Sunday, 30 September 2012

Altered bottles - Hatters' Challenge


Hi you all! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend, whatever you are up to. Here we are having some chilly, but pleasant Autumn weather, so perhaps I will go for a walk later.  The challenge over at 'Out of a Hat' this week is to alter a bottle or a jar. The DT there made some wonderful examples to inspire us. I have used a bottle which already had a hole cut in the back of it, which I made use of. I covered the bottle with mid-podge and mulberry paper. I made holes in the cork to take the wires of the birds - bought from a floristic shop - and added a sunflower on top for the birds to pick at. My birds are not as nice as Florence's floating bee-swarm, but I pinched the idea from her. I tied different ribbons, beads and embellishments round the top, and let them hang down over the bottle. I used a mini set of Xmas lights, which I pushed carefully into the bottle, tried it out - and it works! So now I have an Autumn light bottle.



The second bottle is more dark than light, but is a welcome addition to my Halloween decorations.  The bottle once held cough-drops. I used a label from my stash, and a skeleton which had unfortunately lost it arms to another altered bottle. I wrapped it up in some fashionable tatty grey cheesecloth, and manged to find a little roll of foam to make the bridge between the bottle and the butt of the skeleton. Don't ask for details, use your imagination!! I gave him/her/it some googly eyes, and a flying bat as head-wear over the silver curls. Added a dead rat and a toadstool, and that was it. Sorry about the rather blurry photo, he/she/it wouldn't keep still!




Here's wishing you all a great day! Take care, and thanks a lot for coming by! 

33 comments:

  1. What a great contrast programme - the beautiful lamp and the hag on the bottle! Greta work! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Hi, Fabulous altered bottles, I just love the autumn glow so pretty but those Halloween makes are excellent. Thanks so much for joining us and sharing with us at Out of A Hat. hugs Sandra X

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  3. Hi Fantastic altered bottles,love them both.Congratulations on winning the Halloween stamps from Tracy.
    Thanks for joining us at Out of a Hat.
    Janet x

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  4. great bottles with all their decorations

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  5. Oh! You have been busy and all of the bottles are just fantastic :) Love the idea of the lights inside the bottle.

    Thank you for joining in our challenge at Out of a Hat Creations

    Love Chrissie xx

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  6. Oh you've given me a laugh this morning Valerie, Mr Skeleton with his googly eyes, he's fab and your autumnal bottle is so pretty. Have a lovely Sunday. xx

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  7. Glad it gave you a laugh, I had a lot of laughs making it, too!

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  8. WOW! These are all absolutely amazing, each of them unique and gorgeous in there own way, love them all
    Lindsay xx

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  9. Stunning work Valerie you sure had fun making them :)
    Von ♥

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  10. Amazing bottles Valerie.
    xxx Hazel.

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  11. Fantastic bottles Valerie, love the first one with the light shining through and what can I say about the Halloween bottle....just totally FAB....made me smile loving the skeleton hanging on at the topgreat for Halloween!
    Thanks for sharing
    Maggie :)

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  12. what a great way to show off a bottle! I love this.
    your bat and skeleton are too cute. love the grey muslin
    enjoy the autumn weather....hugs from me!
    heather

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  13. Oh MY! Both bottles are quite incredible, Valerie! I think you will enjoy your bottle with the lights in it. What a super idea. Your Halloween bottle made me laugh out loud. How fabulous. It will serve you well for the haunting season. hugs, Donna

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  14. Two totally different bottles and both beautifully created, Valerie!

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  15. what a fab idea val and what fab bottles well done... they looked a fun project to do...

    maria xx

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  16. That Autumn glow is so warming, just gorgeous and then your Hallowe'en which is such fun - both have the WOW factor.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  17. Fabulous Valerie! The autumn bottle is gorgeous and the halloween bottle just tickles me to bits! Just the sort of ooky spookiness I adore! Hugs,

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  18. Oh what fun!!!! I love the bottles with the lights in them... they look amazing... the skeleton on the arsenic bottle made me smile!!! I love his googly eyes and the bat on his skull!!!!

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  19. WOW! LOVE THEM...so magical and fun!

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  20. love your altered bottles, you are so good at 'altering' anything!

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  21. How fabulous! You are the queen of repurposing. Love how these turned out!

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  22. Those are both just awesome! I think the first one is so neat with the lights inside!

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  23. Brill altered bottles. I love the lights in the orange one. x

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  24. Ha ha ha! I love the spooky bottle, your skeleton has such a wild expression on his face and you posed him perfectly! I am totally in love with the dead rat at the bottom of the bottle! This made my day! Your Autumnal bottle light is beautiful too. Take care.

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  25. Hi Valerie. Love both of these. What fantastic ideas. Love how you have used the lights in the first one and the birds of so pretty. I am flattered that you liked my bees. I have just spotted the rat on the second. Fabulous Halloween project. Thank you so much for sharing with the Hatters again.
    Have a wonderful creative week.
    Hugs, Florence x

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  26. Oh your altered bottles are soooo cool Valerie!....You have done a wonderful job altering them ...Love the autumn light one...and the second one is spookilicious!!

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  27. Loving your altered spooky bottle, such fun, x

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  28. Oh Wow! These bottles are too fun! What a talent you are! Love that you added those wiggly eyes! Great fun!

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  29. Oh my stars are these fabulous or what. I love what you have done here..

    Hugs~

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  30. Oh how I laughed at the second bottle, the expression on what is left of the skeleton face is priceless !! looks a bit like someone put him there against his will if you know what I mean lol ! So many ghoulish details here fabulous. The first one is so pretty and love the birdies the lights and the Mulberry paper look fabulous.

    Marie

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  31. Marie, how would you feel if someone stuffed a roll of foam up your butt and stuck you on a bottle?! That def. explains the expression!

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