Thursday, December 31, 2015


The winter is fast approaching after this last burst of fall!  Which means getting out our sweaters, coats, and all other things to cover up and keep warm.  However, covering up doesn’t mean you can’t add a dash of color to your wardrobe!

Winter is the perfect time to look into wearing gorgeous shiny earrings, a pin for a coat, sweater, hat or other jewelry such as necklaces.  Jewelry is something to perk up your spirits a bit till spring comes to warm us up.

At Wilmot Heritage and Antiques, we have many different jewelry pieces.  There are many necklaces to look for in our cases in all different sizes.  You may find a wonderful bracelet as well.  You can also check out our Fenton glass beads which can add a gorgeous bit of color or some personality to your jewelry.  They fit Pandora bracelets as well.  If you do not have a Pandora bracelet, we have Fenton ones you will love. There are many different items in different price ranges that will be perfect to help dress up those sweaters that you are probably wearing at this time of year.

Plus, necklaces and bracelets are a fabulous idea to tell your husband or significant other to get you for Valentine’s Day which will be fast approaching.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Hallow's Eve, Cats!

Have a love of cats? Want to display your affection for these felines in the elegant way? Many people love to decorate their homes with animal figurines and the most popular of them are cats.

Fenton cats are beautiful and tasteful. Our favorite of course is the Alley Cat. Fenton Art Glass founded in 1905 is well known for its beautiful Alley Cat. The Alley Cat has an elongated neck, tilted head, and loveable animated grin. The Alley Cat comes in many colors, sometimes it is hand-painted, often has glitter and are loved by many cat lovers.

Playful kittens, curious cats and Happy Cats have also been included in Fenton’s cat figurines. Sometimes the cats are black or orange for Halloween. Many of the cats are painted with Halloween designs. Others are hand-painted to show the playful side of cats. Some cats are made from Slag glass. Slag glass can resemble marble cake. Usually there are streaks of different colors in the figurine.

Unfortunately, the beloved Alley Cat will no longer be made. So, the Alley Cats will be treasured by many. If you have one you are lucky!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


 Scarecrows have been around for a long time helping farmers scare away birds and pests.  In the United States, scarecrows are usually dressed in old clothes and can be seen with corn husk hair. Farmers across the world have used these scarecrows, though the materials used to create them may be different.

 In time, scarecrows have even been used in books and movies. The most common reference of scarecrows in the literary sense is the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. He wanted a brain, but was still willing to help Dorothy find her way home. A scarecrow, or "Turnip-Head", has even appeared in Howl's Moving Castle, which is based on the book of the same name by Dianne Wynn Jones. This scarecrow is actually a prince, but he is turned into a scarecrow and acts as an ally to the main character.

Woof & Poof have created a set of plush scarecrows that can be allies to children or even an ally of decoration around the house. These may be perfect around Autumn-time. Woof & Poof have created by both male and female scarecrows.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Beauty of Flowers

There is magic in what we see as written by Robert Frost.  Luckily, we are still enjoying the beauty of the flowers and warm weather.  Soon we will be able to enjoy the array of colors seen in the leaves changing.  

Leaves Compared With Flowers - Poem by Robert Frost

A tree's leaves may be ever so good,
So may its bar, so may its wood;
But unless you put the right thing to its root
It never will show much flower or fruit.

But I may be one who does not care
Ever to have tree bloom or bear.
Leaves for smooth and bark for rough,
Leaves and bark may be tree enough.

Some giant trees have bloom so small
They might as well have none at all.
Late in life I have come on fern.
Now lichens are due to have their turn.

I bade men tell me which in brief,
Which is fairer, flower or leaf.
They did not have the wit to say,
Leaves by night and flowers by day.

Leaves and bar, leaves and bark,
To lean against and hear in the dark.
Petals I may have once pursued.
Leaves are all my darker mood. 

Vases and candle holders can be small and beautiful!!!  Add a small vase with flowers or a lighted candle holder to your table!  These pieces of Fenton are hand-painted with beautiful flowers in soft colors.  They add a little color to any room and are small enough to fit on any table top.  I love changing up my rooms with little touches that make big differences.  These are just a sampling of what you can find at Wilmot Heritage Antiques & Gifts in Antioch, Il.
Under the vase and candle holders are handmade doilies.  In the store you will find many different colored doilies to choose from to add a little beauty to the glass pieces and some protection for your furniture. They add a feminine touch to any d├ęcor.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mother's Day Gifts

It’s almost May!  Time to see if the April showers bring May flowers.  The weather has been amazingly nice overall.  We have lucked out this Spring.  And speaking of May, Mother’s Day is just right around the corner.  Do you know what you are getting for your mother?  Or are you a mother yourself and would love to have an idea to suggest to your children or significant other?

With the flowers in bloom, the perfect gift for Mother’s Day is definitely a vase to hold a beautiful bouquet.  Fenton has gorgeous pink frosted, blue glass, burmese vases and more with intricate hand painted designs that would please any mother. 

Or if a vase and flowers isn’t quite right, there are always glass bears, birds, and turtles that are painted with detailed flowers.  This would bring a smile to any mother on Mother’s Day.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Snowmen Fenton

Snowmen are enjoyed by the young and the old in the winter. Instead of having to make your own snowmen that will melt with the warm weather, Fenton has some bright and cheery glass Snowmen. The snowmen, while made of white, have red, blue, green, and orange painted on them to give a fun and joyful look. Many of the snowmen have either striped or polka dot scarves. The big snowmen are fairy lights, which creates a warm glow when the candle is lit from within the glass. The smaller snowmen and snow ladies are figurines that can be used as paperweights or just as decorative pieces to display a bit of fun in the winter.   

When life gives you snow make snowmen!  Or at least enjoy them in your home.
Helen H. Moore
"Snowflakes falling
Thick and fast,
Build a snowman
Make him last . . .
Snowflakes falling,
Swirling, slow,
My snowman melted -
Where'd he go?"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter Themed Fenton

Blue and white are two of the most common winter colors.  Fenton has some beautiful blue and white winter-themed pieces that are pretty to display in any room. Some of the pieces are great for displaying flowers. All of these pieces have been painted to depict a snowy wintery scene. The scenes can be enjoyed on vases, animal figurines, candy dishes, trees, and even small glass baskets made by Fenton.
The vases are great to hold flowers, whether real or fake.  The vases can hold winter themed bouquets or even flowers that will bring a splash of color to the room. 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know. 
His house is in the village, though; 
He will not see me stopping here 
To watch his woods fill up with snow. 

My little horse must think it queer 
To stop without a farmhouse near 
Between the woods and frozen lake 
The darkest evening of the year. 

He gives his harness bells a shake 
To ask if there is some mistake. 
The only other sound's the sweep 
Of easy wind and downy flake. 

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, 
But I have promises to keep, 
And miles to go before I sleep, 
And miles to go before I sleep.