Sunday, January 2, 2011

Needing some green!

The Christmas mantle came down today and even though it's only January 2nd, I needed something to remind me that spring will indeed come again . . . someday! I needed something alive and green! I wanted to find some old clear "apothecary-type" bottles to hold some single stems, so I looked at Goodwill.

I like all the different sizes and shapes. The jars all came to $4.50.
The one on the far left is actually a Tobasco Sauce jar! Look for jars that have small openings so they can hold a single stem flower.

Then I stopped and picked up some green spider mums - alive, fresh, and beautiful!
(all words we don't use too much in January in Wisconsin)

I cut them apart, and filled the jars with water - but they're still a little plain.
Well, has some very pretty labels that are reproductions from long ago. They are copyright free and free of charge. So I found some that I liked, adjusted the size, printed them out on vellum.

After putting a little Elmer's glue on the back of each "label", you just press them in place where you want them to be on the bottle. Hold it down for a bit - the vellum really wants to curl until it begins to get tacky.


They really do look like old perfume bottles!

This post is linked up with the Graphics Fairy's Brag Monday.


Sherry said...

That looks wonderful! I love it. Cute name on your blog too.

Gail said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.I love your blog. It seems that we could be twins separated at birth. In fact, if we combined our blogs it would be "You Can't Stop Making That". Hehe. Keep up the good work. I'm going to be following you.

Raine and Sage said...

What a fabulous idea. I love flowers in old bottles, but these have such a romantic and unique style. Really pretty!

Artichoke Alley said...

These are SO great! I just finished spray painting something green because I am needing that fix too!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a great idea. Those mums look so pretty in all those little jars.

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Love those bottles!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Beautiful! The labels really made a huge difference. You got a great look for little money. YAY!

Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to having you join me each week.

By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Robyn's Nest said...

I love how they turned out! I've got this exact project using graphics from The Graphics Fairy on my "to do" list but I didn't even think of using velum. I was going to try using ink jet water decal paper (have to order it online). Maybe I'll just try Aileen's Tacky Glue and save money on ordering decal paper.

Thanks for the great inspiration. Robyn

kristen said...

nan! you are so amazing!! I LOVE these!!

saltbox treasures said...

Hi. Great idea. I've been looking at these labels. How waterproof is the vellum, i.e. can the bottles be washed without the labels coming off?
Your bottles turned out great!
~ Julie

Carol said...

Hi Nan. Gorgeous way to use those vintage labels. I love your mosaic mirror in the background, too :-)
If you don't mind me replying to *saltbox treasures's* comment - it's not the glue you have to worry about, it's the vellum! It would warp when wet. And if the labels are printed on an inkjet printer, the ink would also run.
Come on over to my place for some digital scrapbooking freebies in return ;)
Juno's Place
Cards by Carol

Kelly said...

These are too gorgeous and sweet! I found you through Brag Monday. I love your blog! I'm a new follower.




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