Glassybabys are one of my favorite gifts to give…..so I wanted to know more about the back story. Let’s just say, it’s as illuminating as the colorful votives they make.
Founder, Lee Rhodes, was battling cancer while raising 3 young children when she created the first glassybaby. She found great light and hope in the small luminescent votive. She gave them as gifts to her friends and family and could not keep up with demand. Soon she opened a glassblowing studio in Seattle with a mission to give back.
Today, there are over 400 colors of glassybabys and 10% of the proceeds go to cancer treatment and support organizations, such as MD Anderson and Memorial Sloan Kettering, which are on the front lines.
The best description of glassybabys comes from Lee’s son, Hector, who gave her this description early one Christmas morning, when he was 12 years old:
“Glassybabys are useful in many ways. But their real use is lifting bad moods and loneliness. Their warm and colored light flickers like we do in everyday life. Glassybabys serve as a metaphor to symbolize hope and are humble in spirit but not in beauty. Whatever your mood, a glassbaby can keep your home inviting and full of spirit.”
Do you know someone who could use some light in their life? Perhaps you just want a little more light in your own. Glassbabys are shipping free with the purchase of 3 or more votives until the end of August.