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 + The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

10% from the sale of each ‘sweet pea’ will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients and create hope

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and a fitting time to introduce our newest single color partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  From now until January 31st, 2014, we will give 10% from the sale of each ‘sweet pea’ to this nationwide network of people dedicated to creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. 

One of the most meaningful ways that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network helps patients is through their Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program.  This program provides free, personal call-in support to pancreatic patients, their famiies and medical teams.    A personal PALS associate can provide patients with  current information about the disease, treatment options, clinical trials, specialists, support groups, diet and nutrition, and symptom and pain management.  The PALS program also connects current patients with survivors.

Helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options is the first step to creating hope.  To purchase ‘sweet pea’, click here.

   

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