Friday, February 1, 2013

Very Versatile Vases

I started keeping my eyes open for good deals on glass 
apothecary jars and vases when I needed some about five
years ago for the candy table at my daughter's wedding.

I learned from having those first vases that they are very versatile.

I'm always misspelling the word "versatile" so I looked it up in
the dictionary so you would not be snickering when you saw
the title of this blog post spelled wrong.  The dictionary says
that the word "versatile" means
1. changing readily
2. embracing a variety of skills
3. having many uses or applications

Those definitions describe my clear glass vases perfectly!
They can be used in so many different ways.
They adapt to the occasion they are used for.
They are like chameleons. 

My stash of clear vases has...ummm...grown since those first
ones I bought for the wedding.  You can find them fairly
inexpensively at craft stores and discount stores. 

Recently, I even dressed some of my vases up in sweaters.
If you would like to see more photos of any of these projects, click on the highlighted link. 

Sometimes the vases are main characters of a vignette...

Other times the vases are more part of an ensemble cast:

 I love little vases too.  
They come in such cute shapes and are cheap.
  It only takes a single bloom to make them pretty.
I may, or may not, have added to my "collection" 
when a friend asked me to help decorate
 tables at her daughter's wedding reception.

You can even change the color of the clear glass vases
to match a party or season of the year:

You might even say that I have become a hoarder of clear vases.
Alison of Polohouse blog says, "Hoarders...collectors...a thin line...but hey, if you have to hoard...oops 'collect' 
something it might as well be fantastic and beautiful".
   She also says, "It's not hoarding if it looks nice". 

Well, I'll let you decide.  Here are a some vases that
 have been in my carport for a few weeks:

I can find lots of excuses not to put them up because I have to
"tote" them up these stairs to place them in their storage space:

Then I have to walk like the Hunchback of Notre Dame (due to  low beams) to get them on their shelves at the far end of the attic.

Sometimes the vases get loaned out to go to other folks' 
houses for parties so I don't totally hoard them for myself.

If you don't have some clear glass vases, you should buy a few
when you see a good price on them (even Dollar Tree has some).
You don't have to go cray-cray with them like I have. 

For other ideas on how to use clear glass vases, 
Pottery Barn has good pictures and instructional videos.

I am sharing this post over at 
The Tablescaper blog where Alma is having her
annual "Where Do You Keep It All" blog party. 


Beth said...

I love your blog and your creativity. :) So glad I accidently found you!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

You have a wonderful collection of containers and I love all your vignettes. The faux starfish and coral are still my favorites.
Hugs, Sherry

Sarah said...

Kitty, your collection of containers is amazing. Like you, I'm frequently looking to use versatile items as vases. Love the way you group lots together.

Salmagundi said...

You are so creative with your glass containers. Lots to be inspired by!! Thanks for sharing. Sally

The Refeathered Roost said...

Kitty, if I had a crown and the authority, I would place the crown on your head and dub you Queen of the Containers. I can't pick a favorite display of yours, too many great ones to pick. Great post!

NanaDiana said...

I love all your bits and pieces of jars and glass containers. They are all just gorgeous- Your blog is great today- xo Diana

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a great selection of containers and vases! I LOVE all your beautiful displays!!

Sharing Shadymont said...

Beautiful! Lovely post!

Maureen said...

I'll never think I go overboard on collections again! You are the vase master and you are wonderful at creating beautiful little worlds inside them.

Babs said...

Oh,My! I thought I had a lot of clear glass containers, but you take the prize.I love them all, and the way you display them..especially the summer PB copycat and the display with the tropical leaves. Beautiful!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Kitty, Your collection of containers is amazing and beautiful. I love how you store them in the attic, great idea except for the steps. We store a lot in the attic and we have those steps too, ugh! I love how you group your collection together for displays. Great Post Kitty! Thanks for the inspiration.
Have a great weekend.

The French Hutch

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Wow, such gorgeous displays of containers. Beautiful color theme in the blues, all are so interesting to look at.


Oh sweet lady, you have overwhelmed me with all these beautiful images of containers in all sizes, shapes and materials!! You did some amazing displays and vignettes...what an inspiration you are!! So Miss Kitty, count me as one of your happy and newest can follow me if you'd like, ONLY! Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments. I'm going back to see more of this stunning post!

Corinna @ The Sweet Spot Blog said...

I love the sunflower display!

Alison said...

I love your sweater vases, what a brilliant idea!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Mariel said...

What a great post! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Also, don't miss the Sweethearts Giveaway starting on Monday with over $2,000 in prizes. Hope to see you there!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...


Your daughter's wedding sweets tables are amazing! So many pretty shots, it's hard to remember which to comment on first! Love the seashell table and the sweaters you made on your vases too. Darling!

Sorry I did not get over here sooner to comment.
Have been on college visits for five days and could
not access comment boxes from my cell phone!

Thanks so much for sharing your glass vases with us, and even your storage photos of them. It helps when I can show my husband that other creative ladies store a lot too!!!! :)


Donna Wilkes said...

I always come over to see what you are doing with your glass containers, but this display of so many inspirational photos is awesome. My favorites have been the sweaters and the Epsom salts with the bottle brush trees. I bow to the queen!

County Line Road said...
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County Line Road said...

I just stopped by for a visit from The Polohouse. You have a very cute Blog with creative ideas.

Naperville Now said...

Darling blog -- and you have made Maureen at It's All Connected so happy. You are a very kind person.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Coming your way from Maureens at It's All Connected. What a wonderful thing you did for my good friend by sending her that plate! Your blog is new to me and quite lovely! Any friend of Maureen's is a friend of mine and I'm happy to be following you via GFC and looking forward to more great ideas! Again, thank you for making Maureen so happy!

anangloinquebec said...

Me too, joining you from Maureen's blog, It's All Connected. She is on cloud nine after your kind and thoughtful gesture. I am glad she told us though as I can see I have a whole lot of fun ahead of me in exploring your blog. Love those sweaters for cute is that!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh my do have one awesome collection of vases. Hop over today and grab my featured button for your blog. Yes...those cute sweater vases have been featured at my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party:)


P.S. the button is located under my header.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I have five and I thought that was a lot! You sure have so many but you also have fun with them.
I don't know what happened but you weren't on my bloglist but found you again and you back on it. I've always enjoyed your blog!


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

oh, my.....I'm digging this post! I love how your containers have a "wardrobe." So cute!

i've bookmarked this page so I can visit later for inspiration.

Linking from The Polo House,
Ricki Jill

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wow, you have an amazing collection of glass containers! I love all the different ways that you use them!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, amazing. I love them all. Gorgeous vignettes. Thanks for joinig TTT. Hugs, Marty

Diane said...

I was wondering where you keep them all, before I arrived at your explanation. I cannot imagine having to carry them up that ladder! Very creative uses of the containers - I will probably be copying - lol!!

Chubby Chieque said...

Hi Ms. Koy Kat §:-)

First and foremost, I love your blog name.

Second, if my hubby see this, he will be faint. LoL. He think I am a hoarder. I keep everything and I love glasses in all sizes.

TY for the great inspirations.

Greetings from a frozen Stockholm,
/CC girl

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, mercy!!! Hats off to you for making that climb! I couldn't do it! I had 2 of those storage ladder spaces when I lived in my condo years ago (emphasis on YEARS AGO when I was younger and thinner and more agile!!!), and I would hop up and down them all the time. I don't know how on earth you do it! It's great to have that kind of stash!!!

Thanks for sharing your collection of wonderful vases! It's always nice to have a vast variety!

Thanks for sharing. I agree with The Polo's not hoarding if it's pretty!!! I couldn't agree with you more!

Rita C. said...

Visiting from Alma's - love seeing where everyone stows their stash! Your vases are, indeed, versatile, and your vignettes with them are all great.
Last year I hoarded all the vintage mason jars I came across in my antique & vintage sales dealings for my daughter's wedding, and am now sharing those with friends for similar events. I know I can always sell them, but I enjoy having them for special occasions.
Having my basement in better shape is my goal, and Alma's call to tell the world where it's all stashed is a good prompt!
Nice to make your acquaintance,
Rita C at Panoply

The Tablescaper said...

Neat post.

- The Tablescaper


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