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  

 

glassybaby + The Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk

Through October 21st, enter giving code “impact” upon checkout and 10% of your glassybaby.com purchase will benefit The Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk to help women and men living with breast cancer in the San Francisco Bay area and fund life-saving research

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Last year I introduced you to glassybaby faithful, Trina Chow.  There are so many things to love about Trina:  She is kind, talented and driven to help others.  It was glassybaby that brought us together.  But I like to think it’s our shared outlook and mission to help others that has strengthened our friendship (and mutual admiration) over the years.

On the weekend of October 18-20th, Trina will participate in the second annual Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk, a 15-55 mile fundraising walk that will take place of the course of three days, on an urban route in the City of San Francisco. Many of those joining Trina have been walking to help raise money for breast cancer for years.  The three Bay Area beneficiaries of this years’ walk proceeds are:  Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic and Friend to Friend Fund – Partners in Care at UCSF Mt. Zion.  The national beneficiary is METAvivor Research and Support, the only national nonprofit focused on metastatic disease.  Funds granted to METAvivor will be directed to research.

Through October 21st, we will donate 10% your online purchase to The Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk.  Just enter the giving code “impact” upon checkout.  To begin shopping, 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