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Valentine’s Day is almost here!

We have a large selection of handblown glass wearable art and unique gifts for your Valentine this year. Many of them are ready to ship right now – for all you procrastinating romantics out there. Our simple but elegant Heart pendants start at just $9, or you can customize a set of Yin Yang pendants for yourself and your love. Or perhaps some Zodiac jewelry or an Infinity necklace will best express your undying devotion to your significant other… or to your fabulous self!

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Holiday Shipping Timeline

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The glassblowing elves are hard at work!

All orders placed on or before Tuesday December 18th will be shipped no later than Thursday December 20th via USPS Priority Mail, to arrive on or before Monday December 24th, Christmas Eve. (US orders only, international orders are not guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.)

So, for all you procrastinators out there, YES you still have time! Thanks, as always, for choosing Family Tree Glass for your homemade holiday gifts. Have a wonderful and blessed season.

~ Love, the Family Tree Glass family 

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What’s on the block this week, you ask?

www.familytreeglass.comI always seem to have a few pendants set aside simply because they came out just a bit too small to match my item descriptions. I am a bit of a perfectionist like that… if it’s even .25″ smaller than what is described on our website then I make another, slightly bigger one. But eventually, I end up with a little stockpile of minis! What to do? Why, offer them up for auction, of course! (You knew I was going to say that.)

1This week’s auctions feature a few of these little glass pendants – just slightly smaller than usual, but otherwise in perfect, new condition! Choose between a cute little Babywearing pendant in turquoise and amber, a Footprints heart pendant in different shades of greens, or a Rainbow Babywearing piece – just like our handblown glass Rainbow Babywearing ornaments, but pendant sized! (this is a prototype design… these are not even available on the website yet, because I am still working on squeezing all those colors into such a small space, in a reasonable amount of time!)www.FamilyTreeGlass.com

As always, I set no reserve, because it’s just more fun that way! But this time, I made the starting bid even lower… just $1!  These auctions will wrap up this Friday morning, 12/7, around 10am est. Happy bidding, and good luck!

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Holiday Ornament Auction!

Custom made Family-of-5 Holiday Ornament

Custom made Family-of-5 Holiday Ornament up for auction NOW!

This weeks’ items up for auction are former custom orders that I goofed in one way or another. They are both brand new and of perfect quality, I just mixed up a couple of the colors. So I had to re-make each of them in order to have them exactly match the customer’s request. That’s good news for you, if you are a Family-of-5 or a Babywearing Family-of-4 that doesn’t mind a holiday ornament that says “2016″ on the back! (Hey, it was a pretty good year, why not celebrate it again?!)

Both of these auctions had very low starting bids and no reserve, and they end today around noon est. So check them out asap! And if you are late to the party this time around, be sure to follow the FTG Facebook page to be alerted of great deals and steals like these!

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Custom Babywearing Family-of-4 Holiday Ornament up for auction… going once… going twice…

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Functional Glass Art is here!

Introducing our latest line of functional glass art! These are currently available in dozens of retail stores throughout the Northeast.  Now you can order our handblown glass pipes directly from the FTG Etsy store!*

Our glass pipes range in size from one hitter pocket pipes to fully decorated spoons. All are hand blown using heavywall borosilicate glass, and feature color-changing silver fume designs that turn beautiful shades of blue with use. With prices starting at just $18 for our simple swirly silver onie and $24 for a silver spotted spoon, these pieces make great gifts and stocking stuffers!

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       We also have many art deco designs to choose from:                                                                                

                                                                                 Fairy pipes! —>

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<— Turtle pipes!   

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                                  Lizard pipes! —>

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<— Moon pipes! 

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                        Paw Prints pipes! —>

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<— Mermaid pipes!

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                         Puffer Fish pipes! —>

 

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<— Spider pipes!

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                          Dragonfly pipes! —>

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<— Butterfly pipes!

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                  “Onie” Pocket Pipes! —>

 

 

At the family tree Glass studio, we have been making the people’e pieces for over 20 years. Now we are excited to finally be able to offer you our line of functional glass art online!*

Please feel free to contact us with all wholesale inquiries and custom requests. Thanks!

*By purchasing a glass pipe you agree and confirm that you are of legal age to purchase pipes in your state. You also confirm that this glass pipe is legal for sale in your area. You assume any and all liability if you breach this confirmation. Not intended for illegal use.

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Glass Art Auctions: Live now!

What’s an artist to do when faced with an overabundance of discontinued pendant designs? Why, we auction them off for deeply discounted prices, of course!  Starting this week, our Ebay auctions will be ongoing, as long as I still have these items in stock. I plan to post a few listings each week, always with a low starting bid, and no reserve! This week on the auction block:

1 Breastfeeding Mother and Baby glass pendant in Amber Swirl mama with Earthy Swirl babe

Lot of 2: Baby’s Footprints on Mama’s Heart in Warm Amber, and Birthy Belly in Translucent Teal

One of this week’s listings has already been purchased out right at a discounted price (this will always be an option, as well!) and the 2 auctions linked above end tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.

Often, I will be listing these pieces in lots, with a couple different designs combined in each listing. This is perfect for all my crafty mamas looking to make their own necklaces, and for my thrifty sisters to get a few gifts for one heck of a steal. Each pendant is shipped with a small info card in a little gift bag. (Please note: these do not come with free necklace cord or boxes, like the items on our website or etsy store.)handblown glass demonstarions

Why so many discontinued designs, you ask? My glass creations inevitably grow and change over time. Such is the nature of “handmade”. Sometimes it happens slowly and subtly. Other times I decide to make an obvious change to a pendant design, whether based on customer feedback, or my own personal aesthetic preferences. Occasionally an item will need to be discontinued simply because my glass supplier stops making that particular color. Whatever the reason, before ya know it, I have a stock of handblown glass pendants that do not match the photos or descriptions on my websites.Family Tree Glass

In the past, I would display and sell these items by having a booth at a local craft fair or something like that, where people aren’t expecting each one to look like a certain photo, and their little intricacies are always well received! But I am not currently doing shows right now. So I thought that holding an auction would be a fun way to help these unique, one-of-a-kind creations get into the hands of those that appreciate them. And who doesn’t like a great deal on hand crafted jewelry, right?!

Be sure to check back regularly to see what’s going on the auction block each week. There’s sure to be something that will catch your eye eventually! Good luck, and happy bidding!

 

 

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Mother’s Day shipping deadline:

All orders placed on or before Monday, May 7th will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail by Wednesday, May 9th to be delivered no later than Saturday, May 12th. Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13th! This guarantee is only for orders shipping within the US. Need it sooner? Contact us for rush orders and overnight shipping estimates.

We are able to fill custom color requests for our glass Mother pendants as late as that Monday, but we do appreciate earlier orders! It helps us run the glass studio more smoothly, and it is much easier on us artists, too! I know that families are busy, and may not be able to plan ahead for a Mother’s Day gift. But on her special day, mom can still receive hand crafted, custom made glass art jewelry! 

Need some ideas for this year’s Mother’s Day gift? Here are some of our most popular designs…

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Birth Belly in Aqua

 

Know a mama-to-be? These Birth Belly pregnancy pendants are a little reminder that a mother is born before her child is.

Babywearing Mama pendants

Babywearing for the win!

 

Our Babywearing pendants now come in 2 sizes, custom wrap colors, and now we can add on siblings and Papas, too!

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Breastfeeding Mama <3

 

From the Mother’s Milk droplet pendant starting at just $15, to our original Breastfeeding Mama design available in a plethora of custom color options.

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Mother and Child necklaces

 

You can design your own Mother jewelry or Family pendant by letting us know how many children to add, and what colors you think will best represent your unique crew!

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Paw Print Hearts!

 

Animal lovers deserve to be honored on Mother’s Day, too! Know someone who is just as dedicated to her fur babies as any mother?

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She’s got the whole world in her hands!

 

 

…and don’t forget Grandma! Multi-generational Grandmother pendants, to show off her children and grandchildren, handmade just for her!

 

Shop around our many categories of birth art and goddess inspired handblown glass jewelry, designed and created by a mother, especially for mothers. Or feel free to get in touch if you have an idea for a custom piece. Thanks for making Family Tree Glass a part of your family’s celebration. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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Early Bird Mother’s Day Special Offer!

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Visit our facebook page this week, and enter to win one of these Goddess Droplet pendants and ornaments, in celebration of the Vernal Equinox… HAPPY SPRING! And follow our page for more giveaways, new design drops, and sale announcements!

As I type this it is a frigid 8 degrees outside the FTG glass studio here in Vermont. But despite the chill, today is the first official day of spring! The warmer weather may feel a world away, but it’s coming up quick… and that means so is Mother’s Day! This year the big day falls on May 13. That may seem like plenty of time to you, but it is one of my busiest times of the year. And because of the unique, customized nature of my family jewelry and mother pendants, I am unable to stock up in preparation for it. Also, many well-meaning papas tend to leave shopping for Mom’s gift until the last minute, which makes for some very long, late May nights at the torch for this glassblowing mama. Here’s where that special offer comes into play…

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Our Babywearing Mama pendants come in so many different size and color options… so you can create your own!

For a limited time, I am offering 30% off on bulk and co-op orders of 10 or more pieces. Do you have a circle of mama friends that would like to combine their orders with yours to get an awesome deal? Perhaps you know of a group or organization whose members would be interested in a deeply discounted bulk buy? Or maybe you’d just like to stock up on a few handblown glass gifts for friends, family… or you?! A co-op order is a great chance to treat yourself to some handcrafted glass jewelry, and save money while doing it!

A “co-op” is a cooperative effort on the part of a group or organization to place multiple orders together as one bulk order. This process saves us time and money spent on shipping, handling, and correspondence. We are then able to pass those savings onto you in the form of 30% off your order! Each group designates a host(ess) who is the contact person, gathers the payments, places the order, and has the package delivered to them for distribution. Any item on our website counts toward your minimum of 10 pieces, and yes, beadwork is eligible and custom orders are welcome!

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For the first time ever, I am including custom beaded necklaces in this special offer, too!

Contact me today if you’d like to take advantage of this Early Bird Special. This deal should help me get a jump start on my Mother’s Day season, and still make it possible to fill the inevitable flurry of orders from all those die-hard procrastinators out there. But the free shipping is only available until the end of this month, and co-op availability is limited! So gather your fellow Goddesses, spread the word, and let me know what I can make for all you amazing, dedicated, hard-working mamas out there!

And, as always, thanks for keeping this glassblowing mama busy, happy, and at home with my kids. Every FTG order, big or small, supports working artists, and a small family business. It keeps our torches lit, our kiln warm, and our bellies full. We are blessed.

 

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All items on our website, including any of our pendant designs, are eligible for the 30% discount!


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An Adoption Story

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My twin girls with our good old girl Delilah, about 10 years ago!

 

Our family just celebrated the anniversary of adopting one of  our rescues, sweet Violet. We’ve had her for 6 years now… which also means it’s been 6 years since our beloved Delilah passed on. She was over 17 years old, and we were able to give her a great, long, full life… but that didn’t make it any easier to let her go when the time came. Saying goodbye to a pet is an absolutely heart-wrenching experience. It’s enough to make you swear you’ll never get another pet again… until you remember all those animals in cages at the shelter, hoping for their chance to find a forever family someday. That’s why I couldn’t get mad at Brian when, 3 days after Delilah left us, he brought Violet home from the pound. I’ll admit, after caring for a senior dog into her dying days, I was ready for a little more than a 72 hour break from pet ownership! But after seeing this sweet girl’s face, I knew we couldn’t leave her there another minute. And as soon as

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Our new old girl, sweet Violet, enjoying her warm, cozy, and much-deserved home!

Violet had adjusted to her new home, we went back to the same shelter and adopted her old buddy, Moses. And I will see to it that they both live happily ever after to the end of their days. And when that terrible time of having to say goodbye comes again, I will take comfort knowing that many fellow animal lovers have been down this same road. I will find solace in the fact that we gave these dogs a happy life. And, I will probably honor their lives by opening our home to yet another rescue animal. And so the cycle of life continues…

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I think the dogs like this a little better than life in the shelter.

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Anyone who has lost a pet has probably heard of “The Rainbow Bridge”. Whether you believe in this concept in a literal sense, or it just soothes your soul during a hard time, it is a beautiful poem either way, and it inspired my Rainbow Paw Print pendant design. I have been making handblown glass Paw Print Heart pendants in the studio for years, and have even donated them as auction items and raffle prizes to raise money for animal shelters and to help promote pet adoption. (Tia Torres of Pit Bulls & Parolees even has one!)  In Delilah’s memory, I added the rainbow option as well. The rainbow reminds us that there is always light and beauty after a storm. That we are strong spirits who will heal and can shine on, even through dark days. Whether you wear it as a memorial to a special pet, or just as a fun, colorful piece of jewelry that shows off your undying love of animals, it is sure to become a cherished keepsake for years to come.

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Walking my old girl Delilah, with my sister and brother and their dogs Kaiya and Taj (RIP Taj and Delilah, I hope your spirits are running free together somewhere!)

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Wholesale Info for Spring 2018

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Did you know that FTG offers wholesale pricing to retail stores? Do you know of a unique boutique carrying handcrafted art, that would be a good match for our line of handblown glass jewelry? If so, now is a good time for them to get in touch with us! Email support@familytreeglass.com or reach out via facebook today – if you are the first to refer a business that ends up placing a wholesale order, we will send you a $50 FTG gift certificate to thank you for helping to spread the word about our artwork!

Bonus: As an extra incentive to get those bulk orders in before my Mother’s Day rush, I am offering FREE shipping *worldwide*, now through the end of March! (Yes, you heard that right, my international friends!) We usually get pretty busy with Mother’s Day orders by April, so I hope to be able to fill all wholesale orders by the end of March.

More good news: If your business or organization has placed a wholesale order with us in the past, there are no minimum order requirements to be met before you can get the wholesale discount. We want to help you keep your shelves stocked and offer the best selection possible at all times. So feel free to place a small order anytime, take custom requests from your customers, keep only what you need in stock, and still enjoy our wholesale rates.

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A big order of our Rainbow Babywearing pendant design, getting ready to be packed up and shipped out!

New wholesale accounts now only need to meet the 20 piece minimum on their first order. After that initial stocking up, order only what you need to keep your display fresh and exciting for your customers. Contact us for more info about getting your FTG wholesale account set up today!

I believe that each of our handmade creations have a story to tell, and a purpose to fulfill. They are more than just simple adornment… they are conversation starters… they are kindred spirit magnets… they are a public statement, and a personal talisman, all rolled into one! Branching out and making connections with other art lovers, small businesses, and entrepreneurial families is such a vital part of what we do. And yet, I am usually focusing on my craft in the studio, and often overlook this important aspect of being an artisan. Even if I could make the most amazing pieces of handblown glass art ever, it would mean absolutely nothing if they weren’t out there in the great, wide world… being seen, touched, and cherished.  So thank you for helping us to spread the love!

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