Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday: Mercury Glass Ornaments!


hello! today i'm joining in on Vintage Christmas Monday hosted by Joan of Anything Goes Here.

i thought i would share some of my favorite vintage mercury glass ornaments...


i began collecting them a few years ago after i found some boxes of old Shiny Brite ornaments at a garage sale (for 50 cents a box!).


in an effort to display them and keep them safe from our Christmas tree climbing cat, i put them in this bowl that i got on clearance at Target a few years ago. (ironically this bowl was adopted by aforementioned cat as his preferred napping bed when it was empty...though not anymore!)

i like the bright funky retro-ness of them...they remind me of the decorations in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"! (the colors are really quite wonderful in person, but i just can't seem to get a good photo of them)

thanks for stopping by! now go check out all of the other Vintage Christmas Monday goodness at Anything Goes Here!





27 comments:

Joan@anthinggoeshere said...

I am so happy that you have joined the Vintage Christmas Monday blog party. As you know you are already on my blog link list~ where I have my favorites! And I have added you to the party link list! Welcome!

Those cats have a way of finding all our favorite things, don't they? xo Joan

briannelee said...

So pretty! My mom has a bunch of these old ornaments as well. I need to take some from her this year :)

vintage girl at heart said...

Oh la la love these all together in the bowl!! So very pretty.
I have the same kitty woes and have to display mine in Hurricanes to keep them safe. I am always amazed when these are thrown in to the freebie boxes at yard sales!!!I have admired your blog for many months now and just love your talent at mixing vintage with modern decor!!!
So happy that you are participating as I cannot wait to see what you post next!!

Thrifted Treasure said...

I LOVE vintage Christmas ornaments, the colours of your ones are just gorgeous!

Laura said...

I spy some treasure there! You have a lovely collection! Have fun decorating!
Take care, Laura

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello, your vintage ornaments are beautiful, I love the indents! Hello kitty! (I love kittys too!) Bisous... Julie Marie

Fran. said...

Hi, I love the simplicity of the old bulbs in a modern dish! How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my very favorite Christmas movies! Your right the bright colors are great like that! I think I love to look at the scenery more than watch the movie, cuz I keep watching it over and over!! That Cindy Lou Who is a doll! and the way she dresses, rocks!! Have a good one. Fran.

~~Carol~~ said...

Those ornaments look so beautiful in that glass bowl, especially those turquoise colored ones! Very Grinchy indeed! Sure wish I'd find a box of Shiny Brites for 50 cents. I haven't found any this year!
Happy Vintage Christmas!
Carol

Judi said...

Very nice! I like the little bell and those tiny ones that are indented. I like miniature things! Very cute! Judi

april in iowa said...

loving those bright colors!

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Dontcha just love kitties? ;-)
I really like them better in a bowl than a tree. Kindred spirit!
Anne

Dawn said...

The colors look pretty good to me, they must really be something in person. I love them all in the bowl together.
Hugs,
Dawn

Jane said...

Love the ornaments! Like you mentioned, the colors in the vintage ornaments are fabulous! I think they look great displayed in the bowl.
Jane

Pony Girl said...

Those are beautiful! We had some in the family that were my grandma's, not sure if we have them anymore. I have a few blue ones that were my gg's, they are tiny.
Like the idea of putting them in the bowl to keep them safe from kitty! :)

Tracey said...

I adore them!!! Every single one!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

:) T

littlebyrd said...

guess what?! I just bought 2 boxes of shiny bright ornaments at a sale yesterday so we have similar ones :) I like how you displayed yours in a bowl!

Sandra said...

Love vintage ornaments especially the ones I received after my grandmother passed. I have been collecting them for years. Hope I get the tree up and finished tonight...

Pinecone Camp said...

50 cents a box? You are lucky. When you find a box here in Vancouver, you will be paying about $25 a box....at least!
Pretty post - merci!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

hi alicia...as always LOVE your style. you never fail to inspire me! thank you for your kind words about my post AND for all your help getting me started. I'm having a ball! XOXO michelle

AuroraSuzette said...

I'm partial to old mercury glass as well, and collect the little bead garlands. I love how your ornaments look in that simple glass bowl. Where's kitty sleeping now?

a little bit vintage said...

So lovely! A couple of yours are identical to the ones that I have! LOL!

Smiles,
Rachel

Blondie's Journal said...

Your ornaments are fabulous...I think the color came out quite well. Your cat seems to know a good thing when he sees it! :-)



xoxo
Jane

♥ miss.michelle said...

...very pretty. Vintage mercury ornaments are so charming. I like how they are displayed in a glass bowl.

~michelle.f

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

love these, they look so nice in the bowl! great idea, I would love to thrift some vintage baubles...nice post

Sarah

vintage simple said...

Love them - I especially like that blue-green one... I hope the cat found another spot to nap. ;)

xoxo,
-maria

icandy... said...

Love these!!!
Happy day!
Christina

brismod said...

They're such beautiful ornaments!