The last time I went junkin’ with Mom 2, she rushed up to me with a rooster bottle of preserved peppers in hand.
You’ve got to get this. You need to take the peppers out and refill it. You need this. Get it! Get it!
You’ve seen Mr. Peppers in other posts, but I tried to be quiet about him. I liked the colorful peppers inside. He looked so handsome beside PAM’s watercolor of peppers.
It was a bad idea to place Mr. Peppers in “star on top” position in my Chateau Grey is Green! step-stool post. Of course you would notice him! (As if he could hide behind the S&P shakers. 😉 )
The words of Mom 2 continued ringing in my head.
You could empty it and fill it with something fun. You’ll think of something fabulous…
I had to find something. The pressure was on!
In spite of all the winter painting projects going on at the time (in my kitchen), I took a break one day to empty Mr. Rooster. Coat, rooster, and scissors in hand, I went out the door to dump rooster’s contents in the ditch at the tree line.
Little did I know, the bottle was hermetically sealed under Mr. Rooster’s head. Scissors were not going to do the job!
Back inside, I cut away the wax coating, removed the cork, and proceeded to pry the contents out of Mr. Rooster. I drained the liquid, added water and jabbed things around a good bit.
It was a long process, mashing contents blocking the opening and pulling them out. One by one.
Uh…can I return to my painting now? Isn’t “break” time over?
Here are the tools I used to dig the peppers out.
Finally, Mr. Peppers was Mr. Pepper-less.
After, you saw him perched on the completed step-stool.
His waiting had begun.
Mr. Pepper-less traveled to PAM’s with me for her surgery recovery. Thanks to my grandmother’s combined button collection, Mr. Peppers – then Mr. Pepper-less – became Mr. Buttons. Do you remember him from my Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let Us Sew! tablescape?
I should have at least added a pretty bow around his neck for the event. I wasn’t quite finished yet, so I still didn’t mention him. A couple of you did in your comments, though.
The original bottle had old and dusty raphe tied around his neck. I visited the project studio for ideas and found these.
Roosters don’t wear necklaces, but this reminds me of ruffled shirts men wore in nearly prehistoric times. Remember the white curly wigs, too?
Did you notice his eyes? PAM taught me to use Sharpie™ markers for ceramics, like her cow towel rack she gave me.
The lashes are my marker additions. 😉
Mr. Buttons has dotted eyes now, too.
They’re much more noticeable now as he struts his stuff – buttons, collar, and eyes. 😉
Do you have decorative bottles filled with pretty peppers? Do you have other ideas for pepper replacements?