When I was little my mother used to bring us on ‘bottle collecting excursions’. This involved going around old abandoned cottage ruins on the farms near where we lived and looking for the remains of glass bottles and jars. Old houses in Ireland would always have a pile under a tree in the yard where they would dump their unwanted china and glass. This was often buried in the pile so the process would sometimes involve a bit of digging. Most of what we’d find would be broken up but I remember the jackpot sensation of finding a bottle still intact! We had a lovely collection of old bottles and jars, and the more warped the glass would be, the happier my mother would get as that would mean it was really old. (Now that I’m writing this it suddenly occurs to me whether wandering onto other people’s land and digging around was in any way legal?!) In any case my brother and I used to love these days out, and always came back with a prize or two..
There are so many beautiful ways to use glass, I have put together a few images for you today- hope you enjoy!
Etched glass can be so pretty. Here is how to do it. I’ve never tried it but after reading that I might give it a go- doesn’t sound as hard as I thought!
Images sourced from; Featured image: Simply Bloom Photography viaElizabeth Anne Designs | Blue Glass: Brown Dress with White Dots | Blue Jar Vase: Apartment Therapy | Clear Jar Vase: Dixie Pixel Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs | Baby’s Breath: Seth Snider Photography via Style Me Pretty | Hanging jars with candles: The Gifts of Life | Hanging jar with flowers: Millie Holloman Photography via Pretty Little Weddings | Photos in jars: Yankee Magazine and Jessamyn Harris via Style Me Pretty via Apartment Therapy | Clear Jars as Glasses: I Want That Wedding | Hanging Blue Jars: Ruby Ortega via Pinterest | Coloured Glass Vessel Vases: Simply Bloom Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs | Etched bottles: Charlotte Hughes Martin | Etched jars: Learning and Yearning