Tuesday, April 29, 2014

glassybabys heal

I've often been teased about my obsession with glassybaby, by people who don't "get it." But once you catch the bug, you get it!

This happened with my friend Heather (Scott's wife) recently. During Scott's year-long battle with cancer, my mom, sister and I gave Heather a few glassybabys. Once she started enjoying the warmth and glow from the vibrant colors, she told me she "got it." 

When she visited us in Seattle this past weekend, her number one priority was to get a green glassybaby. We went to the glassybaby studio in Madrona, where the kids loved seeing the glassblowers hard at work, while Heather selected the perfect green glassybaby to add to her collection. She chose "fearless" not only for the perfect lime green color and how it complements her others (see combo above), but for the name. It's perfect for her right now as she navigates through this uncharted territory without Scott by her side.

When we were on Maui in February with Heather and her family, shortly after Scott passed away, we lit an orange Seattle Sunset glassybaby in Scott's honor every night. We even took it back and forth between condos depending on where we were hanging out, so Scott was always with us.

Every morning, I light that same Seattle Sunset glassybaby and focus on it during my meditation. I say a prayer for Scott, Heather and the boys, and I enjoy the dancing flame that somehow seems to keep Scott's presence alive for me. 

Obviously, glassybaby can't heal broken hearts or cure cancer, but they definitely provide hope that helps us keep on going, even when we don't feel like it. I love the below image and quote glassybaby posted on instagram on World Cancer Day.

Thank you, glassybaby, for bringing so much color, love and healing to the world.



Friday, April 25, 2014

Color Heaven

I visited Color Heaven last week and it was divine! It was Sofia's spring break so we went on a little adventure to the tulip fields in Skagit Valley. It is one of my favorite things to do and we hit the fields when the colors were in their prime. We tromped through the fields, soaked up the colors and smiled a lot! I hope you enjoy this selection of my favorite pics from our visit to Color Heaven, in almost every color of the rainbow!





These aren't tulips but I love how they included blue in the gardens to complete the rainbow.

This white bloom looked so exotic - almost like a gardenia.

One of the best things is bringing home fresh souvenirs from the fields. I've been enjoying these beauties in my kitchen all week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Too Pretty Not to Share No. 4

Hello friends!

How's your week? I had some technical difficulties with another post I was working on for today, so I'm sharing this picture instead. These tulip petals were waiting on my kitchen counter when I went downstairs this morning. And when Sofia requested tea (yes, really, she kills me!) with her breakfast this morning, I served it in her great grandmother's demitasse cup.

A friend made my day when she commented on this picture on Instagram:

"I love your stunning pics, Amy. You should produce a photo coffee table book 'explosions of color!'"

What a fun project that would be!

I hope to be back up and running with another colorful post tomorrow!



Friday, April 11, 2014

Just Because


"Just because" gifts are simply the best! I came home last night after a lovely dinner out with girlfriends (work colleagues from my first job who I have kept in touch with for 20+ years!) to a very excited 6-year-old who was too giddy with excitement to go to sleep. She was excited because she and Geoff got me a "just because" gift and she couldn't wait to give it to me. She got out of bed and pulled this fabulous red box out from under her desk, and I couldn't wait to open it. For anything from Jonathan Adler is sure to delight. And delight it did.

Sofia specially selected each of these Pop Highball Glasses. They remind me of glassybaby, of course, and they are such practical, yet whimsical, water glasses. Not only do I appreciate Geoff and Sofia's thoughtfulness immensely, but I just loved seeing how much Sofia delighted in giving.

My mom always told me "It's better to give than receive." I didn't fully appreciate that concept until I was an adult. Maybe Sofia is "getting it" sooner than I did. I sure hope so. For there's nothing so delightful as giving something you know will make someone so happy. And what better reason than "just because...."

Happy weekend friends. Hope it's colorful and delightful.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Golden Daffodils

"The sweet o' the year, when daffodils begin to peer."
I'm afraid we're towards the end of daffodil season, but I have thoroughly enjoyed several varieties in my house this year, especially these ones with orange centers, on my kitchen counter and scattered around my house. 

And as a birthday present for a friend tucked in a sweet Little Shirley vase...

The only good thing about daffodil season coming to an end, is that means their rainbow-colored siblings, otherwise known as tulips, are starting to bloom. Next week during Spring Break, Sofia and I are excited to go and tromp through the colorful tulip fields in Mt. Vernon.
In Grace Notes, Alexandra Stoddard reminds us:
 "Spring and daffodils gently urge us to love life
and appreciate its mysteries."
So true! I'm totally loving life right now! I hope you are too!