Saturday, October 27, 2012

Purple Greed And a Giveaway!


If you've been following along with my shenanigans for a while...you know that I have been collecting purple and lavender bottles when I find them at the flea market.


I just love the light shining through these pretty bottles and find the color goes so well with the grays, blues and silver that I love.


I have used the tiny ones to hold violets...
the mid size ones for lavender phlox and the larger ones for lilacs.



But...when is enough...enough?


One of my favorite quotes...

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
 It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,
 confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home,
 a stranger into a friend. 
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today
 and creates a vision for tomorrow."

Melody Beattie


I have enough lavender and purple bottles.
 More than enough.


Time to share.

I'm going to sell some...
...and...
give one away... to one of you!

If you would like a chance to win a little purple or lavender bottle...leave a comment here on this post.
I will pick one winner in a few days.
:)
P. S.   Click HERE to see the bottles listed in my new Etsy shop.

What am I grateful for today?
blogging friends, pretty colors and the freedom that comes with letting go.

130 comments:

Leslie said...

Laura, I have that quote on my refrigerator!
Hope the storm(s) are kind to us. Thanks for the reminder that gratitude is always the key.

Simple Pleasure said...

Laura
The title should be TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING IS WONDERFUL! I would be thrilled to give a home to one of your "children". Personally, I can't imagine how you part with any of your treasures...
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

Susann said...

Oh, how I love the color lavender, purples and violet. My mother and grandmother's names were Pearl Violet and Ella Violet. In fact I just found a wild violet in the middle of my lawn, only one around. In fall? A message from Heaven and my mother!!

Bonnie Gallwitz said...

LOVE your purple and lavender
bottles...I have a collection
of turquoise bottles that I'm
obsessed with...always enjoy your
blog,,,thank you

Bonnie G.

Vintage Gal said...

Laura ~ what a beautiful quote to live by. I love purple and lavender bottles, but alas, we cannot find them here in Ontario. I would love a chance to win one of these beautiful treasures ~
Have a wonderful day ;-)

Gina said...

Love your bottles! I think I have a picture of them "pinned" actually. Love the quote too!! So true! :)

Evi said...

although lavender is not my color,they look very beautiful together.
Laura, stay safe!!!!
Talk to you after it is over.
Hugs to you and Rob,
Evi and Ebbie

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Pick me pleeeez :) I always love seeing your photos of the glass bottles. You have the most beautiful collections, Laura. I need to follow along your antiquing routes.
xo
Loi

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

What a stunning collection! I'm amazed you want to part with any of them, but if you're offering - I'd love to win one!

Blessings,
~Angie

the contessa said...

Love those bottles! I would love to win one! Love your name by the way as mine is Laura too!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Beautiful collection. I would love to be the winner. Going to browse your store now.....

French Basketeer.com said...

Enough is never enough!! I have two from the 26th St NYC flea that I love and use.

Beth Bucker said...

I do not believe, I also collect and bought the first one in Portobello Road in London, now I got bought by ebay, I do not find here in Brazil because I believe were not used in this time, I will love to have one, Beth Bucker

chateau chic said...

I'd love to have a lavender bottle. I just posted about three I found if you'd like to check it out.
Mary Alice

Ann Alba said...

I like you are a collector my first Lavender/purple bottle was given to me by my DH when He was on a diving trip the St Clair River near Sarnia Ontario, He has found many a cup& saucer Plates Brown Jug ( that's my fav) ermmmmm Chamber pot (tin)I have kept everything some of the bottles have stains from being in the water sand & sediment Hard to clean.
I have the lined up on top of my Kitchen cupboards. A Selection grouped together with lavender.
love them all.
have a good one Ann/alba.

PhotoLeoGrapher said...

Beautiful colors! Congrats!

Chasn Paper said...

Such a beautiful color, and the quote.. well it is so much a part of us all don't you think? Thanks for sharing your haunts, your treasures, and your life with all of us. You bring a smile to my face daily!

BailiwickStudio said...

I love this collection! I never see deep purple bottles around here, just the lavender ones. But both are beautiful! ::Jill

Diane Hinnant said...

Laura, I've recently fallen in love with a pretty lavender toile and one of your precious bottles would look beautiful with it. If I win, I'll need to purchase a couple from your etsy shop ... after all, we are supposed to decorate in threes, right?!?
Diane

The Feathered Nest said...

I would just LOVE to win one of your beautiful bottles sweet Laura! I know your Etsy shop must be doing so good, we all love your taste!!! I hope you are wonderful sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Katey said...

The post that first made me start subscribing was about your collection of purple bottles. They are beautiful. I have a few that my brother bought me at a flea market and I love them. Your collection is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

Andy's Attic said...

Really?? YOU like purple bottles??
Of course I know that, and would be thrilled to win one. :>)

Karol said...

Love them - they are beautiful!
Thanks for the chance to win one.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Since I'm a 'lavender girl' I would sure love to have one of these! Thanks for the fun! Sweet hugs, Diane

Heaven's Walk said...

Your collection is totally amazing, Laura! Love the way the sunshine plays through that gorgeous color! Thank you for sharing your love of purple bottles with us! I'd love to win one to put my fav purple roses in!

xoxo laurie

Sandy A said...

How generous to share! Thank you and I would love to own one of your lovely bottles...

longtodolist said...

I would be happy to give one of your beautiful bottles a new home. How generous of you! Thank you so much.

Denise said...

Love the lavender bottles!
Please include me in your kind and
generous give away.

bobbie said...

Lavender is my favorite color...

Rose Baker said...

The purple bottles are beautiful! What a great give away:)

Victoria said...

I had no idea you had an Etsy shop! I just saved it to my Etsy faves and added some of your lavender bottles to my favorites list:) I am a lavender freak, I just put lavender sheers up in my bedroom...I would LOVE to win one of your bottles!!!

Cheapchick said...

You have the finest taste - I have a collection of bottles but none in purple yet. Congrats on your ETSY shop, I am sure you will be very successful! PS I have been a follower for ages :)

Kathy Radigan said...

Laura I have seen and loved these bottles on your site they are gorgeous! Thanks for a chance to win one! That's a fun giveaway!!

Jamie said...

Love the purple bottles and will go visit your Etsy shop right now! How exciting! Jamie V in MT
http://rem-nants.blogspot.com
jamievowell@yahoo.com

Mystica said...

I'd love to enter for one of those lilacy bottles but doubt you could post it overseas! Gorgeous collection. Thank you for brightening up a gloomy morning.

Turquoise Diaries said...

I have some blue ones but these purple ones are to die for.....

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Wow, they are the most amazing colour. I don't think I've ever seen this colour of bottle before. x

hansensgasse said...

Whow, you are so brave to let go parts of your collection. Every collector knows that this is the hardest thing! I`m not in here for winning one of the bottles as shipping to Germany would be pretty expensive, but to tell you that I love to follow your blog. Especially your pictures of the nuature surrounding you give such an impression of the beauty outside our houses! Please keep on sharing. And, since I´m looking at you pictures of markets and shops I started looking a little different at some off the items. I now know that it´s not crazy to see the beauty off a bundle of old keys, a stack of used linen or an old crystal bowl, even with a crack. Not to mention laces. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful findings and ideas!
Best wishes from Germany
HansensGasse

Suesan Kennard said...

I have never seen the purple bottles before your post. They are lovely. I would love to give one a new home. :D

Di said...

I LOVE your generous soul and would love a lavender bottle. i have blue ones but haven't seen lavender! Thanks for thinking of us. Di@Cottage-wishes

Franse Lelie said...

I love your bottles in lavender and they would perfectly match with my little aquagreen collection!
Loevely greetings from Rotterdam-Holland

Carmen Sutton said...

What a lovely collection, I dont know how you can part with any! I have a small collection of bottles that my husband used to dig up in the fields when he was small. I would love to have a lavendr on to add to them.

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Your collection is so beautiful and the way you photograph them elevates their beauty even more!

xo, abby

Donna OShaughnessy said...

My DIL Loves lavender and purple bottles and If I win she will get one for Christmas! Thank you

House of Seasons said...

My blogfriend Franse Lelie mailed me te have a look here......And WOW, i'm a collector too, but don't have a purple one (yet!!!) I have green and turquoise and bleu! But one purple would be great!
I will follow your lovely blog from now!
Thanks for the beatiful pictures, very inspiring.
Liefs from Holland
Lia

Zuzu said...

These are gorgeous, Laura.
I have little touches of lavender and purple in our tiny cottage (the color palette is white & grey & brown & pastel robbin's egg blue), so I know exactly what you mean! :)
I have been trying to convince two vintage bottles to turn lavender by placing them in the sunlight... apparently it will take some patience.
I'm off to visit your Etsy shop...
Have a lovely Sunday, and thank you for the opportunity to be entered in your gorgeous giveaway!
~ Zuzu

Veryl Stockdale said...

I don't think I have ever seen a purple bottle ....they are quite lovely....Veryl

humphreycumfycushion said...

What beautiful shades - I have blue, clear and green bottles but haven't come across the lavender shades before - exquisite.

Priscilla said...

I would love to win a purple bottle to add to the one I have in my bedroom, making it a collection - at the least the beginning of a collection.

Sandi said...

I have a small collection of clear and brown bottles like these, but no lavender and purple. Wow.

PJ Harrison said...

Would love to win a purple bottle -- a new collection would be in the making!!

bountifulblessings said...

What a wonderful stash of purple! And generous of you to share. :o)

martinisfor2 said...

First and foremost i wish everyone well with the nor'easter heading your way. Stay safe. I experienced the storm in 1991.
I LoVe, LoVe, LoVe your purple bottle collection...and I'm feeling lucky...oh lucky ;) !!! Did I mention I had the most gorgeous purple bedroom as a child? I am still drawn to purple even as an earthtone person. I enjoy your blog so much. I feel like we still live up there. I'm not a big commenter but I do enjoy reading about your escapades!

LuAnn

martinisfor2 said...

p.s.

Thank you so much for that beautiful quote!

LuAnn

Violets Are Blue said...

Hi Laura - thank you for your generous giveaway - pls add my name to the hat. Patty

Jennifer said...

A wonderful collection!

Gloria Richards said...

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION! HOW KIND OF YOU TO PART WITH ONE AS A GIFT. I LOVE LAVENDER, COLOR, FLOWER, SMELL...FEBRUARY BORN OF COURSE! THANK YOU.

Laura said...

Just beautiful photos of your bottles. Yesterday I picked the last of my blue salvia and red gerbera daisies for me and a friend.
Would love one of your pretty bottles.
Thank you for sharing.

Laura said...

Just beautiful photos of your bottles. Yesterday I picked the last of my blue salvia and red gerbera daisies for me and a friend.
Would love one of your pretty bottles.
Thank you for sharing.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Not sure of your location - just wanted to say "stay safe". Looks like Sandy is going to hit hard.

Musette said...

Lavender blue dilly dilly.... And lavender always smells beautiful! These bottles are just beautiful! So glad you are on Etsy !! Have a great weekend and stay safe!
Kris Shedarowich =^..^=

Sarah said...

Very pretty color. I am going to use the quote in our church e-posting that goes out twice a week. Thank you for your lovely blog.

wandalee said...

Wow - I love those bottles! I have been looking for them ever since I saw them on your blog - still have not found any! :-( well, one that has a HINT of lavender :-) Would love to win one!

Wanda in NH

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

OMG I LOVE old purple bottles and try to collect as well but have a really hard time finding them. I would so love to win one of yours.

Lynnie

Jodi Keller said...

And just how wonderful are you?! The purple is lovely! It reminds me of my Great Grandmother & if I won, I would put some forget-me-nots in it as those were some of the many flowers she grew in her garden :)

susan said...

thank you for the opportunity to win i am so grateful for bloggers like you who continue to inspire me everyday

Sandi said...

What gorgeous lavender bottles!! I would love to enter if I am not too late. If so, congrats to the winner. :)
Blessings~

heather said...

hmmmm violets my favorite scent. i like lavender grey and black with silver so much i chose it for the colors of my bedroom relaxing luxury :)

KATIES MOM said...

I would Love to have one of your treasured purple bottles! I keep trying to remind myself to send you a # 52 I found underneath a deck I pass by every Friday. I did stop in the driveway there and snapped a pic. It must have been part of their address sign at one time. Even if I don't win anything, I do enjoy your posts, the pictures you take are beautiful!!

Lina Aggerholm said...

I would love to try to win the bottle. Love your blog. It is so beautiful and your pictures are so pretty.
Hugs from Lina

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

I think your bottle collection is so pretty. Love the varying shades of purples. They remind me of johnny jump ups in spring. Please include me in your drawing. Thanks.

Amy said...

I love your beautiful collection and would be pleased as can be to have one of your gorgeous bottles for my very own. Thanks much for the chance! Amy M.

The Cranky Queen said...

what an awesome collection... since purple is 1 of my fav colors, i would luv to win one of these little amethyst gems. Tiff

organizedmama said...

I love the purple I have never seen purple bottles before how cool

heidi h. said...

I love your blog and I love the purple bottles. I would love to win such a nice thing. Thanks

Ti Bo said...

Purple... crazy about it!!! and I would love to add to my tiny collection. I have loved purple since I can remember and even have purple carpet in my house! I love purple flowers... favorites are violets, pansies, lavender!!!! and just added a bunch of purple clothing to my wardrobe!
Ok, enough... thanks for the chance!!!
ti

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

You were one of the first blogs that I found and followed when I first starting blogging almost a year ago. Blogging has become a way of healing for me since my parents deaths only 6 months apart from each other.
I love old bottles and the lavendar ones are so hard to find. I really love the way they almost take on a silver hue. I hope I win. If not, I may have to shop with you:)

Katherines Corner said...

lovely quote and lovely bottles too. My favorite color. Thank you for the opportunity to enter and win a bottle too. I hope you;ll add your giveaway to my win it page Hugs!

Nancy said...

Hi -I would love to win a purple bottle. I have never seen one before. Great giveaway. Nancy P

vikki said...

Funny thing purple is my favorite color. Would love to win one. I had one when I was a small girl, not sure what ever happened to it but it was one of my treasures.

hong kong property said...

awesome set of bottles

ByLightOfMoon said...

I adore following your blog and travels Laura, your photos are always exquisite!

Purple is my favorite color and I do collect blue bottles, however I don't have a purple one! I would love it for my windowsill!

Smiles, cyndi

Diane said...

What a beautiful collection! I would love to win one!!!!

Melissa said...

Would love to add a little purple bottle to my collection! :)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I love your collection Laura!
My Mom used to put her collection of colored bottles in the windows and would look so beautiful on a sunny day!
I'll be keeping my fingers crossed, thanks for the chance!

Bohemian said...

What a great Collection! What a Generous give-away! Count me in, I'd Love to own one of these Found Lavender Hued Treasures!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Kristie Franklin said...

What a beautiful collection! I love the color lavender and you certainly have a variety of shades.

I would be delighted to be entered into your giveaway! I'm going to head over to your Etsy shop now! :)

Linda A Park said...

I love purple! I would love a purple bottle! I have blue bottle collection, yellow, red and orange but not purple. Must start a purple collection....

Judy in OKC said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful purple bottles. I would love to start my own collection! Thank you!

LizlovesVintage said...

Your collection is stunning Laura! I see you have made some sales on Etsy. You go!! That's wonderful. It's windy here.. Stay safe during the storm.
PS. No, I didn't buy the china. No room!!
xxx Liz

Teresa said...

Those are so pretty, I'd love to win one. Thanks for the giveaway!

Botanic Bleu said...

Purple vintage bottles...make my eyes happy...

I would love to win one from you.

Now, I'm off to your store AND keeping my eyes open at flea markets.

Chemin des Muguets said...

Hi Laura,

I love your bottle collection.

But am more concerned about your family and the storm. Be safe. Thinking of you, Marjorie

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

I absolutely love the quote and what a gorgeous collection. Some seem almost opalescent! :)

manon 21 said...

Laura j'adore ...tu collectionnes comme moi et ensuite envie d'autres collections,et on recommence.

Je pense à toi ce soir avec cet ouragan.
Amitiés

Manon

Tazas y Cuentos said...

I love them! For me it's never enough speaking about collections. I must work more on your "freedom that comes with letting go"...LOL
Don't worry about the giveaway, I'm too far, I just wanted to tell you that I love these bottles and photos.
Besos from Argentina, Silvina

bumblebee said...

O so pretty! I love old bottles and the purples are just so beautiful!

donnaj said...

What a great giveaway! I don't think i have any purple in my collection-just can't seem to stop myself when i see a good, inexpensive bottle. love their history.

VintageCrafter said...

You are so very generous! I love the beautiful bottles and the amazingly beautiful quote. Be safe!

Sally said...

Beautiful giveaway. I'd love to win this for my daughter whose favoriate color is purple :)

sally.puckett@yahoo.com

Melanie said...

Love these bottles and would love to have one in my home. I can think of some beautiful ways to display it with other bottles or standing alone. Thank you!

Sue Chesley said...

What a sweet and generous offer! My single little lavender bottle would love to have a mate...thank you for the chance to win one!

ariadne said...

I rarely find purple sea glass!So imagine how I would feel to have a whole bottle!I hope you are not affected too much by the storm!AriadnefromGreece!

Jill said...

I used to sing that song to my son "Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly"

Carol R said...

How I love purple glass! Please enter me into your giveaway.

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love that grattitude quote and I love your collection of pretty purple bottles. You are so kind to share.

Danielle

Marilyn said...

Love purple bottles and one would look just perfect with my clear glass and blue.

aimee said...

Beautiful ! It is so sweet of you to share :) take care.
Blessings, Aimee

Home Bohemia said...

Beautiful bottles...but so hard to find...you´re lucky...I like the idea/ Maria

Carole said...

Oh how I'd love to win a purple bottle. They are so rarely seen in these parts. I had one, a purple Atlas canning jar, but it broke a couple of years back. I've never seen another.

Thanks for this opportunity. :-)

Gay Idle/Captive Heart said...

Love the collection of purple and lavendar bottles!!! I also love the gratitude quote...it's all about perspective isn't it? Your blog is a beautiful feast for the eyes.

reprise said...

Those are so pretty! I am 'purple' with envy. ;)

Karen Albert said...

Laura I love your lavender bottle collection and would be honored to have one!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Céline said...

I can't play cause I live far away but I want to say you than your "collection" is beautifull and yours pictures ... "magnifiques" !!! I love your blog !!!
Bonne journée
Céline

Marinella said...

La tua raccolta e'magnifica!Piacciono tanto anche a me ma non le ho mai trovate.
Posso partecipare dall'Italia?
Ciao e grazie
narinella
g.marina58@gmail.com

Lori said...

I would love one of your lavender bottles - to hold memories of Provence. Lori

Eileen said...

Your blog is so inspirational. Glad to hear you are safe.

Ms. Robinson said...

what a beautiful collection...i would love to win one of your favorite things.

Mariah
mrobinson@dailyprogress.com

Tami said...

So pretty!!! Thank you for the give-away and glad you are safe, hugs,
Tami

jcamp78 said...

I would love to win one of your bottles!

Hedy King said...

Pretty purple bottle might be a new collectable for me! Thanks

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Laura, I am so glad that you and your family are safe, that is wonderful news. Oh you have such a beautiful collection, I have never seen this color of purple, I have seen it lighter, so pretty. Thank you for the chance to win. Hope your power is back on soon. Hugs, Terri

Roxanne Reinhart said...

Hello. It is nice to hear that you are safe and sound. Hopefully power will be back soon. Since I have discovered blogs a few years back I have become obsessed with vintage bottles. I have a hard time finding them. I LOVE your collection of purple bottles. My bed and bath are purple so one of your beautiful bottles would be perfect! I am your newest follower. Thank you for a chance to win.

bskthound1 said...

I am a new follower of your blog and am so enchanted! I love your purple bottles! Hmmm..new collection?

annabelle said...

What a beautiful quote! Wishing you the best at this time. The lavender bottles are lovely. I also collect cranberry glass. Love mixing and matching up colored accessories with my linens and china. Would love to own another piece of beautiful glass. Take care.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Love your purple collection!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so glad you are Ok after this storm. Great to hear your Etsy shop is doing so well. Your Lavender bottle collection is amazing!!
hugs, Linda

Terri Bartgis said...

Glad you are safe. I love these bottles - gorgeous! Hope it's not too late to enter.

Sarah said...

Gratitude is the key to a happy life. Love the quote and love seeing all your lavender bottles grouped together. If I'm not to late, I'd like to throw my name into the hat.
Glad to know you are safe.........Sarah

Irishnana said...

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”
― Brian Tracy