawaii, so she enjoys seeing the snow here in Washington. This last Christmas she came down to visit and we had so much fun doing lots of touristy things! We saw the Space Needle, Butterfly gardens, and spent a few nights at a cabin in Mount Rainier where it snowed. As all trips evenly end she went back home to Hawaii, but there isn't a day that I don't think of her.

Customer Description: My dad was so happy with the Charles the Rat artwork from my first order that I want to order him 3 more to be sent at the end of the year by the SAME artist (Gozie Okoro). Reminder: My dad used to tell us stories of a naughty, but beloved rat who would cause trouble around the house. In these 3 pieces, please have Charles the Rat celebrating Hanukkah, visiting the ducks at the low water crossing (just like my dad does all the time -- I attached a picture of one that is similar to the one he uses) and celebrating New Year's and ringing in 2020 with a little chaos. Please make my dad the main human character in the pieces. Optional to add my mom in if you want. Attached is a picture of the ducks that my dad visits every few days and feeds duck food. I also attached a picture of my parents. For the Hanukkah card, maybe Charles the Rat has eaten all the latkes my mom just fried in a pan before my dad can have any? Or is playing dreidel with other rats/mice/raccoons/whatever like it's a hot poker game? Have fun with it. Thanks!! He really loved the first one that you sent him.

Customer Description: 1. They meet at their first job out of college working as financial advisors. 2. The first date was at a sushi place called Soma Sushi. She drove a white Audi Q5 SUV and I drove a Silver Lexus IS 250. (if you draw those into the backdrop or something, great! If not, no worries). 3. Some sappy happily ever after ending. (You are welcome to get creative with it!).

Customer Description: Sara and Danny dated in high school, went their separate ways afterward. Overseas for Army, Danny thought of Sara. At Wake Forrest University, Sara thought of Danny. Danny smashed his pickup truck into Sara's red Volkswagen Beetle and he immediately asked her out again. They moved to North Carolina together and got engaged. Wedding soon.