Thursday, November 5, 2009

Marbles! - Show and Tell No. 2

selep-imaging marbles California-job-caseI haven't lost my marbles! In fact, I have collected them since I was a teen, when you could buy a jar for under $5.00.

Some of my favorite marbles are in an old California Job Case that I refinished, and covered with glass, and hung on the wall, before I had children, even. (More then 15 years ago...)

I spent hours arranging the colors in the little rectangles, which used to house printer's type. (Do you see the metal handle on the left of the wood cabinet? That is the drawers's handle.) This type tray (called a California job case by those in the know) would have been a long low drawer in a cabinet.

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I love the color, shape and sound of marbles, and loved playing with them as a child. I never played the "real" game of marbles as a child. Instead, we would roll them along the floor, knocking down blocks, and sometimes roll them down the stairs.

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I also have Jars and Jars of marbles.

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I'm guessing my marble display is a little dated now, (And I suppose my teal ragged walls are dated too!), but I have always loved my marble collection. I can no longer find marble jars with gorgeous marbles for under $5.00, though. :)
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29 comments:

Lenore said...

Wow!!!....this is very unique and interesting.
I don't think I've ever seen sooooooo many marbles in one place.
Thanks for sharing.

ramsam said...

That is an amazing collection! My boys would covet that collection any day. Beautiful!

Really Rainey said...

That's an incredible marble collection and a fantastic way to display them. Very creative! Its a collection and a work of art too! It really is beaautiful.
Have a wonderful week end!
~Really Rainey~

Keetha Broyles said...

I LOVE this!!! Makes me want to start my own collection.

Hootin' Anni said...

What a unique and oh so colorful collection! And I must say, I love how you've displayed them.


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Christina said...

Great collection. The colors and patterns are just beautiful. I love the plain greens ones too.

My son loves marbles, though he doesn't have a collection, he does have some favorites.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Wow! I've never seen a marble display like that. It could never be dated. Its perpetual. What a conversation piece it must be when folks first come to your home. Too cool!

Kate Bagley said...

I love your marble collection! It reminds me of playing marbles with my grandmother when I was a child! Nice memories! Thanks for sharing!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great collection. Thanks for sharing. I have a large old candy jar full of marbles, that came out of my Father's things except for a few that were given to me.

Claudia said...

Fantastic collection - it has such a graphic appeal the way you have arranged the colors. Really neat!

Jean said...

What a wonderful collection! The colors are really striking when all together. Jean

Lisa said...

You have lots of marbles! What a fun, colorful collection!

Mimi said...

Wow, that is one magnificent collection of marbles! Thanks for sharing.

LDH said...

What a bright, cheerful and delightful Show & Tell! I love the colors and feel of marbles too and your display is the perfect way to enjoy them.

Diann said...

What an awesome collection! And they look so pretty!

Jeanne Selep said...

Rosie said that my collection must be a conversation piece - One of the number one comments (by kids) is what happens if the glass breaks... I don't know, loud noise?

Leann said...

Love all the beautiful colors! It must be spectacular in person:)

Thanks for stopping by!
Leann

ALWAYS THE ABRAMYANS said...

Wow!! That is so different! I think marbles are so pretty. I love the way you displayed them....so creative and original! Thanks for sharing!! -April

Ally0005 said...

I don't think I have ever see that many marbles at once. WOW!

Delightful Perception said...

Incredible! I just saw something to get for my son for Christmas that was wood and had 9 different colors of marbles with shooters. My son isn't interested in the game at all either- He just constantly rolls them around on our new hardwood floors. Ugh... annoying sometimes but he enjoys them. They're great learning manipulatives as well (counting, colors, science, etc)

suelmayer said...

Now that's cool. I share your love of marbles but I absolutely love how you have these displayed. I won't comment on you losing your marbles though since I've already lost mine!!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a punch of color! I LOVE how that looks. I too love marbles. I have my fathers from when he was a child. The bag they they are in is still dirty from the schoolyard! LOL! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
HUGS!!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

What a fun way to display your collection!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Such a simple idea, but they look so gorgeous. I especially like the jadeite ones. I wish I knew where marbles like these can be found today.

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

Great collection! Very inventive use of the draw and I love it against your teal walls.

Leanne said...

I love your marble collection. That drawer is a perfect way to display them all. My boys would go crazy if they saw this. Thanks for sharing.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a perfect way to display your marbles. They look so pretty all lined up in the little sections. laurie

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

What a great collection! I love that you started the collection as a teenager! I remember playing with marbles when I was a kid. I never even see marbles anymore! I wonder if kids now even know about marbles???

Cassie said...

i love this - i don't think it's dated at all! what a wonderful and unique piece of art. all the colors are so neat!