Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Busy Junking, Renovating and Crafting!

Hello to all my fellow junkers who certainly understand what its like to take time off from blogging to get caught up on all those junking projects that have been piling up! So much has happened in a month, from finishing up a four year home renovation, to my husband and I actually running the antiques store one day a week on top of everything else we teaming up with my best friend Amanda from Ruby's Pocket to form "The Junkin' Rubies" and doing our first real craft show...time has flown and I have had no extra time to blog! I have missed all my blogging friends so much and I have lots of catching up to do and projects to share.

For tonight's post I want to show you my vintage embellished bottles. I have been so inspired by some of the beautiful bottles I have seen online and I have found yet another junk/craft addiction. I can't wait to make more! I always buy old bottles and had plenty of them to use. I wanted to throw some together quickly for The Junkin' Rubies craft show this past weekend and I made these in a matter of a couple of days and I am so pleased with how they turned out. They really are even prettier in real life!

First I took some of the bottles that I just couldn't get very clean and spray painted them out of necessity. They were so dirty that I had to almost cover them completely so spray painting was a cheap and fast way to get started. It covered better than I expected and I left any chipping and even added to the distressed look by lightly sanding in some areas.

Then I just covered them with whatever I had in my junk stash. Antique lace, burlap, tulle, old buttons and brooches, vintage stickers, tiny vintage belt buckles or watch pieces, and some vintage-steampunk looking craft pieces and ribbon from Hobby Lobby. I filled them with a little scroll of antique sheet music or I used vintage drawer pulls or antique buttons as toppers. When I started on the bottles I had nothing particular in mind, although white and light is the dominant color scheme and as I worked each one developed a unique look and a name.

                                                                      SONG OF FAITH

                                                            WIND AT NIGHT

                                                         BLACKBIRD SINGING

                                                              BUTTERFLY KISSES

                                                                      KEYS OF TIME

                                                                 ROYAL TREATMENT

I will be listing these bottles in my Etsy shop sometime this week (if I can part with them) and I will use my camera to get better pictures, as these were all taken with my iphone. They are so much prettier than the pictures show. They display beautifully as a set but they would also be wonderful as individual gifts. I hope you love them as much I do!

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  1. Great way to use up all those little bits & bobs! Each one is so cool.

  2. Such pretty bottles.....very romantic too!

  3. These are SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so inspired by YOUR bottles! Like you, mine were my first attempt with them and had such a great time fiddling with them. Yours are amazing and I love the little buckles on them!!!

    Keep up the cute stuff!!!


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