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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

Bookmark Cards : 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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Why such a name?!  "Mardi" is French for "Fat" and "Gras" is French for "Tuesday".  This holiday has some fun history too!

Mardi Gras originated with pagan Roman Carnival celebrations that took place in mid-February and celebrated the end of winter. It was extended from the Twelfth night after Christmas (January 6) to the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The day before Ash Wednesday, known as Fat Tuesday, is traditionally seen as a last day of revelry before Lent. Mardi Gras has been celebrated in Paris since the Middle Ages with parades and masked balls. The Mardi Gras tradition was exported to America in 1699, when French explorers settled at the mouth of the Mississippi River and established the city of New Orleans. New Orleans remained under French rule for much of the next century.

Since the 1870s, many objects have been tossed from floats. In the 1880s, the King of Carnival (Rex) began throwing inexpensive glass beads on strings to parade goers instead of medallions, the start of a tradition. These beautiful glass beads were grouped with almonds and coated in sugar and thrown along with other confections into the peasant crowds that begged for them on the side of the road. The beads were an instant hit and were soon adopted by all krewes (parade organizers during Carnival) to throw in their parades. Early glass beads were imported from Czechoslovakia or Japan. The first beads were all purple, green, and gold. The meaning of the colors was important: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. However, today you can find beads in all colors and featuring almost anything you can imagine: sports teams, food, flowers, rainbows, animals, smiley faces. Some beads even have flashing lights.

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

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While they're not made from Mardi Gras beads, these colorful beaded rings are fun and fancy and available at Wishful Living, located in Berthoud, Colorado.

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Sarongs - they are just one practical piece of fabric, beautiful too!

  1. Shawl
  2. Head Wrap
  3. Baby Sling
  4. Dress
  5. Superman Cape
  6. Long Skirt
  7. Head Wrap
  8. Dust Cover for Computer
  9. Doggie Sling
  10. Beach Blanket
  11. Wrap Top
  12. Lamp Shade Dimmer
  13. Tablecloth
  14. Wall Art
  15. Gift Bag
  16. Chair Upholstery
  17. Curtain
  18. Seat Cover
  19. Bedspread
  20. Bandana
  21. Sauna Wrap
  22. Room Divider
  23. Beach Bag
  24. Overnight Bag
  25. Valance
  26. Swimsuit Cover
  27. Head Scarf
  28. Costume
  29. Belt
  30. Picnic Blanket
  31. Mini Skirt
  32. Sash
  33. Beach Towel
  34. Bed Cover
  35. Pillow Cover
  36. Flag
  37. Shower Curtain
  38. Arm Sling
  39. Meditation Rug
  40. Yoga or Stretching Strap

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Working at Wishful Living during this holiday season has been a treat to see what treasures customers find to give to loved ones, family and friends. There are also so many gift giving ideas for teachers, co-workers and neighbors. If you are looking for some fantastic ideas of gifts under $10.00, come to Wishful Living as we have a variety of options! While some items include ornaments that are beaded or made of clove and iron, other gifts are beautiful mercury glass pieces and mosaic platters.

If you are shopping for a creative and artistic person, perhaps the box signs with unique sayings or journals with a variety of journal covers will stand out to you? I love the ebony wood hair sticks, wooden chickens and Lombok pottery from Indonesia. For the person who enjoys locally made products, we carry a variety of lotions, soaps and lip products made nearby Longmont, Colorado. A popular gift giving idea has been the beeswax candles and honey made in our hometown of Berthoud, Colorado.

If you are in search of an item for someone who loves to decorate their home, perhaps unique magnets, hanging signs or blue ceramic pieces will delight them? Jewelry lovers will enjoy the variety of beaded jewelry, bags and sachets available all under $10.00. Are you looking for something that offers fragrance? We have cinnamon bowls, clove boxes and delicious smelling 100% soy candles that can be found as you browse through this fantastic boutique! Dalmatian Jasper eggs, gemstone hearts and fossils are also a great find at under $10.00.

I cannot think of a better place to find a fantastic gift for under $10.00. Stop in and find your own unique treasure at a great price to give to someone special. The holiday season will be over soon, so hurry in for all of your gift giving needs. This store not only offers home décor and furniture, but also folk art, jewelry, candles, primitive art and rugs!

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We have finally entered the month of December where the countdown to Christmas is already under way. I have discovered the perfect gift giving store in Berthoud, Colorado called Wishful Living. With amazing treasures from around the world, and at fantastic prices, I can select gifts for each family member and friend knowing they won't find anything else like the items at this unique store.

When you walk into the store your eyes will delight at the beautiful display of mosaic pieces in a variety of colors! Whether you are looking for a large vase, bowl or plate, you will be amazed at the variety of this beautiful art work available from Indonesia! These mosaic pieces will surely light up any room they are displayed in and will make fantastic decor in any home!

As you continue to stroll through the store, you will find a variety of gift giving ideas, each unique and special. Some from countries afar, while other merchandise is from the United States. The owners of this amazing store travel to a variety of countries such as Indonesia, Guatemala and Thailand and import back beautiful merchandise to sell at this spectacular store. This store offers an eclectic selection home decor, furniture, jewelry, primitives, rugs, folk art and so much more.

We all have that one person who has everything and is so difficult to buy for. I guarantee you will find something for them while shopping at Wishful Living! I look forward to purchasing pebble and cement pots from Indonesia for my mother in-law who has a green thumb! My husband would get a kick out of the box sign that reads "In dog beers, I've only had one". My sister will appreciate the exquisite jewelry from sea shell rings to beautiful amber stone bracelets.

So as you begin making your list and checking it twice, be sure to check out Wishful Living in Berthoud, Colorado as you may just find a special treasure you never expected to find for everyone on your list. It is never too early to stop in and say hello to the kind staff and start your holiday shopping today! Don't forget to pick yourself up something wonderful too! After all, we must all treat ourselves every once in a while and smile at the gift that suits ourselves perfectly!

Cheers from Wishful Living's best customer (and employee), Tiffany.

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