All Things Milk Glass

Navigating a new town and the search to find these lovely treasures.


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Christmas and milk glass…two of my favorite things

I can’t imagine a better time of year. Christmas is such a marvelous time for many reasons and the first being the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Just the thought of that brings joy to my heart. I am certain this is why this time of year has that warm glow. Christmas trees are beautiful by themselves, but when you look at one with the true meaning of Christmas in your heart they almost seem to sparkle and glow from within; like the tree knows why its here.

Another reason I love Christmas is because of the decorations. It breaks my heart I can’t leave my home decorated all year. I honestly don’t think I would ever get tired of it. And this is the first Christmas I’ve incorporated my milk glass into Christmas decorations. They really are a perfect combination. Each piece showcases whatever you put into it. Though milk glass is not plain by any means, the simple opaque color just makes everything pop.

Table centerpiece

Table centerpiece

I only used a few pieces this year but I am sure as each year goes by, I will experiment more and add more to my Christmas decorations. I love using the compotes to hold ornaments. I used some silver ornaments and flocked pine cones in a large compote with some candles for my table. It’s quite simple but elegant at the same time.

Breakfast bar

Breakfast bar

On our breakfast bar I used a compote on a small pedestal and filled it with silver ornaments. It just adds a little something to the breakfast bar but is not too tall that you cannot see over it.

photo 4Red and green ornaments really pop in these hobnail compotes. I have them displayed in a bookshelf with many other milk glass pieces.

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Flowers really pop in milk glass. This vase was a recent find and was perfect for these flowers. Just looking at it makes me happy.

Incorporating new pieces into my existing decorations was difficult. I have so many decorations that I love that it was hard to try and find a way to fit it all in. I had to leave some of my old decorations out this year but I think next year I will know better how to intertwine more milk glass into my Christmas decor.

Another thing that I attempted this year was homemade snow globes. Though this is really not related to milk glass, I will share them in a later post. They were so much fun to make and easy too.

I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and that your hearts are filled with the true Spirit of this time of year.


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Milk glass and succulent plants…a perfect combo

I am a Pinterest junkie. From recipes to clothes to decor to milk glass…I am HOOKED. I am certain I spend too much time on that website but I have found so many fun things while perusing its pages. Every recipe I’ve tried has been awesome; every DIY home decor or craft I’ve tried has proven to not only be easy but has turned out better than I’d hoped. I’ve gotten great ideas for Christmas and Thanksgiving and I have gotten some fantastic ideas on displaying milk glass. One of those ideas was to pair milk glass with succulent plants. The minute I saw the first picture of succulents planted in lovely pieces of milk glass I knew I had to try it, conveniently forgetting how very brown my thumbs are.  Alas, the joy of the combination gave me the courage to try it which I found rather funny since I never really paid succulents too much attention before as they reminded me of the desert and I do not like the desert. But it just goes to show you, milk glass can make anything lovely.

I did a bit of research on the Internet regarding succulents just to make sure it was something that was not completely out of my skill set. And when I found out they thrive in dry conditions it just sealed the deal. See, forgetting to water plants is one of my problems. Sounded like a win-win to me. I knew just the milk glass pot I wanted to use too. So I headed to Lowes (though I hear since I am now living in GA I should go to Home Depot, an Atlanta-based company). Anyway, old habits die hard and I really like Lowes so to Lowes I went. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for but found in the very back of the garden department a display of cacti and mini succulents. Love the mini succulents; they give you the option of creating a mini-succulent garden. I love that idea because I didn’t want to commit to just one type of plant; the mini plants allow for a few different plants in one container. Lowes had a number of different types but I found out that there are so many more out there. Simply Succulents has some BEAUTIFUL ones, so now that I have tried one mini garden I will explore creating others…ones with more color.

I used four different types of succulents in a lovely round hob nail planter. I added some small river stones on top of the soil. I have also seen deer moss used on top of the soil which I will try next time.

Mini succulent garden in milk glass planter

Mini succulent garden in milk glass planter

I have seen some rectangular milk glass planters as well as some cute square ones. I am now going to be on the hunt for those to create some more mini gardens. I just hope they are as hearty as I read.


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Some ideas for decorating with milk glass

I was over on the DIY Network blog and came across a blog post by Emily Fazio about decorating with milk glass. Here is the link…check it out.

I cannot wait to start decorating and displaying my milk glass. I keep thinking of all the places that I want to display milk glass. I am sure that I will change my mind 1,000 times before I actually move into our house. Collecting milk glass has also inspired me to try my hand at growing flowers. Let me just say that I have a very dark brown thumb. Until I get the hang of gardening I will certainly be buying some fresh flowers at Athen’s local farmer’s market. I just love the look of milk glass with brightly colored flowers. I found these lovely photos at Madison House Designs.

Courtesy of Madison House Designs

Courtesy of Madison House Designs

Courtesy of Madison House Designs

Courtesy of Madison House Designs

Courtesy of Madison House Designs

Courtesy of Madison House Designs

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