Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Trash to Treasure...

You probably remember seeing this in an earlier post. A large jug with lights in it and looks, oh so much better than a picture shows, with the light illuminating the area. I am still using it through Thanksgiving with the orange lights in it.
Here is another bottle with lights that I am using in my kitchen window.
Now for the treasures....I have been on the hunt for more inexpensive bottles to put white lights in for Christmas. I found these at a little antique store and the man saw me pick a couple of them up and put them down (just cost too much).....he came over and gave me a different price than was marked on the sticker....all four bottles for $6.00 so someone else's trash became a treasure for me.
Be sure to go over and visit or link with Diane at A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words to visit all the other Trash to Treasure participants.
Also, my little Lucy pup will go in this morning to get spayed.....keep her in your heart and prayers that all goes well for my little sweetie.

56 comments:

April said...

What a neat idea! I did something like that on my blog recently with an opaque glass block. You drill a hole in one of the sides of it and feed mini lights (50) through the hole. Then, you tie a ribbon around it to make it look like a present. It makes the best decoration or gift for someone! You did so well by getting all those bottles for only $6! Way to go!!

Good luck to Lucy today! I'm sure she'll be just fine! She sure is adorable!

Bo said...

Hi Darlene...this looks so cool...I can just see the new bottles now all bedecked in white Christmas lights! ;-) Bo

LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said...

What a fun trash to treasure, I bet at night your window vignette looks beautiful!

Kitty Scraps said...

Good Morning Miz Darlene,
I love how you're recycling and repurposing to make gifts this year. How awesome is that!?! And they look great too, win win.

Your little Lucy will be in my prayers today for a speedy recovery.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Darlene,
I love this idea! I may have to copy you. I can see it being used all through the year on my porch!

Thanks for the inspiration and for playing along!

Mabry's gamma said...

Darlene,

Hope all goes OK for Lucy, I have been a worried mom when my fur girls had this done. I called ALL the time through out the day so I can sympathize with what you are going through.

Cheri

PS - Love the recycling idea

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Well, that was nice for the man to give you a better price. I love the lights in your jars and think it looks so festive. I may do that for Christmas.
Have a great day!

judicreations said...

Hi Darlene
I saw that before on your blog and I love those lights in that big jar. What kind of jar is it?
Great deal on the bottles. Can't wait to see what you do with them...how they'll look. I'll have to start looking to I can tell.
Have a great day.
Judi

duchess said...

Cute bottles.
I was going to tell you about the glass block idea but see that April already did, so....get busy.:)

Hugs to the puppy.

Daphine said...

Love this idea! I think I will try this during the Christmas decorating season. Thanks for always inspiring the rest of us with your trash to treasure stuff.

Happy Tuesday!

Jeanne said...

Darlene, that is a fun idea. I love lights in or on anything. Your bottles are a bargain and they will be a treasure when they light up your life. smile.

Oh. I will say a little prayer for your sweetie who will be spayed. I have to tell you when my little poodle, not Babette, had to be spayed I made and canceled three appointments. When I finally took her in, the staff at the vet had taken bets on if I would show up or not. LOL. Poor little thing.

Come over, there is a treasure you will love to see.

Love...Jeanne

Dawn said...

I love the idea of lights in those bottles. They look nice. I'm sure in real life the lightening is very pretty. I'm glad you got a good deal on the bottles.

Good luck to Lucy today. I'll be keeping her in my thoughts and I'm sure she'll be just fine!

take care,
Dawn

Karen said...

Love that look! I did that too with a glass pumpkin but found only white lights on a green cord. I have one of those wine bottle things too that lights up. I love to look for things to put them in:)

Sandy Toes said...

How fun!
-sandy toes
p.s. I love anything that lights up!

Deb said...

Blessings to your sweet cat today! I'm sure she will be fine. It's so important to have our pets spayed and neutered :-)
I love your idea of tucking in lights in large bottles - so pretty.

Michelle said...

Aww...good luck to Lucy!

I have a couple of those bottles that my SIL gave me...she bought them can't remember where...anyway...they had a hole drilled in the back of the bottle...she thought my husband could probably do them...we haven't tried yet. They were also in wine bottles...we keep them in the gameroon and they make a great show and decoration. I'll do a post soon just to show you.

Shannon said...

Great find! I can't wait to see them at Christmas!

Neabear said...

You got lucky with that buy. Now you gotta post pictures again when you put your lights in them.

Fran said...

I love the idea of lights in a jar!

Good luck to Lucy! Give her lots of treats after....it always makes me feel better!

Fran

Smilingsal said...

That was a nice purchase, and you didn't even have to dicker! I'm glad to hear that you are taking care of your dog; it's so important.

Wendy said...

Love the bottles...they'll be lovely with the lights in them!

Ginger said...

Hi Darlene:
Poor little Lucy, I feel for her and I know she will get lots of sympathy and great care from you.
The bottle idea is so cute, and what a great price you got.
Ginger

Picket said...

Love the bottles..they look like the old glass milk jugs we use to get milk delivered in!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Darlene, Darlene, Darlene...The lady is all about twinkle lights~♥

So cute!

Joanna said...

You know, I will have to try this. I really want to see what this looks like in person. *smiles*

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What fun! And a great deal on the bottles, too. I followed Mr. Linky from Diane's and am so glad I did. Thanks for sharing!

Sheila :-)

beth at aunties said...

Darlene,
What a fun way to make a home feel nice and cozy. I love the look and will make my own as soon as I get a bottle or two! Awesome idea!
Good Luck to your sweet Lucy:)

Nikki said...

Oh, stuff that lights up is always fun.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

That is a good idea. I was thinking about taking some Christmas lights to put on top of our kitchen cabinets...you won't see them but I think it would give a nice little glow in the kitchen. It's fun to think out of the box on this stuff!
Carrie

Lorrie said...

Great idea Darlene! I love the glow of those lights at night.

Hope Lucy does fine--dogs have the benefit of not knowing what's coming, so they can't anticipate and worry like we do!

Melissa Wertz said...

Love those milk bottles. That great is going to look fab at Christmas time!

Shelia said...

Afternoon, Darlene! I do like the little lights shining so brightly in these jugs. I may have to borrow that idea for Christmas time. Love those bottles too!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Liz said...

Oh yeah. I've already broken out the white lights and put them in the blue jar on top of the tv cabinet. Matt was so confused, "It's not Christmas yet." But I shook my head, "It's pre-Christmas decor!"

Bella Casa said...

That's really a cute idea, Darlene:) I have some bottles around here, too, that I was going to use for vases, but definitely are not being used now with SNOW on the ground...wah!!!!

Bella :)

HeathahLee said...

Oh, those bottles will look so pretty with Christmas lights in them! I love the green bottle!

Mad Red Hare said...

Love the apple jar. I have one just like it that my old neighbor was going to get rid of. I have it displayed on top of my kitchen cabinets.

Sue said...

I think the lights in the bottles will be seen at my house this Christmas.....thanks to YOU!

misty said...

Thank you for your sweet comments about my pictures. I would love for you to give me a call if you are ever in Houston. Thanks for stopping by my blog...btw, I am loving the lights in a bottle idea. Might have to try that!
misty

Christina said...

Looks great! A bright spot by the window. I really like it. : )

Our Complete Family said...

What a neat 'glow' they will give off! They turned out GREAT hun!
~ Les

Gretchen said...

Darlene,

This is such a great idea and brightens up any room. Thanks for the great idea.

Gretchen

Jules from "The Roost" said...

What a bargain, girl!!! You will be all glowing at Christmas!

nikkicrumpet said...

Great idea....I'll bet they look so good at night...and good luck to your little furbaby!

Lisa & Gerald said...

What a great idea! love it!

Susie Harris said...

I think those are so neat. I bet it looks really good from outside the window too! I like the old bottles too~

Southern Lady said...

Darlene, thank you for stopping by my Southern Lagniappe and taking the time to comment. I'm glad it led me to your blog.

I love your light jugs ... what a neat idea! And you really got a good bargain on the bottles. Those milk bottles would be pretty on your window sill with some wildflowers in them.

Sincerely,

Janie

At Home In Georgia said...

Great idea...I like that white bird I see in the picture.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Those will look lovely with white lights...I enjoyed catching up with you. I hope you enjoyed your birdy...I checked my email and have not got one from you? I have had some things going on. Love the Thanksgiving decor. cherry

Aleta said...

I love the simplicity of this. Are you going to do red and green lights in the jars for Christmas?

Cottage Rose said...

Wow what a great deal he gave you. I love old bottles. And yours with the lights are so pretty.

Have a great week

Hugs;
Alaura

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Cute idea!! I love the mini lights!

Jill Scott said...

I love this idea. You find such great deals too.

Ashlie said...

Yay for the great deal on the bottles! I know you'll find a great place for them. I hope all goes well for your pup!

Saucy said...

Good luck to the pup!

I have put lights into old bottles and also into those glass blocks they sell at Home Depot in the window section. You can drill a large hole through the glass near the back or the bottom and then you don't have to see the cord through the neck!

Lemon Annie said...

Cute Idea!

Kelly said...

I was just coming to tell you to do exactly what your first poster April said...Get one of those window blocks and make it looks like a christmas present, they are swesome.