Archives for February 2014

Aqua Crush

demijohn water jug

Yes, I admit it-I have a crush on aqua.

My eye tends to be attracted to soft blue greens. Aqua greens resonant with me as soothing and peaceful. The colors also have a connection with Mother Nature’s sea and sky, which I am drawn to.

So, when I came across these vintage jugs, regardless of the dirt and grime, I had to have them.

Color infused glass vintage bottles are so fun to collect. I enjoy displaying them in vignettes near natural light. The way the light transfers through the glass is so beautiful. And just a teeny bit of color can have a huge impact in the space.


Here are the bottles in their found state. Look at all that grime. Years of use and unappealing patina. The film almost makes the aqua glass look frosted doesn’t it? Well, maybe not.

demijohn water jugs

How do you ever get rid of all that grunge? 

efferdent cleaner


It works wonders on all the crud that has collected inside of vintage jars and jugs. And, I have to admit, I love watching the little tabs in action.

{plop, plop-fizz, fizz}

efferedent cleaner

Magic before your eyes! Look at how that aqua is starting to sparkle already.

aqua blue demijohn water jug

There it is, all cleaned up and polished. What a transformation! That was pretty simple, hey?

demijohn water jug

All that remains is the true character and history of this vintage piece, restored to its original beauty.

The jugs are dated 1929.

demijohn water jug

I also had some aqua blue mason jars that needed the same treatment. No need for Mr. Clean or elbow grease here. Just a few tablets and they are good as new!

vintage blue jars

So, I hope you can look past all that dirt and grime the next time you find a color or collection that speaks to you.

There are true gems within.

Aqua crush? Maybe more than a crush. Maybe pieces of myself. Objects to trigger memories.

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Are you a collector? What are you crushing on?

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