Friday, March 27, 2009

What Is It, and Do I Want One?

OK. There are many things that I ponder about the blog world. One of which was, "What are those glass upside down vase things that everyone has on their site?" Why does everyone have them? Where do they come from? Do I need one? I feel like a fairly savvy decor kinda gal, but this one had me feeling like I had been living under a rock. Oh..wait..I have...a zero-scaped rock known as El Paso. Ha. Anyways.....So, I did some digging, and here is what I now know....these jar, bell, glass, cover, upside down, things are called...
Glass Cloche Bell Jar!!!! Definition please?????????????

The French developed the glass cloche, or bell jar, formed of a solid piece of glass shaped like a dome. The purpose was to protect an early garden plant from bleak cold and frost. This would hasten their crops to maturity. The Dutch and English expanded the idea with handlights, lantern style, faceted pyramidal covers made from glass panes and frames of cast iron.

Now, we know what the thing is. Why the big fuss??????????????? Let me show you......
This photo by Tara Frey says it all. Isn't that just the prettiest thing ever? I do believe so my friends. Let's see some more... the pumpkins in several cloches.
Sewing notions under still my heart!
Someone get me a towel. I feel like a dip in the ocean....ha.
Twigs...we all have twigs...right?

Now, cloches are not cheap. A nice size cloche seems to run around 35.00. A bit steep for my tight self. So...the photo above shows other glass options to use instead of the cloche to get the same look. I have the little vase on the front row in the middle. It was 1.50 at Wal Mart.

Most blogs seem to have these displays in an entryway or on a dining table or buffet. I love the entryway idea. After payday, I am going "junking" to see if I can't find me a cloche. Come fall, I too will have a plethora of pumpkins under glass in my military mansion. How about you?


  1. Ooo! How cute! The other thing I love about them is that the stuff inside stays dust free so all you have to do is dust the cloche! Well, unless you live in El Paso that is... nothing in that city is dust free. Thanks for sharing the name and background!

  2. a girlfriend of mine had her wedding bouquet preserved and then displayed in one of these. Fabulous!


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