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Monday, September 12, 2011

Making these bottles is too much fun!!!

 I think I mentioned in my last post that I have been making more time to spend in the studio lately.
One of my latest obsessions have been bottles. Now I know that they have been out there for quite a while, and I fell in love with them from the first time I saw them. I knew that someday I would make some but until my trip to Round Top last Spring, I just didn't have the supplies I needed to make them they way I wanted to.

Well, I finally got around to making them and have been going crazy!!! I'm using lace and music sheets and old books, wax and wire and solder, old jewelry and doorknobs....

a frozen charlotte I got from my buddy Charlene, and even a piece of coral I got when I was a kid.  It's been fun playing around with each bottle and letting the shape of the bottle dictate the style and materials I used. 

Some I like better than others, but all of them have taught me what I like and don't like and what techniques work the best.  I do have a tendency to go whole hog with a project or technique and then get that "been there, done that" attitude. I hope I don't do that with my bottles. I have so much fun making them and think a whole collection would be fabulous!


Wednesday I am getting a break from our heat and headed to St. Paul Minnesota where the temps will be in the high 60's!! (Heaven)
I am going to be participating in The Creative Connection Event for the second year and I can't wait!! Last year was so much fun and this year I will be speaking on a panel all about Creating an Event.
I'm excited and nervous because I haven't spoken in front of a large group of people since my days of public speaking and Theater in High School! (many, many years ago.)  I will also have a booth in the Marketplace for the Where Bloggers Create party and will be showing a video of some of my favorite studios from this years party.

If you are in the Twin Cities area (or even if you're not) I hope you will come and check it out.   Even if you aren't attending the event, the Marketplace will be open on Friday and Saturday and will be filled with wonderful vendors to shop from. The Junk Bonanza is also that weekend so you could get two great shopping experiences in one weekend!!


HI! I'm Tabitha said...

Karen what a great use for the door knobs u purchased. I luv the one with the doll hand. that is just amazing. wishing i lived closer to MN so i could venture to WWC. but i am sure u will post lovely pictures and find some fabulous junk. hugs

Sandra Kaye said...

You bottles are just beautiful!! You've got major talent chops girl. :):) and I'm so hiding in your suitcase when you leave. So, if it feels a little heavier than you thought.... don't think anything about it, it's just your imagination.. :):) wink. hugs, Sandie

Dawnll said...

These are beautiful! Love the use of so many products.
Safe travels to the convention

Sandy Navarro said...

Your bottles are FabUlous! Have a great time at Creative Connection; I know you'll do a FabUlous job as always. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Vintage Market Place said...

ooh I adore the one with the bisque baby doll!!

Anonymous said...

love the bottles Karen * awesome
have a great time @ the convention

Unknown said...

Oh Karen! I love these bottles! You are right, having a collection like that would be awesome! Lovely lovely!


Unknown said...

These bottles are inspirationel beautifull!
Good luck on wednesday, keep my fingers crossed, you can do that :))
Hugs from Belgium,

P.S: my blog is bene hagged, i started a new one with a new URL:
http://sezoentje-sonja.blogspot.com/ (with a button to my craftroom: "De hobbykamer"

Cyn said...

Have a great time karen!! and please please bring back some rain! LOL...you will do fine speaking!

BME said...

I love your bottles, and how you use so meny different products.

Tonya said...

This is such a fun idea! I was just looking for an idea like this for Christmas ornaments. Thanks so much!!!

Riki Schumacher said...

Way to go Karen!! Love them, the one with the little white frame...yum! You busy thing you, wish I was there playing too! Best of luck at your speaking engagement, you'll knock them dead girl! Hugs, Riki

mon-coin-joli said...

Très jolies toutes ces petites bouteilles customisées, j'adore !
bonne chance pour mercredi

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love making bottles, too! Yours are fabulous! Thanks for sharing, you always have such great and unique ideas.

MJ Ornaments said...

These are really pretty! Take care, Martha

Nancy said...

Love, love, love them!!! How about a class on them????

Annette said...

Love the bottles, I have just started with them also and just gets in lyour blood doesn't it? These are beautiful and the door knobs are great. xo

Anonymous said...

Your bottles turned out just gorgeous! I haven't done any yet myself, so you've inspired me! You'll be fine at the convention...No Worries. Wish I could be there to cheer you on. Good luck and have a great time. Marcia

Vicki said...

Love the bottles, Karen. I'm sure you will do great at the Creative Connection event. Enjoy the show and the shopping.

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Your bottles turned out beautiful!!!! What do you use a cork to make different toppers for them?

Old Time Cindy said...

Really creative! That last bottle with the door knob has my name on it, I believe. Good luck at your event!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Karen ~
Your bottles are just awesome!!
It is so fun to pull out a bunch of stuff and just create like that ~
I love them !

Anonymous said...

Your bottles are beautiful!!! You definitely have a gift in finding just the right bits and baubs to embellish them perfectly.

I had hoped to attend this years CC but it didn't work out....hope to go next year.



Denise said...

Imagination is a wonderful thing! Those bottles are wonderful!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lov the bottles, you have fun and take tons of pictures, Minneapolis is my home town I was just there in August...It was horrible hot then! have fun!


Vintage Home said...

Your creations are stunning...all the texture is so appealing.
Have a great time @ The Creative Connection!

Unknown said...

Karen, these bottles are fabulous!
Congrats on speaking at the Creative Connection-I know you will do well. You have tons to share and are a sweetie to boot, so you can't go wrong!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Hi Karen~
I adore these bottles, so darn cute. The items you donated arrived today, thank you so much for your generosity. I hope you have a fabulous time this weekend. Tell us all about it when you get back.


Sonya Badgley said...

Hi Karen,
I love your bottles! Gorgeous!I think my favorite is the frozen charlotte one. I have a bunch of bottles too, just sitting there waiting for me to alter! :)
Good luck to you at the Creative Connection event-you will do great!
Have a wonderful week!

debi said...

Karen, your bottles are stunning! I love the beautiful details and fun finds you've used in each one.

misteejay said...

Oh my, these are just beautiful. They really are fabulous - I can completely understand you wanting a whole collection of these to display - super pieces.

Toni xx

Angela Richardson said...

Hi Karen,
Wonderful bottles, each one is a little work of art.
Enjoy your break in the cooler temperatures and good luck with your talk, wish I could be there!!
Hugs, Angela.

Unknown said...

Your lovely bottles are "classic Karen" style, I love your artistic
touch - they are awesome!
A collection...drool.

nancarts said...

Beautiful bottles, Kareen. You did a great job. Door knobs! what an inspiration.
Thanks for sharing.

Peace and Blessings,

"Create Beauty" said...

Those bottles are gorgeous!!!

Oh how I wish I were going to the Creative Connection to hear you and the others, and see in person the fabulous creations!

Hey, come by and see my project from yesterday involving a suitcase

Enjoy your week!
~ Violet

La Vie Quotidienne said...

The bottles are georgous! Have a great time at the conventions, they really sound like fun.(-:

Lea Mónika said...

fabulous! great inspiring bottles for my work, too!

Candylei said...

You've used so many great objects and each one is different! The best of luck at the Creative Connection!

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Thank you Karen, I needed this. I just bought two little bottles for my give-a-way gifts, I can't wait to do them. You've inspired me.


Charlene said...

LOVE the bottles! Each & every one of them.

I KNOW you will be awesome at the Creative Connection. THEY are lucky to have you! It sounded like you & Ms Cindy were having a great shopping day today at Junk Bonanza! Can't wait to hear all about it! HUGS!

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I WISH I could come to the Creative Connection - let us know how it goes! Love your bottles, especially the one with the coral! I have always admired these bottles, but have never made any, you are getting me inspired! Love, Linda

Vicki Boster said...

Hi Karen - the bottles are better than fabulous - they are drop dead gorgeous! Love the inspirations and the way you created them - what a wonderful project - and way fun I know!

Have a wonderful trip to your Creative Connection - the change in weather will be a welcome treat for you. Everyone will love having you there to share your crafts and talents - enjoy!


Monica said...

Your bottles are simply adorable! And have fun with all the rest!!
Monica xo

Bohemian said...

Karen they're beautiful... I love the one with #3 on it especially! I too have been saving old bottles for decades and now want to begin to experiment with creating Bottle Art... I've been so inspired by all of the creative Bottle Art I've seen and even bought from other Artists, but I would like to try my hand at it too and create pieces using the bits & bobs I've collected over the years and cherish because they hold special memories for our Family and many trips and adventures we dragged them home from. *winks*

Have a safe trip and be sure to bundle up... going from 100+ to the big chill makes you a braver Woman than I! *LOL*

Dawn... The Bohemian

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Your bottles are so gorgeous!!! I've only made a couple and would love to make more. Guess I need more supplies!

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