Take a look at this photo:
It looks like a nice bottle of whiskey, yes?
It once was — last summer. A number of mint juleps took care of that 😉 I thought it was a wonderfully handsome bottle, though, and saved it. When I purchased my latest bottle of Dr. Woods Black Soap, I was looking at the amber liquid, and remembered my bourbon bottle and — I had to.
He hee 🙂
I think the bourbon bottle is very much at home with the little jar that formerly contained lemon curd that I use to put my apple cider vinegar and water mixture in for my hair with the old silver soup spoon. The jar measures a perfect cup. The small jug which held balsamic vinegar now holds the apple cider hair vinegar enhanced with lavender essential oil.
I also can’t forget the ceramic bowl my coworker made, filled with my hand crocheted wash cloths:
This is one of the extremely fun parts of my rationing project — taking a simple thing like soap beside your tub to a wonderful flight of fancy. In the buy, buy, buy mentality of our culture, too few pause to enhance the small details of their lives (except, perhaps, to throw more money at them). I believe that Green, creative solutions are contained in taking time, and exercising the imagination. I am so pleased that I was able to make this assemblage out of empty jars and bottles, a gift, a little making, and a mysterious silver spoon — no one in my family remembers how it got into our possession. It makes me smile (and giggle) every time I take a bath.
A thought — Make do and mend can also be seen as Make, Do, and Mend! Just a little doing (soaking off the label and sterilizing the bottle) added to making and preserving changes the “settling for” to a mantra with agency. I like.
After my latest purchase of Dr. Woods — thee coupon count:
Clothing: 21 out of 66
Soap: 14 out of 36
Tea: NONE out of 10