Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time for Pumpkins

Time for pumpkins and all that is fall!  The leaves are so beautiful in green, orange, brown, red and purple.  Decorating for fall gatherings with these colors add warmth to the home.

Thanksgiving and Christmas will soon be here.  Families will be gathering to celebrate the holidays.  Houses will need to be spruced up and decorated to make a house warm and inviting. Glassware and table cloths will add holiday cheer. 

New items and old items will help decorate the table for guests.  Old memories and new memories go hand in hand and will be shared with special guests. Make your holidays and gatherings ones to remember!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Red, White and Blue

Red, white and blue, fireworks, picnics, parades and family gatherings!  July brings many celebrations to share.

So, in the theme of the month, we are showcasing our red, white and blue collections! As you know we have many beautiful pieces in our shop. We have glassware, tea cups, Fenton, dishes and more. 

Our blue glasses/goblets are beautiful and can be used at a picnic or a 4th of July party. Add sparkling water or another beverage and celebrate!

When you think of red, remember that the pieces you choose can also be used for February and December. So, choose accent items that are fancy or neutral.  Need a bowl for the fruit or a salad.  We have red ones that will look beautiful on a table or at a picnic celebration.

As for white or clear pieces, we have many items to choose from.  They go perfectly with any color. So, if you need a platter, salt and pepper shakers, glassware or bowls we have many to choose from.

This month is a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends!

Don't forget to check out our sections at Great Lakes Antique-Boutique at 41055 N Route 83 in Antioch, IL.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers!!!  We have definitely had a lot of rain this April and May.  We are ready for flowers, butterflies, birds, and bees.

 After the long, dreary winter, bright colors and the light aroma of the flowers blooming are welcoming.  However, it’s possible to bring spring into your home throughout the year.  Anyone can enjoy decorating with flowers decorated on vases, mugs, teacups, and more.  There’s a flower design for everyone.

 Some of our favorite designs may be the hand painted Fenton glass vases.  There are so many different designs of flowers on our pieces of Fenton glass that everyone is slightly different.  Fenton also has painted many different flowers, so you should be able to find your favorite flower.

Not only does Fenton glass have gorgeous flower designs, but many of our other glass vases, mugs, teacups, and plates have gorgeous flower designs that may include other Springtime themes such as butterflies and hummingbirds.  Adding a touch of Spring to your home can be very easy and a lot of fun.  You can also decide to use some of our glass butterflies around your home for an additional touch of Spring.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Love France?  Love Farm Animals?  Maybe you’d love to consider redecorating your kitchen.

One theme you could use in your kitchen remodel is French Country.  This theme would require some roosters around your kitchen.

Why roosters for a French Country themed kitchen?  Because roosters were important to people living in the French countryside.  They were the people’s alarm clocks and were known to protect the other chickens.  Roosters are also an unofficial symbol in France.

There are many ways to go about doing a French Country theme.  One way is to include a lot of white washed cabinets with lots of natural wood showing through.  Another way is to create a more rustic feel.   You could even try a mixture of the two.

We have many different types of roosters for sale that would complement this theme.  It could be as simple as one or two figurines of roosters sitting atop a counter or a rooster painted on a plate.  There could also be more useful kitchen items such as a creamer that looks like a rooster or a butter dish with a rooster on top.

There are so many ways that you could use a rooster in your kitchen that do not need a remodel to a more French Country theme.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Shamrock Pottery

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, you might want to look into some Shamrock-styled pottery. Two companies that have created some beautifully crafted pieces are Belleek Pottery and Anysley China.

Belleek Pottery, which began trading in 1884, is located in what is now Northern Ireland. John Caldwell Bloomfield lived in the Village of Belleek where the company was created and where the company’s name came from. He found the materials necessary to create pottery, which prompted him to find people such as Robert Williams Armstrong and David McBirney, to get the company going. Belleek Pottery started off with just high quality domestic ware.  Belleek Pottery has created some amazing basket-weave Shamrock pieces to fit the lifestyle of Northern Ireland.

In 1775, John Aynsley began his dream of making pottery. His grandson, John Aynsley II, was the one to make Aynsley China reach new heights. This British company, which makes many different patterns of china, has made some beautiful Shamrock patterns that would spruce up any St. Patrick’s Day gathering.

Come in and see what Shamrock pieces we have to offer that will make your St. Patrick’s Day party the highlight of the day.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Decorations!

It is time to start decorating for the holidays.  Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendars are very popular, beautiful and enjoyed by little ones as well as admired by adults.  Not only can you put candy behind each door but you could put little surprises behind some or all the doors! The surprises could be small ornaments, small figurines or little notes for loved ones.

We also have Byers Choice items that are a wonderful addition to holiday decorations.  They hand crafted with care, beautifully made.  We have carolers, bakers and more! 

Lighted canvases are also a way to decorate your home for Christmas.  We have many different ones to choose from!  They also make nice gifts.  There are snow scenes, Christmas trees, skates, Christmas barn scenes, and more.  Some of the canvases are small enough to put on a desk at work or a table at home.

Hand-painted Christmas Fenton is also wonderful for the holidays!  There are many pieces with Christmas scenes painted on them to remind us of the holidays. 

For the little ones, children or grandchildren are delightful Woof N Poofs!  They are beautiful and decorative along with being huggable! Some are small enough to be a stocking stuffer!

Monday, October 31, 2016

For the Love of Orange

Fenton makes glass in different shades of orange.  We have candy dishes, pumpkins, fairy lights, pitchers, candle holders, vases and more in the orange colors.  We also have a huge estate collection of Marigold carnival glass.  Many different glass manufacturers were included.  in this massive collection, there are many European pieces. These are the perfect colors to have for fall home decorating.  

Don't forget to check out our fall Fenton cats for decoration.  The Alley Cat is one of my favorites.  It comes in many different colors.  So, if you are a cat lover this one is for you.  It comes in white, orange, green, blue and more.  They can be one color or hand-painted with many beautiful and unique designs.

We also have beautiful fall and holiday lighted canvases.  They add a little holiday feeling to your home. There are Halloween, Christmas, fall, barn scenes and more.  They can be hung up or put in bookshelves to add a little fun for the holiday season.