Ode on a White Jug

My kitchen is filled with an eclectic mix of utensils, appliances and accessories – few of which match the other, and are about as far from ‘designer’ as you can get. I kind of like that though. It feels right that the building of a room as dynamic as a kitchen, should evolve naturally over time, to reflect the random and often changing tastes of those that make that space their own.

While I love my palette knife (it makes icing cakes so much easier and more fun), and I will always have a special place in my heart for my glass Pyrex measuring cup, there is one kitchen item which stands above all others as a clear favourite – this humble white jug.

Ode on a white jug

We bought this jug about seven years ago from a discount variety store, for a grand total of $4. The Mr and I hadn’t set out to buy a jug that day, we were actually there to buy a few kitchen essentials after moving into a new house. After stocking up on pots, pans, plates, knives and forks, we spotted this jug in the clearance section and thought it might come in handy one day.

Without a doubt, that $4 is the best money I have ever spent in the kitchen. The jug is called up to duty on a daily basis and serves many water-related purposes – from acting as a watering can in the herb garden, to filling up the coffee machine, evaporative cooler, and the dog’s water bowl. A jug of all trades, if you will.

Aside from practical considerations, there is also a simple elegance in the jug’s design that I find particularly pleasing – the curved shoulder, the wide pouting lip, and the streamlined body. Beauty and practicality all wrapped up in a plain white jug.

So, what about you? Are there any items in your home that have become unexpected favourites?

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PS. The Sparkapolooza brief this fortnight was a tricky one for me. It was all about getting visual with a rabbit, and goodness me, I drew something! You’ll find my contribution here if you’re interested, with all other bunny goodness to be found here.

30 thoughts on “Ode on a White Jug

  1. I love the simple lines of your jug…my own current favourite is my cute little 1950′s teapot that was a bargain £4 in a charity shop last year. Like your jug it has many uses not only to produce a perfect pot of tea…it is also a watering can, decants water into my iron for steaming (it pours perfectly), hot water to remove the ice from a frozen windscreen and a million other uses. But even if it didn’t do anything, it would have a special place in my kitchen because I just love the simple lines it’s beautiful…

    If you’d like to see my beauty too you can here:
    http://cookingupastorminateacup.blogspot.com/2011/10/flea-market-finds-and-cazs-luscious.html

    Deb

    • Hi Debby – Oh I love your cute little teapot … and that blue colour is fabulous. I love finding little bargains like that.

      It very much sounds like your teapot is a wonderful multi-tasker (you’ve got to love that in a kitchen item). But you’re right, sometimes things earn a place simply because they are so beautiful, functionality isn’t always the only important thing. xx

  2. The two recent things I bought – which I have been putting off – are herb chopper and salad spinner. They both changed my life! I wish I had done it sooner…

    • Hi Jo – Oh I love salad spinners!! They’re so useful … never before would I have believed just how helpful they are. I’d love to have a herb chopper … I always make a mess with chopping mine up.

  3. I have to say that my coffee machine is undeniably my favourite thing in the kitchen!

    Your little bunny is adorable, good job Tracey :)

    p.s. Jones looks so adorable in the photo below, he reminds me of my Kobi. Don’t you love how cats have to check absolutely everything? If I wear something new or get a package in the mail, Kobi will spend half an hour just smelling and inspecting – ‘ooh! something new to sniff!’

    • Hi Hila – Haha, oh yes … those coffee machines are definitely high on the list of essentials!! Where would we be without them? Ours freaked out one morning, and then I started to freak out too … how could I start a day without coffee? Thankfully it was soon fixed. :)

      Thanks Hila, I’m glad you like my bunny.

      Cats are funny with having to inspect everything that comes into the house. Jones is the same if I move furniture or things around the house … he has to check them again … I suppose meeting the resident cat’s approval is quite important! :)

  4. ha! the humble white jug. only, indeed. it doesn’t look humble at all. it looks fancy, and dare i say it? expensive. which goes to show…. design isn’t always what it is cut out to be. and bargains can look sooooooooo wonder-ful.
    i wish i could tell you about my favourite kitchen utensil, but i’ll have to come back to that one, i’m afraid. most of my things are still wrapped up, and the ‘new’ things i thrift end up in boxes too. i’ve about had enough of it, but there’s one way to go, and that is on. so, we go on. ;)))
    n♥

    • Hi Woolf – Yes indeed. Bargains can not only look wonderful (and a little bit fancy), they can sometimes turn out to be so very useful … I love it when that happens. I seem to be a better judge of kitchen items than I am of clothes though … in the past I used to always buy things just because they were on sale. Boy did I learn a lot of lessons doing that! :)

      Well on the great moment of unwrapping your kitchen bits and pieces, you can reveal all your favourites … going on is certainly the most important thing to be done.
      xx

  5. I’m currently in the process of moving house right now and discovering that i do indeed own a lot of kitchenware… i love my coffee machine, and newly acquired dog print mug… but i’d have to say nana’s floral bowls win the most loved kitchen possession. love your little jug…. might need to find one of these :)

    • Hi Nikki – It’s amazing what discoveries moving house reveals, especially on the kitchenware front. I always end up turfing out a lot of accumulated things and starting better in the new place. Though my good intentions never last long.

      Oh I love the sounds of your dog print mug …that is just the thing that I love. But your floral bowls do sound equally adorable. :)

  6. i love my mugs. my current fave is my teapot, thrifted.
    i always look at and pick up jugs, i like the idea of them, but never use them!
    and ys to pyrex measuring jugs!

    • Hi Monica – Ah yes, I have a couple of favourite mugs too. Would you believe I don’t currently have a teapot? My last one sprung a leak!

      Pyrex measuring jugs are the best! :)

  7. Our kitchen tools consist of stuff bought by 3 guys and others before that, so it really is one crazy mess of different things (open our ‘utility’ drawer and get blown away by the tools we got for éverything you can think of you need in a kitchen and more). This jug looks a lot better than our measuring cans.

    Best thing, although I just got it from my parents back when I went to live on my own (8 years back) is a weighing scale that hangs on the wall…which is aprox 30 years old (at least). It’s 70s brown, and looks like crap, but I love it.

    • Hi Arjan – Haha, well sometimes out of the input of different people on the kitchenware front, you can create something great out of the chaos. At least you’ll be well prepared for every occasion! :)

      That weighing scale of yours sounds awesome … I love those kind of vintage items … who cares what they look like, as long as they make you happy. :)

  8. Ello,

    Awesome that not only do you have an item you enjoy looking at in the kitchen, but it serves multiple purposes, as well as being a bargain price. I wish I could say the same about an item in my kitchen.

    All the best

    Andrew

    • Hi Andrew – I would never have imagined just how much we love this jug, or how useful it has become. It has one little chip in it at the moment, so it’s no longer perfect … I hope it survives for many more years to come.

      At least I’m sure that everything in your kitchen serves a purpose … you should see the stuff we have to get rid of in ours … it’s the next de-cluttering step.

  9. Oh I love this post! Your jug is indeed worth an ode. I love that it gets daily use in a variety of ways. I love my white jug which is currently holding flowers. I also love a white vase I got from an op shop. I’ve been meaning to blog about it actually. I had a funny, slap myself moment the other day. I was in the supermarket and in need of a new vegetable peeler. (Somehow that’s the only thing that got lost in our floor renovations… huh?). I could only find a three pack of three different colours, none of which are in my “colour scheme”. I tossed up walking to another store to get one in the right colour. The person in me who doesn’t want to spend all day shopping, settled for three in the odd colours. Oh, and minimalist me was shocked I couldn’t buy a single one, only a pack of three! xx

    • Hello Lucent Imagery – I’m so glad you liked this post … it’s a wonderful jug, and it deserves all the appreciation it receives.

      I love that you use your white jug to hold flowers … I have a clear glass one that does that job for me … there’s something so lovely about jugs that hold flowers, don’t you think?

      How odd that your vegetable peeler went missing in the renovations … I wonder where it got to? How frustrating that you could only buy a pack of three … I mean, how many houses actually need more than one? ;)
      At least you’ll have a few backups if your new ones go missing. :)

    • Hi Selma – I love white crockery too! Though truth be told I like most household items in white … it’s so easy to work with. I think everyone needs a lovely jug like this in their home. :)

    • Hi Gabrielle – It’s a wonderful jug … so handy for so many reasons. Oh I like the sound of your mortar and pestle … the one we have in the kitchen isn’t as heavyweight as I think one needs to be. :)

  10. New look, new year… lovely.

    And here is to your $4 well spent on a handy beauty. Coffee being my essential daily tool, it is mugs and expresso maker all the way for me.

  11. A few years ago I bought a plastic bin at ikea. I didn’t like it that much, but I needed some versatile storage and that was perfect. Now I can’t do without it. I use it as a coffee table, as a stool and of course, for storage various stuff.
    The jug is really nice, I’m always totally in love with white ceramic. Ironically I don’t have any. An my kitchen utensils don’t match – at all.

    • Hi Bobbi – Your plastic bin sounds like quite the find, and so versatile too. Isn’t it funny how you can buy things, not thinking all that much of them, and then they turn out to be irreplaceable with their functionality? How wonderful.

      I always thought my kitchen utensils would match ‘once I grew up’, but I’m still waiting for that to happen. ;)

  12. First – I love your bunny!!! Too cute! Great job Tracey!

    My favorite items in our kitchen is our weird, totally un-matching, teapots!
    We have a selection of four and each got its own personality. I would even say, they each like to serve a different tea! it’s true!
    They are, like your jug, some great casual finds we picked here and there.
    I also can’t live without my little wooden stool that the dear husband built for me (from used crates) as I can’t reach the teapots when he put them up high in the cupboard!

    P.S. Haven’t visited for a while and was a little surprised to find a whole new place! Thought I’m at the wrong blog for a second… :)

    • Hi Galit – Naww, thanks for your sweet words about my bunny. My Mr is the illustrator of the household, and drawing has always scared me. Give me words to deal with any day! :)

      Oh yes, teapots have a lot to love about them. How wonderful that you have four with unique personalities, and I love that they each like to serve different tea. I think that’s fantastic Galit.

      The wooden stool your husband made is just lovely … he is very talented at making things from other items.

      PS. Haha, sorry for making you wonder about your location when you arrived … yes since your last visit, I made a few changes to the blog to get things looking a bit cleaner and simpler. xx

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