Sunday, 23 July 2017

Styling My Home

Ages ago my parents offered me two carboys from their house, they've had them for years. I remember them from when I was little, until Father obtained a huge whisky bottle from the Naval Club he used to go to one was filled with change, the other was a bottle garden. 

The smaller of the two we've had in the house for quite a while and hold Dan's toy cars - ideal for when the smalls come to visit as they love both the cars and having to get them out of the bottle. The other was in the garage for ages, until I mentioned to Dan that we had used it as a bottle garden and he was taken with the idea. Today we, to the best of our ability put the plan into action. 


We decided it would add a bit of something to the spare bedroom, I fear it may be a broken toe if a visitor staggers around too much in the dark after a great night out.


The mouth of the bottle is too small even for my tiny lady hands so it was a delicate operation involving bamboo canes and a cut up tetrapak funnel, but we got the plants in without too much stress. The compost package says I'm to leave the plants for now and water in a few days using tepid rainwater. Looks gorgeous doesn't it. The reality is a teeny bit different

 
Absolutely filthy! Some kind of rag on a bendy stick is needed to clean things up a bit. But not before I've had some crumpets. 

The other bottle, as well as containing the cars, is a bunny deterrent, or at least an early warning system if they get too close to the electrical cables - we can't just use Lego all the time.



14 comments:

  1. Both jars look great, but I love the car jar. I'm not surprised the littles love it.

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    1. I love the car jar. At first we used the jar just to get the cars out of a box, but we decided we liked it and it would look good in the house. I didn't even think about it until my eldest niece dragged me over to it so she could play with them.

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  2. Looks good I have always fancied a garden in a bottle.

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    1. It's a really nice addition. We don't have many plants because of the rabbits, but we've started to bring a few in recently and it adds that certain something to the house.

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  3. I have been looking foe one of those huge pots, I had one years ago with a garden in and would live another one. Love the cars in the second one.

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    1. I'm so lucky to have these two. We saw one like our larger bottle somewhere recently and it had a £25 price tag!

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  4. Our grandma had a bottle garden for years. A bottle containing toy cars is a new one on me. Looks good. Our big bottle contains the new £1 coins. I had to empty the old pound coins and spend them. Don't want them hanging around come October, now do we!
    xx

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  5. What lovely shape those jars are. I don't doubt the smalls have a great deal of fun removing the cars from their glass garage.

    God bless.

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    1. They're a very soothing shape aren't they, nice and fat. I think getting the cars in and out is as much fun as racing them!

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  6. I can remember as a child my parents having a garden in a bottle which has got me thinking whatever happened to it. I LOVE the car bottle, such a simple but very effective storage and strangely beautiful display.

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    1. Bottle gardens were all the rage at one point weren't they. I know my parents had their for years.

      I love the car bottle, I like how it's a mixture of both our pasts, the bottle is something I remember from childhood, and of course Dan loved his cars, mixing the two seems appropriate (and it protects cables from bunny teeth). It lead me to thinking that we do have a lot of toy cars on display around the house.

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    1. Thank you. I still haven't worked out how to clean the bottle, but it still looks good!

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