Thursday, 12 April 2012

Genie in a Bottle

Whilst clearing rubbish from the allotment, there was a small glimmer of magic that came in the form of glass bottles. I’m a natural magpie when it comes to stumbling upon lost things, and the appeal of old glass bottles was very much a welcome discovery.



The fact these bottles have been buried and survived all these years under heaps of mud and rubbish, makes me even more determined to rehome them in a way in which they can be admired.



At first I thought I was lucky finding one, but it soon became apparent this was going to turn into a treasure hunt, as the excitement of finding more kicked in. One by one, my pile started accumulating and it made me really appreciate the random nature of this collection. For these bottles had never really belonged to anyone, discarded and left for rubbish, waiting a lifetime to be found.



The allure of green bottles just reminds me of the childhood nursery rhyme Ten Green Bottles. Though my favourite has to be this Sunkap orange drink bottle, I've never quite seen anything like it. I love the cutesy illustration and can’t wait to put it on display in my craft room.



Who ever knew a collection of glass bottles could get me so inspired and craving more.
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  1. Wow that's so interesting, finding a whole load of them in one place! I love the old green ones, the glass looks fairly thick in them so they might have some age. They are certainly pretty regardless!

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    1. I'm guessing they might be a few decades old, but who knows how long they've actually been buried all that time! xxx

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  2. What an amazing find Alice! I just love glass bottles and have a few myself but I've never dug one up from the ground before! When I was younger my dad was digging out our back garden because he wanted a patch to grow some vegetables, when digging he found a real olde style glass beer mug which he cleaned up and ended up using for beer himself! I love looking at old apothecary bottles on eBay, especially the poison ones! xxx

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    1. The thing that stikes me the most, is the fact it was so random. We have had our allotment over a year now and I had no idea they were buried there all that time. It sure does make me wonder what else is buried there! I think the biggest thrill was bringing them home and washing them, some of them were covered in mud, but I managed to get them clean after a few days soaking in hot water xxx

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  3. These would be beautiful as vases, what a lucky find.Rx

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    1. I would love to find something pretty to display inside them xxx

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  4. Oh wow, what a beautiful find! Proper treasure! I like to have lots of glass bottles, they make wonderful vases for single stems! x

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    1. Thank you! It did feel like a bit of a treasure hunt not knowing what I was going to find next. I will have to try displaying some single flowers in them soon xxx

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  5. Brilliant, I absolutely LOVE old glass bottles and have quite a few myself! These are lovely, such a great find and the colours will look so pretty on a windowsill. I find they look especially pretty grouped together in odd numbers with really delicate flowers in, like wildflowers :-)

    Jem xXx

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    1. Thank you for the tip Jem :)
      I must admit I didn't realise the real beauty in them until I grouped them together and realised the different sizes, shapes and colours complimented one and other perfectly xxx

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  6. How exciting to find them all. I love the little Express Dairy bottle, I have a similar milk bottle to it.

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    1. The Express Dairy bottle is very cute and my absolute favourite! xxx

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  7. I have the same on my allotment, there were hundreds of victorian bottles, the bloke who had it before me used to go bottle collecting on a victorian tip, and dump them all in the greenhouse and around the allotment. I have a selection on my kitchen windowsill, I love the tiny ones and odd shaped ones, we sold a load on ebay, but only got about £20 for them, theres still loads in the greenhouse but my husband will kill me if I bring anymore home, I collect enough junk as it is !!

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    1. That sounds so interesting, I have a feeling this may be the start of many to come. I love the appeal of old glass bottles side by side, just deciding upon which ones to display where xxx

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  8. How fabulous finding all these - they are all lovely :o) Scarlett x

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    1. Thank you lovely, I'm so taken by them xxx

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  9. I really like the little green square bottle, it is like something you would find in a Victorian chemist. It makes me curious as to what was once in it :)

    Gems x

    Fashion, Well Done

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    1. I have wondered too! I think some of them contained brandy but I'm not sure of the exact contents. Maybe medicine of some kind too xxx

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  10. Oh awesome find - love coloured glass! I have some bottles from the village where I grew up, there used to be a pop factory there and my dad found a load of them.
    x

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    1. I would love to add some soda bottles to my collection, I just know I'm going to be hooked now :) xxx

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  11. I bet it make all the hard work seem like fun. We had to dig our back garden/yard up once and I kept finding bits of broken pottery. There again we did live in a terraced house, streets away from the potbanks of Stoke-on-Trent ;)

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    1. It really was fun, especially when I realised I had a collection forming. I have found a few bits of broken pottery too :) xxx

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  12. Those bottles are beautiful! Definitely buried treasure - I think they'd look great as a table centrepiece with a single flower in each!

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    1. Thank you, I sure must find some suitable flowers to display inside them now xxx

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  13. The green bottles are gorgeous and the express dairy bottle is really fab! I have a thing for glass bottles and have a shelve full of them. I like to put single flowers in each.

    Barrina x

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    1. Thank you, the express dairy is my favourite too. I can't wait to display them xxx

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  14. Awesome find! I love glass bottles, bit of a weakness of mine!

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    1. Thank you, I think I am quite smitten with glass bottles too! This may just be the start of a growing collection xxx

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  15. I keep these kind of bottles too :)

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    1. I would love to see your collection and the way you display them :) xxx

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