Friday, October 8, 2010


  Hello friends!  I wanted to share with you what I received in the mail today...

I recently ordered this wonderful vintage bottle holder from The Old Painted Cottage.  I fell in love with it the moment I saw the picture on Jennifer's online shop.

Look at the sweet extras she sent with my order.

Before she shipped my order to me, she sent me an email asking if there was a word or phrase that had special meaning to me... with no explanation.  She had my curiosity flowing.  The first word that came to my mind was family.  This is what she sent me...

What a thoughtful gift to include in my package... how did she know I LOVE vintage keys, too??? :)  THANK YOU, JENNIFER!

The lavender in my garden is flourishing again with the cooler weather,
so I clipped some just to put a quick vignette together to share with you. :)

I love this unique vintage piece... now I need to find me some beautiful vintage bottles to display in it.  I wonder where I will find a place for it in my home... :)


On a different note, I was so honored and humbled when Donna from Funky Junk Interiors did a feature on my Halloween post "Some Spook, Part 2".  Donna has an amazing blog where she gives amazing DIY tutorials and hosts uncountable DIY, decorating, cooking... you name it... link parties.  Her posts are always an inspiration to read, often full of wonderful stories from her life experiences.  Donna is a fabulous photographer and has taken some of the most beautiful photos I have seen in Blogland... and has given me some wonderful pointers to boot! :)  You can click here if you'd like to see the feature Donna did on my post. 


Speaking of those fabulous link parties Donna hosts, her theme for her SNS link party tonight is window sills, so I thought I would share with you some of my window sill displays.

My displays are constantly changing depending on which season or holiday it is.  Here are just a few pics of window sills around my home from the past few months.


Head on over to Donna's SNS link-up party for some wonderful inspiration!  Thanks for hosting for us so often, Donna, and for all of the wonderful inspiration you give us all! :)

to all of you who visit and take the time to leave your wonderful comments... they mean so much to me! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

'Til next time...

Hugs ~ Jo



  1. I found your blog via Funky Junk Interiors. I just love your style and your pictures. I am off to explore your home. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. ~*~*Love your new bottle rack!!! so sweet of jennifer to add the extras too~*~* Hugs,Rachel :)~*~*

  3. I love your subtle Halloween decor! Congrats on the blog feature over @ Funky Junk. :)

  4. Ahhhh there's the skull crew heading over to the party now. :) Very cool!

    You are welcome Jo, but I must thank YOU. Your talents made my blog look really really great today. :) Tumblr went CRAZY with LIKES all over blogland!


  5. I really love your bottle holder. I've never seen one like it! What a thoughtful addition you received from Jennifer! Now I will have to go and check out her shop :) A big congrats on being featured over at Funky Junk! I am a follower of Donna's too, I will have to check it out, I somehow missed it.

  6. I love it all! Sooo fabulous :) xoxoxo ~Ashley

  7. Your home is so inspiring!
    You have such wonderful, beautiful style!

  8. Jo - wow - love what you have done with you window sills... and of course, loving your new vintage bottle holder. I can not wait to see what you do with it!!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. XO

  9. What a gorgeous bottle holder and I just love the sweet fabric you received with it with the stenciled word and keys. Very thoughtful. Have a lovely weekend.

  10. Hey Jo!

    Just stopping by from SNS cause I'm playing along too in the Window Sill link up today. I love all your windows and all your spooky decorations too!
    That vintage bottle holder though is the very best, so special and how cute decorated with the family ribbon!
    Happy SNS and belated White Wednesday lol
    xoxo~ Carola
    Oh and btw I just have a give back running in celebration of my 5th bloggiversary in case you wanna play along!

  11. Hi Jo, I love your new bottle rack


  12. That bottle holder is gorgeous! I love how you put the lavendar with the ribbon. You get the best "extras" in your packages:)

  13. Dear Jo,

    the bottleholder is soooo nice and the ribbon is really very special to you....sometimes I díd the same with old white cottonfabrics and some stamps....I love the idea , too !!!
    Today sun is shining ( after days of rain ) and I had to do a lot in the garden now....but I´m a little ill, so I will stop sometimes and just sit into the sun....
    Have a nice weekend,
    best wishes,

  14. I just love stopping by your blog Jo! LOVE your style!! I have soooo been trying to find one of those big meat scales since I saw yours a few weeks ago!

    Congrats on your spotlight at Funky Junk! she is so right....your home is beautiful and so are your photos!!

    Have a great weekend!!


  15. Hi !!! strange things today ????... i really like what i see !!! !!!...nice bottle holder....!! happy weekend love love Ria....

  16. What a wonderful find...I will be checking out her site.
    Have a wonderful weekend

  17. Lucky girl. Nice vignette and old bottle holder. Some lovely old blue bottles would be so cool in that. I shall have to check around. Your photos are so inspiring. I think it's time for serious changes around my house. A lot less stuff I think. I like your uncluttered look. It's hard to part with some things I've had forever though.
    As for the grain sacks they would be excellent sewn into pillows.
    By the way, my favorite shop is having their open air market on October 23 if you would like to join me for some fun shopping. Bring your mom too.
    Hugs~ Amanda

  18. Love your rack Jo! I'm sure you'll find the perfect bottles to go in it. Your windowsills all look great. All of mine are low and harder to decorate. I do have one in the laundry. Need to finish that room!

  19. Jo I love your sills. I tend to only decorate the kitchen sill, but I can see that I am missing out in this area of decorating. I find it lovely how most English cottages decorate all their sills with things that have special meaning to them. Your Fall decor is so lovely. And as always I love getting a glimpse into your gorgeous home.
    hugs to you...

  20. Hello again Jo! Love your ever changing window - so cute - can't make up our mind which is our fav! Love that new to you vintage bottle'll have fun filling it we are sure!
    Karla & Karrie

  21. I sooooo love everything you share today, and hope you´ll find lovely bottles for the beautiful rack.

  22. Hi Jo...came over to catch up. Your window sill arrangements all look great! those skulls are just too cute. What a nice little gift that ribbon was...I really like it...lots! What a great addition to your bottle rack.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  23. Oh. . . what a pretty package! Looking forward to seeing the bottle holder full :). Nice feature post on Funky Junk!
    ~ Julie

  24. I love that bottle rack! Would love to find one for myself!

  25. Hi Jo! Love that old bottle rack and what a pretty ribbon. All your window sill arrangements look so nice too. Wonderful as usual :)

  26. hi jo,
    your fall decorationen is great and your old bottle rack is gorgeous.really a loveley deco.
    have a nice week,

  27. what a wonderful inspiration with you, I liked the old bottle holder very much. Have a great week and many hugs to you / Ingela.

  28. Love the old bottle rack Jo! It will be fun to find the bottles to go inside, if that's what you choose to do. What wonderful packaging. It's always fun to get little surprises in the mail.
    Window Sill Party, that's one party I couldn't attend as I don't have any window sills. Yours look great though another fun way to decorate.
    Hope you're having a great day!

  29. Jo, what a lovely post! I love that old bottle holder! It is awesome!

  30. Wow, that bottle holder is fantastic. I am sure you will find all kinds of beautiful bottles to compliment the holder. How nice she sent all the extras too!
    And, it's always so wonderful to glimpse inside your beautiful home.
    I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

  31. Jo, I'm glad to see you're happy with your package and the little "extra" I threw in there. I love seeing how pretty the bottle holder looks in its new home...yours!


  32. Hi Jo,

    How wonderful your new/old bottle holder looks in your home and so lovely that you received some extras.
    Also enjoyed having a peek into your fabulous home, loved seeing what was on your windowsills.

    Happy week

  33. Your bottle holder is too cool for words! It will be interesting to see all the possibilities you come up with for using it.

  34. So many beautiful photos Jo. I love the lavender hanging from your sweet bottle hanger. Congratulations too, on being featured on Funky Junk!
    Have a wonderful week my friend :-)

  35. That is such a lovely bottle holder.

    Your window sill displays are so adorable...

    I wish I have the time and lovely pieces to decorate the house as skillfully and loving as you do...

  36. Your home is so bright and cheery!! Love the bottle holder ~ so many possibilities!! Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

  37. You are such a creative lady, I love everything that you do!
    Hugs, Cindy

  38. Btw, thanks Jo for telling me about the fact that my blog link does not show up on my profile. You are so right, I find that it does intermittently. I have checked every time when I post, and sometimes it does, and sometimes, it does not. I am so frustrated, but I don't know how to fix it. I have tried and failed to.
    Thanks for letting me know though, Cindy

  39. Oh my such a gorgeous vintage bottle holder!! That is a staple vintage item I would love to add to my house. ;) And the 'family' ribbon is a sweet touch. I'm going to have to take a look see at Jennifer's shop. Pretty pretty window sill's~ I esp. like the one with the rosemary in the clear bottle. Just love seeing & reading your blog posts!!

  40. hi jo! ooohh what a bad friend i've been... thanks always for your sweet comments, sorry to be so long commenting back. what a great package! wow, no detail spared... love to get something so thoughtful.



  41. Fantastic decoration and pictures Jo! Have a nice week. Greetings Alexandra

  42. Oh how gorgeous, dear Jo............i looooove your wonderful decoration and all the lovely treasures you got!!!!!! Your post is soooooo great and i enjoy every picture!!!!! Thank you so much for all your inspiration and have a wonderful week,

    Hugs Jade

  43. Hi Jo
    I too love your new find, the bottle holder is wonderful. I am not just saying it, it truly looks perfect in your home. A fit that was meant to be yours. It looks great on the stepback hutch! Of course it will look great on that center island as well:) (my favorite piece)

    See your beauty soon!

  44. It's a darn good thing you saw that bottle holder first!!!

  45. Hi Jo
    This is the first time I have really taken a close look at your site, it's just beautiful!! I wanted to tell all your blog friends what a BEAUTIFUL job you and Dave have done with the house, I do remember what it looked like when you moved in, I think you should post a picture from the (old) one would believe it! We are happy and fortunate to have you as neighbors out here in the middle of nowhere. Chris

  46. I like it when it's all just so simple. It's just as life should be . . . your window sill displays are quite lovely. Especially like the bottles with the snippet of rosemary -- and the larger clear bottles holding the small budding cuts.

  47. I love the font of the text that says family. I love how she put it on a unique looking piece of fabric.

    -Zane of ontario honey


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