25 February 2011

things i'm loving 'chunky rings' & i'm grateful for 'happy trinkets'

Greetings all,
I'm combining this week's Friday "things i'm loving" with Paisley Jade & Saturday "i'm grateful for" with Maxabella Loves . . . pleading exhaustion for my bloggie laziness.  Things are pretty wild here, i'm really feeling the strain this week of being a solo mummy of 4 children in 2 schools, with different committments & social circles.  I have filled in countless forms, cleaned countless rooms, Zumba'd countless jiggles this week.  If you can imagine living apart from your husband for 3 years, having to do the bins, the car, the lawns, the garage, the tax & never being able to drop the ball with the discipline on the children, it's full on.  I'm 14 months into it & finding my groove again with the school year dominating my routine.  It's week 3, i'm grooving.
Today was particularly insane - i drove 200km - morning & afternoon school runs; collect an overcoat for the highschooler's Winter uniform in one direction; a Year 4 Writing Matters book way south; 2+ hours at the gym; fresh food market; fuel; hardware store; take homework to school which was left behind; bakery; post office . . . argh!!
  
So, to more Zen part of my life, Things I'm Loving . . . chunky rings.  I think they're fun, a great splash of colour & style . . . red glass from Venice; silver Origami box ring Kidson Jewellery; blue fleck glass Murano; blue resin & nude resin Little Slave; silver chunky one from a school market stall & stone ring from Nightcliff Markets NT.  My husband loathes them, he likes to holds my hand & i have to change rings as he finds them so uncomfortable.  Ha!!  Must admit, sometimes i struggle when wearing these rings if i have to get something out of my handbag or pocket.   
 Now for my I'm Grateful offering . . . happy trinkets - inexpensive, not particularly practical, but make my heart sing.  This 6 pack of milk bottles just stole my heart today at Bed Bath & Table.  What is not to love, the style, whimsy, memories of a milk man . . . for under $15!! 
 Neatly tied together, i couldn't resist, slighly clunking together . . . i love it when a sound takes you back to your childhood - racing out to grab the milk bottles before the birds peck through those red foil lids!!
 What to do with them??  Vases.  Pencils.  Buttons.  Confetti.  Petals.

Right now, they are sitting on the shelf.  I'll never tire of that lamp - my children check their hair in it every morning!!  So that's it from me, grateful i had $15 in my purse to blow on a childhood memory & a lovely tale to tell my children of how we got milk when i was a preschooler.  They are not 600ml/ pint sized bottles, but they're very . . . practical??!! 
Have gorgeous weekends everyone, i'm tackling my studio, i have to half the space i use to create an extra bedroom as the children want a room each (twins share).  I can do it, it won't be pretty, it is hard work but it will make the children so happy.  I've been greedy with the space i hog in this house for my craft long enough.  I'm downsizing business as the children get older!!  Love Posie

28 comments:

Jodie at Mummy Mayhem said...

Oooh - those bottles are so cute!

PaisleyJade said...

Loving the bottles - and your blogging multi-tasking!

Taylor Made said...

You sound like you deserve to have a close to home weekend after all that running around..have a great weekend.

Prim and Pretty said...

Another idea for bottles- is they make cute milk and sugar containers, for when that special friend drops in for a coffee. Cant seem to find my balance, eldest son is having an O week at uni (UNSW) which sounds so fun, until your the mother!!

Kymmie said...

Those bottles are to die for, but I have to say that I'm more tempted by a chunky ring, or any jewellery that's chunky and interesting!

Wow, you're life sounds so full on. How do you do it? xx

Thea said...

I really don't know how you do it all!?! Those bottles bring back not-so-sweet childhood memories of being forced to drink plain milk at morning recess that used to sit out in the sun for goodness knows how long before that. The bottles are cute though x

Posie Patchwork said...

Just love how many mothers-of-four read my blog!! Thanks PJ, Kymmie & PP, we should do a post on how-we-do-it. Uni, yikes Rachelle, that's full on, O week, i remember them every year, love Posie

Sarah said...

No wonder you're exhausted. I had a week off as well for personal reasons and it's been so lovely. Nice to come back as well after a break isn't it? I'm a ring collector as well. Can't get enough of them! Have a great week darlin x

Naturally Carol said...

I can just imagine those milk bottles with an assortment of flowers in them...quirky little posies {pun not intended!}. I used to love the red foil of the milk bottle tops..and would always start collections of them and try not to rip them when pulling them off the milk bottles.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Your bottles are lovely, Posie. Lovely to store all kind of things in..

Have a happy weekend xxxx

Heidi said...

I love that pink owl thingy and your rings....those vases are great too!

Make mine Mid-Century said...

Posie,
it's all about routine and being organised ... still, you're incredible with how you manage it all.

Your little tale about the bottles reminded me of the sound of clinkingly-delivered milk. Thank you.

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

Hi Posie - Belated happy birthday! I've been a bit behind on reading blogs so missed your big day, but it sounds as if you had a good one. I have that exact same stripey scarf - amazingly we get Trenery and Country Road here in South Africa. I love the bottles. I would also have bought them if I had come across them! x

Angela Furlong said...

Good god Posie, with all that running around where on earth do you find time to write such lovely posts?! I'm seriously impressed! I'm also a big fan of chunky rings.

Happy weekend.

Angela

Tania McCartney said...

So wonderful to see someone else with a chunky ring obsession! Here is mine. x

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com/2009/05/collecting-dress-rings.html

The Moerks said...

My favorite part of school milk was poking the straw through the foil lid. As for the taste. I hated it. I still don't particularly like milk or cream. Funnily enough, I do like milk bottles, and yours are gorgeous. Good like with the culling.

Kylie said...

Our milk bottles came with blue foil lids - oh the memories:)

You could use them at market - display the knitting needles in them:)

Good luck with the rearrange. Must be a big change for the girls to have there own room - being in class and sharing a room is too much maybe?

Jules said...

I love those bottles!! Might have to suss out where my closest Bed Bath & Table is and get me some...and $15, what a bargain!

The Clip Cafe said...

Love the bottles!! Good luck with the room organization - you'll have to show us the results :o)

Tammi said...

I too adore little milk bottles, they are the size that our cream used to come in :)
Hope the re-organising goes well
xx

Jacinta @ modelmumma said...

I'm glad you're grooving and I think you should put colourful (red?) feathers in those bottles!
Rest up too lovie. Can't have you burning out. :) xo

Cate said...

any of those ideas for the bottle would be great - buttons (a different colour in each one?) perhaps...
sounds like a divine project :-)
have a great (and restful??) weekend
xxxCate

Chicken Willow said...

Good luck with the re-organising!! Love the bottles.

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Those bottles are just too cute - I would love to have some and fill them up with buttons. Aaaah.

Langdowns said...

A fellow Canberra! Hello ...
Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

willow and moo said...

I think you are a super mum! :)

Oh those bottles make me want to do this... http://www.flickr.com/photos/luziapimpinella/5055288628/
I think I might see a trip to Bed, Bath & Table in my future!

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

I have milk jug envy! I'm the same age as you and I somehow missed out on milk in jugs with foil lids - I always thought it was only in our parents generation and before - I feel deprived.
What a lovely Mum you are to give up some of your crafting space - that's a big expression of love from such a craft loving Mum!

Stacey said...

Who cares if the bottles are practical or not? They are just lovely. They'd look so sweet with a single pretty flower in each. Perhaps a selection of different flowers, all the same colour?