Monday, September 11, 2006

A Gift of Flowers

Whenever we are invited to someone's house, I like to take a gift of flowers from my garden. Unfortunately, I never had enough of those inexpensive vases to give to the host along with the flowers and it felt really odd to say "Here are some flowers from my garden, but I need the vase back".

Sooooo, being the, shall we say, ahem, "frugal" person I am, I put on my thinking cap and came up with a solution. I feel very strongly about recycling and hated throwing away the various glass jars that pickles, etc came in, so I just washed and saved them until I could think of a good use - you know - a place to keep nuts, bolts, screws and other small items. But then, I was hit with a BFO (Blinding Flash of the Obvious)! I could paint them and make inexpensive vases for my flower gifts! And so, an idea was born and another item was at least temporarily saved from becoming a curious 21st Century artifact excavated from a future landfill dig.

The picture is of my first "Pickle Jar Art". I'm sure future art critics will call it a "classic example of Primitive 21st Century Art Form" ! "-) Move over, Grandma Moses!


Kati said...

Hah! people who picture gardeners as 'ladies' only have no idea how much grunt work is involved! I stumbled on your blog via Becky and I'm so glad -- I'll be back often.

Zoey said...

What a wonderful idea!
Of course, it helps that you know how to paint so well. You can paint the vase to match whatever flowers you are giving.
You should send this idea in to some magazine.

Anonymous said...

Such a nice gesture and the vase is so lovely.
Come over for supper won't you . . . and bring me a vase!

Giddy said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. Actually, Hubby is real the artist around here. I'llpost a couple of his paintings tomorrow and you'll see what I mean! I just play around with the paints for the fun of it - he's serious!

Sissy said...

That is a great idea!! I run out of vases and buy them in the Dollar Store, although some of them are kinda tippy!!