1/23/2010

Welcome to the 40th "Sunday Favorites"


"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!! For more information on how to republish a past post just click on the "Sunday Favorites" info photo in the sidebar of my blog.

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Hello my friends!

Welcome to the 40th run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!

** I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend! Ohhh my goodness...can you believe that we are on our 40th run of Sunday Favorites? How time flies when you're having fun!!! Hehe!
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I would just like to take this time to say a big, hearty thank you to all of my Sunday Favorite viewers and participants!!! To the viewers of Sunday Favorites...thank you for taking the time to come by every Sunday for a visit and for visiting the past posts of all the Sunday Favorite participants!!! To the participants of Sunday Favorites...thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all of your love and support! I appreciate you all sooo very much!!! You make Sunday Favorites all that it is...without you...there would be no Sunday Favorites meme!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your favorite posts from the past! You are all the most amazing, creative, and talented people in Blogland!!!
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Today for Sunday Favorites, I am revisiting a post from March 12, 2009...where I shared a few of my silver pieces, primarily my mercury glass goblets. So I am joining in with "Silver Sunday"...a brand new Sunday meme hosted by Beth over at Gypsy Fish Journal.
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Please go by and visit Beth's "Silver Sunday" party...you won't want to miss what she has for us today and you will find a list of all the other Silver Sunday participants over there! Thank you, Beth...for hosting such a fabulous party! I DO LOVE MY SILVER!!!

Well my friends...have a super Sunday! I am having to go out of town Sunday...so please be patient with me, I will be by to visit all of your fabulous Sunday Favorites posts just as soon as I can...I don't want to miss a one!!! Thank you so much for coming by today!

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Love ya'll,
Chari






Sunday Favorites

My favorite post from: March 12, 2009


The Beauty of Mercury Glass....
My Newest Treasure Find!!!

Hello my friends!

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Last week while shopping at Hobby Lobby and I came upon the prettiest Mercury glass goblets! Of course, you know me...I very rarely buy anything at full price...these little beauties were marked down to just $4 each (they were originally marked $20 ea.) What a deal!!!
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I did a little research on Mercury glass, I was curious about it's origin and how it was made. According to Wikipedia, Mercury glass is the common term for silvered glass, which describes glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware. Silvered glass was free-blown, then silvered with a solution containing silver nitrate and grape sugar in solution, heated, then closed. Hmmm...very interesting! I would love to see how they do this!!!

"Mercury" silvered glass was produced originally from around 1840 until at least 1930 in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, Germany, and was also manufactured in England from 1849-55. Companies in the United States, including the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., New England Glass Co. and the Boston Silver Glass Company, made silvered glass from about 1852-80. Vases, goblets and all form of tableware were decorated with a variety of techniques including painting, enameling, etching, and engraving. Silvered "mercury" glass is considered one of the first true "art glass" types, that is, glass that was made for display and for its inherent artistic value, rather than for utilitarian use.

Now looking at these goblets, I wonder which process of "silvering" that they used? I'm not sure if they were etched, enameled, or painted...I'm pretty sure that they aren't engraved! Nevertheless, I just love the beauty of "silvered glass"!!!

These newest little "treasure finds" found a home on my dining room buffet. I already had four silver candleholders displayed there and thought that the pretty mercury glass goblets would look nice added to the vignette! Voila!!! Here is my dining room buffet.
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My little country french girl also resides here. I found her at Hobby Lobby last year on sale for only $6 (if I remember correctly...old age, hehe!). She was sitting on the shelf...all by herself...marked down 90% in the garden dept. at the end of the season! I had been shopping for a french bust and when I found this little beauty...and for only $6...I let out a hoop and holler and did the happy dance...hehe!!!

I made the floral arrangement sitting behind french girl. It's a little hard to see but I found this decorative pedestal bowl with fleur de lis on it...also on the 90% off rack at Hobby Lobby...for only $4!


My silver teapot, sugar, and creamer...hmmm, they're needing another polish! Honestly, I like them a bit on the tarnished side!

See my buffet lamps? I got them from my dear friend Vanna from "Delusions of Grandeur". Thank you, Vanna...I just adore my lamps!!!

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Close-up of the mercury glass goblets!

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Well there you have it...an up-close and personal look at my newest "treasure find"! I'm really lovin' these pretty mercury glass goblets...hmmm, I feel the beginnings of a collection...wink!
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Thank you for stopping by today...please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here! I love hearing from you!!!
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Have a terrific Thursday, my friends!

23 comments:

Amy Kinser said...

Ok, I am going to tell you lots of stuff I love. I love the goblets and that they were $4 each. I love your statue and can't believe it was only $6. That is crazy. I also love your lamps. So pretty. Let's see, what else? Oh, yeah, the arrangement is also lovely. The whole table is just great.

God bless.

Blondie's Journal said...

Thanks for all of the info on mercury glass. I only have a few pieces but often wondered the whole story behind them...

I love the little girl head and the pretty floral arrangement behind it. That is something I am working on. Great post!

xoxo
Jane

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, I must have missed this post. So glad you reposted it. I didn't know all of that information about mercury glass - so interesting. You have really made a gorgeous vignette and you've done it with some amazing bargains! laurie

Jane said...

Hi Chari,
Thanks for all of the interesting information about mercury glass. All of your silver is just beautiful. Great prices too!
Jane

vanilla143 said...

Very Lovely! Don't you just get so happy when Hobby Lobby has their 90% discounts!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Mercury glass is a new love of mine -- and I do love it! Love all the info you gave ... very interesting!

My only complaint? NO HOBBY LOBBY AROUND HERE!!!!
No fair.

Cass

Braley Mama said...

What beautiful things. Happy 40th:)(I love the french girl)

Sonia said...

Oh your Mercury glass goblet was such a bargain!! I don't have any pieces of it..now I'm seeing it everywhere and how pretty it looks in with other accessories!..you are so great at arranging pretty vignettes! I also liked the information you gave re: this kind of glass/silver! Great post! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Keetha Broyles said...

40 times? It doesn't seem possible! I think I've only missed one or two.

Congratulations on a VERY successful party (meme)idea!!!!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I didn't know that about mercury glass, thanks for the history lesson. I love learning those kinds of details. All of your items are beautiful too. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Sunday!
Blessings,
Marcia

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Chari....

I'm so envious of you dear girlies who enjoy Hobby Lobby.....there aren't any here in the Northwest....darn it all.. I just keep thinking about all I must be missing. I suppose they have all of those great coupons too? Can you use Michaels and Joann's coupons there too?

Love your French Girlie..........what a sweet face.....and the mercury glass too!

Come on over.......I'm having a bit of a giveaway......I don't want you to miss out! ;-)

Hugs,
Spencer

Jenna said...

IM in love with Mercury glass even though I only have a set of MG candlesticks...bought them at Costco for 15 bux...

LOVE your lamps, your statue and everything else on that chest!

Thanks for sharing!

Rita said...

All your wonderful photos of your lovely home has reminded me that mine is looking very stark and dowdy. I have to get busy and finish unpacking all my decorative touches from the recent move.

Love all of your treasures and you even managed to give this auctioneers daughter some information she did not already know about Mercury Glass.

Enjoyed your repost very much.

Gypsy Fish said...

Thanks for all the fun facts on mercury glass. I was always curious to the origin of it's silver beauty. Thanks for coming...see you next Sunday!
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness, I am drooling over all of this beautiful silver! Love the goblet! Thanks for letting me take a peek in at your pretties! Enjoy your Sunday, Dear Chari!

Lori E said...

I don't have any mercury glass but boy is it ever popular now. I see it in all the decorator rooms.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I remember that post with those great silvered goblets. They are fabulous!

Christi

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Chari,
You get the best bargains, mercury glass goblets for $4? Love the little French girl bust, especailly like that she has some clothes on!
Bon Sunday!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning my friend...Well girl I hope your out doing something fun..ha ha!! I finaly got off the mountain yesterday just to food shop and go to eye Dr.
Loved seeing all your beautiful silver once again and to know the history of mercury glass...Thanks girl your the best...Give that honey a cyber hug from me...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

tales from an oc cottage said...

Gorgeous pieces!

m ^..^

Sonia said...

Chari,

I love love your pictures in your blog header...talk about bling!! You got the bling girl! You have such pretty pieces layered all together! Very elegant!

Kathy said...

Gorgeous goblets and candle sticks! Sorry my Sunday Silver visit is so late but I do love your silver post!
xoxo...Kathy

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Two Things: first, I love the fireplace, it makes the whole room work! 5*
2nd thing: Tate is a boy! lol I have a grandson, not a granddaughter. I guess there is really three things: It was so good to hear from you, don't stay away so long... but I understand, it is so hard to visit everyone.