Newsletter Subscription

Monday, November 2, 2015

UNCONVENTIONAL GIFT USES

French Wine Bottle-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I've recently been gifted with some very special treasures. My sweetheart gave me this wonderful French wine bottle and crate for my birthday.


French Wine Bottle-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

This is such a large piece, and I'm sure most people would display it on the floor. However, having six grandchildren who visit regularly, I was afraid to do that, so I have it displayed on a table top.


French Wine Bottle-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Next to it is a very unique and wonderful gift from my friend, Brandee.


Vintage Cargo Light-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

It's a ship carriage light. It has been so overcast outside this week, so I'm going to move it to a spot where there is some light, so I can show it to you better.


Vintage Cargo Light-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

"Cargo Light No. 3954 Great Britain 1939".
 
 
Vintage Cargo Light-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I didn't want to smoke up the glass doors, so instead of filling it with oil to see if it works, I used a battery operated votive. The glass chimney that should have covered the flame was missing from the piece. I had one that fit pretty well on the wick, but I wanted light inside the lantern without having to use oil. I inverted a glass bowl (so I could still see the oil light mechanism) and placed the votive on top of the bowl bottom.


Vintage Cargo Light-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Apparently, the rings on the sides slid into posts to hang it. I love this lantern.


Frenchy Pillow-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

This gift came from my sister-in-law, Brenda, and I'm using it on our bed.


Frenchy Pillow-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Don't you love the French script and the over and under fabric strips?

Frenchy Pillow-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

This gift is really a bag. I just inserted a pillow into the bag, turned back the top and the handles, and used it for a pillow. I can still remove the pillow and carry it as a bag sometimes.
Bag or Pillow-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I'm so fortunate to have friends and family who know me so well. Their gifts are perfect, even though they might not foresee the uses I'll have for them.
 
It's good to have you visit today. 
 

9 comments:

Tardevil said...

Your friends and family sure know how to shop.

xinex said...

You are one lucky lady, Laurie. They are beautiful and unique!...Christine

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

WOW, Laurie, great gifts - like them all. If it was your Birthday and if I didn't wish you a Happy Birthday, well - wishing you one now. Sounds like it was a great one.
Mary

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Some very nice gifts! Sounds like your family and friends know you well. :)
Enjoy your evening.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Laurie, Happy Belated Birthday.Looks like you enjoyed a great one. You received beautiful gifts. Love everything and each treasure perfect in your home.
Happy November! xo

20 North Ora said...

Isn't it nice to have friends who know you so well and get such great gifts! Love the lantern.

Judy

Sarah said...

Lovely gifts, Laurie. You've showcased them perfectly, but I suspect you will find other ways to use them through the years. You are clever like that! ;-)

patio garden furniture said...

You are very lucky! Your family loves you so much. I love everything in you home!

Pat Cantwell said...

Laurie,
I l o v e your gifts, dear one!!!
Unique and yet, those who love you know your personal tastes!!!
You really had me fooled with the battery votive and the purse turned pillow!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!
Fondly,
Pat