Showing posts from May, 2014

Framing Sea Fans

Oh I do love sea fans. They are just stunning aren't they? When I look at these soft corals around my home they remind me of my days scuba diving not only here in Australia but particularly of my time spent while living & working in the dive industry in Costa Rica many years ago. 

It was only late last year when I started following Em @beachhousehames on Instagram (IG) that I decided that I would actually love some for my own home. Em has been renovating an old home by the sea and in between renovating & raising a family, she is also a beachcomber. Fortunately, for her followers on IG she sells what she finds and when she has a sale, you've got to get in quick, otherwise you miss out! 

In this blog post I've decided to show what I have done with one of the large ones that I was lucky to score. First I bought a shadowbox frame that had been made specifically for this type of thing. However, I found that the sea fan was a tad big.

So what to do? Rather than trim the sea …

Old Purple Bottles

Have you seen old purple bottles before?

Gorgeous aren't they?

Ever wondered why they are purple?
You may remember in my last post about old bottles that I would explain the reason why some old clear bottles can turn a shade of purple over time.

Well there is a simple reason and it all has to do with manganese, an element that was used in the making of the clear bottles or glass during that time. It was discovered later that over time and under ultraviolet light, the manganese combines with the oxides in the glass causing the glass to turn a light pink, then a lavender colour to a moderately dark amethyst or purple depending on the amount of manganese and amount of ultraviolet light. 

As a result, these bottles are commonly called 'sun-purpled' or 'sun colour amethyst' glass.  Beautiful aren't they? 

So if you have some old clear bottles, pop them out in the sun for a few months and see if they turn or if you have an old glass fishing float, it may change colour too. 

Old Bottles - Coastal Vintage Style

Do you love old bottles? Oh I certainly do. Particularly aqua & cobalt blue.
When I started sourcing old bottles for my store Coastal Vintage, funnily enough not all made it to the shop. You will find them scattered in different parts of my home placed in areas just out of reach of little fingers. I often fill them with flowers, sea fans, starfish or palm leaves. Or I collate them in groups on their own.  They are beautiful historic pieces which can create a lovely, yet simple coastal vintage sense of style.

 These bottles are displayed in the foyer of my home with fresh flowers picked by my little ones for Mother's Day.

Here is a lovely collection of aqua blue bottles. Many old bottles were embossed and most of these are old remedy bottles. Don't they look great as a collection?

Or why not have a few different colours in a collection? I've included green, blue and purple in this group of 7.  Gorgeous colours aren't they?

These green & blue look lovely with the colo…

Glass Float Giveaway!

It's Percy the Seagull! He is back and we are having a Coastal Vintage give-away! 
To enter simply leave a message here on the blog & follow us by entering your email in sidebar

and you can increase your chances of winning by popping over to our Facebook page. Look for this image and simply like & share
You can see the range of glass floats we have on the website
Drawn Wednesday 7th May.
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