Tuesday, October 4, 2011

collections: milk glass with kristi mcmurry


i just love seeing what folks are collecting. i guess i kind of feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their home. today, i'm delighted to present the next in the rikrak studio's collections series:  quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they're collecting, (apart from their art supplies! ) you can also check out my  *the collectors* series on Etsy, based on these posts! hope you'll just love vintage milk glass collecting with kristi mcmurry.
What’s the story behind your collection? 

I love the journey  this particular medley of objects traces – a mix of random thrift store finds, and meaningful pieces given lovingly & thoughtfully to the collector;  the magic of how a collection comes together creating its own history through the gathering process.


who (are you) : I’m Kristi McMurry, a web designer and photographer from Jackson, TN 

what (are you collecting) : all things milk glass

when (did you start) : it was around last summer. I stopped in a thrift store on my way to my boyfriend’s house (I pass it all the time, but just randomly decided to stop in) and saw two milk glass vases for 50 cents each. I thought they were so cute and really wanted to use them in my house! I started seeking out milk glass pieces from them on. 

how (many do you have) : I have about 50 pieces

where (do you find them) : antique stores, thrift stores, family members, and even my
Grandmamma’s boxes in my own attic!

where (do you keep them) : all over the house. I plan to use the tall skinny vases in my wedding reception someday

what (‘s a crazy/interesting story behind one) : The lamp that I’m posing with in the photo is one that a family member gave me at Christmas. It’s my step-dad’s mother, who has always treated me like I was her own grandchild. She wanted me to have something of hers, and since I was collecting milk glass, she gave me this beautiful lamp she’s had for about 50 years. I was SPEECHLESS. Pop, her husband gave me a very valuable camera (my other other collection) the same Christmas. They are both now two of my most cherished possessions because they were given with so much love. 

what(piece would you like to add): I would love a set of milk glass drawer pulls or knobs.

why (do you love them) : I love that they come in so many shapes and often have gorgeous detail. I also love that I can have tons of them without my decor seeming too busy!

which (one is your favourite) & why : My favorite is the lamp that I got for Christmas, but I also really love the tall pitcher that I got from another grandmother. 

what (else do you collect) : I also collect cameras, which was started when I inherited my grandfather’s cameras (can you tell I am really into collecting things from my grandparents?). My decor is a mixture of the milk glass and cameras. 


Wonderful! Be sure to visit Kristi’s fabulous photography boutique , where each photo tells its own whimsical tale. Brilliant! And check out her photo & fashion blog, too! 

kristi mcmurry


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  1. I love this!! Milk glass is the best. :)

    I'm a bit of a rock collector, and I have a little vintage bookmark collection too.

  2. I LOVE milk glass!! fun post!

  3. wonderful - ponder: love to see those vintage bookmarks!

    thanks- so nice to see you, kunkle!

  4. i love milk glass, too - although it's getting harder to find at the thrift stores here!

  5. I've noticed that too, Alex! Either people have stopped giving it away, or a lot more people are collecting! I guess it makes the thrill of the hunt more fun though :)

    Thanks for the feature here. I'm glad I could share my collection!

  6. such a beautiful collection! My parents have a beautiful oil hurricane lantern, made of milk glass, and it's a special thing in our family. I never knew it was called milk glass - lovely to learn something new! Thanks for this fun post!

  7. Oh wow ! just found your blog! How lovely!

    I collect buttons. But i collect anything that speaks to me, Ashtrays, little plastic babies, i think im just a hoarder in general - that's why i love the A collection A Day book so much.

    I just love Kirsti's collection of Milk glass. Makes me wanna start my own


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