I was on the hunt for a silver cruet caddy to hold a beautiful set of early etched glass condiment bottles that belonged to my business partner's family. I was successful in finding a lovely victorian quadruple plate caddy at a flea market. That same weekend, while searching an online auction site, I found another caddy that was even more perfect than the first. This left my flea market caddy without bottles.
So, I began to imagine new uses for this charming old piece, it was just too sweet to pack away for someday. I considered many possibilities, some not very pretty and some just silly before I came across this charming marriage of old and new.
By adding 5 small clear glass votive cups into the spots designed to hold the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and mustard bottles, I have been able to breath new life into this old silver caddy.
Turning it from a piece into a center piece.
To soften the look and keep decorative accents away from the flames, I added a single lime branch, woven into a tight wreath, surrounding the caddy base. Just perfect!
This is just another example of one of my favorite things... reinventing antique accessories to make a true treasure for your home. Happy Hunting!