The minute I pressed "send" on my book manuscript, I immediately yearned for a break from the computer and the endless hours of sitting while staring at a screen. My hands wanted to do something other than type, and as result I’ve been in a “making” frame of mind.
I’ve spent hours and hours in the kitchen cooking just for fun (not work, the blog or the book), I’ve framed and hung new family photos, I’ve organized and ironed my linen napkins (I really do find that fun), and I’ve taken wine bottles from my large collection (it’s been a long winter!) in our storage shed and turned them into oil dispensing bottles because… why not?
I crave creativity on a daily basis and find I do better at everything when I’ve had the chance to express my more imaginative side. It’s weird, I know, and you’d be right in thinking that Rob often wonders, or possibly even fears, what kind of idea or project he’ll come home to each day.
Three weeks ago it was the wine-bottle-turned-oil-dispenser idea. I buy most of my oils in bulk, which means they come home in unattractive plastic or metal vessels that don’t fit properly in a cupboard and are ugly to look at. I trudged outside in the snow with my canine companion who keeps me company during the day, and we dug around for clear bottles that I could use. When back inside I washed them thoroughly and removed the sticky labels leaving me with a clean and clear container.
I’m obsessed with my label maker, which is currently fitted with removable label tape, so I used that to mark my bottles. Simple. Fitted with a basic liquor pourer, there’s no lid or cap to remove each time I need a glug of oil. They look so much nicer than the bottles I buy at the store, although, I will admit I have a few that do sit pretty in the pantry. For now, I’ve just tagged the oils I use most often, and keep them within easy reach on a turntable beside my beloved salt boxes and pepper grinder.