A Standing Ovation

If I were a wooden tray….

…..this is what I would want to be when I grew up.

Nothing too fancy for me.

Just paint me white….

                                 ….distress me a little….

….and when I was dry….

….drill tiny little holes in the shape of letters….

…..then finish my make-over by weaving grey embroidery through the holes to spell out words.

I guess that makes my sister a tray mind-reader because she knew…..

…..somehow she knew what every neglected, over-looked, under appreciated wooden tray found in thrift stores everywhere truly wanted to be.

You’ve seen them before…..

……sitting over by the plastic fruit and the unfinished paint by numbers.


Waiting for greatness.


Hand-stichery on wood.

Who would have thought?

So my wonderful, creative, genius of a sister, Whitney, take the stage for your standing ovation….

…..this is your hour of greatness.

And on behalf of wooden trays everywhere.

We salute you.

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  1. I bow before you …your majesty. My Queen Whitney …

  2. Oh no, not another thing I now have to search for at the thrift shop! I love trays and have them all over the house but I need ( not want ) this tray!

  3. who knew…so cute and fun!!!

  4. Whitney is a genius. Who would have thought a wooden tray could be so cute. Love it.

  5. Just adorable. 🙂

  6. Wonderful concept and inspiration from Whitney. And, you were so good to share this idea with us, Kari. Salutes to you both.

  7. Great idea. So unique and now trays everywhere shall be rescued. Would love to have you share this at my Wow Us Wednesdays party.

  8. Amazing idea! Talent runs in your family! Who would have ever thought to try this? I love the trays! They’re rescued and turned into a lovely cherished accessory! Thanks for sharing another awesome idea!

  9. Oh how lovely. I love it.

  10. Gracious! How inventive your sister is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never seen anything like this before, for sure. Has she gotten a patten on such? ,-)

    Thank you for liking my post, about our old family corner drug store. I too simply LOVE that… About how the original owner turned the key in the door, went to fight the Civil War, came home, turned the key again, opened back up, and this business has been going ever since. Just love it!!! 🙂

    “I am not young enough to know everything.”
    – Oscar Wilde

  11. What a GREAT idea!!!

  12. I definitely just pinned this. Love it so much. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Your sis is a smart lady. Pinning this!

  14. FUN! These are very creative and original! Thanks for sharing them! I sent an email, but wasn’t sure it was to the right place, so thought I’d let you know here, too…you are the winner of my giveaway! If you send your details, I’ll get it right out to you!

  15. What a fabulous idea!!! I’m standing and clapping here!
    Hugs, Cindy

  16. That’s a creative idea! I can see you and your sister creating trays for every special occasion or holiday. Is that the sound of drilling I hear?

  17. whitney = genius.

  18. Love it! ((((Me clapping)))). Now I must find wood to sew!

  19. What a clever idea! So the whole family is talented!

    Thanks for your comment : ) I haven’t tried real chalk paint before. I think I’ll have to try it sometime soon now that I’ve experienced the homemade variety. Anything that lets me skip priming and sanding I’m a fan of!

  20. this is SO creative, so awesome, whitney! talent runs high in your family,:)

  21. Cute… great idea! I can’t wait to get creative. But someone decided to tear up the whole house, moving furniture from room to room. It drives my husband crazy but it’s what I do. Hope to post and start blogging end of week that is if I don’t rearrange anything else! And thanks for the paint post that project starts next week!!

  22. So creative and cute. Love them.

  23. Love it! Thanks for linking up! Check out my giveaway….

    XO, Aimee

  24. Wow! I am beyond impressed! I was staring at the picture for the longest time trying to figure out how you embroidered a tray. I can’t believe you drilled tiny holes. Genius. Thanks so much for linking up to Oopsey Daisy!

  25. sheila harmon :

    Silly question — do the holes go all the way through the wood?