We were contacted by the lovely Kathy Epperson, author and founder of the arts website named Seeds and Fruit. Her passion is art in all of its forms. This week she has installed a glassybaby feature. Find the piece and interview with Lee here: www.seedsandfruit.com. Our missives with her, before launching the glassybaby segment were a pleasure...the last came with a P.S.:"My 'verdant, 'glacier lake,' and 'deep sea' glassybaby are on the table right in front of me, happy as can be. She anthropomorphized her glassybaby, we love it. Thank you Kathy, for the lively segment on glassybaby.
Earlier in the week, two friends arrived in our Madrona store for a glassybaby session...candle lighting and color therapy. It was a birthday outing for one of the pair. I loved the side note I received, not from the birthday girl, from the other. She happens to be one of my many favorites. She whispered to me that she lights her 'smooch' glassybaby every night in mirthful intention to find her perfect man. As she lights her pink glassybaby, she says: "smooch," beckoning her certain, worthy love to find her. It is only a matter of time...she is wonderful.
End note...Thursday April 23rd, the New York Times business section, page B4, declares: "Goods 'Made in the USA' Sustain Small Manufacturers." The article, authored by Tracey Taylor of the Times jumped off the page at us (Lee.) Truth be told, I try to read a fraction of the Saturday and Sunday Times, the Monday through Friday 'gray ladies' are generally off of my radar, except when I get a morning revelry call from Lee: "There is an interesting article for us in the Times today." I easily sought out the paper at the Madrona Deli nearby. The article is substantive and relevant and hopeful to us. The gist summarized in a quotation from Steven J. Davis, a professor of Economics at the University of Chicago: "People read stories about unemployed Americans and they want to feel good when they make consumption decisions." This relates to the glassybaby manufacturing story. We are made in Madrona, USA. Our glassblowers arrive prior to seven in the morning to begin their craft. They sleep soundly at night somewhere nearby in the greater Seattle area. So often customers...my realm...comment upon this very phenomenon: 'I love supporting a local, hand made product.' Hallelujah. It is wonderful for us to place a gorgeous red sticker on our outbound glassybaby cargo that reads: "Hand Blown Glass, Made in the USA, Handle With Care." So, this article moves us to say thank you...for supporting us with a philosophical, often emotional and local mind. This is part of our lifeblood.
Until Next Time, if this stunning Spring sunshine doesn't leave me speechless...Nicola