Friday, August 20, 2010

Bottle Collection

In the space of a few minutes, I went from having one bottle (a milk bottle from the place my Mom got her school milk from when she was a girl) to having a whole collection of them! When we were down in South Carolina, Sayre Castlebury showed us some of the bottles that he had found recently (in ditches, in the woods, etc.), and it was so fun looking at them all. Then he was so kind as to send a whole box of bottles back with Ryan and Ashley for me as he knew that I would like them. It was such a surprise, and it was so fun looking at all of the different bottles! And then of course, figuring out where all to put them and what to use them for. :) We don't have really any flowers in our gardens now, but I can just envision little bouquets in a number of these bottles brightening up little corners of the rooms. Thank you so much, Sayre! :)

This isn't all of them, but the shapes, colors and sizes of these ones just seemed to go together . . . Which is your favorite?

18 comments:

  1. Awesome!!! Our property has TONS of bottles like these if you really search....most of them are cracked or borken, but every now n then you can find some in pretty good shape! Its so fun to see all th neat and different shapes, sizes, and colors! :) My fav would have to be th clear one in th middle or th green one! I cant decide!

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  2. I think the green one is neat looking:). Great collection:).

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  3. Aren't they something of yore? The smallest could be ink bottles(with time in a window they may gain color...have a shape similar in amethyst)? The amber and green are interesting; what did they hold when filled new? Milk bottle on the right? Pharmacy bottle once with a cork second from left??? What clue does the one in the center give with wording? How wonderful they all are!

    My dad told stories, when a little boy, how ladies of the house cleaned and had such household then junk and lovely today taken by wheelbarrow to be dumped over the nearest hill. Year later, he'd bring my mother a find.

    How dear of Sayre!

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  4. I like the way the light plays through the brown bottle. It reminds me of maple syrup....I love the look of bottles in a windowsill...

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  5. I love your bottle collection! I like the green one (green is one of my favorite colors!). What a thoughtful gift Sayre sent you! :)

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  6. A lovely picture! My favourite is the green one I think. I was recently given a few bags of top soil and grass clumps from another garden and found in them a bottle similar to the one on the very left. Strangely enough, my one looks as if it has melted on one side - I am wondering why that is so. First I thought it might be a handmade one where the process had gone wrong, but wouldn't that have been melted completely to make another bottle? It's a bottle with a mystery...

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  7. The green and brown ones are pretty, but I think my favorite is the second from the left. I like the shape, and the clarity, and I can envision it filled with lavendar-colored toilet water, with one of those glass lid stoppers. Something that would have graced a small filagreed mirror atop a lovely lady's vanity...

    Where is that window ledge that you have them on?

    ~ Betsy

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  8. That’s neat that your property has so many bottles on it, Taylor! So far all I have found on our place (mainly in our vegetable garden when we tilled it up) is lots and lots of broken glass. It makes me wonder what all used to be there! The clear bottle in the middle that you liked I found out is a shoe shine bottle. I think from around the 1940’s. Like you, I can’t decide which are my favorites, either! :)

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  9. I like the green one as well, Emily. :) If I had to choose favorites, it would likely be near the top!

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  10. Thank you for your comment, Joyce! I enjoyed reading it and hearing the different possibilities suggested. :) I had wondered what the smallest bottles could be, and it makes sense that the might be ink bottles. It will be interesting to see if they gain color! Like you, I so wonder what the bottles held when they were new! I did some research online and found out that the amber and green bottle are likely from the 1940’s or so. I also found the original patent of the amber bottle so that was neat! Yes, it is a milk bottle on the right, and I have no idea what the second from the left bottle is. The bottle in the center is a shoeshine bottle! I looked online and was pleased to discover that. :)

    Like you, I have also heard stories about the ‘dumps’ that the different homesteads would have out behind a hill or in a gully. How fun it would be to explore such a place as that!

    Yes, it was thoughtful of him! :)

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  11. I do, too, Ellen! Yes, it does remind one of maple syrup! I hadn't thought of that until you mentioned it. :)

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  12. Thank you for your comment, Joy! Yes, it was so thoughtful of him. :) And like you, the green is one of my favorites as well! Though it is hard to choose a ‘favorite’ as I like them all. :)

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  13. Thank you, Agnes! :) It seems like the green bottle is the common favorite. :) I really like it as well! How neat to find a bottle in one of the bags of top soil! That is curious how it is melted on one side . . . I wonder what caused something like that? Like you shared, bottles such as the one you found have such mystery around them . . . if only objects could talk! :)

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  14. Thank you for your comment, Betsy! I enjoyed reading it and hearing what you envisioned for the bottle the second to the left. :) Don’t they have such possibilities?! I think it is going to be difficult to decide what exactly to do with each one. :) But then, they can always be changed and used for something else as different ideas come to mind!

    The window ledge is in my sister’s and my room.

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  15. I like the green one and also the clear bottle to the left of the green! So pretty!

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  16. I love your bottles! They are so unique! I also love how the light shines through them from the window and the scenery in the back! I think that the green one has to be my favorite, but the brown one and the one in the middle of them is cool, too!!

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  17. Thank you for your comment, Amy! The green is near my top favorites as well. The other bottle you mentioned, I found out was a shoeshine bottle! (The writing on the bottle helped figure that one out. :)

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  18. Welcome to my blog, Mary, and thank you for all of your comments! They were fun to read. :) Isn’t it neat how the light shines through the bottles?! It was fun photographing them here! I really like the bottles that you mentioned as well! Especially the green one. :)

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)