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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2006
12:00 AM

Post #2372278

A wonderful artist out of New Jersey was gracious enough to share
photographs from her visit to a California tourist attraction built
by a lady with the name of Tressa Prisbrey.

There are many photographs, but the following images will
show a bit more detail of her work:


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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2006
12:24 AM

Post #2372361

Another shot:

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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2006
12:45 AM

Post #2372406

And another showing the various colors of bottles used:

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 10, 2006
12:51 AM

Post #2372417

How unique!!!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2006
1:10 AM

Post #2372494

And of course, one to show the beer bottles.
They are very pretty when the light hits them!

GRANDMA PRISBREY'S BOTTLE VILLAGE:

http://home.roadrunner.com/~echomatic/bv/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandma_Prisbrey's_Bottle_Village

http://users.adelphia.net/~echomatic/bv/history.html

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/CA-BottleVillage.html

http://www.agilitynut.com/h/prisbrey.html

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9501EFD8163CF935A35751C0A961958260




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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 10, 2006
1:16 AM

Post #2372518

Love the beer bottle wall!! Looks like pieces of amber.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2006
1:24 AM

Post #2372557

And to think she started all of this when she was in her 60's!

Imagine all the stress she worked off.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 10, 2006
1:30 AM

Post #2372646

If she was in her 60s when she started this, how old is she now? A hundred? That's alot of walls or villages!!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2006
1:46 AM

Post #2372736

Sadly, she passed away some time ago. An earthquake
destroyed sections of her village, but there are many who
are interested in restoring it.

pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 10, 2006
2:09 AM

Post #2372802

That's too bad. I hope they do get to restore it. It would be worth it I think.
Maria
Rehoboth, MA
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2006
9:02 PM

Post #2375364

Just amazing!
oldmudhouse
Las Cruces, NM
(Zone 8a)

June 10, 2006
9:38 PM

Post #2375454

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!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 10, 2006
9:45 PM

Post #2375464

What's the website?
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2006
9:48 PM

Post #2375474

Here is yet another interesting twist on Bottle Houses:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/sitbv3/reader/ref=sib_dp_pt/104-3816061-5751104?_encoding=UTF8&asin=0936070331

Maxine Page. Very colorful, very fun bottle house!

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oldmudhouse
Las Cruces, NM
(Zone 8a)

June 10, 2006
9:50 PM

Post #2375480

The Grandma Prisbey site I found is one Wuvie posted above,
http://echomatic.home.mindspring.com/bv/
worth visiting!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2006
9:51 PM

Post #2375482

Pepper,

The link is up above in one of my posts, but I'll
gladly post it here for you:

HYPERLINK@echomatic.home.mindspring.com
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2006
9:52 PM

Post #2375483

Whoops, double posted...LOL, we must be on the same wavelength.
oldmudhouse
Las Cruces, NM
(Zone 8a)

June 10, 2006
10:23 PM

Post #2375584

Hi Wuvie, yes, if you like these funky folk art environments like I do, then we are definately on the same wavelength!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 10, 2006
10:26 PM

Post #2375593

Thanks!! Everyone keep up the funky work! Or is it folksy? LOL
justmeLisa
Brewers, KY
(Zone 6b)

June 12, 2006
1:06 AM

Post #2379683

wuvie,
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.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 12, 2006
1:44 AM

Post #2379813

Hi Lisa,

Sadly, it was not I who viewed the village, but a nice lady I met over the
internet in New Jersey. She was the lucky one to visit, but I feel almost as
if I've been there with these photographs.

What an imagination she had!

CascadeMom
Cascade Mtns, WA
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2008
3:38 AM

Post #4514340

My first name is very similar to Prisbey's... and since doing glass work my husband is
very worried that I may take over the yard with glass houses. LOL

I love her work!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 9, 2008
4:09 AM

Post #4514464

Hi there!

Glad you popped in here! I'll bring the bottles, you
bring the mortar, and we'll make a house to live in!
Our hubbies can fret about both of us, LOL.

If I had MY way, we would indeed be living in a bottle house.

:-) KM
cactusfan
Webster, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2008
1:47 PM

Post #4515172

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).
CascadeMom
Cascade Mtns, WA
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2008
3:51 PM

Post #4515669

Wuvie: I had the same thought when I posted. "wuvie and I could build a house!" LOL

cactus... guess there ecentrics everywhere.! ;)
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

February 9, 2008
3:54 PM

Post #4515679

Oh I'm so glad I saw this... I love it.
oldmudhouse
Las Cruces, NM
(Zone 8a)

February 9, 2008
5:53 PM

Post #4516115

Here's the link to the HGTV Extreme Home site, with a pic of the beer can house (too bad they don't show more pics!) I love that show.
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/remodeling/article/0,,HGTV_3659_1369336,00.html

Cactusfan, to do a link, go up to the URL bar at the top of the page you want to link to, right click (it turns blue) and choose Copy. Then go back to your post in DG, right click and choose Paste, and the URL will appear in your post. When you hit preview Dave's will turn that long URL string of gibberish into a shorter highlighted link. Dmail me if you have any problems, and we'll figure it out!

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...
Sheri
CascadeMom
Cascade Mtns, WA
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2008
6:01 PM

Post #4516150

bottle caps and Marbles!! ...you're IN!!
oldmudhouse
Las Cruces, NM
(Zone 8a)

February 9, 2008
7:13 PM

Post #4516388

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.

WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 9, 2008
7:36 PM

Post #4516471

Ooh, mudhouse, indeed!

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.

;-) KM
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

February 9, 2008
7:57 PM

Post #4516551

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?

katiebear
cactusfan
Webster, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2008
7:59 PM

Post #4516560

Oooh, WUVIE, pictures?
cactusfan
Webster, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2008
8:04 PM

Post #4516573

I vote for katiebear's location - she's got cool plants down there! I'll be happy to handle landscaping :)
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

February 9, 2008
8:06 PM

Post #4516586

Forgot to add - must love dogs. (I have six.)

kb
oldmudhouse
Las Cruces, NM
(Zone 8a)

February 9, 2008
8:43 PM

Post #4516704

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.



katiebear
mulege
Mexico

February 9, 2008
8:50 PM

Post #4516722

be prepared. It will spoil you for living in the States.

kb
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

February 9, 2008
9:01 PM

Post #4516765

Sheri,
Please stop by and pick me up on your way... oh, I would love to walk on the beach.
oldmudhouse
Las Cruces, NM
(Zone 8a)

February 9, 2008
10:01 PM

Post #4516950

Sure thing Gourd, you can bring some of your great tufa planters for the porch! I can't get the beach out of my mind either...I think I have forgotten what water looks like.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 10, 2008
12:25 AM

Post #4517439

Katie,

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
two dogs?

This is such a fun group, I'm having a mushy moment wishing
we all lived closer.

:-) KM



CascadeMom
Cascade Mtns, WA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2008
12:38 AM

Post #4517489

I can DO plumbing! good at it too.

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



I can see it now...

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katiebear
mulege
Mexico

February 10, 2008
1:48 AM

Post #4517776

I got mountains, too. And volcanos.

I do not conceed the bottle queen crown. How about we share it.

We could do a round robin until everyone has a bottle house.

kb
CascadeMom
Cascade Mtns, WA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2008
1:56 AM

Post #4517842

hahhahaaaaa! I have to check out Mulege.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 16, 2010
6:14 PM

Post #8103153

Another thread that needs resurrecting... I think that I may have to build a shed or something with bottles when I get back to Missouri...
nanaka
Webster, WI

September 17, 2010
9:10 AM

Post #8104102

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!!!

Someday... gonna do it!
Kathy
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2010
8:15 PM

Post #8111064

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?

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