Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vintage Glass Floats [with a twist] ~

Lately, I seem to be mesmerized by all things glass. Glass bottles, glass pickling jars, sea glass... 

and now Vintage Glass Floats....


Back in November, I was at my favorite flea market... A vendor caught my eye with his basket of vintage glass floats... {At least I think they are vintage}... Some were blue, some were green and there were all shades in between. 

I've seen reproduction floats in some catalogs but never priced them.  This vendor was asking $20 for the large size which seemed like a great price... 

I'm okay with buying reproduction items from catalogs but not when the real thing is cheaper!

So, I decided to make an impulse purchase and bought this beautiful green float...


I liked this float because 
it had all sorts of bubbles in the glass 
and lots of imperfections... 
but most of all, I loved the attached rope.... 

All different sizes of rope 
are woven around my glass treasure...




It looks vintage to me... 
and for $20, I'm not too worried.









To be honest, as much as I love this float (and I do love it), I have had trouble deciding where to place it.... I have two teenagers, and a large dog,  not to mention Mr. AntiqueChase at my house... and I didn't want this this treasure to get broken. I was a bit concerned that my son (or his teenage friends) might pick it up and toss it like a football...


It seemed to be moving from room to room, looking for the perfect {safe} spot....  

and then it hit me!!

I had a old globe stand in the closet patiently waiting for my next garage sale...


Made of heavy cast iron but It was missing it's globe...




Great number details...


A fragment of the old globe workings still attached...


Charming claw feet...



I wondered if my old glass float would fit inside the antique globe stand...

and it did!

Could I marry the two pieces together??


I used the existing float rope 
and tied it to the stand...


Before, 
when the glass float was sitting on a table, 

it never really shined...

but now it glows in the sunlight!


I'm so pleased with the results...



I shopped my own house 
and created this unique piece 
with items I found at

the flea market (glass float) 
and an antique store (globe stand)...


So,
what do you think...

Masterpiece Theatre???? 
haha!

You saw it here first!!!


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94 comments:

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Wonderful marriage. Perfect!

Rachel Noelle said...

LOVE it! It is beautiful!! Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Lois@frugaldecormom said...

Super cool!

Carol said...

Absolutely stunning! Funny how those mixed marriages work out :-)

JunqueMagnet said...

Perfect!I love it when a plan comes together.Enjoy.

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

I was a bit unsure about your find to begin with but seeing them together has beautful results

Little Leslie said...

You fare brilliant! Perfect. And, those large floats are worth $100. I've been selling floats for years. All sizes and colors range from $10-small- to the large one you have. You got a great deal, and now it's priceless!
Have a great day.
Leslie

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Wow that was the perfect arranged marriage!

Marigene said...

What a perfect vehicle to showcase your float!

Mary C. said...

that is so pretty! I am very envious right now, will have to remember to look for these...

KATHY said...

That looks fabulous!! I really love it.

Kathy

Erin said...

Together they make an absolute perfect marriage!! Beautiful! :)

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Hiya Marcy....!

I hope this note finds you well Lovey....!

I am LOVIN' your 'float on a globe stand' combo.....!! What a FABULOUS combination....Now you need not worry that it'll be used as a footy by the kids.... :o) !!

I had to smile when I read about your globe stand.....I just so happen to come across one in the Hard Rubbish recently (minus the globe....** sigh ** ) & ONLY because I collect globes did I pick it up....It is just a PLAIN one & nowhere near as DELICIOUS as yours but I'm so glad I DID pick it up as your project has inspired me to find a use for mine....!

THANKS for the inspiration....!!!

Have a WONDERFUL weekend when it rolls around to your side of the world....!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Girl!!! This is absolutely PERFECTION!! I LOVED the glass float the second I saw it lying there and THEN you went and kicked it up a notch!! I SO love it!!! And with the light shining through it showing off all of it's unique imperfections?? I do not have the proper words!

You should write a book!!

I would buy it!~

Lou Cinda :)

Becky C said...

What a great idea! A perfect combination :) It looks so wonderful together. That is a really special find for a good price. Congrats on almost 500, girl ;)
Blessings
Becky C

Faded Charm said...

I think these two items compliment each other perfectly. I also think you got a great deal on that glass float for the size that it is. I see small ones for just a little less than that. The globe stand is pretty amazing also.

Great job!

Kathleen

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Marcy, it is perfect. I saw a bunch of those at the antique mall in Atlanta. I will have to check out the prices when I go back. I have been looking at those, but like you not sure where to put them.

Olive Cooper said...

Genius....that is a perfect marriage of the two. ♥O

Sylvia said...

MAGNIFIQUE!!! May they live happily ever after.

Sylvia

Honey at 2805 said...

Love this! Everything you do is so fabulous!

Kim said...

They're perfect together! I love it!!

Red Door Home said...

Both pieces by themselves are incredible - together they are spectacular! Love it!

Debra@Common Ground said...

wow, this is wonderful, I love the two "married"! What a great idea. it's really beautiful in the sun! So glad you linked up to VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Brenda Kula said...

Now that's just what I love to see! Marrying pieces to make something completely unique.
Brenda

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

A marriage made in heaven ... I hope they live happily ever after! Gorgeous ~ love that blue/green glass with the sun shining through it!

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Wow, sheer genius! I've wanted some of glass floats for the longest time but the ones I've seen are way too expensive. I wouldn't care if they were real or repro. By the way, I'm you newest follower.
Barb

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

totally and completely brilliant!! love it! You did get an amazing deal on that float- I saw smaller ones this past fall at an antique mall for $80. nice job!
You didn't miss my linky party! It's still going! :) It starts every Wednesday and I leave it open until Friday afternoon. Room makeovers, furniture transformations, and thrifty finds. Come on over!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life! I wish it was mine! Congrats on your big milestone!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a fantastic idea. I do beleive that is an older float. It has so many bubbles in it. ~~Sherry~~

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Marcy, The pieces were made for each other...perfect. I love the color of your float and it sure looks like an old one to me.
Great idea!
Hugs,
Sherry

BriarRose said...

Masterpiece Theatre is right! Marcy, these two pieces were meant for one another. Absolutely stunning. I did notice you said the globe stand was just waiting for your next garage sale. Have to tell you, if it is an example of what you have at garage sales....I will drive from Phoenix and wait in line. So please let me know a couple of days in advance. :) Have a great weekend!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Brilliant and stunning!

Jennifer said...

Seems we are watching the same parties and linking at just about the same time to each one! I've seen you at Chic on a Shoestring, Shabby Nest, and FIngerprints on the Fridge. So glad I clicked on your link b/c this is amazing! I've never heard/seen a glass float, but I probably would have bought one too. However, I would never have known what to do with it! This might be the coolest creation I've seen in a long time. Really nice job!
Jen
Scissors & Spatulas

shannon i olson said...

oh my goodness, that is a wonderful piece, never seen anything like it. And the globe stand???? could it be a more perfect match. fantastic!!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I think you are a genius! I love it, how cool, and one of a kind for sure.

Liz said...

Oh My Gosh! That is just about the most clever thing! Good Call!!!

~Liz

Lynn Richards said...

Hi, coming over from Feathered Nest!
I have to say, when I saw the globe stand I thought, "wow, how cool is that..." then when I saw the float in it, literally, my jaw dropped! It is gorgeous in the globe holder. PERFECT!!!
xo
lynn

Sue said...

Genius!!! It's perfect!!! You should like up to Sarah's Good Life Wednesday ay A Beach Cottage...this is definitely good life and beachy!!
http://www.abeachcottage.com/2011/02/good-life-wednesdays-pelicans-pools-a-loaf-of-bread.html

abeachcottage said...

Wow! They are perfect for each other. You are right, the glass float really shines with the globe stand. Lovely match!

doors_of_delight said...

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Along My Country Road said...

Perfect!

raniaclare said...

ingenious idea. i was going to say you should have hang it, until i saw what you did with the globe stand. i think they're perfect together.

Cindy said...

That's fabulous! How amazing that it all fit together... i love how the light shines through it now!

Cindy

AntiqueChase said...

Thank you all for these wonderful comments!

Lori R. said...

All I can say is WOW! It looks tremendous. What a unique piece you've created.

Lee said...

Love that idea! Great job. It really looks good together.
Love it!!!!!!!! Two thumbs up.
Lisa

Lisa Cash said...

Stopping by from Frugal Friday at Shabby Nest. Wow - I love this! What a great idea to combine the float and the globe holder. It really is gorgeous when the sun shines through.

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

That is the coolest!!! I love how the light made it change. How clever are you!! Loved it!

Auntie Bliss said...

I came yesterday and drooled here but didn't leave a comment yet b/c I didn't want you to see my tired/lame post LOL!
But! I do love what you did with your awesome float! I haven't EVER run across one in my travels but if I do.... ;)

Val said...

What a beauty!! You are brilliant, my friend!!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Thanks for linking this up, Marcy! Glad you joined the party :)

Paula Montalvo said...

What an awesome and creative way to display this!! Blessings <3 Paula

kathee said...

Hi Marcy, I love it!!! What a great idea...makes me want to take the old globe I have in the store and toss out the globe and keep the stand and go buy a float!! How fun girl...xokathee

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower. Love love love that glass float project. How awesome and original.

Jane said...

I love this! What a perfect use for the globe stand (which even on it's own is beautiful). The float is very cool, something I don't see here in Missouri! I just love the way the sun shines through it. A perfect piece of art!!
Jane

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

You are a genius!
You are so clever! I may have to copy this idea. Thank you for inviting me to your blog this evening. I will be a new follower!
I am having such fun this evening meeting and visiting with the followers and friends of my new friend Kim at SavvySouthernStyle. How kind that was for her to post such nice comments.
I am getting quite a quick lesson in how to find fabulous blogs this evening, and yours is one of them! Looking forward to watching your posts. Love your dining and living room by the way.
:)

~Mary said...

Love your glass float, and what a great idea to use the globe stand. You have a lovely blog and I'm glad I found you. I really enjoy your pictures and have a love for all the same types of vintage items you have shown.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

And it just could not be any more perfect than that!

LOOOOOVE your old float!!!
And it looks like an old one, too.

xo

Meg said...

Wow! I've never heard of a glass float before! It looks wonderful in your globe stand. I would be worried my knot wouldn't hold! I'm sure yours is tight and perfect. Great idea!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That was a great price for that float! I love that you put it in the stand and it now can sparkle with the light. Beautiful!

Butterflies & Seashells said...

Brilliant idea! I love it!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love love love it!!!
It found the MOST PERFECT spot!!!
XOXO
PS...thanks for your e-mail- I hope you know I think the world of you :)

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Dropping in from VIF, so nice to meet you! The combo is fantastic, kudos! You must drop by my Do You Toile? Party on March 2nd!

Cheers, Kathleen

Kamichia @ Glass Float Junkie said...

I happen to collect & sell glass fishing floats. It's actually my passion! That's a nice, authentic float & you got a good deal on it. It's Japanese & at least 40 years old!! That's a great way to display it. Having over 300 in my collection, I am always having to be creative with ways to showcase them throughout my house. I don't have anything like what you have, but it gives me an idea on what I could potentially do!

BTW...I found you on Funky Junk Interiors!

Kamichia @ Glass Float Junkie

Stephanie said...

LOVE your glass float Marcy! I think it was a great price and how awesome that you thought of the globe stand and it worked perfectly!

Laura said...

What a clever idea. The glass float captures and reflects the light beautifully now, it looks like a different object altogether.

Pam said...

What a great idea! I have never seen one of those floats in person before. I'll have to be on the lookout for one.

Mary Kay Andrews said...

Such a serendipitious match-up! I have an old glass float--complete with barnacles at our beach house, The Breeze Inn on Tybee Island, GA., but mine is just sitting on a bookshelf, hiding it's magic. Now I'll see if I can't steal your idea and find a globe stand!

freckled laundry said...

Gorgeous!

Inspired by you said...

I'm absolutely in love with it!!!

Sarah said...

What a great way to display it! I bought my grandmother a (smaller I think) reproduction one of these for her birthday.

shabbylisaw said...

This is soooo cool. I can't believe the two go together so well. Great way to work it into your decor.

Nana Moon Shop said...

Beautiful marriage! I love antique floats, yours definately looks vintage! For $20 I think you got a real steal.
~Danylle

Erin said...

i am a brand new follower! I was seriously inspired by your photography, your creativity and everything in between. Thanks for taking the time to post. I am just starting my own blog, and I love to see what others are doing with their own. Thanks again for doing such a beautiful job!
http://alittlesomething2.blogspot.com/

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely love this!! What a fantastic idea and it came out just darling! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Dear Lillie said...

Wow - that turned out beautiful! What a find!

Lori Lucas said...

Wow. I thought it was beautiful when you first showed it, then it became absolutely perfect. LOVE it. Lori L

Allison Shops said...

Great idea! I love floats and collect them myself:

http://www.atticmag.com/2010/01/glass-fishing-floats/

The globe stand has great details. Nice find!

Dropping by from Met Monday. Hope you'll come see the dollhouse repurposed as laundry room shelf.

Allison
Atticmag

Elizabeth Ann said...

This is fantastic!

Elizabeth Ann

SHERRY HART said...

One word....Brilliant!

mississippi artist said...

Just georgeous! I collect glass balls and fishermans floats-old and new. I have tons of them,you have given me an isnpiration on displaying them. I just love to "marry" old items together.

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

WOW! That was meant to be for sure:)
XO,
Sarah
*Found you from Bonnie's House of Grace Twice Owned Party

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is really awesome! I love glass floats and have them on my wish list! What a great idea you had! ♥

bikim said...

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gorgeous photos!
happy day!
Rosa

Kathy said...

You've started something - I was thinking before I got to the part about the globe stand that it would be beautiful suspended somehow - you had the perfect somehow!
Wow!
Kathy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Marcy, thanks for linking this to WUW!

Sayrahk said...

I love glass floats too! Yours is a real treasure. I have @ 50 of them spread about my house and garden. I love how you hung it from the vintage globe stand, it really shows it off.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Marcy, this is A.MA.ZING!

oxox
Jennifer

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

love the piece you created . i awarded you the
stylish blogger award. please stop by and accept...

Crisp Interiors said...

I just found your blog and LOVE IT!
What a gorgeous way to use your fishing float!
Hope you'll stop by Crisp Interiors sometime soon.
-Emily Knotts
Crisp Interiors

Jane Doe said...

I love it! The float with the globe stand is beautiful! I just found your blog and I am having fun reading back through all your posts.

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Love this! How serendipitous!

for the love of a house said...

I LOVE this!!! thank you for the link, and your comment!!
I'm seeing an obsession.... I mean "collection" coming on!

joan

once in a blue moon said...

at the risk of being overly redundant here... I LOVE THIS!