The world is a very, very, very small place...even coast to coast!!! My friend Jill Smith showed me these delicious votive holders from glassybaby.....then my friend Jimmy Marden, told me that his sister in Seattle, Patrice, has a best friend who makes a great product that I should know about........guess what..... glassybaby again!!!! There are no coincidences..... the time has come to write about these spectacular, colored glass votives....with a heart of gold!!
This is an incredible story of courage, fight, determination, strength, and giving back!! Lee Rhodes is an amazing woman.... three time cancer survivor, mother of three, and entrepreneur. Ten years ago Lee was diagnosed with a very rare form of lung cancer. Trying to bring some calm and peace into the life of her family, she bought her then-husband a series of glass blowing lessons as a stress reliever. He brought home a series of small, colorful glass containers. "Lee placed tea lights in them and spread them around her home, feeling the chaos become calm...and glassybaby was born."
Fast forward to 2009.....glassybaby is a multi-million dollar business with three stores, as well as an extensive website. Lee employs more than 25 glass blowers, working seven days a week, producing in excess of 1000 "babies" weekly!!! Cureently there are over 70 hand blown colors available and if there are additional colors that you can think of just tell Lee!!!
I think more than the "gift of glass" that Lee brings to the world, is the "gift of giving back" apparently, so much a part of who she is. She has created glassybaby goodwill, "a select group of colors that benefit local and national organizations contributing to cancer patients and cancer research."
Thank goodness for coincidence......Lee Rhodes is an amazing woman, an inspiration to us all in so many ways.....I am so thrilled that our paths have crossed and I look forward to meeting her in Seattle next month!!!
And of course, I cannot forget....... 70 colors of votives are an "accessorator's dream!!!!!!!"