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June 24, 2009

~FRENCHY BLUE~

Well Guys...It's let play with our dishes day...ha ha!! Be sure and go by and see our Hostess Susan at " Between naps on the Porch" to see everyone who is playing today...



I turned on the fountain for you....




I Love these "VASELINE" glasses...I have a set of 8 ca.1930



This is a brief History of Vaseline Glass....
Vaseline Glass was primarily made before WWII and one of the primary ingredients used to make the glass was uranium. When placed under a black light (or ultraviolet rays), vaseline glass will "glow" or fluoresce. The high energy emissions of electrons from the black light cause the uranium oxide particles in the vaseline glass to become unstable thereby causing this fluorescense. The way we like to describe the effect is that it causes the piece of vaseline glass to look like it has exploded in flames.
No other transparent antique glass will glow thus making vaseline glass truly unique in the antique world as it can always be verified to be true vaseline by using a black light. There is no other compound added to glass which will cause this effect except URANIUM. The yellow-green glow is characteristic of uranium-bearing glass and will also occur with custard and Burmese glass. The latter two glasses, however, are easily distinguished from Vaseline Glass in that they are not transparent.
Vaseline Glass can be difficult to detect by the human eye alone and even the best expert can be fooled. Only by testing with the black light will a piece be verifiable.
Vaseline Glass can be yellow, yellow-green, or green. Individual collectors each have their own preference as to the exact color of vaseline glass collected. However, as glassmakers of the 1920's - 30's added iron to their uranium oxide dyes to put a green tint into their glass and although these pieces will flouresce under a black light, it is our opinion that Green Vaseline Glass (with no trace of yellow) is only a forerunner of Depression Glass rather than true Vaseline Glass.
The government confiscated all supplies of uranium during WWII and halted all production of vaseline glass. Only in later years after nuclear testing, etc., was banned did the government ease restrictions somewhat and allow a very limited supply of uranium to glass companies in order to resume production of vaseline glass.
As the uranium supplies are closely monitored by the government and tightly distributed between various glass companies, even more recent pieces of vaseline glass are highly sought after by collectors as each is of a VERY LIMITED PRODUCTION.





Added some comfy cushions for you to lean back on...






Notice the sweet Roo's ...well today its all about the Birds....I shopped my house to find all the French Blues and Yellows for you today....Just so Frenchy Looking to me...







Yellow Dinner plates I got from country living store but For today I'm pretending their are chargers...Blue Dinner Plates are Churchill pattern....These I got from Second Sunday last year $8.00 for 4 of them...





I just loved these sweet little Bird plates. Each one is differ and I got 4 of them also Second Sunday...Paid $5.00 for all...Not bad.










Silverware was my Late MIL's....No Name on it...





Napkins were my Mama's...





Isn't this Glass Pretty....Some times its Green and some times its Yellow...





These little Swan Salt Cellars I also got at Second Sunday...I got the Master Salt and 8 Salt cellars...$55.00 for all...These are from ca.1900 very Victorian...I have seen these on Ebay and for one little swan it's starts at $50.00 so I knew I did great when I found the whole set...Salt spoons I just got in May Second Sunday 4 for $20.00 now I need to fine 4 more for that price...Some times the spoons can cost more the the salt cellars...






Crystal Dinner Bell so you can ring for your dinner...ha ha!! Good luck!! Len tried once to ring for me ....But this is a family friendly Blog so I won't go into what Rang on him after that...






Added a sweet little Blue Bird with a basket of flowers just for you...






A little birds nest...







An Antique Bird Cage...Sat it on a Hat box to bring it up higher...





Lite a Blue candle in an crystal Holder.... Blue Glasses from Dollar tree...





So there my pretend "FRENCHY BLUE "Dinner table just for you!! Now pretend you are eating something wonderful another Good Luck ha ha!!



Now please go see all the Great Tablescapes today...I know I am...

May all you you have a great day and Thanks for coming by...


Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

53 comments:

Picket said...

This is gorgeous girl....your pics are so beautiful Gloria...every detail! man you find the best bargains and I love those napkins from your mama and those salt cellars....I got to find me some...the colors in the tablecloth are just perfect...love how you give us alittle history lesson on your beautiful antiques...I hope you didn't hurt Len to bad with that rolling pin I know you used on his head! lol lol Have a great week sis~♥~

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Gloria,

Your table looks so beautiful!! Blue and yellow go so nicely together! Everything coordinates perfectly! Thanks for coming by and saying hello! I'll visit again sometime!

Debbie

marty39 said...

Gloria, your dishes are just gorgeous. I love the little bird plates, they are so pretty. YOur vaseline glasses are stunning. I love everything. I really like the birdcage too. You always put together such a lovely table. Hugs, Marty

Connie said...

I think it looks stupendous, sweetpea, and I love the patio setting with the cushy cushions and the white wrought iron furniture. Ooooh, I'd love to be in that setting tonight. Beautiful, sugar chick.....
xoxo,
Connie

Amelia said...

My favorite decorating colors - yellow and blue.

Your pictures shows everything just perfect.

I have enjoyed reading your blog.

amelia in Oklahoma

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Gloria You just have so many pretties! I almost fell asleep as it was so relaxing visiting you, enjoying the beautiful table and then the relaxing sound of your fountain- yikes I just woke up- relaxing as it may be the sound of water always makes me need to find a bathroom! Gotta go!

blessings
mary

salmagundi said...

I've often admired vaseline glass, but it has always been way out of my budget. I'll just enjoy yours!! Beautiful table - the colors are amazing. Sally

prof en retraite said...

Oh Gloria...You know I just loved this wonderful frenchy blue and yellow tablescape! Gorgeous! How interesting about vaseline glass! Those goblets are beautiful! And I love the salt cellars...lovely! Hope you are having a happy week...hugs...Debbie

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Gloria, I just love it all! The blue and yellow is just perfect together and all your special touches just make it soo special!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Of all the tables I've seen today, this one is definitely my favorite! I can't tell you what my favorite part is because I love all of it! Fantastic job.

Melissa Miller said...

Well you are on a beautiful blog post roll lately my friend!
Sooo pretty! Love that green vaseline glass. What a neat history it has too. I enjoyed reading it.

The bird plates are stunning and the little swan salt cellars are just amazing. They are so detailed in their faces. You always have the coolest things in all of blogland. ~Wonderful TT!

Yes, Texas is HOT alright!
My Mom is from there origionally and I have so many memories of the heat when we would visit. WHEW!
I know you will have so much fun seeing all those pretty babies though. Kyra really is a little living doll.

I'll be "Flaunting My Red" tomoorow. See ya then. ~Melissa ;)

Melissa Miller said...

Forgot...LOVED the fountain.
AHHHHH....It's gorgeous. :)

ellen b said...

Oh Gloria this is so beautiful. I love the tablecloth and everything else on this table. I don't think I've ever heard of vaseline glass before but I'm happy to learn about it. Those goblets are so fabulous!! My eyes are happy...

Barbara said...

Very Elegant. I love the bird plates. Beautiful Girl!

Shelia said...

Gloria! Oh, how beautiful! This is my favorite of all time! I love the blue and yellows! Those little bird dishes and the swan salt cellars! Oh, my heart! And those gorgeous lovely want 'em big ole rooster pillows! How me!
This was truly a marvelous setting, Gloria! And again, look at your beautiful photography! You may have started a new career! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Justine said...

Beautiful tablescape, but I have to say, I loved reading about the vaseline glass. I'm assuming this is what Chuck and Larry have in their front room. Months ago I asked him what I always so glowing and he told me it was some kind of special glass with a black light on it. Now I know what it truly is!

Justine :o )

lilsista said...

I just love yellow and blue together...and those glasses!..prettttty! How nice to add in a fountain for the total effect of a relaxing serene sit down. Smiles!

Kammy said...

Love it Gloria !
I loved the history lesson and I think it is way cool that you have things that were in your family for many years....so special. I love the colors and all the combinations...great post !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Chandy said...

Quite Frenchy, Gloria! Love the birdie salad plates. Adorable! Your tablecloth is gorgeous, I can't believe all the great tables I've seen so far. I feel so humbled. Thanks for expanding my ideas pool!

printersdevil said...

I'm having a hard time deciding what I like most. The vaseline glassware is beautiful. I love the way it seems to change colors. However, the plates are also wonderful. Such a nice blending of all the wonderful pieces.

ceekay said...

This is stunning. I love the blues...and yellow. The pics are fantastic.

Really Rainey said...

Hi Gloria! Wow I hadn't heard of vaseline glass before, that has to be the most interesting thing I have heard in a long time! Truly fascinating! Beautiful colors, beautiful photos beautiful post my friend!
Have a good rest of the week!
~Really Rainey~

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Beautiful tablescape Gloria! You've outdone yourself with this one! Love the colors & the vaseline glasses. Thanks for the information about them too. ♥ Diane

bj said...

This is so gorgeous..your photos are amazing.
I have to get some little salt cellars..
Everything looks just perfect...
xo bj

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

It's so nice to meet you Gloria! Your Frenchy Blue tablescape is lovely. The bird plates are adorable and I love your vaseline glass! Of course, those swan salt cellars are fabulous! Great find. I live in San Mateo, I forgot all about the Sacramento Antique Faire. I am definitely going to make a trip up to the Second Sunday in July! Thanks for reminding me!

Tina

Madeline's Album said...

What a lovely post. I especially like the vaseline glasses and the bird dishes. Everything looks just beautiful.

Jessica said...

Gloria~

This is by far my favoritist tablescape you have done. I love all the blues, the birds and the special Gloria touches everywhere. The vaseline glasses are gorgeous and I love the tablecloth. Beautifully done my friend.

Enjoy! J

Melissa Wertz said...

Oh Gloria, this is just beautiful!!! I love the whole thing!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Darn...you made me drool all over my laptop...this is perfection...Applause...

"Blossom" said...

So stunning and so lovely.
I just love the bird plates, the favorite is salt sellers and the salt spoon.
This table linen just makes this tablescape.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Gloria, your table is beautiful. There is something so wonderful about blue white and yellow together. It is truly lovely and just plain delightful!!!

Hugs, Barb

Smilingsal said...

I never heard of Vaseline Glass; thanks for enlightening me. I guess I'm easy to please because those cobalt blue Dollar Store glasses are what catch my eye! Gorgeous!

Tomorrow I will answer Picket's TP question.

Cathy said...

Oh Gloria...this is gorgeous!!! I don't know where to begin!!!

I love blue and yellow together..it is such a pretty color combo!!! All of your birdie accessories are just too lovely!!! The plates are beautiful!!!

I am not sure that I have ever heard of vaseline glass before...I love the color and I am so glad that you included the story about it!!!

It is always a treat to vivit here!!! Thank you!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Gloria,

This tablescape is one of the prettiest tablescapes I've seen so far since I started blogging!!!

The tablecloth is just gorgeous! All the birdie accents are sooo cute I can't believe it!!

A++++++++ job!!!

Have a wonderful day, sweet friend!!!
Sherri:)

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Beautiful and such interesting information on the vasaline glass. The salt cellers are really pretty and go very well with everything else on your lovely table.

Christi

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That's a lovely table, Miss Gloria! Great job, and you always find the neatest things for the best prices!

That Vaseline glass fascinates me. I once saw a huge display of it in an antique shop, and I was just mesmerized. They had it under black light.

Love all of your pretty things. I love to see what you're up to next.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Brenda said...

Oh, this is just beautiful! I love Frenchy yellow and blue! All those touches that were handed down to you! Those are so special. I'm going to look for those type glasses on ebay. Spent much of the morning on there, which I rarely do! I just love this. So full of cheer!
Brenda

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Wonderful post. Love those bird plates and thanks for the Vaseline glass history. It's so pretty. Glad I stopped by~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Allidink said...

Such a pretty tablescape! I love the blue and yellow!

All the best,
Allison

Linda said...

Gloria, that is one of the prettiest tablescapes ever! Love the blue & yellow and all your pretty things. The tablecloth is especially pretty! Linda

Tootsie said...

mom!!!! your house is like a treasure chest!!! what a beautiful table! you have so much pretty stuff!!!
and how do you know so much about all the things you have??? I don't think I could remember it all if I tried!!!
I guess you will have to write it all down so that when I bring it here to my house, I can pass the knowledge on! ha ha!!!
love you! say hi to Dawna!

Mary said...

Very nice!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Your table is just stunning, Gloria. You have certainly thought of every little detail. I especially love the blue & white chair cushions. Sweeeeet! :)

Kathleen said...

Very pretty! Love all your pretty pieces and colors!

Kathy said...

I'm in love with your frenchy blue, bird scape. Beautiful detail and I think I have the same birdcage!!! Enchanting...Love your little blog, Come visit "Mary Poppins" xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Melissa Miller said...

Well Gloria I was just visiting you over at Miss Nancy's!
Oh wait...that was a sofa. LOL!

~Congrats on having the most beautiful sofa in the world named after you girl. It is truly stunning! I can see why you adore it so.

YES!...My Mom is an "M" as well. Her name is Margaret. My maiden name is also an "M" name so "Miller" was easy. LOL! :)

Liz said...

Another BEAUTIFUL table!! I love the yellow and blue! Just my taste! Your so funny about the dinner bell. Hubs needs to learn it is just for pretty! ;) LOL

We don't have a second Sunday???? I think I'm missing out! :(

~Liz

Tomarie said...

This is a stunning tablescape G! I love the tablecloth as that extra jolt of color too. I am amazed at the history of vasaline glass! I never knew! Beautiful table!!! :-) L~

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Gloria, this is breathtaking! I love every single thing on this table. Those gorgeous bird plates and those salt cellars, the blue and white dishes, the Vaseline stemware, the napkins - goodness, gracious, it is just a perfect tablescape! laurie

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Gloria, this was very interesting about the vaseline glass.I learned something new today !LOL .
Your table is simply beautiful !!!
And those birdie plates are gorgeous too ! And where did you get that tablecloth ? I might have to sneak in and swipe it ! LOL .Just kidding you !

Lady Katherine said...

Just so wonderful! I love every little detail! The yellow dishes, I want so much, the Churhill blue, the salt cellars! The swan! The blue birds are so dear to my heart! The cloth, yes Your table is So Frenchy! I love it! Just love it!

xinex said...

I love your tablescape, Gloria. The vaseline glasses are so precious (thanks for the info)and those plates, both blue and white and birds are so pretty. They all look perfect on that gorgeous tablecloth. C'mon over anytime!
:-)..Christine

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I'm so glad that I scrolled through your older posts because I would not have wanted to miss this! Wow! I just love the French feel to all of this. The blue and yellow is gorgeous, and I adore the bird theme too. It's hard to say just what I love best as it's all so beautiful. Hmmm, guess my very favorite would be those bird plates. The salt cellars are just incredible! You sure got a great find.

Kady