Friday, December 4, 2009

Aqua Blue Heaven Friday: It Takes Balls

(Vintage Christmas balls, that is. What did you think I meant? You filthy pig dogs. That's why I love you guys.)

Welcome to an apparently juvenile and low-brow Aqua Blue Heaven Friday! This week's theme is balls, if you haven't already gotten ahold of that. Ahem.

They're just so shiny. So magical. So...breakable. Seriously, I have dozens of these suckers and one false move and these things shatter like...I dunno...something that shatters easily. I've got no witty retort for that. Handle these balls with care and they'll give you a lifetime of enjoyment. (Hey-yo!) Break-ish-able or not, these vintage 50's glass ornaments really are purdy and look pretty fab on an aluminum tree!

Shiny Brite ornaments were a staple in most households from the 1930's, right through, well, today! Their heyday of popularity was from the war-era 1940's (when the ornaments had to be made differently, due to the war effort and shortages of metals) through the 60's, when you couldn't swing a bag of cats without hitting a Christmas tree in Any House, USA loaded with Shiny Brites.

Give us the balls, already!

Vintage Hand Painted Glass Ornaments available from the seller Do Not Destroy.

Vintage Set of 6 Shiny Brite Glass Ornaments, available from Collectors Haven.

Vintage Set of 24 Shiny Brite Glass Ornaments, available from Callooh Callay.

Vintage Set of 12 Glitter Glass Ornaments, available from Plantdreaming.


  1. Oh I love all these Shiny Brites! My mom used to buy the plain ones and put glitter and sequins on them herself--gorgeous and tacky (those ones I'm keeping). Anyway, thanks for featuring my balls!

  2. Oh yeah! The tackier the better! You can never have too much bedazzled stuff is my motto. (And you're most welcome!)

  3. love em and I agree the tackier and blingier (is that a word?!!) the better!!!

  4. I used to have a lot of these, but my balls have been getting busted for years now. I only have a few left from the 50's & 60's. I do still have a nice Shiny Aluminum Christmas Tree from the 50s though! Nice post :) Brought back some kool memories.

  5. I have a weakness for these puppies. Etsy has a great selection of them. I know. I spend a lot of time oogling them.

    We have a bunch from my MIL like that Callooh!

    Love your blog! Just followed it over here from Callooh's facebook page.

  6. i tend to go with color schemes on my tree each year and I'm a sucker for monochromatic schemes too... So, I'd have to say I like Calloh Callay's balls best out of the ones you featured here. Thanks for getting me all excited about gettin my hands on some balls! **snickers**

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! I'm such a sucker for anything Christmas, but the older the better. Thanks for feeding my addiction!
    Betty (have I mentioned I LOVE Christmas???)