I know, as many of you do too, that there is a fascination with all things Frenchy. Whether we have actually been lucky enough to visit Paris and the surrounding countryside, we love to read about it, dream about and fill our homes with French accents. I have been a lucky lady to have actually visited the city of light in the Spring time, wander the famous streets, sip a cool drink at a café côté de la rue, and browsed the museums, gazing at that famous smile. My dream now is to return and visit the brocantes or flea markets and out of the way haunts of the locals for my on line and brick and mortar shop. Ahhhhh...hopefully soon but until then Ms. Polly at that fabulous blog French Cupboard is having a party...a Voila Party. A place to show off your Frenchiness, if you will. :)
boutique. I love antique and vintage mercury glass but have only been fortunate enough to find two pieces of the actual old pieces on my treasure hunts, the second one just the other day. The patina of the antique pieces is beautiful and especially gorgeous as the candlelight from nearby candles reflects off the old mottled silver.
Mercury glass was used as an inexpensive and tarnish-free substitute for silver in such objects as candlesticks and doorknobs. It then gained favor in France and England, where it was made into useful household wares like pedestal footed vases and goblets. If the true old pieces are too steep for your pocketbook, you can now buy reproductions at many shops such as Pottery Barn, Target or Ballards. Or you can even make your own, by just using found inexpensive glass objects and applying a painting technique. I have even seen pumpkins mercuryfied for a Fall vignette. ..... gorgeous!