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Author Archives: Annie
I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree–Joyce Kilmer
Happy Arbor Day! We’ve got reasons why you should plant a tree this year, and share the Annieglass Leaves Collection celebrating the beauty of trees.
Do you know all the benefits of trees? Besides beautifully heralding each new season with the changing of leaves, they provide an impact on our personal lives and surroundings. The Arbor Day Foundation shares that trees fight climate change, tame stormwater, save energy and reduce your monthly energy costs, provide food for wildlife–and people!–and can actually help conserve soil and water. Discover all of the benefits at arborday.org.
Ever inspired by nature, I designed the Annieglass Leaves Collection. Bring these pieces into your home for year round appreciation of the importance of trees, and their beauty.
Annieglass makes great gifts when celebrating special occasions, and so do trees! Saplings are small and affordable, making them great presents to receive and give…Show your environmental consciousness and gift them to wedding guests, give one to new parents to plant and grow with their child, or as a housewarming gift for a twist on the old potted plant.
Because we all heart moms! Show your mom, and all of the wonderful mothers in your life, how much they are loved with an Annieglass heart this Mother’s Day. Trimmed in 24k gold or platinum, embellished with roses and songbirds, and durable for a lifetime of use–these Annieglass Mother’s Day gift ideas make a happy ending of your shopping list.
Make your gift even more special this Mother’s Day with a personal note hand engraved on your Annieglass heart. Find more details on Annieglass personalization option here.
Tomorrow is Annieglass on Santana Row’s opening day! Our new retail store is absolutely beautiful, and I cannot wait to welcome everyone who makes it to the San Jose shopping district to visit–as a thank you to those who do, we are giving a free Annieglass tote bag to the first 100 customers with purchase.
After months of planning and designing (get the behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the making of Annieglass on Santana Row here), I am so thrilled to announce that our store is ready to open its doors tomorrow, Friday, April 17.
Annieglass on Santana Row will feature our full collections, all handcrafted by our skilled team of artisans in the Watsonville, CA studio. The retail store will also feature gifts for the home, and an array of jewelry from globally recognized artists such as Alexis Bittar, Philippa Roberts and Michael Vincent Michaud, fashion forward, fresh jewelry artists like Mickey Lynn, along with fair trade and upcycled collections.
I chose the design team of Timerie Gordon and Nielsen Architects of Santa Cruz with the directive to create a space where “Audrey Hepburn meets Amy Winehouse,” elegant yet edgey. They transformed my vision into a reality. Utilizing raw cypress from a neighboring mill, throughout the interior created a playful mix of texture and materials.
See you at Annieglass on Santana Row!
With Earth Day around the corner, and bridal season in full swing, we at Annieglass started looking into ways to combine the two…Turns out, there are a ton of ways to pull of an earth-friendly, beautiful “green” wedding!
Green weddings decrease the impact of your big day on the planet – and there are many ways to do it without sacrificing style or elegance! Green weddings are eco-chic, which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the waste. Every part of a wedding has eco-friendly options worth considering, here are some of our favorites…
Opt for eco-conscious jewelery featuring recycled stones and metals, as well as ethically sourced diamonds and gems. Family heirlooms, vintage or antique pieces, or handmade items are also sustainable, and often less expensive (saving more $ for environmental causes).
Save-the-dates, invitations, RSVP cards…so much paper! Recycled and post-consumer waste paper, tree-free paper, soy inks, and digital correspondence options all offer beautiful and elegant ways to reduce resource consumption. Or go fully digital and put all of the pertinent info on a wedding website–you’ll be surprised at how appreciative your guests will be to find all they need to know in one place.
Use local, seasonal and organic flowers, which are never sprayed with toxic chemicals, to lower fuel consumption and decrease harmful pesticides being sprayed into the environment. Great Tip! Reuse ceremony flowers for the reception, then donate them to a nursing home or hospital.
Already have a blender and toaster? Encourage guests to make donations to your favorite non-profits and environmental organizations, instead of doing the usual big-box registry. Or, create your bridal registry with a green business…Did you know Annieglass just won the Green Award for Eco-Sustainability? Many don’t know that all of our luxury glassware is handcrafted adhering to sustainable, environmentally concsious business practices. Learn more about how we incorporate Earth Day ideals 365 days of the year, browse the Annieglass collections, then sign-up for our online bridal registry!
(Thanks to Green Weddings 101 for their inspiring ideas!)
Annieglass’ new Santana Row retail store opens this Friday, April 17 at the San Jose outdoor shopping mall. Get a sneak peek with our behind-the-scenes look at the making of Annieglass Santana Row. Then make sure to come visit us!
After months of planning and designing, I was so excited to see the interior painted and ready for us to start moving in. Huge thanks to Timerie Gordon and Nielsen Architects for all of their help turning my ideas into reality.
Once our beautiful, dark hardwood floors were finished, it was time to add the diamond-shaped mirror embellishment around the gift wrap counter. I lost count as to how many, but it was worth it–they came out great!
Don’t you love these shelves? They are handmade by Jackel Enterprises Inc. in Watsonville, CA near the Annieglass studio. The raw wood will juxtapose the luxury look of Annieglass glassware for a perfect complement–both are durable and locally handcrafted, too! (Thanks to Danette, our jewelry manager, for her tireless help!)
Our skilled artisans tried their hand at moving when it was time to load up the trucks at the Annieglass studio in Watsonville with glassware for Santana Row. An hour drive on winding Highway 17, and not a piece broke–proof of Annieglass’ durability!
Our new neighbors at Santana Row got a kick out of our moving means! But what can we say? It worked! And now for the exciting part…filling the store with Annieglass!
It is so rewarding to see a project from start to finish. Annieglass on Santana Row was a long time coming, and we couldn’t be happier with the end result. The new store is absolutely beautiful, and I can’t wait to open this Friday, April 17th!
Find us in Suite 1105 on Santana Row, San Jose, CA. We’ll be open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 9pm, and Sunday 11am – 7pm. We already have great events planned, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and keep up with the Annieglass blog.
See you there!