Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Milk Glass :Behind Closed Doors and White Wednesday

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When I first discovered there was an actual White Wednesday, hosted by Kathleen  at Faded Charm, I knew I would join in some day.

I have collected milk glass for 20 plus years, and I use it all of the time.  My daughters collect it as well, and they have learned early to be a little more discriminating than I was when I first began my collecting. 

     You know how it it though; it is hard to walk away, no matter how simple the piece is (especially when the price is right).

This reveal has a slight twist however; this is my collection from behind closed doors (cabinet doors that is).

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     I can’t tell you how many bowls of chocolate ice cream with almonds I had out of these bowls growing up. They belonged to my mother.

     This is certainly not a normal, family size serving dish for ice cream in our family.        

     The solution? My brother and I mastered the art of ice cream jack-hammering- a life-long skill with questionable consequences.

     The milk man delivered Hygeia milk, eggs, and ice cream every week to the ranch , guaranteeing a constant supply.

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     Oh my. This photo is a little bit telling… is this too much information? I feel like I have opened my purse and said, ‘here- look inside.’  You do not have to plan an intervention.

     Surely there is a collector out there somewhere who can relate?  I repeat. I use my milk glass all of the time.

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     I went through a stage where I collected sugar and creamer sets.  I lost a few sets in my dish disaster (see previous post), but these survived.

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     I have bowls, trays, serving pieces, dishes, dessert sets, punch bowls and cups (plural).

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     One of my favorite things to do is have an all white table at my ladies’/teachers’ Christmas parties. 

     Christmas food looks wonderful in milk glass on top of deep red velvet- arranged at varying levels- using books for props.

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          My girls are not fond of grapes, but I love them.  If you have this pitcher , you know it weighs fifty pounds, empty.

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     I even have it in the hall bath- on top of a cabinet. It looks wonderful against Ralph Lauren’s metallic charcoal paint.

     Another milk glass favorite? My obsession with milk glass cake pedestals, but that is for another day.

32 comments:

The Lazy Peacock said...

I love milk glass too, your collection is absolutely amazing, so beautiful! I would love to see your collection of cake pedestals too...i hope you do a post with them!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh your obsession is very pretty! It's nice that you love them so.

Barb said...

Laura,
That is quite a wonderful collection of milk glass!!

Loved seeing it.

blessings,
Barbara jean

Kathy said...

Beautiful collection Laura...wish we were geographically closer, I could add to your collection...but that's the fun I think, discovering a piece here and there...especially when you least expect it! God Bless, xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

trash talk said...

I think I've told you before that my mother collected milk glass. Her punch bowl set has been used at every wedding and shower in our family since I bought it for her back in 1968! My sister and I split her collection and I've added to it. I just love the feel of the weight. You've got way more than Mother could have imagined! And yes, that pitcher is really heavy even when empty!
Debbie

Julie said...

What a wonderful collection of milk glass... I have a collection of milk glass, I just love it... I am having a give a way , do hope you can stop over for all the fun...
xoxo
Julie

Debbie's Garden said...

Anyone who says " you do not need to plan an intervention" probably needs an intervention. LOL Lordy woman!

Beth said...

I'm so jealous of your milk glass collection! I'm just getting started collecting it, so I'm no where near that many pieces.

Faded Charm said...

Great collection. I love them all! I'll add your name to participants list and so glad you decided to join in on all the "white" fun.

Take care,
Kathleen

common ground said...

I'm beginning to realize that we all need an intervention of some kind or another! Someone just needs to slap me and take away my credit card. LOL. Love your white, and I wanted to tell you last week, while decorating for fall in my kitchen I had a similar catastrophy with my red transferware. It fell in the floor and made quite a mess. Not only broken glass, but my hardwood floor will never be the same. I thought of you immediately!
Debra

Domestic Designer said...

You have a wonderful collection! It is just lovely.

Marguerite said...

What a fabulous collection! I have a milk glass collection, too, but nothing like yours! Just beautiful! Also,I'm impressed that you actually have room to store it all! Thanks for visiting my blog while I was away.

donna baker said...

My stepmother had an old pine hutch that was as long as the dining room wall. It was full of her mother's milkglass collection. None of her kids wanted it, so she got rid of it all and gave her hutch to her son, who then cut it in half to use in his garage. I later told her that her hutch would have sold for around $6000.

D said...

Very nice collection of milkglass. Thanks for pointing the White Wednesday party. I'm checking it out.

Elizabethd said...

What a wonderful collection!

Anonymous said...

Laura, you know how much I love milk glass too. I have never bought a piece of it. All of mine is from my mother. From time to time she would place pieces of it on the hutch that I know own. Right now I have some of my collection displayed on Mother's hutch and I love the clean, bright look it has. I'll try to post a picture of it on my blog today.
Thanks for letting us know about "White Wednesday".
Karen

Vickie said...

Beautiful! I love milkglass, too, altho my collection is nowhere near as extensive as yours, Laura! I also have the Blue Danube dishes that my mother in law gave me - they were hers. That blue/white is lovely together! Thanks for opening your purse!

Amy said...

Oh my...you have a beautiful collection of milk glass. You have shown me pieces I've never seen before. I love the pitcher with the grape leaves. It's all lovely. Thank you!!!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Awesome collection of milk glass.

Sandy

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I have that pitcher!!! And yes, I share your disease. :)

Maree said...

Wow! I'm speechless! Left you a blog posting...hope I answered your ?, if not, let me know....

Frippery said...

I adore milk glass. You have a fabulous collection!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Beautiful collection; and i love the grape stuff. I don't have any milk glass in my cupboard but that will change as soon as I spot the perfectly priced piece.

Now -- what exactly is ice cream jack-hammering?

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Your milk glass collection is wonderful! My grandmother collected milk glass and she passed some of it down to me many years ago. I have a much greater appreciation of it now than I did then so of course, now I wish I had taken more of it. I see a few pieces in your collection that I also have...like those candlesticks on the bottom left in your cabinet.

Christina said...

Oh my goodness. No, not too much information at all. I loved the look behind your closed cabinet doors. You have a fabulous collection. Love the ice cream dishes. More good memories.

Douce France..... said...

This is an amazing collection! It is so much fun to find people with the same passion!
France
Passion of Milk Glass, collecting

Felcy said...

Excellent read. I like your style...have a good one!/Nice blog! Keep it up!
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