the 12th baby

Something’s sweeping our city, and it isn’t rain. Well, this winter, it has been rain, and wind, and fog, but it is also something else entirely: football fever. I’m not the first to tell you how our ‘hawks did on Sunday, and I probably won’t be the last, so let’s sit back and rejoice. Our ‘hawks are Super Bowl bound, and so many of us have come together to cheer on our team. Everyone’s getting involved, glassybaby included!

Seahawks pride and spirit of 12 are two of the newest members of the glassybaby family, and they glow in our little Northwestern corner of the country, reminding everyone out there just how spectacular Seattle is. All this month I have seen moments that have made me smile: a grandma reaching down to hold hands with her grandson, both wearing Russell Wilson jerseys; a 12th Man flag flying free atop our beloved Space Needle; construction workers wearing Seahawks helmets. Our city has been brought together because of our blue and green footballers, and there really is no escaping this blue and green pride.

Ask anyone in Seattle if Sunday’s game was just a game, and we will tell, nay, we will show you—on our streets and in our homes—it’s more than just a game. Just like how our glassybaby are so much more than just glass. We are united, as the 12th man, and now as the 12th baby.

glassybaby gives thanks

No matter how you begin your holiday season—whether it be gathering friends and family around a Thanksgiving feast, celebrating the miracle of Hanukkah, cheering on your favorite football team or shopping at a time when most people are sleeping—this time of year is the perfect time to honor tradition and reflect on all that is good in our lives.

At glassybaby, we have much to be thankful for:  our glassblowers that share their amazing artistry with us 7 days a week, our charitable partners that deliver on the promise to change lives, Seattle City Light (who graciously changed their plans to replace worn out electrical service so that we wouldn’t have to shut down our shop during a critical production time), the FedEx folks that deliver the light of glassybaby across the country and around the world, an amazing group of sales and marketing people that I am proud to call my friends and colleagues, a woman who, on her own difficult journey, reached out to help others, and, of course, you—our one-of-a-kind glassybaby community.

Because of your generosity, we were able to fund scholarships for some very deserving nursing students who plan to study oncology.

Because of your generosity, a 23-year old relapsed leukemia patient who had been told to go home and get her affairs in order is now cancer free.

Because of you, seriously ill children got to be kids and enjoy a week of summer camp at no charge.

Because of you, patients receiving treatment at UW Medical Center had a place to call home—and have their family stay with them.

Because of you, animals that were displaced by the fires in Colorado were placed in loving homes until they could be reunited with their owners.

Because of you, a dying mother had the opportunity to fly her relatives to Seattle so that they could meet the granddaughter they would soon be raising.

Because of you, veterans that could no longer chew normal food, were given blenders and attended classes on nutrition.

Because of you, the way that childhood cancers are being diagnosed and treated is changing.

Because of you, a chemo patient who lost her hair and eyelashes isn’t embarrassed to go to the grocery store or pick her children up from school.

Because of you, our neighbors have food to put on their tables.

The ways in which your generosity has touched and changed lives are countless.  Please know that in this season of thanksgiving and gratitude, you have ours.

Until next time,

Mary

glassybaby + Tipping Point Community

10% from the sale of each ‘gratitude’ will be donated to Tipping Point Community to help break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area

We’ve all faced difficult choices, but few of us have had to choose between paying our electric bill or putting food on the table.  For close to 1.3 million of our new neighbors in the Bay Area, these choices are part of their daily lives.  glassybaby is pleased to announce our newest giving partnership with Tipping Point Community, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area.  glassybaby believes that breaking this cycle is a critical component of human healing.

Tipping Point’s approach focuses on four key areas:  housing, health, education and employment, the founding structures of any city.  Through their grant program, Tipping Point makes sure that the most effective non-profits get the support they deserve.  Currently, that includes 42 different human service organizations.  Because the Tipping Point Board of Directors covers all fundraising and operational expenses, 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to help those impacted by poverty.  And Tipping Points support doesn’t end with dollars.  They also support grantees with technology, fundraising and communications resources that they need to grow and improve.  Last year, Tipping Point grantees impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people in the Bay Area.  To purchase ‘gratitude’, click here.

 

glassybaby + UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

‘kindness’ is here. 10% from the sale of each ‘kindness’ will be donated to help cancer patients at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

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As you might expect, when we made the decision to open a new store in San Francisco, we had a long list of to-do items.  At the top of that list, was finding amazing charitable partners to work with.  We knew we wanted to work with organizations that were well-respected in the Bay Area and really understood our mission of giving back to help cancer patients.  We think we found the perfect partner in UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.

glassybaby is pleased to announce UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay as our newest giving partner.  Slated to open in 2015, this new hospital is the culmination of more than 10 years of planning and is the first new facility to open at UCSF Medical Center in more than 30 years.  The hospital complex will include a children’s hospital, a women’s hospital and a cancer hospital.  glassybaby’s donations will be earmarked for a patient assistance fund to help cancer patients with day-to-day costs such as groceries, bus fare and art therapy—items which aren’t covered by medical insurance.  10% from the sale of each ‘kindness’ glassybaby will be donated to help cancer patients at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.  To purchase ‘kindness’, click here.

We can’t wait to move into our new storefront at 3665 Sacramento Street, in the Presidio Heights neighborhood!  Though our doors won’t officially open until November 1st, we’ve already begun giving back to UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.  Stop by and experience glassybaby one of a kindness for yourself.

   

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