Thursday, Brooklyn, B62 Bus to Long Island City, Queens: Crocheter. She’s crocheting a baby blanket.
There’s nothing like a legitimate reason, i.e., excuse, for the healthy number of bottles of wine passing through my apartment these past months: My mother’s birthday is in November. I’ve been doing this for her. For the trivet I’m making out of wine corks and a hose clamp to protect her tabletop from scalding pots and pans!
My mother’s a big recycler. She’ll appreciate both the gesture and the rationale behind the gift: saving money, making instead of buying, reuse, repurpose, and don’t waste.
9-inch Wine Cork Trivet: First, collect 50 to 60 natural wine bottle corks. Make sure to avoid synthetic corks; they’re not heat resistant. Purchase a stainless steel hose clamp from the hardware store or online. Hose clamps are adjustable and come in varying sizes–a pair of 12-inch diameter hose clamps can be purchased for under $15. Next, with a flathead screwdriver and a ruler, adjust your clamp to a 9-inch diameter.
Next, with the hose clamp laying flat, place the corks, starting from the outer rim and working your way in toward the center. You’ll need to use some elbow grease when arranging the corks so that they fit snuggly. Use a book to flatten the corks. Tighten the clamp further. And finally, cut the excess metal.
To make the monogrammed kitchen towel + gift wrapper, I used scrap white cotton cloth and two iron-ons–a simple flower and my mother’s initial “A” from the book SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs. Alternatively, you can also handwrite an initial or hand draw a flower or design on the towel using a colored Sharpie Pen!
TA-DA! Here’s the Wine Cork Trivet all wrapped up in a reusable monogrammed kitchen towel wrapper and ready to go!
True confession: once there’s even the slightest chill in the air, I go into PANIC mode! But I’m also a huge fan of fall colors and anything pumpkin related, so you can imagine the maelstrom of conflicting emotions I experience around this time of year. Which is why I am SO pumped about these two brand-new coloring books on sale today!
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Imagine an espresso cup or dessert bowl made from white or dark chocolate… or BOTH! Well, no need to imagine it. Check out these two video tutorials.
I can’t wait to make white chocolate dessert cups–minus the colored beads–and fill them with coffee gelato!
This process lends itself to a group activity!
Happy edible crafting!