World Water Day with Annieglass & the Clean Oceans Project

March 22nd was World Water Day! Did you know that Annieglass donates 20% of sales from our Suncatcher series to the Clean Oceans Project, every day of the year? Here at the Annieglass studio on California’s central coast, we are very conscious of water conservation, and we also understand the importance of maintaining and preserving our natural resources in a clean and responsible way.

The Clean Oceans Project is a wonderful non-profit raising awareness on the impact of plastic trash in our oceans. Incredibly, they have developed a machine which turns plastic materials collected from the ocean into fuel…which is then used to power a boat that goes out to sea and collects more plastic refuse for reuse!

As an artist inspired by the ocean and my surroundings, I created the Annieglass Clean Oceans Project Suncatcher series as a way to share what I have learned about protecting our oceans, waterways and drinking water, and to help give to this organization by donating 20% of Suncatcher sales to them. Click here to find out more about the Clean Oceans Project, and how the Annieglass Suncatcher Series and you can contribute every day of the year.

Discover other ways that Annieglass stays environmentally conscious, and read about the ARTS Green Award for Eco-Sustainability we won this year.

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Annieglass Easter Ideas

Annieglass Deviled Egg Platter, in 24k gold

Annieglass Deviled Egg Platter, in 24k gold

Easter is April 5th…make sure your Easter table is set with these Annieglass Easter ideas.

Finally! A solution to all of those colored Easter eggs…make deviled eggs! Annieglass has the perfect Deviled Egg Platter that is both practical and beautiful. Choose 24k gold or platinum trim for a hint of elegance that is appropriate for Easter brunch or dinner appetizers.

Roman Antique Plate set atop Ruffle Charger, in 24k gold.

Roman Antique Plate set atop Ruffle Charger, in 24k gold.

Want to wow your family this Easter dinner? Make statement place settings by mixing and matching Annieglass dinnerware pieces, such as Roman Antique and Ruffle. Add some of your China for contrast, and top with chocolate Easter eggs.

Petite Fours Stand on Ruffle Cake Stand, in genuine platinum.

Petite Fours Stand on Ruffle Cake Stand, in genuine platinum.

What’s sweeter than dessert? A double helping! This Easter, stack the Annieglass Petits Fours Stand on top of our Pedestal Cake Plate for a tiered look that is both dramatic, and delicious!

Click here for more Annieglass Easter ideas, then browse annieglass.com to see what great Annieglass inspired Easter table ideas you can create! (PS Order by March 30th for delivery by Easter Sunday.)

Annieglass has your holidays covered year-round…follow us on Pinterest to see how.

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Celebrate Passover with Annieglass Seder Plate and Judaica Collection

Annieglass Judaica Collection

Annieglass Judaica Collection, in 24k gold

Passover begins Friday, April 3rd at sundown, and with it comes the traditional Seder. Every year, my mind travels back to 1980 when I married a Jewish man and thought a Seder (pronounced say-DER) was like a Jewish Thanksgiving. I was so enthusiastic to celebrate that first year. I asked my mother-in-law for advice, who was very casual about it, as was her son and rest of the family.  She told me to cook a brisket…

Anniglass Challah Platter, in Platinum

Anniglass Challah Platter, in Platinum

A former vegetarian and hippie, I had to admit that I did not know what that was. On top of that, I was raised Catholic in South Jersey. My siblings and I went to Catholic grammar, high school and one of my brothers even went to a Catholic college. I knew nothing about Jewish traditions or rituals. I fretted that I was not doing things the right way. I even loaded on some Catholic guilt about it and asked myself, “Aren’t you worried about the ramifications if you don’t do a Seder right?”

My new family reassured, taught, and welcomed me into their tradition. I learned that a Seder is a Jewish ritual feast celebrating Passover, performed by generations of a family re-telling the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery. The word Seder means order, and the book used is a Haggadah, which means “the telling.”

Annieglass Seder Plate

Annieglass Seder Plate, in 24k gold

I successfully cooked the brisket, the traditional dish served during a Seder, and learned, perhaps most importantly, that like many traditions, secular or religious, a Seder was more about spending time with loved ones around the dinner table.

To commemorate this very special Jewish holiday, I created the Judaica Collection, which includes our best-selling Seder Plate, Challah Platter, and Matza Plate, all available in 24k gold or genuine platinum trim. Over the years, these Annieglass pieces have become a popular addition to the table during Seder and Passover. I hope they make it to your table, and into your family’s tradition.

Browse Judaica here. (PS you have until March 27th to order Judaica and have these pieces make it to your Seder table!)

Anniglass Matza Plate, in platinum

Annieglass Matza Plate, in platinum

Annieglass has collections and pieces to help you celebrate year-round! Find more holiday ideas here.

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Go Green this St. Patrick’s Day with Annieglass

Green Annieglass Palm Fronds, from the New Spring 2015 Collection.

Green Annieglass Palm Fronds, from the New Spring 2015 Collection.

You may be wearing the requisite green clothing, and surely Kelly-green shamrocks will dominate your vision today…so take a minute to enjoy something a little different this St. Patrick’s holiday–green Annieglass!

Green Annieglass Water Lily plate, platter and bowls.

Green Annieglass Water Lily plates, platter and bowls.

Browse our green-hued glass collections in Water Lily and (new!) Palm Frond for a more sophisticated kind of Paddy’s-themed decor. Or check out Annieglass’ Green Turtle for a fun, summer’s-just-around-the-corner reminder. They might even inspire you to spread a little luck of the Irish with a just-because gift for a friend, or yourself!

Green Annieglass Turtle from the Sea Life Collection.

Green Annieglass Turtle from the Sea Life Collection.

It’s a great way to go extra green this year, too, since all Annieglass is sustainably handcrafted on California’s central coast. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Annieglass at Hillyer House: Day 5 Meet the Artist Southern Tour

We felt welcome in Ocean Springs, MS as soon as we arrived...look at this banner on the town entrance!

We felt welcome in Ocean Springs, MS as soon as we arrived…look at this banner on the town entrance!

One day of rest after visiting four stores in three days for the Annieglass Meet the Artist Southern Tour, then it was on to Hillyer House in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on day five–the last day–of the tour on March 14th.

Hillyer House has a wonderful staff! I loved meeting the folks who have been selling so much Annieglass!

Hillyer House has a wonderful staff! I loved meeting the folks who have been selling so much Annieglass!

Hillyer House has only been carrying Annieglass for about one year, so this was my first time visiting, and what a wonderful time I had! Ocean Springs is a darling beach town, Hillyer House is beautiful, and owner Paige Riley was the perfect hostess–I was so happy to have finally met her in person. Her store is impeccably decorated, bright and filled with so many tempting items crafted by American artists from across the country. Being new to this store, I couldn’t believe how many Annieglass fans showed up! I met brides registered with Annieglass, people who have been collecting for years, even some four-legged fans attended.

 

 

 

I am so grateful to have seen so many old and new friends on this trip. Longtime Annieglass retailer Mary Jo McArthur sold her business that carried Annieglass, but still made a point to see me at Hillyer House (and even sent her son to visit on Thursday).

 

 

 

 

 

This wraps up the 2015 Annieglass Meet the Artist Southern Tour…I can’t wait for next year!

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