I thought I would share one of my passions, collecting blue glass… specifically blue glass bottles.
Yes those are itty bitty tiny tennis balls inside the jar, Bitty needed a good place next to the back door to keep her toys! This was a much prettier solution than the old shopping bag that housed the tennis balls at our apartment! Don’t your fur babies keep their play toys in glass containers?
I’ve been collecting these blue glass bottles for years and while I love all of them, my favorites are the oldest, the dirtiest, and the hardest to read of the lot.
While there’s something to be said about a brand new sparkling bottle, I just can’t resist the antique beauty with the faded words and quirky saying, although an unusual size or shape will typically do the trick too.
When I noticed that buying blue glass bottles was becoming a trend (for me at the very least) I decided to cut my purchases down to only those that spoke to me. If it was coming home, then it had to have a story.
My Daddy was born and raised in a little town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!) and I grew up hearing about Heinz Ketchup since their headquarters is inside the city. Although this bottle says Hinds Honey and Cream… the similar name reminds me of all those stories Daddy use to tell. The actual bottle held lotion (not ketchup) and was produced anywhere from 1875 through 1940. Mine does not have a cork top so sadly it isn’t cool enough to be made in 1875 (Bummer) but I still love it!
While these beauties aren’t exactly antiques they do hold a special meaning to me. Senior year of college I picked them up in a little antique store down in Oklahoma while on a road trip with two of my favorite people. All three are hand painted and absolutely gorgeous, although the sentimental value they hold is worth far more to me than the physical bottle.
This last piece is definitely not an antique… I bought it several months ago at World Market. While I’ve seen these bad boys at stores all around town they had the lowest price at 19.99 (Kohls wanted over $40!). I’d been on the hunt for one ever since I glimpsed it last year and resisted the urge… a large glass drink dispenser is not exactly on my list of everyday basics. However I loved that the glass said Yorkshire, and since we have a Yorkshire Terrior I thought it would be highly appropriate in our home. Now I know what you’re thinking “That is not a blue glass bottle!” And you’re right, it isn’t.
But here’s the trick… Instead of holding Diet Lipton Peach Tea (we’re obsessed at my house) this baby is going to hold bright blue laundry detergent. No more fumbling for the old tide container, I will be able to pour my laundry soap directly from my glass Yorkshire dispenser. Now how do you like them apples?