Thursday, December 29, 2011

My collection of GLASSES

Do you want me to show you what you can find in the cupboards of my kitchen????
I'm pretty sure you are curious about that so I choose to show you a part of my vintage glasses collection.

I will only present water and juice glasses, they are really more fun than wine glasses. Most of them are from the 50's.

There are several themes on those kind of vintage glasses. The first one is of course ATOMIC THEME with a lot of geometrical forms.

A lot of these sets were displayed in small wire baskets usualy by 6.

This gold set was made by the MONACO Crystal factory, I think one glass is missing.

The glasses can have several sizes. The above ones and the next must be water glasses, they are smaller.

Sometimes you can be lucky and find a complete serie but it's quite rare due to the fragility of these glasses.

Look at those nice set above... unfortunatly one is missing... they are so delicate!

The glasses on the pictures above are quite common in french flea markets. Some old people told my that these atomic glasses contained mustard in the 50's-60's. You can find them in 3 sizes. It's the glasses I use everyday because they are so easy to find so I don't fear to break one....

When a glass have a nice design I buy it hoping to find some more one day and perhaps complete the set in future.

Another theme is ANIMALS.

Those 2 sets above are my favorite ones!!! I think that the one with the butterflies are one of the first set I have ever purchased, the one with the swallows are a more recent purchase. Those 2 sets are complete and one even with the pitcher.

CHINEESE theme was also really popular in the 50's-60's.

ASTROLOGY was also a popular theme.

This set is quite special because I didn't find the set complete like that, I first bought 2 glasses and after 2 others and after the pitcher...

I really love the JAZZ SINGERS set. I own the complete set but I saw one same glass sold on Ebay UK for £15!!! I must have paid less than 5 euros for the set...

FLOWERS can also be printed on those vintage glasses.

Those ones with lillies must be older than the 50's because they are really heavy.

I also own some ADVERTISING glasses.

Look closely at the set above it's glasses from the inaugural flight of the Jet Clipper with the PANAM. I found these glasses somewhere in a french flea market... They must dated from 1958 judged by the following film :

So incredible ... for first time people could cross Atlantic ocean in only 6 and a half hours!!!!

PLAYING CARDS was also a really popular theme. I own several of those theme sets.

The following colored and granited sets are really common and can be find in differents sizes, colors, with gold or not...

I love those sets because of their colors, it's so beautiful when you display them on a table.

I sometimes find some separate umpty basket for a few cents and a set looks so much nicer in those kind of basket, isn't it?

You can also find some glasses made like cups... I don't think they are made to drink hot beverage because they are so thin. I think they were made to drink cold beverage with ice in hot summer!!!

So I'm hoping you loved these pictures because I spent some hours to get this post ready and share with you a part of my collection.
But what a pleasure to discovered again some of those sets!!! I had forgotten some of them...
I have a secret to tell you... I quite never used a lot of them fearing to break one of the glass of those amazing complete sets!!! I think sometimes I'm quite an idiot to buy them and don't use them... but they are like ART to me!!!!

Do you like and use vintage glasses?
What is your favorite set in my collection????

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Another Christmas almost over...

I'm back after 2 really busy weeks to prepare Christmas! First, I spent some days in Paris last week in order to shop our last gifts for Christmas. Unfortunaly I didn't take a lot of pictures...

We met a lot of friends there, we went to Rockabilly concerts, we played tourists and went to vintage shoppes and retro flea markets...

We spent a moment in Montmartre but it was so cold and windy... a good excuse to go to warmer places... my 2 favorites vintage shoppes in Paris...

The first one is Mamie Blue with its amazing owner Brigitte!!! Only clothes before the 60's...

And the second one is Mamie... this shop is so full of vintage treasures that it's sometimes hard to find your way in!!!
We spent a nice time there with some friends.

I found this so cute bakelite brooch!!!
So 50's and so... PARISIAN with its little Eiffel Tower!!!

If you want to visit these shoppes if you plan to go to Paris soon, all informations HERE.

I also visited some other places where I found some cute vintage tops, slips, dresses, skirts, hats, shoes... I came back with a small suitcase full of new "old" clothes.

And Christmas eve was already here... I cooked for all familly and we spend a nice evening together.

Santa Claus was really generous, our Christmas tree was surrounded by gifts. I was wearring one of my parisian purchase: an evening chinese dress from the 50's!

Here with my mum.

My husband was really pleased with his gift: a lot of 40's ties. And look at our waitress on the back... I also found some clothes for her in Paris!!! 

I hope you spent nice moments with your familly and friends for this Christmas and I will leave you with the most famous Christmas french song dating from the 40's, it's called "Petit Papa Noël"...

What was you favorite gift these year ?
What do you plan for New Year Eve next week ?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Santa Claus has already come....

It seems that Santa Claus has already come for my husband... He brought a big toy for him... a CAR!!!!

I cannot say that I welcomed it with a smile... We already own 3 vintage cars so why a FOURTH??? Moreover I'm not really fond of this huge late 50's cars.

But my husband is like a child when it comes to vintage american cars: the biggest they are, the best it is for him! That's why he chose this 1958 LINCOLN Continental, the longuest and the widest car ever made in the 50's!!!

This car is not in mint condition and will need some care. It's our first convertible... I think I will have to buy some vintage late 50's coton dress to cruise this summer!

You can see the 3 tones seats made of leather.

Here is an TV ad from 1957 for the NEW Lincoln and Continental III.

I was in a very bad mood all the week because of this car arrival... but it's already here at home... so after a good meal at restaurant with familly my smile come back...

Now our garage is full, no more place for any other car... so if he wants to welcome an other vintage car, he will have to sell one!!!!

What do you think about this car?
Love or hate?