A few years ago (this fact makes the title of this post much less alarming), Ryan and I decided to start collecting all of the wine corks from bottles we've had.  We've had ideas like making a sort of cork-bulletin board, arranging them in a frame or just keeping the around the house as little odds and ends, which is what they are doing now.

We've had them here...

... and here.

And pretty much just scattered all over the place.  So, a couple of weeks ago, I spotted this gorgeous handmade glass vase and figured it would be the perfect home for our growing collection of wine corks.  It's a couple of feet tall.  I took a picture next to the couch to give some reference.

As I was collecting all of our hard (or not-so-hard) earned corks from around the house, I came across some pretty fun ones to look at.  We have a tradition of writing on the cork if the wine was opened for something special.  The vast majority of them don't have anything written on them, just because we're fans of the "well, it's Wednesday night, let's have some wine" club, but some are definitely sentimental.

The most sentimental of them all being this one:

Yep, it's the cork from our champagne we had on our wedding night!  Somehow it made it from our hotel, to DIA, to Cabo and back.  Here are some other fun ones I found:

A cork from the first bottle of our homemade batch, Two Cork Tollis.

Some colorful little guys.

This cork was from a bottle we received as an engagement gift at our engagement party two years ago.  You can see that the cork is misshapen and the wine has soaked halfway down the cork.  There were also hundreds of tiny crystals on the top of the cork because it was a 1984 Cabernet - bottled before we were born and definitely one of the best we've ever had.

Here's another champagne cork from the night we got engaged in Vail!

And of course one from New Years.  So there's a little time travel via our wine and champagne corks we've collected over the past few years.  And yes, they have all been earned.

Anyway, after looking through the pile for the special ones, they all ended up in the big glass vase.  With plenty of room for more... wine party anyone?