Stitched Tray

Stitched Tray

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If I were a wooden tray…..this is what I would want to be when I grew up.

Nothing too fancy for me.

No walk on the wild side.

No partying with the hors d’oeuvres and the fruit tray.


holes in wood



Just paint me a crisp clean white and distress me a little.

And when I was dry…..drill tiny little holes in the shape of letters.

Letters that spelled out words like “eat” or “delish” or “party”



Then add a little bling with black embroidery thread.

Woven through the holes.

Just like the sewing cards in first grade.




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 truly wanted to be.


You’ve seen the trays like this before.

At yard sales and thrift sales….laying abandoned 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.

Plate-Rack - Copy


PS  Here’s the delish tray in it’s plate rack home!  If you want to see how I made the plate rack click here.

PPS  If you want to see how I made the plate rack into a recipe wall (without even using a level) click here.

PPPS  If you want to see the actual recipe….click here.

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  1. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE THIS!!!! It reminds me of some of your first posts and I feel in love with this BRILLIANT idea then!!!! Simple and PERFECT with every stitch!!! sending hugs…

  2. Every single time I see this I am simply amazed!! Love, love, love!!!

  3. That is absolutely brilliant! It never would have occurred to me to mix wood trays and embroidery. Simple but so creative.

  4. OK…this project is going straight to the “Crafty Chicks” Group….we love crafting and eating!!!…Perfect!

  5. I wasn’t one of the four, but I am one of the 11. So this is fresh to me — and oh so cool!

  6. Happy to be one of the 4 AND 11! 🙂

  7. That is totally cool! I love that idea:) And it goes so well with ‘sew a fine seam’ I may have to just check out all those forlorn old wood trays on my next garage sale spree!

  8. Very clever indeed!

  9. I do believe I remember this creation of genius, and I do believe I was one of those lucky early readers.

    Love you, KariAnne.♥

  10. So glad this tray got it’s encore so I could ohh and ahh it once again (yes, I do believe I was one of those exclusive four readers)!

    Talent runs in the family – this is delish!

    Off to the thrift store to see if I can score a forgotten wooden tray (and maybe take up paint by numbers if I’m lucky)!

  11. So cute. Happy to be a reader. I visit everyday. Your the best Karianne.

  12. Whitney might have to have a guest post once a month. That is pretty darn clever!


  13. Must be something in the genes, this is brilliant!

  14. Eleven readers? How about eleventy billion, lady!

    What an unexpected makeover.

  15. Well I’m comment number 14, so looks like you’ve exceeded 11 readers …

    And Whitney, if you are reading this comment thread can I just say that I bow to your brilliance … I think you may have started a new blogland trend … I think this one will usurp those starburst mirrors …. and will seriously overshadow all those dust-collecting coffee filter wreaths!



  16. Cathy and Paul @One Creative Couple :

    What a cute idea!!

  17. Hard to believe you ever had only 4 readers! Beautiful blog, beautiful pictures, great ideas. No wonder you have billions now.

  18. SO CLEVER- truly amazing idea.

    Congrats to sis, apparently talent is in the family!

    Love it.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. Super cute, and so amazingly creative! Okay, now I have to dedicate a DAY to go back to the beginning and read EVERY single post!
    I don’t want to miss a thing!
    Please link this cutie to WIW!

  20. She should seriously sell those puppies. In fact, I’m opening a gift shop shorty and, I would love to have a few plates for my shop…..If she’s interested, tell her to email me……Tanks

  21. I remember reading this when I was #3 of your 4. Now I think I’m about #34,903, and I love it as much as the first time I saw it!

  22. Hello Karianne, Whitney is very clever and talented too I see. What a great way to up-cycle an old wooden tray. I’ve never seen stitiching on wood before. I’m thinking you and your sister love words and you enjoy writing on things. As children did you do crayon work on the walls? Joyous Wishes, Linda

  23. Who woulda thunk it?
    Not me, that’s for sure.
    So creative and cute.
    There is also the added bonus of giving hope to all those wooden trays out there 🙂

  24. Speaking as a newcomer – I appreciate it! I am guessing this is not food, or dishwasher safe 🙂

  25. Brilliant! That is just so darn cute!

  26. You have more creative ideas !!! Do you ever sleep?? Love the tray…

  27. I also salute Whitney and her out of the box thinking. Fabulous, doable and oh so delicious!

  28. I would have NEVER thought of this! Smarty pants! It looks great. I’m about to go pull out all of my ugly wooden trays…lol. Thanks for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House! It means the world! Pop by and join the bash at my Make it Pretty Monday party. Hope to see you at the bash. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  29. Proud to be one of the four.!

    Or like, four million, which is more accurate. You can’t fool me 🙂

  30. Very cool idea. I’ll admit, on first glance, I thought you drilled holes through a regular stoneware plate. I thought that was crazy/brave. Wood makes much more sense now!!

  31. You sisters are way too smart and clever! Love this. I need to catch up on all the deliciousness that is your blog!

  32. this was such a clever idea! happy weekend!

  33. what a very clever idea- who would have thought!

  34. So glad to be part of the 11!! Great idea!! Now to find a tray!!;)

  35. amazing idea…way to go, Whitney!
    pinned it. 🙂

  36. Super cute way to personalize a plain tray. Can’t wait to see my hubby’s face when I pull out our tray and his drill 🙂 And next year, when you’re up to your bazillionth follower, I can say I was one of your first 3,000!

  37. Girl you did it again! This is the first time I’m seeing this and i love it. Adding one more of your projects on my to do list. I’m going to a wedding tomorrow and this would have been perfect to add to our gift. These would make great hostess gifts. So original!

  38. Good and such a novel idea, I like……………………

  39. Fa-reakin’ fabulous! Yes, that’s the best grammar I can come up with. Very cool tray, and so many possibilities! Thanks for (re) sharing.

  40. Gorgeous!! I’m pinning this one:)

  41. You know…all I really want to be when I grow up is Kari…

    Thanks for the shout-out, maybe I’ll add some of these to the old etsy store!

    Whitney (Kari’s sister)

  42. This is so stinkin clever I can’t stand it!!! KUDOS to your sister!!!! The CREATIVE GEGE is spread around yor family, obviously! XO, Piny

  43. whoops, TYPO! creative gene…and YOUR family….LOL

  44. So cute!! Off to find some little wood trays, or wood scraps, some white paint and black embroidery thread, or maybe red…..

  45. This is way cute. I forgot all about those beloved sewing cards! I loved them. Did them over and over….

  46. Thank you my friend for gracing Junkin Joe with the incredible creation!!! sending tons of hugs…