Saturday, June 19, 2010

My Cloche Collection


I started collecting glass cloches over five years ago. I found my first one on Ebay and it was my favorite thing. It was huge like the one above, with an etched fleur de lis on the side. I set it on the round porcelain butter dish on my center island.

One day I heard it shatter and found it in a million pieces. My son's friend had tapped it to see if it would make a sound! No problem, I'll just find another.

I found this little one with etching, but finding a glass dome with a fleur de lis seemed impossible. Not even on Ebay.

I accumulated many glass domes over the years like the little one above.

But also expanded my collection to other materials, like this wicker one.

And this rustic pottery one. How cute is this? My friend Maureen gave it to me for my birthday!

I love this chicken wire cloche and can't wait to incorporate it into an outside tablescape.

One of my favorite vignettes with a glass cloche.

Eventually, my friend Maureen found this medium size cloche with an etched fleur de lis!
I was so happy! I put it on my kitchen island over a cake. 24 hours later is was cracked!

My son set it down on the cake knife and cracked it. I give up! At least it didn't shatter! It sits here with some of my many cloches. I keep my found bird's nests under them.

Because these cloches are some of my favorite things, I'm linking up to my friend Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday. Be sure to visit!

On July 16th, Marty is having another cloche party at A Stroll Thru Life! I can't wait to join her! Thanks Mary for hosting!

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46 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Those are lovely, and I didn't see the crack until you mentioned it. Have you ever tried etching glass yourself? I'm told it's not very hard, and you could do the fleur de lis on a sturdy one!! :D

Suzanne
thanks for sharing!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

My goodness, I think I would keep my son and his friends away from the cloches. I love the pottery one your friend gave you. Haven't seen one of those before. Love the fleur de lis one, too cracks and all. Have a great weekend.

Martina said...

What a great cloche collection you have.I too love using them around my house but you have some I've never seen before like that pottery one which is so pretty!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You have some really lovely cloches. I like the different materials! Great looking!

Mimi said...

You have an interesting collection of cloches...I love the wicker one.

Heidi said...

Hi Delores,
I'm envious. Those are all gorgeous. I have only one cloche, and would love to get more!! I like how varied your collection is - it's more fun that way!
Have a great weekend. I hope we can get together soon.
XOXO
Heidi

The Green Pea said...

You have a wonderful cloche collection. The different shapes are interesting. Have a nice weekend. sandi

Tamra said...

Oh I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that chicken wire cloche and the stand it sits on! GORGEOUS!!

Tamra
The Gilded Barn

Vintage French Hen said...

You have a wonderful collection of cloches, I'm jealous, because I have just begun to collect them and am finding them hard to find! Your home looks so nice! You must love living in the wine country, I love it there. My niece lives in Napa and is head marketer for Trinitas Winery. It's so relaxing there! Thanks for sharing, Marcia

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love all of your cloches. I am preparing our Summer Cloche party for July, so put your thinking cap on and let's have some fun. Hugs, Marty

Cathy said...

What a beautiful collection! I love the way you have them all displayed...gorgeous! My favorite is the chicken wire...I can't eait to see it in one of your wonderful tablescapes! Can you believe I only have one? I need to get with the program!

Enjoy!
Cathy

once in a blue moon... said...

that is so funny that you have fdl gremlins haunting you! i love your collection, i am always smitten with anything fdl too~ your crown is fantastic, makes me want to go shopping!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Very lovely cloches. I have gotten very lucky in my cloche hunting at the local Goodwill. I came away with a huge cloche one day for $4.99, serious, I kept looking over my shoulder in the parking lot like I was a thief!

Snappy Di said...

You know... every time glass shatters in this house it's the guy that has done it. They are just not good around glass for some reason.

Di

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Delores, You have a wonderful collection of cloches. I especially love the chicken wire cloche and the pottery one. I have one similar to the willow one and love it.
xo, Sherry

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have some pretty ones! Probably need to tell Son and friends to not touch glass in your home! :-D Seriously - Sorry it happened. :(
Enjoy your weekend.

Lori E said...

Yes, etch it yourself. Easy peasy. Then put an electric fence around it to keep you know who away from it.
I love the look of the birds nest in the cloche.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, you have not had very good luck with those fleur de lis cloches. However, I couldn't even see the crack in this one. I see that some are suggesting that you etch one yourself, which is what I was thinking while I was reading the post. That huge wire cloche is awesome, and I love that pottery cloche. Both of those are so unique and both are absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for linking your wonderful collection to Favorite Things Sat. (Hey! You were way ahead of us bloggers in this collection - why am I not surprised?) laurie

cityfarmer said...

I ADORE the wicker cloche!

I sold the same exact chickenwire and rusty platform sets at the nada farm barn sale
they FLEW out the door

Sonia said...

I have only started collecting cloches this past year..I had seen Martha Stewart's garden cloche's and just never thought about using them indoors...now I just love them and have started my own collection. Your collection is beautiful...I really like the wire cloche and could just invision how pretty it would be in a vignette in your garden.

Miss Bloomers

Joan said...

You have a lovely collection. I am fond of the wicker, wire, and pottery ones!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

You have the best taste, I always love your collections. I can not wait to see the guest bedroom, I know I will love it. I wish we lived close to one another... how much fun could we get into...

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

You have a wonderful collection of cloches! They all looks so pretty!

Kathysue said...

Delores you have such a wonderful array of Cloches I think my favorite is the rustic one. Even though you can't see through it , it is so interesting to me with its texture and patina and the color of glaze is wonderful, Can you tell I love it? Have a wonderful day today celebrating the Dads in your life, hugs Kathysue

xinex said...

oh so sorry about your fleur de lis cloche, Delores. Too bad cause it's such a beauty. Love the others too...Christine

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Delores! I'm also a cloche afficianado, although I don't have as many as you do {YET!!} I bought that same wire cloche and rusty base from Joy {Savvy City Farmer} at the Na-da Farm sale last month! It is sitting on my island and gives great importance to things like lemons, or votive candles or other not-so important stuff. For some reason, things just look better under glass {or chicken wire}! Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection with us : )
xx Suzanne

J. Is A Bird said...

What a fantastic collection.

I have a few myself, but none so large and diverse as yours. Now you have my imagination going.

I would love to have one of those big baby's hanging around. Alas with two small children about...it may be a few years yet before I'm tempted to tempt fate.

A Write Life said...

Oh, how sad. You have a beautiful collection of them though.

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I love your collection! I got my first one this year, just a little guy, so cute.
Off to read more posts, thanks for stopping over and following me!

Olive Cooper said...

The wire and pottery ones are my favorite ones of your collection and they might be more sturdy as well. olive♥

The Inspired Nest said...

Hands down my favorite! I love them all and if you are ever in need of finding them a new home, search no more. There is a lovely little home on the other coast ready and willing to love them!

Lavender Cottage said...

You have a nice collection of cloches and all artfully displayed.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Such lovely cloches...how I wish I had some really nice ones. And...you know how to fill them! I'm so jealous! :)
Mona

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love the one with the Fleur de lis! Sorry about the crack, all I can say is "...life with boys...".

xinex said...

You have the worse luck when it comes to eyches fleur de lis cloches, Delores. I love all your collection, they are unique...Christine

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Sigh, sometimes it's difficult to have pretties with children (and men) around. I seem to break the most though, go figure ! :))

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everyone of your cloches are stunning and you have created such fabulous vignettes. I am so thrilled you joined the party. Great inspiration and eye candy. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Sue said...

You have such a nice collection of cloches to decorate with. I may have to etch a design on one of mine. Never thought of doing that before. Thanks for sharing your pretties.
:-) Sue

someplace in thyme said...

So sad about the break and the crack, but what can you do. I think you have a great collection. I love them all, but the wire steals my heart, esp when there are bird nests involved. What beauty, Char

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a marvelous collection of cloches! Too bad about the cracks. Could you cut a fleur de lis design and put it on a cloche, then spray some of that matte spray paint (forgotten the name of it) to make another one? Or is the fleur de lis doomed at your house!

Katherine

awal.ny said...

I must say the wire one is my favorite and I would have loved to see what you would put in it.

Bonnie said...

I love all your cloches. I especially like the grouping with the birds nests with your garden in the background.

Everything you do is wonderful and I look forward to each and every post.

Dishfunctional Designs said...

Just lovely!
Laura

Sarah said...

A lovely group, Delores. I don't have any cloches because I don't really have a place for any. I did see one at Neiman Marcus recently that was pottery. It was really heavy though, so don't think it would be very practicle. ~ Sarah

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Jessica said...

Can you tell me where you got your chicken wire cloche dome?? I love it!

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