Monday, March 24, 2014

Through the Looking Glass

...but not Lewis Caroll's "Looking-Glass" - rather, my collection of objets trouvés, or found objects, and in this post: glass!

The sheer beauty in glass is fascinating - how it allows light to pass through, the different colors it can embody, the unlimited forms it can partake, but most of all, it's endless utility.

I do not just buy empty glass jars.  Where is the fun in that?  Instead, I buy things that comes in glass jars, and repurpose them after they have served their uses.  The French calls such items objets trouvés, or found objects, as Anthropologie would say.

I love buying products that come in glass containers instead of plastic.  I find myself imagining what I will use the container for after the product is gone.  Sometimes, I will buy an item simply for its packaging.  Perhaps this is the marketing or product development side of me wondering.  Nevertheless, I have accumulated some very distinguished glassware over the years...
A Crown Royal bottle serving as a time capsule
of treasures from the Indian Ocean:
Fragrance diffuser bottles into quill pen holders:

Was a mini fragrance diffuser from Williams Sonoma Home

Was a fragrance diffuser from Seda France
A candle into a tealight holder and a wine bottle into a sleek vase:

The candlelight is so lovely in this colored glass and fluted shape!

When I saw this, I loved the clean shape of this glass bottle - very feminine!
Beautiful glass jars for the vanity:

I needed a tiny vessel for fallen garden posies...
So I turned the cover of my apothecary jar over and filled it with a little water!

Paul & Joe bottle now holds my Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner

Last, but not least, on my last visit to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, I got a pudding for a snack partly because it came with a jar you could keep.  I thought this jar would be perfect to create a diorama or snow globe scenery (but I did not want water inside, so I called it a "Looking-Glass" instead).
A dessert pudding cup into my very own "Looking-Glass"
A rose quartz tree in a wintry landscape
with golden butterflies forever suspended in air

I even topped the jar with my wax seal

"Through the Looking Glass" and not my Lewis Caroll!
Love of beauty is taste.
Creation of beauty is art.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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