Lately I’ve been lovin’ bottles. I’m going to blame it on Rosemary over at Villabarnes. Ever since I bought 2 of Rosemary’s bottles (one from her Etsy Shop and one from her booth at the flea market), I just can’t get enough of bottles. I’ve actually been playing with her Old World finish a bit on bottles hubby and I found at a discreet nearby dump (yes, we scavenge through dumps … nothing is beneath us). I’ve also been scouting some of our local flea market and specialty shops for unique bottles.
I’ve been lovin’ aqua lately so when my eyes spotted these, it was a no-brainer.
Of course I was taking them home with me! Aqua bottles with rusty metal hangers!!
Just two bucks a pop at the Kane County Flea Market! I know, right??
I consider these the generic version of Mason jars, which I spotted for about $9 average at the market.
They say “Atlas E-Z Seal” on the front. I stuffed them with baby’s breath.
They’re almost the same color as the Duck Egg Blue dining chairs.
Little Grape Hyacinths plucked from the garden now reside in the wire bottle carrier,
which is a fave of mine. I put carnations in there earlier (you can see it here).
What is it about glass and metal that always catches my eye?
The top cover of this bottle has holes in it for easy flower arranging.
I found it at a little shop in Geneva (Illinois, not Switzerland).
More flowers from the garden. These yellow flowers are really fragrant.
They’re not tulips, although similar. They’re all over my garden and keep spreading!
They’re perched inside another aqua bottle (from the dump).
All 3 of these little guys are from the nearby dump, which by the way, is mostly bottles,
old metal scraps, a couple of tires, and small appliances. So it’s not too gross or anything.
I wrapped lace around the front one using spray adhesive. I love the discoloring on the bottles.
I’m still working on the middle one. I’ve got some ribbon, twine, little keys and clock faces I can add.
I just haven’t made a decision yet on the rest of its embellishments.
All of these were found at our little secret dumpsite. I gave this faintly blue one a bunny tag for Easter.
The one on the left is a transfer – I’m still trying different transfer techniques to find the best one.
Here’s a bottle from Rosemary’s flea market booth.
I love the nubby texture and the Old World finish.
I have another one of her bottles, but in a darker finish.
Here’s my version of the Old World finish. The graphic is from The Graphic Fairy.
I painted the clear bottle with Graphite ASCP, then layered on a bit of white gesso.
I used Mod Podge to apply the graphic, then coated the entire bottle with another coat of Mod Podge.
I used the same technique for this bottle and then added a tag, which I bought at Rosemary’s Etsy Shop.
If you’ve never visited her blog, take a peek at http://www.villabarnes.com/.
This French graphic is also from The Graphics Fairy.
I’ve saved the best for last. I absolutely ADORE this big bottle.
The top is a doorknob, and it has a little paper butterfly hanging inside.
Scraps of script paper adorn the front. I purchased this at a local store.
I mean, seriously, isn’t it darling? Who would think to hang a butterfly inside a bottle from a doorknob?
The small bottle in front is from our little dump. Doesn’t its finish match the big bottle perfectly?
I have more bottles to finish and when those are done, there are still a heckuva lot more at the dump callin’ my name.