We love old glass bottles because of their quirks -- the trapped bubbles, the swirls of sediment, the color variations. Most of these changes came slowly, and the glass containers that result -- such as this molded demijohn made in the 1880s -- create a timeline of American ingenuity. To learn how to read history through the bottles you'll encounter at flea markets (including a glossary of terms) read on.
Instead of spending the winter gazing through glass panes at frozen flower beds, transform a window into a mini-greenhouse where herbs, houseplants, and even little pots of grass will thrive. For best results, choose a large inset window that receives lots of light.
These rectangular, fabric-covered glass candleholders call for a clear-drying glue sealant like Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage which is suitable for outdoor use. The adhesive requires significant drying time, so allow a couple of days for this project. Use tiny scissors (needlepoint ones work well) to cut the cotton voile. If the fabric frays, spray it with starch and press before cutting.
These little boxed universes can be lined with scenes cut out of old or new Christmas cards. It takes less patience to make the games than it does to play them. The trick is to get a bead to roll into a hole. Your scene determines whether the beads are stars, bells, or bright holly berries.