Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Vintage Toiletry Bottle Labels

OBERON:  Fetch me that flower; the herb I shew'd thee once:
The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees. . . .
Having once this juice,
I'll watch Titania when she is asleep,
And drop the liquor of it in her eyes.
The next thing then she waking looks upon,
Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull,
On meddling monkey, or on busy ape,
She shall pursue it with the soul of love . . .

Sleep deprivation has all sorts of consequences.  There are the obvious ones, like fatigue, fuzzy thinking, and not remembering dentist appointments.  But then there are the more embarrassing ones, like smearing hair pomade on your face in the morning because your moisturizer jar looks EXACTLY like the pomade jar.

(Or at least it does if you squint your eyes when you have been up with a baby at least twice in the night.)

And if that isn't enough, sleep deprivation may just throw you a double whammy by not affording you the braincells to realize that the goo on your face is not moisturizer, but "Surf Hair Gum Paste," until your face starts to harden like a Renaissance statue and you frantically consider the possibility that mothers everywhere might have been right all those years when they said, "Don't make a face like that or your face might stay that way."

Not that this has ever happened to me, of course. 

So for those of you that struggle to find your footing in the wee hours of the morning, and who may need a little something to look forward to as the sun rises (besides an eyewash to remove searing hair product from your corneas), Miriam and I have created the following array of toiletries.
 

Every woman deserves a little magic in the morning.  All the better if that little bit of magic is perfectly vintage and feminine.



Here's how to do it.

First, collect an assortment of fun bottles IN VARIOUS SHAPES AND SIZES so you don't have a repeat of the incident mentioned above.  I found these for about a dollar each at a furniture/decor store.

Next, take a roll of contact paper and cut it to the size of an 8.5x11 piece of printer paper. 


Place your contact paper in a laser jet printer and print off your desired labels onto your paper.  


(all frames courtesy of The Graphics Fairy)

Cut your labels to size and then stick them on your bottles.

And all of a sudden, your morning ritual becomes a little more indulgent, a little more refined, and lots more enjoyable.  

Oh the difference a pretty label can make . . .

Boring bubble bath becomes "Bath Tincture" . . .


Moisturizer becomes "Creme de Visage" . . .


Everyday bath salts become a "Salted Water Potion" . . .


Lame Listerine becomes a "Mint Herbed Tonic for Breath" . . .


and the mandatory multivitamin becomes a "Vitamin Restorative".

 

Someday I hope to add a "nap potion" or a "slenderizing serum" to the array.  

Until then, I'll just be content that none of these magically feminine bottles could ever be confused with hair pomade.



Many magical mornings to you all!


Here are the image files, should you choose to make your own :)










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47 comments:

  1. Too funny! Great idea tho...let me know when you add that slenderising serum! ;)

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  2. This is actually a very creative and professional looking Idea. I think I could prank some of my family members by mixing and matching the titles.I was able to stumble upon your blog through the Sundae Scoop Link Party and i'm glad I ended up here ;)

    -Milynn
    Love and Whimsy Blog

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  3. Found this idea on Pinterest. Very clever idea!

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  4. What a great idea to use contact paper.. Have some at the house right now in perfect white. Love this.. Hugs, Cindy

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  5. What an adorable idea. I have 3 daughters that would love these labels and bottles. This goes on my Christmas "to do" list.

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  6. I just love it! I might have to do this in my own bathroom. Thanks for the lovely inspiration as always ladies! :-)
    Vanessa

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  7. These are so cute! I would love to display bottles with these labels in my bathroom! So pretty!

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  8. Aside from laughing at your predicament, I'm loving your labelled bottles! Pinning. ~ Maureen

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  9. Very beautiful labels you have created, they look awesome in the bottles, thank you for sharing the images, I will certainly try it.

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  10. These graphics are so creative. Also, your blog is pretty. I love the background.

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  11. They are so pretty! I would love these for my bathroom or vanity. They are a beautiful way to avoid those nasty mishaps LOL.

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  12. These are just the sweetest jars. Your post really had me laughing because I've been there and very recently. Thanks for sharing:-)

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  13. Funny story! lol. And, ooooh I love these! So pretty! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Someday Crafts. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-7.html Hope you can join in the bash! Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  14. What a lovely idea!!! I am hosting Giveaway where you could win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. I would love to see you at My Dream Canvas.

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  15. This is such a great idea. I will totally be making these (I pinned these). I would love for you to come and link up to my party. I'm your latest follower.

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  16. This is a fabulous idea. How did you think of it. They look wonderful. Now I just need some great bottles.

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  17. So clever and beautiful! It would have never occurred to me to put contact paper in the printer! Visiting from StoneGable's TT&T :)

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  18. Oh yes sleep deprivation.. I remember those days.. I love the idea of using contact paper. I know that even staples has a laser printer.. cool cool idea.. xo marlis

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  19. Tell you what? This is fantastic.
    What's even better is the images are right here for download!!!

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  20. These toiletries are definitely easy on the eyes!

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  21. What a idea to make those bottles so pretty. Just think, the graphics are free too!
    Never would have thought of using contact paper in the printer.

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  22. So cute... LOVE the names and turquoise mouth wash looks lovely in a pretty bottle! Who'd a thunk? :)

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  23. These turned out great! Looks lovely!

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  24. Charming! How sweet of you for sharing your images at Potpourri Friday!

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  25. These are so cute...and the contact paper...that is genius!!...I have trying to figure out how to do lables...and now I know:)
    THANKS!
    Rene'

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  26. Love your wonderful ideas, thanks for the inspiration.

    Blessings from Ontario, Canada.
    Bernice

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  27. They make such a beautiful vignette grouped together. Nice tutorial.

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  28. Such fun- love these!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  29. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful labels. I pinned them to my Printables board. I'm your newest follower from Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special.

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  30. They look terrific. I didn't know you could print on contact paper - that's great news and opens up a whole new world of ideas.

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  31. I love your beautiful vintage labels! The contact paper was very creative on your part! You post was funny and had me laughing! Crossed my fingers that you’ll share your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best evening party – sharing is a good thing!

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  32. what beautiful labels/bottles

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  33. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your labels...I have three boys five and under-I haven't slept through the night in years-I feel your pain!

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  34. French gorgeousness at its best girls. Great tutorial.
    I'd love it if you'd consider sharing this over at my Shabbilicious Friday Link party - http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/shabbilicious-friday-link-party-july_27.html

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  35. LOVE this! Makes me feel like I've been transported to a Jane Austen novel. Would love for you to share your quilt at the Pomp Party!

    www.createcraftlove.com/2012/07/pomp-party-28.html

    Hope to see you there!!

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  37. I love this project so much. I will be featuring it tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  38. Thanks so much for sharing this creative idea on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love the Graphics Fairy. Great idea using the contact paper!

    Jody

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  39. So pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  40. These are adorable! So pretty! Sign me up for the slenderizing serum ;)

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  41. I love these! I've been making a lot of my own beauty and cleaning products. And, I've been wanting to have some cutesy labels to decorate the jars with. Thanks for the tutorial. I didn't even think of contact paper. I'm your newest follower!
    Rebekah-www.potholesandpantyhose.com

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  42. This is AMAZING! Found you from Sherry's blog...so impressed!! You could go into business and I would be your first customer:)

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    Don't forget to grab a button if you'd like. Have a great week!

    Jody

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