Let’s Tumble Up! Vintage 2-in-1 Water Carafe & Drinking Glass

In light of Saint Patrick’s Day, I am featuring this sweet green Art Deco piece from the Audrey Would! collection. Learn a little about its roots and see how our modern day Audrey might incorporate this 2-in-1 piece into daily use.

This piece was made by the Dunbar Glass Co. out of West Virginia in the early 1930s-40s, and was called a  tumble up set. The small glass known as the tumble doubled as the lid. Today these sets are commonly referred to as bedside water carafes, and a hotel I recently stayed in actually had a set very similar to this one on each side of the bed!

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Glass Tumble Up Set

Dunbar Glass Co. was in business for 40 years, between 1913 and 1953. They began making household glassware in the 1920s; sadly the factory was later destroyed by fire, and as a result Dunbar glassware pieces are harder-to-find collectibles. This green tumble up set is one of Dunbar’s later pieces, but because of the fire is actually quite rare.

The more common tumble up sets were produced mainly in the 1930s and were typically made of pink Depression glass. These pink carafes usually had ridges around the body and base, with the tumbles matching the ridges in their design.

Dunbar Glass Pink Tumble Up Set


The design was later modified as you can see here in the green set.

Art Deco Dunbar Glass Bedside Water Carafe - Green

Notice there are no ridges at the base of the carafe, they are around its neck instead, and the tumble is without ridges at all. The newer carafes also had a pouring spout shaped into their rim, but the key design modification was in how the tumble fit the carafe as a lid. In the earlier sets the tumble fit over the outside of the carafe’s neck, but with this carafe you can see the tumble fits inside. This was a definite improvement in the design, because the tumble could be replaced after use and the water would not roll down the outside! If you look back at the pink carafe notice the difference in the rim and the tumble lid?

I can see how useful a tumble up set is for its intended bedside purpose, but how about our modern Audrey? How else do you think this Art Deco piece might be incorporated into today?

This is what I see…

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Tumble Up Set

Yes, I think this little tumble up set would be perfect at a desk. In today’s world we spend a lot of time at our desks, and staying hydrated is key.

But we also have modern technology that doesn’t play well with water as a contact sport!

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Tumble Up Set

I think with the tumble up set, our modern Audrey can have both.

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Tumble Up Set

What do you think? Is the 2-in-1 tumble up something you might choose to use at your desk?


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DIY: Turquoise Throw Pillows Revealed

If you read my post yesterday, you will know that I was sewing all the turquoise pillow covers I promised for Kaleigh’s room. In the end there are 5 turquoise covers in three different sizes, and they are 5 of 14 assorted covers that I promised to make.

Here they are displayed on Kaleigh’s bed.

The only one slated to stay on her bed is the long narrow pillow in the front. The rest have other spots to go…

Up next are the 4 gold damask pillow covers.

Do you have any projects to finish up before the kids go back to school?

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Throw Pillows & Bedroom ‘Before’

As we finish one DIY project for Kaleigh’s room, another is about to begin. So I thought it would be fun to give you a ‘before’ with all the pillow forms in place . The next time you see them they will be covered in the fabric Kaleigh has selected, which I showed you here.

Here is how we marked the pillow forms so I know what to cover each one with.

Can you tell this is a working list in progress?

Let’s start with the bed.

If you use the legend above you will see the three Euro pillows are slated to be beige burlap…

The two 16x16s in front of them will be in the gold fabric that is on the pine chest…

And then the long narrow 19×9 will be covered in the turquoise fabric.

Can you see the graduated colour of the turquoise? I think this will be really effective on the long narrow pillow.

You can see the pillows on the pine chest are also tagged. Here is a full shot of that area.

The pillows tagged in bright pink are slated to be covered in black burlap…

And the middle one in the turquoise fabric. They are stacked the way K thinks she wants them to be, but we’ll see how that goes once everything is finished. The poster, ‘A Fire Inside’ is Kaleigh’s long-time favorite band, AFI, and she wants this hung above the pine chest.

Are you keeping track of how many pillows have to be covered so far? If you counted 9, you’re right. There will be 14 in total, and here’s where the other five are.

These are going to be covered, three in the turquoise and two in the gold fabric, and placed alternatingly on the sofa.

This star might be sprayed out as well, but Kaleigh’s not sure what colour yet.

She’s thinking of hanging it in her ensuite, but she might opt to have it in her main space instead. So the colour decision will have to wait until the rest of the projects are completed for her room.

And then there’s the TV stand… and no, this isn’t it!

We have found the perfect piece and will be re-purposing it to hold the TV and conceal the PVR. It will be a major project for me, and a whole new blog post… or two! We’re really excited about this project and I can’t wait to let you in on the story behind it! Kaleigh will be working with me, so this will truly be a labour of love times two!

And on this wall we’re thinking of stacking the bulletin boards…

But we won’t know for sure until everything else is in place… well everything other than the TV stand. And we don’t know if we’ll be doing something fun and funky with the bulletin boards or not. Kaleigh already knows what she’s putting on them, and she assures me they’ll be fully covered!

So here is one more look into the room as it waits for each project to be completed…

We’ll be keeping an eye out for artwork and other things to complete the look, but next up are the pillows, all 14 of them, for re-covering! Am I crazy, or would you take on 14 pillows at once, too?

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