Bottle Tree Shopping

Has anyone seen my computer mouse? I was planning on posting again today, but I can’t seem to find the mouse. πŸ˜‰


Bottle Tree Shopping:
Not to beat the bottle tree “horse” to death, but I do want to share a resource I found recently in case you have a bottle tree and are looking for hard-to-find colors and unusual shaped bottles.

Turns out Hobby Lobby carries bottles of all sizes and in every color under the rainbow. Last week I just happened to stop by and they were all 50% off! Yay, love that! That even beats one of their 40% off coupons. I am finding it almost impossible to find bottles in a sunny yellow color, but they had them. I bought one large bottle and two small ones. The small ones turned out to be too small, but the big yellow one looked great and it was only $4 after the sale.


This bottle tree is sort of my inspiration tree (pic) and one of the things I really like about it are the different sizes and shapes of the bottles.


I went back yesterday to exchange the two small yellow bottles for another large one, perhaps in purple or another impossible-to-find color, but they wouldn’t do it since the sale had ended. Rats! Most stores will let you exchange if you purchased during the sale period, but not HL. They told me they have a 50% off “glass sale” pretty frequently. Just passing this along in case you have a bottle tree and need some large bottles in unusual shapes. They really had some pretty ones, even bigger and more unusual than the one I bought. I don’t plan on buying too many…really the tree only needs 3-5 of the really large bottles to add some interest.


You can read more about the history of bottle trees HERE.

Tablescape Thursday:
I’m soo excited about Tablescape Thursday. The party will go up by 9:00 PM Wednesday evening. I don’t know what it is about the 4th of July, but I always have the most fun tablescaping for this holiday. Maybe it’s the bright, festive colors that go along with the holiday.

Here’s a little preview of one of the 4th of July table settings I’ve been working on.


I’ll see you tomorrow…if I can find that mouse. πŸ˜‰

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  1. Mary @ Redo 101 says

    Love how your bottle tree is shaping up. An aside on HobLob – ours just opened in Richmond about a year ago. We went the first day and a worker told me that if you want something, wait for it to go on sale – because they rotate their sales every couple weeks. So what's on sale this week will be on sale again in a couple weeks. So the whole store operates like that (except Cricut stuff, as usual). So hope that helps, now you'll know that although they're iffy about returns/exchanges, you can always know that a sale is coming back around soon.

  2. Susan I love your new yellow bottle!!! Glass is so pretty isn't it!!! I love the way the light plays through it. Oh by the way, hopefully kitty is just laying on it and did not eat it!! KATHYSUE

  3. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Thanks, Mary. That seems to be how they operate. I'm definitely going back next time the bottles are on sale.

  4. It's a brown bottle in your hint…yippee, another bottle for the tree!

  5. Oh the life of Max…what a life he has!
    The bottle tree is a cute..

  6. Hi Susan…I love reading about your bottle tree. You can never write too much about it.

    I'm finding bottles okay. Now where does one find the tree? Probably up here in the north, no one has ever heard of such a thing.

    Any ideas? Susan

  7. Hey Susan, I was wondering does the wind blowing thru the bottles make a lovely sound???

    Come see me I'm having my first giveaway.

  8. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Susan,
    This one came from the Ballard's Outlet in Atlanta, but I'm pretty sure they have sold out now. There's almost always someone in most cities/towns that can make one for you. There's a guy in the metro Atlanta that makes them, but they are a bit pricey.

    Some folks even make them from tree stumps.

    Check out this post to see one made from a stump:

    Here's a site that will show you a lot of different kinds of bottle trees:

    I hope you can find one. Google "bottle trees in XXXX" substituting your city, state for the Xs and see if something will pop up. Hopefully someone builds them in your city/town.


  9. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Jo,
    Well, we haven't had that much wind since I placed it on the deck. We did get rain and I loved the way it sounded plinking on the bottles. πŸ™‚

  10. Jennifer says

    Oh, I have a bottle tree! I've been meaning to post it for a while now. We cut down a dead cedar tree from the woods behind our house and used it. We just added long metal nails. I really like that shape though! and I love your yellow bottle! I have one red and one yellow but they are not transparent. Thanks for sharing!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  11. The French Tangerine says

    I love the cat sleeping on the desk! SO cute! My husband is allergic to cats and I miss having one… we always had a cat growing up.
    Love your bottles…

  12. shopannies says

    love your modern day bottle tree the colors are grand

  13. Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says

    It's gorgeous, and the cat is adorable.

  14. Jessabells says

    I have never seen a bottle tree before. I have to say, I love it. I'm totally inspired. Thanks so much for sharing.


  15. martinealison says

    Un bel arbre Γ  bouteilles qui fait danser les couleurs et jongler notre regard… Belles photos.
    Gros bisous.

  16. Mr. Max wins again, I think I can see a bulge in his tummy!! πŸ™‚ He is so cute!!

  17. Crystal @ Ordinary Days says

    Lookin' good! You'll have her filled up in no time. πŸ™‚

  18. Susan, this is such a fabulous way to display colorful bottles. Wow, this makes a pop of color in any place. My neighbor has one on a little charming side patio.
    Love your doing more post, more great ideas!

    The French Hutch

  19. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! I love your new bottle tree! I have wanted one ever since we saw one at the tour of homes in Washington, Georgia…lovely! I love watching Max as he gradually takes charge of your new space! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  20. I think Max is sending you a message by hiding the mouse…..he's saying "enough blogging Mama….I want some attention!" :o) Cute post! Love your bottle tree too! I'll be thinking about that as I can't seem to get the squirrels and rabbits to stop eating all my pretty flowers!

  21. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Oh, that Max's got THE LIFE!! I love that piece of artwork, (the bottle tree) it looks like something an artist would expose in a museum…it really is fabulous! Thanks for sharing it Susan and have a nice day. Hugs, FABBY

  22. Love the hobby Lobby bottle tree tip, Thanks!

  23. The Real Me! says

    Beat that bottle tree horse my friend, because the more you do the more I feel the need to find me one. LOL! My husband will be talking to you later. Ha! Ha!
    Have a super fabulous day!

  24. I love your bottle tree. It looks like a French wine bottle drying rack. Is it an antique, or did you have it made? I have been looking for one similar to yours.

  25. Awwwwww!!!!

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