Pittisporum, Winter Colour and Perfume Bottles

16 Jan

1    The Pittisporum is getting its pink tinge for the winter months.

Pittisporum in its winter colour

Pittisporum in its winter colour

2    These leaves from the Jasmine turn this beautiful rich red in the winter.

Winter red on the Jasmine leaves

Winter red on the Jasmine leaves

3     I was inspired by Yvonne to show you some of my collection of perfume bottles. There are four generations of bottles here and none is taller than 6″.

Perfume containers

Perfume containers

The beautiful blue glass one with the silver top was my Granny’s. I’m told that when she let me hold it when I was about 18 months old,  I bit the top! You can see how the shape is spoilt by my tiny new teeth!

Granny's perfume bottle

Granny’s perfume bottle

Mum’s Eau de Cologne has never been opened and is still in its original box.

Mum's 4771 Eau De Cologne

Mum’s 4771 Eau De Cologne

My perfume in this beautifully shaped bottle was brought from Russia for me! We had two Russian students to stay with us when I was 11 and they brought presents for us all. I was so thrilled to be given such a grown-up gift!

My Russian perfume

My Russian perfume, from 1956

This beautiful perfume bottle was made by one of nephews, a very talented creator in glass, who works in Arizona.

Mark's design, delicate and gorgeous

Mark’s design, delicate and gorgeous


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15 responses to “Pittisporum, Winter Colour and Perfume Bottles

  1. Abraham

    February 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

    How old are the other perfume bottles?

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you for visiting! The blue one is over 100 years old, the 4711 about 50 years old and the modern one was only made about 6 years ago. Thank you for asking 🙂

      • Abraham

        February 14, 2013 at 6:45 am


  2. petit4chocolatier

    January 18, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Love everything; especially the perfume containers !!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      They are pretty aren’t they? I’ll show some more of my collection another time 🙂

  3. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    January 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Perfume bottles don’t have style anymore…I like those. I still like 4711 – used to be able to get it here in the US but can’t find it anymore. We would always get some from my relatives in Germany. It is still my favorite.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      It is still available here and online I just discovered. 🙂

      • thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

        January 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        I have a website that carries German imports and this is on their list of items available. I may have to visit them again real soon.

  4. Alex Autin

    January 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    What a fantastic generational collection of perfume bottles. Your grandmother had excellent taste!

  5. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    January 17, 2013 at 1:41 am

    the flower is so beautiful and the perfume containers elegant

  6. Kathleen Richardson

    January 17, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Wow, you had quite the bite! Beautiful bottles.

  7. Choc Chip Uru

    January 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    What a gorgeous bottle collection 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. tartanpants

    January 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Oh these bottles are just wonderful – so many memories for you x

  9. mixedupmeme

    January 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Perfume bottles as pacifiers. lol

    They pacify at any age.

  10. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    January 16, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    The one with the “teeth marks” is so beautiful…I actually cannot see any marks …I love blue glass
    of any kind…and so special being your Grandmother’s…


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