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Friday, August 3, 2012

Apothecary Jar Find

Apothecary jars seem to be all the rage now days, and I am sure that I'm one of the last people here in blog land to catch on!  But no more!  Just look at what I discovered a few weeks ago at a garage sale!  I really love the pedestal, and the long handle at the top.  This beauty is substantial!  She stands a foot and a half tall!
 I'm in love!  Actually, I spotted it at the same sale that I found my antique dining table at, but wouldn't you know, I didn't buy it that day!  I was so mad at myself for not scooping it up and bringing it home!  Have you ever done that before? Anyway, I went to the sale again the next day, hoping that it was still there.  Thinking that surely some other lucky person had snatched it up!  I could hardly wait to get there and see! As luck would have it, she still was there, just waiting for me!  I could hardly contain my excitement!  $7 and she was mine!

 Right now I've got her on my dining table, filled with sea shells, coral, and sand.  I've placed her on my favorite vintage silver tray along with a couple of sand dollars.  Oh, love how the tray is developing the perfect patina!
 I'm so happy with the result!  I picked up a bag of decorative sand at Jo Ann fabrics the other day.  And the shells and coral were collected on beach vacations, so they hold lots of special memories!
 I wanted to add a little something extra, so I made this cute vintage looking card using a graphic from the Graphics Fairy.  Just look at this bathing beauty!  Can you imagine wearing so many clothes just to go swimming?  I sure can't!  And I imagine that her "suit" is of wool, how itchy that must have been!
Anyway, I cut her out with scalloped scissors, and mounted her to scrap booking paper with photo corners.  Of course I had to add lots of glitter while I was at it!
 I know that I'll be getting a ton of use from this jar!  Wouldn't it be gorgeous filled with vintage ornaments at Christmas time?  Or used as a terrarium, or even as a pretty punch bowl!
 I had so much fun putting this all together.  You can be sure that if I find another beauty like this at a sale I'll grab it as soon as possible!
 Here is one last look! 
What treasures have you found lately?
Hope you all have a good weekend!
I'm linking up with Karen over at the Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday.
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The Bear's Blog said...


Happy weekend, my friend.


Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh how sweet! i saw two of these jars while on vacation and, darn, didn't purchase them! i'm regretting it now! ;)

Japolina said...

Love! Love! Love!

Debbie said...

What a great find for such an awesome price! Love that you will be able to use it seasonally too! The tag you made is so cute, Donna...the glitter is theeee best part!!! haha.
Enjoy the weekend, sweet friend.

Okio B Designs said...

You crack me up! =) Sometimes I'm late to get the memo too. HA! I love the beachy theme you did. It's gorgeous - especially that postcard!


Tete said...

Love it. I picked up a jar this week, too, but not that big! Love the tray and glad you got a second chance to bring it home!

Karen said...

Donna, I'm glad you were able to buy this piece after all. Lucky you! It looks wonderful with the shells. Christmas ornaments of some sort would look great too.

Barbara Jean said...

That jar is incredible!!! a Foot tall??

and great job putting your little seashore treasures in there. very cute!

barbara jean

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH that is a beautiful jar...I love how you decorated it, too! That image is one of my favorites!

Gail said...

Oh wow what a great find and such a good size ! I found a small glass cake stand this week...got so excited I nearly broke it ! Gail x

NanaDiana said...

Donna- I missed this post before. What a lovely post. I love all the shells- You do such a nice job of display...but...wait...wait..WHERE is the glitter?;p>) xo Diana

myric andreasen said...

I think your antique chair turned out really nice. Sometimes, when I buy antiques, I am torn if I will re-paint it or let it stay as it is! But you are right. I would want to enjoy it they way I want to!