A Passion for Door Knobs

A passion for door knobs.  Not just any door knob, how silly would that be?  My passion is for glass door knobs.  Old ones, of the vintage kind.

It started while rummaging through an antique store.  There it was, just one.   The light, reflecting off the glass, caught my eye.  I fell in love with a door knob!  Before I left that store I had a collection of two!

Two do not make a collection

I brought them home, my collection of two.  And what are you going to do with those, my hubby asks?

Well this week, several years later, I can answer him.   I’ve been shopping on eBay!  I’m going to have a collection.  A real collection!  One day  I will think of something very creative.  They will be used to hang curtains,  towels, or something that will make you think I’m very smart…

But for now, they will reside in this glass jar…

Knob JarWith one knob placed just outside the jar …

Closeup 2

…and maybe a bit of the old hardware close by…


I’ve created a vignette!

Crystal Beauties

Can you see why I love them?

What’s your passion? What do you collect that I might need want to collect?

Kiss, Kiss

Anyone out there collect lambs?  I do!

Don’t forget to enter Pat Sloan’s apron contest.  I’ll be the judge on Sunday!  Post that apron now! You could be the lucky winner!!!



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  • fiberdoodles - The door knobs are very nice but the lambs are too cute!


  • Jan - I collect bunnies and fabric ;) of course.ReplyCancel

  • Joy - Love the lambs … I just made 2 really cute ones, they're on my blog :o). I used to collect teapots, but now I've run out of room. I still love English China … but again, running out of room. Maybe I should collect something smaller ;o).
    Joy :o)ReplyCancel

  • jacqueline - Those gladd knobs are pretty! i collect fabrics and buttons. :) Have a lovely merry happy weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Kathie - I collect FABRIC and quilt books of course!
    I love looking at all the doorknobs at Anthropology
    have you seen their collections?

  • Kaaren - I collect lambs and sheep. As a matter of fact, our guest bedroom has a lamb/sheep theme. My prize lamb is an vintage Steiff with blue glass eyes.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Those doorknobs are just fabulous! I love the way they shimmer.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Not strange at all. I LOVE glass doorknobs. My grandmothers entire house had them. When she passed away my mom replaced the glass knobs. Also her cabinets has the little glass knobs. My mom knows I want all of the glass knobs…for my own house one day.

    I absolutey LOVE vintage buttons, rick rack, and wooden spools. My collection keeps growing.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - I have one door knob, too. It cam from the house I grew up in and I love it. There is a pink one on the powder room door at the house still, maybe someday I can convince my mom to part with it!ReplyCancel

  • Diva Quilts - I love vintage glass doorknobs too! And I love your jar of them – so VERY pretty!

    I don't collect lambs, but a friend of mine, whose last name is Lamb, does. I think your little lambs are beautiful – in fact, I want a set – because they're beautiful and because they represent the inter-racial marriage of myself and my Beloved Spouse. :)ReplyCancel

  • Diva Quilts - Oh, and as to what I collect… Fabric of course! ;)

    (And the local alley cats, and broken-hearted teenagers of all genders, dust bunnies [of the behind-the-dressers genus], stray bits of songs from the 40's, 50's and 60's, and for some reason, notepads seem to flock to me.)ReplyCancel

  • ranette - I also have a collection of glass door knobs that started years ago. But fabric is what I really collect now and quilt books too I guess.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I like to collect small cream pitchers. I don't want the matching sugar bowls–just the pitchers. Silly, huh?ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - You should come to our house. It was built in 1928 and all the door knobs are glass ones. Complete with the accompanying hardware. :DReplyCancel

  • pink-petal-designs - your door knobs look lovely in that jarReplyCancel

  • Dawn Heese - I collect washboards. My favorites are the small lingerie boards.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - You have the best collections! I don't think I really collect anything ('cuz then I have to dust around it. This is too sad isn't it? Ha! Ha!) But everytime I see something wonderful that other people collect, I want to collect it too. I do love china, but who has enough room for that???

    Love your glass knobs & the lambs, and all of your bunnies, etc. etc.!ReplyCancel

  • The Winn's - The lambs are sweet! I collect fabric, ofcourse, but I also have a small collection of roosters around the house. They all have "redneck" names, and my kids love them.

    Oh, yeah, I also collect little kids, I have four so far!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - Your door knobs are like jewels. Your collection reminds me of Aunt Clara from the show Bewitched, she too loved her door knobs! I love to collect cows and of course material.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - A few years ago I bought some glass doorknob shower curtain hooks on sale at Anthropologie. I had no need for them in a bathroom so I used them to hang curtains in my bedroom. Oddly enough, that really worked and I don't feel like my bed is sitting in the bathroom. Which is a good thing.ReplyCancel

  • Melody - Oh, I love glass doorknobs. Pottery Barn had a lovely bed frame a while back with glass knobs on the posts. My brother has a place just inside the kitchen door to hang your coats and things on a row of glass door knobs. You have tempted me to start a new collection. I love to collect over sized sewing notions. I have three giant pairs of scissors, a giant thimble and a giant button so far. I also have a small collection of lambs. Not to mention allot of buttons. Then there is my out of control fabric, pattern and book collections. Oh yea, I also have a couple of charm bracelets one of which is severely overloaded. I am sure I am forgetting something…ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Love your door knob collection! Displaying them in a big glass jar is brilliant. They look like gigantic diamond rings.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca's Roo, - Your door knobs are just lovely.I love going to antique stores.
    I collect Angels, I have them all over my house & leave them out all year long. I also collect vintage hurricane lamps. I make sure they are in working orders, because I love to see them all lit in the evening.ReplyCancel

  • cynthialeedesigns - I love your collection of old glass door knobs!
    My biggest collection is of old white water pitchers and I have a collection of small sewing scissors that hang on two tiny peg racks in my work studio.

  • amber johnson - Oh my gosh. I love them just the way they are ~ in that little glass jar. Beautiful! I may have to start collecting those now too! I collect white pitchers and I guess you could say I collect white/cream dishes as well.

    I'm using your green and white small polka dot fabric right now for some sashing and am loving it! It adds just the right brightness to a pattern I'm designing! So excited! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Tudy - I collect old or newer light green glass bottles. Maybe the light that reflects off them has me too.

    I love your knob collection and in the glass jar is great too.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - It must be so much fun to walk through your house and see all the marvelous collections you have from pink bunnies to glass door knobs. My weakness is baskets and quilts. I have baskets everywhere. SueReplyCancel

  • gloria g - Strawberry cookie jars, 65 last count! Fabric, quilts, dishes – with strawberries and I just love colanders! Isn't that a weird one. Bunnies too and kitty cats. Live ones. Just love them.ReplyCancel

  • julia - Hi Anne,

    I bet your husband is glad that you're collecting only the door knobs, not the vintage door itself!
    But….I have seen an old door on a blog, beautifully draped over a sofa & told my boyfriend I *neeeed* one too. Or an old window frame.

    I tend to collect big(ger) things: furniture…antique (but not only!) chests, chairs, dresser from the flea market…the only problem is, that I haven't got room for every treasure I *neeeeed*.
    There are some small things, too: heart-shaped stones (or beautiful stones found at the beach in general, *g*); old sewing spools & tools; and of course fabric!

    I always told myself that I won't collect anything because my mother was really good in that – well, I think in the end I'm more like my mother than I thought ;o).

    Hugs, JuliaReplyCancel

  • What Comes Next? - fabric and yarn!
    I love your door knobs – are they full sized ones or smaller ones that would be on chest of drawers or cabinet doors? or a mix? The way the light catches the facets and makes them sparkle – to die for! I may have to expand my collections…ReplyCancel

  • Ina - i collect hand made teddy bears. i have the bears sitting on two levels of shelves that go all the way around my sewing room. ;0

    yes, i collect fabric, too! ;0ReplyCancel

  • brigette - i collect bolts of bella fabric.ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Great collection! When my mom sold her Victorian style home to move to an apartment, I wanted to remove all the glass doorknobs and wonderful old ceiling lights suspended by brass chains, so I know why you collect these :-) I collect S & P's, but so far no sheep, yours are really sweet…ReplyCancel

  • Judy S. - Glass door knobs always make me think of the YA book "the double life of zoe flynn" by Janet Lee Carey….a very thoughtful story. Thanks for your great patterns!ReplyCancel

  • Quilting with Pugs - I collect nutcrakers. I used to get a bunch, but now I get one novelty nutcracker and 1 original, expensive nutcracker. I have to be choosy since I have so many.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Glass doorknobs… I have a few memories of them from my grandma's house's.
    I've seen several places where people have used glass door knobs as a coat rack type thing. I'm thinking it would look neat in the laundry room or sewing room to hang my project bags on or even clothes/aprons etc…
    There are some pretty neat ones that seem vintage but I'm not too sure that they are… at the store Anthropoligie… they have lots of neat things there…. beside clothes that cost wayyyy to much! For me at least! Why buy when I can sew them!
    Have fun! Ohhh… yes, I collect children's books and cook books, besides fabric too… oh, and I love vintage linens and well lets see baskets too! I've got to stop collecting… I'm running out of room too!ReplyCancel

  • wendy - I have some glass door knobs too! Even bought an old door to put one on for my bathroom. Love to collect cute fairies,childrens old metal tea sets,vintage linens,and blown glass balls that I hang on organdy ribbon in my sewing room windows. I have a few bunnies left.My daughter adopted the others because I was running out of room. Love PINK! wdpReplyCancel

  • lindsey - Great door knobs and wonderful cup cakes. I use the Magnolia recipe when I make them and made 200 for my sons wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Deelee - I just love antique door knobs. My Grandparents had them in their house when I was younger.

    It seems fabric is my biggest collection. 1930's reproduction fabrics are what I have the most of. Sometimes the fabric is so very pretty I don't want to cut it up! What's a girl to do?ReplyCancel

  • Peddlecar Quilts - I love those glass door knobs. I use to have a bunch of them before we moved. That's when my whole house was shabby chic and I really miss it!!
    Also wanted to thank you for your offer to Mama Sparks contest! I know the first thing I'd do if I won is buy your Christmas BOM. I just love it!
    Thanks Anne, you've done it again!!!ReplyCancel

  • wadenest - Hey there! Well, I have to say that you have quite a collection of bobbins! :) But I am guilty, I have a couple myself…so not criticizing at all! I collect lambs too! I love them, they are my favorite! I even found a print in a flea market booth for $1 that I had to get. Something serene in looking at those sheep. I have goats, real goats…but always wanted sheep. I suppose someday it might work out…until then, I just have my collection. My mom bought for me this great shepherd and sheep and his guard dog from Germany off of ebay. It's very old and made out of clay like material. If I could figure out how to send you a photo, I would! Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Melvin - All looks pretty…

    Thanks for sharing…
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