Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A small collection of glass

 I have been noticing people decorating with vintage bottles.

I only have a few vintage bottles, but I decided that shouldn't stop me from decorating with bottles.


I headed to the attic to find the bottles I decorated a decade ago and gathered other empty bottles from various cupboards.


Metal, twine, wire and ribbon - among other things - were added to bottles to "dress" them up.


Tiny shells, bits of sea glass and a ribbon weren't quite enough for the "beach" bottle, but a quote glued onto a wooden tag finishes it off.


A hand quote finishes off the bottle with the India theme.


The first bottle is new, but I made the other two bottles years ago.


A bit of ribbon was the inspiration for the number bottle.


I finished dressing the bottles yesterday so today's task was to find a home for each bottle.


I can't believe how many hours I spent at the task.


First up was a vintage ball jar from my grandmother which now holds straws on the kitchen shelf.


A glass canister sporting a strip of buttons from Anthropologie holds ribbon.


This bottle was the impetus for a vignette on my favorite green and yellow table,


but my grandfather's bottle capper and a display of hands overshadow the bottle.


3 bottle vases from Ikea dress up the dining room table


and a lone rose from the garden sits on a dining room shelf.


Bottles sitting in a box with books decorate a side table in the living room.


The hallway got a new vignette with a birdcage full of bottles.


Last week I moved the ladder from the front yard to the garden.


A wire garland of bottles was strung onto the ladder and filled with flowers.

It will probably be a lot of work to keep the flowers fresh so I might change the flowers to Halloween items later in the week.

I didn't realize I had so many different glass pieces - definitely a collection.

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Lavender Garden Cottage - Cottage Style Party

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Ella Claire - Inspiration Exchange

Ivy and Elephants - What's It Wednesday

Tilly's Nest - Down Home Blog Hop

Fluster Buster - Creative Muster Party

45 comments:

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty! I love the ladder! I also like the bottle with the measuring tape. So clever!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love glass and I your bottles are a great collection! The jar with the button ribbon is too cute!

Jody and Stan said...

I love your bottle collection. Each one is very unique and very special. Thanks so much for sharing. Also thanks so much for always stopping by with your wonderful comments.
Hugs,
Jody

greenthumb said...

They look great, you did a great job.

Jenny Short said...

You are the busy one but your efforts certainly paid off with some darling bottle designs. xo Jenny

Leanne said...

Oh, I LOVE these! You're inspiring me to pull out a box of bottles I put away many months ago! thank you!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning precious Carol! I love vintage bottles and I have about 3 aqua colored ones that I ADORE! I love putting them on my white mantle to contrast the dreamy white with the dreamy blue that reminds me of course, of the sea.

I gotta run to school for an early meeting then a late night for conferences. Have a FUN DAY for me! Anita

Betty W said...

You are so creative. I love how you used them all and how you decorated them. Now I need to find me some bottles !!!!!

Diane said...

Carol, every post that you do is an absolute delight - what fun to see the way your used your bottles in your decorating! I thought all of them were wonderful, but I did love the garland of bottles and the one on your adorable green and yellow table!

Maria Elena said...

Beautiful collection of vintage bottles! I love how you decorated them!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

you have a great collection. my mom has a bunch ... maybe i will get to enjoyed them one day. the hubby loves Coke bottles so we have many of them from all the years past ... sprite too. we also have a bunch of bottles from our trips ... lovely memories. ( :
favorite of the post are the quotes. i better move to the beach asap. i wonder if the hubby would come with me? ha. ha!!

Dawn said...

I am always amazed by what comes out of that attic, it must be a treasure trove of goodies. I would love to get a peek up there.

Vett Vandiver said...

love those glasses!!

Susie said...

You truly decorate with the heart of an artist. I love the painting of the old red door. xoxo,Susie

20 North Ora said...

What a great collection of decorated bottles!

Judy

Down by the sea said...

Those are such wonderful ideas, I can't choose a favourite as they are all so good!
Sarah x

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love all of your great bottles. You did such a great of decorating them and placing them around your lovely home. Thanks so much for sharing.
Mary

a breath of fresh air said...

Loving your jar full of sea glass, I have just started collecting it here.

Annie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

And what a fabulous collection it is! You are so darn clever with the way you dressed up each one. I love the India bottle with the finger pointing to your grandfather's bottle capper.

chateau chic said...

Your bottles are fabulous, Carol!! And oh my, each one is displayed in such an interesting and unique way! LOVE them!!!
Mary Alice

Sue said...

Extremely wonderful. As soon as I am done commenting, I will go put my straws in my Ball jar too. I have to pin these because they are gorgeous.

Poppy said...

Love those 'cute as a button' buttoned jars!! It was hands down, no real surprise, right?!

Poppy

Debbie Lynne Malison said...

so cute! love that blue end table!

Prince Snow Farm said...

Loving the bottles Carol. I used to make a "Message in a Bottle " with my students. They decorated a bottle with magazine clippings that represented them Then they write down 10 personal goals and slipped it inside. I have a high ledge along my classroom, and they looked PERFECT! Now, too busy, not enough time, as this doesn't fit the curriculum. :(

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

That is quite the collection of bottles! What fun and creative uses you have found for them. The bottle garlands are so pretty - it would be cool with lights too if you tire of the flowers.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love all the ways you used your cool bottles! My favorite is the vignette with the bottle capper.
Lovely!
Hugs,
Patti

Vicky Hunt said...

Love the way you dressed all the bottles. I think the number one is my favorite! I have so many bottles and jars and I love decorating with them! As always, I really enjoyed looking at all your vignettes...such a happy home! Have a blessed evening!

Hugs, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a great collection of bottles you have! The bottles on the ladder are so cute. I like blue bottles and different shaped bottles so yours really appeal to me. I spied your polka dot bowls too which I like. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful bottles at my HOME and have a lovely weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

you have been busy, busy! the glass collection looks great and I love the themes

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your pretty vintage bottles! My favorites are the bottles in the birdcage and the ones on the ladder. What a great collection you have!!
hugs,
Cindy

tablescapesbybev said...

So creative! Love the vintage bottle décor.

Shabby Passion said...

Oh my, you definetely have a collection of vintage beauties! and I love the way you decorated them!!
WOW!

ciaoo
Lisa

Diane said...

Lovely post. I have a love of jars and containers and have them scattered around my house, adds personality! Diane

Lady Lilith BloodCrave said...

Nice. It is amazing what a little glue and creativity can do.

Cynthia said...

Visiting from Ivy and Elephants. . .I just love what you've done with your bottles! Especially those which are decoupaged. Just lovely.

Miss LindaLee said...

Oh my goodness. Some great ways to display the bottles. I have bottles here as well, but tucked away in boxes. I'm so creative huh? LOL

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
All the bottles look so cute. I love each one and how you displayed them.
Kris

fiona anderson said...

I love the way you've decorated them and displayed them all. I love glassware in displays, and baskets of course, now you have loads of both. The bottle garland is just the cutest.

Melanie said...

I love bottles! I think they even look beautiful just plain. I have those same IKEA vases...only one is in use right now, don't even know where the other two are! lol

Susan Clayton said...

Love the way you dressed up the bottles. Each one is a piece of art. Especially love the vignette with your grandfather's bottle capper and the bottle garland on the ladder. Always fun to see what you are up to!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You have a great collection. I love how the Mason jar looks with the colourful straws in it!

Linda @ Mixed Kreations said...

Love your collection of bottles, they all look very nice! I love how you decorated them up. I've been collecting bottles to, this gives me so ideas. Thanks for sharing! Pinning & sharing!!!

CatieAn said...

Oh my you have such a unique collection of glass. I love what you did with everyone of them. My two favorites are the bottle garland on the ladder and the bottles in the book container. Such a fun project.

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Carol, your creativity is amazing! I love your ability to whims-asize everything. Your jars are amazing and joyful. What a happy soul you are.
Blessings!!!

Carla said...

Love how you used your bottles and spruced them up.
Pretty cool