Monday, April 25, 2011

Etceteras: vitamin bottle organization



On any given day, this is what my counter looks like... I know, terrible.


We tend to leave out vitamin bottles and daily medication so we don’t forget to take it. I can’t stand the clutter and decided to do something about it.

Why I didn’t think of this sooner I’ll never know. I used spice jars and printed out vintage pharmacy labels – courtesy of the Graphics Fairy.

I added some fun names for our vitamins and medicine, like, Old Bone Remedy (calcium), Yummy Gummy Vitamins (children's vitamins), Old Lady Vitamins (those would be my vitamins) and Anti-Sneezing Medicine (allergy medicine).

I covered the tops with kraft paper and baker’s twine. Then I Mod Podged the label and tops. Note: I wouldn’t recommend this with small children since the spice jar tops aren’t child-proof.

I love how they look on my counter now – like an old-fashioned pharmacy counter.



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59 comments :

  1. Carolyn, you are so adorable, & you are DEFINITELY not an 'old lady'! LOL! But your idea is super & I fully intend to do my must-take meds the same way because it looks 100 times better than the ugly old original containers! If there were awards for most do-able and beautiful projects on a blog, you would win, hands down! HUGS!

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  2. Very cute idea! I love the labels and love how you finished them off with the cute wording and the cute tops.

    I did a similar project with Tide and Clorox bottles (and Graphics Fairy graphics). Her graphics make even the mundane products beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Pam

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  3. What a great idea! They look fabulous! I'll have to check out Graphics Fairy!

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  4. This really looks like old-fashioned pharmacy counter. great idea! I love this vintage labels.

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  5. This is really a cute idea, helps to 'spice' up a daily routine : D Spotted your creation on The Graphics Fairy and am now your newest GFC follower. Going to check this out myself as I love to change things around once in awhile- it gets so boring otherwise. Thanks for the idea !

    WynnieBee

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  6. I love this idea! I have struggled with the ugly bottle issue as well. I couldn't find the link on the Graphics Fairy for the oval label. Can you post the link?

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  7. Here are the links to the labels that I used. Thanks so much for all your comments.
    http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/2011/01/vintage-clip-art-old-pharmacy-labels.html

    http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/2007/10/fab-round-french-apothecary-label.html

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  8. What a great idea! I love this. If I do this project I will def link back to your blog :)

    Delighted Momma

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  9. What a genius idea! The bottles look fantastic and I couldn't bear to put them away in a cabinet. :-)

    Stopping by from Hope Studios Tutorial Tuesday linky party. Hope you can come say hi at my little blog sometime!

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  10. That is so cute! I know all about those bottles being so ugly that I stick them in the cupboard and then forget to take them. This is so much better. Tumblr-ed it to not forget about it.

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  11. Sheer awesomeness!! I have been looking for something like this! Do you have the direct link on Graphics Fairy that you used??

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  12. How cute!! I love how you changed the names. Now there's no way you can forget to take vitamins in such adorable containers :)

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  13. These are beautiful Carolyn and wonderfully photographed (as always!) :0)

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  14. Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing. Looks awsome. Greetings from Germany ines

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  15. oh. my. head! I love this. I'm doin' it! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  16. What a great idea! I love the labels too. Such a fun way to control the clutter of all the vitamins and pills.

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  17. This is so cute! What a great idea! :) I store my vitamins in one of the kitchen cupboards though, so i do this nobody will ever see it, boo.

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  18. I love it! Your name choices are so perfect and funny.

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  19. SUPER cool idea! LOVE it! I put mine in just clear glass jars with cork tops but you took this to a whole new level of awesomeness!
    ~Heather

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  20. Really cute, love it! I'm a follower...

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  21. This is such a great idea. I too have those ugly bottles on my counter and now I have the perfect fix. Thank you for sharing this with everyone!

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  22. I am inspired. I love these classy vitamin bottles!

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  24. Here from a blog hop and happy to meet you,
    <3, New Follower

    Amazing Vintage Poster giveaway!

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  25. Saw this at Whipperberry and it's so lovely. It looks so much better now! Good job.

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  26. You always have the best ideas! These are so awesome. Love the craft paper & baker's twine!

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

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  27. How pretty! My vitamins are tucked away, but I can see myself displaying them if they are this beautiful. Great idea!

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  28. Carolyn, another beautifully done, artful project! I was just looking at my own collection of vitamins this morning (in an ugly shoebox on my dresser) and chastised myself for the eyesore I'd created. The vintage labels would definitely be a better compliment to my decor than the Costco sized drums of drugs currently taking up real estate in my room.


    Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17.

    Best,
    Jenn

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  29. This will be featured tomorrow at New Nostalgia! Thanks for linking up!!

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  30. Now, isn't that clever! I've got to give my vitamins a makeover now! Thanks for linking up!

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  31. What a fabulous idea! Love it!

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  32. Congrats you've been featured at my Hookin Up with HoH party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button. You've earned it!

    Thanks!

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  33. Love it, but I would be careful about how much light these bottles receive. The reason they are in ugly white bottles is so the light doesn't effect the storage of the Vitamins, you don't want to take ineffective medication or vitamins.

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  34. This is so pretty and such a nice way to make the stuff you have to have look like some luxurious, super-fancy home decor! I love it and congrats on the feature at HOH - I saw you and got excited it was a blogger I knew!

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  35. Hi, Carolyn! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  36. Love this!! I want to do it! Where can I find the bottles??

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  37. Very cute. But as a nurse, I cringe. I hope you have a list somewhere as to what everything is and how often you take it in case you aren't able to tell someone and they need to know. Sorry, just have seen this happen many times before.

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  38. Thank you everyone for so many nice comments.

    To answer questions about the bottles:
    The bottles were from an old set of spice jars that I no longer use. I'm not sure where they sell them. Maybe Target or any other store that sells kitchen products. You could also recycle any type of jar for this project.
    Thanks!
    Carolyn - homework

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  39. Love, love, love this idea! Way too cute and functional at the same time. Can't wait to do this ... hobby stores sell all kinds of glass, lidded jars that would work perfectly.

    Good idea to keep an inventory of your medications as Anonymous mentioned.

    Looking forward to transferring my frequently used Rx's to cute labeled bottles! Thanks so much!

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  40. This is a wonderful idea and so cute! I will have to give it a try!

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  41. This is so lovely! What a clever idea to get rid of the ugly vitamin bottles! I am going to have to do this!!!!!

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  42. Hmmm,These ones quite interesting.
    Glad to be here.

    Best regards,
    Home Remedies..

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  43. These are way cuter than the ugly bottles they come in! lol!

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  44. This is adorable! I never would have thought of that. One of the things I love about coming here!!

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  45. Adorable! I have pinned, tweeted, facebooked and stumbled. (I'm not sure there is anything left to do on this post.)

    However: I would definitely keep the original bottles with information regarding ingredients, mgs, frequency etc. You never know when you'll need to give it to a pharmacist or doctor for potential interactions, etc.

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  46. I love this! I was tipped to it by Vivienne. I was cleaning off our dresser this morning and came across my very unattractive calcium chews box and lamented that I didn't have a cute way to organize it. Now I do! Great idea!

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  47. I love it very much! Please tell me how to print words on the label. Thank you.

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  55. This is such a cute and way kitsch way of displaying your vitamins, I love it!

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