Sunday, February 26, 2012


Mr. MB has a secret stash of receipts, brochures, artifacts, wine bottles and stuff from our travels. So far we have nine memory bottles in our collection and they still bring many smiles.

Using an empty wine bottle, he uses wood glue, glue-all or contact cement to secure the memory items to the bottle. After he glues, he puts rubber bands around the bottle to keep everything tight while the glue dries. When he gets to the top of the bottle, it gets a bit challenging. So he cuts those items at an angle so they will fit better. Once the glue is dry, he puts a thin coat of shellac on the bottle. Since ink can bleed on thin paper (such as store receipts), he  doesn't put shellac on those items. 

What a cute name for a New York City cafe - Evergreen Cafe Noodles and Fun.

I love this bottle from 1999 with the Cafe Nero business card. My husband  surprised me with a 40th birthday party at the cafe, and I'll never forget it. Lots of friends, Lots of fun ;o)  My birthday is in August, but he held the party in May. I DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE!!!

This time of year, blue is a welcome sight. We had some sunshine this week, and I loved seeing the blue sky!

Blue Floral Lamp - from a boutique 30 years ago

Blue glass bottles - from my husband's collection

Thank you for stopping by! I hope I have inspired you to make a memory bottle. 

I'm joining the Cozy Home Party and the Bunny Hop Party.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Love this idea - I used to collect all the brochures, matches and business cards and scrapbook them, but this is such a better and unique idea - clever guy you have got there! Pretty table in blue - you have so many pretty dishes to show us!

  2. What a great way to look back on special dates...

  3. I love the memory bottles, what a great idea! Pretty blue dishes.

  4. Debbie, this is such a fantastic idea! I am going to try to make one. xo

  5. Debbie, does he use a sealer afterwards, like ModPodge? Also, I am following you on Linky. xo

    1. Barbara, that is a good point that you make. He uses clear shellac. I hope you make one!

  6. Clever idea! I'm one who saves things too. ;-)

  7. I save everything.. this is a great idea.. happy week! xo marlis

  8. Debbie, what a great, clever, unique idea!! I'm going to be telling my family about this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  9. These are so cool! Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I remember how adorable this idea was the first time you shared it, Debbie. What a wonderful collection you have!

  11. I love how your husband using all these special momentos in a way that can be seen and enjoyed every day. What a great way for your family to remember fun times. I really like those decorative stoppers for the bottles and those gorgeous blue dishes too. Thanks so much for linking to my party so we can all get our creative juices flowing!

  12. Hi lovely lady.
    These are so cool! I also love your Gorgeous dishes blue and white love them. this was a Wonderful idea for the bottles! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane

  13. That is so sweet!
    I love those dishes too! Are they new?

  14. I hope to remember this, next time I throw away an empty wine bottle. I also hope to be—somewhat—as creative as your DH, to repurpose a mundane object into a thing of beauty.


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