I came across this same Bottle Village on the web a few weeks ago in one of my late-night internet searches for folk art. Grandma Prisbey had a difficult life. If I remember right, at the time of her death, 6 of her 7 children had already passed away, and two husbands. Really a remarkable testament to the determination that many of these wonderful folk artists have towards their work. I am awestruck!
Thank you so much for posting these pictures. My 8 year old and I enjoyed reading about her last year when we checked a book our about her at our local library. It was one of favorites. Wow, you actually got to go see it!! Lucky you.
While not as colorful as a bottle house (but still cool), is anyone familiar with the Beer Can House in Taos, New Mexico? It was featured on an episode of HGTV's "Extreme Homes". My husband and I saw it when we visited Taos in 2001 (it is a private home, so we only got to see the outside). Sadly, I didn't have a digital camera at the time so I have no pictures to post, but if you do a search for "Beer Can House, Taos, New Mexico", you can see a small picture on HGTV's web site (sorry, I don't know how to post those Hyperlinks you all know how to do).
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OK if you guys build a bottle house somewhere, count me in. I want to do the front porch all out of bottlecaps and marbles, OK? My dream home...
Oh GOOD! I've already got a stash. And...and...can we do some big concrete animals in the front yard? Who's gonna mosaic over the refrigerator? :-)
Isn't it annoying how concern for resale value of real estate squashes funky artistic inspirations? Bottle houses rock. Mosaic too. I'm just gonna have to find a weird little house out in the desert somewhere to embellish my heart out...before I get too old to mix the mortar.
When I ask about sticking stuff to the wall, the first response I hear
from others online is about selling the house. Trust me, while we
don't live in a dump, I'm confident the land is worth more than the house.
IF anyone bought this place they would be better off mowing it down,
replacing it with another house. There are too many things wrong with
it to put all the money into. I figure we may as well have fun with it.
Don't tell hubby, but I have a large section of my bedroom wall with tempered
glass on it, hiding behind a picture. Last night I took the picture down and
gave myself permission to continue.
I'm sure I have the largest collection of bottles so we have to build here. The collections includes hundreds of blue bottles in all shapes and sizes. We will also have the advantage of being in the boonies of Mexcio so there is less (or no) worry about building codes. I also have a view to die for - the Sea of Cortez and it's just a 10 minute walk away so we can go beachcombing. Minor drawback - rustic plumbing. So when can you get here?
Wuvie, I'm trying to convince DH that our house is in a similar category...we might as well go funky/artsy because it would take a small fortune to drag it into the 21st century! Still working on it.
OK Katiebear, I'll just head south until I start seeing big piles of blue bottles and six dogs. Your desert plants will be right up my alley too (I'll be cactusfan's landscaping assistant.) And the beachcombing...ooh, think of the great shell mosaics we can do. It all sounds wonderful. If you see a dusty Jeep leaving a trail of marbles on the highway you'll know it's me.
Not one to brag nor to challenge, I'm afraid I would have
to step forward as the one with the most bottles. It began
when I discovered the recycling center didn't mind trading.
If I suddenly died, I'm afraid there would be a story about the
bottles no one knew about...since we live in the country.
I try to keep them confined to the A frame we built for luffa, so
that in the summer the vines hide all them. There are more
in the woods and more in the garage, some in the house and
even more to come. I'm so glad there are others out there who
share my passion for glass and bottles.
However, I think that since you live in Mexico and I in the
states, we should build TWO houses, using yours for a vacation
home! Whatcha think? LOL. Rustic plumbing? Cool, it will add
personality to the place.
Six dogs? Not a problem. Would they mind my four cats and
This is such a fun group, I'm having a mushy moment wishing
we all lived closer.
Mexico!? hmmm how is the soil? gardening is going to be a big part of feeding this menagerie.
DOGS? of course!! I like dogs more than most people. LOL
But I am going to miss my Mtns. I LOVE my mountains. hmmmmm
Thank you for bringing this up again Juneybug. I love this whole concept of using something that most people discard and making something beautiful!! and usefull!!
The pic that Cascademom put up is awesome too.
I've been very interested in cob houses, which you can incorporate bottles in very nicely.
Also, I needed a reminder of why I'm saving all these bottles!!!
I love the bottle house and have always admired all such original houses. How do you think she did it?
Did she use whole unbroken bottles and put cement between them? From the inside looking out the light comes through beautifully. If I started doing anything like that to our house I am sure my husband would object . Strongly. I wonder what cement she used that would last through bad weather. Is this house well insulated? It is interesting.
CascadeMom is that your house that is so married to the earth? It looks wonderful to me. However I have the same question for this house - how well is it insulated and how stable is it?