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Milk glass has been around since the 16th century, but the term itself was coined in the 20th century to describe the opaque white, pink, and the ever popular green color.

France was the first place milk glass came into vogue, and 19th-century French milk glass is highly collectible today. By the early 1900's, milk glass was a symbol of the style and taste of American households enjoying the fruits of the Gilded Age. These privileged individuals filled their homes with milk glass produced by 19th-century U.S. glass manufacturers.

Milk glass has been in constant production for so long that collectors have many items to choose from. One of the largest producers in the twentieth century was Westmoreland Glass of Grapeville, Pennsylvania; its factory closed in 1985. Only a handful of companies still manufacture milk glass, including the well-known Fenton Art Glass Company of Williamstown, West Virginia.

Prices can range from just a few dollars to several thousand. However, because few American manufacturers marked their glass, it can be difficult to tell when, where, or by whom a piece was made. An old, rare piece of milk glass can fetch several thousand dollars, while a charming hobnailed butter dish can be bought for $10. Some older milk glass contains quantities of lead and will ring like a bell when tapped, and may also display brilliant colors around its edges when held up to the light. But newer milk glass certainly has its selling points: it's plentiful, undervalued, and so sturdy that you can put it in the dishwasher.

At Wishful Living we have reproduction green milk glass available, ranging in price from $10 to $28. Stop in and see our selection! We're open Monday through Saturday in historic downtown Berthoud, Colorado.

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Mercury Glass at Wishful Living

Mercury Glass at Wishful Living

Mercury glass, also known as silvered glass, has been popular throughout Europe and America for nearly 200 years. It contains neither mercury nor silver - it's actually clear glass, mold-blown into double-walled shapes and coated on the inside with a silvering formula, which is inserted though a small hole that is then sealed with a plug. First discovered in early-19th-century Germany, mercury glass was used as an inexpensive and tarnish-free substitute for silver in objects such as candlesticks and doorknobs. It then gained favor in France and England, where it was made into useful household wares like vases and goblets, and in America, where it was turned into glass vases, goblets, tankards, tumblers, and even spittoons. Some critics condemned it for "looking too much like mirror and too little like silver," which is exactly what people liked about it. At worst, mirror attracts a few glances, while genuine silver attracts thieves. Appreciation for the inexpensive baubles rose, until the advent of the light bulb, in "modern" light, no burglar would mistake glass for silver. Known as "poor man's silver" in England, mercury glass provided an inexpensive alternative to the silver that furnished the houses and churches of the wealthy.

At Wishful Living we offer a variety of inexpensive mercury glass pieces. The picture above shows votives ($5.00), jars ($8.00) and the square box with lid ($14.00).

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Timer candles at Wishful Living

"There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle"- Robert Alden

Placing a burning candle in one's window is a common tradition that dates back to colonial times. Candle light often evokes the warmth of home and family. The candle was often placed in the window when a member of the family was away. The lit candle was also placed in the window as a sign of good news or as a beacon to weary travelers. Candles also represented friendship and were seen as a sign of welcome to others. In early America, homes were often miles apart. The sight of a candle in a window from a distance was a sign of "welcome" to those wishing to visit.

At Wishful Living we have "timer" Tapers and Pillars, a battery operated candle that turns itself on for 6 hours, off for 18 hours, and turns itself on again for 6 hours and so on. They are a great addition to any holiday decor, or any time of year.

Stop in and see us in festive Berthoud, Colorado!  We're open daily through Christmas with extended hours.

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With the 60th annual Berthoud Day fast approaching, I cannot contain my excitement!  It will be a busy day for us at Wishful Living. Our store has so many amazing items to offer including jewelry, candles, antiques, body care, furniture and great home decor from all over the world! Come check out the store and be inspired while you shop for your home and garden!

~Tiffany

Berthoud Day : Wishful Living

 

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"I have no plans to grow old gracefully; I plan to have face lifts until my ears meet." - Rita Rudner

Bookmark cards are the perfect gift for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries - and for no occasional at all!  Stop by Wishful Living, located in Berthoud, Colorado, to see all of the funny (and a few serious) bookmark cards.  They can be personalized with a message on the back from you.  The lucky recipient of the card can use it as a bookmark, hang it on the refrigerator or simply display it in their home or office - and then they will always think of you!

~Tiffany

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I have always been the romantic type. I look forward to flowers for special occasions or for no occasion at all!  Flowers are beautiful, so can you blame me?  I started working for Wishful Living in Berthoud, Colorado about a year ago and was surprised to see paper flowers in the store for sale.  They are rich in texture and color, come in various sizes and arrangements and they actually appear to look very real!  The best think about these flowers is they require very minimal dusting.  Many customers comment on how they cannot believe the flowers are not "real".  These flowers will decorate and delight any home.  I now ask my husband to give me paper flowers rather than real flowers.  Come check these pretty flowers out for yourself!

~ Tiffany

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As many of you know this crazy Colorado weather has it's moments of being sunny, snowy and windy all in the month of May. One of the unique items Wishful Living offers for sale are what we refer to as, "pebble pots". They were handmade in Indonesia, as are heavy so they can stand up to the strongest winds. These pots will make for a beautiful display in your yard or garden and won't tip over and damage your pretty flowers during one of our crazy weather moments. Come check out the variety of sizes and shapes we have available!

Pebble Pot : Wishful Living

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Are you looking for a statement piece of jewelry that is unique and different from anything else?  Look no further!  Wishful Living has amazing jewelry from Turkey, Indonesia, Guatemala, Nepal and beyond!  Come visit our store located in Berthoud, Colorado and you'll be fascinated by our great selection and thrilled with our low prices.

~ Tiffany

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There are few places left in the modern world where ancient traditions of textile art still thrive. Among these are regions within the Far East, central Asia, and South and Central America.

In Central America the legacy of the ancient Mayans lives on among its descendants. Cotton was an important crop among the early Mayans, essential to the weaving process. Colors derived from mineral and vegetable substances were ground in stone mortars and used to dye the fibers prior to weaving. Along with the early methods of spinning and dyeing, the Mayans perfected a simple technique of weaving still used today.

Dress performs a major function in Mayan culture beyond practicality and protection; it serves to immediately identify one as belonging to a specific tribe or community. A certain headdress, for instance, would signify marital status. Decorative colors and details on a traditional huipil (blouse), would identify a specific village. While some designs have disappeared over time, new ones have been added and many of the motifs found today are from pre-Columbian times. Mayan weaving is a celebration shared between an entire group, and although each village has its own colors and patterns, each work also bears the highly personal touch of the weaver who created it. Contemporary Mayans, like their ancestors produce brightly colored designs rich in history and meaning. Often a single garment takes between two and three months to create. Weaving is a great source of pride for the men and women of Guatemala. Unfortunately, many Mayans have had to give up their weaving heritage for survival reasons.

At Wishful Living, we have an outstanding collection of Guatemalan textiles, huipils, cortes, fajas, and other beautiful hand-loomed works of art. These pieces need to be seen to be appreciated. The amount of hand work on a single piece renders it a piece of art to be displayed and admired. The bright colors and ancient motifs will liven any room and make you smile as bright as the Mayan sun.

Read more about Guatemalan textiles at Little Mango Imports.

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Stack of Old Mayan Huipiles at Wishful Living, Berthoud, Colorado

 

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Downtown Berthoud, Colorado : Wishful Living BlogWelcome to Berthoud, the Garden Spot of Colorado! There are over 300 days of sun annually and the town is home to just over 5,000 people. The town of Berthoud sits conveniently between Denver and Ft. Collins in Northern Colorado, 4 miles west of I-25 on Highway 56. The town has been in its current location for more than 125 years. It was originally built on the Little Thompson River and railroad route. However, after the rail company complained of the difficulties of the locomotives to climb out of the riverbed, the tracks and town were moved approximately 1 mile north from the river and this is where Berthoud currently sits today.

Berthoud is a quaint small town with wide tree lined streets, and dozens of original Victorian homes up and down the many blocks that make up the downtown. Berthoud has several parks, a public swimming pool, and a local farmers market during the summer. Berthoud Day, the first Saturday in June, kicks off the summer with a parade down main street, as well as activities and events all day throughout the town for young and old alike. Community events take place during the year and are a big draw for the whole town to participate in and enjoy.

Berthoud boasts some of the best small town shopping to be had. Fun, original shops with something for everyone. Wishful Living, an eclectic selection of merchandise from all over the world. Simply Shabulous, a antique store with a Shabby Chic flare. Indigo Sky carries local artisan made items and antiques. Berthoud has a quilt shop, an antique and imported rug shop, a clothing boutique, and much more. When you are tired from shopping, you can stop in at the award winning City Star Brewing for a pint of their gold medal micro brews. How about a frosty mug of A&W Root Beer at the local drive up? Berthoud is also home to a world class day spa, Brookside Gardens, offering a full menu of spa and salon services. At the end of a fun and relaxing day you can stay at the Berthoud Inn, the local bed and breakfast. The rooms are all unique, comfortable, and the breakfast consistently get rave reviews by their guests. Did we mention food? How about Nonna Bella for Italian? Titos or Mi Cocina for Mexican? Brick Oven is an excellent small pizzeria, and the Whistle Stop, Derby Grille, and Grandpa's Cafe offer great all-American food choices. Come, relax and spend the day in Berthoud with friendly, small town hospitality, you will be glad you did.