Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Vintage Bottles from Philly Morph to Xmas Centerpiece

I love to decorate with my Vintage Bottle Collection.

I chose the aqua colored ones for this display.

Some Frosty glass and greens.
 In a previous post I showed you a couple of my vintage bottles. They all come from when my hubbo used to dig holes in the streets of Philadelphia to fix people's plumbing lines.

Back in the 90's I found these cute little cabinets to display them. The arch at the top is similar to my china closet. This is where they live, when I am not decorating with them.

For some Winter wonderland, Christmas spirit, I paired them up with my white milk glass platter and some evergreen from the yard. Not sure what this bush is, but it grows very tall, like a tree, and has the tiniest little pine cones on it. I love it.

Most of these bottles where thrown into the holes dug by the original pipe layers way back in the early 1900's or prior. I looked many of these bottles up and some date back to late 1800's. When men sold special potions in horse drawn carriages. Potions for health and energy, or "snake oil salesmen".
Today, they would just deliver them to convenience stores. like red bull or monster, energy drinks.

I chose a lacy white vintage crochet tablecloth over plain icy blue fabric, for extra frostiness.

I also tried the bottle on a silver platter, and added a few candles to the bottles with larger mouths.

It's hard to decide. which would you choose the silver platter or the white?

Ink bottles, medicine bottles, tincture bottles and lysol containers.
And the candle fits perfectly in the one...

Loving the birdseye view!

A simple, vintage, white frosty, Christmas decoration.

I thought I would add 4 more pine cones from the yard! and I decided on the white platter.

I love the simplicity of it.

I hope you enjoyed walking in my winter wonderland!

Thanks for stopping by!
I will be joining the parties...
Funky Junk Interiors

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sprucing up the Dining room

Most of the day today I spent shopping! Boy that is tiring. Some shopping was for food for the Thanksgiving Feast. Some was to begin Christmas shopping because my daughter had some time off of school today. There was little time for much else, but I have, at least, begun my dinner table for Thanksgiving, and will complete it tomorrow. The previous post was really just for decoration and to get the household in the mood. That tablecloth wasn't big enough once the leaf went into the table.
I always use the tablecloth below only on Thanksgiving day.
The table isn't done yet, but I am for today!
I like how the leaf china goes so nicely with this  cloth.

The best part is, when I see all my children around the table, joking and cutting each other up!
It usually is so funny and heartwarming because they( all 6 ) get along pretty good with each other, and for that I really feel blessed.

I also really needed to spend some time re-doing my dining chairs.
And I gave them a lick and a promise!
I plan to give them a full fledged make over at a later date. I will completely take off the seats and re cover them when I find the perfect fabric but for now I HAD to do something. These are 26 years old and the seats just don't come clean anymore. They have been spot cleaned many times, now they need a fix.

look: Before

My temporary solution: Cover in painters drop cloth.

I am thinking about using this as a permanent fix by printing something vintage on this canvas-like fabric, and then securing it to the seat by completely unfastening and screwing back down. I really like the feel of this painters dropcloth!...I love the natural look of it.
For now I like the way it has frayed up.

I cut the cloth into squares. I washed them  and didn't even dry them. You will get all sorts of fraying and have to cut most of that off.
I cut two corners in on an angle.

Laid it flat on the chair, and tied in the back.

You could also tie each leg, which I tried, but it doesn't lay as flat on the sides.

Not bad for a quick temporary fix. I do intend to work on these to secure them to the seats, and to print something special on them. When I do I will post it.


After: one half hour later
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

I am going to attempt to make it to these parties:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Getting ready for Thanksgiving

I am trying to figure out which tablecloth I will use on my Dining table.
These are my choices,

  1. A grey and brown leaf design Damask Tablecloth, which looks great with my Thanksgiving plates. 

  • A plaid pumpkin and leaf design
  • A multicolor fall leaves design

The first 2 I have had for years and use mostly every year. The multicolored leaf design is new from Home Goods and I really love the vibrant color.

As I pull out some other accessories I will make up my mind. I have a nice set of amber glass fostoria candlesticks that I like to use at the Holidays.

And I have a pretty fruit decorated box that I've had a few years, I'd like to pear up with that multi colored leaf cloth. But I will get to that latter. For now I will concentrate on the dining table.
I think I will go with the pumpkin cloth. And use some of my old vintage bottles.

 that hubbo dug up years ago when he dug holes in the street for a living
 fixing people's plumbing lines in the great  old city of Brotherly Love!
I've had this collection of vintage bottles for years. I keep most of them on display in 2 small cabinets that I got a very long time ago. Once it was filled and I had about 6 more with no where to put them, I ended my collection, Didn't want it to get out of hand.

I can show you more of them at another time, so back to the table.
I love, love, love this bowl, filled with pumpkin gourds and pine cones, but I will actually empty the decorations out on thanksgiving to use this for the mash potatoes!!

I like how it is starting to look

Should I put leaves in the vintage bottles?

Decisions.. Decisions!

I will leave it for now, for tonight and for the weekend.
A sign we are getting prepared.

But the bottles will have to go back in their cubbies on Thankgiving Day.. there won't be room for them.
And once I put my extension in my table, I will change the setting to the brown and grey cloth that goes so nicely with my plates! Because this cloth isn't long enough!

But tonight was fun! And the dining room looks festive.
So if I find the time, I will be back the day before thanksgiving or sooner, with the longer table setting, my damask tablecloth and my plates! 
Oh I dressed the kitchen up today too. That was easy peasy, 

Because we always have a full bowl of fruit around the house. it went so nicely with my new
 Home Goods cloth
And my little leaf candle in the corner!

If you like table settings, please visit with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
I finished this post late but I am heading there now!
She is hosting a fabulous Mikassa giveaway!
And some wonderful Friday linkies..

Vintage Inspiration Friday

The Shabby Nest
Because my bottles are nifty and thrifty I will be showing them at Linda's Coastal Charm
Nifty Thrifty tuesday

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