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Country Chic Barn Party

27 Jun

When you are a collector of something, nothing makes you prouder than when your collectible is admired by another. If you have been following my blog, you may recall numerous posts over the last year featuring my beloved milk glass collection. I have been a collector of this vintage style glass for many years – there is something so wonderful about its old school feel. So when I was approached by someone last week to borrow my collection for a party I simply couldn’t turn them down. The party was a year end celebration for a women’s choir and it was to be held in barn in Cambridge, Ontario. This wasn’t just a hoedown – this was a five course meal served in a beautifully whitewashed barn with vintage beams and a full service kitchen.

country chic barn decor milkglass

country chic barn decor milkglass

country chic barn decor milkglass

country chic milkglass whitewashing barn

In keeping with the “country chic” feeling, the people in charge of decorating for this soiree chose to obtain their flowers curbside. Wild flowers (weeds to some), were cut the night before the event and lovingly assembled in my little milk glass beauties. I have said it once, and I will say it again: you don’t have to be a trained floral designer to make flowers look great in vintage milk glass! Oh, and by any chance did you notice the candles that were placed in mason jars??? After milk glass and antique bottles, mason jars are my third passion – don’t even get me started on that!!!

country chic barn decor milkglass

milkglass country chic barn

milkglass country chic barn

milkglass country chic barn wildflowers

milkglass country chic barn

The organizers of this event did a stellar job. Everything from the twinkle lights to the linens were a perfect touch to this “country chic” event. If you are considering a casual yet elegant event in the future, this is definitely a theme worth considering.


Old Fashioned Garden Roses

18 Jun

david austin rose milk glass 


Antique garden roses are the flower of choice in bridal flowers these days.  Not a week will go by at the retail flower shop I work in that we don’t get an inquiry about them or have the pleasure of working with them. Garden roses used to be the “unobtainable” rose for the average person.  South American growers started the crops about 10 years ago but would only sell them to wholesale suppliers in quantities of 144.  That is a very large amount of such a perishable flower, thusly, making it only available to the affluent customer.  But things have changed – requirements have lessened and now it is quite common to purchase as few as one dozen.  The average retail cost of a garden rose can range from $5 to $8 depening on the variety.

I have been the lucky recipient of garden variety roses for the past 8 Mother’s Days.  This year my rose bushes have been especially abundant because we have experienced a good amount of rainfall here in Southern Ontario.  I couldn’t resist cutting some of them and arranging them in a vintage antique milk glass vase that was given to me by my sister on my most recent birthday.  The vase is the perfect match to these old fashioned roses. Even though these roses only last about 2 days, their fragrance and beauty is well worth the effort.

david austin rose charles darwin

climbing rose hot pink rose

garden rose yellow golden showers

david austin rose othello hot pink

climbing rose dawn soft pink

garden roses

milk glass garden roses david austin

Vintage Milk Glass (part deux)

18 Apr

It was about a year ago that I introduced the world to my cherished collection of milk glass bud vases.  A year has since past and I have a new grouping of milk glass to showcase – urns and bowls.  Although it was never my intention to broaden my collection to larger pieces like a pedestal vase or a trumpet, I came across one in a thrift shop a while back, and as they say, the rest of history.  This week, as I was wondering through the Salvation Army (which happens to be one of the best places to score milk glass in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, second only to St. Vincent de Paul) I completely lucked out and scored the biggest piece of authentic E. O. Brody milk glass I have ever laid my eyes on (at only $6).  This oversized treasure has inspired my blog posting today.

large milk glass urn brody

vintage milk glass authentic

The collage above features my three favourite pieces of milk glass acquired this year. Each one carries a tremendous amount of sentimental value, coupled of course with their beauty.

A. This funky looking little hen is actually a milk glass trinket box. It measures about 10 cm in length and was discovered by my 9 year old daughter. She insisted that we try to win it on ebay….it was the most I have every paid for milk glass, ringing in at about ($7 US).

B. This footed vase is milk glass with a contemporary twist. Its clean lines are unique for milk glass. The best thing about this vase is that it was given to me by a very special florist friend filled with purple flowers in celebration of my 40th birthday a few months ago (did I say 40? I meant 30).

C. This is an incredible peice of milk glass. It has a removable glass plate filled with holes (known in the flower industry as a floral frog). My sister gave this to me for my birthday – sister gifts are always the best!!!

new milk glass patterns in my collection

e.o. brody milk glass


l.l. randall milk glass

The constant quest for a new piece of milk glass is an exciting one and I am fortunate enough to be able to share it with a very close friend who is also a collector. Our milk glass expeditions are very special – what a great way to spend a day off with your bestie! I can only hope that in another year’s time I will have the pleasure of writing a third edition of milk glass!

Retro Milk Glass

19 Apr

There is a certain high that one gets when they find that perfect little black dress, or those designer shoes on sale for half price.  I know that feeling very well; but on a very different level.  When I walk into a thriftshop, I go directly to the housewares department in the hope that I will score the ultimate:  a milkglass vase that I don’t already have in my collection.  Whether authentic or not, if I find a piece unique to my collection, it always comes home with me.  And usually for under $3 a piece!!!

These vases offer a retro 1960’s – 1970’s  flower shop feel.  They look terrific on their own or in a group. They are simple enough for anyone to design with.  They only need to hold a single bloom to look beautiful, but can hold several if your budget allows it. And did I mention that they are adorable?

There are many different patterns in milk glass:  hobnail, diamond, grapes, leaves, daisy, and buttons, just to name a few. But whether they are original patterns or knock-offs, they are all welocme to join my amateur collection.

E.O Brody Co.

How can you tell if your milk glass is the real thing?  Just look on the bottom to see if there are any identifying marks from the manufacturer.   E.O Brody Co. from Cleveland Ohio is one that you may run into from time to time here in Ontario because they are close by.

my milk glass collection

So next time you pass by a thriftshop, think about dropping in and checking out what little treasures may be lurking on the shelves.  And be sure to watch for future blogs that will feature collections of floral in these little thriftshop beauties.!

my authentic milk glass

the fake members of my collection

E.O Brody Co. (left) vs. Fake (right)