glassybaby + San Francisco SPCA

10% from each ‘friendship’ will be donated to the San Francisco SPCA to save and protect animals in the Bay Area

A walk downtown to enjoy the department store windows in December has become an annual tradition in my family.  On a recent trip to San Francisco, I saw the most unusual holiday window ever:  a display with live puppies and kittens!  It was all part of the Macy’s and San Francisco SPCA Holiday Windows at Union Square.  This  event, now in its 9th year, is actually a pop-up pet adoption center that has raised $400,000 and found homes for 2,300 deserving dogs and cats. 

This is only one example of the great work done by the San Francisco SPCA to improve the lives of our four-legged friends.  We are pleased to announce that the San Francisco SPCA   (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is our newest giving partner. 10% from each ‘friendship’ will be donated to the San Francisco SPCA to save and protect animals in the Bay Area.  Founded in 1868, the San Francisco SPCA is an animal shelter, a spay/neuter clinic and a public animal hospital, dedicated to finding a home for every adoptable animal under their roof.  

To purchase ‘friendship’ click here.

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.

   

glassybaby + Camp Korey

10% from the sale of each ‘angel’ will be donated to Camp Korey in Carnation, Washington

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For thousands of kids, going to camp is an annual rite of summer and a coming of age milestone.  For some it’s their first time away from home, the first time out of the city, and the first time to experience all the adventures that camp has to offer.  For children with on-going medical issues, summer camp is usually not an option because few camps can provide the necessary medical support.  Camp Korey, part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman, is changing that and transforming the lives of children with serious and life-altering medical conditions through free-of-charge camp experiences.

Since late June, up to sixty-four campers per week have been coming to experience the magic of summer camp at Camp Korey.  Located just a short drive from Seattle on a historic, 818-acre former dairy farm, campers can swim, boat, use the ropes course and zip line (one of only three in the United States that is wheelchair accessible), sing and make music in the garage band, create arts and crafts, put on costumes, play in teepees, harvest the vegetables that will become part of their meal, partake in a food fight, sit around a campfire and make lifelong friends.  It’s a chance to forget the illness that normally dictates so much of their lives.  It’s a chance to make choices about their day and what challenges they’ll take on.  It’s a chance to just be a kid.  (And it’s a respite for family members and caretakers.)

The camp sessions may only last a week, but having seen the look of determination and pure joy on the faces of these campers, I know the memories, empowerment and friendships will last a lifetime.  In addition to summer camp sessions, Camp Korey offers year-round Hospital Outreach through their Camp in a Box program, family weekends and young adult retreats.  It is glassybaby’s privilege to partner with Camp Korey and to help fan the flames of childhood.  To purchase ‘angel’, click here.

 

the moon did what?

It never seems to amaze me how much I continue to learn about glassybaby. How can one simple product have so much depth? The name, the height, the color, each hue more unique than the next. During our monthly managers meeting today, I learned even more about these one-of-a-kind vessels that have been working so hard in my life for the last five years.

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Each glassybaby is created by hand (eight in fact) and born in the usa, a citizen of the world. But what comes before it’s born? Where does glassybaby color come from? Brilliant Raya, one of our glass artists turned master of quality control goddess, honored us with her presence in the meeting and wow, she is fascinating. The art and science of glass come so naturally to her, I feel like we are truly blessed to have her in our little glassybaby family. She talked with us today about our unique color bars and how sometimes, when a color doesn’t come out like “it should” that we shouldn’t look at this as a mistake, but rather we should embrace it as just another great layer in the beauty that is a glassybaby. So, so brilliant. So, so glassybaby.

She told us about some of the many factors that determine how the color comes out, some controllable, some not. Things like the humidity, the barometric pressure, the amount of manganese being as little as a teaspoon less making a shade of purple a totally different shade of purple than the last time it was made. Even the moon!…well, maybe not the moon as far as we know, but it’s a fun notion to play with nonetheless. I’d bet that in some way or another the moon has an effect on glassybaby color. And after the supermoon’s of late (see above picture of the last one in case you missed it), I think I’ll go ahead and believe in that, true or not.

Just some fun stuff to keep in mind the next time you see a glassybaby color that’s a little different looking than the last time you saw it. It’s unique, it’s one-of-a-kind, just like you :)

xoxo

Marissa