Happy Halloween 2013

Halloween Collage

Halloween is a pretty big deal at our house.  Honestly it is my husband’s favorite holiday and he talks about it, plans it and shops for it 365 days a year.  Our 2013 theme was inspired by a shoebox of vintage photographs found in my sister-in-law’s attic and abandoned by previous homeowners years ago. Working from these photos we chose to use colors sepia, brown, ivory and black, with some really spooky lighting after dark in orange and amber shades.

Some of them are displayed on shelves in the dining room and others I scanned and printed on transparency film to clip on the iron chandelier in our stairway.  These nine images can’t show you the full effect with lighting but you’ll have to take my word for it, the whole house is decked out top to bottom.

We hosted an open-house style party last Saturday and playing in the background was 1920’s and 30’s music along with the soundtrack to The Shining.  So creepy…

Happy Halloween!

Why I love Glassybaby

Glassybaby

There is isn’t a lot to love about standing outside at 7am on a cold, wet January morning but I’ll set my alarm if it gets me a place in line at the semi-annual Glassybaby sale.  The hours long wait is challenging under the best conditions and it pays to get up early.

For those of you not familiar with Glassybaby they are a Seattle company founded by Cancer survivor and artist Lee Rhodes.  Their Tumblr page tells us it takes four Seattle artists, three layers of molten glass and two thousand degrees to make one Glassybaby. An artfully crafted, glass vessel, Glassybaby is available in hundreds of colors. To date, the company has donated more one million dollars to charities dedicated to health, healing, and quality of life.

My love for Glassybaby began with a gift of three for my 40th birthday. Something as simple as lighting one perfect color or a multi-hued row in the kitchen window transforms any night into a special one and our collection grows every year.  We use them inside and outside to light the long Pacific Northwest nights, add color to a table setting or hold flowers from the garden.

Glassybaby colors
Glassybaby colors (Photo credit: mariusstrom)

They are available in three Seattle area stores and online through their website but twice a year they also open the Madrona shop for their famous seconds sale.  This year we arrived to find a line stretching around several blocks with some truly dedicated customers camping since midnight.  I’m not ready to break out the tent and sleeping bag but I confess we are making plans for the next big sale in June.

glassybaby @ NCC

To fully appreciate the size and controlled chaos of this event see this short Glassybaby video from Saturday morning:  Glassybaby seconds sale 2013

Do you have any Glassybaby stories to share?  Favorite colors or shopping wish lists saved for a rainy day?  I know I have both!