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Monday, February 16, 2009

Mercury Glass....Or Not??

I love mercury glass birds but they're not easy to come by in my area. So, as I was strolling through the Dollar Tree dollar store, I saw something there that gave me an idea. They were two little ceramic birds that I thought would make fabulous "mercury glass" birds. I bought them and with some silver metallic spray paint that I had at home, I painted them. Now, obviously they're not exactly the same but I think they'll do for now until I can find the real thing. I think I'm going to tuck them into the mantle somewhere.
Speaking of the mantle, I had a request to show my mantle so I thought I'd sneak it into this post.

This is a view of the whole thing and here are a few close ups of some of my favorite things

my mercury glass candle sticks

and here is a favorite - it's special because it's a window that came out of the house that my husband grew up in. My father-in-law just recently renovated the house and it got all new windows, siding,etc...we got a few of the windows and the original, 100 year old claw foot tub that was in the bathroom!! My husband says that as a kid, he always loved to take baths in it.

I'm thinking of having some photos of him and all of his siblings blown up and then putting them behind the glass of the old window like a frame.

Happy Monday Everyone!!




Anonymous said...

I did the same thing a few weeks ago for Valentine's day. I had a small ceramic cherub that had been painted gold, and the paint was worn and scuffed. Out came the silver spray paint (how does anyone live without spray paint?) and he looks as good as new, actually even better!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Thank you for posting photos of your mantle! Showing us more of your unique and lovely decorating ideas. Yummmmy...

Aunt Amelia
"Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
There are Spring violets under the snow."
~ R.H. Newell

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Ohhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyy... That old mirror! Oh sighhhhhhhh...

And your ideas for the old window are wonderful. Can't wait to see them, in action. :-)

Aunt Amelia
"Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
There are Spring violets under the snow."
~ R.H. Newell

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

AHHH!!! I love your mantle! You are sooo good at vignettes, they just look so perfect!!! Love it , love it , love it!! Did I get my point across!!!!

Melissa Miller said...

Kathleen what a wonderful idea.

~They are truly lovely. ;)

GrannySmithGreen said...

Our local paint store sells "mirror paint". I wonder if that would give you more of the mercury glass look? The birds are adorable--and from the Dollar Tree! Yeah, a bargain!

Also, love the French chairs! Hope the upholstering is going well--or finished!

Jen Kershner said...

Gorgeous! I especially love that mirror.

DesignTies said...

Kathleen your mantle is simply lovely - and your new "mercury glass" birds will look great there!!
Victoria @ DesignTies

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

oh your mantel is so pretty! I love m.g. but have none, even Target had pretty stuff this Christmas.
I did want to thank you for the award, I have a post all drafted and ready to go but I have been doing so much cooking and stuff lately I did not want it to get lost in the shuffle.

sweet momma luv u said...

What a great blog! Thanks for coming bye mine. I love your old window on your mantel. I have been looking for one too. Like the M.G.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

O.K I changed my sunroom mantle this morning and I blame you for it!!! It looks nothing like yours(which I just adore) but you inspired it none the less!!!Talk soon, Chrissy

Anonymous said...

What a great idea and such a pretty mantle♥

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your mantle is fab... I love the window.. what a treasure to have..thanks for showing it once again.. hugs ~lynne~

Anne Marie said...

you have a great gift....A great eye! once again- great inspiration!
like the mantel
Anne Marie

Martha said...


Love the mantle!


Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hey, just saw your mantle and then I scrolled back and saw your 2 chairs for $30. Have you finished them yet? They are beautiful and I can't wait to see the final project.

Unknown said...

These are looking great. I am thinking of buying a mercury glass table lamp for my mom's house and I picked one similar at Ballard Designs.