Make your own apothecary (type) bottles

In this post I showed you how I took an empty sauce bottle and used Mod Podge to affix a label
from Graphics Fairy to make it look like an old apothecary jar.
Well the label became a little damaged from water and in a fit of cleaning I threw it in the recylcing bin.
I regretted it right away. So what's a girl to do?
Make some more!

I started with this old bottle of boysenberry syrup.
Rinsed it out, filled it with very hot water.
Then let it soak in a sink full of hot water.

Here's how it looks with it's new label.

Not actually an apothecary label.
Instead a vintage French chocolate label.

Another syrup bottle.
What can I say, we eat a lot of pancakes in our house!

With a vintage perfume label.

The purple heliotrope on the label are so pretty.

Once you've soaked the label they usually come right off.
Sometimes I use a sponge with an abrasive side for stubborn labels.

The vinegar bottle now sports a tooth wash label.

The great thing with the glass bottles is when you are changing the size of the graphic on the computer you can hold the bottle right up to the screen and see if the label is the right size.

One final tip for removing labels.
If soaking in hot water and scrubbing don't work....
You can use Googone and the label will slip right off.

After cutting your label out brush some Mod Podge on the back.
Place your new label on the bottle and brush more Mod Podge on the top. It drys clear.

I'm amazed at how lovely some of these food bottles are.
Many of them have beautiful ridges on them. 
Do you see the pretty scalloped edge around the neck of this bottle?

My four new bottles!

My hubby gave me a beautiful rose bouquet for Valentine's day.
When the roses died I was left with lots of pretty filler flowers.
Please indulge me, I decided to attempt some "artsy" flower photos with my click and shoot camera.

I've always loved daisy's.
Remember "he love's me" "he love's me not"?

I also adore ferns!
You may have guessed from the name of my blog!
Hmmm, someday I'll have to share why I chose that name.

Spanish lavender was not in the bouquet.
I bought a gallon pot at the nursery and am hoping it lives until I can get it potted up outside.

I don't know the name of this flower.
It started in the bouquet as purpley pink buds and then opened into these sweet delicate white flowers.


Faux Vintage Metal Basket

Many, many, times I've painted something white to make it look better.
But this time I actually decided to remove the white paint. *gasp*
I found this metal basket at the thrift store.
The shape reminded me of an antique basket.
The photo doesn't show this but the paint was a very glossy white.
Glossy paint was all wrong for this piece.

I felt my thrift store piece could look like this bushel basket from Pottery Barn.

I used spray on paint stripper, steel wool and lots and lots of elbow grease.
This project reminded me why I don't strip furniture.
It's hard work!
At one point I was on the garage floor scrubbing for so long my legs fell asleep
and I could barely stand up afterwards!

But this time the work was worth it.
Look at the wonderful patina the metal has!

For these photos I filled the basket with lavender.
I am loving having lavender in the house!

But I also think it would look cool sitting on a shelf in my son Grants room filled with old baseballs.

Or maybe I should set it next to my bed filled with magazines...
and the latest Pottery Barn catalog of course!  ;)

freckled laundry

Pottery Barn Knock Off Lamps

I love, love, love these gorgeous lamps from Pottery Barn.
But being cheap a true DIYer I decided to make my own version.
They are not so much a knock off, more like inspired by.....

I purchased these mismatched brassy lamps from the thrift store because
their urn shape was a bit like the PB lamps.
If you can't find thrift store lamps Lowe's has some
skinny urn shaped lamps that are just a little over $20.00 a piece.

The PB lamps have this cool plaster like texture.
So how to mimic this?

I used Mod Podge and crumpled up tissue paper!
Layering it on really thick.
Once it is thoroughly dry you can use sandpaper on it to smooth it out a bit.

They looked pretty crappy at this point and I wondered what the heck I had started.

I decided to forge ahead and painted the lamps white.

Next I used glaze on all the raised areas and lived with it this way for awhile.
But, it just wasn't right.

Then I decided to paint the lamps gray and use a white wash on top.
The next morning I knew this wasn't what I wanted either.

Now this looks pretty gross.
Don't worry, it's just an undercoat of brown paint.

Ta da! Much better!
I brushed cream paint on in sections and after about 5 minutes used pieces of tape to take
part of the paint off.
You want to paint lightly so that some of the brown shows through.
When the cream paint dried, I dry brushed on some light taupe paint.

Once again a look at the texture on the PB lamps.....

And my lamps.
It's not identical, but I still think it looks pretty cool.

One more look at the two before lamps.....

Here is the after for the skinnier urn lamp.

And the after for the wider lamp.

The lampshades are cream burlap from Target.
I am looking for different shades though.
You can't use harps with Target lampshades so they wobble around and sit crooked.
It drives me nuts!
Target, I normally love you, but you really need to improve your lampshades!

I'd love to know if you give this project a try!

Valentine's with pink and aqua

It all started with me crushin' on this image from the Graphics Fairy.

It inspired a whole Valentine's tabletop done in aqua and pink.

I used a heart punch on two pieces of scrapbook paper.
A soft blue page covered with lovely script and
a pale pink page with darker pink swirls.

I bought a piece of ruffly trim to form the base of my garland.
I then used a scrapbooking product called Zots to adhere the hearts onto the trim.
Zots are super sticky so the hearts will stay up, but I can remove them later if I want.

I also scattered the hearts on the tabletop.

I made tissue paper pom poms by cutting out circles of tissue paper.
I then stuck three circles onto a stryofoam ball using stick pins.
The colors are showing up darker in the photo than they actually are.

Some pale pink flowers in my postcard pots.

I was too cheap to go buy new white pillar candles so I covered some candles I had in white tissue paper.
I then glued on the beautiful cupid image.

My blackboard with part of one of our families favorite verses.
Proverbs 3:5

I also taped some hearts onto the back of the tags I put on these baskets at Christmas time.
Much to my surprise my toddler never pulled the tags off the baskets!

I don't use much blue in the house, but I'm really enjoying the color combo of blue with pink.

Sending my *love* to all of you!

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia