James Russell Lowell got that right. How was your summer solstice-first day of summer? Ours was, well, perfect, I must say! Just in time for festive outdoor parties.
I attended a birthday party for Mimi, one of my oldest friends. (And by that I mean she has been dear to me for a long, long time! Not that she is, gasp, getting up there too far in years!) The waterfront setting was magical, resplendent in white with the touch of glassybaby drinkers in shades of aquas and greens. Such elegant simplicity. And the birthday girl had a ball!
Our Marissa was recently at a splendidly lit (by glasybaby of course) bridal shower for her dear friend Kristen who will be wed July 30 on Whidbey Island.
Refrains of "Yankee Doodle" have been running through my head as we gear up for celebrating the Fourth of July next week. Our neighborhood has a great parade for the kids who have decorated their bikes, donned Uncle Sam hats, and wave flags as they march and wheel through the streets. Then everyone joins in for a barbecue, and of course fireworks later. Such wonderful traditions.
Whitney and our glassybaby van will head to Seabrook, "A New Beach Town" on the Washington coast for a three-day event over the holiday weekend to celebrate our nation's independence! glassybaby will help light up the fourth during the spectacular annual Porch Illumination Ceremony there... a sight to behold. Imagine beautiful rafts of glassybaby aiding in lighting the night seascape. All are welcome... and just so you know... 10% of sales will be donated to the Seabrook Foundation to support The Breast Cancer Alliance of Gray's Harbor. Stay tuned for pictures of this glowing event!
And, said glassybaby van is this weekend in Los Angeles at the Convention Center, for all of our southern California friends (Ellen are you listening?) We are participating in the dwell on Design Conference. More info is available on our NEWS page (under "roadshows") on our website.
The Seconds Sale was a great success! glassbaby will donate $6,000 to The White Light Fund at The University of Washington Medical Center to help cancer patients with their day to day needs during treatment.
We are so grateful to our friends who waited in the cold and rain.
One loyal glassybaby devotee arrived at midnight and slept in his car, but joined the line when the first two ladies arrived at 4:10 am.
Debra was working as our door attendant/bouncer and letting people in as there was room. She was giving some tips to some ladies who were about to enter. One of the lovely ladies told her, "This is not our first rodeo, girl!" And I bet it won't be their last.
I just received news that three of our most respected glassblowers will be soon attempting to summit Mt. Rainier. On Monday, Ryan Mellinger, Andy Martin and Nick Ashman will head out after work (Ryan and Andy are both glass artists in their own right, and Nick is a sub here while maintaining his glassblowing studio in Ballard.) They plan to hike to Paradise and spend the night and summit in the wee hours of the morning. I'm hoping they will return with some pictures we can share. We wish you all the best, guys, on your great adventure. God speed!
Until next time,