Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kicking off Summer with a HUGE CLEARANCE SALE

New items have been added to the Clearance category of The Pink Rose Cottage. Also, deeper price cuts on previously reduced stock! Some items are last call and will be going soon. So shop early for the best selection.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Antique Purple Amethyst Bottles Make Sweet Vases

I've always loved groupings of flowers in old bottles. What fun it was to find these beautiful purple amethyst bottles! And lucky I just have a lot of purple flowers blooming in the garden right now. But really any color flower would look wonderfully cottage chic in these bottles!

Ever wonder how these old antique bottles got their striking color? 

Many glassmakers though the centuries have attempted to produce clear, colorless glass. Impurities, especially iron oxide, often resulted in glass that had a hint of green, bluish green, or light aqua color.

It was in the mid 19th century that manganese dioxide, popularly called “glassmaker’s soap” began to be used by American glass manufacturers as a decolorizer. By including a small amount of manganese in the melt, they could produce glass that appeared virtually colorless.

An interesting characteristic of colorless glass which contains manganese dioxide is the tendency to turn shades of purple when exposed to the rays of the sun or to other ultra-violet sources.

To achieve this beautiful deep purple color, these bottles have been artificially exposed to very high levels of ultra-violet light. The same light that is used in the food industry for food safety.  Natural sunlight would probably never achieve these amazing shade of amethyst and purple. If it could, it would take decades of continuous sunlight exposure.

 I put together some wonderful groupings of these amethyst bottles for sale at The Pink Rose Cottage. Stop by while your garden is blooming! I'm sure you'll enjoy these as much as I do! 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

As the new year renews all the happiness and good tidings, hope the joyful spirit keeps glowing in the your heart forever!
 Happy New Year!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Announcing Our Newest Category ~ Vintage Laundry Room!

is pleased to announce our newest category

 A variety of vintage laundry items. Some are very useable today. Others a prefect to decorate your laundry area! Stop by and take a look!

Vintage Hand Painted Clothespins 
Vintage Pink Clothespin Laundry Sprinkler

Vintage Towel Laundry Drying Rack

Vintage Tin Laundry Detergent Dispenser

New items are arriving every week in all categories. Please stop by! And follow The Pink Rose Cottage on Facebook for the most up to date information on new treasures!
Happy Laundry Day!

Monday, May 12, 2014

ReCaps for Mason Jars

I have to share with you one of the best new products I've come across on a long time!
ReCaps for Mason Jars!

My daughter and I had been talking about how much healthier is it is to store and use food from glass instead of plastic.  She commented that we have a lot of Mason jars, but no lids except for canning lids. I looked at numerous stores and couldn't find any solid lids.

Then a few short weeks later, I was watching our local news segment, Made in America, Made Right Here. Not only was there actually something that would work for us, but it was made right here in my home town! 

I ordered the ReCap pour lids and the pump for soap. It's been LOVE at first try! I have almost eliminated the need to buy bottled water! I just use a filtered water pitcher and my new "vintage" Mason jars and the ReCaps. I've only purchased one case of water since December. I'm sure they have more then paid for themselves already. There are many more uses, but this is by far my favorite. 

The fun part is I found new blue Mason jars and also green. Just waiting for pink!

You can find ReCap information here: ReCap.  They have a great  Facebook page as well. Check them out. I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't think they had a wonderful product!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Antique Bottles!

On a recent trip, I found tons of these wonderful antique bottles! My mind went wild with ideas for their use. First I thought they would be perfect for little sprigs of flowers. And as you can see they are! They have two nice flat sides so they would be easy to repurpose. A vintage decal or perfume bottle label, some sparkle and some Mod Podge ~ then old pieces of jewelry and ribbon and it's a gorgeous vanity bottle! I also thought they would make great favors and/or name plates at a tea or shower. There are tons of pretty stickers available at places like Michaels. Just write in the guests name, add a wild flower stem and wait for the Wows! 

Of course I had to know the history. I purchased an entire box of these from sweet couple that were bottle dealers. They said they picked them up from a museum action in Indiana. Apparently boxes of these were donated, but the museum only had room for so many, so the rest went to auction. The dealers believe these date from the late 1800's to the early 1900's and were probably perfume bottles. The museum did not provide them with any information and they are basing this on their years of expertise in the antique bottle business. While I love background information on my finds, I'm not sure it entirely matters as they are WONDERFUL just loaded with cozy cottage charm!!

 I'm keeping some and selling the rest at The Pink Rose Cottage. They are available singly or in a group of three.  My personal favorite is groups of three. I have three on my kitchen windowsill right now and I'm looking forward to more summer blossoms so I can change them often!