29.11.12

Decorating with vintage bottles: Part I


 In Ethiopia, the man chanting out “Termuse yalew… Termuse yalew…”

We remember this.

And memories beget memories. At one time, soft drinks were sold in recyclable bottles. You paid a two cent deposit on bottles, and you stored them in a case or box and hauled them back to the store, and collected your change, a chore for kids that jangled the coins in their pockets and decided on candy.

Now, in the U.S., you recycle them by making new bottles.



The thing about bottles is that they can last forever. Glass breaks; it cracks, but if you want to, you can care for a bottle and keep it as long as you wish, even pass it on to future generations. Of course you only do this with a special bottle.
There have been blue bottles, red bottles, brown bottles, bottles like mirrors that reflected your distorted face back at you, giant curved bottles, bottles with screw tops, bottles with designs carved in them, bottles from all countries and eras dating back to ancient Egypt.

Some people insist that cola or beer tastes better from a bottle than from a can. I do.



Bottles have contained every liquid from seltzer to wine. They have been terrariums and houses for wooden ships. This Christmas, girls will receive perfumes in bottles meant to glorify the contents and justify absurd prices.

Bottles have been created with remarkable convergences of chemistry, artistry, and craftsmanship. Someone conceived them, envisioned their shape and shade, their finish and function. I have a bottle dated 1860, the date molded into its base. Imagine how it passed through the years, why it survived, why it was made, what it contained. Was it always a prize or did it spend decades in a basement or a dump? Maybe it was salvaged when someone saw something special in it, a sparkle, or its light blue tint. Most bottles have some beauty in them, like people. 

































Again I would like to thank all of you who visit Bereket decor and 
an extra warm thank you to those of you taking the time to email me such kind comments and wishes.
I hope your days is filled with beautiful music and song.

Bereket

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