community spotting

You know how once you become aware of a thing, you start seeing it everywhere? That’s what happened when I discovered glassybaby. After hearing Lee Rhodes’ remarkable personal journey and how it led to the creation of this amazing company, I was instantaneously transformed into a glassybaby groupie. Believe it or not, this occurrence took place a mere 5 months ago. I admit that I’m a bit late to the party, but it’s been great fun catching up.

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The reason I’m telling you this is because now I see glassybaby everywhere I look! It’s the source of the romantic mood lighting on my table at a local Seattle restaurant. There are three lined up in a row on a neighbor’s window sill down the street. They hold flowers at my favorite coffee shop. There are a dozen or more neatly arranged on a friend’s coffee table.  And, although I didn’t know they were glassybaby at the time, there were at least 50 or more in Halloween colors decorating the entire front yard of a house in Mount Baker that I happened to walk past last October 31st. In retrospect, knowing what I know now, I wish I had had a roomy trick-or-treat bag with me at the time!    

Just recently I attended Seattle Bride Magazine’s big “Urban Unveiled” wedding event at Benaroya Hall and was delighted to see that many of the vendors had glassybaby votives as part of their display. For example, the Woodmark Hotel had a couple of ‘angel’ glassybaby adorning their table, and T. Anthony Jewelers had a beautiful arrangement featuring ‘bedford brown’, ‘ripe olive’ and ‘kindness’ glassybaby.

  

The point is that despite all of the hundreds of beautiful things vying for attention, my eye just automatically zeroed in on each and every glassybaby in the building. I’m serious. Hide one in a “find the 10 things hidden in this picture” illustration and I’d spot it right away. But I suspect it may be the same way for a lot of people. Have you noticed that when something is special to you and makes you happy, it has a curious way of frequently showing up in your line of vision?  In regard to me, it’s actually kind of humorous… or irritating… depending on which of my friends or family members you talk to. I’m very much like the dog in the Disney animated movie “Up” whose attention is suddenly drawn away with the exclamation of “squirrel!” Except that I exclaim “glassybaby!”

Until next time,

Guy  

 

my halloween glassybaby collection

To say that I love Halloween is an understatement. I completely and absolutely love it! I can’t wait for October 31st to come around. I admit– I’m a big kid, and proud of it. Halloween completely speaks to my whimsical, sentimental nature and my passion for anything spooky. I have great memories from my childhood of trick-or-treating, visiting neighborhood haunted houses and attending parties. Nothing has really changed now that I’m an adult, except that I’m a little too old to be dressing up and going door to door in search of treats. Doggone it. But one thing I can do is decorate. And I do it with enthusiasm.

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My tastes run more towards the nostalgic and the classic (no zombies please) and I’ve become quite a collector.

From reproduction paper mache pumpkins, witches and devils… 

…to classic 60s and 70s Halloween masks,

…to rare illuminated plastic blow mold characters.

Speaking of illumination, that’s where glassybaby comes in. Nothing sets the mood for Halloween better than candlelight, so that’s why I have a gorgeous grouping of oranges and browns on my coffee table in the living room. I chose several of our oranges—’pumpkin’, ‘crush’ and ‘crayola’—added a ghostly ‘creamsicle’ and mixed in a couple of strikingly striped ‘jane’s caramel’s’. The best thing about this combination is that it’s perfect for the entire fall season and all the way through Thanksgiving.

Here they are unlit…

…and lit.

Now, whether you decorate a little, or go a tiny bit overboard like I do, remember to make glassybaby the centerpiece of your ghoulish gathering. So light your candles, turn down the lamps, open your favorite book of ghost stories, and have a thrilling, chilling and very happy Halloween.

Until next time,

Guy        

 

baby’s on board • a guest blog by Guy Farris


One of the best things about working at glassybaby is seeing the instantaneous look of recognition and appreciation on someone’s face when they spy the company’s logo printed on the t-shirt I’m wearing. It’s a badge of honor for me. I’m proud to work here. I love the company’s commitment to making an excellent product and its pledge to give back to the community. I recently discovered that we give back in another way too—by bringing a smile to the faces of stressed-out and frustrated motorists all over the Northwest. I’ve been driving the glassybaby van—filled with hundreds of glassybaby votives—to events all over Washington State, and I’ve noticed an unexpected and wonderful reaction: smiles! And plenty of them. Despite being caught in rush-hour traffic, the moment drivers see the van emblazoned with the glassybaby logo and realize what my precious cargo consists of, they smile, they wave and they even let me merge.  So, while I may help spread good feelings in the retail stores one, two and even three glassybaby at a time, I can reach an even bigger audience on our highways and byways by spreading joy 250—or more—glassybaby at a time. Look for me when you’re out and about. Give me a wave and a smile. I promise you’ll get the same in return.

Until next time,

Guy

a glassybaby engagement

Over the weekend we hosted another fabulous hands-on event at our Madrona studio & hot shop. Much to the surprise of one of the guests, her longtime partner popped the question in front of all of their family and friends. She said yes:) It was a true glassybaby engagement. Light and love to the happy couple.

xoxo

the glassybaby family

“baby” sitting

One of the many reasons we love our community…

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A customer recently visited our madrona studio looking for a glassybaby to add to her brother’s collection. She is “baby” sitting his collection while he’s overseas for work. Now that’s dedication…from both of them, and we love it!