Sunday, 28 August 2011

Day 275-Bottles



27th August, Noon

Dear Diary,

Mama is NOT happy and I can hear how unhappy she is all the way out here at the porch. She is in the kitchen complaining to Papa about the bottles. Must be the 100th time by now.  


These bottles sell for 2 rups each in town and Papa was supposed to have done so months ago. Papa hates going to town though. He hates the noise, he hates the crowd and he hates how the streets are always dusty and filthy. 


Papa can't wait for me to grow old enough to run these errands for him but I hate town too. I think Baby can go when he is old enough. In the meantime, these bottles are really adding up. Mama line them up on the window ledge to remind Papa everyday of them. I am counting 11 on this side of the window.


And there are 14 over at the other ledge! O my! These bottles are really grimy too having been out in the open for so many months. Papa thinks it is Mama's fault because she was the one who put the bottles there. 

At the rate they go at each other, I suspect this Battle of the Bottles will only end when Baby grows up. By that time, the whole house will be filled with thousands of old and grimy bottles! O my!

45 comments:

Rosamargarita said...

Cuántas botellas hermosas! Siento los "problemas" que hay para deshacerse de ellas en el pueblo.
LA VIE EN ROSE!!! Ces't MAGNIFIQUE.
Un abrazo

Sans! said...

Uuuups Rosam, la música mal:) pero prometo que voy a jugar La Vie En Rose de nuevo en mi próximo post! Gracias por su visita!

besossss

Maria Ireland said...

Wow those bottles look fantastic. Love your story :) Lol we have a machine that peels potatoes here in Ireland too :-D Hugs Maria

The Old Maid said...

Poor Mama - the bottles are charming addition, I think.;) Probably Papa thinks the same way as I do...;)
Love the photos - the colours are so bright! The dust is so real!:)

carmen said...

que increibles botellas!

Lataina said...

Sans, I love the things you make!!! I find your style to be so unique innovative. Thank you for always making a visit to your blog an experience! =)

TreeFeathers said...

Lol, wonderful! I can just see the old couple arguing about the bottles. Love the whole scene, the old bottles, the beautiful blue windows, and the trim you used on top. We paint windows and doors blue like that here, too, always been one of my favorite things about homes here in New Mexico. :)

- Grace

Daydreamer said...

Dear Sans! Not only are the bottles BEAUTIFUL in their grimy glory, but they are BEAUTIFULLY MADE by you! The colors, and the labels and the aged look.... I am SURE are the work of AGES! But Beyond that, the Photographs are GORGEOUS!!!! The windows with the embroidered cloth and the tiny potted plant and the Bottles..... The image is just SO Beautiful and Artistic and ICONIC!
It Really is just Exquisitely Beautiful!
I Almost think it will be a shame if he ever takes them to town! :)

Norma said...

Save the poor old guy the trip to town and have him send them to me - I'll pay more than 2 rups for such 'beauties' ;)

BiWuBär said...

I'm really worried now - what if the baby grows up to be another I-don't-like-to-go-to-that-noisy-crowded-town-fellow... And with a father and a big sister having this kind of attitude... and growing up being used to the sight of bottles, bottles, more bottles - I wouldn't count on baby to become a town lover... (LOL)

What an idea - the Battle of the Bottles... brilliant (as always). Thank you once again for giving me a huge smile!

Greetings
Birgit

cockerina said...

Sans dear, read this page of the diary made ​​me laugh a lot ... when I met my husband, he lived in Rome alone, and collected the bottles of wine he liked drinking .. was a tough fight, but in the end I won, and his dirty, dusty bottles ended up in the trash! ha ha!
kisses, Caterina

malu2 said...

Me recuerda cuando yo era pequeña, las botellas tambien se guardaban y se devolvian a la tienda, pero solo dos o tres, nunca más, muy bien ambientada la escena.
Besos de las Malu´s. Mªluisa.

Sans! said...

Thank you Maria Ireland! I knew it! I am right that somewhere in the world there must be a machine that can peel potatoes! :) There is a machine for every chore.

I wonder what people will use their hands for in the future. Everyone will have really big and round finger tips just for pressing buttons and typing :):):)

I have almost forgotten how to write.

Sans! said...

Ewa, sometimes I think my pictures are just so-so like the ones for this post :). Maybe its not the photos but the subject matter. Or maybe I am just tired of the subject matter.It is time to move on I think. Just a few more posts left and I will have to :) But thank you for always saying such nice things.

Sans! said...

Muchas gracias, Carmen:)

Sans! said...

Thank you Lataina. I am always pleased when you are here :).

By the way, these bottles are really E-A-S-Y to make. They are Christmas light bulbs . Mainly some dirty painting :). The labels are printies which you can create quite easily. Took me less than an hour to put the labels on all 25 of the bottles, tear them and then smear them some more :).

Susanne said...

Dear Sans, I just adore your eye for details and your style. (well, I might have told you before ;-)
Love, Susanne

Snowfern said...

she can play musical harmonica with them XD

Drora's minimundo said...

Your bottle story was fun to read. I could think of so many things to do with these empty bottles. I don't mind the "grime".

Eva - tatalamaru said...

Que bonitas las botellas, con ese aspecto sucio y envejecido, has conseguido mucho realismo.
Siento que nadie quiera ir a devolverlas a la ciudad, así que tendrán que seguir ahí por muuuuucho tiempo, jajaja....quizás algún día el bebé crezca y entonces....besitos.

Sans! said...

Grace, I am really curious about New Mexico now. I remember the one post you did when you were just moving in and I remember how I love all your pictures. I also remembering thinking how your environment is so conducive for creative work. Will you post more pictures of these homes you talk about?

Sans! said...

Bets, THANK YOU for your BEAUTIFUL comments ! :)

As I have explained in an earlier comment, the bottles are made using Christmas light bulbs. I did them long ago. Not difficult at all. What I didn't do was put labels on them because I wasn't sure bottles of the late 1800- early 1900 in India have labels and if they do, how they would look like. Without labels, it is harder to tell if they are bottles or candles ;).

Well, I did some research and found out that they do have labels and I solve the look and feel by tearing and aging these labels so they are illegible :). Again , not difficult at all.

I have about 75 of these light bulbs left :). If ever you need some aged bottles for your garden, Bets, you know where to ask.

Sans! said...

Norma, Papa thinks if you can come over without him going to town to send any mail, he will throw in a few of these bottles free ! :)

Sans! said...

Thank you Birgit! :) and there is a 50% chance you are right about Baby :)

Now say this 10 times: Birgit bets Baby's bringing up won't bring Battle of Bottles to end but if battle of bottles bring Birgit brilliant beams, bouts of battle of bottles bottles bottles must be bottled up and not be beaten . teehee

Eliana said...

Amazing!
Hugs

Amy said...

Ah, I have an idea! In the southern U.S. bottles sometimes decorate the trees! The bottle trees come from myths in Africa, and they catch evil spirits and prevent them from entering the house. So no one has to go to town, and the house is evil free, and the trees look beautiful...

http://lewisginter.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/gardening-for-love-and-nostalgia-podcast-with-felder-rushing/

Kim said...

Wonderful Sans- I love that the weather has peeled and aged the labels! I was going to suggest a bottle tree to Mama but Amy beat me to it. I have images of a tiny little miniature bottle tree in my head now :) I've also seen bottles used in building walls- now I'm seeing that in miniature too! I wonder how many christmas light sets I would have to buy to build a wall of bottles???

Jennifer Rydell@Plushpussycat said...

What beautiful images, Sans! I love the colors and general griminess! You have captured something here--lovely!

Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

I love the bottles on the windowsill, I hope Papa never gets around to taking them to town.
I think a bottle tree would look amazing in the yard :)

Hugs
Victoria

Ana Anselmo said...

If I was there I will offer myself to go to town sell the bottles...at least a few, to get some money to go to the old market...looking for little treasures.
Love from Lisbon
Ana

Ascension said...

¿Donde esta mi comentario? estoy segura que te deje un comentario.
Que cabeza jejeje
Me encanta el realismo que consigues en todas tus escena, la luz que atrapas en las fotos, cada uno de los detalles tiene su porque......
Y luego el ratito que estas en el blog disfrutas de una musica genial....que mas se puede pedir?
besitos corazon

Flor said...

Son unas botellas viejas y sucias ¡Preciosas!! Y tienen ese encanto tan especial que le sabes dar a tus trabajos Sans . Ya lo sabes...Pero me encanta lo que haces Ü
Un abrazo
Flor

Sans! said...

Caterina, in my family, I am the one who collects old bottles and everyone is trying to get me to throw them away :).

But some last week, I have finally put them to good use. :) Will show you what I did in a few posts. :)

Sans! said...

Malú, que es exactamente lo que hicimos en nuestra infancia:). Mi mamá me dice que algunas de estas botellas de detergente de plástico están siendo reciclados en su camino. Personalmente, me resulta muy difícil de tirar botellas de vidrio. Están tan bien hechas!

abrazos

Sans! said...

Susanne, you can never say that enough :). You know I will never get sick of hearing it.

Sans! said...

Cinds, bottles with water breed mosquitoes ! So Mama says no musical bottles, sorry.

Sans! said...

Drora, are you a glass bottle hoarder like me ? :) I too think there are many things you can do with them but then my bottles just stay on the shelf for years, lazy and useless :). Until a few days ago and after I threw away some.

Do you know there's a temple in Thailand built almost entirely with glass bottles? It's called the temple of 1 million bottles. :) http://inhabitat.com/temple-of-a-million-bottles/thai-temple-built-from-one-million-recycled-bottles-recycled-bottle-temple-recycle-bottle-building-eco-building-green-building-recycled-architecture-temple-of-a-million-bottles-sustainable-buil-5/

Sans! said...

Eva-tatalamaru (me dirijo a ustedes como Eva-T después de esto?) Si vivo en la casa de pueblo, yo no creo que quiera ir a la ciudad tampoco. Tal vez una librería. Pero por suerte tenemos amazon.com .. hahaha. Sólo una buena conexión a Internet y yo nunca salgo de mi casa del pueblo. Excepto tal vez para viajar y sólo por dos semanas antes de que me quiero ir a casa de nuevo.

Sans! said...

Thank you Eliana! :)

Sans! said...

Amy, that bottle tree is so mini-able! :) I think you have convinced everyone at the Rolla home that the bottles are here to stay. Hooray!

Now I will spend some sleepless nights pondering how to make that tree with Christmas lights .

Sans! said...

Kim, I got my Christmas lights for slightly under S$15.00. It has 100 light bulbs. If it is just a wall, I think 1 box should be more than enough :).

When I was in Sri Lanka, I saw how a great landscape architect (self taught) Bevi Bawa, used bottles to build a gorgeous wall for a water feature.

I know you have seen my link to the temple of 1000000 bottles and that you liked it :).

Sans! said...

Victoria, the bottles are not going anywhere and I am afraid the yard has run out of space for a bottle tree unless....

Sans! said...

Ana, most of the treasures in the world are found in remote villages . No need to go to town :).

Sans! said...

Ascensión, me encanta que usted piensa que mi trabajo es realista cuando sé que aún tengo margen de mejora. Haces que me encanta lo que hago aún más:). Muchas gracias, mi querido amigo.

besos y abrazos

Sans! said...

Muchas gracias, Flor. Tú sabes que yo siempre estoy inspirado por su atención al detalle. Pero creo que uno de sus mejores puesto fue el que hizo en su cumpleaños:). Me encanta que siempre estamos conociendo más entre sí y mucho más. Esta es una comunidad especial y me encanta esta comunidad tanto. Que este sea un año para recordar para usted!

muchos besos desde Singapore

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