Don't you get excited just thinking about Valentine's Day? A cheerful rosy spot plunked in the middle of drab, old, long-in-the-tooth winter? It's a day all about the most swoon-worthy subject there is: love. I can remember decorating for school, a Valentine's Day box fashioned from an old shoebox. We sent cards with pithy sayings like, "Lettuce be Valentines." We were watchful not to send to a boy anything even remotely redolent of romantic love. I mean never would I send to a guy a suggestive sentiment that said, say, "I cantaloupe with you" or some other such evocative message. No sir! But my, how time has a way of changing things.
Just look at this cadre of Valentines glassybaby in a veritable chorus-line of romance! I expect them to break out the high-kicks for Cupid in the next frame. The roll call from left to right : you gotta have 'heart', the delectable "chocolate covered cherry', all you need is 'love', the little diva herself, 'valentine', the translucent heart on her sleeve,'true love', that little minx, 'smooch', and the elusive, cherished, never to be captured again, 'first kiss'.
(All of these rose-pink ladies are gathered around the cookie plate in the same order in the first picture, above.)
The seconds sale held on the 28th was a resounding success. Over 15k from sales will be donated the the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center! Thank you a thousand times to the hundreds who so cheerfully waited in line in the bitter cold... the achievement is all yours!
One industrious fellow set up a cooking station at 5am and made breakfast burritos for his friends:
Another gal flew in from Minnesota to buy 40 for her cousin who has cancer. The cousin wanted to give them to all of her caregivers and friends who are helping her with her battle. We send lots of glassybaby love and warmth their way.
Sheila wrote us of her experience waiting in line and of "the event" (there are no other words for it!):
"I do not usually attempt these type of events, but was talked into getting up at 5:15 am to sit in line with hundreds of others and wait to be crowded into a small room all with one goal. It was so FUN! We were greeted at the door by the owner herself and once inside found every employee to be extremely pleasant in the midst of madness! Waiting in line was enjoyable, my friends and I got to talk to those around us hearing life stories, even a cancer survivor shared her story. I didn't hear one complaint and only saw smiles. I can't believe it, but I'll be back next year. Thank you for a chance to purchase glassbaby at such a great price. But, mostly thank you for your investment into lives who desperately need the hope of healing."
Thank you for your kind words, Sheila. glassybaby is so blessed to have lovely customers and friends like you. You keep our light shining!
Before I go I must tell you about a most courageous young lady who lives in the Bay Area. Now, ten years old, Brianne (everyone calls her Breezy!) was only nine last October when she was diagnosed with a malignancy in the bone of her thigh. An avid soccer player, Breezy made the brave decision to have her leg amputated just above her knee. Not an easy decision but a spirited one. Breezy will be fitted with a new leg soon we are told. Her sister made a really sweet video of Breezy's trials and it caught the eye of Julie Haener, who is a tv anchor in San Francisco. She did a story on Brianne and sent her glassybaby to help her heal. Julie sent her 'angel', 'comfort', and 'ocean', because, she said, blue is Breezy's favorite color. So touching. We wish you all the best, Breezy. Thanks to you and Julie for sharing your story.
Here's to keeping love in our hearts, dear glassybaby friends.
Until next time,