Tuesday, February 22, 2011

sweet idea



All of a sudden I was craving yellow and needed to make something using the color of daffodils.

I recalled feeling like this before, checked my blog archives and sure enough it was the same time last year that I wrote a post called craving yellow. I find it very cool how our blogs become diaries of our creativity.



Never one to discard a container, especially bottles as sweet as these from honey, it was time to take these little bears out of hibernation to play. First, I removed their stubborn labels which required soaking in warm soapy water followed by some Goo Gone. [I would actually prefer to use something less toxic. Any suggestions?]



I decided to stick to a palette of pale pinks and yellows when dressing up the little bears with ribbons, buttons, forget-me-nots and tags.



I filled them with a strand of pearls, yellow beads, lemon candies and ribbon in sunny shades.



Sweet for display, fun as a party favor, or inspired gift packaging for your honey bunch.

xo
elyse

51 comments:

Vintage Gal said...

Those bottles are just darling ~ love them. How creative. I agree I'm ready for some daffodils ;-)

Sherry from Alabama said...

How precious! I've never liked throwing those little honey bears away and now you've given me wonderful ideas for them. While looking at yours I had an idea of my own (very unusual occurance for me :), wouldn't they make a pretty flower vase? Just remove the cap, add water and happy daffodils. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

NanaDiana said...

Those are SOOO darned cute, Elyse. I love them..and I am so sorry now that I have thrown my own away. My granddaughters would have loved thes.

As far as getting the glue off- I always use Spray & Wash- or one of those pre-wash treatments. You take the paper part of first with soapy water...squirt the stuff on and let it sit for several minutes and it should scrape right off very easily - and then you can hit the stubborn spots again if you need to. This also takes those old rubber things off the bottom of bath tubs. xxoo Diana

A Vintage Chic said...

What a wonderful idea, Elyse! I think we're all craving a little daffodil yellow these days!

Thanks for all your inspiration, my friend!

Julie

Jeanne said...

I think we all start craving a little yellow at this time of the year due to a lack of sun. Winter months are so dreary here in the midwest...oh wait - I see Mr. Sunshine trying to peek his head out through the clouds - hooray!
xo
jeanne

Karen said...

Those are too cute! I use veggie oil to get off stickies and then wash with soap and water. Sometimes you have to soak the label in warm water first then take off the sticky residue with veggie oil then wash.

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

A very sweet idea indeed! ♥

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Those are so sweet, I swear they made me feel Spring-y just looking at them, despite the snow!

Adorable as baby shower or first birthday favors filled with pastel candy!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

So darling...and very creative. Yellow is a great color, I have a lot of yellow in my home. I think it just brightens up a room and makes me smile.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a *sweet* idea!!! I love those little bears, and now you've given me a reason to save them. Yours look so pretty, cheery and Spring-like :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

koralee said...

What a sweet idea my friend...oh I do love honey bears..and yellow is so happy! Hugs for a blessed day. xoxo

Heidi said...

cute! that's a lotta lotta honey, Honey! Hugs, Heidi

I'm into yellow now too...bringing it back from my childhood days-it was always my fav color!

Diane Mars said...

Cutie-pies they are just charming...and so much the colors of Spring. No good ideas on removing the labels sorry. Hugs from Diane in California

It's me said...

This is so sweet !! love it...love Ria...xxx.....

stefanie said...

sooooooo cute!

Char said...

So adorable! I think I saw Jenn at Sweet eye candy creations use bottles like this for a little girls birthday party... I could be wrong, I have baby brain, but I think I saw her do something with them.
You are so creative, I love checking out your blog!

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

So cute!

I use vinegar and a soft scrub pad to get labels off. It works pretty well at disolving the glue. Just add it to the warm water when you soak and use the scrub pad to gently wipe off the remaining gunk. (bonus: it makes glass items look super sparkly!)

Saphy said...

They look so good... as for lables. i use orange oil as it penetrates the glue and smells great.

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

aw so cute! what a great idea...perfect for party favors!!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

SWEET post! You are so creative Elyse! Loving these little honey bear containers!

Have a nice day and keep warm! Sip on some tea and honey!

Love,
Maryjane
xox

Stevie said...

Eeeekkk! Do you here me screaming?! LOVE!!! So sweet!

We had snow here last night. Son had another snow day...just this past weekened we were wearing short tees and no coat. Can not wait for Spring!

Alison said...

Adorable!!!!
And, by the way, thanks for the tip on trying to order from the UK. I sent that shop an email requesting a catalog, etc. but never heard back.... I've got my fingers crossed because that Green Gate stuff is so dang cute!
Cheers!
Alison

Liberty Biberty said...

Well, that's yet another of your super cute ideas that I'm sure Liberty will want to try!
Yellow is her favourite colour!
I remember those honey bears were around when I was little, I'll have to see if they still have them here.
Mercedes

Mary Ellen said...

Elyse these are adorable! I am going to have to make up some cute tags like that when I hopefully get honey this year to fill up some cute bear bottles!!

I use peanut butter to get off sticky residue! Just let it sit for a minute or two then rub aggressively - it works all the time for me!

bee blessed
mary

The imPerfect Housewife said...

DOUBLE LIKE!!!! I have one in my cabinet right now with honey in it - how boring. LOL ♥

Sonia said...

Those are too cute Elyse!! I love them!! Who would a thought, the honey bear bottles...!!!

I am craving brights too. So done with winter and cold!!

Hugs!!
Sonia

Trinity said...

Sooo cute!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

These are adorable!!! As far as getting sticky stuff off of bottles...I don 't use Goo Gone. I don't like the smell. I just use simple olive oil or any other cooking oil, a cloth to help scrub and some elbow grease. It works great for me :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Claudia said...

Too cute, my friend! Yes, some daffodil yellow is perfect this time of year when we are CRAVING Spring!

xo
Claudia

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

Elyse... your creations are always the SWEETEST! I love these!

Jill said...

So sweet! Such a great way to "up-cycle" those cute bottles!

Hugs,
Jill

Deanna said...

Hi Elyse!
I loved your Honey bottles. So sweet and they came out really lovely.

So sorry I hadn't visited you in such a long time. I hadn't participated in a Pink Saturday for ages until this past December but I had been thinking about you and some of the other wonderful ladies that I met through PS.

I just read Sherry from Alabama's idea and I might use that one since I have two bottles underneath my kitchen sink! I can't throw them away either...lol!

Deanna :D

debi said...

What a sweet, spring idea! You're so creative! Loving the yellow!

FairieMoon said...

Try peanut butter next time. Take a gob and just rub it around. If the goo starts to ball up and dissolve, you know that peanut butter works on that glue.

Deb said...

They are so cute Elyse...love them! I have been seeing alot of yellow mixed with turquoise lately and I think it's so pretty! ~Deb~

Deb said...

Those are the cutest thing evah!! I love yellow, too. I don't think yellow gets the glory it deserves, but it seems to be in style right now.

seraphine said...

What a beautiful blog.
LG

~~Carol~~ said...

I always crave yellows at this time of year too! I love these bears of yours so much. My Dad gave my daughter a honey bear shortly before he passed away, and I've kept the empty bottle ever since. That's almost 20 years ago! Now I know what I can do to make it cute, and have it sitting out to enjoy instead of stuffed in the cupboard. Thanks so much, and I love your blog!

Mari said...

WOW!! HOW REALLY ADORABLE :)

Free Pretty Things For You said...

this is tooooo Prettyy Pretty Pretty!!!
these little bears are Not going in the trash ANYMORE!! :D

Ana said...

Hi Elyse,
What a sweet idea...I love it..I too love saving jars and containers to reuse and repurpose. I just did a post on some glass jars I repurposed...I have always wanted a honey bear bottle. The honey we get always comes in these huge bottles...we use it a lot so we get ours from Costco :-P I think next time I'll pick one of these cute bear ones just cause they're so darn cute. Have a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Angie said...

I just started following your beautiful blog...and much to my dismay...we just threw out a bear honey bottle :( So sad now!!! PS...my home is decorated in Waverly Vintage Rose in the master bed & bath, kitchen, dining, and guest bath... love your style!!!

Theresa said...

Oh how fun, lots of work just to get them clean:) Enjoy your day my friend! HUGS!

KarenHarveyCox said...

This is such a cute way of storing things. Elyse, it's snowing again tonight. I saw bunches of daffodils in the supermarket and sighed. Years ago I went to London in February and their daffodils were blooming.

Well, is it any wonder you are craving yellow?

This is the cutest!
Karen

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Very Very Cute!!!

Ateliê Toque de Arte said...

What a wonderful idea!
Thanks for all your inspiration.
Iray

pinkstilettos said...

These are the sweetest things...so cute!Alos, Just wanted to let you know I'm doing a great Shabby Apple Dress giveaway which ends today...hope to see you enter!!
Daisy~

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh my goodness these are just too sweet!
They are so so adorable.
love
Alison
x

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Elyse, only YOU could take honey bears and make them adorable! Thanks for stopping by my WHITE post. We've lived in our home for 21 years and it's STILL a work in progress. Thanks for the tip about sending my link to Fifi. I just may do that if I don't chicken out!

luckygirlgifts said...

Those bottles are adorable. I've been so busy and missing all of my super fabulous blog friends like you...
xoxo
cari

janjan said...

Just came in for my regular dose of 'pretty'. and saw the bear bottles. Somewhere I have a glass peanut butter jar that is in the shape of a koala bear, must go look for it. I've always used eucalyptus oil on sticky labels to get the glue off, but be careful as it can also lift paint but on glass jars it should be fine.