Friday, March 19, 2010

Milk Glass Love

Each time I visit the Carribbean, I stand in awe of the vibrant, yet peaceful colors God has painted upon our earth. My recent vacation wasn't any different. My mission, upon returning home, turned to thoughts of creating vignettes of this beautiful calm. Sand provides soothing ground for inspiration with shades of white and lots of texture. My collection of white milk glass started singing to me before I had even set down my suitcase.  

Milk glass is found in many shapes, sizes and yes, even colors.  Just like grains of sand it can be opaque or translucent, and comes in various shades of white.   

Milk glass was first produced over 100 years ago, but was reproduced in the 1980's. Never pay a large amount for a piece of milkglass, unless you are very sure of it's origin. It is very hard to tell the real antique pieces from the reproductions. In my opinion, the newer pieces are just as desirable.  

Milk glass isn't just for great grandma anymore. The calm, chic look has achieved a new level in decorating and is showing up on shelves, in cupboards, and even in wedding decorations.

(wedding decor from

Next time you are at your local thrift store and see milk glass, close your eyes for a moment and visualize yourself walking barefoot in warm white sand. I promise, if you didn't like milkglass before, you will now.

(photo credit from

Blessings to you!


Diane at Crafty Passions said...

A girl after my own heart I love and collect white milk glass too, I have many .. many.... many... ok ... a lot of nice pieces I change things around in the house a lot,my favorites are cake plates and chickens but really I love IT ALL!!!
Thanks for a peek at yours !

Lori said...

oh, here you are Ele:) what a beautiful collection of milk glass you have!!! have a wonderful weekend!!!

Karin said...

I love love love milk glass. Beautiful collection Ele!

Tamerie Shriver Halliday said...

Love, love, love the first picture! Although the color CAN be duplicated, it never looks as good as in the Caribbean Sea! It has been 10 years since I was in the Bahamas and that picture makes me want to hop on a plane and go back.


P.S. Love all your milk glass, too! I just got 'lost' in the islands!

Melly said...

I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open when I go thrift shopping :)
Have a super weekend!

Diana P./Vintage Blue said...

I collect milk glass too! My mother-in-law has a huge collection that was left to her by her mother and it will be mine someday. I currently have a milk glass vase filled with yellow spring flowers in my living room and it just looks so pretty!

Maija said...

And you make it sound so very beuatiful!! I will never see milk glass the same way again!!!

Fleur de Bee said...

I LOVE Milkglass! How serene it is to decor. I recently started a smallish collection of very different hobnail shaped compotes, bottles and dishes to put in a bathroom and LOVE it! Your collection is fab and I love the inspiring photos!! Welcome home! xoxo

Kai said...

I ALSO collect milk glass! I even ordered a pattern (over 25 years ago) for a set of CROCHETED milk glass pieces which I made just for fun! So glad to see other fans of this lovely style! Glad you are back because I missed you, but even MORE glad you had a wonderful time! LOVE YOU!

Shirl said...

Hello Ele, wow what beautiful white sand and blue water. I've never seen sand so white in my life. Must have been geogous! I've always loved milk glas but will love it more now. I have several pieces of my Mothers.
Love your previous post on ruffles too! Soooooo cute.
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Sherry said...

My mom used to have a milk glass piece that looked like a least to me and my brother. When we were little we used to break up crackers and put them in the "chalice" and then I would put a towel on my head so I could be a nun and my brother would be the priest and we would play church. I guess going to Catholic school had an influence over our play...anyway, that is my memory of milk glass.

Thanks for the memory Ele!

The Urban Chic said...

Ele, I too have a large collection of milkglass and many pieces from the 60s that my mother collected and split her collection up with her granddaughters, but gave me 2 pieces that I bought her. Took me a weeks salary to pay for the cream and sugar bowl with the teaspoon holders around it. Yours are beautiful also. Hugs, Pat :)

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Love your collection, Ele!

I am having a "Blue Monday" Giveaway...come by and take a peek.

Have a terrific week!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Caleen said...

Just love your milk glass collection and thinking of beautiful water and sand and sun.. I don't have any milk glass but, I think it is beautiful. Have a great week.

Lori said...

Hi Sugar! You know I've devoured milkglass pieces for over 16 years! I really love to plop in a candle and watch its glow at night! it goes with everything! I've always loved the pink and have several and acquired a pale yellow recently too! Sorry I hardly visit school is to busy this semester! Thinking of you, Lori

Unknown said...

Hi Ele! WOW, you have an amazing collection of milkglass, I love the white. So pretty and soothing!
Hugs and happy spring!,

Susan at Charm of the Carolines said...

Hobnail milkglass is my favorite. You have many excellent pieces.


Rebecca Ramsey said...

I love milk glass and have several old hanging lamps in my sunroom. They make me happy, as does this post! Thank you, Ele!

Annette said...

I just came across your blog and it is wonderful. I have just started collecting milk glass - love it! We also share a love of pink. I would love for you to visit my blog and give me some feedback. I am fairly new at this and could use some "constructive criticism."

Jean Tuthill said...

I love milkglass and I have some from 40 years ago. I could never let it go, it fits in anywhere. I love your pictues of the beach, so beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Ele, I have always loved milk glass and especially the white. Recently I found a very pale pink milk glass compote at a tag sale.
Glad you had a nice vacation.
Happy Spring and Easter,
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Flor Larios Art said...

Beautiful! I enjoyed your blog very much,

Free Pretty Things For You said...

omg! i saw these wedding pictures on style me pretty and i fell in LOVE with milk glass!! So much that now i have like 15 of the Flower Vase in the Hobnail pattern for my centerpieces at my very own wedding!!whenever i see one at the flea markets or goodwills i snatch them right up lol
your collection is Amazing!!

Patty said...

Milk glass always makes everything look so bright and fresh, thanks for posting!

violetlady said...

I have a few pieces of hobnail milkglass and I do love them. I will certainly use your suggestion of imagining the white sand next time I look for pieces. Great post!

cherub*wishes said...

HoPpY HaPpY EaStEr!!! ;}

Dapoppins said...

Why is it when I see milk glass I think of my grandmothers home and she didn't really have more than one piece? It must have had candy in it!