From Santa Cruz To Seattle & Glassybaby

We escaped for a few days. The whole family hopped on a plane to Santa Cruz, (where I first met my husband and where we also have a family vacation home – right across the street from that lighthouse) California, to attend a lovely family wedding. I enjoyed every second together with close family and friends. I am very blessed to be part of such a warm, fun, and loving family! My husband has 8 siblings (!) and they are the best of the best (a very talented and well educated bunch, all nine of them, yet very humble). My children have 30+ cousins (!) on my husband’s side and zero on my side! Could be quite a culture shock but the family eases new members in with lots of love and compassion. And they love diversity! Needless to say the computer was not used at all for most of the week. I was busy catching up with family members and close friends!

At the wedding, one of my husband’s many nieces (hi beautiful Laura!) thanked me for a gift I had sent for her wedding. It was a set of three glass candle holders from the Seattle based glass company, Glassybaby.


 It has taken me a few years to even be slightly interested in these hand blown glass holders. I felt I saw them everywhere in Seattle, and I do not like to have what the rest of the world has! But I have to say, I am now a convert. The company comes out with new colors all the time (slight variations). They are all hand blown, unique and there is a good cause  behind the business. The glass vessels can be used for candles or flowers.

I have given several as gifts (the company ships all over and packs them very nicely) and this week I am getting my own (first) set with fall colors in mind. Perfect for all the upcoming fall holidays.

These would be lovely. But they look even better when they are lit (you use tea candles). That is when all the colors and different dimensions come to play.



What makes these well made and almost indestructable glass cups extra special, is that the founder of the company Ms. Rhodes, a mother of three and three-time cancer survivor, found her artistic calling in making glass holders for friends and family and spreading the light. That was shortly after she gave her former husband a glass-blowing lesson as a gift and then, inspired, took one herself. She is now engaging local glass blowers and has quite a production going.

A portion of Glassybaby’s proceeds go to different kinds of cancer research and charities.

Happy new week! I have some serious blog hopping ahead of me this week!


Images: No. 1 via Ultra Down loads,  no. 3 via Remodelista, all others via Glassybaby.
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  • Will says:

    Santa Cruz looks beautiful – what a stunning location to spend a few days (and a super romantic place to meet your husband, too!). Glad you had a lovely weekend, Mon. xx

  • Charlotta says:

    Hej! Så härligt att ni flög iväg över helgen. Är alltid så skönt att göra det, och förstås ännu bättre när man får vara med och dela en högtid som bröllop!

    Vilken vacker utsikt ni har från huset. Måste kännas fint att återvända till den plats där det hela började.

    Jätte söta glas lyktor. Jag tycker att sådana är finast när de är många och man använder dom i in lång ström från ena änden till den andra på ett stort matsals bord. Har sett detta med de små Itala lyktorna i många olika färger och det var verkligen vackert.

    Stor kram till dig.

    x Charlotta

  • Santa Cruz is such a special place – lucky you! Those candle holders look like they have a very enchanting glow when lit with a tea light inside…and what a great cause! Welcome home…

  • Wow, I absolutely love the glass candle holders! What a fantastic selection of colours – but hard to choose which to buy first….

  • sherry says:

    Aren’t vacations wonderful…especially when there is family involved. And I love those candleholders…..the colors are fabulous!

  • Allison Egan says:

    I am from Seattle originally and I adore the Glassybaby brand and their beautiful, varied candleholders. They glow so perfectly and do make such lovely gifts!

    xo Allison
    Spicer + Bank

  • Greet says:

    My dear! I am so glad to hear you had a wonderful time!!! And I do know it is sooo important to have a good and close family!! You are blessed Mon!
    Monika, these ‘glassbabies’ are so beautiful and cute!! Really!! I would love to have them in all the different colors!!!
    Have a wonderful week Monika!
    A huge hug!

  • Anci says:

    Hej !
    Ett mycket inspirerande inlägg ! Först börjar det med en fyr :) och sedan alla dessa lyktor i så många vackra färger.

    Tack !


  • Sounds like a really fun time. So nice to be able to get away for a few days. Those candles are absolutely beautiful. thanks for sharing. Have a great week. A hug sent your way. Mona

  • Ann says:

    I’m a HUGE fan of glassy baby ever since I saw them in a design magazine (I think Elle Decor). They are expensive but worth every penny. When you think these are hand blown and the story behind them – makes me want the entire color collection. I love how they look for parties and I have started my own collection. i love that you can use them as little vases, drinking cups and tea lights. My friend has a friend who had special drawers built and has them in every color. She’s also on a different budget then me. :) I wish. Glad you found them.

  • Delishhh says:

    30+ cousins wow – that is a culture chock :)

    I love Glass Baby I also got a few for my wedding and use them all the time.

  • Wow! That’s a lot of family! That’s really neat and IS such a blessing to be so close to them. The glass candle holders are unique. I’ll have to check them out, Christmas is approaching!

    Kristina Gulino
    Something 2 Write About

  • isa says:

    What a fabulous place for a getaway and your photo is stunning.
    I LOVE glass babies. I have them everywhere in my guest house. I love the size and shape – they feel so good in your hand. (not that I recommend holding a lit candle! LOL but I do find myself always mindlessly grabbing one off the stack of books by the sofa and handling it – (unlit!)
    Have a wonderful week ahead, Mon.
    xo isa

  • what a great getaway! your images are so lovely this monday morning! i’m off to enjoy this beautiful weather.



  • Karena says:

    What a stunning image of the sky !!

    I felt like a kid in a candy store looking at all of the colorful candles available!! I also have a huge family. Niece Allisa’s Bridal Shower is this weekend!


    Art by Karena

  • Joe Clarke says:

    30 plus cousins! That’s a lot of family. How do you handle family gatherings with that many people!?

    Happy rest of the week M. Splendid!


  • Glad you’re back from your trip and had a great time. Wow, 30 cousins is a lot! Glassybaby is one of my favorite places to buy gifts. So many colors to choose from, I have a hard time picking a favorite. xo

  • What a fun getaway!! Sounds like a lot of fun. Thats one big family!! Glassybaby is so cool, thank you for the introduction..how does one choose a color though? Tough decisions…going to pass this source along to a friend planning a big 50th for her husband, these could be perfect for her!

  • welcome back, Mon! it’s wonderful to hear you had a great time and a big family. the ‘glassbabies’ are so beautiful. biggest hugs to you, dear friend

  • Jessie says:

    Santa Cruz sounds like a lovely place to met your husband. I bet when you went there a few days ago, your mind was filled with beautiful and wonderful memories! :) Glad to hear you had a blast with your family.

    The glass candle holders are so gorgeous, by the way and I love all the variety of colors they offered. They sure have a color for everyone!

    Thanks for entering the giveaway, sweetie. Good luck!


  • hi again, friend.

    i’m having a giveaway (one of those fabulous RSD stencils) and wanted to give a heads up.

    a calm relaxing day ahead with no errands or gym!



  • Lana says:

    Glad you had such a wonderful trip, Mon! And thank you for your lovely comment the other day, you always encourage and are a wonderful influence! If only all bloggers were like you!xx

  • paula says:

    wow, these are gorgeous! love that they are donating some of the proceeds. going to gander some more…

  • Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday, Mon!

    My goodness, so many lovely colours of the glassbabies! How, oh how, does one choose which ones to get? I would want one of each! They are lovely, and I like the “almost indestructible” quality!

    Meerkat xx

  • hahha…. wow! that is crazy… i thought I had a big family! as we are planning our wedding we have been a little overwhelmed by how big my family is and how small jespers is. we have had a hard time with this. since my family is around 50…. and we want to have a wedding of 40-50…. hummmffff. anyhow such cute glassables. love all the colors. xx – joanna

  • You have a family vacation home there? How lovely. My husband has many siblings but not quite as much as yours! My kids have 15 cousins, they all LOVE to get together!

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