Thursday, January 20, 2011

[ thrifting for bottles ]

OLD BOTTLES are so charming - I love their shapes and colours and I often imagine the stories of what they held inside and who used them. Occasionally I come across pics of old bottles displayed in various ways.




While I was out rummaging through my favourite Habitat for Humanity Restore, I came across a few grungy bottles and decided to give them a new home. Some were pretty filthy with dried up soil inside so I knew they'd need a bit of a sprucing up before I'd be displaying them anywhere. 

But after a bit of scrubbing, I think they look pretty great. For now I've popped a couple of blooms inside and they add a cheerful little hint of spring even though we're still in the depths of winter.

lisa


[1, 7 me and alice; dreamywhites; house of turquoise; whatnot; 
living etc; chic coles; 8, 9 lisaroy]




This post is linked up to Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground.

25 comments:

Red Door Home said...

Great finds. The simplicity of old bottles is what makes them so beautiful. Grouped together with a few flowers and they make a wonderful arrangement.

Leanne said...

i always find something great there too...have you seen how people are spray painting glass with gloss white and it comes up looking like milk glass?

Meeling said...

Very simple and so pretty!
They cleaned up beautifully!!

Moe said...

I'd love to find some blue glass like that. My room mate's mother has some that she's found on the beach over the years & they sit in her windows. From the light some of them have turned a gorgeous purple color. So Pretty!

Popping by from an etsy thread!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I honestly thought the last picture was one of your inspiration pictures too. They look fab! Didn't they scrub up well??

I would've walked right past those but you've transformed them. Well done!

Sarahx

jeanette from everton terrace said...

They came out lovely, I even like them dirty :)
I did use to have some old bottles and like many things, I moved on and got rid of them, then regretted it. Liked these images very much.

High Street Cottage said...

This is something I run across all the time on my little adventures. I can't seem to get into the bottle craze. But you certainly have tempted me! How pretty, your vignette. And such great prices too;) xoxo tami

Miss Val's Creations said...

The simple design of placing a flower in a plain glass bottle is so beautiful! Wonderful post. ~Val

Urbanstems said...

Lisa you are so right. Beautiful bottles and some stems are fab. I have 3 lorina lemonade bottles I was going to throw out but not going to now! Sinead

Robynne's Nest said...

Lisa, I am often mistaken for a kiwi (New Zealander) or even sometimes a South African..and I do have to admit that I sometimes get American and Canadian accents mixed up too! Robx
p.s. am loving your blog!

maureencracknell said...

Beautiful! I have two old crates full of blue, green, and clear mason jars (with glass lids!) in my garage that I have to do something with this spring.

p.s. have you joined pinterest?

Pinecone said...

The bottles you found are so pretty. Thanks for the inspiration!
Ashlyn

Ashley said...

I love old bottles!!! Your display is lovely! Xoxoxo

Marcus Design said...

You are so right! These bottles bring nothing but charm!! I love your round up of photos here, each is so lovely :)
Nancy xo

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love the bottles....you found some great ones!

Sarah (La Maison Boheme) said...

I love clusters of old bottles too!

Sarah said...

I've seen some great shots of old bottle collections on The Selby before. It's tough to find good ones, though. Looks like you came across some great ones!

designchic said...

So simple and so beautiful...great finds!!

quintessence said...

Love old bottles as well. My father-in-law actually has a fabulous collection!

Debra@Common Ground said...

I love the old bottles, you have them displayed so beautifully. Great post, I'm so glas you linked up for VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Secret Garden Cottage said...

I love collecting vintage bottles, too! Love the inspirational photos you showed us, and the bottles you found are great!
Have a wonderful weekend!
~ Jo :)

Miss Sandy said...

I love the simplistic beauty and sculptural quality of old bottles and they always look stunning in sunshine garnished with a single blossom.

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

so pretty! i've been scouring for some small, old fashioned milk bottles to use for a bday party!

Chris said...

Great old bottles. Very old fashioned bottles. That's all rare.
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A Perfect Gray said...

I am so crazy for old bottles right now!

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